Book Love

Mother Knows Best by Kira Peikoff

Claire and Ethan had a son, a beautiful boy that fell ill and died because of a disease that runs through Claire’s DNA. She wanted to have another child, but it would go the same way so she held back. When she learned of a doctor could manipulate an egg to pull out information like that.

Claire is pretty far into her genetically modified pregnancy when her husband finds out what she did and he calls the cops on her and the doctor who did this. Claire then runs away and hides out.

This book was so good. It moved pretty quickly and was very entertaining. Available September 10, 2019 from Crooked Lane🌟🌟🌟🌟

Ghost Fire by Wilbur Smith

We start this story in India with the Courtney Family. By way of complete accident the parents are dead and the almost grown children, Constance, a blonde girl with alabaster skin, and her younger brother, Theo, a red haired, dark eyed boy, find themselves being sent to a cousin. This cousin sets Theo up as a writer for the palace where he will live and work. Constance will stay with the cousin.

Theo ends up on a boat for America and Constance is believed to be dead after an attack. In America, Theo joins the Army, becomes an American Indian, gets married, widowed, married again, and more. He reenlists in the Army to try to find and kill the man who killed his first wife and in doing so finds his sister in a loveless marriage to an abusive army general.

This one took some getting into, but once in it flew by so fast. This book is full of love, action, adventure and more. This is book 14 in the series. Available September 3, 2019 from Flatiron Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Dinner List by Rebecca Serle

It seems like most of us have imagined if we could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would we have dinner with? Well, imagine if it really did happen… as it does for Sabrina in this story. We jump from the dinner in question to how or why she wanted to have dinner with each of her guests.

We learn more about who Sabrina is through her sharing of her best friend, boyfriends, her apartment and her life in the city as to make sense of her interesting group of guests.

Watch as she tries to figure out what is going on and why a few guests are there that she didn’t really seem to plan on.

This book was funny but had a lot of dull parts to trudge through. I also didn’t like the nickname “Sabby” for Sabrina. Available September 11, 2018 from Flatiron Books 🌟🌟🌟

Grace and Peace by Deanna Langworthy

Do you want to know and understand what grace and peace truly are and how to experience them? In this fantastic little book we learn exactly what they are and what happens when you pray and then step out of God’s way, trusting him to not just get you through, but make you stronger along the way.

The author illustrates these with a particular journey she went on that led up to her writing his book. It is quite an amazing story of faith, courage, strength, and love. She references different scripture that she turned to in her time of need and scripture that backs up what she sharing.

It is an amazing thing to watch God work. We need to give 100% control to God. It is difficult for most people to do this. She also talks about forgiveness of ourselves and others. She talks about so many great topics, but in a down to earth conversational way. I really enjoyed reading this, and not because I personally know the author, because she has some good points and voices them very well.

Available May 21, 2019 from Christain Faith Publishing 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Whisper Man by Alex North

Over the last 20 years a few kids have gone missing and couples have shown up back in the place they were abducted from. One didn’t. This small town doesn’t know what happened to that one.

Tom is a widower with a young son, Jake. Life is hard since his wife, Rebecca, died and these two feel like they need a fresh start, so they move to a new town. That is when Jake starts talking to people who aren’t there and a man whispers to him at night while he is in bed. While Tom is out with a friend for a drink one night, the babysitter is attacked and Jake is kidnapped.

Find out what the love of a father is capable of in the face of a second tragedy in as many years. This was a good book. It had some really sad parts, but it was a great ending, very well written as well.

Available August 20, 2019 from Celadon 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Birthday Girl by Melissa De La Cruz

It’s Ellie’s birthday. It’s her 40th birthday, so she is throwing herself a huge party in her new house. There will be a nine course dinner and two after parties, one of which is drag queen bingo. She’s married with kids and her daughter decides to go to her during her party to inform her that she is probably going to be kicked out of school for plagiarizing. She goes to Stanford, so of course Ellie is really upset. But, that’s ok, she knows people, and they know people. She will help get this straightened out. We bounce back and forth between this birthday and a sixteen year olds birthday. That sixteen year old spent hers getting high, drinking, going to a club, and another girl’s sixteenth birthday party.

We learn so much about these girls by getting a glimpse into their birthdays. Too bad one of them ends up dead, and so does someone else, but who? This story is quite the ride. So, buckle up and get your party hats on! I really enjoyed this party.

Available August 6, 2019 from Dutton 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Escape Room by Megan Goldin

Sara just graduated from college and is applying and interviewing for jobs with no luck. Her aging parents are declining in health so she chose to study finance in school as it cost less and you can make more money faster. As she is leaving an interview one day she meets Vincent who later brings her back out to New York, she lives in Chicago, to interview with his company. She gets the job and starts working long hours for the company. After she has been there for about six months it is bonus time for the team and she is thrilled to get one herself. Then her friend and co worker commits suicide and then Sara really starts to struggle at work. We go back and forth between Sara and her team who is doing and escape room as an HR required team building exercise years later. But this is no ordinary escape room and things start to go wrong very quickly. I DID NOT see this ending coming at all. My mind just couldn’t figure it all out and the delivery of how it happened was incredible. This is your summer read right here!

Available July30, 2019 from St. Martin's Press 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Whisper Network by Chandler Baker

We follow a group of strong female lawyers who work in a law firm run by a chauvinist pig” Ames Garret. We follow each woman as she recounts her interactions with Ames over the years as each woman goes through her day to day live involving boyfriends, husbands, children, new born babies, birthday parties and more. As we learn more about this list circulating the Dallas area about men who have sexually harassed or assaulted women in the workplace in the area. Then Ames’ name ends up on that list. But why? What is the story behind that? Then he jumps over a high balcony at the law firm? The police seem convinced that he didn’t jump- was he pushed? If so, who pushed him? This story is interesting all the way through. It is actually written by a female attorney that lives in Texas. She writes and ending I didn’t see coming but loved! I will admit that due to some legal jargon, I found a few parts difficult to understand and keep up with, but overall it is great!

Available July 2, 2019 from Flatiron Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟

A Nearly Normal Family by M.T. Edvardsson

Stella is eighteen years old and on trial for murdering her boyfriend. But what really happened that night? We start with seeing this story from Stella’s fathers point of view. Him buying Stella a Vespa for her birthday instead of the money she wanted for her upcoming trip to Asia. Dad worried about Stella and then later lies to the cops. He’s a pastor and he told the cops she got home before midnight when it was really 2 in the morning.

Then we go to Stella when she’s in jail preparing for her trial. Flashbacks of what led up to this and her relationship with the guy who is now dead are shown as well as her relationship with her best friend, Amina.

We see the trial through her mother’s eyes. We learn how Amina went to her as a lawyer and a friend to tell her what happened that night. But, is Amina telling her everything? She has to trust that she is as she plots how they should play it at the trial. Lies, betrayal, murder, and the bonds of family.

This book is told in a great way, we come at it from different angles without jumping around all the way through. We learn how far parents will go to protect their daughter. Is Stella a murderer? Find out in this wickedly dark story!

Available June 25, 2019 from Celadon Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

In At the Deep End by Kate Davies

Julia is a civil servant in London. She doesn’t hate her job, but she doesn’t love it either. She lives in an apartment with her old college roommate Alice and her boyfriend, Dave. Julie hasn’t dated in years so when she goes out one night and a meets a guy who asks for her number to take her out on a proper date, she is thrilled, but the date couldn’t have gone any worse.

After some serious contemplation, Julia decides to date women instead of men. She meets a wonderful lesbian who does want to date her, just give her welcome her to the other side. Julie soon meets Sam and falls in love with her. But Sam has comes with some issues and other girlfriends. Everyone tells Julia that Sam is abusive, but Julie is so in love she seems to look past all of that, until that fateful night.

Can Sam change her ways for Julie? Is their love that strong? Find out in this rather entertaining story. I laughed pretty hard at some of this, and then I cried with Julia at other parts. This book is kind of like a Bridget Jones story, if she really did decide try being a lesbian.

Available June 4, 2019 from HMH 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey

Ivy and Tabitha are twins. Ivy is a non magic private investigator and Tabitha is a magical teacher teaching in a school with magical kids. They are called mages. A teacher was murdered in that school and Ivy has been asked to find out who did it.

Ivy and Tabitha haven’t gotten long for years and have completely forgotten that they live in the same area, yet over the course of Ivy’s investigation they bond. Turns out Tabitha and the dead teacher, Sylvia, were in love. Ivy also stars to bond with Rahul, another teacher at the school that is until he finds out she isn’t a mage. He seems to be more upset that she led him to believe that she was one.

Dylan, a popular student, knocks up his girlfriend, Courtney and Sylvia refused to help because of how far along she was with the pregnancy, did one of them kill her? Did Sylvia cheat on Ivy and she killed her?

This was a really good story, and the ending was very well done, not at all who I thought done it! The magic stuff, the spells, theories, etc. did get a bit confusing. A great who done it mystery with a magic twist!

Available June 4, 2019 from Tor 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Sweet Hope: An Appalachian Ghost Story by Michael Easterling

When assistant professor Parry is asked by her friend Adam to go to his hometown to dig up a long dead man to help stop a curse, she agrees not knowing it will change her entire life. Parry digs up what appears to be a grave, but it’s nothing. Then she finds what appears to be another grave, where she finds a headless skeleton. Her and her new friend, Junie, go off to another town to do some research and end up meeting with the county historian. They learn an awful lot about the guy they are looking for, but nothing to help them identify if they have indeed found who they are looking for. Upon returning back to the gravesite late at night, during a storm no less, Parry finds herself shot and bleeding to death... This is a fantastic story that offers everything: a ghost story, a love story for the ages, murder, lies, friendship, family, adventure, and learning to accept yourself, especially when you feel like you don’t belong. By the end of chapter 2 I was completely hooked on the great conversation, the laugh out loud jokes, and the names, the history, it all felt so real. Some of the history is actually true, and told in a beautiful way. I highly recommend this book!

Available April 25, 2019 from Oak Valley Publications 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

The Paper Wasp by Lauren Acampora

Abby is at her 10 year class reunion when she runs into her best friend from yesteryear, a now up and coming Hollywood actress, Elise. After the reunion, Abby flies out to L.A. to surprise Elise. Boy, is she surprised, but excited to see her friend, Elise invites Abby to stay in her home and eventually asks Abby to be her assistant Soon, Elise finds herself pregnant and Abby says they’ll raise the baby together, but then the father that ran out on Elise comes back to marry her. At the wedding, Abby sabotages the marriage by badmouthing the groom. No one in Hollywood knows who Abby is, so she tells the paparazzi that she is someone else. Not only does she fool them, but when Elise finds out about it all, she too is fooled. Upon returning home from her honeymoon, Elise files for divorce from her cheating scumbag of a husband. She sends numerous messages for Abby to come to her. Abby instead goes home to Michigan to see her sister who had just had a baby. The sister is a drunk and she and the baby don’t deserve each other, but instead of Abby doing anything about it, she grabs her sisters’ purse and walks out of the trailer. Back in L.A. Abby starts to plan how she is going to do it. She starts putting her plan into play. On the night of the costume party at the club is when she goes into that nursery and picks up that baby.

This was quite a ride of a story here. It starts off rather calm, but then where it goes, you can't put it down. This is a good read, and the ending! I love when book takes those twists and turns, WOW!

Available June 11, 2019 from Grove Press 🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Cape May by Chip Creek

Henry and Effie are on their honeymoon in Cape May. It’s the off season and they practically have the entire place to themselves. They are saying in Effie’s aunt and uncles cabin she stayed in as a child. Although Cap May pretty much a ghost town this time a year, there are three other people Henry and Effie meet and start spending a lot of time with. Effie falls ill and is practically sleeping round the clock, Henry starts staying up late into the night chatting with Alma. The chatting leads to an intriguing affair. They sneak into the vacant homes in the cape and dress up in the owners clothes and make love everywhere they can. They have a lot of fun together during these stolen hours. When Effie is feeling better, Alma suddenly decides to head back to New York City, and her brother Max and his girlfriend, Clara, get Effie and Henry very drunk one night, a night that will change the rest of their lives. This book was very good. It grabbed me right away and kept me all the way to the end. I highly recommend this novel.  

Available April 30, 2019 from Celadon Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Gillespie County Fair by Marc Hess

This story takes place in a little town in Texas called Fredericksburg opening up everyone’s struggles, issues and secrets. Unfortunately, this story wasn’t all that well written was a drag to read and lost me several times along the way. I found the relationship between Mari and her daughter, Willow, to be pretty entertaining, their dynamic was interesting. I also like how the book ended with Willow exploring what she really wants in life and where she is suppose to go. I wish it was better written and it would have gotten more stars and a fuller review if it would have been.

Available April 30, 2019 from Greenleaf Book Group Press 🌟🌟

Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly

Stone Mothers by Erin Kelly Marianne is taking a break from work, so her husband decides to surprise her by buying themselves an apartment in a converted insane asylum. But what her husband doesn’t know is that when Marianne was younger, the worst night of her life happened in that abandoned asylum. Helen also experiences a terrible night and then some at this asylum and that is what actually saves them. But what happened that night? We jump around to a few different times in these women’s lives all lead up to protecting Marianne’s daughter from someone terrible from their past. Jesse is out for help or is it revenge? He comes off so sweet and helpless and in need of help when he shows up at Marianne’s daughter’s apartment. He got exactly what he needed. Erin Kelly is back with a new rollercoaster of a novel and it another good one! She likes to keep you on your toes guessing what is going to happen. Nothing is predictable in her books, and that is what makes them so enjoyable. This is no exception, either!

Available April 23, 2019 from Minotaur Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes) by Lorna Landvik

Haze has been writing this fantastic newspaper column for many, many years. It earned the title of “Chronicle of a Radical Hag (with Recipes). This column didn’t seem to miss anything: casual observation of fellow townsfolk to death, to lack of children and abortion to politics and some had recipes included. When has a massive stroke and her fellow reporters start going through her published column (yes, she saved them all!) and start republishing them. Through this story we get to see love, growth, heartache, laughter and so much more. This was quite a page turner and highly entertaining! There are actual recipes throughout the book as well, recipes like “Aunt Alma’s Goodwill Crescent Cookies”, “Spread the Love Banana Bread”, “Heavenly Honey Muffins”, and more. I couldn’t help but fall in love with Haze and all the other characters as well. This book is not to be missed!

Available March 26, 2019 University of Minesota Press  🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Guest Book by Sarah Blake

Three Generations of a family and a house on a private island. Find out how they got there and all that happened there: Kitty, whose husband bought the place and moved her there, asked all the visitors of the island to sign her guest book. But Kitty’s grandchildren know a story about a lobster night on the island involving a guy whose name is not in that book. Why isn’t it in there when everyone else’s is? There are other family secrets that just make you not want to put this book down! I’ll give you a little hint: Joan has a pretty big one! This novel was pretty good; I will admit that it did get a bit slow in some places where there was just too much detail given. But, it is definitely worth the read to learn about three generations of this fictional family.

Available May 7, 2019 by Flatiron Books 🌟🌟🌟

Jason is a big shot doctor at a small town hospital. He is married to Ashley and sleeping with Lauren on the side. He breaks it off with Lauren and she ends up murdered. Of course, Jason is going to be the prime suspect. Through an unexpected gesture of kindness, the cop who was absolutely positive that Jason is the killer, the cop switches gears and starts looking at someone else. Turns out, Lauren was killed by someone who didn’t like her sleeping with married men, but who did it? This story really has it all: there is love, there is a murder, an attempted murder, desperation, and shady characters! I enjoyed watching this story unfold, and was completely surprised by the ending and who actually killed Lauren! This book kept my mind spinning the entire way and I highly recommend it. This little gem is available on Amazon: Kindle and paperback.

Available December 12, 2018 Self published 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

       Alicia killed her husband and hasn’t spoken since she did. Not during her trial, not to the doctors and nurses treating her, not even to her best friend, Felix. Why does she remain silent? Is it because she didn’t actually kill her husband and after the shock of the entire thing wore off she didn’t think anyone would believe her? She isn’t entirely wrong. Alicia id an artist with a best friend who is madly in love with her, she had a wonderful marriage, but now she has a doctor she is pretty sure is playing with her head.

        Theo is a psychotherapist; he has a wife cheating on him. He lets it eat at him, and now follows her, her lover, and her lovers wife around. He thought about leaving her for it when he first found the emails and discovered this affair in the first place. He even consulted with a fellow doctor, and she said without a doubt, Theo should leave his wife. But he can’t see his life without her. Theo gets a job at the mental health facility that Alicia is imprisoned, and she becomes his patient.

        Theo is so good at his job, so good with Alicia, he gets her to communicate with him, but he doesn’t believe what she is telling him. This book is pretty good, and then we get to the last handful of pages, and BAM! Never saw any of that coming. It was just such a strong end, and is very well written, and makes sense with the rest of the story, it is just nothing at all what I was thinking could or would happen. This is a great read, a must read!

Available February 5, 2019 by Celdon 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen

            Jess is a makeup artist for Beauty Buzz and one evening she is doing the makeup of a college age girl. This girl gets a text during her makeup session about a paid study starting the next morning at 8am, which the girl says is too early. While out of the room, Jess grabs the girls’ phone for the information for the study and she goes herself.

            After a few computer sessions the psychologist behind the study wants to continue the sessions in person. The doctor, Dr. Shields, wants Jess to tempt her husband, who has cheated on her before, to see if he will do it again. Jess meets the doctors’ husband and sleeps with him before finding out that he is married to Dr. Shields and before Dr. Shields successfully sets the two up.

           But in this study on morality the tables are turned, but on who? And who will walk away from this? Who really holds the control here? And who is taken along for a ride?

 

I thought this was a rather good read. I like the twists and turns, and love the ending. I just feel that a few points, we slowed down a bit too much for my liking, droping it to four stars. 

 

Available January 8, 2019 St. Martin's Press 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory

Nik is a freelance writer out at a Dodgers game celebrating her hot but dumb boyfriend's birthday with his friends. She is trying to get some work done using her phone when her boyfriend tells her to look up. on the JumboTron her boyfriend is proposing, "Will You Marry Me, Nicole?" He can't even spell her name correctly! He is a rather famous actor, so when the cameras start focusing in on them, she starts to panic. She doesn't want to marry this guy. Out of nowhere a guy and a woman show up and act like they know her, safely removing her from the whole thing and delivering her safely to her friends.

Over the next few weeks, Nik and the guy, Carlos become very good friends, in and out of the bedroom. But they both agreed to keep it casual, so when Carlos springs on Nik one morning that he loves her, she freaks out, again. It took her a couple of weeks, but while walking past the sour cream at the grocery store, her life gets put into perspective.

This is a fantastic romantic comedy. It's so cute, and funny, and I fell in love with Nik and Carlos! It can't be helped!

 

Available September 4, 2018 Berkley  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Lies by T.M. Logan

Joe and his four year old son are driving down the road one evening when his son spots his mom's car. Joe confirms it is, indeed, his wife's car. He follows her where she proceeds to meet with her friend's husband in a parking garage of a hotel. From there Joe's life starts spinning out of control. The police are looking at him for murdering the man in the parking garage, all the while the man in the parking garage is messing with him via text and computer. His home is broken into. He learns along the way that his life is full of lies, and just when he thinks he is starting to put it all together, new lies are brought out into the open. 

 

This was a fantastic story, so many twists! I was beyond shocked with where the author took this story, keeping me on the edge of my seat the entire time, then, "NO freaking way!!" Yes, this book is THAT good!!

 

Available September 11,2018 St. Martin's Press  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Girls' Night Out by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Lauren, Natalie and Ashley have been best friends for 20 years.  Natalie and Ashley even run a company together. But Lately, their friendship has not been very strong. So, the three head down to Tulum, Mexico for a week to have some fun and hopefully get their friendship back on track.

        But the trip is no fun, no one is getting along. Lauren's abusive husband died of a heart attack about a year ago. Natalie's husband made some bad investments, so she needs to sell the company. Ashley doesn't want to sell the company because it makes her so happy, so complete. Then Ashley goes missing. 

        We then go into what happened that night as Natalie's works through the drug induced black out of that night. Natalie and Ashley were arguing... 

        This is a fun, twisty book. Going back and forth from before the night and after the night, to lay the story out for the reader to see exactly what happened that night. The ending actually surprised me, I was really shocked with that! 

 

Available July 24,2018 Lake Union Publishing  🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage

Suzette has had health issues since she was a teen, Alex being one of her first and only real friends when she met right after college. They are soon married and pregnant with Hanna. They pregnancy comes with a whole bunch of problems, but suzette makes it through, delivering a beautiful dark haired baby girl.

Hanna is a wonderful baby, a perfectly well developing toddler.  She starts forming and saying words like momma and dada, but then stops.

As she grows older, she starts really acting mischievous, but never around her daddy. Mommy, yes, all the time, teachers too, but never around daddy. Hanna has been kicked out of 2 schools, and Suzette has been homeschooling her until they are referred to a school for kids with behavioral issues. Hanna is quickly kicked out after an incident with another student.

Hanna learns about a French witch, and starts talking to her mom as the witch, spouting spells in a rich French accent. She also leaves thumbtacks on the floor, burning her mom with embers from the fire pit. 

Very good story- very twisty, very nail-biting!!

 

Available July 17,2018 St. Martin's Press  🌟🌟🌟

A Refuge Assured by Jocelynn Green

Vivienne is a lace maker for the queen, Marie Antoinette. When the French Monarchy is overturned and the revolution begins, Vivienne is no longer safe in France.

She takes a journey to America, to Philadelphia, where she stays in a boarding house. A woman in the next room has a son about the same age as Louis-Charles, the boy king of France. The woman soon dies leaving her son, Henri, in the care of Vivienne, and they soon move to the refuge village that was built for the queen.

Vivienne very slowly falls in love with Liam, and Irish-American with his own revolution to fight.

 

Over all this, a really good story. A little too drawn out at points, and at others a tad confusing. Definitely worth the read, such a beautiful romance between Vivienne and Liam.

 

Available February 6,2018 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟

Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris

That night something happened to Layla.

A decade later... Finn just proposed to her sister, Ellen. Until now, everything has been happy and peaceful.  Until now, she stayed away.

 

The 3rd book by B.A. Paris will have your mind spinning. She sucked me in yet again, and I loved it! She also wrote Behind Closed Doors and The Breakdown, both available from St. Martin's Press.

 

Available June 19, 2018 St. Martin's Press  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

Hearts Entwined by Karen Witemeyer, Mary Connealy, Regina Jennings, and Melissa Jagears

This book is four novellas:

The Love Knot by Karen Witmeyer is about Claire inheriting her newborn nephew delivered to her by her ex boyfriend who wants to make amends. Claire is stubborn and is having a difficult time with this, until she falls ill with fever and she sees just how deep his love and devotion are. This was a very lovely story.

The Tangles Ties That Bind by Mary Connealy has childhood friends, Conner and Maggie, in love and wanting everything. Maggie a doctor and Conner a rancher. But, can they really have it all? This story was so sweet.

Bound and Determined by Regina Jennings takes us herding camels across Indian Territory by Ambrosia, her father, and the all too amazing Private Bradley Willis. Just imagine all the dust these two kicked up! It was a very good read.

 

Tied and True by Melissa Jagears is about a wealthy Marianne and not so much Calvin. Calvin believes she deserves better and she won't make it as a poor woman. But she wants to show him what she can and cannot handle. This story was absolutely beautiful!

Available January 2, 2018 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Probing: Harbingers Cycle Three by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Ganksy

Brenda, Andi, Tank, the Professor, and Daniel are back for four more adventures together- off of which are circled around, as in the first two books, The Gate.

 

First we go to L.A. for the filming of a new T.V. show and find towers emanating some brainwave to bring out peoples anger and violent side.

 

Then we board a pirate ship, with everyday items like earrings, transmitting visuals to someone somewhere else as though they are viewing it through the eyes of the person there.

 

We then encounter strange kids with inky black eyes. Andi's pregnant neighbor's unborn baby is taken, but her amniotic sac is still intact inside of her. Andi ends up finding the baby in a field. The professor makes a strange disappearance here as well, a funeral is held with no body.

 

We finish up with our team, minus the professor, disappear from a small town diner and into Little foot's world. Turns out, this was happening a lot. They are aging rapidly, can the team figure out how to get home before they die of old age?

All three books in this series are available, all published by Bethany House. This is a fanominal Christian Sci-Fi series!

Available December 5, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney

Amber is in a coma. She is aware of what is going on around her, she can hear people talking and moving, until she slips away again. She struggles to remember what happened, how she ended up in a coma. No one around her is aware this. No one. We go back to the days leading up to the coma, dip back into her childhood, and come back to the coma.

Amber works at a radio station, hates her boss, and has no friends, except for Jo, her marriages hasn't been great lately, but her sister, Claire is always there for her.

We learn that Claire's through Claire's journals that she set fire to her house one night, at 10 years old, killing her parents, leading to her best friend, Taylor (AKA Amber) parents adopting her.

Amber's boss also happens to be Claire's biological aunt, who didn't even go to her own sister's funeral- just collected the money. Claire's wants her to pay. Amber gets her fired, for Claire.

Amber seemed to have been having a miscarriage, so Claire was driving her to the hospital, when she had an accident, landing Amber in the coma.

 

After finally waking from the coma, Amber plots revenge on Claire for all the havoc she has caused all these years. What does she do? Find out in this edge of your seat psychological thriller! 

Available March 23, 2018 FlatIron Books  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Out Of The Ordinary by Jen Turano

In this story we follow a young woman named Gertrude, whose parents died when she little, and she is now working as a paid companion for a Mrs. Davenport. This Mrs. Davenport has a nasty habit of stealing things and then having Gertrude discreetly return the items.  It seems as though this has happened several times successfully, but one day Gertrude is caught. While returning some of the items' to her friend, Harrison's boat, Harrison's mother mistakes her for stealing and has her arrested.

With quite an explanation as to why Mrs. Davenport does this in the first place, we slowly watch Gertrude and Harrison fall deeper in love with each other, although neither is admitting this.

It gets drawn out by one of Harrison's friends, Asher, claiming Harrison needs to provide romance, to woo her. Sweeping her off her feet onto a horse, which goes all wrong, putting his jacket over a puddle, only to go wrong as well. But, Harrison finally talks about it to Gertrude, and he provides the most romantic marriage proposal I've ever heard of!

 

This novel did start a little slow, but quickly picks up! A laugh out loud historical romance I couldn't help but fall in love with!

Available November 7,2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Book 3 in the Cimaron Legacy Series!

The Bodens are back with the latest tale of adventure trying to save the Cimarron Legacy. We open in the gold mines on  the Cimarron Ranch, where an explosion has trapped some of the miners, and have killed others. Obviously, this was a planned explosion. But who? Why? As we go through the story of figuring out this puzzle, we watch the oldest Boden son, Cole, fall in love with lifelong friend, Mel Blake. Mel is trying to help Cole solve the mine issues, and she lives on the neighboring ranch. Cole's biological mother dies when he was little, and her parents were rich, lavishing it upon him, spoiling him, trying to control him. These grandparents set a dangerous plan in motion for someone else to take the Cimarron Ranch from the Bodens, Hattie June. Hattie was an actress who married another bad person, who is now dead, and she wants this ranch.

 

                While attacking Hattie June and her group of bandits are attacking the ranch house with the Boden women inside,  Sadie Boden's husband's brother shows up and suggests burning  the house down! The Boden men are trapped in the mine and unable to help...

Available October 3, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron & Elena Sharp

This book takes us through the account of 31 different women that are in the Bible, where, how, when they are all mentioned, a bit (and in some cases, all) that is known about them, and what we can learn from their roles they played. We visit Eve, the woman who started it all; Sarah, who laughed at the idea of having a new baby as an old woman; Ruth, the loyal daughter-in-law; Ester the strong queen; Mary, the mother of Jesus; her much older cousin, Elizabeth, who is the mother of John the Baptist. We look at the woman at the well, who was divorced a few times, currently living in sin, yet Jesus befriends her anyway ( He is SO loving!); the widow with only two coins, giving them both to God through the church; and we end with the hardworking Priscilla. There are some many more incredible stories in this book, which is very well written and formatted- each chapter ends with a few bullet point facts pertaining to that woman, as well as a few questions still nagging at the authors.

Available October 17, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Life-Changing Miracles Compiled by James Stuart Bell

This book is filled with miracles, big ones, small ones- all gifts from God. It is incredible to see God working in our lives, all He does, all He gives us, all He makes happen for us- or not happen. But it is exciting, thrilling even, to hear what God has done for other, and that's exactly what we get in this book.

We read of people coming to the Lord, health issues disappearing, tangible gifts and or signs from heaven, learning who you are, learning to be who you are, and prayer. Lots and lots of prayer! Because, how else are we going to have a chance to get what we want- what we think we need? We do not have because we did not ask, or maybe we asked, but we were doubtful. Boldness, crying out for Jesus- that is why ALL these miracles happened.

 

Similar to another book compiled by James Stuart Bell, Gifts from Heaven, we read stories by multiple Christens in their own words. My favorite was the mom wanting to reschedule her new baby's well visit but couldn't. That was seriously a diverted disaster!

Available September 19, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

An Inconvenient Beauty by Kristi Ann Hunter

What a beautiful historical fiction! Isabella is the daughter of a farmer, her mother was once somebody in London, but gave it all up when she fell in love. Once Isabella's uncle realizes her beauty, he packs her up, takes her to London, promising to help her poor family if she helps him get votes for a bill.

A bit old for her first season, no one is the wiser. She still attracts and flirts with all the men who hold a vote themselves, or their father does. Isabella is almost too good at this. Until one day she meets Griffith, a handsome duke.

The two are very interested in each other, but, unfortunately, Isabella has to stay away from him in order to uphold her end of the deal with her uncle.

 

Until the day when the bill is shutdown., but how can Isabella explain all the lies and the reasons behind them to Griffith? Her cousin, Freddie has some ideas, but when Isabella won't listen to her, Freddie is off to do some matchmaking of her own. Will Isabella and Griffith get their happy ever after or will Isabella's pride hold out?

Available September 5, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Most of this is common sense, we just usually make the choice to check our email while our best friend is on the phone crying her eyes out about something her husband said to her. But to make the choice to fully hear her- Harling has some great- and practical- tips and advice to help listen to her. Not tell her how to handle that husband of hers, but truly, genuinely listen. Your friend probably just wants to vent about it and will then feel better about it, not have your advice, so sit back and pay attention.

Harling brings some wonderful Scripture into play: Proverbs 4:1 " Pay attention and gain understanding."; James 1:9 "Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak." There are several more used, but God is telling us to close our mouths and open our ears.

 

Get advice on handling conflicts, encouraging your children, listening to someone who is depressed, and learn how and why we need to validate others. And let's not forget what our face is saying, does it match what I am feeling, saying or doing? Plus, learn the 5 B's of availability. In a time when so many people seem to be so self involved, this is a great way to learn how to be a better friend.

Available August 1, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land

We follow Milly, a fifteen year old girl with quite the troubled past. She just turned her mother into the police for murdering nine children over the course of nine years.

Milly comes home from the hospital with Mike, her psychiatrist, his wife, Saskia, and their daughter, Phoebe, as a foster child. Milly doesn't know, but soon figures out Mike is writing a book about her, Saskia has a drug issue and is sleeping with her yoga instructor, and Phoebe is a  big bully.

Phoebe and her friends call Milly Dog Face, torture her, do bad things and blame her, take pictures of her showering. Then, bad things start happing to Phoebe- her house key suddenly goes missing, so she was home late after a party because she was trying to find it, her chemistry homework vanishes and she gets detention, and then she falls off the banister, killing herself.

All the while, Milly is preparing to testify in court against her mother. After the trial, Milly overdoses on all the saved up pills Mike has been giving her but she stashed instead of swallowing.

 

After Phoebe's death, Milly tries to make Mike and Saskia her mom and dad. But all the secrets Milly carries, something is going to come out- someone will know who and what Milly really is.

Available September 5, 2017 FlatIron Books  🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Assault: Harbingers Cycle Two by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Ganksy

Brenda, Andi, Tank, the Professor, and Daniel are back for four more adventures together- off of which are circled around, as in the first book, The Gate.

We start from Brenda's point of view (Bill Myers) as we start off in Rome. A weird appointment with a cardinal, then some catacombs, then a super weird house on a cliff that- a house that is continually changing,  then completely just disappears.

Next, as the Professor (Frank Peretti), we have a fungus taking control and killing people. This powder-like fungus even takes over Andi! The team has to figure out how to save her, and one method they use is the Professor actually ingests some of the fungus powder!

We then are with Andi (Angela Hunt) as she starts seeing a psychiatrist. He happens to be a good looking Scottish one! But, he is also controlling Andi after hypnotizing her.

Finally, as Tank (Alton Gansky), the whole group is at a retirement party for an architect in Sand Diego. After an earthquake there is this weir fog- it has scary creatures swimming in it, and it is rising. Tank gets this wild idea in his head to jump off the roof of the building, into the fog, to break a window on a lower floor so that he can save the day. He prays, and actually does jump off the roof!

 

This book so was so good. I couldn't put this one down, and it could possibly be better than the first one. Harbingers Cycle one is also available.

Available August 1, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Egypt's Sister by Angela Hunt

This is a work of fiction, the author did do her research in getting as much historically accurate details, like Alexandria, Rome, Cleopatra, Caesar, Mark Atony, etc. as possible.

Chava (pronounced Ha-vah) is a young Jewish girl, daughter of Daniel the scholar and tutor to the royal family. Chava and Urbi ( the young queen Cleopatra) are classmates and best friend. But when Urbi's father dies, Urbi has to marry her own little brother and become queen, practically tossing Chava aside.

Cleopatra becomes pregnant by Creaser and imprisons Chava and her father, who are later sold as slaves. Chava was sent to Rome, where she started working on a farm owned by the Octavii family. Chava studied to become a midwife, and successfully delivered the masters daughters baby. Soon, Chava is a highly sought midwife by the rich and famous of Rome.

 

Chava ends up as "friend" to one of her owners, Agrippa, and he ends up tasking her to a negotiation with Cleopatra in exchange for her freedom. She succeeds, and goes home to see if her father, brother, and love interest are all safe.

Available July 4, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟

Winged Victory by Sarah Levine Simon

This book may look a bit differant, it is still undressed! The author herself reached out to me and personally asked for me to read and review her novel. She sent me the printout verson. It has since been published. This was a great honor! Thank you, Sarah! I wanted to post this picture, but when you search for this, it has more of black and white cover with a girl standing in a muesum:

Winged Victory is about a teenage girl named Victory. Her mother is deaf and her father dies.  Taking place in the early to mid 1950's.

They story takes us through her father's illness and death. All the while she is bullied by this guy named Bill. Her best friend across the street has strict parents with extremely high expectations of their daughter. The parents actually have her committed to a mental hospital because they cannot control her!

Victory is always trying to protect her mom. With mom being deaf, Victory has to sign everything to her. Usually editing or completely changing what was said while translating.

Victory's mom is also pushed around a bit by Victory's dad's brother. The two men owned a linoleum shop together, and after Victory's father passed, her mom started working there. But Victory's mom makes tile, and bit of a conflict in the eyes of her uncle. So, mom and a friend start a tile shop.

 

The best part of this entire book with when and how Victory gets back at her bully. She has a few friends help in accomplishing it. Even as the reader, it is funny and satisfying to read what these teens do!

Available July 15, 2017 Black Opal Books🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Long Haul by Finn Murphy

This book is written by a profession mover who also drives the items being moved in a tractor trailer. Murphy recounts some stories of this time on the job.  About the lingo, how the job works, the interesting people he has met only because of his job.

Murphy walks us through how he even got starting in the moving industry, his parents reaction when he decided to drop out of college to pursue his career.

Murphy recounts a widow he was helping rush across the country in just a few days. Her son is driving her. The widow dies on the way, but her son talks Murphy into attending the funeral of his dad as a warrior with a Native American tribe. The family wasn't Native American, the dad was a professor who lived and worked with this tribe.

Murphy shares about the pack and load job where he packs up a military family at Offutt, drives to the new place only to learn that the guy sent his wife and son and had no intention of joining. The wife threw a fit, slept with Murphy, and got her and her son back to Omaha.

 

This book is rather funny and very well told. Overall, this book is a highly entertaining read!

Available June 6, 2017 W.W.Norton & Company  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Praying For Girls by Teri Lynne Underwood

This book is packed with funny, heart-touching stories, examples, and most importantly, Scripture-based prayers to pray over our daughters!

Prayer topics covered include: her identity; her heart; her mind; her relationships, and her purpose.

Subtopic prayers include: being accepted; purity; love; being kept; content; renewal; guarded; peaceful; humility; wisdom; generosity; salvation; sanctification; being steadfast, and sharing.

Underwood offers up some of her struggles, her daughter's struggles and more to help us relate as moms who all deal with similar if not dead on the issues we all face. She lays out Scripture for us to pray over our girls in all these areas. She reminds us to remind ourselves sometimes we really need to let go and let God. Sometimes, as hard as it may be, we need to pray for our daughter, then get out of God's way so he can work.

"Our daughter's long to be accepted, to be chosen, Little girls want to know how much to you love them. Big girls want to be reassured they can't do anything to lose your love."

 

"Our prayers are a powerful instrument for shaping our girl's hearts to mirror the heart of Christ."

Available July 18, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Essential Guide To Prayer by Dutch Sheets

Quite Simply this book very thoroughly explains what intercessory prayer is, how it works, what it does, how it effects people, places, etc. and the power of God.

Dutch starts with walking us through the priorities of intercession: our motivation, our needs, and the needs of others. Then we go through the plan: God's plan of intercession is to work on earth with us and through us. "When Christ instructed us to ask the Father in His name, He wasn't giving us a formula but rather describing a legal premise for asking. (See John 14:6; Hebrews 10:19; 1 John 2:1; 1 Timothy 2:5)."

We learn about the prize and place of intercession, the protection it brings, We learn to persevere: 1.) God's timing is always perfect; 2.) Often God can teach us truths and build our characters during the waiting times in ways no other process can accomplish; 2.) The need for God to work in others who may be part of the answer. Be proactive! Intercessory prayer can and will be painful at times. We need to stay strong. Sheets quotes Dick Eastman's book, "Love On Its Knees": "Compassion is more than pity. It is love in its dynamic phase, love released through actions." (Incredibly said!)

 

We also see the pleasure of intercessory prayer. Throughout the book Sheets uses beautiful and powerful stories and examples of praying this way. Many wonderful moments await us- don't miss out- Enjoy the journey!

Available June 20, 2017 Bethany House🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

Heart On The Line by Karen Witemeyer

Grace's father is shot and killed before her own eyes. She then goes on the run, ending up in a place called Harper's Station She is a Western Union operator there nearly a year later. Once evening, while chatting over the wire with a fellow operator, whom she has never met, they are interrupted with a word of the bad guys have found her and they are on their way to Harper's Station.

They very next afternoon a strange man arrives in town looking for Grace. The Marshall throws him jail  and goes to get Grace. This stranger, by the way of code tapping, proves he is her friend from the wire, he has come to help her as he heard her receiving the warning.

A man impersonating a Pinkerton lawman soon kidnaps Grace, torturing her, threatening to harm and kill her and her friends over some books her father "stole". Amos, her wire friend, finds her, attempts to rescue young Grace, gets knocked on the head, in a position he had not anticipated! Grace shoots the faux Pinkerton, gets away, sends a nearby sheriff to locate Amos and the dubious lawman.

 

 This historical romance has some very well timed humor. A very enjoyable book! Available June 6, 2017 Bethany House  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give by Ada Calhoun

Marriages have all kinds of ups and downs. But why do some people make it all the way and others don't? Ada asks those who have been married for several decades, reads a variety of books, and watches a few movies. The answer is always similar- just don't get divorced.

All the while Ada is delivering that information, she shares her dating and marital past. She shares a lot of stories from her life with her husband and their son. She talks about making out with a guy while shes out of town. Going home and telling her husband about it, only to find out a woman has recently told him he is attractive and he said the same thing to her.

"Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give" really just gives accounts of how difficult marriage can be: miscarriage, house fire, debt, illness, accidents, etc. That we should just stick it out, and perhaps laugh at ourselves a little bit more, bad stuff happens to all of us, but going through it with someone helps.

This is a great book, especially for an engaged or recently married person. Life can suck, suffer together, then you have all these interesting memories to share with your children and grandchildren!

 

Advice gleaned: Be nice and don't leave! 

Available May 16, 2017 W.W.Norton & Company 

Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler

This book really packs a punch with all that it has to offer!  Though the journey we learn to pray with confidence, boldness, and grace. The first part of this book is a study- 21 days of examples, scripture, exercises, thought provoking questions and more. The second part of this book is a 21 day devotional. The author also offers some free downloads on her website to help you go deeper with journaling, as well as a free download of  "5 Steps of Grace: A Journey Guide to Freedom".  She also has videos that she will be posting soon, but at the time of this review, they had yet to be available.  In the very back of the book, Detweiler also provides "Guidelines for a Spiritual Retreat" as well as "Guidelines for Fasting".

This book gives scriptures to help build you up, because you need to have confidence to ask for forgiveness and prayer requests. You don't have something because you haven't asked for it. (See James 1)

Detweiler covers so many points I fell in love with, here are a few examples:  1.) The main point of prayer is relationship, not ritual. 2.) Prayer is the beauty of being in God's presence without pretense. 3.) There is nothing you have ever done that God is not able to cleanse and set you free from! 4.) Becoming a woman who moves mountains means that you become better not bitter as you go through difficulties. 5.) The key to going through a crisis is to stay close to Jesus and follow the leading of His Holy Spirit.  6.) Hope is an anchor for our souls.Available May 2, 2017. Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

 

 

TryaBox: Full Circle Home

I had the opportunity to test mutlitple products in a TryaBox featuring Full Circle Home products. It came with four differant products, a cirtus ice making kit, reuseable storage bags, latex gloves and a bottle brush.

Citrus Ice Infusion Party Pack:  Citrus reamer locks on to juice directly into trays; 5 BPA- free silicone trays for easy release; Recipe booklet included. We made lime ice cubes, and my children really wanted to juice the limes. It was rather easy for them to do. My husband used some of the lime cubes in our mojitos, the kids had theirs in water. Everyone enjoyed them! Can be used with any citrus fruit! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Ziptuck Reusable Storage Bags:  Reusable food-safe; BPA-free storage bag; Leak-proof, air-tight "lock" seal design;  Stands upright for everyday use and storage ease; Chevron + Clear design. These are made of a thick, durable plastic, these bags can hold a variety of different things, and it is leak-proof as well as air tight. We tested two large ones. I was able to put a book with my readers in one. My daughter put her swim suit in the other, so that after swimming she could throw it in her bag without getting everything else wet. Everything was perfect at the end of the day! These very nice bags could also hold make-up, baby stuff, art supplies, phones, ereaders, as well as food. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Splash Patrol Natural Latex Cleaning Gloves: Durable, slip-resistant grip; Cuffed design to catch water (and keep you dry); Super soft lined interior for comfor and hot water protection; Hang-dry loops for fast, clean drying. These are fantastic! They have a thin cloth lining that is soft on the inside. There is a "magic" cuff that helps as a "splash guard", and all the while they help you keep yourself clean, dry, and still have a strong grip on your dishes. There are also these handy loops to hang them to dry and keep out of the way. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟                    

Clean Reach Bottle Brush: A perfect fit for on-the-go drinking bottles and mugs; Slim, elongated design that's ideal for bottle necks; Replaceable heads extend use while minimizing waste. Let's just start with how this is not just for baby bottles! All these interestingly shaped reusable water bottles need this to clean them! It thoroughly cleans, quickly, and painlessly. When it's done, the head is replaceable- that's really cool- less waste! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟     

They are avilable on FullCircleHome.com; Amazon.com; and Jet.com.

 

The Breakdown by B. A. Paris

Cass is driving home one night after the end of year teachers party during a rather nasty storm. She decides, against her better judgment (as well as her husband's- whose at home with a migraine), to take a short-cut to get home and out of the storm sooner. On this short-cut road, she encounters another car, it's on the shoulder with the lights on. Cass sees a woman inside, so she pulls over to offer help. It seems as though neither woman want to get out in the rain, the other woman makes no signal that she needs help, so Cass drives off after a couple of minutes.

The next morning Cass wakes to learn that the woman in the other car was found, in her car, on that road, murdered! Cass starts to lose it- forgets stuff, forgets how to use the microwave and the washing machine, forgets her husband is going out of town for work, orders a ton of stuff from the shopping channel with no memory of doing it. And once she seemed to have forgotten where she parked the car, and had to ask for help because she thought it was stolen. Plus, she starts getting all these phone calls on her house phone, where the caller ID reads PRIVATE, and when she answers she is met with silence. But why do the calls never come in when her husband at home? Is someone watching the house? Could it be the murderer?

Cass's husband, Matthew, takes her to a doctor, where they get meds to help her. Her best friend, Rachel, is very supportive, meeting her for drinks, dinner, coffee, to try to help her through the stressful time. Turns out Cass actually knew the murder victim, Jane. Rachel worked with her, and they met at a party for their work, and Cass had lunch with Jane.

Rachel is very supportive until one night Cass meets her for drinks, and Rachel rather abruptly leaves the bar. Once she is gone, a college girl approaches Cass and hands her a cell phone stating that a college guy snagged it from Rachel's purse. Cass finds only one number in the contacts, calls it, and Matthew picks up. Later, Cass starts reading all the texts between her best friend and her husband.  Just how crazy has Cass really gotten these last couple of months? And what does all this have to do with Jane? Why are Rachel and Matthew texting? And What is up with the knife in Cass' garden shed? Who really killed Jane? Available July 18, 2017 St. Martin's Press 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Map That Leads To You by J.P. Monninger

Heather and her two friends from college, Amy and Constance, just graduated, and are traveling around Europe together. On the train to Paris, Heather meets Jack. It is pretty much love at first sight for both of them. They even share one of those movie kisses on the train platform with steam from the train around them. Jack is traveling with his Austrailian friend, Raef.    

One night Amy looses her bag with her money and passport causing her to return home, leaving the two sets of lovebirds to travel Europe together. After weeks of traveling, Constance decides to return with Raef to Austrailia and Jack with Heather to New York. Jack ends up disappearing at the Paris airport. Heater returns home alone, but soon discovers that  she has Jack's grandfather's journal. The journal Jack was following in his grandfather's footsteps from after Word War II around Europe with. 

After not hearing from Jack, Constance announces her and Raef are getting married in Paris. At the wedding, Raef informs Amy about a particular day in Paris where Raef was with Jack. Heather consults the journal and realizes she knows where he is going to be and when he will be there! So Heather takes off to Batak. Will she find Jack? What was the secret between Raef and Jack that day in Paris? Did Jack not love her? Available June 13. St. Martin's Press 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Answering the Toughest Questions About Heaven and Hell by Bruce Bickel & Stan Jantz

As humans, we are curious and have so many questions about and surrounding the topic of Heaven. In this book Bruce Bickel and Stan Jantz team up to help answer quite a few questions using Biblical Scripture. "Do all roads lead to Heaven?", they discuss different religions and faiths. Everyone​ seems to know what is next, afterlife, reincarnation, heaven, hell, etc. Quite a few are different. "If God is love, how could He send anyone to hell?" talks about what the Bible says get you where, heaven or hell. But what about the "good" people who didn't accept Christ? This is an intense little read, and Bickel and Jantz throw a little humor in as well! Available April 16, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Threads of Suspicion by Dee Henderson

This story follows Evie, and detective with a newly appointed task force to try to solve cold cases. Evie has been assigned a case where she needs to find what happened to a college student, Jenna, that disappeared 9 years ago.

Also on this task force is David, among others. David is searching for what happened to a private investigator that disappeared 6 years ago. Evie and David help eachother out on their cases.

David happens to be engaged to a famous singer/songwriter named Maggie, who surprisingly is able to help them find what happened to Jenna.

As a Christian fiction, this novel has suspense, murder, love, and scripture all rolled into one! Available May 2, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Fact Of A Body by Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

 This book is non fiction, but reads almost as though it is fiction. Half is about a murderer- Ricky Langly, a mentally ill man who is a pedophile. He kills a young boy.

It is half memoir. Alexandria was abused sexually by her grandfather when she was a little girl. She takes the reader through her life pretty much up until the book was written. 

The contents of the book is not for the weak. But is was written so beautifully. Available May 16. Flatiron Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟 

He Said, She Said

It all started in Lizard Point all those years ago... Kit and Laura have the perfect relationship, they've been together for sixteen years, and are expecting​ twins.

...All those years ago in Lizard Point, Laura has an interview so she will follow Kit. After she arrives and they watch the eclipse, Laura finds and purse on the ground, then she finds the purses owner in a bit of trouble. Kit doesn't like Beth, and he seems to stop at nothing to prevent Laura and Beth from being friends. Available June 6th Minotaur Books 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Invitation: Harbingers Cycle One by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, and Alton Ganksy

 Four people destined to solve something together but what? Four characters, four authors, four stories that are separate by yet tie together. This was a fantastic read. We meet our characters is the first story, they investigate a school for special people. The second story they spend the night in a haunted house. The third they discover dead fish and birds. And the fourth they meet a very special little girl. Available April 4, 2017 Bethany House🌟🌟🌟🌟

Ubongo

 Doing things just a little different, I was sent a game to review. Ubongo is a puzzle game for 1-4 players; ages 8 & up. To test this out, we hosted what ened up being out biggest game night ever! 13 adult guests, 2 children guests, and the 4 of us. Ubongo is a puzzle game, and you want to solve your puzzle before time runs out and collect gems to beat your friends. This game was really fun and a big hit! It can be found on Amazon for $32.99. Available now. Kosmos 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Gifts From Heaven Compiled by James Stuart Bell

Looking for a powerful uplifting book about miracles God has been preforming in the lives of others? Told by the witnesses themselves, we read about all kinds of miracles, including people who's cancer has vanished, people who were in accidents and walked away​, angles comforting, and even an account of a person accepting Jesus on his death bed. A fabulous little read! Available April 4, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

This book follows two women and one man. One woman is married to him, the other works for him. Unbeknownst to him the women meet and become friends, but why all the secrets? And that ending? Available January 31, 2017 Flatiron Books  #BehindHerEyes                        🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 

No More Faking Fine by Esther Fleece

This is a journey to freedom! Lamenting through all the bad and negative things you've endured in life to bring you freedom from the enemy. Brings you closer to GOD! Available January 10, 2017 Zondervan #NoMoreFakingFine                                            🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Long Time Gone by Mary Connealy

 A gripping, fast paced, action adventure in the Old West. With a land grant mystery, this story is complete with murders, kidnappers, a widow from Omaha, and a big, loving, Christian family. This book offers quite a bit, did I mention there's a dash of romance as well? This book is actually the second in The Cimarron Ranch Legacy. Available February 28, 2017 Bethany House 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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