Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Judah’s Wife by Angela Hunt

This is the story of Judah called Maccabaeus in the Old Testament told through his and his wife’s points of view. This is the story of the restoration of the Temple in Jerusalem that is the basis of the celebration of Hanukkah. Like all good researchers, Angela Hunt did not include anything that was not in the original account so the legendary story of the oil for the Hanukkah lights lasting 8 days was not included since it is not scriptural but comes from another historical document. It is no less compelling for having this part not included. I love Biblical historical fiction and this is one of the best I’ve read. Ms. Hunt’s meticulous research brings the time and the setting to life and really gives some background to the story told in the Bible. Although some of the characters such as Leah, Judah’s wife, were not actually people mentioned in the Bible and were invented by the author, the story still remains true to the facts. We don’t know who his wife actually was, but it is very likely that he had one.

This book kept me glued to it from the moment I read the first page. I will confess that the name Angela Hunt on the front cover was the first selling point because I’m fairly certain I’ve not missed anything written by Angela Hunt, but this one may well be her masterpiece. The next one probably will be too though since she just keeps getting better as she goes along!

I can’t say enough about this book. I recommend it to anyone and everyone. If it doesn’t win some literary award it’s because enough people didn’t know to read it. I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review, but most assuredly I would have purchased it if it hadn’t been offered to me.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

High Treason by Diann Mills

This is the best Diann Mills book I’ve read and I’ve read them all. Diann Mills gets better as an author like ages cheese and fine wine. The character development and research she did for this book was magnificent.

Monica Aiden is a CIA operative and Kord Davidson is an FBI special agent and they are assigned to work together to protect a Saudi prince who is in Houston with some family members to get cancer treatment for his mother and conduct some business. Someone is trying to kill him and all the evidence points to it being one of his trusted team. Monica and Kord are both reluctant to trust a partner they had never previously met but they soon come to rely on each other to crack this difficult case.

This is such a well crafted story that I had to keep to keep reading to find out how it all came out. I loved this book and it will be part of my permanent collection. Tyndale gave me this book in exchange for an honest review and I am so glad they did. All Tyndale fiction books are winners!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Empowered by Craig Parshall

This story is about disbarred attorney Trevor Black and his newly discovered daughter Heather as they are embroiled in a case involving Voodoo and human trafficking. The story is fast paced and intriguing and kept me in suspense until the very end about who the high powered government employee who was calling the shots of the criminal activity was. I was very impressed with the depth of the characters involved and the intricacies of the plot. I will definitely be looking for more of Mr Parshall’s work in the future.

I loved how the main character’s faith in God and complete reliance on Him throughout was part of the story but not in any contrived or artificial way. It was all just a matter of fact.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for my review. I love the quality of Tyndale fiction.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Holding the Fort by Regina Jennings

Lola has lost her job st the Cat Eye Saloon to a younger more accommodating singer. Her younger brother had gotten into some trouble with his superior officer at Ft. Reno in Indian Territory, so Lola decides to go and see if she can fix the situation. She finds a position teaching the commander’s daughters by accident and misinformation.

I enjoyed this book. I loved the characters and the glimpse into our US history. According to the front of the book this is the first of the Fort Reno series. I’m excited to see what new tales will emerge. Regina Jennings is becoming one of my new favorite authors. I reviewed her previous book “For the Record” last year.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for my review. I love just about everything from Bethany House and I’m especially happy that this was the book I chose to review this time.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering

This is another WWII era mystery by Julianna Deering and, as always, it is full of interesting characters and plot twists and turns. It kept me guessing till the last chapter. Drew Farthering and his wife, Madeline, and their friends Nick and Carrie are visiting one of Drew's relatives in Scotland during the 1935 British Open. As is always the case in these stories, someone gets murdered right off the bat and Drew gets involved in the investigation, much to local law enforcement's chagrin. Drew suspects there is even some Nazi spying going on and he believes the two situations might be connected. As always, Ms. Deering leaves the reader anticipating the next installment of Drew's amateur sleuthing exploits.

I received my copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my review, but as much as I have enjoyed this series I would have purchased it myself anyway and I recommend that you try it out for yourself.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Prayer Monsters: Tora Fright Patches Things Up – A Story About Forgiveness by Tracey Madder

This is a cute book and my grandchildren loved it! Tora wins a prize for her ceramic armadillo. But then her baby brother, Booyah, breaks it. Tora is very sad but she realizes that her brother didn’t mean to break it. She asks for forgiveness for what she said to Booyah and then lets him help her fix it. It’s a nice story that teaches about forgiveness. The names of the kids (the others are Pi, Zeppi and RJ) and the fact that they live in a very busy and messy household at the end of Quiet Street makes the story all the more fun. There are five siblings in my grandchildrens’ family too so that resonated.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review and I’m so glad I selected this one to review.

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

This is book three of the Cimarron Legacy series. I have really enjoyed this series and I think it’s the best yet of Mary Connealy. I have never missed one of her books since she started and I love them all. She writes some really funny stuff. But his one was less funny and less about quirky characters and more meat to it. She kept me guessing through all three of the books and I was surprised by the ending. I definitely did not figure it out ahead of time. The plot was more complex and the characters were wonderfully crafted.

This story is about Cole Boden, the oldest son of Chance and Veronica Boden. He has come back to the ranch to run the gold mines on the property. A childhood neighbor and friend, Melanie Blake, helps him out after an explosion at the mine which appears to have been orchestrated by someone. I would tell you more of the story but it is more fun to discover it for yourself. All the loose ends from the two prior books came together in the end and the story comes to a very satisfying conclusion.

I would definitely recommend this entire series, and, in fact, the entire list of Mary Connealy’s books to anyone wanting something great to read! I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review but I would have bought this the minute it came out anyway because I was waiting for the conclusion of the story.