Monday, June 17, 2019

Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy

This story is a novella by Sarah Grace Grzy about love, loss and grace. Ezra is a paramedic. He has loss in his life (his mother died a few years earlier). After a shooting in the park, he becomes reaquainted with the sister of his best friend, whom he hasn't seen in several years. She has suffered loss as well. Her brother (Ezra's friend) was killed by a gunshot a couple of years after Ezra last saw him and now Piper has been shot by a random shooter. As she recovers, Ezra helps her get through it since she is a loner and only knows one other person in town besides Ezra. It seems to me there are a lot of improbable circumstances in this story that are not well explained, but it is a good story for processing the idea of God's grace and his unflagging love for all of his children. It was well written and the characters were people we would all want to have as friends.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

King's Shadow by Angela Hunt

This is the story of King Herod’s reign in Judea as told by his sister Salome and Salome’s servant Zara. Angela Hunt brings the story to life with details and history that we might not be aware of. We can find out a lot about Herod in the Bible, but all the little cultural details flesh out the story into something quite wonderful. We meet other famous characters like Octavius and Mark Antony and Cleopatra. I had a better understanding of the time leading up to Jesus birth after reading this book. From the time Moses led the children of Israel into the Promised Land until the birth of Jesus, a lot of infighting and just unbelief and disobedience on the part of the 12 tribes led to some nasty situations and political intrigue was rampant (much like today). If you want to know more about King Herod, this would be an excellent book to read to find out. I highly recommend it.

I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Vigilant (The Night Guardians, #1) by Sara Davison

Daniel Grey is a detective trying to stop a rash of child abductions.  He consults two brothers Gage Kelly, an attorney who works some child abuse cases and Holden Kelly who works those same cases as a Social Services caseworker.  Both Daniel Grey and Gage Kelly are interested in a woman who helps run a local cafĂ© – Nicole Hunter.   Nicole had a bad childhood and so did Gage so they connect.   As they get closer to solving the abductions, it becomes apparent that some of the children that are in the most abusive homes are the ones being targeted in the abductions and someone is “rescuing” them.  Daniel asks Nicole for some help in his investigation and she is torn between helping him and staying out of it, which she cannot in good conscience do even though it could be devastating to her.

This was an interesting book and the concept of it is timely given the many horrible cases where children are not adequately protected by the system that is in place to do so and since trafficking is a serious worldwide problem. 

I hope to see more from this author in the future. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author.  All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Vigilant, the first book of The Night Guardians series by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


Title: Vigilant 
Series: The Night Guardians, Book 1
Author: Sara Davison 
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink 
Release Date: June 1, 2019
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

She must choose between the man who represents the law and the one who may have taken it into his own hands.

Neglected by her parents for most of her life, Nicole Hunter keeps everyone, especially men, at arms’ length. So when Attorney Gage Kelly walks into the diner where she is waiting tables one evening, she fights her attraction to him with everything she has.

Gage and his brother Holden grew up in an abusive home, and Gage has baggage of his own. But the connection between him and Nicole is too strong to ignore, and Gage manages to convince them both that their relationship is worth the risk.

Then children begin disappearing in the night.

When Detective Daniel Grey starts to close in on the child snatcher, and enlists Nicole’s help, she faces her deepest fear. Everything and everyone she has clung to so tightly could be ripped from her, leaving her completely alone.

Except for one.

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Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy, and the suspense novel, Vigilant, book one of The Night Guardians Series. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including the Word Award for Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards, and is a Word and Cascade Award winner. Sara has a degree in English Literature and currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to.


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(1) winner will receive a copy of Vigilant and $25 Amazon Gift Card!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Until the Mountains Fall by Connilyn Cossette

I have followed the stories of this family throughout this series and love this latest installment!

Kedesh is a city of refuge in the Promised Land.  This story takes place soon after the death of Joshua (who took over as leader when Moses died).  Rivkah, daughter of the High Priest over Kedesh, has grown up with the children of Darek and Moriyah (the hero and heroine of the first book of the series). She married one of their sons but had been widowed.  Her father insisted that she follow Jewish tradition and marry the next son Malakhi.  Rivkah does not want to marry Malakhi and so she runs away with her cousin to hide from the marriage.  Of course they run into trouble right away and by the time she realizes she made a mistake it’s too late.  Malakhi, who had loved Rivkah for years, was devastated by the situation and threw himself into helping his father as a warrior.  When he eventually finds out where Rivkah is he sets out to fetch her but she is in a situation that is not easy to get out of.   The story has shades of the Prodigal son in the Bible and is a good story about forgiveness and grace. 

I hope there will be another installment in this series.

I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I love Nancy Mehl’s suspense stories and the FBI agents that populate them.  This is another story about Kaely Quinn.  She takes time off to go care for her sick mother and immediately notices a patter to recent fires in the small town where her mother lives.  Her partner, Noah Hunter, decides to take some time off and come help her since he is feeling lost without her.  The more they look into the fires, the more suspicions they have and the more dangerous it become for them to pursue the answer to the mystery.  This story has a lot of twists and leaves you guessing till the end .  I read this story non-stop because I had to know the ending and I refuse to cheat and look at the back first. 

I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

The Killing Tide by Dani Pettrey

This is another Dani Pettrey home run! This story involves the Coast Guard, most especially Coast Guard Investigative Service agent Finn Walker and his unit when they have to investigate the death of one of their own.  Meanwhile, Gabby, Finn’s boss’ sister, a reporter, comes to stay under Finn’s protection because someone who was convicted of a crime due to a story she wrote is trying to kill her.  Of course, being a reporter, she can’t seem to keep her nose out of the investigation and makes Finn’s life more complicated and gets herself into danger as well.

Dani Pettrey’s books are always full of suspense and interesting characters and I look forward to each new installment as they come out in her series.

I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Listening to Love by Beth Wiseman

This story was interesting and I think somewhat unique in that both mother and daughter, both of whom are Englisch, have relationships with Old Order Amish men.  Both struggle with the differences and the Amish men in question are struggling with the situation as well.  Natalie Collins falls in love with Lucas, who is Amish.  Meanwhile, her mother becomes the employee of Lucas’ neighbor, also Amish.  As both families struggle with the relationship between Lucas and Natalie, they need to find enough common ground that they can make it work for both of them or else walk away.  Natalie’s mother’s situation makes her find an inner strength that she had been lacking since her divorce.

I love Beth Wiseman’s books.  This one was a little hard to get my head around at first but it was a solid story all the same. 

I received a Kindle copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.