Friday, January 11, 2019

A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould

This is an Amish story that deals with some sticky issues for the Amish like military service and medical service.  Leisel was raised Amish but she has always been interested in being a nurse so she breaks away and becomes a nurse.  She has an English boyfriend , Nick who is also a nurse.  Leisel is still bound by her Amish beliefs even though she has no intention of joining the Amish church. When Nick decides to join the Air Force, Leisel cannot get her head around it because she does not believe in war.

The story goes back and forth between Leisel and the story of her grandfather, an Amish man who was an ambulance drive in France during WWII in a Civilian group that used conscientious objectors.  Leisel’s Aunt tells her the story of her grandfather and also the story of the aunt’s fiancĂ© who died in Viet Nam doing medical service as a conscientious objector. 

The story is an examination of the main character’s beliefs and her final conclusion of what is God’s will for her life.  The story is very well crafted and keeps you guessing till the end.  It portrays some of the conflicts between the Plain world and the English world and how people on both sides choose to deal with the differences.  I enjoyed this story and would recommend it to those who love Amish stories and also those who love WWII stories.  I was given a Kindle edition of this book for the purpose of a review.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

The Seven Trilogy by Sara Davison

Seven Trilogy blog tour

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Seven Trilogy, romantic suspense novels by Sara Davison, hosted by JustRead tours!


The End Begins - final
cover Title: The End Begins (Seven Trilogy #1)  
Author: Sara Davison  
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

One of them is a prisoner and one of them is free. The same one.

Bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly and Army Captain Jesse Christensen are on opposite sides of a battle. When martial law is declared, Jesse and his platoon are sent to Meryn’s city to keep an eye on the Christians and make sure they are not stepping outside of the confines of the law.

Fiery and quick-tempered, Meryn chafes under the curfew and other restrictions to her freedom. Jesse is equally amused, intrigued, and terrified by her spirit, knowing she could find herself in prison if she shows defiance to the wrong soldier.

His worst fears are realized when she commits a crime he cannot protect her from. Now they both face an uncertain future, and the very real threat of losing everything, including their lives. With time running out, Jesse works feverishly to convince the authorities to show leniency to Meryn. And to convince her that love can overcome any barrier that lies between them.  

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The Darkness Deepens 1
(1) Title: The Darkness Deepens (Seven Trilogy #2)  
Author: Sara Davison  
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing
Genre: Romantic Suspense

(formerly The Dragon Roars)

Their Secrets Protect Them … But Secrets are Hard to Keep

No one in the army can find out that Captain Jesse Christensen has become a believer. He and bookstore owner Meryn O’Reilly are forced to meet in secret, facing imprisonment or worse if they are found together. Their relationship deepens, but so does Lieutenant Gallagher’s hatred for the Christians in their city. As Gallagher’s power grows, it becomes clear that his connections go much further up the chain of command than anyone realized, putting all believers, especially Jesse, in extreme danger.

Meryn wants to give her heart to Jesse fully, but her past holds her back. Although circumstances conspire to keep her silent, she needs to tell him her secret. When he finds out what she has been keeping from him, nothing will stand between them anymore.

Or nothing will ever be the same.  

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The Morning Star Rises
flaming books LA Title: The Morning Star Rises (Seven Trilogy #3)  
Author: Sara Davison  
Publisher: Ashberry Lane/WhiteFire Publishing  
Genre: Romantic Suspense

In the Midst of all the Fear and Confusion, Only One Thing is Clear … This Isn’t Over Yet

Jesse Christensen is out of the army, but the real battle has just begun. Major Gallagher has taken over the city and his oppression of believers has intensified. But is Gallagher acting in a professional capacity, or is he carrying out a personal vendetta?

Meryn O’Reilly faces a dark and uncertain future after shocking revelations devastate her life. She is determined to follow God’s call, but her plans could cost her everything. She and Jesse struggle to surrender fully to a God who is always in control, even when circumstances suggest otherwise.

With the world descending into chaos around them, Meryn and Jesse face the greatest barrier to their love yet—a barrier that may prove too strong to breach.  

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Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novels The Watcher and The Seven Trilogy. 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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the seven trilogy blog tour giveaway


(1) winner will receive:

  • a set of all 3 books in The Seven Trilogy (US/CAN only)

  • $25 Amazon gift card

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    My Review:

    These books are a marathon read – by that I mean plan out enough time that you can read through all three in a short space of time.  You will not want to put them down once you start.  This series begins in 2053 with a terrorist attack attributed to The Horsemen, allegedly a Christian terrorist group.  The story takes place in Canada but the distrust of Christians extends to the USA and most other countries.  In Canada, widespread panic has led to martial law being declared and citizens’ rights being bypassed.  A curfew has been declared for all Christians and their Bibles confiscated.   Capt. Jesse Christensen is a soldier who has been tasked with enforcing the new laws in the small town of Kingston where his military base is located.  Meryn O’Reilly is a local Christian and bookstore owner that is annoyed by the new restrictions and both fascinated and annoyed by the Captain.  As the oppression continues, other terrorist attacks occur and other oppressive rules are put in place.  As Meryn, her siblings and friends and church family deal with these situations, two things occur.  Some marginal Christians deny the faith so that they can be relived of the rules and some people that were not practicing Christians are intrigued by the situation and seek out more information for themselves and some become Christians.  Meanwhile, another soldier at the base, Lt. Gallagher, seems to have a grudge against all Christians and also a vendetta for Capt. Christensen.  As he gains more power and gets promoted, life for all of the Christians and for some of the soldiers like Jesse and his friends, life becomes dangerous until finally some of the illegal happenings are dealt with and the real culprits ferreted out.  Sadly, the general feeling about Christians is still prevalent in the country and in the world so while much of the oppression is over at the end of the story, the climate is still not good for Christians.

    I was impressed by how this was all presented and it looks like a legitimate prediction for the future for Christians if the current climate continues.  It would do us all a service if we were to read and heed and start praying now.   The people in this story are the approximate ages my grandchildren and great grandchild will be at that time.  I loved the author’s handling of the real internal conflicts and musings of the characters and the accurate portrayal of Christian thought and feelings.  I would definitely read another book or series by this author and look forward to any new books she comes out with in the future.

    I received a complimentary copy of these books and a positive review is not required.

    Sunday, December 23, 2018

    Breach of Trust (Atlanta Justice Series) by Rachel Dylan

    This is the third book in the Atlanta Justice Series.  Mia is a corporate attorney who is representing a tech firm in a lawsuit. The situation soon becomes much bigger than she bargained for when espionage and murder become part of the mix.  A friend of a friend, Noah,  who owns a PI firm is hired to help Mia sort things out.  Of course we know Mia and Noah from the previous two stories but they become the focus of this one.  There is so much going on in this book that it takes till the last page to figure out everyone’s true character and what exactly transpired.  This book is well thought out and well crafted to give the reader the maximum enjoyment.  Starting this series I thought the author was very brave to write stories around corporate attorneys, whose lives must be rather dull, but the attorneys in these books did not end up in dull situations and there was a lot of intrigue involved.  I know that anyone who loves justice stories (FBI, attorneys, police officers etc) will love this series and this book in particular.  Some authors come up with a weak story by the time they get to the third book of a series but this author has gotten better with each one. 

    I received this book from Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion and  review.  I highly recommend it!

    Monday, December 17, 2018

    Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

    This is an entertaining story about a Miss Isadora Delafield, a New York city heiress in the 1880s. Her high society mother wants her to marry a visiting Duke from England but Izzie has heard alarming tales about the deaths of the Duke’s former wives.  She accepts help from her best friend and  a couple of others who are also alarmed at the prospect of the Duke getting his hands on Izzie and her fortune.  Izzie steals away under the guise of answering help wanted ads in Pennsylvania, a prospect of which she is woefully unprepared.  Mr. Ian MacKenzie hires her and soon realizes that she is not who her references portrayed her to be.  Much occurs after this to include 4 orphaned children, an old couple, and various cows, horses, chickens and assorted other farm animals. This was a fun read!

    I have enjoyed everything of Jen Turano’s that I have read thus far and highly recommend this book if you want some lively entertainment. 

    I received a copy of this book from Bethany House through NetGalley in exchange for a review.                     

    Sunday, November 25, 2018

    The Lieutenant's Bargain by Regina Jennings

    This is a delightful sequel to Holding the Fort (The Fort Reno Series Book #1).  I really enjoyed the first book but this one was really wonderful.  It dealt with the Indian School at Fort Reno, the children that attended it and some of the challenges with living on an Army base in the middle of Indian Territory. This is the story of Lieutenant Jack Hennessey and his childhood crush who happens to be stranded when a stagecoach is robbed and she is rescued by the local Indian tribe. Her name is Hattie Walker and she is an artist on the way to Denver to enter a competition.  Her plans were waylaid along with the stagecoach and they are both surprised to see each other.  Through a misunderstanding and a language barrier, they end up married in the eyes of the tribal leaders.  Wading through all their conflicting emotions and the mystery of who  waylaid the stage and stole the money that was on the stage from the US government for the Indians, as well as Hattie’s personal belongings and art supplies, provides the rest of the action in this story.   It was fun to read and I enjoyed every bit of it. 

    Once again, Regina Jennings has done her research and brought us a book chock full of historical details and delightful conversation and action.  I look forward to a third installment in this series! 

    I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley from Bethany House in exchange for a review. I’m never disappointed with the offerings from Bethany House.

    Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Searching for You by Jody Hedlund

    This novel is 3rd in a series about the Orphan Train from New York City to rural America in the 1800s. Sophie Neumann takes her two young charges (age 3 and 5) and lies about her age to qualify herself and boards the Orphan Train to flee New York City after she becomes the target of one of the street gangs.  She ends up in a small town in the heartland where Reinhold Weiss, a friend from her past, has bought a farm and is making a life for himself and his siblings.  The previous two novels are about Sophie’s older sisters who are now desperately searching for her.

    This is full of historical understanding and just a good story.  I read through most of this book in one day.  I read a few chapters the first day and the next day I didn’t put it down much because I was so engrossed in the story. I love how Jody Hedlund brings out each characters faith in God and their personal theology as she weaves her tale.  It is all real and uplifting and so much a part of the story you don’t feel like you are reading a sermon.

    I received a digital copy of this book from Bethany House through Net Galley for the purpose of writing my own observations into a review.  If you love historical romance, you will love this book!

    Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

    This is another great suspense / mystery / FBI story from Nancy Mehl.  Kaely Quinn is a profiler for the FBI in St. Louis. She is looking for a serial killer with her partner Noah Hunter. The killer appears to be targeting Kaely. Kaely’s father was a serial killer and despite her changing her name and moving the story follows her.

    I loved all the twists and turns in this book. Kaely’s method of profiling was unusual and that made for some fascinating reading as well. I would highly recommend this if you would like a very intriguing read (but don’t expect to put the book down – just read right through).

    I was given a digital copy of this book by Bethany House in exchange for a review.