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.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan

I enjoyed this novel. It is about a legal case against a big drug company. Kate is the lead counsel for the injured party and a friend of hers is actually representing the drug company. Both attorneys are looking for advancement in their law firm. When it appears that someone is out to prevent Kate from winning the case, Landon, a former Army Ranger whom Kate has hired to do some detective work for her, steps up security for Kate. It is interesting seeing the legal process at work. I like the way the author seamlessly wove the characters spiritual walks into the story. The thing I think could use more work it the solutions to the mysteries that had been introduced throughout. For instance, someone was tampering with Kate’s papers and internet throughout the process of getting ready for the trial and several times the author laid out the possible culprits for consideration but when the culprit finally confessed it was somewhat of an anti-climax. It was a quick few sentences just to tie up that particular loose end. Not really any surprises or fun plot twists – just it was suspect number 2 and let’s move on.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review expressing my opinion of the book.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

I have really enjoyed the Cold Case series by Janice Cantore and now she brings us Crisis Shot about Tess O’Rourke, whose career is on the line after shooting a teenager in the city where she is a commander. Even though the Grand Jury found there was no wrongdoing, the press coverage makes it impossible for her to continue on the force so she accepts the position of Police Chief in a small rural town in Oregon. What she thought would be a very laid back job turns out to be full of policy activity including a murder and a kidnapping.

I love this author’s books and this one is just as wonderful as the rest. I can’t wait to get the next one! I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Assault (Harbingers) Cycle Two by Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky

This book is the second in the Harbinger series. The book is divided into four sections, one by each author. Each author makes a different character the focus of their piece of the story, but all the characters appear in all the sections.

The characters are all drawn into supernatural / paranormal activity and see first hand the work of Satan and his minions on earth. The first book in the series was an introduction of the characters and the genre. I found it very interesting. This second book got even deeper into the paranormal and I found it odd and hard to follow at times. I still have the greatest respect for these authors and read their works avidly, I may just have to reread this one later and maybe digest a little more of it. It is just out of my ordinary range.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Family -- How to Love Yours (and help them like you back!) by Jessie Minassian

This book came to me at a very propitious time. My 12-year-old granddaughter is just at the age where she is experiencing a lot of angst about her place in life and in her family. She is a younger sister, a middle sister, and the sister of adopted younger siblings. Often, this causes a lot of conflict and and lot of soul searching for her. This book explores the mystery that is family and helps young girls see how God wants them to fit into theirs.

She has enjoyed exploring this subject and seems a lot more comfortable in her own skin after discussing some of the issues that are covered in this book. I highly recommend it to others. We are using it in our homeschool as a part of our Bible curriculum.

I received this book from Tyndale (NavPress) in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am so grateful for the opportunity.