Sunday, March 11, 2018

God Made The World by Sarah Jean Collins

This is a fun board book that basically outlines the 7 days of Creation.  I used this in my Kindergarten homeschool class and the kids love it.  It tells the story very concisely just like the Bible does. The illustrations are bold and colorful.  It is a quick read if you just flip through,but if you take time to discuss each day of Creation with the children, it makes for a very satisfying session.

I received this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review.

If I Live, If I Run Series, Book 3, by Terri Blackstock

Wow!  This book was everything I anticipated and more.  What a great ending to the story.  There is suspense aplenty as Casey Cox and Dylan Roberts find themselves in one life-threatening situation after another and it seems like it's not going to end well.  Then, in the nick of time, something happens to pull them out of that particular danger, although another one is just around the corner.  I couldn't put this book down.  I love all of Terri Blackstock's books and series but this one really had me enthralled the entire time.  Highly recommend!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A Light on The Hill by Connilyn Cossette

This is such a good book! I love Christian historical fiction and this is a great example. This is set during the time the Hebrews have finally entered the Promised Land after leaving Egypt and wandering in the desert for 40 years. This is a few years into that time period and Joshua is still alive. Moriyah is forced by an accident to flee her father’s home and seek refuge in a Levitical City of Refuge. To get there she has to go through enemy (Canaanite) territory and evade her pursuers as well. This book gives a vivid picture of life at that time. The characters are very well developed and even though so far removed from our time and culture, I still felt part of the story.

I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for a review. Ms. Cossette is a new author for me and I will definitely be looking for some more of her other work.

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.