Sunday, October 28, 2018

Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

I loved this book!  I had previously read  A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge Book #1) so this was a continuation of that story.  Sofea and her cousin are abducted from their island after all their family and village were murdered by pirates. They escaped and were left on the beach in Tyre. There Daryk and his soldiers from Kadesh find them and take them back to Daryk's wife Moriyah in Kadesh.  These were the people from book 1. The oldest son, Eitan, is attracted to Sofea but first Sofea needs to learn Hebrew and get accustomed to the new culture and the new God.  Conflict from the story in book 1 continues in this book and some of it is resolved.  I love learning the Jewish culture of this time (Joshua is still alive and some of the High Priests still remember coming into the Promised Land as small children).

I read this book rather quickly because the characters were so real I needed to help them find their happy place.  I am now anxious for the next book in the series to come out.  This is only the 2nd book I have read by this author but  I assure you I will choose more of her books in future.  I highly recommend this to anyone who loves historical fiction of biblical times.  Bethany House provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for posting my opinion in a review. 

Lady of a Thousand Treasures by Sandra Byrd

Eleanor Sheffield is taking care of the family business as her elderly uncle is having health issues.   Women are not trusted in business in England in the Victorian Era (1866). She had hopes of becoming engaged to Harry, now Lord Lydney, but he has just returned from an extended visit to the continent where he had been with his father when he passed away and Eleanor is feeling uncertain about his affections. Meanwhile, the late Lord Lydney’s will states that Eleanor is to determine whether his extensive collection of antiquities will be passed on to his only heir (Harry) or donated to a museum.

This book was very interesting.  I could tell that the author had done her research well. I loved all the collections alluded to and the lengths people were willing to go to obtain something unique to add to their personal collections. I find this era of British history fascinating and this book provided a slice of that life – even including a sojourn in debtors prison.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves 1) Christian fiction, 2) Historical novels set in Victorian England, 3) and interesting read.  I was provided with a copy of this book by the publisher Tyndale in exchange for my own opinion on the book expressed in a posted review.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

FBI Special Agent and hostage negotiator April Ramo finds herself in a hostage situation of her own when a stranger puts a baby into her arms and flees. April is soon confronted by the baby's pursuing father, Jason Snyder, who takes April hostage to help him solve the case of who kidnapped his daughter and who killed his best friend and business partner. April begins to believe Jason's side of the story and risks her job to help Jason solve the case. Local law enforcement is suspect in the case, which further complicates the situation.

Diann Mills writes great FBI stories and keeps me guessing to the end about who is involved and who is not. I believe I have read every book she has written since the beginning and I keep anxiously awaiting the next book to be published.

These are the kind of stories I like to read and I love that Diann puts the Christian faith of the characters in the forefront of the story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for a review and I can recommend this book to anyone who likes a good suspense tale and I can also recommend Tyndale's whole line of fiction, as well as non-fiction.

Diann Mill's website