Sunday, July 15, 2018

Burden of Proof by DiAnn Mills

Reeling from a negotiation gone wrong, FBI Special Agent April Ramos is caught off guard when a frazzled young woman shoves a crying baby into her arms, then disappears. Worry for the child’s safety quickly turns to fear when a man claiming to be the girl’s father abducts them at gunpoint. April puts her hostage negotiation skills to use to learn more about who she’s dealing with: Jason Snyder, a fugitive accused of murder.

As Jason spins a tall tale about being framed for the killing of his business partner, April must sort through his claims to find the truth. A truth that becomes all the more evident after April overhears a conversation between Jason and the local sheriff and realizes something more sinister may be happening in their small town of Sweet Briar, Texas. But aligning herself with a known fugitive to uncover the burden of proof could cost April her job . . . or worse, her life and the lives of other innocent people.

An edge of your seat story that kept me up late reading.  April is caught in the middle of a baby kidnapping.  Then she gets kidnapped herself.  Her faith and Jason's faith is tested all along the way.  She doesn't know who to believe.  Jason or the law authorities that say he is a murderer. Then to top it all off, she is starting to have feelings for Jason. I really enjoy reading Ms Mills books and this was no exception.  I recommend book to anyone who loves suspense with a little romance thrown in.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

On Magnolia Lane by Denise Hunter

Pastor Jack McReady has secretly carried a torch for Daisy for two long years. She’s a member of his congregation, after all, and she’ll never see him as more than a trusted counselor. Jack’s best friend Noah has taken every opportunity to encourage his lovesick friend, but when Noah catches wind that Daisy has joined an online dating site, he takes matters into his own hands and orchestrates a meet-cute of the most unconventional kind.
Owner of the local flower shop, Daisy Pendleton is content with her small-town life, but she’d sure like someone to share it with. After several disastrous first dates, she’s about to give up—and then she finds a seemingly wonderful man online. Daisy gets to know TJ through a series of messages but finds herself spending more time with Pastor Jack outside of the church at the same time. What she doesn’t know is that her online prospect and Jack are one and the same.
Just as Daisy’s love life starts to look promising, a mysterious woman appears in town. Daisy is faced with a revelation about her family that turns her world upside down, and she looks to both TJ and Jack for help.
Jack must find a way to reveal himself as her online suitor without breaking her heart and losing her trust. As Daisy faces Jack’s betrayal, she’ll have to learn to extend grace to herself, her family, and the man she’s grown to love.
Jack and Daisy are both looking for love.  Jack knows who he loves Daisy.  But doesn't know how to express himself.  He thinks he's too old for her and besides he's her pastor.  What would people think? Daisy wants to find love.   But where to look?  An interesting read about Jack and Daisy as they come to find love.
On a side note.  I am a pastor's wife and I could relate to how Jack felt about living in a fish bowl.  Pastor's are human beings and have feelings just like everyone else. 
I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Called to Protect by Lynette Eason

For the past year, Chloe St. John has been working as a K-9 cop with her German shepherd partner, Hank. After being dumped by her fiancé for another woman, Chloe has decided that Hank is just about the only male she likes. She's over the whole romance thing and focuses her attention on doing her job. Because a serious case of human trafficking with connections to her missing cousin just landed in her lap.

When US Marshall Blake MacCallum's daughter goes missing, he's ordered to kill the judge he's protecting and tell no one about his daughter's disappearance or she will die. Blake races against the clock to rescue his daughter while Chloe and Hank are asked to be a part of the task force assembled to bring down the traffickers. Chloe finds herself attracted to the silent, suffering man, but thanks to her previous bad judgment, she wonders if she can trust him. And can Blake trust himself around this firecracker of a woman?

Bestselling author Lynette Eason warns readers to buckle in for a fast and furious ride that will have their hearts pumping from the very start.

Lynette Eason has done it again.  There is suspense everywhere you turn.  Chloe gets into all kinds of situations where her life is put in danger.  Blake is put in a terrible situation.  Does he kill or does his inaction get his daughter killed.  This is a fast paced story with a little romance thrown in.  I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next installment of this series.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

A Rebel Heart by Beth White

Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land.

Pinkerton agent and former Union cavalryman Levi Riggins is investigating a series of robberies and sabotage linked to the impoverished Daughtry plantation. Posing as a hotel management agent for the railroad, he tells Selah he'll help her save her home, but only if it is converted into a hotel. With Selah otherwise engaged with renovations, Levi moves onto the property to "supervise" while he actually attends to his real assignment right under her nose.

Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee, but she'd do almost anything to save her home. What she never expected to encounter was his assault on her heart.

An interesting book about the reconstruction in the South after the Civil War.  The animosity between the North and South is alive and well in Mississippi.  The only way for Selah to save her families plantation is to take and bold step.  Even bolder will be people she employs to help her.  I enjoyed this book and recommend it to anyone.  I have never read any books by Beth White.  I will be looking for other books by her.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way 

A Vast and Gracious Tide by Lisa Carter

Caden Wallis has suffered several devastating blows that have left him reeling. He’s lost friends and now his girlfriend to the ravages of war. He arrives on the Outer Banks for one final mission—to thank the woman who sent him a quilt while he was recuperating from his wounds at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

McKenna Dockery knows all about loss. She lost her mother at a young age, and her father has never been the same since he came home from his own war. She juggles the family business, her ailing father, and an aging grandmother. Much to Caden’s surprise, she is the quilter—not sTome elderly lady. The quilt was something she’d begun for her future husband but shipped to the military hospital after the tragic death of her fiancĂ©.

When a man is found snared in a net and murdered on McKenna’s property, she and Caden must work together to bring the killer to justice. Each must learn to trust the other, or no one will be safe in the tangled web of conspiracy, greed, and deceit lurking in the tidal marshlands of the Outer Banks. A nor’easter, a sea turtle named Cecil, and a surf-crazy hound named Ginger conspire to bring these two searching hearts together through the vast and gracious tide of God’s love.

McKenna and Caden are both struggling with loss.  McKenna the loss of her fiance and Caden the loss of his leg and his fiances rejection.  Cade's solution will be very final.  McKenna is just living one day at a time.  The book was very enlightening about the effects of life altering changes and how the public react and how that effects the person it happened to.  This was a very good story about love and redemption.  I highly recommend it.  I have never read a book by Lisa Carter.  I look forward to reading her next one.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman

1792, Natchez Trace, MS
Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

This is the second book in the series.  I didn't read the first book but I was able to follow the story without reading the first book.  I would class this as a clean book.  But I don't think I would want a young teen girl reading it.  I would recommend it more for late teens on up.  I liked Quinn and Kiera.  Quinn couldn't wait to leave his brothers with Connor and go exploring and Kiera wants nothing but to be able to take care of her sisters.  This story is their path to finding out God's plans for their lives.

This books is a good clean read and I recommend it.

Tyndale House Publishers provided me a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.  Hi was not compensated in any way.

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

It's Elvis Week in Rachel Memphis, and homicide Detective Rachel Sloan isn't sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators--one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken--she's forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic's home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend's killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

Another great book by Patricia Bradley.   Rachel would really like to know what happened to her mother many years ago.  When Rachel is confronted by "Elvis" who says he has information for her her mothers death she jumps at the chance to investigate.  She is reluctant to tell Boone about what she finds because she doesn't what to be taken off the case. 

I really enjoyed the book and would recommend to anyone who likes a good mystery.

I was given this book by NetGalley in exchange for honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.