Friday, October 28, 2016

A Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

Mercy Brennan followed in her father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, but she has no interest in any other connection to him. A U.S. Marshal in St. Louis, Missouri, she's assigned to a joint task force with the St. Louis PD that puts her back into contact with her father and in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang.

When the gang has reason to believe Mercy has possession of some highly sensitive and incriminating information, her boss assigns Mark St. Laurent--a Deputy U.S. Marshal and Mercy's ex-boyfriend--to get her out of town until they can guarantee her safety.

Initially unaware of the danger she's in and uncomfortable working with Mark, Mercy's frustration escalates when she discovers the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark. It isn't until a freak ice storm hits, stranding them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office, that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy closing in to put their lives at imminent risk. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive--if help is even coming at all?

This takes place in a few weeks time span.  But there is lots of action packed into a very short time.  The last time Mercy sees her father alive it's almost like he knew it would be the last time he sees her.  This sets the stage for Mercy running for her life.  Along with Mark her ex-boyfriend and ex-partner and Tally her best friend from grade school.  It seems everywhere they turn the bad guys know where to find them.  They begin to wonder if someone on the inside isn't betraying them.

I highly recommend this book to everyone.  Can't wait for the next book in the series.

I was given this book by the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

Avery Truitt aches for true love—the kind she once shared with Prince Colin. Can she dare to hope for happily ever after, or is a fairy-tale ending beyond reach?
College volleyball star Avery Truitt has not seen her former flame, Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom, since he suddenly pushed her away five years ago. But now, the sadness of losing her father and the joy of her sister Susanna’s pregnancy have brought Avery back to Brighton just in time for Cathedral City’s enchanting Christmas season.

Avery knows she can’t avoid seeing Colin—now the Kingdom’s most eligible bachelor—whether or not her heart is ready to relive the pain. But seeing him again might bring her the closure she needs after all this time.

When Colin finds himself at the center of a centuries-old Brighton tradition, he must decide whether to follow the path laid out before him or follow his heart to the only woman for whom he would ring the Pembroke Chapel Bell.

Can Colin convince Avery to meet him at the chapel on Christmas morning—as tradition dictates—or will Avery run back to her St. Simons home and pursue a coaching career as planned?
In the fourth installment of the Royal Wedding Series, New York Times bestselling novelist, Rachel Hauck, weaves a charming story of holiday romance as two broken hearts seek the love they once knew.

I liked how Avery and Colin kept relying on God to help them make their life altering decisions.  They had to be talked into it sometimes.  But in the end that's just what they did.  

I thoroughly loved this book .  I have read all of the books in the Royal Wedding Series. I don't have a favorite I loved them all.  After reading this book,  I would like to go back and read all the others.  I highly recommend the entire series.  They are stand alone books but they are all good.

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

Sunday, October 16, 2016

What Does God Really Promise

God makes hundreds of promises to his children. Promises of protection, forgiveness, hope, eternal life . . .
Cheerful artwork with a modern whimsical style wraps around honest, easy-to-understand answers to your toughest questions about church, eternal life and the future, and what God really promises to his people. What Does God Really Promise? will inspire and offer comfort as you grow closer to God and gain a better understanding of who he is, why church is important, and what the future holds for those who believe. Also serves as a heartfelt gift of love and promise to those who are considering faith or are new believers.

This book asks and answers 101 questions about God.  The answers are concise and uses scripture to back it up.  It's pretty simple and straight forward.  So very easy to understand.

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

Gratitude A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal

Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal invites you to bring creative journaling and the calming act of coloring into your quiet time with God. This beautifully designed interactive prayer book from Tyndale’s Living Expressions collection helps guide your thoughts as you pray about concerns such as health, overcoming stress, personal relationships, and more. Gratitude gives you a way to celebrate and give thanks to God for the many blessings he provides. Filled with over 100 designs to color, plenty of space for journaling and sketching, and 40 needs-based prayers, Gratitude helps you express your devotion to God with your whole heart!

This book has short Bible verses and devotionals.  Then a space for you to write your thoughts.  And I'll admit I enjoyed coloring in the journal as well.  I would recommend this to anyone who needs to relax with a devotion and enjoys coloring

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

Love's Faithful Promise by Susan Anne Mason

When her mother suffers a stroke, medical student Deirdre O'Leary makes the difficult choice to put her career on hold to care for her. Dr. Matthew Clayborne is renowned for his amazing results with patients, but when Deirdre approaches him about helping her mother, she finds him challenging and surly. Deirdre has had enough of complicated men in her life. After her fiancé left her, she vowed never to give a man that kind of power again.

Widower Dr. Matthew Clayborne is devoted to two things: his work with wounded soldiers and his four-year-old daughter, Phoebe. He won't abandon either of these priorities to care for one older woman. However, when Phoebe suffers a health scare, they're offered respite at the Irish Meadows farm, where his daughter's weakened lungs can recover--but only if he cares for Mrs. O'Leary.

Matthew intends to hate Irish Meadows, yet he immediately feels at home, and soon both Mrs. O'Leary and Phoebe are showing improvement. But since he has no intention of leaving his life up north forever, and Deirdre has sworn off marriage in favor of her career, how will they deal with the undeniable attraction between them?

This is the third book in the Courage to Dream series.  I have only read this book and found it to be a stand alone book.  That being said I would love to read the first two books to read the stories of Deirdre's siblings.

Deirdre had to leave medical school to tend her mother since her mother's stroke. This was a very difficult decision for her as women in medical school was unheard of in that day and age.  If she doesn't return soon, she will forfeit her place at the school.  Matthew doesn't want to like anything about Irish Meadows and especially Deirdre.  He vowed never to get married again.  Matthew's daughter blossoms at Irish Meadows.  He can't deny Phoebe's health has greatly improved or his growing attraction to Deirdre. 

I would recommend this book to all ages.  I was given this book by the publisher for a honest review.  I was not compensated in any way.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble

Kate Mason has devoted herself to caring for her family’s blueberry barrens. But after her fields stop producing fruit, she’s forced to come up with alternative ways to make a living.

Renting out the small cottage on her property seems an obvious choice, but it won’t be enough. When entrepreneur Drake Newham shows up looking not only for a place to rent but also for a nanny for his two nieces, it’s almost too good to be true. And maybe it is—because Drake brings with him dangerous questions about who might be out to kill his family.

The more time Kate spends with Drake and the girls, the more difficult it becomes to hide her attraction to him. But a family crisis isn’t exactly the ideal time to pursue a romance.

Meanwhile, Kate learns that her uncle—in prison for murder—has escaped. Add to that a local stalker who won’t leave her alone, and Kate is looking over her shoulder at every turn. With threats swirling from multiple directions, she wonders if her blueberry fields will ever flourish again . . . or if this twilight is her last.

Another hit for Colleen Coble. This is the third book in this series.  Each book can be read independently.  But each book is excellent so I would recommend reading them all. Kate has not had an easy life growing up and has a lot to overcome.  The first book in the series tells more of her early life. This isn't a high suspense story but the mystery runs clear to the end of the book.  I would have liked a little more information about Kate's illness.   Not much is said except she was sick and tries to eat healthy.  Overall a very good book.

I was given his book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  I was not compensated in anyway.