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Tangled Web by Irene Hannon October 24, 2016

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Finn has packed away his combat instincts–but he may need them again when danger begins to stalk his quiet hideaway . . .

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn’t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana’s foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action–ready or not.

Bestselling author and three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon draws readers into a web of psychological suspense where danger lurks in dark corners . . . and keeps them captive until the very last page.

My thoughts:

This is the final installment in this series. I have enjoyed it very much and looked forward to reading this book.

Know that you can read this book without reading the others and I think you will be fine. But it was nice already meeting Finn in the other books and finally getting to hear his story.

Irene created two characters with a broken past and who needed healing, not only physically but emotionally and spiritually as well. She did a great job weaving in the spiritual aspect into this book without being preachy.

I also really enjoyed the setting for this book, kind of isolated which gives the book a mysterious feel.

With all of the being said, this was not my favorite book. For me it lacked the tension I have come to expect. I found it very easy to put down and I never felt over invested in the story. There seemed to be a lot going one but didn’t tie together soon enough for me, even though I knew it would eventually it just seemed to take too long to get there.

This is my opinion only. If this book sounds interesting to you I encourage you to read for yourself and see what you think.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own. 


Review and Giveaway: Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall October 20, 2016

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About Fraying at the Edge

Family, community, faith, and love.
These “quilt blocks” sewn together made Ariana’s beautiful life.
When they are pulled to pieces,
will anything familiar remain?The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she’s immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Ariana’s worldview. Only Quill Schlabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can steady the tilting ground between Ariana’s two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?At the same time, Skylar Nash is forced to choose rehab or spend several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life—no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can’t leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and a deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn’t belong in either family.New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they’ll need to follow God’s threads into unexpected futures?
Fraying at the Edge is the second novel in The Amish of Summer Grove series.My thoughts and giveaway:

I loved this book. What a wonderful story full of heartache and confusion. This is the second book and you could read this one without reading the first but honestly, reading the first gives this book so much more depth.

My heart just broke throughout this book. I can’t even imagine all you know being ripped from you. I loved when Ariana went off on her step-sister! That was priceless and unexpected.

Skylar needs a wake up call and I kept hoping she would get one and embrace this family that wants to love her.

All of it was so confusing for the hearts of those involved in this story. But it is masterfully written and I so enjoyed picking up with these characters again and seeing what happened to them.

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Spiritual Steps on the Road to Success by Linda Seger Th.D. October 19, 2016

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For decades, many of us have concentrated on personal success at the price of our spirituality. Now, Dr. Linda Seger, a successful Hollywood insider who has dealt with the competition and worldly spirit of the film and television industry, reveals how you can attain your goals and desires without compromising your relationship with God. Dr. Seger tackles these important issues: how do you identify your calling? Handle risk? Cope with praise or blame? Identify and confront evil in our work? Deal with competition? Take the Leap of Faith? Meet and overcome the Seven Deadly Sins?

The book is based on her own experiences while trying to build her career as she became a world-renowned script consultant. She also interviewed over 30 people from all six continents and from the arts, the sciences, and business and reveals and identifies success and spirituality issues that have rarely been discussed before. The book won the “Enduring Light/ Inspirational” Illumination Book Award for Exemplary Christian writing.


Dr. Linda Seger has a background in both drama and theology. She has focused her career as an international script consultant, seminar leader in the area of screenwriting, and author of 9 books on screenwriting. In the last eight years, she has also been writing books on spirituality. Dr. Seger has built her business based on the spiritual principles in her books. She is dedicated to helping her clients express their spirituality through their writing and to deepening the themes and values found in films. She has long been interested in the relationship of spirituality and creativity. As a result of her broad religious background, she is able to nurture the spiritual values of others through her books and her public speaking.

My thoughts:

This book really touches on many aspects of finding your calling and how do you know if that is what Jesus is calling you to? It really will get you thinking and pondering many areas in your life.

What are you doing? Do you feel you are doing what God has called you to do? And if not, why? This book will encourage you to examine these questions and so much more.

Overall, I really did enjoy this book, it really was much more “spiritual” than I was anticipating. I thought it might be a bit dry but it really wasn’t.

My only question or concern might be things seemed very “spiritual” but not really talking about Jesus a whole lot. I guess that could have been to make this book more open to other religions but I guess my thought it if I’m a Christian that is the only belief I want to write about and I want to bring God more glory by sharing Jesus with others.

But I really did enjoy the book and it gave me so much to think about.

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A copy of this book was given to me thought The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own. 



The Devoted by Suzanne Woods Fisher October 17, 2016

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The Amish life is all she’s ever known–but will it satisfy her soul?

Restless and adventurous, Ruthie Stoltzfus is right on the cusp of leaving her Amish home. Secretly, she’s earned her GED, saved her money–but she can’t quite set her journey into motion. Just as everything falls into place, along comes Patrick Kelly.

Patrick is a young man on a journey of his own. He’s come to Stoney Ridge to convert to the Amish and has given himself thirty days to learn the language, drive a buggy, and adapt to “everything Plain.” Time is of the essence and every moment is to be cherished–especially the hours he spends with Ruthie, his Penn Dutch tutor.

Ruthie’s next-door neighbor and cunning ex-boyfriend, Luke Schrock, is drawn to trouble like a moth to a flame. Rebellious, headstrong, defiant, Luke will do anything to win Ruthie back–and Patrick Kelly is in his way.

Bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Stoney Ridge for a story of dreams deferred–and the promise of hopes fulfilled.

My thoughts:

This book open with a scene that will draw you in. And I was. I was very excited to read more and see what would happen with these characters.

Suzanne does a great job of bringing this environment to life and introducing many characters. If you have read this series I supposed you won’t be introduced to them, you will already know them. But I hadn’t read any of the books before. And there might be my problem.

I didn’t really know the characters and there were so many that I felt what was promised on the back didn’t show itself soon enough. I began to wonder if Patrick was really a main character or not, or if he was just a secondary character. Even by page seventy I was wondering these things. His role in the book didn’t seem too important.

So much more focused seemed to be on the other characters and I felt a bit let down because I didn’t feel the back cover promised me what I had hoped.

This isn’t a bad book at all, as I said I was drawn in immediately, but I did find it very easy to put down and walk away. I think, for me, there was just too much going on that some things got lost along the way.

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The Reason by William Sirls October 14, 2016

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WHAT DOES GOD LOOK LIKE? Welcome to southeast Michigan and the small town of Carlson where faith, hope, and struggle are defined by the different faces of those who live there.

An addict that sits at a bar to forget.

A mother whose five-year-old boy has leukemia.

Two doctors. An atheist haunted by his past and a brilliant young oncologist that places all her hope in the power of modern medicine.

A blind pastor whose son hasn’t spoken a single word in thirty-eight years.

But the minister sees by faith. He knows there are answers and believes that someone who cares is watching… someone with a greater purpose. Yet there is something he doesn’t know… that none of them know.

In the midst of the ordinary and the devastating, there is a reason these lives will be changed forever.

Lightning is about to strike.

The Reason opens with a thunderbolt and never lets up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with questions: Where is God when bad things happen? Does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? The answer each character receives will astound readers while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, and to believe.

More about William Sirls:

Born on April 3, 1964 in Detroit, Michigan, to a construction worker and a homemaker, William Sirls grew up as the youngest of six children. Active in both sports and imagination, he aspired primarily to become either a professional golfer or attorney. Realizing he didn’t have the talent or the grades for those careers, he shifted gears and went in another direction.

Over the course of his life, he has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows— some born of chance, some born of choice. Years before the publication of his first novel, he worked 60 hour weeks as a senior vice president at one of the nation’s largest investment firms, somehow finding time to read three to four books per week and to rough out ideas for different stories of his own.

In early 2004, while visiting his oldest daughter at a Detroit hospital, he came across a young cancer patient that was being pulled in a little red wagon by his parents. At the time, Sirls had no idea that he was looking at three characters that would appear more than eight years later in The Reason.

He was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering. While in prison, Sirls learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for.

Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in The Reason.

He is the father of two and makes his home in southern Michigan.

“Prison is one of those things I wouldn’t wish on anyone, but at the same time there are few things I would trade that experience for … From a spiritual standpoint, it gave me the opportunity to slow down and realize what is important. As my faith grew, I became anxious to share the things I learned, so I figured what better way to do that than to rewrite my manuscript in a way that was a lot less magical and a lot more spiritual.”

My thoughts:

This book really drew me in quickly. Even though we meet many different characters rather fast, I felt something for each of them and their story.

I love how William wove all their stories together and I love how Jesus is show throughout this book.

You will find something in common with at least one of the characters and how God is working in their lives. This is book is a great representation of Genesis 5020 stories and how God can work things for His good.

Also, this book is set in southeast Michigan, which is where I live. So many of the areas mentioned in this book I knew of.

If you are looking for a book that will remind you of the goodness of God this is a must read.

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


He Knows Your Name by Linda Znachko October 12, 2016

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He knows your name


When the evening news reported a dead baby abandoned in a local dumpster, Linda Znachko’s comfortable life changed. She was suddenly convicted—God was asking her to provide a dignified burial for this tiny lost child. Linda said yes. She had no idea where that first small yes would lead.

Linda found herself in places she never dreamed she would be: at the graveside of the child of an abused mother; by the side of a mother fighting for her lost child; and at the funeral of a Texas stripper who died two days before her baptism but left a legacy of love behind. When Linda stepped out of her comfort zone and into these implausible places with people she was unlikely to otherwise encounter, she discovered the life she never knew she wanted—a life of saying yes to God whenever He asks.
Today, Linda has a ministry that gives children a name in life, and dignity and honor in death. When she shares her stories of broken lives redeemed, other broken people respond, and so the ripple effects of that long-ago yes continue to spread, touching lives that yearn for healing, and underscoring the fact that every life matters to God.
My thoughts:
 I loved this book. I love non-fiction books that tell a person’s story and how God used them in ways they never imagined. This book is just that.
Linda is such an inspiration. Her complete obedience is totally amazing. She simply listened to the call of Jesus’ voice and did what he told her. It is incredible how God brought other believers into her life to stand beside her.
Her ministry is so much more than it first appears. She is truly ministering to these woman and offering them a peace that can only come for Jesus.
If you want to read a story of hope this is a must read.
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Review and Giveaway: A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White October 10, 2016

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Amid the Unforgettable Cotswolds, the Final Grasp for the Fire Eyes Diamonds Could Threaten Them All

Lady Ella Myerston can always find a reason to smile–even if it’s just in hope that tomorrow will be better than today. All her life everyone has tried to protect her from the realities of the world, but Ella knows very well how the dangerous Fire Eyes diamonds have haunted her brother and their friends, and she won’t wait for peril to strike again. She intends to take action . . . and if that happens to involve an adventurous trip to the Cotswolds, then so much the better.

Lord James Cayton has already broken two hearts, including that of his first wife, who died before he could convince himself to love her. Now he’s determined to live a better life . . . but that proves complicated when old acquaintances pull Cayton into their desperate attempt to seize the jewels. He does his best to remove the intriguing Lady Ella from danger, but the stubborn girl won’t budge. How else can he redeem himself, though, but by saving her–and his daughter–from those intent on destroying them all?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have read the first book in this series and I definitely want to read the second but I have skipped it and read this one. The good news it you can read this book without reading any of the other ones and still not feel lost. But I can tell you after reading this you will quickly be adding the rest of the books to your list.

Roseanna is such a wonderful author. She has created an amazing novel full of complex characters that you will adore. Lord Cayton is a hard one but you know deep down he is an honorable man and God is working his life.

Ella is simply enchanting with her sweet spirit. She is someone I would want to be friends with.

Then we have the mystery in this book, surrounding the Fire Eyes,  that will make you keep reading as well and the people that are after them. I kept wondering, and worrying about when everything would collide and create this storm that I could sense coming.

Historical romance lovers will adore this book.

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