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My Story for His Glory

The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright March 25, 2019

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Left at an orphanage as a child, Thea Reed vowed to find her mother someday. Now grown, her search takes her to turn-of-the-century Pleasant Valley, Wisconsin. When the clues she finds lead her to a mental asylum, Thea uses her experience as a postmortem photographer to gain access and assist groundskeeper Simeon Coyle in photographing the patients and uncovering the secrets within. However, she never expected her personal quest would reawaken the legend of Misty Wayfair, a murdered woman who allegedly haunts the area and whose appearance portends death.

A century later, Heidi Lane receives a troubling letter from her mother–who is battling dementia–compelling her to travel to Pleasant Valley for answers to her own questions of identity. When she catches sight of a ghostly woman haunting the asylum ruins in the woods, the long-standing story of Misty Wayfair returns–and with it, Heidi’s fear for her own life.

As two women across time seek answers about their identities and heritage, they must overcome the threat of the mysterious curse that has them inextricably intertwined.

My thoughts:

I LOVED this book. I seriously couldn’t wait to get back to it every time I put it down.

It is a bit spooky so if you struggle with that this might not be the book for you.

There is so much meat to this book. It really is about identity and finding it in your Creator and following Him. My heart ached, tears gathered and truth won!

Even though this was an entertaining read I loved the faith aspect, as well, that was woven throughout. It wasn’t preachy but left no guess as to the Who this book is really about.

If like books that are a bit different that I highly recommend this one.

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

 

Breach of Trust by Rachel Dylan February 28, 2019

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When an Open-and-Shut Murder Case Gets Complicated,
Can She Overcome Her Need for Justice?

Corporate litigator Mia Shaw suffers the shock of her life when she finds her colleague and friend brutally murdered. Grief-stricken and furious, Mia vows that she will do anything to make the killer pay.

The man accused of the murder is a friend of security tech guru Noah Ramirez, but the evidence just doesn’t add up. To save his former ATF partner, Noah needs to convince Mia that the real killer is still on the loose.

Mia soon has more to worry about than the criminal prosecution. She is tasked with taking over her friend’s last case and learns he was hiding dark secrets about his client. She thinks she may have stumbled upon corporate espionage that has turned deadly, but she has no idea of the danger involved. Her only ally is Noah, despite their difference of opinion about the killer’s identity. Can Noah win Mia over to his side and protect her from ever-growing threats?

My thoughts:

This book is a pretty easy read, I enjoyed it and from the beginning we are tossed into the mystery surrounding Chases’s murder.

I do wish more would have happened a bit sooner. After the initial scene of finding Chase it slows down a bit. We are in the point of view of many characters and I wondered why, I knew there had to be a reason but early on that isn’t clear.

But if you stick with it (which I recommend) you will be satisfied with the ending, for me I just wished it was a bit faster-pace. Overall a good read, though.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

 

A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden February 26, 2019

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Eloise Drake’s prim demeanor hides the turbulent past she believes is finally behind her. A mathematical genius, she’s now a successful accountant for the largest engineering project in 1908 New York. But to her dismay, her new position puts her back in the path of the man responsible for her deepest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town about to be wiped off the map. The state plans to flood the entire valley where his town sits in order to build a new reservoir, and Alex is stunned to discover the woman he once loved on the team charged with the demolition. With his world crumbling around him, Alex devises a risky plan to save his town–but he needs Eloise’s help to succeed.

Alex is determined to win back the woman he thought he’d lost forever, but even their combined ingenuity may not be enough to overcome the odds against them.

My thoughts:

Sometimes starting a new book is like slipping into a warm bath. That was the case for me with this book. I easily fell into this story and Elizabeth’s writing style. I think I have only read one book by her and it was years ago and now I am wondering why.

Something about this book really grabbed me and I loved it. The struggle from the past but the hope that lay in the future for our characters.

Yes, this is a great read with broken characters that God can redeem and restore. I highly recommend this one.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

A Return to Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter February 20, 2019

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Daphne Blakemoor was content living in her own secluded world for the last twelve years. She had everything she needed–loved ones, a true home, and time to indulge her imagination. But when ownership of the estate where she works as a housekeeper passes to a new marquis with an undeniable connection to her past, everything she’s come to rely upon is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford’s main goal in life is to be the exact opposite of his father. Starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect . . . until his housekeeper turns his life upside down.

Both Daphne and William have spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest wounds and, perhaps, forge a new path for the future together?

My thoughts:

Well, this book sure starts out with an interesting scene that will keep you turning pages to see what happens next.

William and Daphne don’t get off on a very good foot. Their first impression of each other is almost funny.

From there on out things are strained and strange between the two because they don’t know each other secrets.

I couldn’t wait to see how William would react when he found out how his home had been used before he came along.

Once again, Kristy hasn’t let her readers down. Another great book!

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own. 

 

The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen January 10, 2019

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Come home to Ivy Hill, where friendship endures, romance triumphs,
and mysteries are revealed in this eagerly anticipated conclusion. . . .

Spring is in the air . . . and change is too. Mercy Grove has lost her girls’ school and is resigned to life as a spinster, especially as the man she admires is out of reach. She contemplates leaving Ivy Cottage to become a governess–a decision with consequences she never imagined.

Meanwhile, her friend Jane Bell is facing a difficult decision of her own. Should she accept Gabriel Locke even if it means giving up her inn and destining another man to a childless marriage?

When a secretive new dressmaker arrives in the village, Mercy, Jane, and the other ladies of Ivy Hill attempt to befriend her, but they soon suspect she isn’t who she claims to be.

Together, the women of Ivy Hill look forward to one wedding, but surprises lie in store and dearly held dreams may yet come true.

My thoughts:

This is a satisfying conclusion to the series.

I will say I think to fully appreciate this book you should read the other two first. I don’t think this is a book you can just jump into without reading the others and find that interesting. But because I have read the other two I enjoyed meeting up with these characters again and seeing what was going on and their lives continue to develop.

I look forward to reading more of Julie’s work in the future.

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

 

Searching for You by Jody Hedlund January 8, 2019

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Her Search for a Place to Call Home
Leads Her to the Last Place She Ever Expected

For years, Sophie Neumann has been running from the orphanages of 1850s New York City. Tasked with caring for two younger children, she’s determined not to let them be taken from her, and not to abandon them the same way her older sisters did her. But times are growing desperate, and when she falls in with the wrong crowd and witnesses a crime, she realizes fleeing the state is her only option.

Disappearing with her two young charges into a group of orphans heading west by train, Sophie hopes to find safety and a happy life. But when the train stops in Illinois, she faces an agonizing decision as the orphans will be placed in new homes. Afraid she’ll lose them forever, she finds help in a familiar face she never expected to see so far from New York.

Reinhold Weiss has finally purchased his own small farm in Illinois. With mounting debts, a harvest to bring in, and past scars that still haunt him, Reinhold is in no position to give his heart away . . . but can he say no when his long-lost friend shows up on a nearby farm pleading for his help?

My thoughts:

Oh yeah. This was an amazing book.

Jody is one of my favorite authors and this book was a great and emotional ending to this series.

And, yes, this does get a bit steamy. I think as steamy as a Christian book can get. Nothing inappropriate but she pushes the limits.

At first Sophia was a bit tough to like. She loved those kids but I found some of her choices selfish and I was glad to see her start to change as the book went on.

Reinhold was easy to like, the wounded hero.

I shed more then a few tears as I read this book from the heartbreak and hope that is found within these pages.

Even if you haven’t read the other two books (but I do recommend them) you will enjoy this book on it’s own.

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

 

Mind Games by Nancy Mehl December 31, 2018

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FBI Behavioral Analyst Kaely Quinn’s methods may be highly unorthodox, but her talent is undeniable. She’s done her best to establish a new life for herself after being demoted and transferred to St. Louis when a reporter revealed she’s the daughter of an infamous serial killer. But when that same reporter claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely’s, it seems her old life has followed her.

When a body is found that fits the poem’s morbid predictions, Kaely and her new partner, Special Agent Noah Hunter, are forced to move past his skepticism of her approach and work together to unravel the deadly riddle.

With a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely must race to catch the murderer before anyone else, including Kaely, is killed.

My thoughts:

I devoured this book. I can’t remember the last time I read a book so fast. This is probably the best Nancy Mehl book I have read. I am so happy this is a series and we get to be with these characters more.

Nancy had me guessing the whole time until the moment of reveal. She had so many plausible suspects.

Faith was woven in seamlessly without seeming forced and there was even a time of miraculous intervention, I loved that Nancy had that as part of her story.

If you love suspense this is MUST read. I can’t wait for the next one.

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A copy of this book was given to me through Netgalley.com. All opinions are my own.