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The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander July 26, 2021

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A Code Developer Uncovers a Japanese Spy Ring
Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this new series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.
FBI cryptographer Eloise Marshall is grieving the death of her brother, who died during the attack on Pearl Harbor, when she is assigned to investigate a seemingly innocent letter about dolls. Agent Phillip Clayton is ready to enlist and head oversees when asked to work one more FBI job. A case of coded defense coordinates related to dolls should be easy, but not so when the Japanese Consulate gets involved, hearts get entangled, and Phillip goes missing. Can Eloise risk loving and losing again?

My thoughts:

Great start to a new series that Barbour is putting out. I didn’t realize it was based on a true story until the end, I love that!

This book had a lot to hold your interest. There was a sub plot and at first I was like why is this part of the story, it seemed to take it off track but Johnnie tied it in beautifully.

I enjoyed this cast of characters very much, they all played a vital role and were well developed.

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


Review and Giveaway: What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander May 25, 2017

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When you need a new beginning, sometimes the best place to start is home

When Amy Somers leaves her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she’s crossing bridges she’d burned years before. With all the mistakes she’s made and the things she’s done, she can hardly believe that happiness will find her–especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare.

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy’s hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, it’s difficult to see the path ahead.

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have loved this series. It is the third and each one has held me captive and I didn’t want to stop reading.

I wasn’t sure if I would like this book because Amy is not very likable at all in the previous books, although we do get to see her soften slightly at the end of the 2nd. She still isn’t overly likable at first in this book but as we get to know her and her brokenness we begin to sympathize with her and understand why she does the things she does.

Gabe is a great hero but with a past of his own that he isn’t proud of. He is drawn to Amy and I sensed a protectiveness in him early on. He would take care of her if she would let him.

I also enjoyed meeting up with the characters from previous books and seeing what was going on in their lives.

If you love a good romance I think you will enjoy this one.

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


Review and Giveaway: When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander October 3, 2016

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Dani had planned to spy on Brett–so how did she end up on a date with him?

Dani Prescott can’t believe the lie Brett Somers is trying to sell to the media. During an interview about the plane crash that killed his parents, he blamed Dani’s mother. But the crash killed her as well. Vowing to restore her mother’s reputation, Dani has been following Brett and taking photos, hoping to find something she can use to discredit him. But when she catches his eye instead, she quickly finds herself agreeing to a date. Brett knows this mystery girl is hiding something–but he’s got his own secrets to keep. What will happen when he discovers who she really is?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I absolutely loved the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to read this one and meet up with the characters again.

This book did not disappoint. Johnnie brought me back to Misty Willow and reminded why I loved the first book so much.

I did not like Brett for most of the first book but by the end redeeming qualities started to surface which made reading about him in this second book much more enjoyable.

Dani frustrated me, I wanted her to just be honest and open up because I knew everything would explode and bad things would happen. But she is wounded from her past and felt she needed to do something to fix it.

This is another great book by Johnnie with great characters and a wonderful setting.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


Review and Giveaway: Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander February 1, 2016

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Can love redeem a broken past?

Shelby Kincaid is ready to move forward after the death of her husband left her devastated. With high hopes for the future, she longs to purchase her family’s homestead, Misty Willow, so she can raise her young daughters in the only place she ever truly belonged. She plans to transform the abandoned house into the perfect home of her memories. But she has her work cut out for her.

AJ Sullivan never wanted Shelby’s family homestead in the first place. His grandfather left it to him as punishment for not following his wishes, and he’s let it fall into ruin. AJ’s more than happy to unload it to this spitfire of a woman. But even after angry exchanges over the state of the house, he can’t get her off his mind.

With writing that evokes a strong sense of place and family history, Johnnie Alexander deftly explores the ties that bind us to home–and the irresistible forces that draw us to each other.

My thoughts:

What a fabulous book. This is the first book I have read by Johnnie and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.

I was super excited to see this is a series, although the male protagonist in the 2nd book isn’t overly likable at first in this book but Johnnie was very smart and started to give him redeeming qualities in this book so it makes we want to see what will happen to him in the 2nd.

Shelby is a strong heroine, a young mother who wants to do what is best for her daughters. She tries to resist falling for any man but quickly discovers that might not be so easy and then becomes confused because she is draw to two men.

AJ is a great guy but he has a past to overcome as well and then it slams in the face in a big way. I just wanted Shelby to give her heart to him.

Although this is romance there is a lot of family history mystery in this book. I loved the scripture references in this book, they encouraged me to look them up and highlight them in my own Bible.

A great book about not letting the past define you or hold you back.

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Leave a comment by February 14th for you chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I am not responsible for books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


Write to the Point with Johnnie Alexander June 10, 2015

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Johnnie Alexander

Today we get write to the point with Johnnie Alexander. Read on to learn more about her and wonderful books.

Johnnie Alexander writes inspiring stories that linger in the heart. Where Treasure Hides, her debut novel, won the ACFW Genesis Contest (2011) and Golden Leaf Award (2014). The first of her three contemporary romances, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series), releases from Revell in January 2016.

She also has won Best Novel and Best Writer awards (Florida Christian Writers Conferences), and Bronze Medalist (My Book Therapy Frasier Contest).

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She lives in the Memphis area where her morning chores include feeding dogs, cats, chickens, and a small herd of alpacas.

Tell us about yourself, family, where are you from, how long have you been writing?

After growing up in Ohio and raising my children mostly in Florida, I’m now living with twelve alpacas, a flock of chickens, and a few dogs and cats in the Memphis area. It’s an interesting life, especially when the resident raccoon scavenges in the garage and the family of foxes decide to have a chicken dinner . . . but I miss my kids and grandkids.

I’ve wanted to be a writer as long as I can remember, but for years my publishing history was sketchy—a few poems and essays. I got serious about fiction writing several years ago after participating a couple times in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and discovering the joy of creating characters.

How did you come to know Jesus as your Savior?

I was blessed to grow up in a Christian home but it wasn’t until I attended a small Bible college that I truly understood the importance of a personal relationship with Christ. Though I’ve gone through times in the “Valley of Superficiality” since then, my spiritual growth is now intentional and ever-deepening.

Tell us about your latest book(s). What do want your readers to take away after the last page?

The next few months will be so exciting.

In August, Tyndale is releasing the print edition of my debut novel, Where Treasure Hides. (It was released as an ebook a couple of years ago.) The story, set in World War II Europe, is about a Dutch-Where-Treasure-Hides-682x1024 new coverAmerican artist’s love for a British soldier and their struggle to survive the difficulties of war.

Then, in January, Revell is releasing my first novel in the Misty Willow series. Where She Belongs is a contemporary romance set in central Ohio. A young widow longs to raise her children in her grandparents’ home which has been abandoned for several years. But as she uncovers long-ago betrayals, she realizes her family’s spiritual legacy is much more valuable than their material one.

Both these stories explore the blessings and burdens of family legacies and heritages. My prayer is twofold: 1) that readers will be encouraged to create and pass along their own treasured family memories, and 2) that these stories will linger in the readers’ minds and hearts long after they close the last page.

If you’d like to read chapter one of Where Treasure Hides click here.

How often do you blog and what do you cover in your blog?

My guests have an option of what type of posts they’ll write, but a favorite choice is Story Spark. Authors share the creative inspiration behind their novels—a topic I always find fascinating.

I also participate in Christian Fiction Fridays, a blog hop where authors post snippets of a work-in-progress on their own blogs. The story I’m sharing, When Memory Whispers, is an unpublished World War II story that I wrote before Where Treasure Hides. It’s about a young American actress who gets caught up in war-time espionage and falls in love with a German soldier.

The blog itself is a work-in-progress. If you take a peek, you’ll see there wasn’t much activity in recent weeks but that’s because I was traveling without my laptop. My whirlwind trip from Memphis to Ohio to Tampa to New York City to Washington DC to Orlando then back to Memphis didn’t leave much time for social media interaction. (But I sure had a lot of fun!)

What are you reading right now?

Room with a View by E. M. Forster

One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp

Safed and Keturah by William E. Barton

Writing 21st Century Fiction by Donald Maass

Can you share with us a Genesis 5020 in your life?

At first, I struggled to come up with something big and dramatic—but my siblings never threw me in a pit (though they may have wanted to) and I doubt I’ll ever be Pharaoh’s second-in-command.

But harm is often subtle. And sneaky.

A few years ago I was assailed by parenting guilt. Again and again I was burdened by things I wish I’d done and things I wish I hadn’t done. I longed for that most impossible of things—a do-over, a second chance to get it right. Often I kept these thoughts to myself but sometimes I shared them with my too-soon-grown-up kids. One day, after another listening to my regrets, my middle daughter glared at me. “Mom,” she said, her voice firm and unwavering. “Your daughters are happily married and your son’s a youth minister. We’re all Christians and serving God in some way. Even if you had done things differently, would the outcome be any better?”

She was right. Because of that conversation, those ugly doubts don’t have the power to injure my soul anymore.

Love it! Thanks for sharing that with us. The enemy would’ve loved for you to keep silent and continue to beat yourself up over those lies. So glad you daughter was able to speak truth to you 🙂

Do you have a life and/or a ministry verse?

More than one! But Colossians 3:1-2 is definitely my most significant passage. It advises us to set our hearts and minds on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (paraphrase).

Where can we find you on the web?


Facebook Profile

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Is there anything I didn’t ask that you would like to add?

Thanks for having me as your guest, Melissa. I appreciate the opportunity to become better acquainted with you and your readers. God bless you and your ministry.

Thanks so much for visiting with us. You’re books sound wonderful and need to be put in my TBR pile. May God continue to bless your writing journey.