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Stories for His Glory

Night Fall by Nancy Mehl April 16, 2021

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For any little boy or girl who hears the Train Man speak,
Who feels his rancid breath caress their pretty cheek,
Must close their eyes, pretend to sleep, and very softly pray,
Or else the evil Train Man may carry them away.


Finally free of her troubled upbringing, Alex Donovan is able to live out her childhood dream of working for the FBI. But soon after she becomes a member of the FBI’s elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, authorities in Missouri contact them about bodies found on freight trains–all killed in the same way.

Alex never expected to be forced to confront her past in this new job, but she immediately recognizes the graffiti messages the killer is leaving on the train cars. When the BAU sends her to gather information about the messages from her aunt in Wichita, Kansas, Alex is haunted by the struggles she thought she’d left behind forever.

In a race against time to solve the case and recover a deadly virus sample the killer intends to spread, Alex must face how far she’ll go–and what she’s willing to risk–to put a stop to the Train Man.

My thoughts:

This is another unique book by Nancy. I enjoyed that storyline. She deals with a cult that is on a mission. I always find these types of stories interesting. The people are so deceived.

I have a feeling I knew who was behind her aunt’s attack from the beginning but she placed a lot of doubt and have me questioning if I was right or not.

The message of Jesus’ love is woven throughout the book and even though I appreciated that I do see that our theology and doctrine differ (this would not have been the case a year ago). There is no mention of sin and our need to repent only that God love’s us, which is true but his love is so great he forgives us of our sin and this needs to be said because that makes his love even more amazing. I was disappointed that this was completely neglected.

But, aside from that, the story itself was very good and I can’t wait to see what is next in this series.

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

 

Dead End by Nancy Mehl May 18, 2020

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When a body is discovered in a field in Iowa, the police uncover fourteen additional corpses, some from twenty years ago, others from the recent past. The remains point to a serial killer with an MO the authorities have seen before–Ed Oliphant, a man who has been in prison for more than twenty years . . . and is FBI Special Agent Kaely Quinn’s father. After several failed attempts to discover if Ed has been training someone to be a copycat killer, the police turn to Kaely in St. Louis for help.

Kaely promised herself she would never step foot in her hometown or set eyes on her father again. She’s always refused to confront her past, but if she wants to prevent any more deaths, she must come face-to-face with the man she’s hated for years.

As more bodies are discovered, Kaely races against time and her own inner turmoil to uncover the killer. Will this most personal case yet cost Kaely her identity and perhaps even her life?

My thoughts:

I loved this series. It was by far my favorite series that I have read by Nancy. And I loved watching the story arc of Kaely through these three books. Nancy did a fabulous job of making that happen and in this book Kaely finally comes face to face with her greatest fears and greatest hopes.

Nancy also did a wonderful job of using some supernatural aspects of the Christian faith that many Christians don’t want to talk about, but are very real, but also being careful with how she handles it.

In this book we watch Noah and Kaely decide what direction to take in their relationship and learning to trust God more then their past wounds. A truly beautiful story that I couldn’t put down.

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

 

Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl September 2, 2019

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When FBI profiler Kaely Quinn’s brother asks for help caring for their unwell mother, Kaely finds herself headed to Darkwater, Nebraska. When she arrives, she learns the small town has been facing a series of fires. While the fire chief attributes them to the misuse of space heaters in the frigid winter, Kaely identifies a pattern that makes her suspect they were no accident.

After yet another blaze devastates a local family, Kaely’s suspicions turn to certainty. Together with her partner from St. Louis, Noah Hunter, and her brother’s firefighter neighbor, Kaely and her team begin an investigation that swiftly leads them down a twisted path. When the truth is finally revealed, Kaely finds herself confronting a madman who is determined his last heinous act will be her death.

My thoughts:

I’m loving this series. I love Kaely, she is such an interesting character, I like that ishe is a bit different and has her quirks. I forgot how much I loved the first book.

In this one we get a better look at Kaely’s family and the dynamics there and there is a lot going on. We also get to see Noah and Kaely’s relationship grow.

I didn’t like this book as much as I like the first one but I still really enjoyed it. This is a unique series.

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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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Review and Giveaway: Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl May 4, 2018

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U.S. Marshal Casey Quinn is tasked with escorting a reporter to testify before a grand jury regarding a missing environmentalist. At first, the assignment seems routine. But when it becomes dangerously clear that there”s more to the story than anyone knows, Casey and two other marshals–one a man from her past–will have to do whatever it takes to survive.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have been loving this series. Nancy knows how to write a book that will grab you and keep a hold of you.

Although I might not have gotten pulled into this one as soon the others in this series I still did get pulled in, it just took a bit more time.

I liked Casey. She was a tough woman, with pain from her past and of course E.J. is tied too. How could these two get it together when it comes to romance?

What was great about this book was you never were sure who the good guys or bad guys were. Who could you trust?

If you enjoy romantic suspense I am sure you will love reading this book.

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Leave a comment by May 17th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl August 7, 2017

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Kate O’Brien’s quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she’s been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn’t the murderer, she’s subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate’s beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate’s safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I can’t remember the last time I read a book so fast. I could have finished it in twenty-four hours but I needed to go to sleep.

I loved this book. One thing after another happens and just when you think it is over it isn’t. My mind kept trying to figure out what was going on. I was wrong on several things but one I had a feeling about the whole time but even that I didn’t get the motivation correct.

Kate’s story is heartbreaking, witnessing her sister being murdered. She really struggles to deal with this and it isn’t until she finally gives it to Jesus that true healing can begin. The way Nancy describes that process is beautiful.

Tony is a wonderful hero who just wants to protect Kate. There romance is very sweet and adds nicely to the story.

Overall, I highly recommend this one. I think it might be favorite Nancy Mehl book yet.

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

 

 

Review and Giveaway: Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl November 7, 2016

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Following in her absentee father’s footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father’s recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis’s most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent–Mercy’s ex-boyfriend–to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn’t until a freak ice storm strands 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 to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive–if help is even coming at all?

My thoughts:

I have really enjoyed every book I have read by Nancy so I couldn’t wait to start this new series and was very excited to receive this newest book.

I have to say this is probably my favorite yet. I like that she wrote this book in third person (her others were in first) so we could get into the heads of several other characters.

I also loved the setting of the winter storm. It made me ready for a good snowstorm here in Michigan, but that probably isn’t happening anytime soon.

Mercy is a tough cookie, with some baggage she needs to deal with but doesn’t appear to think she really has any issues.

Mark is a great guy who loves the Lord and still cares for Mercy and wants to protect her.

I enjoyed the layers to this story and the many ways “the bad guys” work their way into the system and blackmail people to get what they want.

If you are looking for a good romantic suspense novel I have no doubt you will enjoy this one.

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Leave a comment by November 21st for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged  in the mail.)

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Rising Darkness by Nancy Mehl December 7, 2015

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Sophie Wittenbauer left her strict Mennonite hometown under a cloud of shame and regret. Certain she’s left her past far behind her, she’s now focused on her job at a newspaper and is shocked when she stumbles upon the name of someone she knew in her old life. But when she learns the man–a prisoner–claims a suspect from a decades-old unsolved crime is hiding out in the small town of Sanctuary, Missouri, she can’t resist following the lead in hopes of furthering her career.

Almost immediately upon her arrival, Sophie’s confronted with a face from her past and fears her intention of using a false identity to investigate is doomed. But with the help of Sanctuary’s charismatic young pastor, Sophie knows she’s getting close. Will she be able to conceal the truth of her own past long enough to find the suspect before someone puts a stop–fatal or otherwise–to her investigation?

My thoughts and giveaway:

Nancy has done a fabulous job writing another book in this series. I really enjoyed the first two and now I add this one to the list.

Rising Darkness will have you guessing from the beginning about what really happened to Terrance Chase and what are Sophie’s wounds that are driving her?

There are some beloved secondary characters that you will come to care about as well. Sanctuary is a wonderful town that I loved visiting again.

Even if you haven’t read the first two books you can pick this one up. There are characters in this book from previous stories but they don’t really have too much of an impact on this story.

If you love a good mystery, suspense and romance I’m sure you will enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment by December 21st for your chance to win. One winner will be chosen by random.org. (U.S. residents 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. 

 

Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl February 19, 2015

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After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah’s joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn’t know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents’ murder. Sarah enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul’s concern encourages Sarah’s growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide–even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

My thoughts:

This book opens with a scene that will have you hooked and not let go. One thing after another happens to Sarah and I definitely felt her sorrow.

The unsettled feelings from the past haunt Sarah and she needs closure even if she is in a bit of denial over it. But I kept worrying about her getting into trouble, about her saying something to the wrong person. And that is right where the author wants us, so invested that we are worried about the characters.

The crimes in this book are pretty disturbing and so sad but for me that drew me even further into this book.

I read Nancy’s first book in this series and loved it, this second book did not disappoint. This book can be read as a stand-alone. There is mention of characters in the first book but it is not a contributing factor to this book.

Overall, a wonderful read that I couldn’t put down. Highly recommended for anyone who loves a good murder mystery.

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

 

Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl May 22, 2014

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This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Gathering Shadows

Bethany House Publishers (May 6, 2014)

by

Nancy Mehl

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Nancy Mehl lives in Wichita, Kansas with her husband Norman and their dog, Watson. She’s authored thirteen books and is currently at work on her newest series for Bethany House Publishing.

All of Nancy’s novels have an added touch – something for your spirit as well as your soul. “I welcome the opportunity to share my faith through my writing,” Nancy says. “It’s a part of me and of everything I think or do. God is number one in my life. I wouldn’t be writing at all if I didn’t believe that this is what He’s called me to do. I hope everyone who reads my books will walk away with the most important message I can give them: God is good, and He loves you more than you can imagine. He has a good plan especially for your life, and there is nothing you can’t overcome with His help.”

She and her husband attend Believer’s Tabernacle in Wichita.
ABOUT THE BOOK

Wynter Evans is a promising young reporter for a television station in St. Louis, but even a bright future doesn’t take away her pain over the disappearance of her brother nine years ago. So when she stumbles across a photograph of a boy with an eerie resemblance to him, she can’t pass up the chance to track him down. With research for work as her cover, she sets out with one of the station’s photogs for the place where the picture was taken: the town of Sanctuary.

Almost as soon as she arrives, she meets the town’s handsome young mayor, Rueben King, and together they begin to uncover long held secrets that could tear the small town apart and change everything Wynter thought she knew about her life. As the truth of her family’s past hides in the shadows, it’s clear someone will stop at nothing to keep the answers she’s searching for hidden forever–even if the cost is Wynter’s very life.

If you’d like to read the first chapter of Gathering Shadows, go HERE.

My thoughts:

Oh, this book is very good.

I have not read a book by Nancy yet and now I am wondering why.

She has created this wonderful plot and this mysterious town that will have you flipping pages as fast as you can.

From the opening prologue you will be captured by this story and what happened to Wynter’s brother.

Sanctuary is a very strange town, something is definitely going on and it makes you wonder if it really is a sanctuary a place to rest or a place to hide. If you look up the definition of sanctuary one of them is a place for fugitives to find rest…hmmm, makes you wonder doesn’t it?

Wynter is a very likeable but tough character. And then there is Rueben,I just kept wondering if she could really trust him or not. You’ll have to read the book to see if she can.

Overall, I loved this book, I highly recommend it to those who enjoy a good suspense novel. The good news this is just the first book in a series, I can’t wait for more 🙂

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance in exchange for an honest review.