Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

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.

Visit Nancy here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by August 14th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (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: 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.

Visit Nancy here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by November 21st for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by (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.

Visit Nancy here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barns and Noble,, Books-A-Million or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by December 21st for your chance to win. One winner will be chosen by (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.

Visit Nancy here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Books-A-Million.

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)


Nancy Mehl


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.

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.