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My Story for His Glory

An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray May 22, 2017

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Overwhelmed by the responsibilities of running a ranch on her own, Laurel Tracey decides to hire a convict—a man who’s just scary enough to take care of squatters and just desperate enough to agree to a one year post.

The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. Both her brother and her father died in battle, and her mother passed away shortly after receiving word of their demise. Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.

When she discovers that squatters have settled in her north pasture and have no intention of leaving, Laurel decides to use the last of her money to free a prisoner from the local jail. If she agrees to offer him room and board for one year, he will have to work for her to pay off his debt.

Former soldier Thomas Baker knows he’s in trouble when he finds himself jailed because he couldn’t pay a few fines. Laurel’s offer might be his only ticket out. Though she’s everything he ever dreamed of in a woman—sweet and tender-hearted, yet strong—he’s determined to remain detached, work hard on her behalf, and count the days until he’s free again.

But when cattle start dying and the squatters damage a barn, Thomas realizes more than just his freedom is on the line. Laurel needs someone to believe in her and protect her property. And it isn’t long before Laurel realizes that Thomas Baker is far more than just a former soldier. He’s a trustworthy hero who’s survived a terrible past. He needs more than just his freedom, he needs her love and care too.

My thoughts:

What an intriguing story. The tension between the two characters is tight. There is an initial attraction that they both try to fight but you know they will give in eventually. The question is when and how will it happen?

This is the second book in this series but you will be able to read this as a stand-alone if you choose and not feel lost at all.

It was great to meet with Thomas and be reminded of characters from the previous book. I couldn’t help but wonder whose story we would get to hear next.

I loved the romance, the post-war ear and the mystery surrounding this book. There is something on every page that will keep you turning until the end.

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

 

The Lifestyle of a Watchman by James W. Goll May 17, 2017

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Unique, Powerful Call to the Front Lines of Prayer

From bestselling author James W. Goll, a strategic prophetic leader in global intercessory prayer, comes an in-depth journey into the heart of what it means to be a “watchman on the wall.” Designed for serious worshipers and intercessors, this unique 21-day journey will help you move to the front lines of prayer–becoming more alert to the presence of God and praying his will with confidence.

With reflection questions, devotional prayers, and practical application, this book will help you
· discern the specific spiritual atmosphere around you
· discover the strategies of God for certain times
· pray more effectively for others
· understand how to intercede for current events

Walking in the lifestyle of a watchman means that you can be the sentinel that God is calling his mature intercessors to be. Learn to partner with the strategies of heaven and step boldly into your calling.

My thoughts:

Do you feel called to pray for more. Maybe for things you aren’t even sure what exactly?

This book will challenge you to take that next step. I always find James books inspiring and pushing me to hunger for  more of God. This book stays true to that.

I love how he uses Biblical examples of people who had a life of prayer, starting with Abraham. Not only does he uses Biblical examples but he also uses examples of people who aren’t in the Bible.

Each chapter is a short (not super short) read that you can easily do in about 10 minutes or less.

If you are looking for more in your prayer life and are feeling a call to be in prayer then I recommend this book.

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

 

The Illusionist’s Apprentice by Kristy Cambron April 21, 2017

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Boston, 1926— Jenny “Wren” Lockhart is a bold eccentric—even for a female vaudevillian. As notorious for her inherited wealth and gentleman’s dress as she is for her unsavory upbringing in the back halls of a vaudeville theater, Wren lives in a world that challenges all manner of conventions.

In the months following Houdini’s death, Wren is drawn into a web of mystery surrounding a spiritualist by the name of Horace Stapleton, a man defamed by Houdini’s ardent debunking of fraudulent mystics in the years leading up to his death. But in a public illusion that goes terribly wrong, one man is dead and another stands charged with his murder. Though he’s known as one of her teacher’s greatest critics, Wren must decide to become the one thing she never wanted to be: Stapleton’s defender.

Forced to team up with the newly formed FBI, Wren races against time and an unknown enemy, all to prove the innocence of a hated man. In a world of illusion, of the vaudeville halls that showcase the flamboyant and the strange, Wren’s carefully constructed world threatens to collapse around her. Layered with mystery, illusion, and the artistry of the Jazz Age’s bygone vaudeville era, The Illusionist’s Apprentice is a journey through love and loss and the underpinnings of faith on each life’s stage.

My thoughts:

I have read all of Kristy’s books. She is so talented. Her style is unique. She writes books that I believe only she could give life to. She’s take history and breathes life into it. Parts of our history that I never thought I would find interesting and I become enthralled.

The Illusionist’s Apprentice takes you backstage in the world of magic or illusion. What is real and what isn’t? Who is telling the truth and who is hiding something?

From the beginning we learn that Wren Lockhart is hiding and hiding something. Her story is slowly revealed and you can’t help but love her.

Elliot is easy to like, he is a strong protector and has an instinct to protect, but not really trust, Wren.

If you are looking for a book that is a bit different but very well written I would say look for further. This book is highly engaging.

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

 

Releasing the Angels of Abundant Harvest by Jennifer LeClaire February 8, 2017

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A timely prophetic Word to receive restoration and provision in 2017. Releasing the Angels of Abundant Harvest will empower you in your everyday life by bringing prophetic insight into topics such as:Avoiding angelic deceptions rising in 2017. Understanding and activating God’s angelsOperating in the laws of the harvest for maximum increase. Understanding demonic obstacles to seeing an abundant harvest. How to partner with angels to see God’s will come to pass

My thoughts:

I was really excited to get my hands on this book and read it. I always find the subject of angels interesting. And Jennifer’s word about angels this year really intrigued me.

I appreciate Jennifer acknowledging that she has struggled with how to handle angels, meaning we never want to elevate them higher than Jesus but they do have their place.

She talked about a lot a great things that will empower you and she expounds upon harvesting what we sow and what does that look like in our everyday lives.

With that being said I didn’t love this book, it was just okay for me, unfortunately. I didn’t walk away feeling all fired up like I was hoping I would. It was a good but it just didn’t live up to what I hoped it would be for me.

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

 

The Mark of the King by Jocelyn Green February 2, 2017

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Life in This New World Requires More Strength Than She Ever Imagined

After the death of her client, midwife Julianne Chevalier is imprisoned and branded, marking her as a criminal beyond redemption. Hoping to reunite with her brother, a soldier, she trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. The price of her transport, however, is a forced marriage to a fellow convict.

New Orleans is nothing like Julianne expects. The settlement is steeped in mud and mosquitoes, and there is no news of her brother, Benjamin. When tragedy strikes, she turns to military officer Marc-Paul Girard for help, but does he know more about her brother than he will admit?

With her dreams shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous land, where only grace–and love–can overcome the stigma of the king’s mark upon her shoulder.

My thoughts:

I had missed Jocelyn’s writing. I so adored her Civil War series and was anxious to see what she would come up with next. I was not disappointed.

This book every bit as good as her previous but tackling a different time and place. It’s obvious that Jocelyn has done her research when it comes to this time in history.

We are quickly endeared to Julianne. The opening scene still haunts me and the tragedy that insured.

I wasn’t sure what was going to happen with Julianne marrying Simon, at first he didn’t seem that bad, I thought they might fall in love. But then Marc-Paul is introduced and I wasn’t sure where the story might go and had to keep reading to see.

There are many interesting characters introduced in this book that add to the depth of the story.

Jocelyn has hit another one out of the park with this newest release and I highly recommend this book. I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next.

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

 

Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble January 9, 2017

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Alanna has been plagued by tragedy. So it should come as no surprise that in the beauty that surrounds Charleston, all is not as it seems.

When her husband is killed by a car bomb while their band is on tour in Charleston, Alanna doesn’t know where to turn. Her father-in-law is threatening to take custody of the baby she carries, but the one thing she knows for sure is that she can’t lose the last piece of Liam she has left.

Their manager offers her a marriage of convenience to gain her U.S. citizenship and allow her to escape her father-in-law’s control. It seems like the perfect solution . . . but her doubts begin almost as soon as she arrives at Barry’s family home, a decaying mansion surrounded by swamp.

To make matters worse, Liam’s best friend survived the car bomb. She’s never really liked Jesse and now she can’t seem to get away from him. When he takes Liam’s place in their band, it’s almost more than she can bear.

But then things start happening. Things that could easily cost Alanna her life—or the life of her unborn child. Are they merely coincidences? Or is there something much more sinister at work?

My thoughts:

I have only read one other book by Colleen and I loved it. I was very excited to read her newest release especially since the main character is a musician and so am I. I also love the Celtic Woman so this was kind of behind the scene peek a that life.

After reading the beginning I was anxious to get back to the book the next day. There was definitely a mystery surrounding the entire book. It has some very dark kind of aspects which are resolved by the end.

But when I went back to read the book the next day I found myself not really believing any of it. There is something that happens that I knew from the beginning. I don’t know if that was the intent, to let the readers know, but I easily figured it out.

Also, Alanna seemed very immature in her thinking. I struggled with her so easily deciding to marry Barry. I could understand why she would but I wanted her to struggle with the decision more and she didn’t. I really got the sense in the beginning of the book of her deep love for Liam and I felt she moved on a bit too quickly.

Unfortunately, this book wasn’t for me. I loved the mysterious setting and the family mystery surrounding Barry and the ending is definitely intense.  But the characters overall left me wanting something more from them. I hate to say that because Colleen is a wonderful author but for me this book fell flat.

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

 

Beneath a Golden Veil by Melanie Dobson January 3, 2017

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As elegant as the Sacramento residence she operates, Isabelle Labrie keeps her past concealed, like the treasure she hides under the Golden Hotel. It’s 1853, the heyday of the California Gold Rush. Isabelle is full of hope, staking her claim on the city’s refined clientele and her future on a sweetheart’s promise to marry her when he returns from the gold fields. Then, unexpected guests—fugitive slaves seeking safe passage to the North—force her to confront her past and reconsider her path.

While Isabelle learns to trust God’s provisions, a law student in Virginia must confront his father’s cruelty and rescue a young slave from his family’s tobacco plantation. As the two escape to freedom, and Isabelle risks everything to harbor runaway slaves, the past and present are set on an inevitable collision course—one that reveals hidden treasures of the heart.

My thoughts:

Wow. I had not read a book by Melanie Dobson yet and I have to say I have found a new favorite author.

I don’t even know where to begin with this book. My daughter asked me about it and I honestly didn’t even know what to tell her because there are so many layers that can be confusing but when you’re reading it makes perfect sense.

This story takes you places that aren’t comfortable to go to or think about but it is a truth in our history.

Melanie did a great job of revealing information slowly and my eyes opening to what was happening and how lives were intertwining.

Isabelle is a wonderful heroine and Alden is a great hero. Both of them are trying to escape their pasts and make their own way.

This was a book I carved time out to read because I had to see what happened next, there truly was never a dull moment. If you are intrigued by our country’s past with slavery I have no doubt you will love this book.

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