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Stories for His Glory

The Record Keeper by Charles Martin August 12, 2022

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“Because you’re worth rescue.”

Murphy Shepherd’s last rescue mission very nearly cost him his life. He’d like nothing more than to stay close to his wife and daughters for awhile. But Bones’s brother must be stopped, and there are so many who still need to know they are worth rescuing.

As the cat-and-mouse game moves into the open, Murphy is tested at every turn—both physically and mentally. Then the unthinkable happens: his beloved mentor and friend is taken. Gone without a trace.

Murphy lives by the mantra that love always shows up. But how can he rescue Bones when he has no leads?

With heart-stopping clarity, The Record Keeper explores the true cost of leaving the ninety-nine to find the one.

My thoughts:

Charles Martin write another amazing book. I really wonder, and hope, there is a team of people who are trying to stop trafficking like we see in this book.

This book is heart pounding from start to finish. The characters speak from the and therefore will touch your heart.

I would say you really do need to read the previous books in this series to fully enjoy this one. There is a lot of back story that you get from the other books that I think is important in this one.

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

 

Written on the Wind by Elizabeth Camden August 8, 2022

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He carries a dangerous secret, but can he survive long enough to expose it?

Count Dimitri Sokolov has been charged with overseeing construction of the legendary Trans-Siberian Railway, but during this work, he witnesses an appalling crime, the truth of which threatens the Russian monarchy. In an effort to silence him, the czar has stripped Dimitri of his title, his lands, and his freedom . . . but Dimitri has one asset the czar knows nothing about: his deep and abiding friendship with Natalia Blackstone.

Natalia is the lead analyst for her father’s New York banking empire and manages their investment in the Trans-Siberian Railway. Her bond with Dimitri has flourished despite the miles between them, but when Dimitri goes unexpectedly missing, she sets the wheels in motion to find him. Once they join forces, they embark on a dangerous quest in which one wrong move could destroy them both.

From the steppes of Russia to the corridors of power in Washington, Dimitri and Natalia will fight against all odds to save the railroad while exposing the truth. Can their newfound love survive the ordeal?

My thoughts:

This is the second book in the series. however, you can easily read this as a stand alone and not feel lost.

It was very interesting and Natalia and Dimitri have an very interesting dynamic. I wondered how they could overcome the many obstacles the faced.

Elizabeth did a great job creating the story world and bringing the past to life. She also did a great job with that first kiss, wow!!

Overall, a very good story.

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Sold on Love by Kathleen Fuller August 4, 2022

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She’s a high-fashion realtor; he’s a low-maintenance mechanic. What on earth could they have in common?

Dressed in designer labels and cruising around town in her red Mercedes, workaholic realtor Harper Wilson presents the picture of success in charming Maple Falls. But Harper’s carefully cultivated image is resting on a shaky foundation. With a sudden drought in sales, she’s starting to see her professional dreams—along with her posh lifestyle—slipping away.

Car trouble brings her to mechanic Rusty Jenkins, and their unlikely friendship is taken to the next level when the laid-back Rusty allows her to give him a makeover for a charity bachelor auction. Harper soon discovers that beneath the town mechanic’s wild beard and grease-stained clothing lies a true Southern gentleman—someone with a kind heart and dreams of his own. Their chemistry is undeniable, but as they get closer, past fears and relationships start to creep in, reminding them of just how much is at stake when carefully constructed facades fall apart.

Maybe their worlds aren’t so separate after all. And maybe covering up who you really are keeps you from discovering what was always meant to be.

My thoughts:

What a sweet story. Harper and Rusty are complete opposites in many ways, yet they do share a brokenness from their past that is something they can relate to.

I also enjoyed the fact that we have Harper’s parents story in here as well, I won’t say much about it, but it’s a nice addition to the main story.

It was nice to see the other characters from the previous books as well and see how they are doing and what they are up to.

Overall, a good read.

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The Italian Ballerina by Kristy Cambron July 15, 2022

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At the height of the Nazi occupation of Rome, an unlikely band of heroes comes together to save innocent lives in this breathtaking World War II novel based on real historical events.

Rome, 1943. With the fall of Italy’s Fascist government and the Nazi regime occupying the streets of Rome, British ballerina Julia Bradbury is stranded and forced to take refuge at a hospital on Tiber Island. But when she learns of a deadly sickness sweeping through the quarantine wards—a fake disease known only as Syndrome K—she is drawn into one of the greatest cons in history. Alongside hospital staff, friars of the adjoining church, and two Allied medics, Julia risks everything to rescue Jewish Italians from the deadly clutches of the Holocaust. Soon a little girl who dreams of becoming a ballerina arrives at their door, and Julia is determined to reunite the young dancer with her family—if only she would reveal one crucial secret: her name.

Present Day. Delaney Coleman recently lost her grandfather—a beloved small-town doctor and World War II veteran, so she returns home to help her aging parents. When a mysterious Italian woman reaches out claiming to own one of the family’s precious heirlooms, Delaney is compelled to travel to Italy and uncover the truth of her grandfather’s hidden past. With the help of the woman’s skeptical but charming grandson, Delaney learns of a Roman hospital that saved hundreds of Jewish people during the war. Soon, everything Delaney thought she knew about her grandfather comes into question.

Based on true accounts of the invented Syndrome K sickness, The Italian Ballerina journeys from the Allied storming of the beaches at Salerno to the London ballet stage and the war-torn streets of World War II Rome, exploring the sometimes heart-wrenching choices we must make to find faith and forgiveness, and how saving a single life can impact countless others.

My thoughts:

Kristy writes such unique books. When I first begin one I am always a bit confused and wonder how this is all going to tie together, but it always does. The book was slowly woven together to create a beautiful piece of work.

It did not end exactly how I expected, actually something very sad happens that I didn’t see coming.

This book shows another aspect of WWII that I wasn’t aware of and I loved learning something new.

Overall, a well done book. If you like historical and contemporary books I recommend this one.

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Free Fall by Nancy Mehl July 5, 2022

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The closer she comes to the truth, the deadlier her chase gets.

FBI behavioral analyst Alex Donovan and her colleague Logan Hart have been called upon to write a profile for a missing woman, but a little digging quickly turns up more disappearances in Virginia with the same physical description.

Alex is in a race against the clock to rescue the missing victims, so when the UNSUB makes demands of her in exchange for information, Alex takes the bait. But when her life is put in jeopardy, Logan must do whatever it takes to track them down before time runs out.

Alex works to think one step ahead of the suspect, but the more Logan and the BAU learn about the serial kidnapper, the more they fear Alex may not make it out alive.

My thoughts:

This was a very interesting last book in this series (at least I’m assuming it’s the last book). Nancy did a great job keeping the reader guessing about who is behind these kidnappings, sort of. I mean, we know who is doing it but the men we meet will make you wonder which one is which and who can we trust.

I enjoyed the story but I don’t agree with Nancy’s theology. I think at least two times she has her characters say that it isn’t God’s will for them to be sick. This is a prosperity gospel mind set. I agree that when God originally created the earth and humans that wasn’t his will but because of sin the Word is clear that we will experience trails. If this isn’t God’s will then he isn’t completely in control but I believe God is sovereign and nothing happens outside of His will. I used to believe the way Nancy does but it lead me to a very bad place with God and I found myself demanding he answer my prayers the way I want and if he didn’t then he wasn’t that good. Yikes, not a good place.

Anyway, I did like the story, it was very engaging and I couldn’t wait to see how it would end.

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Bless Your Heart, Rae Sutton by Susannah B. Lewis June 27, 2022

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Sometimes what your life is missing is an eccentric group of older ladies to take you under their wing . . .

When Raeley Ann Sutton’s mama passes away and leaves her the house where she grew up, Rae can’t imagine how the little old place might restore her broken life. Mourning the recent loss of her marriage, she takes the house and settles back in tiny, “one-horse Whitten” with her fourteen-year-old daughter, Molly Margaret, and their overweight dog.

There she’s embraced by her mother’s close-knit circle of friends, the Third Thursday ladies: Mrs. Fannie, Mrs. Dora, and Aunt Maxine. Though almost half their age and far less confident of positive outcomes, Rae joins their ministry-slash-book-club-slash-gossip circle and allows the women to speak wry honesty and witty humor into her tired heart. As a new career and a new romance bring their own complications, Rae relies on the unlikely family she’s found and begins to wonder if her future holds more hope than she ever could have imagined.

Known for her heartwarming stories and genuine Southern voice, Susannah B. Lewis dazzles with her latest story of women strengthening women.

My thoughts:

I really enjoyed this book. It actually made me laugh out loud at least three times, that doesn’t happen too often, even when a book is supposed to be funny.

But between the giggles this book deals with some series issues. I was so torn about how I wanted it to turn out, which made it even better.

I do think the author did a great job of making it turn out the way it should but it was hard to make up my mind, as it was for Rae.

I can’t neglect to mention the cast of characters Susannah developed. Those older ladies made me want to have a group of women like in my life.

Overall, a very good book and I do recommend it.

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All That It Takes by Nicole Deese May 31, 2022

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When the ever-cautious Val Locklier moves cross-country with her son for a secure job, everything she’d planned unravels within the first week. After Val reluctantly agrees to rent an apartment from her best friend’s brother, an unexpected chance at an elite filmmakers’ mentorship ignites fresh hope for a dream career. But as Val’s community begins to expand, so do her insecurities, especially those heightened by her growing attraction to a certain friendly landlord. 

Pastor Miles McKenzie returns home from a short-term mission trip to discover that not only does he have an intriguing new tenant living upstairs, he’s also been reassigned to a local ministry on life support. Disillusioned and restless, he distracts himself by throwing his energy into a host of new projects–not the least of which is pursuing Val–without stopping to consider the future. 

As Val struggles to stop hiding behind the camera and Miles wrestles with shattered expectations, they’ll find that authentic love and sacrifice must go hand in hand.

My thoughts:

This book felt different then previous books I have read by Nicole, but still good and interesting. Val isn’t some perfect character, she has things she is struggling with and I love that Miles overlooks those things.

I also appreciated Nicole’s real look at the inner workings of a church, especially a big church. It’s not all perfect and sometimes church leaders loose their way.

This wasn’t my favorite book by Nicole, but I did enjoy it.

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The Summer We Forgot by Caroline Goerge May 12, 2022

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Caroline George once again transports readers with lush, evocative prose, leading them to ask the question: what happens when we can’t even trust ourselves?

Some memories are better left forgotten.

Darby and Morgan haven’t spoken for two years, and their friend group has splintered. But when the body of their former science teacher is found in the marsh where they attended camp that summer, they realize they have more questions than answers . . . and even fewer memories.

No one remembers—or no one is talking.

The group of reunited friends suspects that a murderer is stalking the coastal highway 30A, and they are desperate to recover their memories as quickly as possible . . . before their history they can’t remember repeats itself.

Everyone has a secret.

As tensions rise and time runs out, Darby and Morgan begin to wonder if they can believe one another . . . or if they can even trust themselves.

My thoughts:

This is a YA novel, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. What in the world happened to these kids that made them forget everything that happened? Plus other misunderstanding and general teen-age drama.

From beginning to end this is a book you will not want to put down. I definitely understood Darby, always trying to be the good kid, even being told she is the “good one.” That is a lot of pressure on a kid and what happens when we want to make a poor choice? Are we now the “bad kid”? I appreciated her struggle with that.

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What Remains True by Nancy Naigle May 5, 2022

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An uplifting novel about three months that may change three lives—and lead to love—from USA Today bestselling author Nancy Naigle

Working at a little shop on Main Street in a small town is exactly the break that executive Merry Anna Foster needs following her divorce. She’s made a bet with her ex-husband that she can live on the amount of money she’s giving him in alimony. If she can do it, then Kevin will have to stop complaining and leave her alone. But after three months of this new life, will she even want to leave Antler Creek? 

Adam Locklear, bull rider and owner of the local feedstore, is having the best year of his rodeo career. He’s also a bit distracted by the pretty new neighbor living in his old bunkhouse. But Adam has no time for matters of the heart. He’s got his future all mapped out, and that future doesn’t involve a woman just yet. It doesn’t involve parenting a little girl either. However, Carly Fowler still suddenly leaves five-year-old Zan—the daughter Adam didn’t know he had—in his care. 

Is it possible that the future holds a life even better than what Merry Anna and Adam had each dreamed of? One that includes both tenderness and even love—not just for each other but for Zan too.

My thoughts:

Nancy creates a wonderful story world, one I would love to live in and be a part of.

I enjoyed the many interesting characters in this book. Merry Anna is trying to find her way after her divorce and Adam has his goals that seem to conflict with a relationship. So I wondered how these two would find their way into each others hearts.

Again, Nancy did a great job making that happen and bringing these two opposites together. A wonderful, feel good read.

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Mulberry Hollow by Denise Hunter April 21, 2022

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Living life to the fullest always requires sacrifice.

Avery Robinson decided to be a physician after helplessly watching her mother lose a battle with a terrible disease. Now at risk of developing the same illness, Avery guards her heart from love. She’s driven to protect her loved ones as a workaholic doctor in the tiny mountain town of Riverbend Gap, North Carolina.

Contractor Wes Garrett is hiking the Appalachian trail, in memory of the man who died saving his life, when an illness racks his body. After an agonizing fifteen-mile hike to Avery’s clinic, he collapses on her doorstep. He recovers to find himself in debt again, this time to a beautiful doctor.

When he decides to help her renovate a rundown carriage house, the obstacles to their attraction sprout like weeds—starting with the woman waiting for Wes at the end of the trail. Will he be able to relinquish the debt he owes his best friend? And will Avery find the courage to risk everything for love?

The second book in Denise Hunter’s popular Riverbend Romance series explores what it might be like to live fearlessly and free.

My thoughts:

Denise knows how to write a good romance and this one definitely was. She made Wes a wonderful hero and will make your heart ache with wanting him and Avery to find their way to each other.

But how will that happen? Wes is under a guilt trip that is taking him in the wrong direction. When and how would he wake up to what he really should be doing?

Avery has a made vow that makes a future with Wes seem impossible, even though she wants one.

If these questions make you want to read the book and you want to find the answers give this book a read and see what happens.

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