Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

The Crossing at Cypress Creek by Pam Hillman June 13, 2019

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Sailing and soldiering around the world has taken Caleb O’Shea far from his native Ireland, so he never imagined that a promise to see a fellow crewman safely home would practically land him on his brother’s doorstep. After spending years away from his family, Caleb isn’t certain what kind of reception he will receive when he steps foot in Natchez, Mississippi. The one thing he knows for sure is that he won’t stay long.

Since her sister was kidnapped by river pirates six months ago, Alanah Adams has taken special care to avoid drawing attention to herself. Those living in the rough-and-tumble settlement of Cypress Creek might even think she’s addled. But when she stumbles into Caleb and his friends in Natchez, she appears to be the picture-perfect lady.

Caleb only catches glimpses of the mysterious and beautiful Alanah before she disappears. But a chance encounter with her at his brother’s logging camp near Cypress Creek leaves him uncomfortable at the thought of the young woman traversing the dangerous area alone. At a crossroads in his life, Caleb must decide whether he wants to give up the worldly adventures he’s been seeking for one closer to home.

My thoughts:

Full of adventure and romance this book is sure to grab your attention.

I loved catching up with the O’Shea brothers and getting to meet the last piece of the puzzle, Caleb. He is definetly likable and Alanah finds herself drawn to him but trying to fight it. She doesn’t trust men and she has good reason.

We are also in the point of view of Miciah a very “not nice” guy. You just know he is going to cause trouble for Alanah and her family.

Even if you haven’t read the other book you can still enjoy this one.

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The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman July 20, 2018

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1792, Natchez Trace, MS
Bitter since his eldest brother abandoned their family in Ireland, Quinn O’Shea travels to Natchez, Mississippi, ready to shuck the weight of his duty and set off on an adventure of his own. It’s time Connor, as head of the family, took responsibility for their younger siblings. While aboard ship, a run-in with three Irish sisters lands Quinn in the role of reluctant savior. Though it may delay his plans, he cannot abandon the Young sisters, especially the tenacious yet kind Kiera.

Upon arriving in the colonies, Kiera Young prepares to meet her intended and begin her new life. But she soon discovers the marriage her brother-in-law arranged was never meant to be, and a far more sinister deal was negotiated for her and her sisters.

Quinn offers to escort his charges safely to Breeze Hill Plantation and his brother’s care, fully intending to seek his freedom elsewhere. But the longer he remains, the greater his feelings toward Kiera grow and the more he comes to realize true freedom might be found in sacrifice.

Includes discussion questions.

My thoughts:

This was a great second book in this series.

Kiera is a strong character, determined to do what is needed to keep her sisters safe.

Quinn is a wonderfully stubborn hero who has his plans while God has another.

I could easily see the Genesis 5020 stories in the character’s lives. What the enemy could have used for harm God uses for good.

I also enjoyed meeting up with characters from the first book…well, not all the characters. Some of them are truly evil.

I kept waiting for something bad to happen, you knew it was coming it was just a matter of time.

I did feel the first almost kiss was a bit rushed. I didn’t feel the moment at all. But when it came time for the actual kiss, that one I felt was the right timing.

Have no fear if you haven’t read the first book, you can still thoroughly enjoy this one.

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Review and Giveaway: The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman September 14, 2017

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Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.

Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

My thoughts:

From the first page you are thrown into the life of these characters and you will want to keep reading to see what will happen next.

Isabella tries to stay strong for her father and her family but she needs a place, or a person, to rest on.

Enter Connor. He is a perfectly imperfect hero. How could these two be drawn together? Can they overcome all that lies between them?

And what is really going on at Breeze Hill? Who can be trusted? All of these questions will keep you reading and wanting more.

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


Write to the Point with Pam Hillman April 10, 2013

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 Today we get write to the point with Pam Hillman. I reviewed her book a couple of months ago, Claiming Mariah. If you want to get my thoughts on the book click here.

I hope you will read what Pam has taken the time to share today. Just great insight into the Genesis 5020 verse. Love it! Hope you will be touched.

Read to the end, Pam has a giveaway for you.

BIO: Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove the Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Claiming Mariah is her second novel.

PamI’ve been thinking about this scripture now for several days trying to come up with a post that will just knock your socks off, but everything I think of is either too small…not small in that it wasn’t a miraculous event in my life, but small in that there doesn’t seem to be a magnificent beginning, middle, and end of any singular event that will make you go WOW, that’s a Genesis 5020 moment if I ever heard one!

For instance, Friday, my son, daughter-in-law and I were on our way to run some errands and to grab some lunch. We were talking, enjoying ourselves as I merged into traffic on a four-lane highway. Suddenly, the driver of an 18 wheeler decided to merge into my lane, and I swerved just in time to avoid him. God was watching out for us. Another time I was delayed by the train for ten minutes, then got down the road to find a horrible wreck. But for the grace of God, and a train across the tracks, that could have been me. I also remember an agreement I signed and had a bit of a struggle getting out of.

We read of Joseph’s story in all its shocking details about how his brothers sold him into slavery, his subsequent rise to power in Potipher’s house, then his fall from grace at the hands of Potipher’s wife. The story continues with Joseph rising again to power within the Egyptian jail and eventually being brought out of the jail and set over all the storehouses of Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. When the famine hits the entire land and Joseph’s brothers come for food, he is able to save them and his entire family.

God placed Joseph in that exact time and place to save not only his own family, but Egypt and a good portion of the known world at that time. At the end of his life, he tells his brothers what they meant for evil (getting rid of him), God meant for good so that he could save “much people alive”. Joseph didn’t know all of this ahead of time. He didn’t know it until God revealed it to him. It’s possible that he only discovered how far-reaching God’s plan was at the very end of his life.

 The saga of Joseph and his brothers took place over a period of years, and it involved the actions of many, many people. Henceforth, many “evil” events in our lives that are meant for our good, we’re not at liberty to share and we won’t know the extent of good and evil in our lives until much further down the road, if ever.

As far as I know, God isn’t going to do something so big, bold, and miraculous with my life, and I’ve never had anyone hate me so much that they would do something so drastic to get rid of me, but I can apply the scripture to areas where even unintentional actions meant for evil turn out for my good. That truck driver? Well, I was a more watchful driver the rest of the day. And that agreement? I’m much more careful to go into agreements with my eyes wide open, asking questions and “what if?” before I sign on the dotted line.

Even the little snapshots in our lives can be life changing. The paths we take— the detours, the decisions to go left instead of right, job changes, agreements, what doctor to use— can end up being for our good or to our detriment. We should strive to follow God’s will and learn from our mistakes, because even when we don’t know what is meant for our good, God does.

About Claiming Mariah: In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and cover24786-smalleager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Fredrick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

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Thank you so much Pam, I love the fresh look you have given to us of this powerful verse.

Readers, Pam is giving away an ebook copy of her book, Claiming Mariah. We need at least five comments to have a drawing so start letting Pam know you would like her book. You have until April 16th at 5:00 to enter.


Review: Claiming Mariah February 11, 2013

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Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman


Mariah Malone sends a letter to Slade Donovan after her father’s death, never expecting the consequences that letter will bring. Slade ends up at Mariah’s door and forces her to hand over the family ranch, the Lazy M. She has no choice, her father stole from Slade’s father, the ranch belongs to the Donovan’s.

Slade allows Mariah and her grandmother to stay at the ranch until his mother and sister arrive. During this waiting period Slade and Mariah’s relationship changes and both find themselves fighting feelings they never asked for. Slade also uncovers some secrets that could distroy the ranch and everything he ever dreamed of.


This is Pam’s second novel. I haven’t had the chance to read her first novel, Stealing Jake.

I enjoyed this book very much. Pam is a wonderful storyteller. I was drawn to her characters and frustrated with them when they wouldn’t speak up about their feelings. Pam has some amazing romance scenes that had my heart twisting with emotion. Overall I would say this book is about forgiveness and the difficulty we have in offering that when we are hurt. Even more, the importance in forgiving ourselves. It’s hard to offer forgiveness to others if you can’t forgive yourself.

The song that kept going through my head as I read this was Matthew West’s Forgiveness. Slade and Mariah will never be set free until they can forgive.

There is also a total Genesis 5020 in this story. When Slade takes over the ranch that could be used to harm Mariah but God intends it for good. But you’ll have to read the book to find out how.

Pam will be visiting 5020genesis on April 10th, so be sure to come then to hear from the author herself. I look forward to reading more books by Pam.

Visit Pam’s website here. Check out the book here.

I was given an egalley of this book from the publisher, Tyndale House Publishers, in excahnge for an honest review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.