Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Maybe It’s You by Christy Hayes February 5, 2019

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 11:26 pm
Tags: ,



Reagan Bellamy’s neighbor is everything she never wanted. Despite her best efforts to ignore him and fly under his radar, Dash Carter refuses to wither under her stare and leave her alone. So what if he’s totally hot? Who cares if her roommates think he’s adorable? Reagan’s too busy to waste time on a loser with musical pipe dreams. Between classes, studies, and her need to stay ahead of the game, she’s got too much on her plate to give him the time of day.

Dash Carter is a man on a mission. He’s done a total 180 and for the first time in a long time feels optimistic about the future. He’s clean, he’s on a good path, and he’s surrounded himself with people who make life better, not worse. Unfortunately, his neighbor—the one girl who’s always piqued his interest—still thinks he’s a slacker, bothering Dash more than it should.

Acting on an opportunity to show Reagan he’s a changed man, Dash inadvertently puts her in a difficult position with her new boss and sends her down a path she hasn’t the time or inclination to pursue. Desperate to make things right, Dash becomes more invested in her life despite warnings from his mentor to not get involved with someone whose beliefs don’t match his own.

Reagan’s not sure what it says about her that she’d rather deal with Dash the deadbeat than Dash the Bible thumper. The more she digs her heels in against the religious freaks she’s forced to interact with, the more she begins to question everything she’s built her life upon. When the tide begins to turn in Reagan’s heart and her worldview flips upside down, trusting God means putting everything on the line, including her heart.

My thoughts: 

You never know what to expect from a new-to-you-author.

But from the first chapter I knew this book would be real.

Christy didn’t hold back on the truth and what an unbelievers life looks like. I was so Reagan at one point in my life. Coming home with hangover, puking at inconvenient times. Not proud of it. But that was me lost.

Dash is a great hero. He too has come from a lot of mistakes but he is on the journey to growing deeper in his faith. He was a lot like me when I first came to know Christ. I wasn’t always so tactful and Dash had a little issue early on.

Overall, I really enjoyed this read. If you are looking for something real I recommend this book.

Visit Christy here.

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

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


Never Past Hope by Janine Mendenhall January 31, 2019

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 4:18 pm
Tags: ,



Miss Mary Hope Adsley always considered herself to be the sensible one. But now, her sensibilities are unraveling around a man she thought she knew. After he attempted to marry her best friend—for money, no less—authorities charge Sir Steven Likebridge with masquerading as a gentleman and abduction. With his execution days away, Mary Hope desperately seeks to learn the truth about the man she loves.

Will the truth turn out to be worse than his lies?

Written for the General Market (G) (I): Contains little or no; sexual dialogue or situations, violence, or strong language. May also contain some content of an inspirational/religious nature. Similar romance novels in this genre may be categorized as: christian romance, inspirational romance, christian fiction, and clean, wholesome romance.

Read my review of the first bookStarving Hearts, here. 

My thoughts:

I love that this book opens with the scripture where Jesus reminds us that the sick are those that need a doctor, not the well.

If you have read the first book (which I did) you know the Steven Likebridge is not a good man…or is he? There were a few brief moments in Starving Hearts where you see his brokenness and wonder if there is something more to him.

I will say Mary Hope’s obsession with him seems a bit unbelievable as they only had a couple of encounters in their life time. But I suspended disbelief and went with it.

More mystery is added in this book as well as the romance.

Overall, I really did enjoy this second book. I will say I think you will appreciate this book more if you have read the first.

Visit Janine here.

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

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


Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall January 29, 2019

Filed under: Book Reviews,Uncategorized — Melissa Finnegan @ 5:59 pm
Tags: ,



“Not only is this a delightful regency romance but it is also suspense filled mystery of the very best kind.” ~ Amazon review

“The author did a great job, maybe too great a job, describing the slave scenes. Spine tingling and suspenseful. I was biting my nails throughout much of this book.” ~ Amazon review

Plagued by nightmares, Annette yearns to find her anonymous rescuer — the man who saved her life from a near deadly assault. Deep inside she is starving for companionship and a mutually respectful relationship. When Mr. Peter Adsley, an abolitionist pastor dealing with his own emotional baggage, agrees to a clandestine meeting, the event appears providential. But self-doubt, deception, and the schemes of a mutual enemy threaten to keep the pair apart. A phantom adversary will stop at nothing to win Annette’s dowry for himself, even if it means killing Peter.

My thoughts:

A book full of twists, turns and unexpected outcomes.

This book takes you on a journey that is at times delightful and others times chilling.

The picture of the slave trade that is painted is horrifying and, I have no doubt, too real.

Annette is a strong young woman, who has some high expectations, but she won’t settle and I respected that about her.

Peter wants to do the right thing, what struggles with what that is, what is God leading him to do?

This is definitely a Genesis 5020, God used things that could harm our characters for good. I will be reviewing the second book in a couple of days. Stay turned!

Visit Janine here.

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

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