Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Miriam’s Song by Jill Eileen Smith March 17, 2021

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She has prayed for deliverance from Egypt.

But perhaps the greatest liberation happens within the heart.

From the very beginning, Miriam has lived in her younger brother’s shadow. Thrust into the role of protective older sister before Moses was even born, she will grow up into a woman who not only keeps her family’s secret but bears the burden of leading a new nation.

In her mind, she knows that she is serving both her God and her people. But in her heart, Miriam yearns for more. She longs to experience the privileges Moses has–to talk with God face-to-face. But when God finally does speak directly to her, the outcome is not at all what she expects.

With her impeccable research and keen eye for detail, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith offers this epic novel to fill in the gaps in Miriam’s story, following her from childhood to motherhood, obscurity to notoriety, and yearning to fulfillment as she learns that what God promises He provides–in His own perfect timing.

My thoughts:

This was an interesting perspective. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see Miriam’s perspective but Jill made it interesting. Obviously, we don’t know all the details and she had to use creative license with some things.

It definitely makes you wonder what Moses relationship with his family was like as he was raised by Pharaoh’s daughters.

This wasn’t my favorite book by Jill, but like it said, I liked it and it was engaging and gives you a lot to think about and ponder about this historic time that changed so much for the Hebrews.

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


A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel March 11, 2021

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All her life, Boston-born Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of the Emerald Isle. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira is compelled to fulfill her dying wish–that she become the teacher in Ballymann, the beloved village in Donegal, Ireland, she’s heard so much about.

After an arduous voyage, Moira begins a challenging new job in an unfamiliar and ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira’s mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she’s journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends–and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced–as she seeks to navigate a life she’d never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

My thoughts:

I loved visiting Ireland, some place I would love to actually go. The Irish are full of superstitions and you wonder where the line is drawn between superstitions and God? This was something that Moira had to deal with in her new world. Many of her students and their families held to this beliefs but she had to keep reminding herself that God was in control

The author did a great job of keeping the reader guessing what the mystery was surrounding Moira’s arrival in Ireland. People were looking at her different. We do learn what might be behind this treatment early on but you know there has to be more to it and that kept me engaged.

Overall, an enjoyable read.

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


Obsession by Patricia Bradley March 8, 2021

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This one’s personal

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she’s forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation.

To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past, and he doesn’t intend to let her down again. Especially now that her life is on the line.

My thoughts:

I’m pretty sure I have loved every book I have read by Patricia and this one was no exception.

Even though I had a feeling who Emma’s stalker was early on in the story Patricia kept planting seeds of doubt and I wasn’t one hundred percent sure until closer to the end.

I loved Emma and Sam’s story and the forgiveness that is woven throughout this book and reconciliation of relationships.

If you like romantic suspense I am sure you will enjoy this read.

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


Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill February 25, 2021

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She’s following her instincts. They’re following her every move.

After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she’s worked for: a transfer to San Antonio’s Homicide Division. But reality sets in quickly when her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, plunges her life into chaos.

As the investigation moves forward, Amara finds herself stalked online by cybercriminals who uncover her personal life in frightening detail. With few leads, she’s forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer and prevent her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.

Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see justice served and lives protected.

My thoughts:

Another good one by Tom. I really enjoyed this first book in this series and this second one did not disappoint.

Amara is on the homicide team but she isn’t very well liked and trying to make her way in this new position. She starts off with a case that could have been dismissed but she senses there is more to it then meets the eyes.

She is dealing with more then her job. Stuff going on with her mom and a budding relationship with Starsky.

My irritation was in how Amara dismissed a lot of things that I thought could be clues, of course, that did build more tension, which probably was the point.

But overall, a very engaging read. If you like suspense you will enjoy this book.

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


When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin February 11, 2021

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Munich, 1938

Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country–or worse. If she does not report truthfully, she’ll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks back home.

Peter Lang is an American graduate student working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party–to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can’t get off his mind.

As the world marches relentlessly toward war, Evelyn and Peter are on a collision course with destiny.

My thoughts:

I haven’t read a book by Sarah in several years. I liked them and then I read a couple that I didn’t care so much for and stopped reading them. But when this one came up I thought, why not, it sounded interesting. I love anything WWII related.

Oh. My. This was an excellent book. Now I am wondering why I ever stopped reading her work?

For me, I know I don’t often think about what life was like leading up to the war. How some American’s had no clue or didn’t carry to know what was going on or some thought what Hilter was going was good. This book opens up the readers mind to what might have been going on, the shock of the people as German’s turned against Jews.

Evelyn’s story is very good, as she makes her way in a world that doesn’t want to hear her voice. When her full story is revealed it is very shocking and the reader can better understand why she is so tough.

Peter is fooled at first but quickly sees that what is happening in Germany is not okay and puts himself in danger to help fight the good fight.

If you love historical romance you will want to pick this one up.

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


Active Defense by Lynette Eason January 5, 2021

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She’s used to life-or-death situations.
She just didn’t expect them to follow her home.

When former field surgeon Heather Fontaine returns from a party to find that someone has broken into her house–and threatened her friends–she assumes it is the stalker who has been creeping her out. She hopes to find safety and peace of mind by leaving the city and hiding out in a small town. But trouble follows her even there.

Luckily, a stalker isn’t the only one observing Heather. Travis Walker has been secretly watching out for her for weeks. As owner of his own security agency, it’s what he does. Together, Travis and Heather must figure out who wants her dead–and why–before it’s too late.

My thoughts:

I don’t know how Lynette continues to pump out these heart-pounding, edge-of-your-seat reads but she does it and I am never disappointed.

If you have read the other books in this series you will be happy to finally read Heather’s story and learn what makes her tick. She has quite the past that has left her hurt. Even if you haven’t read the other books you can easily pick this one up and fully enjoy it.

I had a pretty good idea who was behind everything early on but then Lynette threw in another possibility that had me second guessing. I was even thinking about this book when I wasn’t reading it, if that tells you anything.

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The Escape by Lisa Harris December 4, 2020

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How do you catch a fugitive who has nothing to lose?

US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn have orders to transport two high-profile prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest. 

With both pilots and one prisoner dead–and one fugitive on the run–Madison and Jonas must negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry as they track a murderer who is desperate to disappear . . . and will do anything to stop them.

My thoughts:

This was a great read. Fast-paced and a great start to a series that Lisa has created a thread that will pull the reader right into the next book.

I loved that the romance wasn’t rushed, it made it much more believable and gives it room to grow in the upcoming books.

Lisa had me guessing about Barrick’s motives, was he truly innocent and wrongly accused or was he a really good liar? You’ll have to read it to find out and I highly recommend do.

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


The Key to Love by Betsy St. Amant October 15, 2020

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Love doesn’t always look the way we expect

The only thing Bri Duval loves more than baking petit fours is romance. So much so that she’s created her own version of the famous Parisian love-lock wall at the bakery where she works in Story, Kansas. She never expects a video involving the wall to go viral–or for Trek Magazine to send travel writer Gerard Fortier to feature the bakery. He’s definitely handsome, but Bri has been holding out for an epic love story like the one her parents had–and that certainly will not include the love-scorning Gerard.

Just when it seems the Pastry Puff is poised for unprecedented success, a series of events threaten not just the bakery but the pedestal she’s kept her parents on all these years. Maybe Gerard is right about romance. Or maybe Bri’s recipe just needs to be tweaked.

My thoughts:

(Insert me sighing) This is a very good book.

First, just look at that cover. I love it. It’s so pretty and romantic looking.

Second, there is a very good faith element in this book. At first I thought it was going to be weak in that area but it’s there and powerful.

Third, the romance is sizzling. The almost kisses had me wanting to throw the book and read more all at the same time.

Fourth, there were some lol moments. Mabel and Agnes had me cracking up.

This book delivers a powerful message about love. It can be messy and that’s okay. We should base our lives or our identity on what or who we think someone else was or is.

I highly recommend this read.

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


Until I Met You by Tari Faris October 1, 2020

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Welcome back to Heritage, Michigan–the small town with a big heart

When she hears that the town of Heritage is looking for a new librarian, Libby Kingsley jumps at the opportunity. Little did she know the library is barely more than a basement room stuffed with dusty, outdated books. What the community really needs is a new building. But the only funds available are those being channeled into the new town square, and the landscape architect in charge of the project wants nothing to do with her plans.

All Austin Williams wants to do is get the town square project finished, and he hopes it is enough to save the family business. Then he can extricate himself from the town that reveres the brother who cost him so much. But the local media and the town’s new librarian seem to be conspiring against him at every turn. Will the determined bookworm find her way into his blueprints–and possibly even his heart?

My thoughts:

It was nice to visit the town of Heritage, Michigan again. Although, being a Michigander myself, I didn’t think the assumption that Michigan would be warm in August and not hot was correct. August is when things usually “heat” up. But the authors note that you can never bet on Michigan weather was very true.

On to the story. There are a lot of characters to keep straight and I think if you haven’t read the previous book it might be even more confusing. I even had trouble remembering who the previous characters were and I read the other book.

With that being said it was an interesting story. I love the fact that the characters want to restore Heritage and the creativity they are putting into that.

Libby was a relatable character and Austin could be frustrating and rude, but that is probably what drew me into the story the most…and their dogs.

Overall, a nice read and a sweet romance.

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The Edge of Belonging by Amada Cox September 22, 2020

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When Ivy Rose returns to her hometown to oversee her late grandmother’s estate sale, she soon discovers that the woman left behind more than trinkets and photo frames–she provided a path to the truth behind Ivy’s adoption. Shocked, Ivy seeks clues to her past, but a key piece to the mystery is missing.

Twenty-four years earlier, Harvey James finds an abandoned newborn who gives him a sense of human connection for the first time in his life. His desire to care for the baby runs up against the stark fact that he is homeless. When he becomes entwined with two people seeking to help him find his way, Harvey knows he must keep the baby a secret or risk losing the only person he’s ever loved.

In this dual-timeline story from debut novelist Amanda Cox, the truth–both the search for it and the desire to keep it from others–takes center stage as Ivy and Harvey grapple with love, loss, and letting go.

My thoughts:

There are books that open and begin reading and somehow you know. It’s like meeting that person you will marry. You know this book is going to be a good one. You know you will love the characters, you know your heart will probably ache and you might cry.

This was one of those books. Within five pages I knew I had devour this book.

What a unique storyline and so many questions. The set up is unique as well. As Ivy is trying to learn about her past the readers is reading about it and we know more then she does.

I really can’t recommend this book enough. I can’t wait to pass it on. I’m not sure if this is Amada’s debut novel, but I will definitely be picking up whatever she puts out next.

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