Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: The Girl Behind the Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker September 25, 2019

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Ten years ago, Grace saw something that would forever change the course of history.

When a terrible scourge is unleashed on the world, she and others from their religious community are already hidden deep in the hills of Tennessee, abiding by every rule that will keep them safe, pure–and alive. As long as they stay there, behind the red rope.

Her older brother’s questions and the arrival of the first outsiders she’s seen in a decade set in motion events that will cause Grace to question everything she has built her life on. Enemies rise on all sides–but who is the real enemy? And what will it cost her to uncover the truth?

For the first time, bestselling authors Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker team up and deliver an intense, tightly focused ride through the most treacherous world of all.

In a world where the boundaries are clear and punishments severe, a young woman risks everything to break free from the system of fear and control to find freedom and love.

My thoughts and giveaway:

Not sure why I have never read anything by Ted or Rachel Dekker but I’m sure glad I finally have.

What a great book. So many questions, I had no idea what was really going on, who Grace could really trust? Who was speaking the truth or twisting it? I had my suspicions but it was convincing and I think that it the point. We have to be careful who we believe and what we believe.

There are moments of heart-pounding action, I was on the edge of my seat reading and moment of reflection, but never a dull moment.

If you like books that a bit different then I highly recommend this read.

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

 

 

Review and Giveaway: You Belong With Me by Tari Faris September 10, 2019

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Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents.
Unfortunately, selling houses isn’t one of them.

When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map–and hopefully restore her disgraced family name. But she’ll need help to do it.

As a foster kid, Luke Johnson never truly felt he belonged. Now he has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he doesn’t anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is–and who he was.

My thoughts:

This story reminded me a lot of a Hallmark movie, but with more depth. Trying to save a town, two people fighting their feelings for each other. I really liked how the town was an important part of the story, and it takes place in Michigan, my home state!!

I also loved that Genesis 5020 is referenced in this book.

I was a bit frustrated with our two main characters and just wanted them to admit their feelings but of course if that happened too soon there would have been no story. So I was excited to see how these two would finally find each other.

There is also a second couple in this book and that broke that story up nicely.

I good contemporary romance, I am anxious to see what Tari comes up with next.

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

 

The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels September 6, 2019

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Robin Windsor has spent much of her life under an assumed name to avoid association with her infamous parents. She thought she’d finally found sanctuary running her used bookstore in quiet River City, Michigan. But when she receives an eerily familiar book in the mail on the morning of her father’s scheduled execution, Robin is thrown back to the summer she met Peter Flynt, the perfect boy who ruined everything. Why would Peter be making contact now? And why does she have a sinking feeling that she’s about to be exposed all over again?

With evocative prose that recalls the classic novels we love, Erin Bartels pens a story that shows that words–the ones we say, the ones we read, and the ones we write–have more power than we imagine.

My thoughts:

This is Erin’s second book. I absolutely loved the first one and couldn’t wait to read this one.

This book is very different, yet carries her unique writing style. I love that it takes place in Michigan, where I live. We travel to many areas throughout the state and she does a great job of describing the Upper Peninsula (my favorite place).

But aside from that the story is great, the layers she adds and then slowly peels back to reveal what is hidden is wonderful. There is so much depth to this story.

If you love a book that will truly touch your heart I recommend this one.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Davidson Politano September 5, 2019

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Raina’s dreams are all about to come true.
But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London’s East End when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley, offering her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within–and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.

My thoughts:

I definitely am a fan of this author. Her books are so unique. I love the mystery and romance that surround her stories and this one does exactly that.

At first this offer Raina gets seems wonderful but something is going on and the reader is left wondering what it could be, who is Lady Enderly and what part is Raina supposed to be playing in all of this and why?

If you enjoy historical books with romance and a mystery twist I have no doubt you will enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment by September 19th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Deadly Intention by Lisa Harris August 27, 2019

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There is no such thing as random

Research scientist Caitlyn Lindsey is convinced that someone is taking out her team one by one. First, a friend and research partner was killed in a home invasion. Three months ago, her boss died in a suspicious car accident. Four days ago, another partner supposedly committed suicide. And now Caitlyn herself has miraculously survived a hit-and-run. Afraid for her life with nowhere to turn, she reaches out to one of the victims’ husbands, Detective Josh Solomon.

Though initially skeptical about Caitlyn’s theory, Josh soon realizes the attack that took his wife’s life was anything but random. Now the two of them must discover the truth about who is after Caitlyn’s team–and what their end game is–before it’s too late.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I always enjoy a Lisa Harris book and this one was no exception.

Caitlyn and Josh find themselves on a heart-racing journey, both with adventure and falling for each other.

Neither of them knows who they can trust and I wasn’t sure either. A lot of questions that will keep pushing you through this book.

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Leave a comment by September 9th for your chance to win a copy of this book. One winner will be chosen by random.org. U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail. 

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

 

Review and Giveaway: A Glitter of Gold by Liz Johnson August 19, 2019

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Discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world

Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but things do not go as planned.

Carter is fascinated with the wreck, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she’d never do again: trust a man.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I haven’t read a book by Liz in awhile so I was eager to pick this one up.

What a lovely setting for a book to take place. I loved Anne’s backstory, something that would definitely cause a woman not to trust a man again.

Carter is a great guy, trying to find his own way, a part from a family that doesn’t agree with the path he has chosen.

We also get a bit of a time-hop in this book as we read the dairy that Carter found.

This book wasn’t my favorite but it was good, well-written, just not as exciting (I guess for lack of a better word) as I wanted it to be, but still a good read.

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

 

All Manner of Things by Susie Finkbeiner August 8, 2019

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After Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he mails her the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. Letter by letter, the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family will grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

My thoughts:

There are a lot of things I love about Susie’s books. One is the fact that they take place in Michigan (my state), another is the fact that her last series actually took place in my home town (under a slightly different name) and this book makes mention of that town and several others that I am familiar with, like Lansing and Grand Rapids. I also love they way she paints the picture of the town we are in, I believe the town in which the story takes place is very important to the characters as well in Susie’s writing. In addition, her voice is so unique and her plots engaging.

She an author who when I see her name I don’t read the back cover I just click yes to review. I know I won’t be disappointed and I wasn’t 🙂

There is a lot going on with Annie and her life and family. So many tensions and worries but Annie pushes through and grows stronger throughout the book.

There are also racial tensions at this time. You would think in Michigan it wouldn’t be a big deal, but even as I grew up my dad had some very old ideas about race that I don’t agree with, but that was how he was raised here in Michigan even.

This book easily captured my attention and I didn’t want to stop reading so I could see what would happen next and how everything would work out.

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