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Stories for His Glory

Life Flight by Lynette Eason January 17, 2022

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EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton is used to high-stress situations, but being forced to land on a mountain in a raging storm with a critical patient–and a serial killer on the loose–tests her skills and her nerve to the limit. She survives with FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield’s help. But she’s not out of the woods yet.

In the ensuing days, Penny finds herself under attack. And when news reaches Holt that he may not have gotten his man after all, it will take all he and Penny have to catch a killer–before the killer catches one of them.

My thoughts:

What a great start to a new series. Lynette has knocked another one out of the park. From the first page until the last you will be on the edge of your seat.

I enjoyed Penny and Holt’s story and they both have stuff to deal with. I will say I didn’t really buy Holt’s hesitation on telling Penny about his sister. It seemed like a “fake” way to add tension because after what Penny shared with him it wasn’t a big deal, at least I didn’t think so. But as always, it’s my opinion only. Other than that I fully embraced and enjoyed this fast-paced book and recommend it if you like romantic suspense.

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

 

Lights Out by Natalie Walters December 6, 2021

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CIA analyst Brynn Taylor developed a new program to combat terrorism, and she invited members of foreign intelligence agencies to America to foster cooperation between countries. Now one of them, Egyptian spy Remon Riad, is missing.

Jack Hudson has been working for the Strategic Neutralization and Protection Agency for almost nine years and takes the lead in hunting down the missing spy. But he isn’t at all pleased to find out Brynn is involved. It’s hard to trust a woman who’s already betrayed you.

Every lead they follow draws them dangerously deeper into an international plot. Kidnapping, murder, explosions, poisoning–the terrorists will do anything to accomplish their goal of causing a digital blackout that will blind a strategic US military communications center and throw the world into chaos.

Can Brynn surrender control to a man who doesn’t trust her? And can Jack ever get over what she did to him? The fate of the world–and their hearts–hangs in the balance.

My thoughts:

This book was very different from Natalie’s previous series, I honestly wasn’t sure if I would like it but now I think I might have liked it even better then her other books.

She has created a great cast of characters that will engage you and leave you wanting to read whatever comes next in this series.

There was a lot going on and the questions surrounding the events will keep you wanting to read to see what is happening.

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

 

Deadly Target by Elizabeth Goddard November 30, 2021

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This cold case has suddenly warmed up.
She only hopes they won’t get burned.

Criminal psychologist Erin Larson’s dreams of a successful career come to a screeching halt when she nearly loses her life in a boating accident and then learns that her mother tried to commit suicide. She leaves her job to care for her mother in Montana. At least there Erin is able to produce her podcast, which focuses on solving missing persons cold cases.

Nathan Campbell’s father was investigating such a case when he was shot, and now Nathan needs to enlist Erin’s help to solve the case. She’s certainly good at what she does. The only problem? She’s his ex.

As the two dig deeper, it becomes clear that they, too, are being targeted–and the answers to their questions are buried deep within the past Erin struggles to explain and longs to forget.

My thoughts:

I have only read one other book by Elizabeth and I don’t know why. I didn’t even mean to request this book but I did and I have to say I am glad I did. I really enjoyed this read.

If you are a fan of Lynnette Eason or Patricia Bradley you will definitely enjoy this book.

There are so many twists and turns and surprises in this book there is never a dull moment. It seemed there were two different mysteries taking place, but were there? Are they connected? I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out.

I highly recommend this read.

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

 

Crosshairs by Patricia Bradley November 20, 2021

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When evil just won’t quit, good must prevail

Investigative Services Branch ranger Ainsley Beaumont wishes the visit to her hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, was under better circumstances. When she arrived to investigate the murder of a pregnant teenager, she never imagined that she would become the killer’s next target–or that she’d have to work alongside an old flame.

After he almost killed a child, former FBI sniper Lincoln Steele couldn’t bring himself to fire a gun, which had deadly consequences for his best friend. Crushed beneath a load of guilt, Linc is working at Melrose Estate as an interpretive ranger. But as danger closes in on Ainsley during her murder investigation, Linc will have to find the courage to protect her.

The only question is, will it be too little, too late?

My thoughts:

This might be my favorite book in this series. There are a couple of mysteries going on in this book. At first I was like, this is too much to keep track of, by Patricia did a great job balancing everything going on and keeping things straight.

There are a lot of characters to keep track of as well but stick with it, you will get them in keep them in order in your mind.

This is non-stop action and I had trouble walking away from this book. If you like romantic suspense, but heavy on the 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.

 

Tacos for Two by Betsy St. Amant November 5, 2021

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Two unlikely chefs. One life-changing contest. There can only be one winner . . . right?

Food truck owner Rory Perez may not be able to cook, but she’s determined to keep the family business out of the red. An upcoming contest during a food truck festival seems like the best way to do it. The prize money could finally give her solid financial footing, freeing up her time to meet the man she’s been talking to via an anonymous online dating site.

Jude Strong is tired of being a puppet at his manipulative father’s law firm, and the food truck festival seems like the perfect opportunity to dive into his passion for cooking and finally call his life his own. If he loses the contest, he’ll be back at the law firm for good, so failure is not an option.

But things are about to get . . . complicated. Rory’s chef gets mono, forcing her to cook after all. And Jude discovers that his stiffest competition is the same woman he’s been falling for online. Will they sacrifice the futures they’ve envisioned for the sake of love? Or will there only ever be tacos for one?

My thoughts:

What a fun read. This has a lot of “You’ve Got Mail” elements to it which made it fun to read.

Both Rory and Jude are trying to find their way in this world. The both are suck and feel like that can’t escape, except one of them makes a move it effects the other in a negative way. From the beginning I was interested to see how the author would work this out with a happy ending. Who would compromise because either way someone had to give up something. Or would they?

Guess you’ll have to read it to find out.

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

 

The Healing of Natalie Curtis by Jane Kirkpatrick October 1, 2021

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She came to the West for rest . . . what she found was a passion.

Classically trained pianist and singer Natalie Curtis can’t seem to recapture the joy that music once brought her. In 1902, her brother invites her to join him in the West to search for healing. What she finds are songs she’d never before encountered–the haunting melodies, rhythms, and stories of Native Americans.

But their music is under attack. The US government’s Code of Offenses prohibits America’s Indigenous people from singing, dancing, or speaking their own languages. Natalie makes it her mission not only to document these songs before they disappear but to appeal to President Teddy Roosevelt himself, who is the only man with the power to repeal the unjust law.

Award-winning author Jane Kirkpatrick weaves a lyrical novel based on a true story that captivates to the very end.

My thoughts:

I don’t typically read Jane’s books because I struggle to get into them but I wanted to give this one a shot since the main character was a musician and I thought I might like this story.

Unfortunately, this was not the book for me. I really wanted to like it but I really couldn’t get into it. The setting was interesting and what Natalie was trying to accomplish and prove but it just wasn’t for me. I am sure many people will enjoy this book though, it just wasn’t my style.

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

 

A Midnight Dance by Joanna Davidson Politano September 20, 2021

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The best moments in dance are the unscripted ones

At their core, all theater romances are tragedies. Ella Blythe knows this. Still, she cannot help but hope her own story may turn out different than most–and certainly different than the tragic story of the Ghost of Craven Street Theater.

After a chance encounter with one of the ballet company’s handsome dancers late one night, Ella is swept off her elegantly pointed toes. The dance they share and the promise he makes to her feel like a new beginning. Yet as she faces mounting challenges in the ever-shrinking ballet company, Ella cannot deny the uncanny feeling that her life is mirroring that of the ghostly ballerina.

Is she dancing ever closer to the edge of her own disastrous end? Or will the secrets that are about to come to light offer release from the unyielding grip of the past?

My thoughts:

Joanna has such a unique voice and comes up with the most interesting story ideas. This one might be my favorite.

I liked Ella a lot, she was determined and truly loved the Lord.

Joanna did a great job of keeping the reader guessing and wondering about so many aspects of the story. What was the real deal behind Ella’s mother’s romance. Which man would capture Ella’s heart and how would they mend fences at the end.

Oh and what an ending. There is a major surprise within those last few pages that I NEVER saw coming and I LOVED it.

If you like historical romance I am sure you will like this book.

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

 

The Secret Keepers of Old Depot Grocery by Amanda Cox September 10, 2021

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Present Day. Sarah Ashby returns to her childhood home, determined to finally follow her dream of running the family business alongside her mother and grandmother. So when her mother, Rosemary, announces to her that Old Depot Grocery is closing, Sarah and her grandmother, Glory Ann, make a plan to save the store. But Rosemary has worked her entire life to make sure her daughter never follows in her footsteps. She has her reasons–but she’ll certainly never reveal the real one.

1965. Glory Ann confesses to her family that she’s pregnant with her deceased fiancĂ©’s baby. Pressured into a marriage of convenience with a shopkeeper to preserve her family’s reputation, Glory Ann vows never to love again. But some promises are not as easily kept as she imagined.

This dual-time story from Amanda Cox deftly explores the complexity of the mother-daughter relationship, the way the secrets we keep shape our lives and the lives of others, and the healing power of telling the truth.

My thoughts:

Amanda Cox has a very unique voice. I love her writing style and have enjoyed the books I have read by her. This one was no exception. The twists and turns and unexpected secrets that come to light throughout this book will have you turning pages.

The things that hold these women together can also tare them apart. I just wanted to tell them to spill it, be honest with each other.

If you like a deeper storyline that is bit different I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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Hostile Intent by Lynette Eason September 3, 2021

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Secrets are about to be revealed . . . but will the guilty be brought to justice?

Ava Jackson entered the military shortly after high school, but her mother’s illness has forced her to request an early discharge. She already lost her father while deployed, and there’s no way she’s going to let her mother die alone. But after a visit to the nursing facility where her mother lives, Ava is attacked walking back to her car. Fortunately, FBI Special Agent Caden Denning arrives in time to help fight off her attacker.

Caden reveals to Ava that she may hold the key to the murders of three families, and he needs her help before anyone else is harmed. The hits show a pattern, and clearly the killer has an agenda. But if Caden and Ava can’t discover what it is, Ava may be next on the hit list.

My thoughts:

Another very good book from Lynette, she never disappoints.

For some reason I was really looking forward to Caden’s story and him finally finding romance and it was worth the wait.

Non-stop action in this one, never a dull moment as this mystery unravels and things are reveal at just the right moment. I had my suspisions about a few things early on but wasn’t sure if I was correct not (I was).

Overall a very good read. If you like romantic suspense you will enjoy this book.

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The Nature of Small Birds by Susie Finkbeiner August 13, 2021

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In 1975, three thousand children were airlifted out of Saigon to be adopted into Western homes. When one of those children announces her plans to return to Vietnam to find her birth mother, her loving adopted family is suddenly thrown back to the events surrounding her unconventional arrival in their lives.

Mindy’s father grapples with the tension between holding on tightly and letting his daughter spread her wings. Her mother undergoes the emotional roller coaster inherent in the adoption of a child from a war-torn country, discovering the joy hidden amid the difficulties. And Mindy and her sister struggle to find the strength to accept each other as they both discover who they truly are.

Told through three distinct voices in three compelling timelines, The Nature of Small Birds is a hopeful story that explores the meaning of family far beyond genetic code.

My thoughts:

This is a very interesting book. It really doesn’t have a lot of tension or drive but I think because of Susie’s excellent writing style and her unique voice I was pulled into this story and wanted to keep reading.

I loved Sonny’s POV because it was in 1988. So many memories came rushing back to for me as I grew up in the 80s and all the things that were normal for us that my kids now would laugh at.

Even 2013 (Bruce’s POV) was interesting because that is fresh in my memory. The year Frozen came out and the bitterly cold winter we had in Michigan (which is where this book takes place).

The whole Babylift program is very intriguing and hard to believe this actually happened.

If you haven’t read a book by Susie yet I highly recommend you read her work, it is excellent.

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