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My Story for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander May 25, 2017

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When you need a new beginning, sometimes the best place to start is home

When Amy Somers leaves her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she’s crossing bridges she’d burned years before. With all the mistakes she’s made and the things she’s done, she can hardly believe that happiness will find her–especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare.

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy’s hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, it’s difficult to see the path ahead.

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have loved this series. It is the third and each one has held me captive and I didn’t want to stop reading.

I wasn’t sure if I would like this book because Amy is not very likable at all in the previous books, although we do get to see her soften slightly at the end of the 2nd. She still isn’t overly likable at first in this book but as we get to know her and her brokenness we begin to sympathize with her and understand why she does the things she does.

Gabe is a great hero but with a past of his own that he isn’t proud of. He is drawn to Amy and I sensed a protectiveness in him early on. He would take care of her if she would let him.

I also enjoyed meeting up with the characters from previous books and seeing what was going on in their lives.

If you love a good romance I think you will enjoy this one.

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

 

Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith May 15, 2017

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One devoted woman is about to discover the power of love

When famine visits Bethlehem, some hold out hope for rain, while Naomi and her family make a long journey to Moab in search of greener pastures. The harvest there is plentiful, and for a time it appears the Lord is blessing them. But when calamities strike, one after another, Naomi is left alone in a foreign land with only her widowed daughters-in-law for comfort.

Downhearted and destitute, Naomi is determined to return to Bethlehem alone. But her daughter-in-law Ruth refuses to leave her side. Despite the fact that she and Naomi will almost certainly live out their days in widowhood and poverty, Ruth holds out hope for a better future . . . and maybe even a second chance at love.

My thoughts:

I have read other fiction books based on Ruth and Naomi’s story and really enjoyed them. So it always makes we wonder when I am getting ready to read a new book based on the same story if I will be bored if I could like it as much.

I should have known because it was Jill writing the book I would be reading something brand new. She put twists in this story I never saw coming. She looked at things in a way I had never imagined them happening to our cast of characters before.

The relationships each character has with the others is something new and fresh.

If you enjoy the story of Ruth and Naomi I think you will find this retelling quite interesting and moving as well.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Pursued by Lisa Harris April 17, 2017

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Nikki Boyd’s flight into Nashville was routine–until the crash landing at the airport.

When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing–and no one will admit she was ever there. When she learns that Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial, Nikki wonders if her disappearance from the crash site means she’s running from trouble–or straight into it. Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris has planted danger around every turn in this can’t-put-it-down thrill ride that will leave you stunned.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I love Lisa Harris’s book, she never disappoints me. This book was no exception.

She has written a great book full of romance, suspense and mystery. I never had a dull moment while reading. Even in the moments that weren’t filled with fast-paced tension we were in the mind of Nikki and getting a deeper look at all that was going on with her and her struggles.

This is the third book in the series, however, I do think you could read this one as a stand-alone but I think it might be easier to follow if you had read the first two.

There is definitely a lot of fishy stuff going on and I even began to wonder who could Nikki really trust. The people she should have been able to seemed to be holding back on her.

The mystery of Nikki’s sister is in this one still, lingering and I hope to see it resolved soon. I keep thinking there isn’t much hope of Sarah being alive, but ya know never what Lisa will cook up in her next book and how she will resolve this crime.

If you love romantic suspense I am sure you will enjoy this book.

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

 

When Tides Turns by Sarah Sundin March 14, 2017

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In a time of war, sometimes battles take place in the heart.

Tess Beaumont is tired of being thought of as just a pretty face. Eager to do her part for the war effort, she joins the Navy’s newly established WAVES program for women. Perhaps there she can convince people that there is more to her than meets the eye.

Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills in the fight against German U-boats and hoping to make admiral. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. Convinced that romance will interfere with his goals, Dan is determined to stay the course, no matter how intriguing a distraction Tess is.

But love, like war, is unpredictable. When Dan is shipped out at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he finds himself torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help the beguiling Tess root out a possible spy on shore. Could this fun-loving glamour girl really be the one?

My thoughts:

I have read every book in this series and really enjoyed them so I was very excited to read this newest release.

Tessa is trying to create a sort of new identity. She’s tired of being the pretty girl. I appreciate that she is so much more. She truly is a kind person to everyone. I really enjoyed her story-line and couldn’t wait to get back to her.

I will say I found Dan’s story-line a little less exciting. Maybe it was all the U-boat terms but I found myself having trouble paying attention when I was in his point of view.

But even with that it was a great story, with romance and mystery, it just wasn’t my favorite of Sarah’s books.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley February 21, 2017

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In one week, the wrong man will be executed for murder.
Let the chase for the real killer begin.

Eighteen years ago, TV crime reporter Andi Hollister’s sister was murdered. The convicted killer sits behind bars, his execution date looming. But when a letter surfaces stating that the condemned didn’t do the crime, Detective Will Kincaide of the Memphis Cold Case Unit will stop at nothing to help Andi get to the bottom of it. After all, this case is personal: the man who confessed to the crime is Will’s cousin. Andi and Will must find the real killer before the wrong person is executed. But what can happen in only a week? Uncovering police corruption, running for your life, and, perhaps, falling in love?

With the perfect mixture of intrigue and nail-biting suspense, award-winning author Patricia Bradley invites you to crack the case–if you can–alongside the best Memphis has to offer.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I so enjoyed Patricia’s previous series and I wondered if this new one could be anywhere near as good.

The answer?

Oh. Yes. It. Can.

Patricia has written a new series that is so good. From the beginning questions are raised and the stakes continue to get higher as the book goes on.

Andi is a brave young woman and someone is out to get her, but who? And she has no idea why.

Will is a great hero that has a natural instinct to protect Andi.

Romance is sprinkled throughout which adds another element to the book.

If you love romantic suspense this is a book you will adore.

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

 

Rescue Me by Susan May Warran February 18, 2017

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When Deputy Sam Brooks commits to something, nothing can sway him–not just on the job but in his private life. He’s the one who stuck around to take care of his mother after his father’s accidental death. And he’s the one–perhaps the only one–who believes Sierra Rose is the perfect girl for him. Safe, practical, and organized, she’s nothing like her hippie, impulsive, bleeding-heart sister, Willow.

Willow, however, has been in love with Sam Brooks for as long as she can remember. But she wants her sister to have a happy ending. Besides, Willow has other things to focus on–namely, nabbing the job of her dreams. Best thing for her to do is to purge Sam from her heart.

Neither can predict the events that will bring them together in a fight for their lives in the forbidding wilderness of Glacier National Park. Stranded, injured, and with the winter weather closing in, Sam and Willow will have to work together to save a crew of terrified teenagers. As they fight to survive, they might just discover a new hope for love.

My thoughts:

Lots of action, never a dull moment in this book.

I loved the turmoil of Sam and Willow’s first kiss and how that played out. And the constant question of when would Sam see Willow as more and that his relationship with Sierra wasn’t going to work out. It really was a tangled mess.

I enjoyed the many subplots playing out and another romance build into the story as well.

I will be honest, something in the book seemed off to me. Which I hate to say because I know Susan is a great author, but for some reason I felt like the writing was a bit choppy. There were a lot of one word sentences. Which I do think can be effective but used often became distracting to me. But that’s just me.

The overall story is good and very interesting.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: Moving Target by Lynette Eason February 16, 2017

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Intensity. Skill. Tenacity.
The bodyguards of Elite Guardians Agency have it all.

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don’t show up for Quinn’s birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy have vanished. And it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it’s not long before she realizes she’s in the clutches of a madman who exacts revenge through games–hunting games. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives and outwit their killer when their game begins.

Because if they don’t win this game . . . they die.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I have loved every book by Lynette I have read. I thought I knew what to expect from her but this book took me by surprise in all good ways.

Wow. What a ride this book will take you on. There is never a dull moment. If you are looking for something to keep you up at night and on the edge of your seat look no further.

Maddy is a great heroine and Quinn, as stubborn as he is, is a great hero. They make a wonderful team.

There is so much unknown in this book, who is behind this scary stuff and how will Maddy and Quinn survive? It almost has a Hunger Games kind of feel to it.

I highly recommend this one.

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