Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham July 11, 2022

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The strongest love is formed in the crucible of hardship

As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it–even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows. Days before her wedding, Norah discovers an injured man on her property. Her sense of duty compels her to take him in and nurse him back to health. Little does she realize just how much this act of kindness will complicate her life and threaten the future she’s planned.

Norah’s care does more than aid Quincy Barnes’s recovery–it awakens his heart to possibilities. Penniless and homeless, he knows the most honorable thing he can do is head on down the road and leave Norah to marry her intended. But walking away from the first person to believe in him proves much harder than he imagined.

My thoughts:

This was an excellent book. It wasn’t what I expected at all, it was even better.

Norah starts out as a spunky young woman but things happen to break her. Quincy starts out as a broken man but then things change but he can’t shake the guilt that he is carrying with him.

There is even a point in the book that brought tears to my eyes. I can’t tell you what was happening but it was a very powerful moment.

If you like historical fiction I recommend this book.

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Fatal Code by Natalie Waters June 22, 2022

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In 1964, a group of scientists called the Los Alamos Five came close to finishing a nuclear energy project for the United States government when they were abruptly disbanded. Now the granddaughter of one of those scientists, aerospace engineer Elinor Mitchell, discovers that she has highly sensitive information on the project in her possession–and a target on her back.

SNAP agent and former Navy cryptologist Kekoa Young is tasked with monitoring Elinor. This is both convenient since she’s his neighbor in Washington, DC, and decidedly inconvenient because . . . well, he kind of likes her.

As Elinor follows the clues her grandfather left behind to a top-secret nuclear project, Kekoa has no choice but to step in. And with danger closing in on all sides, Elinor will have to trust the man who has been spying on her to ensure her discoveries stay out of enemy hands–and she stays alive.

My thoughts:

I wasn’t sure how much I would like this book, with it being so “techie”. But Natalie did a great job of bringing down so us non-techie people could still fully engage with this book.

Natalie also did a good job of giving the reader a lot of options of who could be behind what was going on at Elinor’s office. I figured I couldn’t trust anyone and I suspected everyone she worked with.

The romance between Elinor and Kekoa was also believable and interesting.

Overall, a very good read. Romantic suspense readers will thoroughly enjoy!

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When the Meadow Blooms by Ann H. Gabhart June 16, 2022

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Hope blooms at Meadowland

If any place on God’s earth was designed to help one heal, it is Meadowland. Surely here, at her brother-in-law’s Kentucky farm, Rose and her daughters can recover from the events of the recent past–the loss of her husband during the 1918 influenza epidemic, her struggle with tuberculosis that required a stay at a sanatorium, and her girls’ experience in an orphanage during her illness. At Meadowland, past troubles become rich soil in which faith can grow.

Dirk Meadows may have opened his home to his late brother’s widow and her girls, but he keeps his heart tightly closed. The roots of his pain run deep, and the evidence of it is written across his face. Badly scarred by a fire and abandoned by the woman he loved, Dirk fiercely guards his heart from being hurt again.

But it may be that his visitors will bring light back into his world and unlock the secret to true healing.

My thoughts:

I’ve read several books by Ann in the past but it’s been a few years. I have to say this was probably my favorite book I have read by her.

I think it was the wonderful cast of characters and the engaging story. It was all so well done. Sweet Sienna will wrap herself around your heart and not let go.

It’s so sad to think that women might have to make that tough choice to leave their children in an orphanage while they recouperated from illness.

If you like Ann’s book or have never read one but enjoy historical fiction I highly recommend this read.

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All That Fills Us by Autmn Lytle June 13, 2022

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The journey toward healing starts with a single brave step–but it is never walked alone

Mel Ellis knows that her eating disorder is ruining her life. Everyone tells her rehab is her best option, but she can’t bring herself to go. Broke, broken, and empty in more ways than one, Mel launches one last-ditch effort to make hers a story worth telling. She will walk her own road to recovery along the lesser-known trails of the North American wilderness.

Though she is physically and mentally unprepared to face the difficulties that lay ahead, she sets off on foot from Michigan. Her goal? Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. During the long journey, she meets strangers with their own stories, as well as ghosts from her past who can no longer be ignored. But though the land she travels threatens her success at every turn, it’s her own dark thoughts she’ll have to overcome in order to find peace in the life and the body she has been given.

My thoughts:

This was a very difficult book for me to read. Someone close to me is dealing with the same thing Mel is. It was hard to be in Mel’s head and think this might be the same thoughts this other person in my life thinks. There were times I didn’t like Mel and times I wanted to hug her.

I also wasn’t sure if I would find this book interesting since it’s Mel by herself but she meets people along the way and it was very interesting and the people she met were all interesting and played a part in her healing.

This book doesn’t get wrapped up all nice and neat. Actually, I had a different ending in my head but sometimes a messing ending is okay, because that is they way real life is.

I will say I struggled with the author capitalizing the work earth, like it was a “being” and I don’t like the way Christians were portrayed in the book. The truth is, the things that Mel’s mom said were true, it was just the way she said them that needed some work. I almost felt like this was a Christian bashing book and made Christians look bad and showed people with no faith as kinder then Christians.

Aside from that it was a good book.

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The Catch by Lisa Harris May 10, 2022

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Everything hidden is eventually found

After a harrowing attempt on a judge’s life at the courthouse, Deputy US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are tasked with finding a missing woman and an endangered child in connection to the murder of the judge’s wife. What seems like a fairly straightforward case becomes hopelessly tangled when the marshals discover that the woman they are searching for is not who they think she is.

Madison and Jonas are forced into a race to find the woman and the child before the people who want her dead discover her location. And in a final showdown that could cost her everything, Madison will come face-to-face with the person who murdered her husband.

My thoughts:

Wow, what a fast-paced book that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

It seemed like there were two, and even three, plot lines going on at the same time. I was wondering what was going on and how did all of this connect, if they did? It was really interesting and a new way to put a book together.

If you like romantic suspense, with heavy of the suspense, I am sure you will enjoy this book. I recommend you read the whole series so you can fully enjoy Madison’s storyline but you can read this one its own.

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The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart April 12, 2022

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In 1917, Alma Pihl, a master craftsman in the House of Fabergé, was charged to protect one of the greatest secrets in Russian history–an unknown Fabergé Egg that Peter Karl Fabergé secretly created to honor his divided allegiance to both the people of Russia and the Imperial tsar’s family. When Alma and her husband escaped Russia for their native Finland in 1921, she took the secret with her, guarding her past connection to the Romanov family. 

Three generations later, world-renowned treasure hunter Nick Laine is sick and fears the secret of the missing egg will die with him. With time running out, he entrusts the mission of retrieving the egg to his estranged daughter, Ava, who has little idea of the dangers she is about to face. As the stakes are raised, Ava is forced to declare her own allegiance–and the consequences are greater than she could have imagined.

My thoughts:

I read a book by Kelli a long time ago and loved it so I wanted to read this one and see what she was up to.

This is a very interesting story and you get to travel to Russia. Which, in light of the current climate there, is rather interesting. I doesn’t sound like a beautiful country and many wonderful things to sightsee.

I was interested in Zak and wondered what was up with him. Could we really trust him? I had my doubts but I won’t tell you if I was right or just totally off base, you’ll have to read to found out.

This is a non-stop adventure. I adored and Ava and her mom and I really wanted Ava to mend her relationship with her dad. Again, all things you’ll have to read for yourself and I highly recommend you to.

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Until Leaves Fall in Paris by Sarah Sundin March 10, 2022

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Paris, 1940

When the Nazis march toward Paris, American ballerina Lucie Girard buys her favorite English-language bookstore to allow the Jewish owners to escape. The Germans make it difficult for her to keep Green Leaf Books afloat. And she must keep the store open if she is to continue aiding the resistance by passing secret messages between the pages of her books.

Widower Paul Aubrey wants nothing more than to return to the States with his little girl, but the US Army convinces him to keep his factory running and obtain military information from his German customers. As the war rages on, Paul offers his own resistance by sabotaging his product and hiding British airmen in his factory. But in order to carry out his mission, he must appear to support the occupation–which does not win him any sympathy when he meets Lucie in the bookstore.

In a world turned upside down, will love or duty prevail?

My thoughts:

Another very interesting book by Sarah. I couldn’t wait for Lucie to discover that Paul wasn’t a bad guy. I loved Josie, she was such a sweetheart but was definitely getting a bum deal with the way people perceived her dad.

The other cast of characters in this book kept things interesting as well. And just imagining what these people went through and how they had to survive the German’s taking over their country is just heartbreaking.

If you enjoy WWII books I am sure you will like this read.

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The Lady of Galway Manor by Jennifer Deibel March 3, 2022

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In 1920, Annabeth De Lacy’s father is appointed landlord of Galway Parish in Ireland. Bored without the trappings and finery of the British Court, Annabeth convinces her father to arrange an apprenticeship for her with the Jennings family–descendants of the creator of the famed Claddagh ring.

Stephen Jennings longs to do anything other than make a career in his family’s jewelry shop. The past has taught him to no longer believe in love and the “lies” the Claddagh ring supposedly promises. How can he peddle what he now finds offensive?

The war for Irish independence gains strength, and the De Lacy family is caught in the crossfire. As events take a life-threatening turn, Annabeth and Stephen will discover that the bonds of friendship, love, and loyalty can only be made stronger when put through the refiner’s fire.

My thoughts:

Life in Ireland was not always easy and this book gives the reader a glimpse into what life was like a long time ago.

Stephen is a stubborn man who definitely did not want to give Anna a chance. But her kindness easily shines through and he can’t deny it.

I kept wondering as read how would they find their way to each other. Her being a courtier and him being basically a peasant. Of course I’m not going to tell you how that happens, you will have to pick up the book and read it for yourself.

Overall, a good and satisifying read.

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The Prince and the Prodigal by Jill Eileen Smith February 21, 2022

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Two brothers. One betrayal.

The patriarch Jacob has made it no secret that young Joseph is his favorite son. Growing up as the pampered heir to his father’s legacy, Joseph thrives under the praise of his father but struggles with the disdain of his older brothers, especially Judah. When a chance comes along to rid themselves of Joseph, his brothers sell him to slave traders and deceive their father about his fate.

Joseph, now serving the captain of Pharaoh’s palace guard, is imprisoned after being falsely accused of rape. Back home, Judah leaves his father and builds a new life in Canaan, attempting to flee the memory of his complicity in the betrayal of his younger brother.

Decades later, the brothers will come face-to-face, and this time Joseph has the upper hand. Will forgiveness or vengeance win the day?

My thoughts:

So the first book I ever read by Jill was Rachel and I LOVED it. So it was fun to read this book about her son, Joseph. I have always loved Joseph story. How God meant all the hardship he went through for good (Genesis 50:20).

This book was excellent. It’s hard to read it and remember, aside from the scripture references, this is merely Jill’s imagination of what might have happened. I love how we have Judah’s story in here too and his trouble with his sons and Tamar.

If you enjoy Biblical fiction I have no doubt that you will love this book as much as I did.

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The Girl Who Could Breath Under Water by Erin Bartels January 24, 2022

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The best fiction simply tells the truth.
But the truth is never simple.

When novelist Kendra Brennan moves into her grandfather’s old cabin on Hidden Lake, she has a problem and a plan. The problem? An inflammatory letter from A Very Disappointed Reader. The plan? To confront Tyler, her childhood best friend’s brother–and the man who inspired the antagonist in her first book. If she can prove that she told the truth about what happened during those long-ago summers, perhaps she can put the letter’s claims to rest and meet the swiftly approaching deadline for her next book.

But what she discovers as she delves into the murky past is not what she expected. While facing Tyler isn’t easy, facing the consequences of her failed friendship with his sister, Cami, may be the hardest thing she’s ever had to do.

Plumb the depths of the human heart with this emotional exploration of how a friendship dies, how we can face the unforgivable, and how even those who have been hurt can learn to love with abandon.

My thoughts:

Erin Bartels has such a unique voice. I love her writing and easily fall into her books and the story becomes wrapped around me, this held true for this book. I also love that her books are placed in Michigan. This one was in northern Michigan but not the U.P. A cottage around a lake. I had visions of a cottage my family stayed at so I could easily see this setting and I loved it.

This book deals with some very tough topics and if you are a sensitive reader some of the content might bother you. I don’t want to give away what it is because it isn’t revealed immediately so I suggest doing your own research if you are sensitive to certain content.

I will say I am struggling with the label of Christian fiction on most “Christian” books these days. This wasn’t a Christian book, it was clean (mostly) but I don’t think Jesus’ name was uttered once (I could be wrong). I also didn’t appreciate the off handed comment about someone who died, who clearly did not live a life for Christ and showed evidence of salvation, that they were in Heaven. Huh? That’s what unbelievers say to make others feel better but in a Christian book I was disappointed to see a character so off-handedly make the comment.

I loved this book, I really did, I just think it should have the label of a clean read with some warnings of sensitive content, not Christian.

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