Genesis 5020

My Story for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Justice Delivered by Patricia Bradley April 19, 2019

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Carly Smith came by her trust issues honestly. She’s been at the mercy of merciless men, ignored by law enforcement officers who should have helped her, and seemingly rejected by her family. She can’t even trust herself to do the right thing. Though she is working hard on building a new life, the past continues to haunt her when she discovers that the man she couldn’t bring herself to report to the police is still out there, luring vulnerable girls under the guise of being a modeling agent.

When her own niece is kidnapped, Carly must overcome her fears and come forward with the information she has. But if that proves to be too little, too late–she’ll have to go after the perpetrators herself.

My thoughts and giveaway:

LOVED this book. I so enjoy Patricia Bradley’s writing. This one is a great addition. I couldn’t put this one down.

Carly has overcome so much yet she has so much she still needs to overcome to be truly free and she gets forces into situations where she really has no other choice.

We are in the point of view of many different characters and at first I was trying to fit it all together but I finally just sat back and watched the book unfold.

If you love suspenseful books I am sure you will love this book.

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Leave a comment by May 3rd 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 through publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Review and Giveaway: The Edge Over There by Shawn Smucker April 9, 2019

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The captivating sequel to the award-winning The Day the Angels Fell

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Abra Miller carries a secret and a responsibility she never expected.

Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller’s life had been predictable. Safe. Normal. But after the Tree, everything has felt fragile . . . like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. After years of fruitless searching for the next Tree, she begins to wonder if it was nothing more than a vivid dream.

Now sixteen, Abra finds a clue to the whereabouts of the next Tree of Life when an ominous woman–who looks exactly like a ghost from her past–compels her to travel to New Orleans where she’ll find one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. But she’s not the only one interested in finding the gateway. There’s also a young man searching for his father and sister, who escaped through it years before. As Abra enters the Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn’t know whom to fear or whom to trust.

She’s also starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.

My thoughts and giveaway:

I started this book knowing I didn’t read the first one and trying to come at it and take it all in.

Even though there was much I didn’t understand because I didn’t read the first book, I really liked this book. It is very different. My brain never got bored trying to connect dots and make sense of what was going on.

I think I would have liked the book even more if I had read the first one but even so I couldn’t put this book down and looked forward to when I could get back to it.

If you like things that are different, and other-worldly I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.

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Leave a comment by April 23rd for you 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 through the publisher. All opinions are my own. 

 

Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard February 12, 2019

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The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up

Forensic genealogist Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from a hospital more than twenty years ago. When someone makes an attempt on Willow’s life to keep her from discovering the truth, help will come from an unexpected source.

Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget–and put Willow’s tender heart at risk.

My thoughts:

I loved the plot of this book. It starts with the baby being taken and you get to see the abductors perspective and almost see the softer side of this person, but you have no clue who the person is or why they are taking the child, although a reason is hinted at.

I will be honest, beyond that I didn’t care for the book. I think maybe it was just the style of writing didn’t connect with me. I found myself skimming over parts so I could get to the end and see how it all worked out, because I did want to know who did it and why.

As always this is my opinion only. If this book sounds interesting to you I encourage you to read it and form your own opinion.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: We Hope For Better Things by Erin Bartels January 3, 2019

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The past is never as past as we’d like to think

When journalist Elizabeth Balsam is asked to deliver a box of old photos to a relative she didn’t know she had, the strange request seems like it isn’t worth her time. But as she explores her great-aunt’s farmhouse with its locked doors and hidden graves, she soon discovers just how dramatically some of the most newsworthy events of the previous two centuries shaped her own family. As she searches for answers to the riddles around her, the remarkable stories of two women who lived in this very house emerge as testaments to love, resilience, and courage in the face of war, racism, and misunderstanding.

Take an emotional journey through time–from the volatile streets of 1960s Detroit to Michigan’s Underground Railroad during the Civil War–to uncover the past, confront the seeds of hatred, and discover where love goes to hide.

My thoughts and giveaway:

So many things to love about this book and author.

First, I can’t believe this is a debut book. It was AMAZING. So well written. It will grab your heart as well as your interest.

Also, Erin is from Michigan, so am I. I enjoyed reading a book that takes place in Detroit. I will admit I don’t spend much time there but reading this book certainly gave me a different perspective. I never think about the racism that took place and still takes place in the world and so close to where I live. My small community doesn’t have much diversity, so I am somewhat sheltered.

We are in three different time periods in this book and I found myself reading without being able to be put the book down because I had to see what would happen next to the character I haven’t heard from in three chapters.

Erin made it so you care about each of the three woman you read about. Although, I did struggle with Mary a bit, but you would have to read the book to see why.

I highly recommend this book, it is very different from other books I have read and I LOVED it!!

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Leave a comment by January 17th 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: A Bound Heart by Laura Frantz January 1, 2019

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Though Magnus MacLeish and Lark MacDougall grew up on the same castle grounds, Magnus is now laird of the great house and the Isle of Kerrera. Lark is just the keeper of his bees–and the woman who could provide an elixir to help his ailing wife conceive and bear him an heir. But when his wife dies suddenly, Magnus and Lark find themselves caught up in a whirlwind of accusations, expelled from their beloved island, and sold as indentured servants across the Atlantic. Can they make a new beginning in this New World? Or will their hopes be dashed against the rocky coastline of the Virginia colony?

Laura Frantz’s prose sparkles with authenticity as she digs into her own family history to share this breathless tale of love, exile, and courage in colonial America.

My thoughts and giveaway:

This is a beautiful story or how God can work things together for our good and His glory.

Laura painted a beautiful landscape of Scotland and then the horrific picture of what can happen if you are a criminal, or thought to be.

I had no idea how this book was going to all work out, but of course it did.

Laura’s writing dives into the deep and I don’t find her books a quick, easy read but highly satisfying and enjoyable.

And if anyone else watches Poldark I can’t help but think the girl on the cover looks like Demelza 🙂

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Leave a comment by January 15th 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. 

 

Thirsty for More by Allison Allen October 24, 2018

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God is waiting for you in the desert

We’ve all been there: “dry seasons” when God feels distant and far away. But did you know that during the first three centuries of the church, many men and women purposefully moved into actual deserts to seek God? They understood something that we have missed: the desert is not a place of vast nothingness but a place where we can truly experience God’s provision, restoration, and intimacy.

Through Scripture and personal stories of her own times of waiting and struggle, Allison Allen offers a fresh perspective for those who long to see God in their dry seasons. She shows how God can use these times in our lives to reveal himself to us, to give us rest, to get our attention, to show us our strength, to help us experience his blessings, and more.

My thoughts:

I needed to read this book, it honestly came a perfect time for me. I have been in a desert place. I don’t feel I am fully out of it yet, but I believe my perspective has changed thanks to reading this book.

I have never pictured a desert place as a place I would want to be, or where I can grow. But I see maybe I am growing more than ever before. Things can grow in the desert places.

Allison share’s her own desert experience and how God used that to grow her. I appreciated the back and forth between her own story and practical application.

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

 

Review and Giveaway: A Secret To Die For by Lisa Harris October 9, 2018

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Psychologist Grace Callahan has no idea that she has a secret–and a target on her back.

When one of her clients is murdered, Grace quickly realizes that computer security specialist Stephen Shaw wasn’t suffering from paranoia. What she doesn’t know is that someone believes Shaw gave her a vital piece of information before he died–and they are ready to silence her at any cost. Her only hope may be an old friend, Detective Nate Quinn, who has just been cleared for active duty after a bombing killed his partner and left him dealing with PTSD.

With her signature pulse-pounding suspense, bestselling author Lisa Harris takes you deep into the heart of fear in this race against the clock.

My thoughts:

If you enjoy romantic suspense Lisa Harris is a must read.

I have enjoyed every book I have read by her. Just when you think we need more action you get it.

I loved Nate and Grace’s history they had together and how they built on the but created something brand new.

They mystery surrounding what the enemy was after kept the reader guessing as well.

Overall, an action packed read.

Visit Lisa here.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook.com or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by October 22nd for you 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.