Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

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

 

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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The Chase by Lisa Harris August 9, 2021

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Failure isn’t an option

US Marshal Madison James may not be sure who shot her three months ago, but she does know one thing–it’s time to get back out into the field. When her partner, Jonas Quinn, receives a message that a federal warrant just came in on a man connected to a string of bank robberies, Madison jumps at the chance to get back to work. What she and Jonas find is a bank robbery gone wrong–and things are about to get complicated.

For these bank robbers, it’s never been about the money. It’s about taking risks and adrenaline rushes, and getting caught is not part of the game. When the suspects escape, Madison and Jonas must hunt them down and bring them to justice before someone else–someone close to them–gets hurt . . . or worse.

My thoughts:

This is the second book in this series. I loved the first one so I was eager to read this one.

This is a good one too, although I don’t think I liked it as much as the first. But it was non-stop action. I also like how Lisa is weaving the romance throughout all of the books. Our two main characters have a growing affection for each other but it isn’t happening in one book, which honestly, makes it more realistic.

In the first book was get hints about what happened to Madison’s husband and in this book that develops even more. I am assuming in the next week we will get the full story and I am sure that will be very interesting.

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

 

Come Back to Me by Jody Hedlund June 29, 2021

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The ultimate cure that could heal any disease? Crazy.

That’s exactly what research scientist Marian Creighton has always believed about her father’s quest, even if it does stem from a desire to save her sister from the genetic disease that stole their mother from them. But when her father falls into a coma after drinking a vial of holy water believed to contain traces of residue from the Tree of Life, Marian must question all of her assumptions. He’s left behind tantalizing clues that suggest he’s crossed back in time. Insane. Until Marian tests his theories and finds herself in the Middle Ages during a dangerous peasant uprising.

William Durham, a valiant knight, comes to Marian’s rescue and offers her protection . . . as his wife. The longer Marian stays in the past, the more she cares about William. Can she ever find her father and make it back to the present to heal her sister? And when the time comes to leave, will she want to?

Bestselling author Jody Hedlund is your guide down the twisting waters of time to a volatile era of superstition, revolts, and chivalry in this suspenseful story.

My thoughts:

I haven’t meet a Jody Hedlund book I haven’t liked. But I will be honest, I wasn’t sure about this one because it started in the present and Jody always writes historical fiction.

Oh, my doubt will completely silly. She did an amazing job with this book and LOVED it.

Jody writes the best “clean” romance out of all Christian fiction writers I think I have read. She might push it for some readers but for me, I think she does an amazing job.

I am so excited this is a series and I can’t wait to see where it goes next. I am very eager to read about the next romance, as we get a sneak peek into who it will involve.

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

 

Miriam’s Song by Jill Eileen Smith March 17, 2021

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She has prayed for deliverance from Egypt.

But perhaps the greatest liberation happens within the heart.

From the very beginning, Miriam has lived in her younger brother’s shadow. Thrust into the role of protective older sister before Moses was even born, she will grow up into a woman who not only keeps her family’s secret but bears the burden of leading a new nation.

In her mind, she knows that she is serving both her God and her people. But in her heart, Miriam yearns for more. She longs to experience the privileges Moses has–to talk with God face-to-face. But when God finally does speak directly to her, the outcome is not at all what she expects.

With her impeccable research and keen eye for detail, bestselling author Jill Eileen Smith offers this epic novel to fill in the gaps in Miriam’s story, following her from childhood to motherhood, obscurity to notoriety, and yearning to fulfillment as she learns that what God promises He provides–in His own perfect timing.

My thoughts:

This was an interesting perspective. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see Miriam’s perspective but Jill made it interesting. Obviously, we don’t know all the details and she had to use creative license with some things.

It definitely makes you wonder what Moses relationship with his family was like as he was raised by Pharaoh’s daughters.

This wasn’t my favorite book by Jill, but like it said, I liked it and it was engaging and gives you a lot to think about and ponder about this historic time that changed so much for the Hebrews.

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

 

A Dance in Donegal by Jennifer Deibel March 11, 2021

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All her life, Boston-born Moira Doherty has relished her mother’s descriptions of the Emerald Isle. When her mother dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1920, Moira is compelled to fulfill her dying wish–that she become the teacher in Ballymann, the beloved village in Donegal, Ireland, she’s heard so much about.

After an arduous voyage, Moira begins a challenging new job in an unfamiliar and ancient country. Though a few locals offer a warm welcome, others are distanced by superstition and suspicion. Rumors about Moira’s mother are unspoken in her presence but threaten to derail everything she’s journeyed to Ballymann to do. Moira must rely on the kindness of a handful of friends–and the strength of Sean, an unsettlingly handsome thatcher who keeps popping up unannounced–as she seeks to navigate a life she’d never dreamed of . . . but perhaps was meant to live.

My thoughts:

I loved visiting Ireland, some place I would love to actually go. The Irish are full of superstitions and you wonder where the line is drawn between superstitions and God? This was something that Moira had to deal with in her new world. Many of her students and their families held to this beliefs but she had to keep reminding herself that God was in control

The author did a great job of keeping the reader guessing what the mystery was surrounding Moira’s arrival in Ireland. People were looking at her different. We do learn what might be behind this treatment early on but you know there has to be more to it and that kept me engaged.

Overall, an enjoyable read.

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

 

Obsession by Patricia Bradley March 8, 2021

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This one’s personal

Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she’s forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation.

To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed. Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past, and he doesn’t intend to let her down again. Especially now that her life is on the line.

My thoughts:

I’m pretty sure I have loved every book I have read by Patricia and this one was no exception.

Even though I had a feeling who Emma’s stalker was early on in the story Patricia kept planting seeds of doubt and I wasn’t one hundred percent sure until closer to the end.

I loved Emma and Sam’s story and the forgiveness that is woven throughout this book and reconciliation of relationships.

If you like romantic suspense I am sure you will enjoy this read.

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Network of Deceit by Tom Threadgill February 25, 2021

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She’s following her instincts. They’re following her every move.

After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she’s worked for: a transfer to San Antonio’s Homicide Division. But reality sets in quickly when her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, plunges her life into chaos.

As the investigation moves forward, Amara finds herself stalked online by cybercriminals who uncover her personal life in frightening detail. With few leads, she’s forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer and prevent her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.

Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see justice served and lives protected.

My thoughts:

Another good one by Tom. I really enjoyed this first book in this series and this second one did not disappoint.

Amara is on the homicide team but she isn’t very well liked and trying to make her way in this new position. She starts off with a case that could have been dismissed but she senses there is more to it then meets the eyes.

She is dealing with more then her job. Stuff going on with her mom and a budding relationship with Starsky.

My irritation was in how Amara dismissed a lot of things that I thought could be clues, of course, that did build more tension, which probably was the point.

But overall, a very engaging read. If you like 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.