Genesis 5020

Stories for His Glory

Review and Giveaway: Deadly Encounter by DiAnn Mills September 2, 2016

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Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man’s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

My thoughts and giveaway:

You just can’t go wrong with a book written by DiAnn Mills and this one stays true to that thought.

Deadly Encounter opens with a scene your won’t soon forget and keeps things rolling from there.

You are introduced to some great characters. Stacy is a strong woman with a very kind heart, just doing her job.

Alex is great hero but very distrusting of Stacy and there seems to be a reason for that but it isn’t revealed right away.

I loved Whit, what a wonderful young man who is working to overcome some very bad odds.

There are so many pieces to this story you won’t get bored, you just know something bad is going to happen but what will it be exactly?

If you enjoy suspense and romance this is a book you will want to pick up.

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Read chapter one here.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim June 23, 2016

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When Leora Ebersole sees the small plane crash in her Old Order Mennonite community, she has no idea it’s a foreshadowing of things to come. When the young pilot, Moses Hughes, regains consciousness, they realize his instruments were destroyed by the same power outage that killed the electricity at the community store, where Englischers are stranded with dead cell phones and cars that won’t start.

Moses offers a sobering theory, but no one can know how drastically life is about to change. With the only self-sustaining food supply in the region, the Pacifist community is forced to forge an alliance with the handful of stranded Englischers in an effort to protect not only the food but their very lives.

In the weeks that follow, Leora, Moses, and the community will be tested as never before, requiring them to make decisions they never thought possible. Whom will they help and whom will they turn away? When the community receives news of a new threat, everyone must decide how far they’re willing to go to protect their beliefs and way of life.

My thoughts:

This is a very different book. And I’m going to be totally honest, it reminded me a lot of “Walking Dead” without the zombies. Yes, I admit, I watch “Walking Dead.” But seriously, it was very much like what the characters in the show have to do to survive because really the show is more about what life it like when everything shuts down and how people will treat each other.

The same is true for this book. When everything stops working what will people do to survive? Especially Mennonite people who are don’t believe in using guns, will they compromise and how much are they willing to compromise?

Then there is the relationship aspect between Leora and Moses and Leora and Jabil and who will she choose? Will she choose? This is a series so maybe it won’t be resolved by the end?

Another layer is Leora’s sister and when Leora finds her wandering around covered in blood. What happened, is someone lurking about waiting to hurt them or is it someone in their midst?

There are many, many layers to this book. It isn’t overly fast-paced but it wasn’t boring either. It moved along and was a quick, easy read.

If you’re looking for something a little different then your typical Mennonite book this will be right up your alley.

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A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 


Review and Giveaway: Heart of the Country October 28, 2013

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Heart of the Country


Rene Gutteridge and John Ward

From the back cover:

Faith and Luke Carraday have it all. Faith is a beautiful singer turned socialite while Luke is an up-and-coming businessman. After taking his inheritance from his father’s stable, lucrative business to invest in a successful hedge fund with the Michov Brothers, he’s on the fast track as a rising young executive, and Faith is settling comfortably into her role as his wife.

When rumors of the Michovs’ involvement in a Ponzi scheme reach Faith, she turns to Luke for confirmation, and he assures her that all is well. But when Luke is arrested, Faith can’t understand why he would lie to her, and she runs home to the farm and the family she turned her back on years ago. Meanwhile, Luke is forced to turn to his own family for help as he desperately tries to untangle himself from his mistakes. Can two prodigals return to families they abandoned, and will those families find the grace to forgive and forget? Will a marriage survive betrayal when there is nowhere to run but home?

My thoughts and giveaway:

I glanced at the movie for this book before I started reading and I will be honest, I was worried I might not like the book. But I had to remind myself that books are almost always better than movies and that was the case for Heart of the Country.

I really enjoyed this modern telling of the prodigal. I liked being in the head of the older sister (Olivia) who stayed with her dad while her younger sister (Faith)  left –something I can relate to personally — and watching her heart soften and their relationship heal.

There is a very moving moment that brought me to tears (always a good sign that I like a book) when Luke’s dad stands up for his son. A beautiful picture of what Christ does for us. It reminded me of how God uses me and my story, as messy as it is, to help others. I know He has my back and He’s not ashamed of me because I am His daughter.

There are a few twists and turns in the plot that will having you flipping pages to find out what happens next and how God will heal Faith and Luke’s marriage. This is a great Genesis 5020 story.

After reading the book I think I can appreciate the movie more and plan on giving it another chance now that I have a better understanding of the characters.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it as a great reminder of Christ’s amazing love for us all.

Watch the trailer for the movie here.

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A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.