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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Come As You Are... Video

I have created a video to the music of "Come As You Are" (Crowder)  I have included pictures inspired by the words. Please visit and enjoy!

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Break from Reviewing...

Hello Authors and Christian Book Lovers....

I am currently working full time, in the middle of three semesters of college, and what free time I squeeze out I enjoy spending with my grandchildren. I most likely will be back in the fall and reviewing Christmas Fiction which is my very favorite.

Thank you for visiting my sight!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Softly Falling by Carla Kelly

Braveness is more than a state of mind...

When Lily, a properly taught English lady, finds herself in the midst of frontier Wyoming Etiquette
lessons lose their importance. Tossed away by her English uncle and sent to America to live with her delict father her life is forever altered. Winter tosses out a hell few have seen before and just staying alive is a trial. Will Lily find a place to call home or forever be an outcast? Finding a plan and discovering a strength beyond her years, Lily touches many and brings new life to damaged hearts.

Carla presents an amazing journey through the eyes of those who struggle, grow, live and die. A story that is vivid and alive with descriptions pulling you back in time, with visions of the past and hardships no human soul should have to endure... Yet many did.

Friday, November 28, 2014

Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney

 Giving up is not always the best way.....

When things seem to fall apart between Landyn and Chase, just married for a short six months, there options seem to be few.  The choices don’t seem desirable but somehow they have to find an option that will work.  The challenges are many and the answers are evasive. It may take some divine intervention to open hearts, minds, and find the happiness they both desire.

Many Twists, turns and a bit wordy but a nice story overall.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Wayward The Prodigal Son

This Movie tore at my heart strings and I cried almost the whole way through.The power of forgiveness and love are the most amazing gifts we can bestow upon others. The best movie I have seen in years.  You will never be the same after you watch it.  Available in select theaters now.


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Thomas Kinkade's -Cape Light- ALL IS BRIGHT by Katherine Spencer

Reflections and Memories - Changes and Surprises    

Time for the annual Christmas services at the old stone church at Cape Light.  Many preparations are being organized for the yearly Bazaar plus a new project, a book about the history of the church.  Reverend Ben is asked to take home a box of photographs to sort through.  The trip down memory lane brings to mind challenging experiences from nearly forty years ago.  This is a delightful reflection of Reverend Ben’s first Christmas service as a new pastor and the difficulties he over comes. 
Reverend Ben's daughter Rachel was widowed just a couple of years ago.  She is challenged with raising her two children. When a spark ignites between Rachel and the coach of her sons basketball team her life becomes complicated. Torn between her desire to protect her sons feelings and the awaking of her heart, Rachel's world is a roller coaster.

Thomas Kinkade's "Cape Light" Series is wonderful by Katherine Spencer!
Check your local library or online

Friday, September 20, 2013

Before the Larkspur Blooms by Caroline Fyffe

Living Anew…

Sometimes second chances seem out of reach… and things go south. Thomas Donovan, falsely convicted of a crime he didn’t commit, faces one challenge after another.  The small town of Logan Meadows brings heartache, struggles, and maybe a new start.  But at what cost? With so much on the line Thom’s efforts to change the towns opinion of him seem daunting to say the least.  But there is one bright spot, Hanna Hoskins.  Will the feelings they started to grow years ago bloom and grow or wither away?

Compelling story with well developed characters, a persuasive voice and intriguing twists and turns.  Great read for a rainy weekend!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Enduring Light by Carla Kelly 2012

Fear, Faith, Freedom

Will Julia and Paul ever find happiness in a world that is split into?  Welcomed and loved by family and friends in Salt Lake City they find resentment and cruel treatment in the wilds of the cattlemen’s world in Wyoming.  Determined to be with her husband Julia refuses to leave even when her safety is threatened.

Written with the harshness of the old west, Carla’s story is vivid, alive with the realities of the era.   

Borrowed Light by Carla Kelly 2011

Something different can be good!

When Julia sees her engagement to a respected Salt Lake City bachelor in a different light there are changes in the air.  On a whim she answers an advertisement for a cook.  A profession she is feels qualified for based on her schooling.  However, once the “desperate rancher” from Wyoming sees who he has hired he is full of doubts.

Carla has woven a story of determination, desperation, and disappointments into a fascinating take from the old west mingled with the advancements of society.  There are well developed characters, lots of action bringing a fun and enjoyable read. 

A Dukes Promise by Jamie Carie

A Dukes Promise by Jamie Carie

The Adventures Never Cease!

United and off on their honeymoon, Alex and Gabriel are determined to find Alex’s missing parents.  Following paths, taking risks, and facing dangers not thought of, the two find their quest daunting.  Foes are ever near, but friends appear when hope is lost.

This is a fast moving story with vivid characters, surprising action, and well researched to fit the historical background.

Jamie has written a wonderful conclusion to her series, destined to be read by many dreamers, who seek adventure, discovery, and especially the journey!

Be sure and read

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Waiting for Spring by Amanda Cabot

The tangled web of deception is oft discovered sooner than planned…

The past loomed like a shadow in the night, always keeping Charlotte on edge.

When she tries to hide behind half truths and lies to protect herself and her son it gets more difficult each day. Her new life as an elegant dressmaker in Cheyenne, Wyoming, before it became a state, has been going well. However, she regrets her deceptions when a wealthy cattle baron, with political ambitions, touches her life.

Amanda has written another great story that will keep you turning page after page! The characters are vivid and full of life and the storyline moves along with lots of twists and turns.

A great read for a cold winter’s day!

“Available January 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pingo and the Playground Bully by Brandon Mull

Playground Challenges…

Our younger children and grandchildren are facing new conflicts everyday. Pingo is a fictionalized story that has been replayed time and time again in the real world.

Imaginary friends are just part of make believe, but competition to find out who is the “best” in certain areas happens all the time. Pingo combines the two into an enjoyable story with an honest look at feelings, friendship and fun.

A perfect book to share with a child you love.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Beauty for Ashes by Dorothy Love

Will the losses ever end?

Carrie Daly and her brother Henry lost their parents at young age. Bonding together, family was the tie that brought them strength. Carrie had been living with Henry after loosing her husband to the Civil war years ago. When Henry weds Mary, accompanied by her two young sons, everything is thrown into turmoil. Carrie soon finds herself leaving the family home, heart broken and discouraged.
Dorothy has woven a tale of disappointments, struggles and testing of the human spirit. Life gets more complicated each day as Carrie seeks for answers but the path is not always clear. The story reads smoothly, the characters are well developed, vivid and memorable. A wonderful story the will bestow hope to the wounded heart.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A Love Surrendered by Julie Lessman

Hard choices…Heartbreak…Hope…

Sometimes life takes so many twists and turns it can leave a young heart dizzy. Especially one trying to accept changes and fit in an unfamiliar world… Annie, still seventeen, is forced to grow up faster that most. Now living with her little sister and an aunt they know little about, the relationship is strained. Things begin to change as Annie ventures out, seeking friendship and on a quest to find love. Love or lust? Only Annie’s choices will determine what path she follows….

Many characters, personalities and family challenges to keep you busy!

“Available October 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Monday, September 24, 2012

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble

Hurricane and Heartbreaks

Without sustaining evidence, Libby is a prime suspect in the disappearance of her friend and business partner, Nicole. They restore old historic homes and have come to the Outer Banks for a project when Nicole is snatched away. Libby also learns, to her amazement, that her father, whom she had thought dead, just passed away recently, leaving her a beautiful old hotel on the Outer Banks. There is much under the surface and the path of discovery leads Libby down a dangerous but informative path.

Wonderful characters, vivid and enchanting story telling will keep the pages turning.

Dawn Comes early by Margaret Brownley it worth it?

Kate Tenney may have signed up for more than she had in mind. It sounded so easy, just show up in a small western town, convince the ranch owner she would be the perfect person to inherit the spread and in a few months it would be hers. Things seem to get off to the wrong start when Kate disembarks the train and the town appears deserted. Boy was she wrong! Kate is faced with one challenge after another and her heart just seems to get in the way of her best laid plans.

A wonderful story to make you wonder... Persistence can pay off, but is it worth the price is the long run?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sweeter Than Birdsong by Rosslyn Elliott

Hearts Divided

Sweeter than Birdsong is a story that will take you back in history to a social world few, if any of us, can understand. It is a glimpse of slavery in many senses of the word at a time when the nation was divided… just beginning to change. It is a story of forbidden love between different classes of people when the heart will not follow the social proprieties of society. It is about finding courage to stand up for what is right and decent and good even when it is not popular.

The characters are lively with a variety of personalities sure to keep you reading late into the night.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Haven by Suzanne Fisher

Choices of the Heart

When Sadie Lapp brings home a surprise, the Amish community is in shock. The stories circulate, but is it really the truth? Sadie’s disappointment is evident, but holds tightly to her beliefs and faith. Her father Amos is thankful that Will, a English summer student, has come to protect the endangered falcons on his farm. The spring and early summer bring many misunderstandings but Will and Sadie become friends. What future might they have together?

The story flows well and easy to visualize. The characters are lively, full of challenges and problems to overcome. The Haven is a lovely story of love, forgiveness, and starting over.

“Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The Forgiven Duke by Jamie Carrie

Adventure at its finest!

The second book in her series, Jamie continues Alexandria Featherstone’s determination to find her parents. The struggles that face her and The Duke of Easton seem impossible to overcome. Alex suffers at the hands of those who want her parent’s knowledge and the missing manuscript pages. Will they stop at nothing? Threats come from surprising places. But with a growing faith the Duke is committed to her rescue, even if it means putting his life in grave danger. Love knows no fear.

Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon

When Protector Turns Predator

Kelly Warren’s persistence in proving her father’s death was not a suicide puts her own life in danger. Working closely with Detective Cole Taylor, the pieces slowly come together. But will it be in time to prevent another murder?

The story is well written, imaginative, and addicting. The characters are alive and vibrant through clever storytelling and changing circumstances.

Definitely a Page Turner!

“Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Monday, July 23, 2012

My Loving Vigil Keeping by Carla Kelly

Trials of the Heart

Born a miners daughter, raised by her father, orphaned at twelve Della Anders started life on the rough side. When taken in by well to do relatives the only help she actually receives is a room and meals. Struggling, Della earns enough to put herself through one year of college earning a 1st year teaching certificate. Determined to leave the home of her relatives, she takes a teaching position at Winters Quarters, a secluded mining camp. Living in the high in the mountains of Utah unexpected struggles come her way. Love blossoms but will it have a chance to bloom?

Written with vivid descriptions and characters that will steal your heart, My Loving Vigil Keeping is a wonderful story. Based on true events, that will grab your interest from page one. You’ll have a hard time putting it down

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

The Long Way Home By Karen McQuestion

A life changing adventure for four women and a great read!

The story is addicting, the characters well developed and the tale has twists and turns along the way. An unlikely group of women meet at a grief counseling meeting and start to develop bonds that surprise even them. It is not long before they decide to support Marnie in her quest to visit her teenage stepson, who was whisked away by his real mother after his father’s untimely death. They make an eventful journey cross country from Wisconsin to Las Vegas. What happens
in between will keep you turning pages.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

A Love Forbidden by Kathleen Morgan

Love Locked Away

Shiloh Wainwright, a girl that followed her heart, became a woman that wouldn’t give up. Leaving her old life behind she braves the wilds of the Colorado Rockies of 1879 to become a teacher at a mission for Ute children. Struggling to get more than one child to come to school becomes a greater challenge that Shiloh expected.  Working hard to convinve the families she apeals with her best efforts, but makes only small headway.  Danger quickly escallates as unrest grows between the Utes and the US government. The results are devastating.

Jesse Blackwater, once a close friend of Shiloh’s, must choose between the white world he left behind and his Ute family. Shill carrying affection for Shiloh he fights against his heart. But when he returns from a hunting trip to find the mission home burned and many murdered, he fears for her life. Remembering his childhood teachings, he turns to God for strength.

A Love Forbidden, will awaken your pioneer spirit..

“Available May 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carrie

Mystery and Romance, the perfect blend

Determined to find her missing parents, yet unschooled in the ways of the world, Alexandria unwittingly puts her life in peril. Intervention, by an unlikely protector, guides her single-minded quest. The Duke, unwavering in his mission to find and help his young ward, is thwarted at every turn.

Jamie’s writing is full of vivid description that fills the imagination, characters with power and a story to keep you reading until midnight!

This will be a great series. I look forward to the next book.

Heart’s Safe Passage by Laurie Eakes

Voyage of Change

A British privateer, headed across the Atlantic, left London County Virginia far behind. Captain Rafe Docherty, revenge foremost in his mind, is laden with emotional turmoil. Kidnapped, tied, and steaming mad, Phoebe Lee is determined to free herself at all costs. Just ask the men who brought her aboard. Held against her will but resolute to stay with her patient, her pregnant sister in law, her dilemma is complicated.

Well written with lots of action. Fiery exchanges between Rafe and Phoebe ignite their tempers and challenge their self control. Dark enemies, lurking within, make this a high seas adventure you won’t want to miss!

“Available February 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

The River Queen by Gilbert Morris

Destitute but determined!

Set in the 1850’s, The River Queen could be played out in today’s society. When a fortune is lost and family members are left to pick up the pieces it is never an easy task. Julianne Ashby is out of her comfort zone and then some. Their only hope lies in an old steamboat she trusts can be restored. However, the man recommended for the job is not to her liking but for the survival of her family she hires Dallas Bronte, a man of questionable character, to be the captain. They labor is intense and all must work together, but when financial needs exceed their capitol the outcome is devastating. With many prayers for help and guidance, will the providence of the Lord save the day?

Well written, with characters you’ll relate to, and rarely a dull moment. Exciting, unpredictable, and explosive.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shadows of Brierley - The Wanderer by Anita Stansfield

Second Chances

When Ian awakes from a drunken stupor in a deserted London alley, he is thankful to be alive. “Dear God,” he says aloud. “Help me.” Ian wanders near a crowd and hears words of hope that draw him forward. Ian lingers after the crowd disperses and talks with the preachers. “Might I purchase a copy of your book?” he enquires. His purchase is made quickly and Ian stuffs the book with his other few belongings. Filled with a longing to return home, to make right the wrongs of the past, he spends the last of his funds for the passage by coach.
This is a story of forgiveness, love, redemption and starting over. When Ian is making positive steps, more challenges surface and the struggles increase.

The Wanderer is the first book in the Shadows of Brierley Series. I can’t wait to read the rest!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Along Wooded Paths by Tricia Goyer

A Wavering Heart

Surrounded by remote mountains in Montana, where the Amish and “Englich” mingle, Marianna’s heart is pulled in two directions. Aaron offers a secure love within the realms of the Amish faith. Ben, an “Englicher”, has shown Marianna’s new ways to draw close to God. His kindness to her family and others is deeply valued. He offers his heart and a simple life.

This is a delightful story, filled with the struggles of young love and the consequences of choice and accountability. It is one of closed doors opened to serve one another in a closed knot community. The characters are well rounded, full of emotion, and there is plenty of adventure to keep the pages turning.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Letters in the The Jade Dragon Box by Gale Sears

What the heart remembers…

Letters in the Jade Dragon Box is set between memories of the Mao Tes-tung years in China and the time following his death. Chen Wen-shan, now 15, can’t remember anything before she was sent to live with her great uncle in Hong Kong. A mysterious letter is received. A trip to a large home and a gift of a Jade box, with voices from the past, will forever change their lives.

The story is well written and easy to visualize. The unique characters bring variety and realism to the story. Based on real life events, you have the opportunity to experience some of the most devastating events in China’s history and the results of the cruelty.

Excellent work of historical fiction.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Healing Hearts by Beth Wiseman

Tales to reach your heart

These three, wonderful, Amish stories will surly find a place in your heart.

A Choice to Forgive is about loss, love and starting over. A mighty change from within transpires when past memories become reality. A Change of Heart is about learning to accept who we are and enjoying the gifts with which we have been blessed. Recognizing new feelings of the heart can change the world around us. Healing Hearts entangles forgiveness, understanding, and love mixed up with misunderstandings, misjudgments, and the deep desire to rediscover that which was lost.

Great reading for Christian Romance lovers.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Out of Control by Mary Connealy

The Kincaid Brides Book 1

When the past meets the future, what’s to come?

Stubborn, determined, and bossy, describes both Rafe Kincaid and Julia Gilliland. Rafe, determined to protect Julia and her family and Julia, with an indomitable spirit, refusing his assistance. Boy do the sparks fly!

Set in the wilds of Colorado in times long past, Mary’s story line will keep you guessing with each turn of the page. Her characters have plenty of challenges from the past that come back with stark reality.

This is a great story for an afternoon read. So saddle up, bring your guns, and off we’ll ride!

Friday, September 23, 2011

A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman

Soap Opera in a Book...

This story was well written with plenty of detail, imaginative characters, and thought provoking situations.

The summary on the back of the book sounded apealing, about Emma and Sean and what the future might hold for them.  However, the sheer amount of individuals introduced in the first chapter set my head spinning.  The chapters jump from one struggle to another.  It was distracting and I lost real interest when the main characters, Emma and Sean, seemed to loose their priority standing.

It was like trying to understand a "soap opera" without the help of a TV.

Available September 2011 at your favorite Bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Courageous - Honor Begins at Home

Novelization by:  Randy Alcorn

Amazing, Enlightening, Thought Provoking!

The life of a deputy sheriff is no easy job. It requires split-second judgment, level headed confidence, and a genuine concern for the public they serve. Courageous takes a deep look into the lives of four deputies, their choices in life, their wives, their children and their friends.

The writing is very realistic and believable and gives the reader a front row seat to the drama that is everyday life for them. The amazing stories emphasize life threatening situations on a daily basis and how easily their life’s focus can alter their family life.

The characters are well written with distinct personalities, ups and downs, and struggles that many in today’s world face. Their development and growth is influenced by their desire to make life better by starting within their own families.

There are valuable lessons for all in this book, but especially for fathers who want to “man-up” and make a difference to those they love and serve.

A perfect gift for fathers, young or old.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz

Vividly Written Historical Romance.

Thrust into a life style foreign to her up bringing, Roxanna Rowan arrives at the end of the wilderness, unprepared for the dangers and heartache that lay ahead. Roxanna’s endurance and faith will be greatly tested. Will she rise to the occasion or lament her choices.

The writing is vivid, alive, and addicting. Her characters are distinctive, have prominent voices and will stick in your heart.

The agony of war, the struggle for freedom and a gentle touch of faith make The Colonel’s Lady one of the best books I’ve read this year.

Don't Miss Laura's Interview on The Readers Cove Interviews!

"Available August 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group"

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Blessed by Ann Gabhart

A Dose of “Shakerism”

If you desire to learn about the Shaker ways, The Blessed will give you a deep insight into their way of life, beliefs and their views of the outside world.

Set in the mid 1840’s you are introduced to Isaac, a troubled young man. Coming from a broken home the death of his father weighs heavy on his shoulders. He also bares the burden of his wife’s recent death. Distraught and wanting his sorrow to end he encounters a kind Shaker brother who invites him to find peace in their Shaker ways.

Young Lacey’s troubles began when she was sent to live with a preacher to help tend his ailing wife who passes away. Her greatest joy has been to help mother and raise Rachel, an infant left on the preacher’s porch. But life’s twists and turns find Lacey reluctantly living among the Shakers, torn from her daughter because it is their way.

Isaac and Lacy find the Shaker ways unnatural and are unable to embrace their beliefs wholeheartedly. Their attraction to each other is forbidden. Will they ever find the peace they seek or will it slip through the cracks of the Shaker existence?

I found the characters well developed and their struggles realistic. The writing was clear and descriptions easily visualized. For my own personal taste there was too much Shakerism and not enough interaction between Isaac and Lacey to grow a believable relationship.

Available July 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Martha by Diana Taylor

Beautifully Written…

The reader is instantly transported to New Testament times and quickly immersed in period context. Vivid descriptions of places, dress, and behavior fill your mind. You have the opportunity to understand the type of life Martha would have lived and the challenges she faced. You can feel her struggles as she chooses the needs of others over her own and devotes her life to serving. Her encounters with Jesus are well presented and the scriptural content appears accurate.

A wonderful look into the life of women in the New Testament.

“Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Friday, June 24, 2011

Under A Desert Sky by DiAnn Mills

Differences….. A Challenge in Love

When Eva Fortier is hunted by her grandfather’s killer she is sent away from the pampered life of a rich daughter. Her parents deceased and no other family, she is sent to the protection of the Ghost Ranch in a isolated high desert of New Mexico. Evil has a way of finding its path and Eva’s safety is soon jeopardized.

There is much for Eva to learn and the consequences are unexpected. Surprised by her new emotions, can Eva find love or will pride and prejudice stand in the way?

Diann’s writing is vivid, bold and easy to imagine. The characters portray a variety of personalities that will keep you guessing. The dialogue is realistic, expressive and full of emotion.

Under a Desert Sky will definitely lasso your heart!

Don't miss the Author Interview with DiAnn Mills!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Too Rich for a Bride by Mona Hodgson

Independence….. But at what cost?

Ida Sinclair, resolved to prove her merit as a businesswoman, took her determination to Cripple Creek, Colorado. Faced with the bias and discrimination of the late 1800s, her success was surprising. Her sisters and others were supportive, but could foresee possible negative consequences. With a firm focus and dedication she achieves greater success than she expected…. But at what cost?

The story is dramatically written, with wonderful descriptions, a variety of believable characters, and a sweet story. To Rich for a Bride will touch your emotions and fill your heart with a smile.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Chasing Sunsets by Eva Everson

Moving forward into an alternate life style is a challenge for divorced parents, as it becomes more common. Chasing Sunsets is about letting go of past hurts, making unexpected changes, and believing in new starts.

The overall story follows the life of Kimberly Tucker post divorce. While ex-husband Charlie has their sons for a month Kimberly returns to Cedar Key, where memories of the past and dreams for the future collide.
The characters are full of emotions and multiple personalities shine through. Very descriptive writing and easy to envision and follow. The only challenge I encountered was the abundance of back story. It seemed to jump from present to past nearly every chapter.

Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

Monday, June 6, 2011

Face to Face with God by Jim Maxim

When we read “brush with death” encounters it can open ones eyes to the will to survive. Often there is an experience of a religious nature and a definite change of life’s choices. I enjoyed Jim’s account and his story of survival.

However, once the details of the accident and relevant recovery experience are shared, the writing shifts to “sermonizing” and “preaching”.

I was expecting a more detailed account of the changes and how they have shaped the life of the author.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


Yes, No, Maybe so….

What do you when your “perfect match” seems less than perfect? Rachel and Josh’s first encounter doesn’t go well and the interactions that follow seem to end on less than a perfect note. However, the attraction is mutual and the challenges they encounter would test any relationship. Through honesty and sincere forgiveness, wounds of the past can be overcome and new love can grow.

Trish brings out human imperfections in her characters one can relate to. Her writing clearly portrays the struggle of trying so hard and yet coming up short. The story is smooth flowing, filled with lively action, and many twists and turns.

Unforgettable is a wonderful story that will warm your heart, lift your spirit, and let you dream.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Two for Tea by Trish Perry

Sometimes protecting your heart…..could break it.                          

Life, after losing a spouse to death or divorce, can leave an unrealized impact. Often a fierce determination to “go it alone” surfaces and the wall of self protection is raised. This is the case for Zak Cooper, a farmer with two teenagers to raise. He seeks advice from counselor Tina Milano who he meets through Milly, a mutual friend.

Trish does an excellent job of bringing these two in contact with nicely flowing short chapters. Realistic action, in the small community, interlinks the unexpected. Great characters, with many facets, enjoy the thrill of achieving the “impossible” and beating the odds.

Two for Tea will renew your hope, open your heart, and lift your spirit!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

PETRA City in Stone - by T.L. Higley

Journey back through the sands of time...
Vivid adventure, survival, and a quest for truth fill the pages of Petra, City in Stone. The glory days of the Roman Empire and the struggle of the early Christians make a compelling background to the lives of nobles and slaves alike.
Powerful characters carry the story down dangerous paths, filled with sinister shadows and evil darkness. Petra, City in stone, harbors many secrets but light and love can find a way when the heart is open. Failures turn into triumphs and impossible odds are challenged.
Intense emotion, human imperfections, unconquerable determination...
Petra, City in Stone, is indeed fiction at it's finest!

Monday, October 4, 2010

The Perfect Blend - Trish Perry

Murphy's Law... It applies to all
Sometimes we just have "those days" when nothing turns out right. If you have been there, done that, you will enjoy The Perfect Blend. Romance fills the air, smiles ever present, with happiness just around the corner... or is it?

The characters are fun, troublesome, and annoying, with a variety of personalities to spice up the confusion. The details are clear and the story unfolds like a movie in the mind.

If you have ever given up, felt defeated, or had a bad day you will find a common bond with Steph who discovers hope. The sunshine comes when she turns thoughtful, inward and seeks guidance from above.

Find a quiet moment, graba cup of warm cocoa, relax in a comfy chair and read The Perfect Blend. You're sure to feel better!

Fear No Evil - Robin Caroll

The fingers of evil have no boundaries...

Tangled webs of deception are skifully woven into this dramatic and vivid story. Small town living is considered a safe haven, but the unthinkable often lurks around the corner.

The writing has a good flow and is easy to follow. The two-sided story will open your heart to truth you wish you didn't learn, for this fiction could easily be someone's reality.

Fear No Evil is filled with passionate characters who take their jobs to the limit and beyond. Visualize the chaos, feel the fear and watch the struggle for survival as evil slithers into Eternal Springs.

Don't forget to lock your doors!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Heart of the Lonely Exile - B.J. Hope

The Emerald Balled Series Book 2

Keep your promise or follow your heart, the choice determines the future...
Nora Kavanagh, an Irish Immigrant to America, finds kindness where least expected. A new life, filled will unlimited possibilities, has opened her eyes and set her heart soaring. When love blooms, will it be to late?

The characters from the first book continue to grow, develope and take on new personalities. The story unfolds with clear details easy to visualize. The struggle of the heart is portrayed realism and accuracy. Young love, renewed love, and unspoken love love struggle to be expressed.

"Heart of the Lonely Exile" opens your eyes to early immigrant troubles and fills your heart with compassion. 5 Stars

Monday, September 13, 2010

Song of the Silent Harp - B.J. Hope -

The Emerald Ballad Series Book 1

Love is the power that moves us when there is nothing left...
The famine grew to epic proportions when the potato crops failed again and again. Starving, sick and weak, the people of Ireland faced certain death. The roadside, strewn with bodies of young and old, was a horrid site. When hope of survival is lost, where can you turn?

BJ Hope has crated an unforgettable tail entwined around these perilous times. I found the descriptive writing abundant and easy to visualize. The characters are varied and work well together, creating a vivid contrast amidst the devastating life of the poverty stricken Irish.

Love is the power that moves us when nothing is left. Nora Kavanagh's losses are great, but she pushes forward with a mothers love. Determined, independent, and stubborn, Nora puts her family in danger when she denies assistance from a childhood friend. Can the great Morgan Fitzgerald change her mind?

The struggle to survive, against impossible odds, will touch your heart. After reading "The Song of the Silent Harp" you will be forever changed.

(The Prologue, though it contained interesting information, seemed to confuse instead of enlighten.)

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sworn to Protect - DiAnn Mills

Sometimes making the right choices gets the wrong results.

In a man's world of Border Patrol agents along the Rio Grande, Danika Mills faces more than just the illegals. When the past and the present intermingle, the truth becomes harder and harder to decipher. Searching for clarity in her husbands death Danika's path leads into unexpected and perilous directions.

DiAnn's writing is strong, detailed and vivid. You can see the story unfold as you anticipate the next chapter and encounter surprised where you'd least expect them. There is plenty of action with just enough romance to make it a great read.

Has Danika Sworn to Protect her heart or the border, only time will tell.

A Dream for Hannah & A Hope for Hannah - Jerry S Eicher

A Dream for Hannah
3 Stars

When young hearts dream of love it can lead to perilous paths. Unprepared, with high expiations, those dreams can be easily shattered.
I found the writing vivid and the people and places easy to visualize. The story line, however, had some definite dry areas and seemed to drag in places. In my mind, Hannah's character needed deeper development so the reader could better understand her heart and her choices. Teenagers however, Amish or otherwise, make spur of the moment decisions that can lead to devastating consequences, a fact that is definitely brought out in the story. Truth is also found in the need for honesty and openness in communication between parents and teens that can help prevent tragic outcomes. There are valuable lessons here for the growing young heart.

A Hope for Hannah
4 Stars

Sometimes, when dreams come true, they fall short of expitations.

This second book is an improvement over "A Dream for Hannah". The struggles of newly married and expectant parents Hannah and Jake Byler seem to multiply at every turn. With a cold Montana winter closing in, Hannah faces both physicial and mental challenges that are over whelming.

There is deeper character development and the story line is more consistant. The descriptions were clear and believeable. The dialogue seemed a bit wordy in places but in the long run, the necessary points were brought out.

I felt the story had good teach potential for the growing, impetuous heart. The need for honesty, communication and trust between couples was emphisized as a vital ingredient for a successful marriage.

When Hannah's world is crashing down around her, the future looks bleak. Will things get worse before they get better? A good read for the growing young heart.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Pursuit of Justice - DiAnn Mills

Has Special Agent Bella Jordan bit off more than she can handle? When her past collides with the present, danger lurks ever closer...

DiAnn Mills gets the action started and your mind active from the first pages. Her characters have a mind and will of their own. Numerous conflicts lead to deadly consequences as the death toll rises. DiAnn’s descriptions are vivid and easy to imagine. The dialogue flows well and adds depth to the unseen action. With a bit of creative imagination you can read between the lines and into closed hearts. West Texas, dry, arid and beautiful is a great setting to awaken your senses. The twists, turns and double takes lead Bella down a path of unexpected personal danger. Is the mysterious Spider Rock Treasure connected? Could memories of her dark past bring needed answers? Intertwined with danger, disappointment, and dead ends romance, unlikely as it seems, blooms under impossible circumstances. Will Bella open her heart or protect it?

Pull on your boots, cinch up your saddle, and hold on tight, as you gallop into this bold adventure!... 5 Stars

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Woman Called Sage by Diann Mills

When dreams are shattered, life forever altered, revenge can encompass your thoughts and actions…

DiAnn Mills has written another story to twist you heart, intrigue your mind, and send you back in time. Her characters are realistic and easy to visualize. The settings and descriptions come alive and the story flows well.

Sage Morrow, once left for dead on her Colorado ranch, has learned much in the ensuing years. Armed with the skills of her Ute ancestors, her faithful companion "Hawk", and a determination fueled by justice she begins her journey. Hunting for evildoers, she stands against the lawless. What will the future bring, danger for certain. The rest is up to Sage.

Great read, I highly recommend “A Woman Called Sage”. ...

Friday, March 26, 2010

Rebecca's Choice

Devotion, Doubt, Devastation….

Jerry has created a very perplexing and interesting story of young love. His characters are lively, intriguing and sometimes unpredictable. The story line seems realistic to the Amish style of life.

The characters were a bit hard to follow in the beginning (Perhaps because I haven’t read other books in this series), but after the first few chapters everything flowed well and was easy to visualize. Descriptions and emotions are well presented. One could easily step inside the story.

Rebecca and John’s love is put to the test of honesty, trust and faith. Can they remain true to their love, their family and their way of life in the face of unforeseen difficulties?

Rebecca’s Choice will surely find a place in your heart. 4 Stars

Once in a Blue moon

Author:  Leanna Ellis

A quest for truth….Beware of what you seek!

Leanna presents a story filled with quirky characters, imaginative situations, and a mysterious past. The descriptive wordage is bold and easy to visualize. I was a bit “Lost in Space” in the beginning but after the third chapter the story becomes smoother with a comfortable flow.

The reader will encounter precarious situations, potential danger and lots of laughs. There is ample opportunity for sleuthing alongside Bryn, searching for the truth about her mother’s death. Along the way her heart faces new challenges. Emotions, once easily suppressed, surface and raise havoc with her sensible way of life, or is it?

If you are up for high flying adventure then “Once in a Blue Moon” will launch you into space. ... 4 Stars

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Scattered Petals

Author: Amanda Cabot

Perspective or Providence

Amanda Cabot delivers another enthralling tale set on the 1856 Texas frontier. The characters, beset by emotional and physical struggles are pulled in multiple directions. The descriptive writing is excellent and easily visualized. The story line is twisted, fascinating to see unfold.

Priscilla Morton longed for adventure. When she convinces her parents to make a cross country journey to attend a wedding, she is filled with excitement. When the destination is finally reached, the consequences leave her devastated, distraught, and determined to never marry.

Her dreams destroyed, her emotions in turmoil, and her trust shattered it appears all hope is lost. Will she find peace? Will her faith sustain her? Only time will tell.

Scattered Petals is a harsh reminder of the old west and a glimpse at second chances. ... 5 Stars

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A Stranger's Wish

An Intriguing Story...
Gayle did a great job of grabbing my attention from page one. Her characters are loaded with vivid thoughts, dynamic personalities, and quirky faults. The setting, in an Amish community, is clearly described and easy to visualize. The storyline is a page turner, but I was able to anticipate the outcome.

The book is focused on Kristie Matthew, a young artist and school teacher, who doesn’t fit the family mold of lawyers. Moving to live on an Amish farm is filled with wonder, beauty and a lot of flack from others. Befriending an elderly man in need, leads Kriste through a series of unexpected events with dangerous consequences. Her faith and trust in God is refreshing and ever present in her thoughts.

Emotionally addicting and a lot of fun!...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll

Ranger to the Rescue….
Crimes against children are the most heinous and often hidden deep in the criminal underworld. Robin Caroll’s portrayal is written with striking realism and heartbreaking consequences. Trust and faith in God is put to extreme testing. Physical trials, emotional trauma, and death take their toll.

The characters are easy to visualize and blend in an unusual mix of villains verses heros. The way the story was broken up with time/location notations was distracting. I was a bit lost with the “helicopter pilot lingo” and other unclear acronyms. The quoting of scripture for support between friends flowed okay but seemed a bit excessive.

The overall writing was captivating and the story line was strong and driven. The challenges were realistic and reflective of today’s struggles. Suspenseful, captivating, and a good read.

Angel's Den by Jamie Carie

A Startling Romantic Adventure…..

Set in post Lewis and Clark America, Jamie Carr creates an intriguing story of “Beauty and the Beast” in reverse. Deception is the key ingredient and its effects are used with stunning success.

Evil is portrayed in its most deceiving form. When truth becomes apparent, innocence is stolen, shattered, and broken. Faith, strength and courage rise to the occasion but who will prevail in the end?

The writing was excellent. Stimulating the imagination with vivid pictures, bold characters and striking dialogue.

A great read for a cold winter’s night. ... 5 Stars

A Shore Thing

Very engaging writing with a warmth of faith to touch the heart.
Julie Carobin weaves a wonderful tale of misconceptions, misunderstandings, and missed opportunities into an all out battle to save and preserve the habitat at Otter Cover. The characters make mistakes, loose battles and get depressed. Yet faith in God is the thread that weaves its way into their lives, giving them determination and courage to press forward when the tides turn and it appears all is lost.

The writing is smooth, realistic and has a good balance of description and engaging dialogue. The characters are many but each fits well into the story. They interact with realism and the challenges of modern life. The surprising twists and turns will keep you reading.

A Shore Thing is an upbeat and enjoyable book for the Christian Romance booklover. ...

The Least of These

Author:  Terry Hampton

Reviewed by Diane A Brown

If all governmental support went away, how would the elderly, disabled and disadvantaged survive?

When the government can no longer afford the financial drain, The Least of These looks into the lives of several families after the President of the United States signs a bill terminating these programs.

The writing is clear and and for the most part easy to follow. The reader is introduced to several main characters in a few pages. It is a little hard to keep them straight, but once the reader become familiar their stories, things unfold in most interesting and unusual ways. Paths cross on many different levels as neighbors help neighbors and the community tries working together to help those left without hope.

Christian principles are used, as expressed in the biblical terms “love thy neighbor as thy self” and many others. This is a book all Christians could learn from, no matter what religion they associate with. It gives the reader an opportunity to see things from several perspectives. The reader may find themselves pondering how a change of this magnitude could affect their lives and the far reaching consequences of their actions, should similar events really come to pass.

The writing focus is on turning to Heavenly Father for guidance and relying on Him in troubled times, but it done in a "non preachy” way. The stories are related from inside the hearts of those who know and trust the Lord, others who are seeking for something better, and from others who have bitterness and hatred that is not clearly understood

Readers beware, once this book has touched your heart, you will never look at governmental assistance in the same way.

Gone in a Heartbeat

5 Stars

Gone in a Heartbeat
By David & Marie Works

Reviewed by Diane A Brown

Tragedy, when it strikes your life, takes on a whole new meaning…

This book shares an in depth look into the lives of the Works family. We journey with them from the happy togetherness they once had, through the tragic shooting of three family members, to coping with an altered future.

The writing is very descriptive and emotionally stimulating. You may find yourself crying right beside them or heaving a sigh of relief when a small milestone is passed. Most of the story is told from the point of view of David, the father or Marie, the mother. The way it is denoted. “I (David) felt… or I (Marie) felt…” was distracting to me and interrupted the flow to some degree.

The book is written in chronological order, sharing experiences, dreams and plans of the Works family. You have the opportunity to see a glimpse of their personalities and understand there lives before, during, and after the traumatic events. The writing is so visual that you can see it unfold as if you were standing right there.

This is a Christian family and as such they constantly rely on the hand of God in their everyday lives, turning to Him always in their time of need. They emulate the principles of forgiveness, love and faith and by so doing touch lives around the world.

Crazy Faith

3 Stars

Crazy Faith: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Lives
By Susan K. Williams Smith

Reviewed by Diane A Brown

Faith is an astounding thing, especially when you test it…

Crazy Faith emphasizes the amazing accomplishments of several biblical persons and latter-day counterparts. It is well thought out and the conclusions drawn by Susan Smith are thought provoking, giving the reader another paradigm to consider.

Through intriguing imagery, familiar bible renditions of struggle, faith, and courage come alive. Individuals who pressed forward in the face of doubters and unbelievers were able to achieve the humanly impossible. Keeping an open mind will give the reader a chance to appreciate the authors’ interpretations.

The stories of crazy faith taken from more modern experiences are informative and truly inspiring. Each is presented with vivid details that will leave the reader in awe. The accomplishments are remarkable. The journey of faith begins with just one small step, followed by dedication, perseverance, and the hand of heavenly intervention. Many attitudes, visions, and lives were altered for the better because one person had enough crazy faith to stand up in the face of impossible odds. Even the hardest heart will be touched.

I found Crazy Faith to be a wonderful source of inspiration intermixed with honest preaching from a single perspective. Never the less, it felt like the same points were emphasized again and again. Different areas of focus were presented, but still the same point over and over again.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Hand That Bears The Sword

Author:   George Bryan Polivka

Reviewed by Diane A Brown

Packer Throme is torn between loyalty to his new wife, his country, and his God…

Interrupted in the middle of their “Honeymonth”, Packer is forced away from Panna, his new bride. Celebrated as the hero and the great hope of Nearing Vast, loyalty requires that he must set sail with the Vast Navy. Packer’s influence is far reaching and many believe he is preserved by the hand of God. But how much influence can just one man have over an entire enemy navy? The odds that he will return are not good, for there are many who seek his demise.

Packer is forced to fight against pirates, fire fish and the massive Drannun Navy. There are times when he seems to surpass human capabilities, amazing his fellow seamen. Does Packer’s strength come from within or are there miracles at work? Does God intervene or is it just coincidence?

Panna, left alone in Nearing Vast, is confined to the castle by Prince Mather. She is very strong willed and blatantly refuses his growing affections. Pana is a brave soul, but fear for those she loves is ever constant in her mind. Will God lead Packer home to her heart or is he lost forever?

The Kingdom of Drammun is well prepared war against the Kingdom of Nearing Vast. Their navy has many ships and their warriors are clad with an amazing armor. However, there are plots brewing that could alter the very heart of the Drammun government. The Law, the Rahk-Taa, becomes a powerful weapon when used for personal gain. Will the worthy Hezzan of Drammun be victorious? Will the unworthy Vasts be easily defeated?

What will become of Packer Throme? A hero remembered or a legend that lives on?

The Hand That Bears The Sword is full of many intriguing twists and unexpected turns. It was difficult to relate to the characters without a prologue. However, if you keep reading the characters sort themselves out and the vividness of detail opens your imagination.

THE ROAD HOME By Tommy Tenney & Mark Andrew Olsen

5 Stars

The Road Home
By Tommy Tenney & Mark Andrew Olsen

Reviewed by Diane A Brown

When the end comes, it is often just the beginning….

Ruth loses both her brother-in-law to a terrible disease and her husband in a fatal accident all in the same day. With no family to turn to, her mother-in-law Naomi becomes her only refuge.

The three women, Naomi and her daughter-in-laws Ruth and Orpah, were a mess. Their combined grief was heavy and burdensome long after the services passed. Money was scarce. Naomi’s husband had died just three years previous and nearly all the insurance money was drained. Now widowed, Ruth and Orpah could no longer face the stress of Las Vegas life. It was time for a change and Naomi had the answer. “We are going on a journey” she announced. The next day they were on their way.

Leaving Vegas behind had a calming effect. As the glitz and glitter gave away to nature’s grandeur, they felt lighter, more alive. A measure of peace settled in as they headed for Naomi’s “special place.” It was there, in a time past, that life had seemed perfect. Though it was just one evening beneath the stars, they had felt something completely wonderful.

The time neared to let go of the past, but their hearts were reluctant. Would they stand tall and be free or haunted with memories?

The future was not yet written, but Naomi had her own plans. She was sending Ruth and Orpah home to Las Vegas on a bus. Then she was going back east. Her people were there. How many she didn’t know, but there was no question in her mind, she would return.

Ruth couldn’t allow the ageing Naomi to go alone. The two unite for a perilous journey filled with struggles, danger and surprising outcomes. Will they fulfill their dream? What hidden hazards lay in store? Can true peace ever be found?

The Road Home is vividly written and full of powerful emotions. As you read it, the story of Ruth will span the centuries and touch your heart.

The best Christian Fiction I have read in a long time!
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