Saturday, April 30, 2016

God's Daily Word: Daily Devotionals for January - April by Jerry Stratton

Title: God’s Daily Word: Daily Devotionals for January - April
Author: Jerry Stratton
Pages: 250
Year: 2015
Genre: Devotional
Publisher: Armonia
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     God’s Daily Word, by retired army officer and former pastor Jerry Stratton, is filled with everything you’d want in a daily devotional. Humor, wisdom, and conversational style provide a shot of spiritual caffeine that will keep your energy high and your soul satisfied. This is a must-have for every Christian – or Christ-seeker – on your list.

My review:

     This is a wonderful daily devotional book.

     I thoroughly enjoyed starting each day with this book. No matter how I felt when I first woke up Jerry started the day off with a “chuckle”. Admittedly some of them only made me smile, but many of them were laugh-out-loud funny.

     He then proceeded to share a quotation. Many of them made me pause to give it some serious thought. I was amazed at how many of these quotations directly connected with the scripture and devotional reading that he had for that day. He either has a huge list of quotes that he keeps up or he spent a lot of time searching for just the right one.

     Then as you get into the body of the reading for the day he would not only have his main scripture but there were many days that he supported what he was saying about it with other scripture. They were very well thought out and presented.

     I am giving this book a rating of 5 stars and recommending it.

Friday, April 29, 2016

The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor #2) by Roseanna M. White

Title: The Reluctant Duchess (Ladies of the Manor #2)
Author: Roseanna M. White
Pages: 389
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Will fleeing the Scottish Highlands only leave her in more danger?

     Lady Rowena Kinnaird may be the heiress to a Highland earldom, but she’s never felt good enough – not for her father, not for the man she thought she’d marry, not for God. But after a shocking attack, she’s willing to be forever an outcast if it means escaping those threatening her life.

     Brice Myerston, the Duke of Nottingham, has never been one to shy away from manor-born ladies, yet the last thing he needs is the distraction of the newly introduced Lady Rowena. He has enough on his plate having recently come into possession of a rare treasure for which many would kill, yet those around him seem intent on pairing him this desperate but beguiling girl.

     Rowena is reluctant to marry this notorious flirt. And when she learns that Brice is mixed up in some kind of questionable business with a stolen treasure, she fears she’ll end up in more danger than she fled.

My review:

     An absolutely incredible historical romance!

     This book is part of a “true” series. To follow the story you need to have read the previous book in the series before this one.

     The main characters are delightful. Rowena Kinnaird is so well developed that I connected with her right away. I just wanted to wrap my arms around her and let her cry for all the pain she has endured at the hands of men before the start of the book.

     I remembered Brice Myerston from the first book in the series. It was wonderful to see where his life had taken him in the intervening year. His relationship with God is fantastic. He hears from God and does his best to follow the instructions he is given. Being human he does make mistakes and I enjoy watching him work through those times and figure out where he went wrong.

     The continuing story of the Fire Eyes gems from the first book is nicely interwoven into the romance between Rowena and Brice. I was captivated to see what would happen next in this plot line.

     The descriptions of the different regions of Great Britain were great. It was very interesting to me to read about the dislike between the highlanders in Scotland and the English in the lowlands.

     I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am highly recommending it. It is getting a rating of 5 stars from me. I am anxiously awaiting the next book so that I can find out what happens next in the story of the Fire Eyes gems.

     You can find out more about Roseanna and her books at:

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Where Honor Began (Quaker Brides #0.5) by Lyn Cote

Title: Where Honor Began (Quaker Brides #0.5)
Author: Lyn Cote
Pages: 46
Year: 2014
Genre: Historical Novelette
Publisher: Lyn Cote
Format: eBook

About the book:

     How can unexpected visitors turn one’s world upside down?

     Honor Penworthy, a young Maryland lady, tries to keep faith with a friends amidst family turmoil.

     But the stakes rise higher when the war that seemed so far away comes dangerously close to her and those she loves.

     What a difference three days can make in one life – leaving a legacy of conflict but with honor.

My review:

     A fascinating introduction to the Quakers!

     I enjoyed this look at how women were treated in 1814. This story is very short so we don’t learn a lot about Honor. She seems to be a very strong woman and I liked seeing one of the key events in her life that helped to develop her characters for book one in this new series.

     I have never read anything about the Quakers before this story. I was amazed to find out that some of them were wealthy land owners who also owned slaves. I’m really looking forward to finding out more about them in the rest of this series.

     This short novelette is getting a rating of 5 stars from me. I highly recommend it.

     You can find out more about Lyn and her books at:

Monday, April 25, 2016

Empire's End (repeat post) by Jerry B. Jenkins + A GIVEAWAY!

     I originally posted this review in June of 2015. I was sent an additional copy of this wonderful book by Worthy Publishing for the express purpose of having a giveaway for it. How can I possibly give away a copy of a book without letting you know, in the same post, how good it is.

Title: Empire’s End
Author: Jerry B. Jenkins
Pages: 336
Year: 2015
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Worthy Publishing
Note: I received a free copy of this book through Worthy Publishing’s First Look Blog Tours program in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Betrayal. Passion. Defiance. Violence. An obsessed persecutor transformed. And the world would never be the same.

     Mining clues sprinkled throughout Paul’s writings, Jerry B. Jenkins weaves a thoroughly believable tale filled with high drama at every turn. This inventive, page-turning novel is steeped in bravado and bloodshed, conflict and deep devotion, romance and political maneuvering. The result is a can’t-put-it-down thriller crafted to satisfy any curious observer’s longing to meet a flesh-and-blood man whose mission and message ultimately triggered the end of the great Roman Empire.

My review:

     This is an incredible Biblical fiction novel!

     From the time Saul first appears in the book of Acts until the time he is sent on his first missionary journey there is not much information given in the Bible. I believe that Jerry Jenkins has taken each of the few details we know from scripture and then added to them facts about life during the time period and probably even Jewish history. He then used all of these to craft a very believable and captivating account of the largely unknown years of Paul’s life in this very entertaining story.

     I was very quickly drawn into the story. I loved how he interspersed periods of activity and interaction between Paul and others with periods where Paul was alone with God. When Paul was alone with God, God Himself was teaching him many of the truths about God’s nature and how mankind is to live life. These truths are what Paul wrote in the letters he sent to the churches and to individuals that are contained in the New Testament.

     I was completely entranced by this very plausible account of the early years of Paul’s life as a believer. Therefore, I am giving it 5 stars and highly recommending it.

Giveaway Information:

     Leave a comment on this post and you will be entered to win this wonderful book. Please include in your comment your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner. Suggested format: debbie (at) yahoo (dot) com

     I will leave it open for one week. Next Monday, May 2, 2016, I will use to draw the winner. I will then send an email to the winner to get their mailing address. I will give them 3 days to contact me before drawing another winner. I plan to mail the book out by the end of the week. After confirming the winner I will announce their name here on my blog.

     Good luck.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Sins of the Past: Romantic Suspense Novella Collection by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason

Title: Sins of the Past (Romantic Suspense Novella Collection)
Author: Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason
Pages: 384
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Three Novellas from Bestselling Authors

     In Dee Henderson’s “Missing,” a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago copy, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

     Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with “Shadowed,” introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.

     Lynette Eason’s “Blackout” delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found – but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?

My review:

     An incredible collection of suspense novellas!

     I absolutely love the fact that this collection is connected by the fact that one of the main characters in each story is dealing with something that happened in their past. In one way or another, these issues are very important to what is happening in the current situation. This was a great job by the publisher in putting together this group of stories and titling the book.

     All of the main characters were very well developed and easy to connect with. The three stories were very different from each other but extremely entertaining.

Missing by Dee Henderson
          I really enjoyed the details given as to how a missing person report is processed when there is no obvious foul play. It captivated me. I love the deep faith in God that John Graham had that he was able to hold onto while trying to locate his elderly mother. The relationship between John and Sharon Noble started with a mutual respect for each other’s work ethic and character. That was refreshing.

Shadowed by Dani Pettrey
          This is the first story by Dani Pettrey that I have ever read. I really liked how stubborn both Libby Jennings and Ben McKenna were. They were both solid believers that knew how to lean on God during trying times. I was fascinated by the fact that this story in set in Alaska, just a short distance from Russia, during the Cold War. Part of this fascination was the fact that in 1979 (when this story is set) I was in the Air Force and hearing a lot about the Cold War.

Blackout by Lynette Eason
          Macey’s fear of letting others into her life was very understandable. I loved the fact that Chad was a solid presence in her life and didn’t allow her to push him away. She needed help and he was determined to provide it. There were a couple of very satisfying twists that surprised me in this story.

     Being shorter stories they were easy to read through one and then take a break to do “real-life” stuff. But I was caught up in each story as soon as I started reading it. This wonderful collection is getting a rating of 5 stars from me. I highly recommend it. If you have never tried these authors this is a great place to start.

     You can find out more about these authors and their books on their websites:
Lynette Eason -

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (A Medieval Fairy Tale #1) by Melanie Dickerson

Title: The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest (A Medieval Fairy Tale #1)
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Pages: 312
Year: 2015
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)

About the book:

     Swan Lake meets Robin Hood when the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant by day becomes the region’s most notorious poacher by night, and falls in love with the forester.

     Jorgen is the forester for the wealthy margrave, and must find and capture the poacher who has been killing and stealing the margrave’s game. When he meets the lovely and refined Odette at the festival and shares a connection during a dance, he has no idea she is the one who has been poaching the margrave’s game.

     Odette justifies her crime of poaching because she thinks the game is going to feed the poor, who are all but starving, both in the city and just outside its walls. But will the discovery of a local poaching ring reveal a terrible secret? Has the meat she thought she was providing for the poor actually been sold on the black market, profiting no one except the ring of black market sellers?

     The one person Odette knows can help her could also find out her own secret and turn her over to the margrave, but she has no choice. Jorgen and Odette will band together to stop the dangerous poaching ring . . . and fall in love. But what will the margrave do when he discovers his forester is protecting a notorious poacher?

My review:

     A delightful fairy tale for the little girl inside.

     I love the main characters in this story. Both Odette and Jorgen had very difficult childhoods after they were each orphaned. But they have both risen above those days. Their hearts and characters were developed through those trials.

     I thoroughly enjoyed how Melanie combined aspects from both Swan Lake and Robin Hood in this charming and original story. It is a very entertaining book. It was very interesting for me to try and figure out which of the characters turned out to be the evil person (or people) that were trying to destroy their lives.

     I have to give this wonderful story a rating of 5 stars. I’m highly recommending it. I am looking forward to the next book by Melanie Dickerson.

     You can find out more about Melanie and her books on her website at:

Friday, April 15, 2016

No Greater Gift by Teresa H. Morgan

Title: No Greater Gift
Author: Teresa H. Morgan
Pages: 325
Release Date: May 1, 2016
Genre: Contemporary/Historical Mystery
Publisher: Mountain Book INK
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I had the wonderful opportunity to be one of the final proofreaders before release. I have written my honest opinion of this story based on that reading.

About the book:

     Grace Ryan works to untangle clues left by her late grandparents – clues involving a WWII conspiracy that could tear her family apart.

     History professor Grace Ryan returns to her hometown expecting to help her grandmother turn her journals and memories of WWII into memoirs. She arrives to find her grandmother being loaded into an ambulance. When she begs Grace to find the truth about a decades-old crime, whispers the word treason, then slips away forever, Grace is left to separate fact from fiction. Then, an unwelcome inheritance strikes at her already fragile family bond. Though God’s voice seems silent, He sends someone to stand in the gap for her.

     Erik Petersson, unjustly accused of infidelity, suffered through an unwanted divorce and the loss of his children’s love to his former wife’s bitterness. A physicist on sabbatical, he agrees to help Grace dig through her late grandfather’s scientific papers. As he struggles to win back his children’s love, he and Grace are catapulted into a quagmire of truth and lies that could destroy any chance at happiness.

My review:

     An intricately woven contemporary/historical mystery!

     I fell in love with the two main characters, Grace King and Erik Petersson. They had so many layers to their personal story that it was a joy to see how each of them had grown to be strong believers. Both of them had been horribly wounded by false accusations and the way that they have been treated by family members. Neither of them though had given up on God because of it though. I was so encouraged just by how they turned to Him with each hard thing that happened throughout the story.

     The plot was so well developed and presented that it kept my interest until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the sections from Gramma Annie’s journals that were interspersed within the contemporary romantic mystery story. They way that the two time periods connected with each other was very well done.

     This is an incredible book and I’m highly recommending it. It gets a 5 star rating from me. I will definitely be looking forward to reading anything else that this author writes.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Jesus and the Jihadis: Confronting the Rage of ISIS, the Theology Driving the Ideology

     Today I have a Guest Reviewer. He is giving his opinion on an important non-fiction book that he has read.

     Now I will hand things over to my husband, Ted Wilder.

Title: Jesus and the Jihadis: Confronting the Rage of ISIS, the Theology Driving           the Ideology
Author: Craig A Evans and Jeremiah J. Johnston
Pages: 176
Year: 2015
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Destiny Image
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     The book that Christians want and need for this urgent hour in history.

     As ISIS dominates news headlines, attention is given to the terrorist group’s ideology… when the true motive of their mayhem is actually revealed in their theology!

     Major General Michael K. Nagata of the Special Operations forces in the Middle East explains that “we do not understand the movement… and until we do, we are not going to defeat it.”

     The key to defeating ISIS’ regime of terror is understanding its theology.

     This is why two leading Biblical scholars offer this go-to guide to understanding ISIS’ distorted theology. Through fresh historical and Biblical insights, discover how ISIS’ acts of violence, terrorism, and persecution impact your life and your faith today.

     Get revealing answers to questions such as:

     How did three faiths come out of one man – Abraham?
     Who does ISIS utilize social media and technology for terrorist propaganda?
     Is ISIS Islamic and would Muhammad himself join this group?
     How do the Gospels and the Qur’an see Jesus differently?
     How does Biblical history address the development of ISIS?

     The question millions are asking is Why? Why the hate? Why the persecution? Why the murder? To find the answer, you will trace the origins of ISIS’ radical theology and discover why these acts of terrorism are happening, what they mean, and where they are taking us.

Ted's review:

     A no-spin look at ISIS.

     This book may not be an easy read. It is essential though if you are to understand ISIS, and all the other Islamic terrorist groups. This book is loaded with information, laid out in a logical format with lots of footnotes backing up every fact. It hits hard without being a “hit piece.”

     This book has several sections covering different aspects of the issue. First an introductory chapter presents the problem. Then there are several chapters on the origin of Islam – a must read.

     The story of the Bible is fully substantiated by archaeological evidence. There is no refuting the evidence. This is why ISIS is hell bent on destroying the ancient antiquities which refute their faith. Then the author gives us a fascinating comparison of the Bible and the Qur’an. And finally we get a great history of ISIS in modern times.

     The bottom line – Muslims and Christians do NOT serve the same God. Islam is at war with us, whether we like it or not. This is a tough, but necessary read. I am giving this book 5 stars.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Traces of Guilt (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #1) by Dee Henderson

Title: Traces of Guilt (Evie Blackwell Cold Case #1)
Author: Dee Henderson
Pages: 400
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Genre: Mystery
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: eBook (also available in paperback)
Note: I received a free eBook copy of this novel through NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     A riveting cold-case mystery from Dee Henderson.

     Evie Blackwell loves her life as an Illinois State Police Detective . . . mostly. She’s very skilled at investigations and has steadily moved up through the ranks. She would like to find Mr. Right, but she has a hard time imagining how marriage could work, considering the demands of her job.

     Gabriel Thane is a lifetime resident of Carin County and now its sheriff, a job he loves. Gabe is committed to upholding the law and cares deeply for the residents he’s sworn to protect. He too would like to find a lifetime companion, a marriage like his parents have. . . .

     When Evie arrives in Carin, Illinois, it’s to help launch a new task force dedicated to reexamining unsolved crimes across the state. Spearheading this trial run, Evie will work with the sheriff’s department on a couple of its most troubling missing-persons cases. As she reexamines old evidence to pull out a few tenuous new leads, she unearths a surprising connection . . . possibly to a third cold case. Evie’s determined to solve the cases before she leaves Carin County, and Sheriff Thane, along with his family, will be key to those answers.

My review:

     This is an intricately woven mystery.

     The character development couldn’t be better in my mind. I am always amazed at how many characters there are in Dee Henderson’s books. I really like seeing how many characters from previous novels make brief appearances in each new book. She truly seems to have “a small world” scenario going on even crossing over from series to series. Along with that she has a marvelous talent for revealing personal information in a subtle way so that it feels like it comes out of a clear blue sky.

     The cases that are being reexamined in this book are quickly summarized as each one is initially discussed. They over the course of time they are slowly picked apart and looked at from every possible angle.

     One of the aspects of the search that is covered is the search for cadavers using specially trained dogs. The way that a handler works with a pair of dogs was described in great detail. I was fascinated by the information given.

     I do want to warn that this is a very heavy book to read emotionally. The subject matter of two of the cases made it a difficult read. On top of that there is a great deal of focus placed on one of the family members who is looking for closure, and the emotions that she has been dealing with for years. I found myself having to take breaks from my reading just to work through the feelings that were stirred up in me for what the characters were dealing with. To me though that is just proof of how good the writing is.

     This book is getting a rating of 5 stars from me. I do highly recommend it. I would suggest having something light to read after this one. I’m looking forward to seeing what Evie tackles as her next cold case.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Strands of Fate (Creative Woman Mystery #1) by Linda Kozar

Title: Strands of Fate (Creative Woman Mystery #1)
Author: Linda Kozar
Pages: 251
Year: 2012
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Annie’s Fiction
Format: Hardback (also available in eBook)

About the book:

     Loosening the strings at the closure revealed a delicate, old-fashioned locket accented with emeralds and amethysts. It took almost no pressure to open the piece. A lump formed in Shannon’s throat as she stared at the picture inside. Now she knew there had been no mistake, the package was truly meant for her. For the black-and-white photo of the little girl with curls trailing down to her ears was a baby picture of her own mother . . . who had vanished without a trace decades ago.

     Meet Shannon McClain – accomplish jewelry maker, loving mother, and recent widow.

     Shannon runs her own custom jewelry business from a workshop next to her home in Scotland. While she works hard to ensure her teenage children get the attention and guidance they need, the money from her late husband’s insurance policy is nearly depleted, and she struggles to make ends meet.

     When a mysterious package arrives from a law firm in the United States, Shannon is shocked to learn she’s been listed as a beneficiary in the will of Victoria Paisley, a wealthy stranger who claimed to be her grandmother.

     Shannon never knew her maternal grandmother because her own mother vanished from her life when she was four years old. Her father wouldn’t discuss her mother’s disappearance, and Shannon could never understand why.

     To claim the unexpected inheritance, Shannon must travel from her home in Scotland to the coastal town of Apple Grove, Oregon, and attend the reading of the will. Upon arrival she finds new friends among the townsfolk, including the women of the Purls of Hope knitting circle. But she also finds danger. It seems not everyone in town is happy she’s there. Someone will go to great lengths to try and make her leave before she can claim her inheritance . . . or unearth a dark family secret.

     Is Shannon willing to risk her life to finally learn the truth about her family? And can she trust the handsome investigator who offers his help? Join Shannon and her friends as they unravel the mystery behind her mother’s disappearance and discover the identity of the one person who would like nothing more than to see Shannon disappear as well.

My review:

     This is a delightful cozy mystery!

     The development of the main character Shannon McClain is incredible. I was able to connect with her from the very beginning. She is surrounded by numerous friends by the end of the book even though she has picked up and moved from Scotland to Oregon fairly early in the story. We are introduced to each one and slowly learn more about them and their lives. I think that this will continue throughout the series.

     The mystery is a fairly light one. No one has been murdered. No one has been kidnapped. There are simply questions from the past and a trail of clues that was left intentionally to find a hidden piece of jewelry. It was very entertaining to follow Shannon and her friends as they worked to follow the trail and beat the bad guy to the prize.

     The small town of Apple Grove is a charming setting for these books. I’m really looking forward to seeing where the series goes since each book is written by a different author.

     I’m giving this sweet mystery a rating of 5 stars and highly recommending it.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chappy's Weight Loss Solution by Chaplain Dick Phelps

Title: Chappy’s Weight Loss Solution
Author: Chaplain Dick Phelps
Pages: 68
Year: 2015
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Format: eBook (also available in
Note: I received a free copy of this booklet through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Are the classic images of firefighters as healthy, fit, and strong still accurate? Although firefighters’ bravery and commitment to public service has never been in doubt, a chilling epidemic has been slowly developing in the fire service which threatens their ability to effectively respond to the emergencies and disasters that will inevitably occur in our country. As in our nation at large, the number of individuals who are overweight, obese, and unfit has risen to alarming levels in fire departments, both volunteer and career, across our nation. In fact, the best evidence suggests that rates of the overweight and obese are higher in the fire service than in the general public.” Chappy’s Weight Loss Solution offers targeted help that has proven to work in the Firehouse.

My review:

     I am going to start off by admitting that this is not a normal type of book for me to read. Therefore I struggled a little bit with figuring out what to say in a review for it.

     The suggestions given are solid.

     Chaplain Dick Phelps is very honest in this booklet about his own struggles with weight and fitness. He is obviously very passionate about wanting to help firefighters learn to control their weight and stay fit. He shared a number of different methods of trying to control his eating and talked openly about the need for each person to figure out what works for them. It does point out the possibility that weight loss problems can stem from an overeating addiction. This is one aspect of the problem that I have never considered before.

     I think that the only reason this booklet didn’t get a higher rating from me is that it seemed to be very repetitive in what information it gives. I am giving it a rating of 4 stars and recommending it as a way to start learning about weight loss and fitness.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Risen by Angela Hunt

Title: Risen
Author: Angela Hunt
Pages: 320
Year: 2015
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Publisher: Bethany House
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     The story of the Resurrection as you’ve never seen it before.

     Epic in scope, yet deeply personal, this novelization offers a unique perspective on the story of the Resurrection. Roman Tribune Clavius is assigned by Pilate to prevent the radical followers of the recently executed Yeshua from stealing the body and inciting revolution. When the body goes missing despite his precautions, Clavius must hunt it down.

     His investigation leads him from the halls of Herod Antipas to the Garden of Gethsemane and brings him in touch with believer and doubter alike. But as the body still remains missing, Clavius commits to a quest for the truth – and finds answers that will not only shake his own life but echo throughout all of history.

My review:

     An incredible biblical fiction story!

     The characters of Clavius and Rachel are fictional and extremely well developed. I really enjoyed both of them and seeing their different viewpoints following the crucifixion of Christ. Their backgrounds are clearly described and how they are affected by events is easy to understand.

     I was captivated by the story and completely caught up in reading how Clavius’ search for truth would play out. I am fascinated by the ability of writers to take biblical accounts and add depth and descriptions to them. Knowing the story from the bible itself didn’t take anything out from my interest in reading this book. I credit that to the ability of both the writer of the screenplay and Angela Hunt to weave a magical story.

     This is the first time that I have read a novelization of a motion picture before ever seeing the movie. I look forward to seeing the movie to see what additions were made in this book to make it novel length.

     I am highly recommending this wonderful book and giving it a rating of 5 stars. It was time well spent.

     You can find out more about Angela Hunt and her books on her website:

Friday, April 1, 2016

Tailspin (Mountain Cove #5) by Elizabeth Goddard

Title: Tailspin (Mountain Cove #5 / Love Inspired Suspense)
Author: Elizabeth Goddard
Pages: 224
Release Date: April 1, 2016 (eBook), April 5, 2016 (paperback)
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense
Format: Paperback (also available in eBook)
Note: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

About the book:

     Diving Into Danger

     Nothing can stop Sylvie Masters from scuba diving to find her mother’s downed plane – except possibly the hit man determined to keep the truth from surfacing. When brave bush pilot Will Pierson comes to her rescue, she knows she can still reach her goal, but she needs his help. Will wants answers about the crash, too, especially since his mother was the missing plane’s pilot. He’ll be the hero Sylvie needs, but can he ever trust her? Sylvie is shrouded in secrets that keep leading her back to Mountain Cove. Secrets someone will kill for. Will may protect her, yet no one can persuade her to end her search . . . not even a killer.

     Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide.

My review:

     I was hooked by the 5th page!

     The suspense story in this novel is a stand-alone plot line. One of the main characters does carry over from the previous books. The main characters from the earlier books in the series do make appearances and there are details of their lives that are caught up. That said you get to decide if you want to treat it as part of a “true” series or not.

     I absolutely love both of the main characters in this book. Their individual life stories are slowly revealed and really explain their hang-ups and doubts. They both have trouble trusting others and yet they are thrust into a situation after situation where they have to trust each other even though they have just met. Danger stalks them around every corner. They both had deep seated fears that they had to face and overcome. It was wonderful to watch their struggles and learn to trust.

     The plot is incredible at keeping the reader focused and turning the pages. I knew all along that something major had happened before the start of the book and I knew I wouldn’t be satisfied until I knew exactly what it was. Before the revelation of it there was a major shift that I wasn’t expecting. I loved it though.

     Excellent job Elizabeth! I have to highly recommend this fantastic book. It gets a rating of 5 stars from me.

     You can learn more about Elizabeth and her books on her webpage at: