Category Archives: Christian, Christian Ficton

Laundry Lady’s Love By Sophie Dawson

 

Christian Historical Fiction (Ladies of Sanctuary House Book 1)

Stone Creek Series

Laundry Lady's Love
Laundry Lady’s Love

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE LAUNDRY LADY’S LOVE BY SOPHIE DAWSON:

In Laundry Lady’s Love, we meet widowed Laura Duffle, saved by Nugget Nate from a life as a saloon girl or worse;  he takes Laura and her two sons to Sanctuary House. When Nate gets a “Callin”, he travels where God leads to rescue abused and destitute women.  Laura stays for five years;  when the women head to Stone Creek seeking eligible men to marry, Laura also goes.   Laura’s hoping to set up a laundry business and find love again.  It has been five years since she lost her husband and her boys need a father figure.

Arriving in Stone Creek, Laura ask advice from the local barber, Hank.  She finds herself attracted to Hank.  But is Hank attracted to her?  Hank’s thinking, “maybe it’s time for him to find a wife”,  when in steps Red Dickerson, asking to court Laura.  Has Hank waited too long?  Will Red win Laura’s hand in marriage?  Or will Laura walk off leaving both of them in her dust?  My Christian romance book review of Laundry Lady’s Love follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

An intriguing sweet clean romance, Laundry Lady’s Love, will touch your heart.  Laura’s a strong independent woman who missing the stability of a man in her life, as well as, in her heart.  Although her hearts set on one man, she realizes she might have to take

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To Know Her Calling By Heather Earles

 

To Know Her Calling
To Know Her Calling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE TO KNOW HER CALLING BY HEATHER EARLES:

In To Know Her Calling, Louise meets a masked stranger at the skating rink.  Many skaters are wearing beautiful scarfs, which two beautiful employees helped her put on;  explaining she could buy the scarf or turn it in at the end of her night.  Having fun, trying to skate after years, and of course falling, a masked stranger comes to her rescue; giving her pointers and the scarf to keep.  Raul, the masked man, could not keep his eyes off the beautiful woman he helped on the skating floor.  The attraction’s mutual.  She ask him to come dancing with her and her brothers the next night.  Things are moving fast;  is romance within God’s will for Louise and Raul?

Louise, a woman of faith and prayer, works hard, living a normal American life; family, church, friends, and teaching dance.  Raul’s a mystery covered by a scarf;  which she eventually persuades him to remove.  She sees a handsome foreigner with a scar running down his face. What is it about this man that attracts her so?  He owns the skating rink, but what’s his story?  Spending more and more time together the attraction grows into much more.  Raul has secrets; secrets, which when revealed, may cause Louise to run the other way.  My Christian romance book reviews follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

To Know Her Calling is filled with emotion, faith, family dynamics, and secrets. The faith Raul and Louise have is awe-inspiring as each are Christians and faithful to God’s commands.  A clean sweet romance, Earles crafted a wonderful romance which will keep you reading to the last page.  Filled with family dynamics and obligations, she shows two close-knit faith based families who worship God and pray for guidance daily.

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Lily By Anna K. Payne

 

Planted Flowers Book 1

Lily
Lily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LILY BY ANNA K. PAYNE:

Lily’s life is a mess.  A single mother, with two children and pregnant again, married and divorced three times, and working a low paying job;  then to top it off, she sees a man murdered on the beach.  Not only did she see the murder, the murderer saw her, and he’s trying to kill her.  Then add in Ramon, the life guard who saved her when a waterspout came on land just after the murder.  Ramon, unknown to Lily, is an undercover cop. Rude, cold, and distant to Lily, Ramon finds himself attracted to her.  He has past issues with relationships which impact his perception of Lily.

Lily’s trying to get her life together, attending church and Planted meeting with her new friend, Rose.  How can God love her?  She has made mistake after mistake, and made bad choices, she thought God could not possibly love or want her.  Through study with Rose and the Planted group, Lily finds a miracle.  My contemporary Christian suspense book review of Lily follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Filled with suspense, danger, and action packed, Lily’s a wonderful inspiring story of Lily, a killer bent on doing her in, and the forgiving grace of God.  Payne expertly shows the reader the salvation plan and God’s love for man through her story of Lily.  A clean, sweet, emotional read, filled with wonderful scriptures, sage advice, suspense, and a driven killer, I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I could feel Lily’s unbelief that God could love and care for her; as well as, her feelings of unworthiness.  Her fear of Jonesy’s palpable as he repeatedly tries to kill her.  I have to say, he’s one determined man!  A powerful story and wonderful message;  with a group of women who become knit together in love for each other and God.

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His Brother’s Bride By George H. McVey

 

Mail Order Brides of Sanctuary Book 2

His Brother's Bride
His Brother’s Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HIS BROTHER’S BRIDE BY GEORGE H. MCVEY:

In His Brother’s Bride by George H. McVey, the reader finds Greg, Glen, and Lyla’s story.  Lyla, with no prospects of marriage in Philadelphia, answers Glen Williams letter for a mail order bride.  As you know from Book 1, The Pastor’s Replacement Bride, the Ladies Aid Society of the church had Pastor Bryce write back east for good Christian women who would like to correspond with upstanding men in Sanctuary, Montana Territory; with matrimony in mind.

Lyla answers Glen’s letter; monies are sent to pay her way west, and off she goes on what she thought would be an adventure.  Lyla thought everything would be wonderful, a fine adventure ending in marriage and love for her and Glen.  Lyla’s outgoing, talkative, and adventurous.  Glen’s beyond shy; cold, rude and closed off, he’s unable to talk comfortably to people, especially women; he would rather be on the farm plowing or with the animals and plants.

When his twin brother, Greg, absent for four years, shows up as the stage comes in, his mother knows there’s going to be trouble.  These two have always tried to out do each other.  Greg’s tired of the cowboy life, he’s ready to start his own ranch, and maybe start a family.  He’s immediately smitten with Lyla when she comes off the stage.  Glen, plowing at the farm, didn’t even bother to come meet the stage to Lyla’s horror.  Taking to her to supper, at his mother insistence, he’s uncommunicative and rude.

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The Pastor’s Replacement Bride By George H. McVey

 

 

Mail Order Brides of Sanctuary Book 1

The Pastor's Replacement Bride
The Pastor’s Replacement Bride

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE PASTOR’S REPLACEMENT BRIDE BY GEORGE H. MCVEY:

Pastor Joshua Bryce has a problem in The Pastor’s Replacement Bride.  The deacons of the church want him married and settled.  With Mayor’s Lyman’s daughter determined to become his wife, he needs a suitable bride quickly.  Joshua knows Ernestine Lyman’s totally unsuitable for a pastor’s wife as she’s selfish, without a helper’s heart, and looking for the prestige of his pastoral office.

Meanwhile the churches Ladies Aid Society, led by Myrtle, come to him with a proposal to provide brides for the eligible, up standing, church going bachelors in Sanctuary, Montana Territory.  With brides scarce in the west, and only 2 eligible women in Sanctuary, they suggest sending to church pastors back east for good Christian women to correspond; hoping to  obtain Christian brides.  After prayer and counsel with God, Joshua agrees and adds he will be one of the participating bachelors.

In Chicago, Hattie Long’s an orphan;  raised in a local orphanageIndentured in service to the orphanage and sent to a local brothel as a cook and servant, when she turns twenty-one the orphanage will release her from bondage.  However, the brothel owner, Papa John, has plans to use Hattie in his brothel as soon as she turns twenty-one?.  Unable to find a job, Hattie approaches Pastor Long and his daughter, Haddie, explaining her situation.   She and Haddie share almost the same first name and the same last name; they have a very close relationship of friends and almost sisters.

Haddie corresponded with Joshua as a potential bride; she and Hattie will go west before the nefarious brothel owner, Papa John, can do his worse.  Joshua decides he can not let this young innocent be used in such a way.  With monies Nugget Nate, famous rescuer of indigent and down on their luck women left him, he pays her way west; monies left with instructions he would know when to use it.  However, Haddie, sick with scarlet fever’s unable to make the trip; she sends Hattie on to safety.

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Donna’s Detour By Jo Huddleston

 

 

DONNA'S DETOUR
DONNA’S DETOUR

 

 

 

Get Your Kiss On Route 66

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE DONNA’S DETOUR:

In Donna’s Detour, Jo Huddleston crafted a sweet and clean romance fiction novel.  Donna Turner and two friends head to California; leaving Alabama behind for the big city lights.  However, when Donna runs out of money, fate steps in.  Donna’s left in Needles, California to find a job, earn money, and continue her trip.  Finding a God sent protector in the boss of the local café, Donna hires on as a waitress.  Meanwhile, she saves her money to proceed to California.

When Tommy walks into the café on a hot dusty day, Donna’s heart uplifts.  Donna measures all men by Tommy.  He is Godly, handsome, sweet, and all manner of wonderful traits.  Will Tommy remember his best friends sister?  What were the chances Tommy would walk into the dinner in Needles?   What will be Tommy’s reaction if Donna reveals her feelings?  Will they forge a deeper emotional relationship?  What does God have in store for Donna and Tommy?

Grab your favorite beverage and have a seat; my romance novel review of Donna’s Detour follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

First let me state, what a relaxing fun read I found in Donna’s Detour.  Written with young adults and adults in mind, this book is clean and sweet.  I found Donna and Tommy’s faith touching and enriching.  This Christian romance will warm your heart.

Author Jo Huddleston crafted a smooth well-written book.  The story-line moved gracefully from chapter to chapter as we came to know Tommy and Donna.  Furthermore, the character development proceeded throughout the story-line as we find Tommy and Donna have great faith in God and his guidance for their lives.  The story-line has just the right amount of religious elements for believability without pushing the reader.  As a result, you need not be religious to enjoy this novel.

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Mold and Marriage By Sophie Dawson

 

Love’s Infestation Series Book 1

Mold And Marriage
Mold And Marriage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE MOLD AND MARRIAGE BY SOPHIE DAWSON:

When Kyria’s place of employment explodes she’s caught in the blast.  Seriously injured, Kyria’s physician, Dr. Mark Jenner, finds she touches something deep inside him.  Released after months, Kyria’s instructed to have home aid.  When her weekend aid hates cats, does nothing, and leaves in an hour and a half, she tells the agency she has made other arrangements.  Bad idea Kyria.  A serious, yet hilariously written, crisis occurs bringing Dr. Jenner back into her life.  The reader follows Mark and Kyria through trials, gossip, hurt, a noisy family, mold, and romance as they head towards happily ever after.   My Christian romance book review follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

This is a sweet clean romance filled with emotionReading about Kyria’s injuries and pain, I could almost fill her suffering.  How wonderful her doctor’s a devoted Christian who prays for his patients.  Dawson shows how man, medicine, and God work together to heal the sick.

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Hope’s Bakery By Sophie Mays

 

A Contemporary Christian Romance (Magnolia Harbor Book 1)

Hope's Bakery
Hope’s Bakery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HOPE’S BAKERY BY SOPHIE MAYS:

In Hope’s Bakery, single mother Hope Nolan, owns Hope’s Bakery; the only one of its kind in her small town. Hope’s life has not been easy as her son father’s left without a word and never seen again.  Since then, Hope stayed away from her church, using work as an excuse.  Often her mother tries to persuade Hope to attend and reconnect with her church family.

So far, the bakery’s doing well; she’s known around town as the “The Wedding Cake Queen”.  If things continue to go well, in six months, Hope can hire a helper which will free up much-needed time for her.  With her small son to support, her bakery needs to succeed.  Watching every penny, doing all the work herself, and worrying if the orders will keep coming, Hope lives with daily stress.

However, disaster looms on the horizon.   A new restaurant’s opening up across the street serving deserts and coffee, as well as, meals.  The chef’s extensively trained in Italy;  which scares Hope to death.  If her bakery goes under, what will she do?  How will she support Rylan?  Meeting the chef, Michael, she feels attraction immediately.  But, she has no time for men or romance. However, Michael will not go away;  coming to the bakery every morning for coffee and sweets.  How will all this play out?  Will love bloom for Hope?  My romance book review of Hope’s Bakery follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

First I must say I loved this book which author, Sophie Mays, filled with emotion and family dynamics.  Mays built the romance in Hope’s Bakery gently and slowly.  The reader discovers Michael’s a Christian man searching for forever;  not heated emotions of the moment.  With Christian values and faith in God, he gently shows Hope a better way of business and life. Including Rylan’s a skillful stroke as he’s a wonderful child.  I wanted to kiss him all over his face and tickle him until he cried for help.

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The Amish Best Friends By Katie Fisher

 

A Suspense Romance

The Amish Best Friends
The Amish Best Friends

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lead story shares the same name as the title; The Amish Best Friends.  A wonderful buy with bonus content of 20 stories; for a total of 1708 page.  A great deal for any reader who loves Amish and Christian romances at a surprising low costs of .99.  A clean sweet book suitable for anyone, you will love these stories.  I chose to review the lead story, The Amish Best Friends.

STORY-LINE THE AMISH BEST FRIENDS BY KATIE FISHER:

In the lead story,The Amish Best Friends, Hannah Zook teaches school in Orthause, Pennsylvania.  Devout and dedicated to the Amish way of life, when Mennonite Eli Reimer wants to marry her, she’s thrown into a quarry.  For Eli demands she join his church, forsaking her Amish church.

When Ezekiel Miller’s murdered, the Englisch, investigating the murder, send Jacob King and his partner to the Amish community.  Jacob left the Amish after his rumspringa, becoming a law enforcement officer.  Hannah comforts Ezekiel’s wife, Martha, who’s the prime suspect and eventually arrested.  As far as Hannah’s concerned, he has arrested the wrong person.  She decides to start her own investigation with her best friend Abram Wittmer by her side.  My Amish romance book review follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

I found this story well-written and entertaining.  Fisher created a first class romance suspense mystery.  Her writing is clear, concise, and easy to follow, as well as, containing scenes which transition smoothly.  Fisher keep the mystery and suspense at high peak and did not reveal the murderer until the last possible moment.  With several suspects, I did not guess the correct culprit.

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The Miracle Ship By Brian O’Hare

 

Conversations with John Gillespie

NON FICTION-TRUE STORY

The Miracle Ship: Conversations with John Gillespie
The Miracle Ship: Conversations with John Gillespie

 

THE MIRACLE SHIP BY BRIAN O’HARE:

A wonderful book of courage and deep abiding faith, The Miracle Ship, is a must for Christian and non Christian alike.  The life of a deeply faithful man, John Gillespie, who endured pain unimaginable, and prayed unceasingly for healing.  He discovered we must believe the miracle will be manifested before God will show his power.

Gillespie believes praying and begging unending will not force God to manifest healing until we believe without a shadow of doubt and know the miracle has occurred; even if we have not seen it yet.  Gillespie’s understanding and faith grew as he’s tormented by pain; given no hope from doctors, the Great Physician perfected Gillespie’s miracle.  Gillespie believes Satan’s always ready to place doubt in our minds, he states must hold fast to God’s promise and never stop praying, fasting, and believing.

“ask in faith with no doubting: James 1:6”

Gillespie found God test and tries each of us.  In this testing, we become stronger and have a deeper abiding faith in God.  Resisting God’s call to a healing ministry, Gillespie found he could not ignore God’s plan for him.  He would receive gifts of the Holy Spirit and much more.  When his child’s deviled by Satan, he came to understand God was teaching him of demons. He also discovered he could not fight God’s will; he must surrender his life to God’s plans.  From this point his life was never the same; he must do the work God planned for him.

Gillespie performed many miracles through Jesus Our Savior, healing many immediately, others manifested later.  For it was not him performing these miracles, but God in his infinite power and mercy.   Regardless of what we are fervently asking him to heal, God decides what will be healed and when to manifest the healing. Gillespie believes we must remove all stumbling blocks which stop God’s healing such as unforgiveness, guilt, resentment, contempt, past hurts, grudges, or bitterness.

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Tormented Dreams By Adrienna D. Turner

 

 

Tormented Dreams, Cover
Tormented Dreams,Cover

 

 

Book One Of The Miss The Mark Series

A New Apocalyptic Series

With a Hip And Up To Date Story-line

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE TORMENTED DREAMS:

This is the first book in the Missed The Mark Series.  A new intense and riveting end times series.  In Tormented Dreams, author Adrienna Trurner created an emotional apocalyptic Christian novel.   Roya and Solomon Whitmore, married and much in love, find themselves facing the end of days found in Revelations and Daniel.  Solomon, a successful business man, is firm in his Christian faith.  He is a music producer, video producer, director, and actor.   Because of his fame and the many women which flock around him, Roya has a tough time with security issues within her marriage. Also, Roya is dreaming prophetically, will these dreams come true?  What does the future hold for Roya, Solomon and their five children?

Solomon and Roya become active in the ACC, Alliance for Crusaders of Christ, spreading the word in closed groups of the coming Anti-Christ.  Chipping is eminent as the one world government is gathering

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Love’s Hope By Ja’Nese Dixon

 

A Novella: Volume 2 (Ready for Love Series)

Love's Hope
Love’s Hope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE LOVE’S HOPE BY JA’ESE DIXON:

In Love’s Hope we find Sandra James, owner of a successful café, a steady boyfriend Alonso, and the best friend anyone could have, Bruce.  But all is not as it should be nor as wonderful as it seems.  The boyfriend will not commit to marriage, her engaged sister’s pregnant with twins and Sandra’s in charge of the wedding, plus her café is not as satisfying as it once was.  Her friend, Serafine, owns Love Never Fails Retreat, a faith based retreat for women.  Will Sandra find the answers and solutions she needs.  My inspirational romance book review of Love’s Hope follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Ja’Nese Dixon created a wonderful look into a life filled with dissatisfaction and lack of purpose. A sweet clean book, with romance and life choices.  I enjoyed watching Sandra come to terms with the reasons for her dissatisfaction.  Viewing life in an intense retreat environment’s wonderful; I found Serafine particularly loving, possessing a deep faith, and a talent for counseling.

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The Vengeful Groom By Misty Shae

 

The Vengeful Groom
The Vengeful Groom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE THE VENGEFUL GROOM BY MISTY SHAE:

In The Vengeful Groom we find Thomas Engelberg and Caroline Saget.  Caroline, daughter to Ryan Saget, who ruined many fine men and their businesses with his dishonest business deals.  Having nothing but mean and rude comments for Carolina when he’s not ignoring her, he’s a sad excuse for a father.  Caroline seeks a way out of her torment.  Placing a mail order bride ad, she wants to go west.

Thomas Engelberg father’s one of the men Saget ruined.  Seeking vengeance, he answers Caroline’s mail order bride ad; saying all the things she needs to hear, he can not wait to begin his revenge against Saget by using Caroline.  The proverb states, “He who seeks vengeance must dig two graves one for his enemy & one for himself.”  After marrying Caroline and making her life hell, Thomas will find this proverb true.  Will these two ever come together in love and happiness?  Can Caroline’s love for Thomas and faith in God change Thomas for the better?  Will she ever be able to forgive his horrendous treatment of her?  My romance book review of The Vengeful Groom follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Oh my, what a short story Shae created.  Although short stories and novellas can not develop the characters or story-line in the depth of the their parent, the novel, Shae packed this short story with emotion.  I felt so sorry for Caroline I almost cried. Living a life of subjugation, discouragement, and belittling, she thought she had found her knight in shining armor. However, Caroline finds continuation of her earlier life.  Carolina never lost her faith in God’s goodness;  praying for Thomas daily.  Hoping for her happy ever after dream to come true.

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Heart On The Line By Karen Witemeyer

 

Ladies of Harper’s Station Book #2

Heart On The Line
Heart On The Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE HEART ON THE LINE BY KAREN WITEMEYER:

In Heart On The Line by author Karen Witemeyer, we find Grace Mallory telegraph operator,  on the run after her father is murdered; she lands in Harper’s Station.  Continuing to work as a telegraph operator, she begins dotting and dashing with Amos Bledsoe. As their friendship grows so do their feelings for each other.  When notified the villain who murdered her father has found her, Grace knows she has to tell the town;  for evil is on the way.  Grace anguishes over the fact they might be in jeopardy. 

Amos is not very handsome and rides a bicycle rather than a horse.  He’s seen as an oddity to the women in his community; he wants Grace to see him as a man worth knowing and possibility loving.  Will he rush to Grace’s side or stay in his quite safe town?  What will Grace see when she first lays eyes on Amos?  My romance book review of Heart On The Line follows.

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, DEVELOPMENT:

Heart on the Line, by author Karen Witemeyer, entertains and enthrall the reader from the first pages.  She grabbed me immediately; I could not read fast enough.  A sweet clean romance filled with mystery, grief, love, faith, and strength, the reader finds two romances in this book.

Witemeyer’s characters live in an all woman town, Harper’s Station; the sheriff and goods transporter the only men allowed.  I loved how the town, filled with women, supported and loved each other as family.   What a unique and original job Whitimeyer gave Grace.  Whitimeyer included the inequity of pay and positions for women during this time period. 

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Cowboy Ranch By Laura Fletcher

 

 

COWBOY RANCH BY LAURA FLETCHER
COWBOY RANCH, COVER

 

STORY LINE COWBOY RANCH WESTERN ROMANCE:

In Cowboy Ranch Western Romance Book 1, author Laura Fletcher, creates a romance novel of faith and need.  Jane Curtis, orphan, left the orphanage traveling to Colorado as a governess and house-assistant on Tom James’ ranch.  Under the supervision of Rosa and with instructions to leave the cowboys alone, Jane finds a ranch filled with handsome manly cowboys.  As a result, Rosa and Jane are at odds.  Jane seeking acceptance and in need of security and love, finds the foreman, Jacob, fascinating.

Will the gentle nature of Jane, catch Jacob’s eye?   Can Jacob forget the past and move on?  Will Rosa and Jane forge a working relationship?  My reviews of romance novel, Cowboy Ranch follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

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A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2 By Beth Durkee

 

A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2
A Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A MEMOIR A TESTIMONY VOLUMES 1 AND 2

MEMORY OF MIRACLES VOLUME 1:

In Memoir A Testimony Volumes 1 and 2, Beth Durkee outlines her early life of trials and faith.  In Memory of Miracles, the reader meets a fascinating girl who grows into a strong faith based young woman facing crisis’ with courage.  From teen pregnancy to many strokes, brain surgeries, short-term memory loss, and double vision, Durkee retained a faith in the Lord few have.

Raised by a calm Catholic father and an exuberant religious mother, Beth knew church and God from an early age.  But not spiritually, this would come later as she realized God always has a plan, hears and answers our prayers when in line with his will, and sometimes his plans take years for completion.  The Lord had his hand on her life, orchestrating the events which could have killed her, without his intervention.

The crisis’ Durkee endured will make the reader cry and her faith in God uplifts the reader.  With God directing events, which a non believer will believe coincidence, Beth recognizes the work of God. This is an up lifting volume proving the handy work of God

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Written In Blood by Nathan Bush

 

 

Written In Blood By Nathan Bush, Cover
Written In Blood, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horrendous Crimes…

Two Detectives Determined To Solve Them…

And the Stalker/Murderer Determined To Destroy One Of Them!

“Life is like a vapor, here for just a little while then it’s gone”

 

 

STORY LINE WRITTEN IN BLOOD:

Author Nathan Bush created an intensely driven and emotional story in his mystery crime novel, Written In Blood.  Ken Collin’s rookie probationary period has ended.  Now a full pledged Detective with the Foley PD and still partnered with seasoned Detective John Filcher, he should have life by the tail.  However, fate will step in and change everything for Ken.   His father’s cancer has returned with a vengeance and Ken seems to be developing some issues of his own, mentally and physically.  Also, Ken has acquired a stalker bent on revenge.  Eddie, evil personified, determined to destroy Ken and all he holds dear, blames Ken for all the wrongs in his life.  Eddie, locked away for many years, sees Ken as the reason for all his problems.  Upon release, Eddie seeks revenge.

Can John, a Godly man, presents the Lord’s plan to Ken and bring him peace and salvation?  Can he help Ken with his black outs, persist mental issues, and his father’s illness?  Will Eddie succeed in his quest for vengeance and destroy Ken?  Will John and Ken solve the latest murders?  Finally, will they stop Eddie before it is too late?

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As The Leaves Kiss The Stream By Terry Barnes

 

 

As The Leaves Kiss The Stream, Cover
As The Leaves Kiss The Stream, Cover

 

 

STORY-LINE, AS THE LEAVES KISS THE STREAM:

Kenya and Mombasa are missionary fields for the Gamble family; not only an occupation but a calling from God.  However, life for this Christian missionary family suddenly becomes a nightmare.  As The Leave Kiss The Stream is an intense drama between father and daughter.   Expelled from school, daughter Erin’s attitude is angry and self-pitying.  The family leaves their Christian missionary calling to return to America.  Erin, rebellious, verbally abusive, judgemental, and fill of teenage angst is determined to make life as miserable for her family as possible.

Determined to find common ground and healing for his family, Erin’s father’s solution is a camping and fly fishing trip in the Ozark Mountains.  A place of peace, beauty, and spiritual healing.  As Erin’s father stated:

“we reminded me of two wild animals who growled at each other, circled around, each trying to discover the other’s weakness, who swatted then yielded but always probed, and of course snarled.”

Come with Erin and her father as they traverse the high and lows of their father and daughter relationship.  Will they find common ground?  Will Erin find her way back to family and God?  Grab your favorite beverage, have seat, relax, and enjoy this wonderful story.  My Christian novel review of As The Leaves Kiss The Stream follows.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

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Dinner With King Solomon By Matshona Dhliwayo

 

 

Dinner With King Solomon
Dinner With King Solomon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DINNER WITH KING SOLOMON STORY LINE

In Dinner With King Solomon, we find down-on-his-luck Kevin.  Kevin has lost everything of importance.  He lost his reputation, business, family, and friends; he is at the bottom of the proverbial barrel.  At his lowest, Kevin will open his door to a stranger with an even stranger announcement and a bag of gold coins.

Come with Kevin as he travels the road less traveled to find peace and spiritual enlightenment.  My novel review of Dinner With King Solomon follows.

 

DINNER WITH KING SOLOMON CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

Firstly, Dinner With King Solomon this is not a novel in the normal sense of the word.  This book is not

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After The Fall By Liz Isaacson

 

 

Book 2 In the Gold Valley Romance Series

After The Fall, Inspirational Novel
After The Fall, Cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORY-LINE AFTER THE FALL:

In After The Fall, author Liz Isaacson, created an contemporary inspirational romance novel filled with emotion.  We find two people drawn together in an unconventional way and forced in close proximity. Norah recovered addict, works several jobs, cares for her ill mother, goes to night school, and took over responsibilities of raising her 3 half-brothers.   Working for the at risk teen center, Silver Creek Rehabilitation Center, Norah, guides and mothers troubled teen girls.  As part of her program, they spend time at  the Maughan’s Six Sons Cabin as a reward.  Norah’s also hired by the Maughan’s to clean the cabin.  Unbeknownst to Nora, famous snowboarder six son, Sterling Maughan’s at the cabin recovering from a life changing emotional and physical injury.

Nora, poor, former drug addict, and unending responsibilities is not from Sterling privileged world. Norah’s determined Sterling never know of her background, mentally ill mother, or poor living conditions.  However circumstances, and perhaps higher powers, bring together two deeply hurting people. Norah feels the need

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Philo and the Patience SuperHoly By Mireille Mishriky

 

 

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STORYLINE PHILO AND THE PATIENCE SUPERHOLY:

In Philo And The Patience Superholy, author Mireille Mishriky, teaches the lesson of patience and how a child can achieve patience.  Philo is an active little boy and he has problems sitting still and quite during church services/liturgy.  Always disruptive, Philo’s told a secret by his grandmother.  He has Superholy powers!  One of his Superholy powers, Patience, can help Philo learn patience and discipline.   His Superholy Patience power can help Philo not only in church but in everyday life.

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Let’s Meet God By Christopher Hearn

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CONTENT LET’S MEET GOD:

In Let’s Meet God, author Christopher Hearn, crafts easy to understand, clear, and concise answers to many age-old questions.  Questions ask by young believers and non believers alike.  Starting with the graciousness of God, what is sin, am I a sinner, is Jesus the only way and 16 more chapters, he clearly states the case for God using Biblical principles.  In the appendices, Hearn address baptism, purgatory and more.

Grab a comfortable seat, relax, my Christian religious book review of Let’s Meet God follows.

 

COMPOSITION OF CONTENT:

In Let’s Meet God, the reader finds a book which is just the right length for easy reading and will not

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A Love Transformed By Tracie Peterson

 

 

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A Love Transformed by Tracie Peterson is a fast paced Christian romance you will not want to miss.  The 3rd in the series, it is a standalone book with a story-line of self-forgiveness and God’s love.

 

A LOVE TRANSFORMED;  STORY LINE:

Clara Vesper’s life has never been what she wished.  Her mother, domineering, demanding, and controlling forced her to marry for wealth and position.  Forced into a loveless marriage, Clara finds solace by designing jewelry for her husband’s business and raising her twins.  She and her husband never had a loving relationship and now, he has been murdered.  Surprised to find he has left her without any means of support, Clara, with her two children, decides to return to the only place she ever felt loved;  Montana and the loving arms of her Aunt and Uncle.

Meanwhile, Curtis Billingham, the love of Clara’s life, is recovering from a sapphire mining accident at

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A Dance At The Christmas Ball By Caroline Johnson

 

 

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STORY LINE, A DANCE AT THE CHRISTMAS BALL:

In A Dance At The Christmas Ball, author Caroline Johnson takes us back to Regency England in her latest inspirational romance novel.  Madelene Blackmore receives an invitation to her Aunt and Uncle’s estate for the Christmas season.   Matchmaking is on their mind.  Her relatives have decided Madelene and Lord Langley would be the perfect match.  Her cousin, Julia, does everything she can to further their mission.  However, when introduced to Madelene, Langley appears standoffish and cold.  How will Madelene overcome her first impression of Lord Langley?  Will Madelene dance with him?  Will the matchmaking bear fruit?

Grab a cup of your favorite hot beverage, relax, and enjoy my romance novel review of A Dance At The Christmas Ball.

 

CHARACTERS, PLOTTING, AND DEVELOPMENT:

First and foremost, A Dance At The Christmas Ball is perfect for an afternoon of relaxing enjoyment,

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Breaking Amish Tradition By Sandra Becker

 

 

 

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Breaking Amish Tradition

 

 

STORY LINE BREAKING AMISH TRADITION:

Author Sandra Becker’s new box set Breaking Amish Tradition has nine heartwarming books; you meet continuing characters in the various stories.  I love books with continuing themes and characters.  Some of the stories have two to three parts.  Immersing her stories in fundamental Amish traditions, romance, and Amish way of life, Becker’s nine books provide enjoyment and entertainment.

Books 1 and 2 finds Miriam facing her baptism without joy.  Falling in love with an Englisher John, they find trials and tribulations.  In books 3, 4 and 5, you find Sarah, aka Wildflower, born to Joshua and Mary, falling in love with banished Doctor Jacob, during rumspringa.  They must face the heart breaking possibility of Sarah losing one of the things she most loves.

Book 6 will introduce you to the Zook family of brothers and sisters.  Sarah and Aaron have many questions and hesitations before finding happy ever after.  In Book 7, twins Rachel and Abigail Zook must face separation and finding the one they thought they wanted may not be the one God intends to impart to them.

Book 8 introduces Joseph Zook and Rebecca Weidler.  Rebecca is the bane of Joseph’s life as a child.  However, God and nature turn the tables on Joseph.  Zachary Zook’s story revealed in Book 9 is next.  With his rumspringa approaching, he has questions.  Girls annoy him; he is man of the land with tools in hands and the smell of earth in nostrils.  God places Elisabeth in his path.  Elizabeth has questions and trials of her own.  This is their story.

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Christmas Mystery Of The Heart By Caroline Johnson

 

 

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STORY LINE CHRISTMAS MYSTERY OF THE HEART:

Although a short  inspirational mystery romance novel, Christmas Mystery Of The Heart, is a clean, satisfying, and enjoyable readAuthor Caroline Johnson set this romance novel in 1820, Regency England.  Running from an abusive father, Lady Sarah Sayers becomes governess for the hunky Duke of Huntington’s son and daughter.  Taking the name, Sarah Brown, she finds two lovely small children.

Meanwhile, as time passes, Sarah and Oliver, become closer, sharing their love of the children.  However, Oliver has a dilemma.  He seeks Sarah advice to find a solution which will protect his children and his name.  Will they find the solution needed?  Will they overcome their problem of the commoner and the Duke?  Who is the man terrorizing the estate?  Will Sarah find the courage to reveal her sordid history?  Is there a happy ever after for this small troupe?

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Lalibela’s Wise Man By Matshona Dhliwayo

 

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Lalibela’s Wise Man

is revelant to our world today.  With Christian values and insight, come with Christian as he discovers the true values in life are not money or riches.

 

 

STORY LINE OF LALIBELA’S WISE MAN:

Author Matshona Dhliwayo has crafted a wonderful tale of the true meaning of wealth and life in Lalibela’s Wise Man.  Christian’s very wealthy father has died and amazingly left Christian nothing except a small box containing a note.  Hence, this was gut wrenching for Christian as he was his father’s favorite son.  Consequently, Christian is left downhearted, angry, and without an anchor.  Christian’s two never do well brothers were the recipients of his father’s vast empire.  Christian’s instructions are to travel to Ethiopia and the wise man of Lalibela.  Christian embarks

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Jilted By Varina Denman

 

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Book 3 of Mended Hearts Series

Jilted is the third book in the Mended Hearts Series by Author Varina Denman.  Prepare yourself for a soul wrenching finale, an in-depth look under the facade of small town U.S.A., and a look into depression and its aftermath.

 

 

JILTED, STORY LINE:

Jilted is Lynda Turner’s story.  She has spent her adult life in depression and deep dark mental depression.  Nothing ever seemed to last for her.  As a result, Lynda always sees her glass half empty rather than half full with a crack down the side of the glass.  In addition, her parents are dead and her beloved high school sweetheart jilted her.  Her husband ran off leaving her in a dark depression without a way out, her married high school sweetheart chased her for years telling lies about her, and her church in Trapp ask her to leave the congregation.

Through all this her daughter has found the love of her life, Dodd.  Simultaneously, Lynda has fought depression, prejudice, gossip, narrow-mindedness, and evil intent.  Into all this turmoil comes Clyde Fenton, ex-con, falsely accused of rape and imprisoned for 20 years.  With Gods mercy and grace Clyde has faced his own demons and revelations;  his story is detailed in the previous books in this series.   Finally, Clyde has now set his sights on a forever love and is determined to show Lynda the man he “can be” if she will accept him with all his faults and issues, as he accepts hers.

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Wisdom Tree By Mary Manners

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Christian Romance Fiction At Its Finest

A Wonderful Book Relevant To Today

 

Author Mary Manners’ novel, Wisdom Tree, ask and answers many questions.  Does running from our problems ever work?  Can we out run the piper and must we face our problems alone?  Wisdom, when is it acquired, is there a certain age we suddenly become wise?  Author Mary Manners has penned a wonderful Christian romance novel in which each character will find the answers to these and other questions!

 

WISDOM TREE, STORY LINE:

Pastor Jake Samuel’s plate is full to over flowing with a rebellious adolescent brother, a Church to pastor, and the many parishioners problems and programs to supervise.  Into his life walks a beautiful woman who is his brother teacher, Carin O’Malley.

Jake is striving to parent Corey to the best of his ability while they are dealing with the sudden death of their parents. Corey is a typical under-achieving, always in trouble, hormonal, rebellious, full of attitude adolescent.  Carin is dealing with the death of first her mother and shortly after, her brother.

As a result, each has wounds and issues that color their life and relationships.  Carin ran from Nashville to find peace;  what is she afraid of and why did she run?  Corey is failing in school and rebelling against everything.  Jake is hanging on with God’s help doing his best to be the parent Corey needs and the Pastor God wants.

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Win, Love, Or Draw By Crystal Barnes

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A Strong Independent Woman And

The Wayward Husband

 

 

 

WIN, LOVE, OR DRAW :  STORY LINE:

Author Crystal Barnes takes us on a journey to 1877 Cater Springs, Texas in Win, Love, or Draw (Book 1 Marriage & Mayhem).  Here we find an emotional adventurous love story between Catherine McGarrett and her husband Samuel.

Catherine, aka Cat, has prayed and looked for the return of her absentee husband for almost 6 yrs;  she and her son, Benin, have prayed for him every night.

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MICHAEL’S ANGEL, Book 2 of the Friendship Heirlooms Series by Karen Wiesner

Michael's Angel

They ran from evil, horror, and murder.  They ran until they reached Peaceful;  will evil stalk them again in this quaint little town?  Have they run far enough and fast enough to out run Sam Oligee, evil incarnate?  This book will keep you up long into the night reading!

MICHAEL’S ANGEL, STORY LINE:

Michael Fremont’s mother killed herself in front of him, forcing him into the foster care system.  Abused physically and emotionally, his only saving grace is meeting the shy,

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Wayward Angels: Wounded Warriors Series, Book 4 By Karen Wiesner

 

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I have never read a book with so much human anguish and so much hope.  Author Karen Wiesner created a story that is so real it is scary.  I have lived this story through a close relative.  Thank you Ms Wiesner for bringing this illness to the attention of the public through this wonderful thought-

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Charity Gives Her Heart (Book 3 of The Parson’s Daughters) By Annie Boone

Charity Gives Her Heart

 

 

Sweet Romance

A Parson’s Daughter

A Parson’s Son

 

 

STORY LINE:

Annie Boone has penned a sweet tale of Charity Barnesdale and Eli Smallwood.  Each children of parsons.  Charity is the third daughter in The Parson’s Daughters Series.  Eli is the son of Pastor Smallwood, parson of Charity’s church in San José.

Mutual attraction is instantly felt by Annie and Eli when they meet for the first time at Hope’s wedding.  Charity is deeply devoted to her Lord, his work, and her church.  Eli has just graduated from Seminary School and returned home to learn more under his fathers guidance.  He will receive notice of Church placement shortly.  Charity is frightened of love, the possibility of Eli leaving her behind, or the possibility he might ask her to leave her family.

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The House On Windridge By Tracie Peterson & Bonus Story: Lucy’s Quilt By Joyce Livingston

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It is always a pleasure and a privilege to read and review books by Tracie Peterson. This story will bring your emotions to the surface as the characters face grief, loss, and new beginnings all with Gods help.

This book has two excellent books; The House on Windridge by Tracie Peterson and as a bonus, Lucy’s Quilt by Joyce Livingston another talented author.

THE HOUSE ON WINDRIDGE BY TRACIE PETERSON

STORY LINE:

Gus Gussop had the world by the tail; a ranch doing well; a large ranch house, a wife he adored, and a baby on the way. Then fate stepped in and took his wife during childbirth. The anchor of Gus’ world was gone. Gus has no idea what to do with a child and no desire to try.   He sends his baby daughter, Jessica, to his wife’s Aunt Harriet Nelson to raise; unknowingly sending Jessica to a woman who loves appearance,

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Signed, Sealed, & Delighted By Crystal Barnes

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Christian Romance At Its Best

From A Talented Author

 

STORY LINE:

Author Crystal Barnes has done it again!  She has created a sweet lovely Christian western romance that will grab your heart and make you feel good.  Originally released as “Lets Make A Deal”, it has been improved and expanded for your reading pleasure.  This novella is the introduction of the Marriage & Mayhem Series;  you will see these characters again in the first book titled “Win, Love, or Draw”.

Sarah Asher is no shrinking violet.  She is a strong woman with opinions of her own;  to

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A Chance At Love By T. K. Chapin

 

A Chance At Love

 

 

Searching For Answers

Love and Romance

Christian Fiction At Its Best

 

 

STORY LINE:

Kyle Reynolds is a nineteen year-old searching for answers:  what should he do for a career, how will he find and win the love of his life, does God fit into his life and if so, how?  He has a year off from school before he must choose a study program.  Kyle instinctively knows the girl he saw while delivering pizza to

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The Lost Prophet By Francis B. McPike

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Vince Ramsey And April Are Back

Fighting Evil Men Committing Atrocious Crimes

Christian Fiction At Its Best

 

 

Author James B. McPike’s latest Christian fiction book is packed with action from start to finish. I love books based on biblical facts and/or biblical prophesy.  Find a relaxing seat and get ready for a roller coaster ride.

 

STORY LINE:

Religious prophet’s tombs are destroyed in Jerusalem;  tombs dating back to biblical times are gone forever.  Soldiers and innocent victims are murdered in an inhuman and inconceivable manner.

Vince Ramsey and girlfriend, April, are back in action again.  Vacationing in Tahiti, Vince is

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The Midwife’s Dilemma By Delia Parr

The Midwife's Dilemma

 

 

Last Book Of The At Home In Trinity Trilogy

The Midwife And A Wonderful Cast Of Character

 

 

 

STORY LINE:

Martha Cade is the midwife for Trinity;  the last in her family to take up the midwife skills.  She is capable, strong, independent, and has great faith in God.  She has her daughter Victoria back in Trinity, her son Oliver is doing well up North, her long ago love at her side Thomas Dillon, her duties as midwife, and wonderful friends.

But there is trouble in paradise.  Thomas is making demands she can not abide, Victoria is sneaking

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The Cowboy’s Bride Collection: 9 Historical Romances From on Old West Ranches

THE COWBOY BRIDE COLLECTION

 

 

By Susan Davis Paige, Vickie McDonough, Susanne Dietze, Nancy J. Farrier, Miralee Ferrel, Davalynn Spender, Becca Whitham, Jaime Jo Wright.

 

 

STORY LINE, PLOTTING AND DEVELOPMENT:

This is a wonderful collection of western romance stories of strength, love, romance, adversity, and faith in God.  Each author is talented in story-crafting, plotting, and development.  These stories are so well written and developed, if you did not know you were reading 9 different authors, you would think one author wrote the stories contained in this book.  The authors are in harmony with each other in regard to writing style

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The Snows By K. M. Daughters

The Snows

 

 

 Miraculous Signs

A Message From God

Will The World Listen

 

 

 

 

Do you not have to be religious to enjoy this novel. 

 

STORY LINE:

Three children in Croatia, Anna, Elizabeta, and Josip, receive visitations from The Lords Mother, Mary.  They continued to commune with her through adulthood.  Anna, the only one to know the full details,  is commanded to deliver 7 prophesies, known as the Marian Prophesies or The Prophecies of Valselo, to God’s messenger, Father Mark McKenzie.  Father McKenzie has known of these children and made pilgrimages to Croatia.  He was unaware of his part in the prophesy until contacted by Anna.

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Love, Stock, and Barrel By Crystal L. Barnes

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Head-Strong Woman On The Run

 

Poor Cowboy With A Passel of Family Responsibility

 

Mysteries And Questions

 

This is the second book in the series, Marriage and Mayhem;  it is a stand alone book and you do not have to read the first book to enjoy Love, Stock, And Barrel.  This is a lovely clean Christian western romance.  Ms. Barnes hooked me from the first page to the end of the story.  Author Crystal Barnes has the art of story telling fine tuned.

 

 

STORY LINE:

In this novel, Dinah (D. J.) Lexington, a skilled gun smith,  is on the run from an uncaring father and a

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Hope Makes A Decision By Annie Boone

Hope Makes A Decision

 

Annie Boone’s  Book #2 of The Parson’s Daughters Series

An Independent Woman Meets

Her Match In Man And God

 

 

 

Story Line:

Annie Boone has penned the second novel in The Parson’s Daughters Series.  In this novel, you will find Hope determined to start her own business and spread her wings.

 

She wants to be an independent business woman.  She doesn’t have time for a man or love.  At least that

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The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection by Various Authors

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Sweet, Clean, Christian Romances

The 12 Brides of Christmas Collection:   is a wonderful collection for the season of celebration and renewal.

 

This book is a collection of gentle, sweet, very clean Christian romantic tales. We have twelve brides in this collection that will find the love of their life at Christmas time.Each one is special in it’s owns way; all are historical Christian romances.

They are not preachy or pushy in presenting Christian values and beliefs. The recipes were an added

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A Brides Agreement by DiAnn Mills Elaine Bonner, Ramona K. Cecil, Nancy J. Farrier, JoAnn A. Grote pub date 10-1-15

A Brides Agreement

Full Length Novels!

Clean Stories Of Love And Marriage

 

This book contains five full length stories of marriages of convenience that bring happiness, love, and joy to each marriage.

These stories were written by talented seasoned authors.  You will not regret purchasing this book.  Each book is a well-developed and character driven.

 

Thanks to a Lonely Heart by Author Elaine Bonner

Steven Barnes needs a wife to care for his 5 children he hasn’t seen in years; he left to seek work in Austin

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Refuge of the Heart by Ruth Logan Herne

Book Review

This is a wonderful story of courage, survival, the undefeated human spirit, terror, relationships, faith in God and redeeming love.  I loved this story and couldn’t read it fast refuge of the heartenough. Author Ruth Logan Herne did a wonderful job of instilling emotion into this story; I could feel Lena’s emotions; the cultural differences, the language, having to start her education over here, I thank God I live in America.  Lena, the main character of this story has suffered as no human being should have to suffer, and came to America with the help of the Catholic Church for a new life. Grozny, Chechnya was a battleground of fighting and evil men with evil intentions.

Lena and her 5-year-old sister, Anna, live in an apartment skirting a crime-ridden neighbor but a good school for Anna.  Mitchell Sanderson is the county DA up for re-election.  God has plans in store for Mitch, Lena, and Anna; God orchestras a

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Take and Give (Haven Seekers Book 3) by Amanda G. Stevens

Take and Give

 

Persecution & Hatred Of Christians

 

Powerful Story!

 

Awesome Author!

 

This is the 3rd installment of the Haven Series by Amanda G. Stevens. This was the first book of this series I have read.

 

I read as many reviews of the first two books as I could, to have a sense of the issues and back story in the books. I still felt I was missing something as I started this book, however I was soon caught up in this story.

 

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Dylan’s Faith by T. K. Chapin

Dylan's Faith

 

Do you Like Strong Men?

Do Like Men Overcoming Up bringing?

A Novel of Faith And Love

 

This is the first book by Mr. Chapin I have read; I can assure you it is not my last. What a wonderful story.

 

Dylan is reviewing his life as he sits on his porch, thinking of the love of his life, and his family;  what a story it is. No, he is not famous, he is not in society, he is not a leader of the country, he’s not important at all; he is just a God-fearing, God-loving country boy, a Christian man who was far from perfect as all of us are.

 

I found the analogy of the flaws in his woodcraft so like our lives as Christian’s; imperfect like his wood yet still beautiful, living in the love of God and his forgiveness. I thought Mr. Chapin’s portrayal of Dylan’s life so realistic, Christian but still doing things God would not love, still sinning, still flawed, but assured of God’s love and even though God does not love the sin, he still loves the sinner.

 

Mr. Chapin shows so aptly that we are still sinners; the difference, we as Christians are forgiven. Dylan walks the walk as well as talks the talk, yet he is far from perfect. You could feel Dylan’s faith

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Midnight on the Mississippi by Mary Ellis

 

Nicki Price is 25 ymidnight on the mississippiears old, and comes from a poor country family; freshly graduated from PI school and ready to help her cousin Nate with his PI business.   She presents a case for her services to Nate; he’s not buying, that is, until his client over rules him.

 

Nate has a rich society client charged with murdering his partner and doesn’t want Nicki in the way.  Nicki is attracted to said accused murderer, Hunter Galen and ready to ply her trade of private investigator.

 

Hunter is not just a privileged society boy, he is a hard-working, hard playing high-powered stock trader that loves the risk, and it doesn’t hurt that he is as handsome as sin in the Big Easy.  He is prime suspect number one in the murder of his crooked partner.

 

He also has a spoiled society “almost” fiancee.  The dance of attraction and love between Hunter and Nicki begins. It will not be without twists and turns, then more turns, nor is it a smooth ride, mysteries, murders new and old, blackmail, vengeful almost fiancée, and the games people play.  We watch Hunter learn to see the world through

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A Bride At Last by Jagears, Melissa

A bride at Last

 

A Homeless Child

The School Teacher That Loves Him

And A Hunky Hero

 

 

Story Line:

Kate Dawson, resident school teacher,cares for Lucy Riverton and her young son Anthony, in Missouri 1885.  The Rivertons live in poverty in a run down boarding house and Lucy is dying.  Lucy ran from two husbands.

 

According to Lucy, husband number one, Silas Jonesey a farmer, treated her like a work horse and

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Refining Fire by Peterson, Tracie

Refining Fire

 

Seattle 1889

Two With Faith, Two Without

Human Trafficking

 

This is the 2nd book in the Brides of Seattle Series; it is a stand alone read. This book was a joy to read and review.

 

Story Line:

Militine is a very bitter young woman in 1889 Seattle Washington. She has turned her back on God.  Her best friend Abrianna Cunningham is the adopted daughter of the prioress of the Madison Bridal School, very religious and zealous in her beliefs, to the point of being obnoxious at times.

 

Both young women live at the Madison Bridal School of Seattle.  Militine has a past that she is running from and what better place to hide than the Bride School. Abrianna is a little general and

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The Midwife’s Tale by Delia Parr

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Christian Fiction

 

 

 

 

STORY LINE:

Martha Cade is a midwife in 1830 Pennsylvania. She is excellent at her job. However her world is about to spin out of control and the events will test her faith in herself, community, and her deep faith in God.

 

After a delivery she receives word that her 17-year-old daughter Victoria has run away with a theater troupe. Martha immediately goes in search of her daughter leaving her home and obligations behind. Martha will return home without her daughter to face the town she left 3 months earlier.

 

She will find things have changed during her fruitless journey.  Martha feels shame and deep anger over

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Five Days in Skye by Carla Yvonne Laureano

Book Review

This is a romance set in beautiful Scotland.  Andrea Sullivan is a professional hospitality consultant; she is good at her job but on her last consultation she rebuffed a clients advances.   Andrea feels she is being punished when her boss sends her to Scotland and international acclaimed Chef James MacDonald on a consulting job.

 

Andrea is obsessed with her job and redeeming herself after the last fiasco.  Both characters are strong independent career minded people.  Andrea keeps seeing James as a man with ulterior motives. All  James wants is to open a hotel in Scotland that he did not get to open with his father before he passed and to become close to Andrea.

 

The book begins with a funny meeting between Andrea and James, that just made me howl.  What follows is a ramp thru beautiful Scotland.  The author, Carla Yvonne Laureano’s descriptions of Scotland were so vivid I could see each scene she

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Justified (Book 2 Mended Hearts Series) by Varina Denman

Justified

 

Contemporary Christian Novel

Fantastic Novel

 

Although this is Book 2 of the series, Mended Hearts,  it is a stand alone novel. However, I would suggest you read Jaded first, as it will give you an in-depth look at Trapp, its citizens and the Church in Trapp.

 

This story will take us back to Trapp, Texas, small town America and it’s still the same gossip laden town it was in Jaded.  To give you some background, Fawn Blaylock is trying to put her life back together.  Alone, pregnant, and almost penniless, she is befriended by Ruthie Turner and Ruthie’s family which includes JohnScott.  JohnScott will become a major part of this book.

 

Fawn’s daddy, Neil, is the richest man in Trapp and an hypocritical Christian. Fawn had lived the life of 

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Jaded by Varina Denman

Jaded

 

 

 

Trapp, Texas could be any town in America. We find a small town rift with gossip and deceit. In Trapp, Author Varina Denman shows us what happens when the Church forgets God is head of the Church and not man, and man circumvents the teachings of God.

STORY LINE:

This book is captivating. Author Varina Denman gives us the mom, Lynda Turner,  considered a tramp and turned out by the Church, the daughter Ruthie tarred with the same brush, the new single Preacher,  Dodd and his family, Ruthie’s cousin JohnScott who stood by Ruthie through thick and thin, the newly released convict Clyde convicted of statutory rape,  and of

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Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley

Undercover Bride

This is the 2nd book in a series and occurs after the Civil War. Can be read as a stand-alone.

 

Maggie Thomas is a Pinkerton Detective Agent under orders to either prove or disprove Garrett Thomas, father to Elise and Toby, is the Whistle Stop Bandit, while appearing as a delicate, charming, unassuming, ladylike mail-order bride Garrett ordered.

 

This is a little hard to carry out for out spoken, opinionated, independent

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At Home In Persimmons Hallow by Gerri Bauer

My first book review on my blog:

Author: Gerri Bauer

In 1886, Agnes Foster flees, St. Isidore’s Home, the only home she has ever known to find herself on a train bound for the frontier, Persimmon Hallow, Fl. At the behest of Miss Eunice and Fanny Alloway of Persimmon Hallow, Agnes is the new teacher.

 

Agnes was raised by nuns in an orphanage, and has a solid faith in God and is a devoted Catholic. Florida is a world away from the city and Catholic orphanage, but the teaching of Mother Superior was ingrained in Agnes, especially, her advice that preachiness is not Godliness and to not offer advice when it is not sought.

 

Mother Superiors advice to Agnes is sorely tested when she meets Seth Taylor. Seth is the Uncle to young Billy, whom Agnes agreed to watch over on the train until they reached

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