About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Vanishing Legacy ((Elite Guardians: Savannah #1) by Kate Angelo & Lynette Eason

Vanishing Legacy (Elite Guardians: Savannah #1)
ABOUT THE BOOK

For this Elite Guardian, protecting her client’s daughter just got personal.

Elite Guardian Alana Flores, former LAPD underwater dive detective, just wants a fresh start in Savannah, Georgia, with her son, Rocco. Hoping to repair their broken relationship, and provide a safer, more stable life, nothing could be more disastrous to her hopes than when they find a terrified, autistic child in her shed.

Oh no.

Enter Cash Thomas, a widowed trauma surgeon struggling to raise his autistic daughter, Penny. He’s put his wife’s disappearance and presumed death behind him…until someone tries to kidnap his daughter. Terrified of losing Penny to the same cartel that supposedly killed his wife, he turns to Alana and the Elite Guardians.

But is Sonia really dead? Or is she behind the kidnapping attempts? Cash and Alana must keep their children safe, uncover the truth about Sonia, and find a way to outsmart the cartel before it's too late.

And what about the spark between them? Could this be the fresh start they both long for? Certainly not while their children are in danger. And when their worst fears happen, will they lose everything?

With heart-pounding foot chases on River Street, underwater thrills off Tybee Island, and a climactic showdown at Forsyth Fountain, Vanishing Legacy will leave you breathless.




MY THOUGHTS.....

I love the chance to learn more about a character that I've met briefly in another book! Alana Flores was a secondary character in a Christmas anthology and now she has her chance to shine! Alana's hired to protect a little girl who's become the target of kidnappers, and she's soon involved in a "don't forget to breathe" adventure filled with mystery and intrigue!

I've loved the previous Elite Guardians novels so I was excited to read about the protection agency that's located in Savannah, Georgia. Alana is an amazing bodyguard but she isn't immune from the doubts that often plague working mothers. Is she doing her best for her son Rocco? Author Kate Angelo paints a poignant picture of the bond shared by Alana and her diabetic son, along with the struggles of a widowed father and his autistic daughter. And then, there's the growing attraction between Alana and Cash. Is a blended family a possibility?

This is a great introduction to the Elite Guardians Savannah series! I recommend Vanishing Legacy to all who enjoy Christian romantic suspense.

I received a complimentary eBook from Sunrise Publishing. There was no obligation for a positive review.


My rating: 4 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Kate Angelo is an author, minister, and public speaker from Southwest Missouri who works alongside her husband strengthening and encouraging marriages and families through their ministry. As the mother of five mostly grown children, she is fluent in both sarcasm and eyerolls; subjects she never intentionally taught while homeschooling. With her Chihuahua taking up half of her desk space, she writes suspenseful stories of imperfect people who encounter hope and healing through Jesus. Kate is a tech enthusiast, coffee lover, productivity guru, accomplished knitter, avid boater, prayer warrior, and known klutz.

Learn more at her Website     Facebook     Twitter     Instagram





Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin's Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the Publisher's Weekly, CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville.SC.

Learn more at her Website    Facebook    Twitter    Instagram




Elite Guardians: Savannah

  Book 1: Vanishing Legacy
Book 2: Hunting Justice
Book 3: Guarding Truth

 Elite Guardians Collection

Book 1: Driving Force
      Book 2: Impending Strike
                      Book 4: Christmas in the Crosshairs

Monday, April 15, 2024

Falling for Alaska (Moose Falls, Alaska #1) by Belle Calhoune

Falling for Alaska
ABOUT THE BOOK

Don't miss the first trip to Moose Falls, Alaska where a down-on-his-luck football player and a sassy restaurant owner find themselves going from enemies to lovers in this small-town romance — perfect for fans of Brenda Novak and Annie Rains!

A small-town restaurateur and a big city former football player go head-to-head in this heartfelt enemies-to-lovers romance . . .
 
As the oldest of three brothers, former pro-football player Xavier Stone is no stranger to making tough calls. Like returning to his small hometown of Moose Falls, Alaska to help run his grandmother’s hard cider company and gastro pub. He agrees to keep an open mind, but between working with his estranged father and confronting heavy childhood memories with his brothers, Xavier’s ready to rush back to civilization. Even the stunning woman who runs his grandmother’s restaurant seems to instantly dislike him . . .

True Everett knows better than to let a ridiculously handsome man distract her, especially when it’s the same guy who stands between her and owning Northern Exposure, the tavern she manages. She didn’t pour her soul into the restaurant just for Xavier to swoop in and snatch away her dreams. But amid all the barbs—and, fine . . . all the sparks—flying, True glimpses the man beneath the swagger. That version of Xavier, the real one, might just steal True’s heart.






MY THOUGHTS.....

This is a fantastic love story, but it isn't just about romantic love. Author Belle Calhoune explores the family love and devotion between the Stone brothers and their grandmother Hattie, and there's also another strong family bond shared by True Everett and her younger brother. Both Xavier and True have been a part of family units that have been torn apart and they each carry scars from their pain. They've also known the disappointment of failed romantic relationships. Could these common losses be the foundation for a lasting gain?

Calhoune is an author who never disappoints! Well-defined characters, realistic plot developments, and beautiful settings are guaranteed, but we must never forget the romance. True and Xavier share a wonderful chemistry and some of the scenes are swoon-worthy, to say the least, but never fear, "Falling for Alaska" is a clean romance!

I loved this heartwarming contemporary romance that's filled with family, hope, and second chances. I look forward to returning to Moose Falls, Alaska!

I received a copy of this book from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars




ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Belle Calhoune writes heartwarming, inspirational romance novels set in small, cozy towns. Married to her college sweetheart and living in southern Connecticut, she is the mother of two girls. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she is one of five children. Growing up across the street from a public library allowed her to become an avid reader who aspired to be a romance writer. When she isn't writing, she enjoys reading, spending time in Cape Cod, traveling and enjoying time with friends and family.

Belle hopes her books will provide readers with inspiration, entertainment, and an escape from day-to-day life.

Learn more about Belle at  her Website  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Pinterest 

 
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Sunday, April 14, 2024

Color the Stories of the Bible: Inspirational Christian Illustrations for Kids by Durand Loy

Color the Stories of the Bible: Inspirational Christian Illustrations for Kids
ABOUT THE BOOK

Embark on a colorful journey through the pages of the Bible with this engaging Christian coloring book for kid ages 2-6 years old. Each page is carefully crafted to capture the essence of beloved stories, providing an immersive experience that fosters a love for both art and scripture.

Watch as your child's imagination blossom while coloring scenes from Noah's Ark, David and Goliath, the Nativity of Jesus, and more. Every stroke of the crayon becomes a meaningful exploration of the Bible's timeless teachings, creating an interactive and memorable learning experience.

Foster a deep connection to faith as your child engages with the vibrant illustrations that highlight the values of love, compassion, and bravery. These carefully chosen stories are accompanied by encouraging messages that will leave a lasting impression on young hearts.

Make "Color the Stories of the Bible" a cherished addition to your child's library or gift to a loved one. Whether for quiet solo moments or shared family coloring sessions, this book provides a wonderful opportunity for fun and meaningful conversations about the values and lessons found within the Bible.

Key Features:

- 28 engaging illustrations inspired by popular Bible stories.
- High-quality, 8.5 x 11 inch paper is perfect for various coloring tools
Inspirational narratives from scripture accompany each illustration.
- Instills creativity, mindfulness, and a
 fun understanding of biblical stories.



MY THOUGHTS.....

Children are going to love this coloring book and so will their parents! Twenty-eight stories from The Holy Bible are highlighted, and each selection has a coloring sheet to color and a short story synopsis that explains the picture. Color the Stories of the Bible is a wonderful way to teach young children about the amazing stories found in God's Word and it's also a great supplement to The Stories of The Bible by author Durand Loy. Each coloring page in this coloring book is an exact black-and-white replica of the color version found in Loy's storybook!

I received a copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own opinions.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Durand Loy, a native of Natchez, Mississippi, is an author deeply committed to crafting enriching literary experiences for children of all ages. Born and raised in the heart of the South, Durand draws inspiration from his Southern roots and family life as a devoted husband and father of two young boys.

With a passion for instilling strong moral and ethical values in children, Durand specializes in creating faith-based children's books and engaging coloring books. His works are not only educational but also serve as tools for fostering character development and spiritual growth in young readers.

Driven by his belief in the power of storytelling, Durand endeavors to make learning and reading enjoyable experiences for children. Through his books, he seeks to spark curiosity, encourage empathy, and promote understanding, all while imparting valuable life lessons.

Durand Loy's dedication to creating uplifting and wholesome literature reflects his unwavering commitment to nurturing the minds and hearts of the next generation. With each page turn, he invites readers on a journey of imagination, discovery, and, above all, the celebration of love, faith, and family values.


Learn more at Durand Loy's Website  or by visiting Facebook


Color the Stories of the Bible: Inspirational Christian Illustrations for Kids

The Stories of the Bible: An Inspiring Christian Storybook for Kids by Durand Loy

The Stories of the Bible: An Inspiring Christian Storybook for Kids
ABOUT THE BIBLE

Step into the timeless tales from both the Old and New Testaments in a way that captivates young hearts and minds. This enchanting children's storybook is meticulously crafted to engage with little ones, making it the perfect tool for parents to introduce the richness of the Bible and the love of Jesus Christ to their family. 

Within these pages, cherished narratives unfold with vibrant illustrations and accessible language, inviting children on a journey of faith and discovery. From the bravery of David facing Goliath to the miracles of Jesus calming the stormy seas, each story is presented with care and reverence, ensuring that young readers not only learn but also feel the profound messages of hope, courage, and love woven throughout the scriptures. 

As parents turn the pages of The Stories of the Bible with their children, they'll find themselves immersed in an experience that transcends generations, fostering a deep connection to the teachings of Christianity. Whether shared during bedtime, family gatherings, or quiet moments of reflection, this beautifully illustrated storybook is destined to become a cherished treasure—a timeless gift that ignites the spark of faith in young hearts and minds.

 
AMAZON     BARNES & NOBLE      KOBO


MY THOUGHTS.....

This storybook is a wonderful collection of twenty-eight stories from both the Old and New Testaments, beginning with the Creation story in Genesis. The brightly colored illustrations and easy-to-understand text provide a captivating introduction to God's Word, and each retelling stays true to the major concept. I especially love that author Durand Loy lists the Bible scripture so that all of the original story can be explored further!

The Stories of The Bible is perfect for families to read and discuss together but I also plan to use it as an added resource in my Sunday School and VBS classes. I highly recommend The Stories of The Bible: An Inspiring Christian Storybook for Kids and its supplemental coloring book, Color the Stories of The Bible!

I received a complimentary copy for review. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars







ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Durand Loy, a native of Natchez, Mississippi, is an author deeply committed to crafting enriching literary experiences for children of all ages. Born and raised in the heart of the South, Durand draws inspiration from his Southern roots and family life as a devoted husband and father of two young boys.

With a passion for instilling strong moral and ethical values in children, Durand specializes in creating faith-based children's books and engaging coloring books. His works are not only educational but also serve as tools for fostering character development and spiritual growth in young readers.

Driven by his belief in the power of storytelling, Durand endeavors to make learning and reading enjoyable experiences for children. Through his books, he seeks to spark curiosity, encourage empathy, and promote understanding, all while imparting valuable life lessons.

Durand Loy's dedication to creating uplifting and wholesome literature reflects his unwavering commitment to nurturing the minds and hearts of the next generation. With each page turn, he invites readers on a journey of imagination, discovery, and, above all, the celebration of love, faith, and family values.


Learn more at Durand Loy's Website  or by visiting Facebook

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

The Sleuth of Blackfriars Lane (Blackfriars Lane #3) by Michelle Griep

The Sleuth of Blackfriars Lane (Blackfriars Lane #3)
ABOUT THE BOOK

Wife. Mother. Homemaker. Detective. Kit Forge wears many hats, and if that’s not enough, she’s partnered with her father to open a new detective agency. It’s hard to be all things to all people, but Kit never shies away from the impossible. Despite her hard work and good intentions, some things fall through the cracks.  

 Namely, her husband.   

But Jackson barely notices. He’s too busy putting out his own fires. As the new chief inspector of a busy London station, he must salvage the disaster left behind by the former police chief—an obstacle made all the harder when the superintendent breathes an ultimatum down his neck.   

Against her father’s advice, Kit takes on a case involving a missing child, one in which she and Jackson become a little too emotionally involved. . .and end up endangering their own little girl in the process.   

Can Kit and Jackson learn that just because they can say yes doesn’t mean they should?  


MY THOUGHTS.....

We were introduced to Kit Turner and Jackson Forge in The Thief of Blackfriars Lane, and we've watched their relationship evolve from a thief being pursued by a rookie constable, to a respectable wife married to the chief inspector. Kit and Jackson have an adorable baby and they're determined to make London a haven for their family, but it doesn't look like it's going to be easy!

Author Michelle Griep shares another story set in London during the late 1880s and we're gifted with more of her amazing imagination. There's an intriguing mystery, the ever-evolving relationship between Kit and Jackson, and a work partnership involving Kit and her father. Kit and Jackson's love continues to deepen, and her life should be filled with joy, but Kit is plagued by a concern that's familiar to many women. Should she continue to hunt criminals or choose to be a full-time wife and mother?

If you enjoy exciting romantic suspense that's laced with humor and faith, grab a copy of The Sleuth of Blackfriars Lane. Some think that this is the end but I'm hoping for more Victorian mysteries with this super-couple. I highly recommend this satisfying addition to the Kit and Jackson saga!

I received a complimentary copy from the author. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write...except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

To learn more about Michelle Griep please visit her Website   Facebook   Instagram   Twitter

BLACKFRIARS LANE SERIES

The Sleuth of Blackfriars Lane 

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

The Amish Baker's Secret Courtship by Amy Grochowski

The Amish Baker's Secret Courtship
ABOUT THE BOOK

A promise brought him home…

Will a pretend courtship make him stay?

Cassie Weaver dreams of opening a bakery—but that dream hinges on her good friend Martin Beiler. Martin once fled their Amish community due to his struggles with autism. Now he’s back to fulfill his promise to help Cassie set up her longed-for bakeshop. But when everyone suspects they are secretly courting, Cassie encourages the matchmaking. Because she’s hoping she can convince Martin this is where he truly belongs…




MY THOUGHTS.....

This is my second visit to Promise, Virginia and it's just as pleasant as the first! Who wouldn't love a reunion with the Beiler and Weaver families in their small Amish community and jump at the chance to learn more about the special connection between Cassie Weaver and Martin Beiler? How could we not appreciate a young woman who has a unique understanding of a man dealing with autism, and why wouldn't we cheer when their lifelong friendship appears to be taking a new direction? Yes, this return visit to Promise was definitely worth taking!

The Amish Baker's Secret Courtship is an emotional story with memorable characters, second chances, and an inspiring message of faith and trust. I recommend it to all who enjoy heartwarming Amish romance and I'm hoping that author Amy Grochowski is planning more visits to Promise!

I received a complimentary copy of this book. There was no obligation for a positive review.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amy's deep appreciation for the Amish faith and way of life stems from six years of living and working with a Beachy Amish family, as well as her own Anabaptist roots. She is a member of ACFW and Word Weavers Int'l.

Amy spent her childhood in Melbourne, Australia, where her parents worked as church planters. After returning to the States, the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia became home. Her real-life romance began on a travel nursing assignment to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she met her husband, David.

After a nursing career of over twenty years, Amy is now fulfilling her long-awaited dream as an author of inspirational romance. She lives in the bustling foothills of North Carolina with her husband and two sons, one of whom has autism spectrum disorder.

Learn more by visiting her Website
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OTHER BOOKS BY AMY GROCHOWSKI

The Amish Baker's Secret Courtship

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

The Rested Soul: 30 Meditations to Quiet Your Heart by Tessa Afshar

The Rested Soul: 30 Meditations to Quiet Your Heart
ABOUT THE BOOK

True shalom for an anxiety-ridden world.

Do you feel rested and at peace? Or are you bombarded with obstacles keeping you from true soul rest? Daily life can be a grind, full of confusion and chaos. Award-winning author and Bible teacher Tessa Afshar has been there. Drawing from the lessons she learned from battling anxiety in her own life, Tessa brings you on a journey that cultivates a rested soul.

A book of 30 devotionals, The Rested Soul, includes vulnerable stories from Tessa’s personal life—stories that will make you feel known and remind you that you are not alone. Full of inspiration found in ordinary moments, Tessa shows you how to remove the impediments that stand in the way of a quiet heart. These deep reflections are accompanied by beautiful images (photography by Tessa’s husband). Exhale, heal, and find rest in God.  

Tessa’s meditations create an oasis of calm when powerful storms of anxiety assail you. She brings you into your hope-filled, joy-infused life in Jesus. In Him, our hearts find quiet and comfort. In Him, we have favor, authority, and strength. In Jesus, we find The Rested Soul.
 


MY THOUGHTS.....

I love this author's biblical fiction novels but I'm also a fan of her non-fiction works. In her newest book, Tessa Afshar focuses on three subjects that are especially relevant to her, and her total transparency becomes a blessing for the rest of us! The Rested Soul targets anxiety, discouragement, and depression and each of the thirty meditations provides nourishment for weary souls. I love that they each follow the same format: God's Word as an introduction, Tessa's reflections, a question to spur our thinking, a prayer to guide us, and encouraging words that promote peace and rest.

I'm always inspired by her eloquent insights, but The Rested Soul has so much more! There are lovely photographs taken by Afshar's husband that capture the beauty of God's Creation and offer additional proof of His Presence in our lives! Joy, comfort, and blessed assurance are found within the pages of this book!

I received an Advanced Review Copy (ARC) of this book for review purposes. These are my honest thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel Daughter of Rome was a Publishers Weekly and ECPA bestseller. Land of Silence won an INSPY Award and was voted by Library Journal as one of the top five Christian fiction titles of 2016. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious Christy Award in the Historical Romance category, Harvest of Rubies was a finalist for the ECPA Christian Book Award in the fiction category, and Thief of Corinth was an Inspy Award finalist. Tessa also recently released her first bible study and DVD called The Way Home: God’s Invitation to New Beginnings, based on the book of Ruth.

Tessa was born to a nominally Muslim family in the Middle East and lived there for the first fourteen years of her life. She then moved to England, where she survived boarding school for girls, before moving to the United States permanently. Her conversion to Christianity in her twenties changed the course of her life forever. Tessa holds a master of divinity from Yale University, where she served as co-chair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity School. She worked in women’s and prayer ministries for nearly twenty years before becoming a full-time writer. Tessa speaks regularly at national women’s events. She is a devoted wife, mediocre tomato grower, and chocolate connoisseur. 

CONNECT WITH TESSA: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


TESSA AFSHAR'S NON-FICTION BOOKS

The Rested Soul: 30 Meditations to Quiet Your Heart

Monday, April 1, 2024

Courting an Amish Bishop (Heart of the Amish, #4) by Mindy Steele

Courting an Amish Bishop (Heart of the Amish, #4)
ABOUT THE BOOK

One is Never Too Old to Love Again

Simon Graber became a widower and a bishop early in life. His focus is solely on his very close-knit Old Order Amish community—not entertaining the idea of marriage, despite what many of the elders think. 

When sickness comes to Cherry Grove, Kentucky, Simon reaches out to the next community for help. But help is beginning to look a lot like a second chance when Stella Schmucker agrees to offer her vast herbal knowledge to the sick. Can it be that these two, who have been too busy serving others to entertain the idea of love, have met at just the perfect time for an unlikely courtship?

Full of faith, hope, and romance, this new series takes you into the Heart of Amish country. 








MY THOUGHTS.....

Wow! Practice makes perfect and this is a prime example. Mindy Steele's twelfth book is a captivating Amish story with a middle-aged midwife who believes in the healing power of herbs and a widowed Amish bishop VERY set in his ways. Dok Stella is resigned to never having her own family and Simon Graber carries grief like a mantle! How could they ever envision a relationship...together?

This may be labeled Amish fiction but it certainly isn't cookie-cutter Amish fiction! Courting an Amish Bishop reminds us that while the Amish aren't immune to problems, their pain is often hidden; they may not wear their hearts on their sleeves, but those hearts still love deeply. This poignant story shows us that love has no age limitations, second chances are possible, and healing can be found in unusual places and unorthodox ways. Grab a copy of Courting an Amish Bishop and be prepared to lose yourself in Cherry Grove and Walnut Ridge, Kentucky!

I received a complimentary copy but there was no obligation for a positive review!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars




















ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Raised in Kentucky timber country, Steele writes Amish Romance peppered in humor, using her rural surroundings as her muse. She is a best-selling author and the winner of the 2022 FHLCW Reader's Choice award for sweet romance. Steele creates realistic characters for her readers and believes in engaging all the senses to make you laugh, cry, hold your breath, and root for the happy-ever-after ending. Readers can find themselves, somewhere within the pages of her Amish fiction or romantic suspense novels.

Learn more by visiting Mindy's Website
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The Heart of the Amish Series

Courting the Amish Bishop by Mindy Steele
Mary's Calico Hope by Anne Blackburne


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Sunday, March 31, 2024

When the Flames Ravaged: July 6, 1944 (A Day to Remember, #2) by Rhonda Dragomir

When the Flames Ravaged: July 6, 1944 (A Day to Remember, #2)
ABOUT THE BOOK

Will Faith Perish in the Big Top’s Flames?  

Introducing a new series of 6 exciting novels featuring historic disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives. Whether by nature or by man, these disasters changed history and were a day to be remembered.  

Evelyn Benson’s husband perished in the Bataan Death March but not her faith. The World War II Gold Star widow is taken in by her brother and soothed by the love of his wife and children. Evelyn refuses to cower to grief. She may not understand God’s mysterious ways, but she has never questioned Him—until the circus fire.   

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus train chugs into Hartford, Connecticut, on a sweltering day one month after the Allies invaded Normandy. Among the roustabouts is a reluctant clown, Hank Webb. He may hide from his murky past behind grease paint as Fraidy Freddie, but God wants to offer Hank a chance to be found. Though first, what little Hank believes about God will endure a fiery trial.   

On an ordinary Thursday, July 6, 1944, a devastating blaze of unknown origins consumes the circus tent along with Evelyn’s hopes and Hank’s anonymity.    


MY THOUGHTS.....

Author Rhonda Dragomir chronicles a tragic event that stunned Hartford, Connecticut in July 1944, and the result is a remarkable novel filled with history, mystery, and faith. I wasn't familiar with the devastating fire that occurred during a performance of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus, but this emotional story offered a glimpse of the terror and disbelief. I heard the screams, smelled the smoke, and felt the overwhelming grief!

Dragomir relates many details of her research in the Author's Notes and it's evident that she was deeply affected by this historical "Day to Remember". She also made me care by creating memorable characters with fears to conquer, romantic feelings longing to be explored, and faltering faith needing to be revived. When the Flames Ravage
is a great addition to the series, A Day to Remember, and I recommend it to all who enjoy historical Christian romance!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rhonda Dragomir is a multimedia creative who treasures her fairy tale life in Central Kentucky, insisting her home is her castle even if her prince refuses to dig a moat. She has multiple published works in anthologies and periodicals, along with numerous Bible studies studied weekly by more than 10,000 women around the world. Rhonda has garnered numerous writing awards for both fiction and nonfiction, including her selection as 2019 Writer of the Year by Serious Writer, Inc. In 2020 she was also a finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest for her first novel, a 16th century historical romance.

Learn more by visiting her Website     Facebook     Twitter     Instagram     Pinterest


A DAY TO REMEMBER SERIES

When the Flames Ravaged: July 6, 1944 by Rhonda Dragomir


Thursday, March 28, 2024

Letters of Wisdom (Friendship Letters #3) by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Letters of Wisdom (Friendship Letters #3)
ABOUT THE BOOK

Friendship Letters Series — Doretta Schwartz has always enjoyed writing letters and feels her letters can be a bit of a ministry to her friends. In this series, exchanging letters that contain open and honest feelings and struggles helps Doretta and two of her best friends through the darkest challenges of their lives.
 
Letters and Prayers Between Friends Become a Balm for Healing
 
Irma Miller thought having a family of her own would bring her joy and a sense of accomplishment, but she struggles with memories of the abuse she suffered as a child at the hand of her stepfather. When she becomes physically and emotionally abusive to her own children, she reaches out to her friend Doretta for prayer and wisdom. But Irma may find herself at an even darker emotional place before she will admit she needs professional help to heal the past traumas. Will Doretta’s letters of wisdom help Irma and her family, or will too much be broken to ever be repaired?
 




MY THOUGHTS,,,,,

This third book in The Friendship Letters series is a memorable way to end the series. Letters are still being exchanged between three longtime friends but Irma's letters to Doretta have become cries for help. Memories of the physical and emotional abuse that she'd hidden since childhood threaten to destroy the life she's built with her husband and three young children. How does an Amish woman admit that she's repeating the same abusive actions that have haunted her for years?

Letters of Wisdom is an enlightening story about the long-lasting effects endured by the victims of abuse. I realize that it could be an emotional trigger for some readers, but author Wanda E. Brunstetter is never graphic in her depiction of these actions. She reminds us that abuse can be passed from generation to generation and that counseling is often needed to break the cycle. Irma's story illustrates that hurt and resentment can turn to hatred if allowed to fester, and it reinforces the need for compassion, forgiveness, and healing that can only come through faith and prayer. I was deeply touched by this story, and I applaud Brunstetter for her willingness to tackle this subject!

I received a complimentary copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review.


My rating: 5 of 5 stars


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

New York Times bestselling author Wanda E. Brunstetter is one of the founders of the Amish fiction genre. With over 12 million copies sold, Wanda's stories consistently earn spots on the nation's most prestigious bestseller lists and receive numerous awards.

When Wanda visits her Amish friends, she finds herself drawn to their peaceful lifestyle, sincerity, and family ties. She and her husband, Richard, have been blessed with two grown children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.


To learn more about Wanda, visit her  Website  Facebook  Twitter  Instagram   Pinterest



FRIENDSHIP LETTERS

Letters of Wisdom
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Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Treacherous Escape by Kellie VanHorn

Treacherous Escape (Love Inspired Suspense)
ABOUT THE BOOK

Framed for murder…

with the real criminals in pursuit.

A groundbreaking discovery catapults biochemist Vienna Clayton into a world of danger when her laptop is stolen and her boss is murdered. Vienna flees onto stormy Lake Superior—only to be rescued by park ranger Hudson Lawrence. She's framed for crimes she didn’t commit, and they’re determined to clear her name, but with the clock ticking down, it’s the threats they can’t see coming that could cost them their lives…



MY THOUGHTS.....

"Vienna Clayton's footsteps echoed in the empty hallway...."

These first words are the beginning of a pulse-pounding, heart-stopping adventure that kept me frantically turning the pages! Author Kellie VanHorn takes us into the world of biochemistry and the scientists who inhabit it. Most of them diligently work to serve mankind but a few choose to use their research findings for personal gain! How will Vienna prove that she's not one of the latter?

Treacherous Escape is filled with twists, turns, and unending danger for Vienna and the park ranger who's drawn into her race to prove her innocence. I was invested in their perils, but I was especially drawn to the interaction between Vienna and Hudson Lawrence. They have to trust each other, put their pasts behind them, and truly believe that God will help them!

Looking for enjoyable romantic Christian suspense? Grab a copy of Treacherous Escape and be prepared to lose yourself in this thrilling novel!

I received a complimentary copy from the author. there was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kellie VanHorn is an award-winning author of inspirational romance and romantic suspense. She has college degrees in biology and nautical archaeology, but she’s always found her sense of adventure most satisfied by a great story. When not writing, Kellie can be found teaching her four children, camping, baking, and gardening. She lives with her family in west Michigan.

A member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers, Kellie is a 2022 and double 2020 HOLT Medallion finalist, 2019 Golden Heart® finalist, 2018 Daphne du Maurier award winner (unpublished), and double 2018 Genesis semi-finalist.

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OTHER BOOKS BY KELLIE VANHORN

Fatal Flashback
Buried Evidence