Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard

About the Book

US Forest Service Special Agent Terra Conners loves the wooded mountains of Montana and is dedicated to keeping the nature and its history sacred.  When a plane crashes into the side of a mountain and it does not appear to be just an accident, she is tasked with finding a killer, with the help of an old flame, former FBI Special Agent Jack Tanner.  Jack and Terra uncover clues that take them along a wild ride, but nothing will be as risky as the adventure of their hearts.

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About the Author

With over a million books sold, Elizabeth Goddard is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of over fifty novels and counting, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies, a 2011 Carol Award winner. Four of her six Mountain Cove books have been contest finalists. Buried, Backfire, and Deception are finalists in the Daphne Du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery and Suspense, and Submerged is a Carol Award finalist. A 7th generation Texan, Elizabeth graduated from North Texas State University with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and worked in high-level software sales for several years before retiring to fulfill her dreams of writing full-time.

My Thoughts

This novel is a great start to an awesome new suspense series!  I’m always really impressed with the detail and research that Elizabeth Goddard writes in her novels and this book is just as good as her last series.  She even includes accurate specifics like the mountains of paperwork that these agents have to complete and the legalities of an investigation, such as obtaining the correct permits.  This attention to detail makes the story come alive and seem more realistic to me.  I also loved the action and suspense in the novel and did not suspect the villain until the secret was revealed at the end!  The relationship of the main characters (old flames forced to work together) is one of my favorite romantic tropes and the author does a great job of building on their past relationship and moving the romance forward.  The scenic setting was easy to picture with the vivid descriptions and served as a great backdrop for the story.  I enjoyed this novel and cannot wait for book two!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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All That Really Matters by Nicole Deese

About the Book

Molly McKenzie has a glamorous life, full of fashion and beauty, which has made her famously popular on social media.  Her manager-turned-boyfriend, however, suggests that she get involved in community service in order to boost her resume.  Molly decides to apply at a transitional program for foster kids during the summer, but the director, Silas Whittaker, does not take to Molly’s shine.  Stoic and practical, he worries that her popularity may negatively affect the young adults.  Molly is determined to prove that a bit of sparkle can impact any person no matter their situation, but along the way she learns that God may be working on an internal makeover on her as well.

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About the Author

Nicole Deese’s eight humorous, heartfelt, and hope-filled novels include the 2017 Carol Award Winning A Season to Love. Her 2018 release, A New Shade of Summer, was a finalist in the RITA Awards, Carol Awards, and Inspy Awards. Both these books are from her best-selling Love in Lenox Series. The first book in her upcoming contemporary romance series with Bethany House Publishers is set to release in early 2020. When she’s not sorting out characters and plots of her own, she can usually be found reading near a window overlooking the inspiring beauty of the Pacific Northwest (most often while sipping a sparkling water). She lives in small-town, Idaho with her happily-ever-after hubby, two towering-over-her pre-teen sons, and her princess daughter with the heart of a warrior.

My Thoughts

This novel took me on an emotional journey!  I really liked Molly’s character: she’s sassy, brilliant, personal, kind, and independent, but she’s not perfect and her growth in the story is so wonderful.  I loved the spiritual development most of all as Molly evaluates her priorities and shifts her perspectives.  There is a powerful moment in which Molly frees herself from her past and drastically changes her appearance (that’s as specific as I can be without giving anything away!) that really made her character realistic to me and allowed me to connect with her.  The impact of social media in this book also made me reflect a bit on what I choose to spend my time browsing online.  I also really liked Silas, even with his stoic demeanor, and was touched by his true desire to help the foster kids.  I learned a lot about the foster system and appreciated how the author approached this topic with sensitivity and transparency.  The romance is clean and believable.  The author’s writing is deep and yet easy to read at the same time, and the novel drew me in and made it hard to put it down.  I really enjoyed this book and look forward to more by this author!  I recommend this novel to those who want a contemporary book with a powerful message that will stay with you long after you finish the story!  (Also, can we just pause to appreciate how gorgeous that cover is?!)

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Also, just a really quick thing that bugged me in the novel that I have to share more for educational purposes than anything else.  The author mentions one of the foster kids being interested in becoming a “physician’s assistant by obtaining her associates degree.”  As a PA myself, I want to clarify that the proper term is “physician assistant” (we are not possessed by the physician) and the degree is a master’s degree, first requiring a bachelor of science before entrance into a PA program.  Fun fact, too: recent statistics have shown that it is harder to get into PA school than into medical school!  PAs can take histories, perform physical exams, order and interpret diagnostic tests, perform procedures, treat patients, and prescribe medications, in addition to many other tasks.  I greatly enjoy being a PA and I am proud of my PA community and all that they do to help patients everyday.  Feel free to message me if you have any questions about being a PA!  🙂

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JustRead Takeover Tour – The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch

The Indebted Earl JustRead Takeover Tour

Welcome to the Takeover Tour for The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About This Book

The Indebted Earl

Title: The Indebted Earl

Series: Serendipity & Secrets #3

Author: Erica Vetsch

Publisher: Kregel Publications

Release Date: March 23, 2021

Genre: Christian Regency Romance

Can Captain Wyvern keep his new marriage of convenience all business–or will it turn into something more?

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The best way to honor that hero’s dying wish is for Wyvern to escort the man’s grieving fiance and mother safely to a new cottage home by the sea. But along the way, he learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: his uncle has died and the captain is now the Earl of Rothwell.

When he and the ladies arrive at his new manor house in Devon, they discover an estate in need of a leader and a gaggle of girls, all wards of the former earl. War the new earl knows; young ladies and properties he does not. Still wishing to provide for the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for her betrothed’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, as well as divert her attention from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his sea commission, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she’ll have to learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

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About the Author

Erica Vetsch

Best-selling, award-winning author Erica Vetsch loves Jesus, history, romance, and sports. When she’s not writing fiction, she’s planning her next trip to a history museum and cheering on her Kansas Jayhawks and New Zealand All Blacks. You can connect with her at her website, www.ericavetsch.com where you can read about her books and sign up for her newsletter, and you can find her online at https://www.facebook.com/EricaVetschAuthor/ where she spends way too much time!

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My Thoughts

I was so excited to get my hands on this novel after greatly enjoying the first two books in this series!  Although you do not necessarily have to read the other novels first (The Lost Lieutenant and The Gentleman Spy), those who have read the second one in particular will find the details made richer in this third installment.  I love the way that Erica Vetsch writes; her words are detailed and descriptive while flowing seamlessly, making it easy to be transported into the story and to become engrossed in the tale.  I love stories with strong women, and this book has a fiercely independent heroine with a soft, compassionate heart.  The captain, too, is the perfect hero: loyal and moral and respectful.  I thought she did a great job describing the emotions of the main characters that made them realistic and believable.  This novel may be a marriage of convenience story that makes you think you have the romance all figured out, but there are twists and turns that create an unpredictable plot, greatly adding to the interest of the story.  I loved this book and cannot wait to read more by this talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Night Fall by Nancy Mehl

FBI agent Alex Donovan has recently become a member of the elite Behavioral Analysis Unit, a dream of hers since she was young.  But a new case involving the strange killing of people on freight trains causes her to have to confront her past and forces her to face her childhood struggles.  As danger lurks and Alex races against time to find the killer, she must risk it all to stop the Train Killer before it is too late.

A chilling and thrilling novel, this book kept me up much too late on several occasions as I was swept into the twists and turns of the story.  It is obvious to me that the author did her research regarding the inner workings of the FBI and BAU and I appreciated how she incorporated this information seamlessly into the fast paced storyline.  She also tackles difficult subjects such as anxiety and PTSD with careful consideration.  I greatly enjoyed the plot and the suspense in this book.  I liked Alex’s partner, Logan, almost immediately, but it took me a little bit more time to appreciate Alex and all that she went through to become the person she is today.  I’m excited to see where their relationship might head in the rest of the series.  There are some creepy aspects to the killer and for that reason I definitely recommend this for mature audiences, but I appreciated the spiritual themes woven throughout the novel and did not find the content inappropriate for Christian fiction.  Overall, I enjoyed this suspenseful novel and look forward to the next book!  Recommended to those who like contemporary suspense!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Celebrate Lit Tour – A Tapestry of Light by Kimberly Duffy

A Tapestry of Light

About the Book

Book:  A Tapestry of Light

Author: Kimberly Duffy

Genre: Christian Historical Romance

Release date: March 16, 2021

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Calcutta, 1886.

Ottilie Russell is adrift between two cultures, British and Indian, belonging to both and neither. In order to support her little brother, Thaddeus, and her grandmother, she relies upon her skills in beetle-wing embroidery that have been passed down to her through generations of Indian women.

When a stranger appears with the news that Thaddeus is now Baron Sunderson and must travel to England to take his place as a nobleman, Ottilie is shattered by the secrets that come to light. Despite her growing friendship with Everett Scott, friend to Ottilie’s English grandmother and aunt, she refuses to give up her brother. Then tragedy strikes, and she is forced to make a decision that will take Thaddeus far from death and herself far from home.

But betrayal and loss lurk in England, too, and soon Ottilie must fight to ensure Thaddeus doesn’t forget who he is, as well as find a way to stitch a place for herself in this foreign land.

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About the Author

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Kimberly Duffy is a Long Island native currently living in Southwest Ohio, via six months in India. When she’s not homeschooling her four kids, she writes historical fiction that takes her readers back in time and across oceans. She loves trips that require a passport, recipe books, and practicing kissing scenes with her husband of twenty years. He doesn’t mind.

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When I set out to write a new novel, I plan the entire thing from start to finish. I write down each scene on an index card and know exactly what’s going to happen when I sit down for the day’s work. I’m meticulous that way.

But I never plan my characters’ spiritual arcs. Because I want their faith journey to be organic to the story. I want it to feel authentic. It’s such an important part of each of my books and I recognize that some things just refuse plotting and need to develop in a more natural way.

My debut novel, A Mosaic of Wings, features a heroine steeped in science. Nora loves the natural world and so her faith was encouraged by studying the wings of a butterfly or examining an interesting plant. She’s not particularly sentimental or emotive so the faith element of that story had to be presented in a way that made sense for her. Nora’s faith arc is subtle.

Not so for A Tapestry of Light. I had no intention of writing a book that delved into my own struggle with doubt. But that’s what Ottilie required. And it wrung me dry.

Then built me back up.

My faith story is a twisted kind of one. Raised a Christian, I went into ministry, firmly attached myself to the faith of my childhood, and thought it would never waver.

I was wrong.

Oh, how it wavered. For whatever reason, when I hit about 30, it seemed everything I had always believed no longer made sense. It was devastating. Terrifying. And it broke me.

But brokenness is its own sort of beauty and when you recognize there is no way for you to pick up the pieces yourself, God can come in and fill those cracks and shattered places.

Those five years of doubt and questioning and facing the reality that even though I’d always loved Christ, I didn’t really know Him (and didn’t really know why I believed in Him), were some of the most painful I’ve experienced. But I believe with every bit of my being that God is in the business of redemption. Of restoration. Of filling up so that we can pour out.

And he took my own very personal struggle and helped me turn it into a story that, I hope and pray, might encourage others. I gave Ottilie my questions. I gave her my doubt. I gave her my fear and desperation and, in the end, I gave her my hope.

There’s a little piece of me in each of my books, but this one contains my heart.

My Thoughts

I read a lot of good books, but there is something special about a GREAT book.  And this, my dear readers, is a great book!  I may have closed the last page days ago but I am still thinking about this novel now.  I absolutely love Ottilie in this story.  I love her steely determination, her giant heart, her passionate beauty, her loyalty to her family; and yes, I love her spiritual struggles, her growth, and her failures because she became real to me on these pages.  She became a friend with whom I wanted to sit down and try her delicious chai tea and listen to her deepest wishes and dreams.  I felt like I got to know her in this story and that kind of writing takes true skill and talent.  I loved every aspect of this book!  The descriptive scenes made it so easy for me to picture the bright colors and rich scents of India and appreciate the seasonal changes and rolling hills of England.  There is so much packed into this story—themes of family, loyalty, love, loss, and ultimately the sense of belonging as the relationships and friendships change and flow in the novel.  But ultimately, my favorite aspect was the vulnerability in which the very real spiritual struggles were displayed in this fictional character as I went on a spiritual journey with Ottilie and experienced her trials and doubts and eventually celebrated her victories and her growth in her faith in God.  The romance is perfectly written and clean but passionate.  The social issues are interesting and eye opening.  The art, style, and history of elytra and fashion were fascinating. And the writing made me eager for more as I read late into the night, never wanting this story to end.  I have found a great book and it has found a permanent spot on my “reread and keep” shelf!  I cannot wait to read more by Kimberly Duffy!  I most highly recommend this novel!

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Life of Literature, March 27

Through the Fire Blogs, March 27

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 27

Texas Book-aholic, March 28

Breny and Books, March 28

By The Book, March 29

Genesis 5020, March 29

Inklings and notions, March 29

Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, March 30

Mypreciousbitsandmusings, March 30

A Modern Day Fairy Tale, March 31

Mia Reads, March 31

Reflections from my bookshelves, March 31

Connie’s History Classroom, April 1

Remembrancy, April 1

For Him and My Family, April 2

Rachael’s Inkwell, April 2

Vicky Sluiter, April 2

deb’s Book Review, April 3

Batya’s Bits, April 3

Locks, Hooks and Books, April 4

Godly Book Reviews, April 4

Pause for Tales, April 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, April 5

Simple Harvest Reads, April 5 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, April 6

A Baker’s Perspective, April 6

Labor Not in Vain, April 6

She Lives To Read, April 7

Betti Mace, April 7

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, April 8

To Everything There Is A Season, April 8

Mary Hake, April 8

Wishful Endings, April 9

Bigreadersite, April 9

And now… a giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Kimberly is giving away the grand prize $25 Amazon gift card along with a signed copy of either A Mosaic of Wings or A Tapestry of Light!!

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The Indebted Earl by Erica Vetsch

About the Author

Erica Vetsch is a New York Times best-selling author and ACFW Carol Award winner, and has been a Romantic Times top pick for her previous books. She loves Jesus, history, romance, and watching sports. This transplanted Kansan now makes her home in Rochester, Minnesota. Learn more about Erica at www.ericavetsch.com.

About the Book

Captain Charles Wyvern owes a great debt to the man who saved his life–especially since Major Richardson lost his own life in the process. The major’s dying wish is for his love to be relayed to his fiancée, and for the captain to look after her needs. But along the way, Charles learns of another obligation that has fallen on his shoulders: due to a death in the family, he is now the Earl of Rothwell.

His new role includes an estate in need of a leader and a trio of orphaned girls, all wards of the former earl. Wyvern understands war; young ladies and properties he does not. As a solution, Charles proposes a marriage of convenience to the late major’s betrothed, the bereaved Lady Sophia Haverly.

Sophie is surprised to find she isn’t opposed to the idea. It will help her care for Richardson’s elderly mother, and she’s already fallen in love with the wayward girls on the Rothwell estate. This alliance is a chance to repay the captain who has done so much for her care, and a distraction from her grief. When Wyvern returns to his commission at sea, she’ll stay behind to oversee his property and wards.

It sounds so simple. Until the stalwart captain is arrested on suspicion of smuggling, and Sophie realizes how much he’s come to mean to her. Now she must learn to fight, not only for his freedom but also for his love.

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My Thoughts

I was so excited to get my hands on this novel after greatly enjoying the first two books in this series!  Although you do not necessarily have to read the other novels first (The Lost Lieutenant and The Gentleman Spy), those who have read the second one in particular will find the details made richer in this third installment.  I love the way that Erica Vetsch writes; her words are detailed and descriptive while flowing seamlessly, making it easy to be transported into the story and to become engrossed in the tale.  I love stories with strong women, and this book has a fiercely independent heroine with a soft, compassionate heart.  The captain, too, is the perfect hero: loyal and moral and respectful.  I thought she did a great job describing the emotions of the main characters that made them realistic and believable.  This novel may be a marriage of convenience story that makes you think you have the romance all figured out, but there are twists and turns that create an unpredictable plot, greatly adding to the interest of the story.  I loved this book and cannot wait to read more by this talented author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Celebrate Lit Tour – The Lady in Residence by Allison Pittman

About the Book

Book:  The Lady in Residence

Author: Allison Pittman

Genre: Christian Historical

Release date: February 2021

Can a Legacy of Sadness be Broken at the Menger Hotel?

Visit historic American landmarks through the Doors to the Past series. History and today collide in stories full of mystery, intrigue, faith, and romance.

Young widow Hedda Krause checks into the Menger Hotel in 1915 with a trunk full of dresses, a case full of jewels, and enough cash to pay for a two-month stay, which she hopes will be long enough to meet, charm, and attach herself to a new, rich husband. Her plans are derailed when a ghostly apparition lures her into a long, dark hallway, and Hedda returns to her room to find her precious jewelry has been stolen. She falls immediately under a cloud of suspicion with her haunting tale, but true ghost enthusiasts bring her expensive pieces of jewelry in an attempt to lure the ghost to appear again.

In 2017, Dini Blackstone is a fifth-generation magician, who performs at private parties, but she also gives ghost walk tours, narrating the more tragic historical events of San Antonio with familial affection. Above all, her favorite is the tale of Hedda Krause who, in Dini’s estimation, succeeded in perpetrating the world’s longest con, dying old and wealthy from her ghost story. But then Dini meets Quinn Carmichael, great-great-grandson of the detective who originally investigated Hedda’s case, who’s come to the Alamo City with a box full of clues that might lead to Hedda’s exoneration. Can Dini see another side of the story that is worthy of God’s grace?

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About the Author

Allison Pittman is the author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed novels and a four-time Christy finalist—twice for her Sister Wife series, once for All for a Story from her take on the Roaring Twenties and most recently for the critically acclaimed The Seamstress which takes a cameo character from the Dickens’ classic A Tale of Two Cities and flourishes her to life amidst the French Revolution. She lives in San Antonio, Texas, blissfully sharing an empty nest with her husband, Mike. Connect with her on Facebook (Allison Pittman Author), Twitter (@allisonkpittman) or her website, allisonkpittman.com.

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From Haunting to Healing: How Stories Bring New Life to Old Ghosts

If you really think about it, every story is a ghost story. Not the floating spirits of the dearly departed kind, not bumps in the night or mysterious howling in the darkness—but the best stories come from examining a haunted heart. Memories that pursue the present.

A few years ago I took the walking tour of haunted San Antonio. It was a lark, a fun tourist-y thing to do with some visiting friends. I’m not a believer in ghosts, but I am a collector of stories. The tour opens at the Alamo—sacred ground of slain soldiers. The second stop is the Menger Hotel, listed as one of the most haunted hotels in the United States by those who measure and evaluate such things. And while the tour guide waxed on about the guests’ litany of haunted experiences (including Teddy Roosevelt raging through the lobby), my mind stuck with the story of Sallie White. Sallie White is the Menger Hotel’s most famous ghost—a chambermaid whose apparition is reported to be seen walking the halls, towels draped over her arm, or to be heard as an efficient two-rap knock on your door late at night. My mind, however, didn’t dwell on Sallie the ghost, but Sallie the woman—just a normal, hard-working, poor woman, murdered in the street by a man who claimed to love her. But for that, she would have passed into history unknown. Instead, her story is told every night as strangers gather on the very sidewalk where the crime took place.

Years after first hearing the story of Sallie white, I stayed in the Menger for a few days to gather details for The Lady in Residence. I booked what they call a “Petite” room—meaning it is a room that maintains its original structure. Read: tiny. Exposed pipes, creaky wooden floors, antique furniture—the only update, the bathroom fixtures. As it turned out, my room was directly above the place where Sallie White was murdered. One night I pressed my ear against the glass and listened to the ghost tour guide tell her story. The next morning, I stood in the exact spot with a fancy Starbucks drink, thinking about her. She lives on, not because people claim to see her walking and hear her knocking in the dead of night, but because she is a woman remembered.

So, is that beautiful? Is it ghoulish? Maybe it’s both, but when I was given the chance to write a story set in and around the Menger Hotel, I was determined to make Sallie White’s story a part of it. I didn’t want to write her story—that would have required embellishment beyond those few historic, factual tid-bits that such a woman left behind. Sallie White didn’t have correspondence to catalog or a journal to give us insight to her thoughts. Instead, I wanted to tell it to readers everywhere who might never make it to San Antonio to hear it for themselves. When you read The Lady in Residence, you are going to hear the true story of Sallie White, all of it taken from a newspaper account of the time. And then, I did what all historical writers do…I folded it into my own tale and folded that tale into another.

That’s really the joy of writing a split-time novel—being able to draw back and shoot a narrative-arrow straight through the hearts of two stories, threading them together, to bring a haunting to a place of healing.

My Thoughts

Deliciously spooky and fantastically intriguing!  I very much enjoyed this novel.  The writing is such that it is effortless for the reader to get to know the characters and learn about their interesting quirks.  The setting is easy to picture with its vivid descriptions and the fascinating mystery kept my attention throughout the entire book.  I could not put it down!  The novel was unpredictable (in the best sense) and took twists that I did not expect.  The book is written as a split time story and the way the plot comes together is truly interesting to read.  There are mentions of ghosts and the supernatural, but I thought the author did a good job of using the idea of an illusion to illustrate larger themes in the book (which is as specific as I can be without giving anything away!).  I liked this novel and recommend it to those who love split time stories and uncanny mysteries!

I received a complimentary ecopy of this book from Celebrate Lit Tours.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, February 23

Artistic Nobody, February 23 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)

Fiction Aficionado, February 24

For the Love of Literature, February 24

Where Faith and Books Meet, February 24

Texas Book-aholic, February 25

Mia Reads Blog, February 25

Connie’s History Classroom, February 26

Inspiration Clothesline, February 26

Locks, Hooks and Books, February 27

Books I’ve Read, February 27

Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, February 28

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, February 28

Remembrancy, March 1

Bigreadersite, March 1

For Him and My Family, March 2

Hallie Reads, March 2

deb’s Book Review, March 3

Blogging With Carol, March 3

By The Book, March 4

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 4

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 5

The Write Escape, March 5

Life of Literature, March 6

Inklings and notions, March 6

Godly Book Reviews, March 7

Vicky Sluiter, March 7

To Everything There is A Season, March 8

Pause for Tales, March 8

And now… a giveaway!

To celebrate her tour, Allison is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and a copy of The Lady in Residence!!

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Unknown Threat by Lynn H. Blackburn (Revell Blog Tour)

About the Book

After four of his coworkers die suddenly, USSS Agent Luke Powell is determined to find the killer.  However, he must work with the FBI to do so, an organization that has hurt him in the past.  He is paired with the intelligent and beautiful Faith Malone, who is equally motivated to bring the killer to justice.  As the danger looms closer, Luke and Faith must work together quickly to outsmart the villain.

About the Author

Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the Surface, In Too Deep, One Final Breath, Hidden Legacy, and Covert Justice. Winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel, Blackburn believes in the power stories, especially those that remind us that trust love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (and don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.

My Thoughts

Oh my goodness!  This book has nonstop action that starts on page one and continues until the very end.  I could not put the book down!  I love how Lynn Blackburn can write on-your-seat action without compromising character development or romance.  I really liked reading about Faith and Luke.  Their characters are complex and yet easy to get to know in the story.  The romance is clean and believable.  And I loved that we had some cameos from characters in the Dive Team series!  I liked the spiritual integration of trusting God to bring healing from the past and bring restoration in the future.  The suspense in the novel kept me up at night as I frantically flipped through the pages to find the villain.  This was truly a great novel to read!  I am eagerly looking forward to more in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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Facing the Dawn by Cynthia Ruchti

Mara Jacobs is tired, worn out by the demands of being an essentially single mom in the United States while her husband is serving orphans and widows overseas.  When tragedy strikes, Mara finds herself feeling even more hopeless and depressed.  During her struggles, she learns to deepen her faith and depend more on God and less on her own human strength.

Wow, this book made me feel so many emotions!  Cynthia Ruchti crafts a novel that is deep and complex, written with engaging characters that made it easy for me to feel connected to them in the story.  The author does not shy away from tough subjects such as grief, depression, substance abuse, and broken faith, but she does so in a way that brings forth hope and growth in the novel.  I loved the friendships in the story and liked that the focus was on Mara’s changes rather than much romance, which made for a great woman’s fiction novel.  I had a hard time putting the book down the further I read and I greatly enjoyed the captivating tale.  I also found myself reflecting on the spiritual themes of forgiveness and trust and identifying areas I could grow in my own spiritual journey.  I definitely recommend this novel and look forward to reading more by this author!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

Lila de Laurent’s world of couture and fashion is suddenly shattered by the Nazi occupation of Paris during World War II.  She then uses her skills instead to infiltrate the Nazi ring and work to gain information for the Resistance.  Years later, Sandrine discovers one of Lila’s gowns in a crate while cataloging artwork for the Nazis.  Connected by fabric and linked by their passion for justice, Lila and Sandrine each must make sacrifices to save all that they each hold dear.

Kristy Cambron has such a gift for storytelling.  In each of her novels, I am immediately submerged in the story, easily transported there by her ability to describe scenes, people, and events in such a talented and illustrative way.  Her words are rich in their communication and bring forth the history to life as the novel unfolds.  I greatly enjoyed this book and loved how the split-time story wove such an interesting and complex plot into a beautiful masterpiece.  I really felt connected to the characters and their struggles and triumphs in the novel.  I loved the way the two stories came together in the book and was struck by how easily the book flowed despite its jump between characters and timelines.  I had a hard time putting the book down as I wished to know how it all ended.  This is truly a remarkable novel and one that sticks with you long after you close the last page.  (And the cover is gorgeous!)  I highly recommend this book!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author.  Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.