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Her One and Only by Becky Wade

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Dru Porter is a former Marine and continues to maintain her skills with a black belt and frequent trips to the shooting range. She is hired as a bodyguard for Gray Fowler, a superstar football player who has absolutely no desire for the dark-haired, blue-eyed beauty to be his protector. Dru, however, takes her job seriously and is determined to find Gray’s stalker, hoping to keep him from harm and prove herself after a disaster on her last case. Despite her best effort, however, Dru finds herself drawn to the football player, a romance she knows is off-limits, given her job. But perhaps getting closer is the only way to protect Gray and keep the stalker from reaching him first.

I absolutely love all of Becky Wade’s books. She is a fantastic writer and pens characters that are so relatable and with whom it is easy to connect. I really liked Dru in this novel; she is the perfect blend of a strong female character with bits of humility from realistic past failures sprinkled throughout. It was great to catch up with old friends from previous novels as well, although reading those first is not required to appreciate the novel. The spiritual themes and analogies in this book are once again written very well. This particular book also has a bit more suspense than her previous novels but still contains great scenes of romance. There is a special gift that some writers’ posses that immediately draw in the reader with their excellent language and prose; Becky Wade has this talent! I truly cannot say enough good things about her writing. Most highly recommended!

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.

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Murder Comes by Mail by A. H. Gabhart

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Deputy Sheriff Michael Keane is finally settling into his job in small town in Kentucky after solving the mystery of several murders not long ago. However, his peace is short lived as he finds himself saving the life of a suicidal man hoping to jump from Eagle River Bridge. Not only is the man ungrateful, however, but also he suspiciously seems to be tied to a strange mailing of photos of a dead girl. Michael attempts to prove one theory after another, as the killer remains one step ahead of the law. The small town is once again thrown into frenzy and Hidden Springs begins to unravel. Michael must solve this mystery for his new town or risk losing one of their own next.

Another exciting mystery from A. H. Gabhart! The plot has a few surprises that are not altogether predictable, which lends an air of excitement to the book. The writing is so easy going and laid back; although there are several murders, the actual language of the story is surprisingly rather cozy. Sprinkle in character development and romance and this novel has something for everyone. A few of the characters were harder to connect with for me but overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to more in the series. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a bit of mystery!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher

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Abigail Stoltzfus is content attempting to help her father with his genealogical research, hoping that her assistance may help lift his depressed mood. But her grandmother insists that Abigail come to Stoney Ridge so she can marry her off to the first eligible bachelor. Abigail, however, is not impressed with any of the bachelors in Stoney Ridge. Dane Glick may be eligible to her grandmother’s eyes, but he is related to minister David Stoltzfus, the bishop at odds with Abigail’s’ uncle over a church dispute. As tensions rise, Abigail fears that the situation may lead to a Quieting, a removal of the church leader, but the issue remains as to which leader is to blame. In addition, Abigail’s genealogical research leads her down a concerning path, one that may open doors she can never close again.

I am not usually an avid reader of Amish fiction, but I have enjoyed a multitude of Suzanne Woods Fisher’s novels as she writes such deep characters with realistic problems that are applicable even to modern society. Her words flow with a quiet seriousness as she mingles in Christian concepts and issues. This particular novel was interesting in its setting and allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the Amish culture. The first book in this series had characters with which I could connect with better, but I still enjoyed this second installment. Certain portions were also a little slow for me. Although they do not have to be read in order, it is certainly helpful to understand all the characters. I recommend this novel to those who love Amish fiction or who wish to perhaps give it a try, as I did.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Every Bride Has Her Day by Janice Thompson

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Katie Fisher is thrilled that she is finally planning a wedding to marry the love of her life, pro basketball star Brady James. But her family and friends all have different opinions on what her perfect day should look like and none of them can agree on the little details. Katie also finds it hard to concentrate with other celebrations in her life filling up her calendar. She begins to wonder if she will get her special day how she envisions it or if she will ever even have time to plan the event and steal quality moments with her soon-to-be husband with the chaos around her.

This novel continues the storyline with spunky personalities and hilarious moments from the first two books in the series. Readers need to read the stories in order to appreciate the characters and events. This book has romance intertwined with amusing scenes to keep the reader interested in the story; however, there are many weddings and pairing off of couples that lent a more weighty aspect to this particular book as compared to the previous ones. I also think the characters lacked some depth and it took me until this third book to feel like I connected with any of them. Overall, I enjoyed the book for its lighthearted romance and family dynamics and recommend it to those who enjoy contemporary romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

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Lillian Avery has struggled her whole life to prove herself since an accident at a young age damaged her physically. She successfully becomes a pharmacist despite opposition for her gender and condition and manages to secure a position in Boston with the help of her brother. Upon arriving, however, she discovers that she still has much to prove to her new boss. As strange events begin to occur in the pharmacy, she seeks the help of her brother’s friend Archer Vandenberg, the wealthy sailor who spends his life demonstrating that he is more than simply money. Despite his own nightmares after battles at sea, Arch agrees to help the courageous Lillian, neither of them realizing how deep they must go in order to do the right thing, battling their own personal trials along the way.

I enjoy every novel by Sarah Sundin because she writes with a perfect blend of history and romance, creating characters that possess significant depth, struggle with realistic trials, and emerge with great growth and maturity. They are easy to connect with and challenge me in my own spiritual journey. One critique for this story in particular is that I did not like the final trial that Arch faces; I found that the book would not have been hindered if he did not face this situation and it felt a bit forced and too coincidental to be realistic for me. Overall, however, I did really like this book and was pleased to see a few characters from previous novels in this series, which, although also enjoyable, do not necessarily need to be read first. I recommended this book to all lovers of historical fiction!

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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Silence in the Dark by Patricia Bradley

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Bailey Adams is used to running away from her problems. First, she runs from her engagement to Danny Maxwell. Then, she runs from Logan Point to Mexico to be a missionary. But when danger strikes in Mexico, Bailey finds herself running yet again, this time from a powerful drug cartel through the streets in Mexico, a treacherous group bent on harming her and her young charge, Maria. She is surprised when the last person she expects to see comes to her rescue. Despite the chaotic turmoil around her, Bailey must make a personal decision to face her fears and use her strength in matters of her heart.

Yet again Patricia Bradley writes a novel full of fast-paced action from the very first page. She manages to balance this with the realistic struggles of her interesting characters and weave among the pages excellent spiritual truths. There were moments when the romance and the ending in the story became a bit too corny for my tastes, but overall there are many twists and turns to satisfy any reader. Although it is not necessary to read the other novels in this series to appreciate this one, the appearance of a few old faces makes it beneficial. I recommend this novel to those who enjoy light contemporary suspense.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

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