Tuesday, May 26, 2015

No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason (Review)


  • Series: Hidden Identity (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (May 5, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800722104


She'll defend her friend until the bitter end--but is she in over her head?
It's not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she's not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe. 

Lynette Eason delivers nonstop action as Jackie and Ian travel a dangerous road--one that may lead straight to destruction.

My Review:

I enjoyed reading the latest book in the Hidden Identity series by Lynette Eason. Although it is book three in the series it can stand alone. This is a Christian suspense/mystery book with a little romance thrown in. Although a little violent in parts it is not too graphic. The mystery kept me guessing and the suspense kept me reading. I liked how the relationship developed between Jackie and Ian. The faith element was not developed enough especially with Jackie's character. I would have liked to see more depth with it. The characters and overall plot were well developed and interesting. I was intrigued and my attention was held from the beginning. This is one of my favorite authors and her books are like my all time favorite author Dee Henderson. Recommended to fans of the genre. 



Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust and Nowhere to Turn. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College, and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Every Bride Needs a Groom by Janice Thompson (Review)



  • Series: Brides with Style (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 21, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800723996


Somewhere in a sea of tulle and taffeta, satin and crepe, Katie Fisher needs to find a key ingredient of the perfect wedding--the groom.
Small-town girl Katie Fisher is busy planning her fairy-tale wedding. Sure, her boyfriend hasn't managed to pop the question just yet, but that doesn't mean she shouldn't enter a contest in Texas Bride magazine to win the dress of her dreams, right? Anyway, she's sure he'll be getting down on one knee any time now. And a one-of-a-kind designer dress doesn't just fall out of the sky right when you need it.

But when Katie's boyfriend takes a job in another town and breaks up with her--on the very same day she wins her dream dress--her world is turned upside down. Dare she go to Dallas to claim her prize? And will the hunky pro basketball player who runs the beyond-swanky bridal shop--yeah, you read that right--discover her humiliating secret if she does?

My Review:

This book starts a new series, Brides with Style, by Janice Thompson. This was a light fluffy predictable Christian chick lit romance book. It was a fast read and held my attention from the beginning. It was definitely over the top. It is set in a small town in Texas called Fairfield and part takes place in Dallas. It has all the crazy family members. The book is not really realistic but if you suspend belief its enjoyable. The supporting characters and her family were interesting. There was a side plot of what happened between her grandmother and Aunt Alva years ago. As is this author's style the chapter titles have special meaning. In this book they are based on of Loretta Lynn songs. So overall a quirky funny southern chick lit book. I enjoyed reading this book but it is not my favorite. Weddings by Bella is still my favorite series. If you enjoy this genre then you might like this book.  






Janice Thompson is a seasoned romance author and screenwriter. An expert at pulling the humor from the situations we get ourselves into, Thompson offers an inside look at the wedding business, drawing on her own experiences as a wedding planner. She is the author of the hugely popular Weddings by Bella series, the Backstage Pass series, and the Weddings by Design series. She lives in Texas. Learn more at www.janiceathompson.com

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon (Review)



  • Series: Men of Valor (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (April 7, 2015)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721268


After seven years as a Chicago homicide detective, Lisa Grant has hit a wall. Ready for a kinder, gentler life, she takes a job as a small-town police chief. But the discovery of a human skeleton by a construction crew at the edge of town taxes the resources of her department. A call for assistance brings detective Mac McGregor, an ex-Navy SEAL, to her doorstep. As they work to solve the mystery behind the unmarked grave, danger begins to shadow them. Someone doesn't want this dead person telling any tales--and will stop at nothing to make certain a life-shattering secret stays buried.

Master storyteller Irene Hannon is back with an exciting new series featuring former special forces operatives now in the thick of the action in civilian life. Hannon is at the top of her game in this can't-put-it-down thriller that will have readers up until the wee hours devouring every page.


My Review:

This is one of my favorite authors and I enjoyed reading this latest romantic suspense book from her. It is the start of a new series called Men of Valor. I loved the two main characters of Lisa and Mac. It felt like the book was more focused on them and the romance than the actual mystery though. It would have been nice for the mystery part to be developed more. It was still interesting with a twist or two. I liked the book and will read the next book in the series that will focus on Mac's two brothers. Recommended.




Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than forty-five novels, including the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series. Her books have been honored with two coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, a Carol Award, two HOLT Medallions, a Daphne du Maurier Award, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviewsmagazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, and a National Readers' Choice Award. In addition, she is a Christy Award finalist, andBooklist included one of her novels in its "Top 10 Inspirational Fiction" list for 2011. She lives in Missouri. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com

Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Double Cross by Diann Mills (Review)

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Double Cross
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (April 1, 2015)
by
Diann Mills


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She combines unforgettable characters with unpredictable plots to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests. Library Journal presented her with a Best Books 2014: Genre Fiction award in the Christian Fiction category for Firewall.

DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2015 president of the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn is very active online and would love to connect with readers on any of the social media platforms listed at her website.

ABOUT THE BOOK

FBI Agent Laurel Evertson’s investigation into a scam targeting the elderly takes an unexpected twist when key evidence leads her to Morton Wilmington, a felon she arrested five years ago on her first undercover assignment. That case has haunted her since, and though she’s vowed to forget Wilmington—and what she sacrificed to put him away—he is now her best lead. Houston Police Officer Daniel Hilton fears his grandparents may be the scammer’s next targets, and he’ll do anything to protect his family—even force interagency cooperation. But he’s quickly drawn to Laurel’s empathy and zeal and agrees to follow her lead . . . even if it means teaming up with a felon. As the unlikely trio uncovers evidence suggesting the scam is more extensive and deadly than they imagined, both Laurel and Daniel find themselves in the crosshairs of a killer. Together they must decide if they can trust Wilmington’s claims of redemption, or if he’s leading them straight into a double cross.

My Review:

I enjoyed reading this latest inspirational, romantic, suspense/mystery book from Diann Mills. This is the second book in the FBI Houston series but can stand alone. Although there were several slow spots the action made up for it. The author did a good job developing the characters. I liked the interaction between Laurel, Daniel, and Wilmington. I actually found myself rooting for Wilmington at one point. The mystery/suspense part took me by surprise. The book had several twists and turns. I wondered who was double crossing who until the very end. Recommended to fans of the genre.



If you would like to read the first chapter of Double Cross, go HERE.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Year of Living Prayerfully by Jared Brock (Review)








  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 19, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414392133
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414392134





  • Is Anyone Listening? Do My Prayers Really Change Anything?

    Jared Brock sensed that something was missing in his prayer life, so he embarked on a yearlong journey to rediscover the power of prayer (and eat some delicious falafel).
                     
    FOLLOW JARED ON A 37,000-MILE TRIP AROUND THE WORLD AS HE...
    * Dances with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn
    * Discovers the 330-year-old home of Brother Lawrence
    * Burns his clothes at the end of the Camino de Santiago
    * Attends the world's largest church in Seoul
    * Visits Westboro Baptist Church
    * Tries to stay out of trouble in North Korea
    * Attempts fire walking (with only minor burns) 

    Although up to 90% of us pray, very few of us feel like we've mastered prayer. A Year of Living Prayerfully is a fascinating, humorous, globe-trotting exploration of prayer that will help you grow your own prayer life.

    While filming a documentary about sex trafficking, Jared and Michelle Brock felt a deep need for prayer in their personal lives. In an effort to learn more about prayer, the couple traveled the globe, exploring the great Judeo-Christian prayer traditions: in mountains and monasteries, in Christian communities and cathedrals, standing up and lying down, every hour and around the clock.

    Jared's witty reflections on his fast-paced journey will both entertain and inspire you to think about your own prayer journey.

    Join Jared on a rollicking modern-day prayer pilgrimage... you'll never pray the same again.
    My Review:
     
     This was an interesting book. I did not feel like I learned anything new about prayer though. I picked up the book because the premise intrigued me. It was a travelogue with faith bent with some humor too. I enjoyed reading it. The author put enough description to make you feel like you were there without weighing the book down. I could hardly believe some of the things that happened to him along the way like being in North Korea. And he met the Pope, wow. Recommended for at least the interesting story and another reader might take away more of the spiritual aspect.
           
    Jared Brock is the cofounder of Hope for the Sold, an abolitionist charity that fights human trafficking one word at a time. Jared has written for Huffington Post, Esquire, Converge, and Relevant, and his work has appeared on CBC, CTV, and WDCX. He is happily married to his best friend, Michelle, whom he first kissed in the seventh grade (at a Newsboys concert.) Jared Brock and Rick Warren have sold a combined 35 million books in 85 languages.
    Review copy provided by Tyndale Blog Network.

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Mist of Midnight by Sandra Byrd

    This week, the
    Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
    is introducing
    Mist of Midnight
    Howard Books (March 10, 2015)
    by
    Sandra Byrd


    ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

    After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than forty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne Boleyn. To Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick for 2011 and The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr, was named a Library Journal Best Books Pick for 2012. The Tudor series’ end cap, Roses Have Thorns: A Novel of Elizabeth I published in April, 2013.

    A life-long lover of Victorian Gothic romances, Sandra’s new series, Daughters of Hampshire, weaves elements of that mystical, traditional genre with inspirational and literary threads. Mist of Midnight, the series’ first book, debuts in March, 2015.

    Sandra has also published dozens of books for tweens and teens, and is passionate about helping new authors develop their talent and their work toward traditional or independent publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to coach dozens to success each year.

    ABOUT THE BOOK

    In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.

    Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her...and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca's name, but her home and incomes.

    That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father's investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

    If you would like to read the first chapter of Mist of Midnight, go HERE.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Review)


    • Series: Amish Beginnings
    • Paperback: 336 pages
    • Publisher: Revell (March 3, 2015)
    • ISBN-13: 978-0800723194

    Some endings are really beginnings . . . 

    On a hot day in 1737 in Rotterdam, Anna K├Ânig reluctantly sets foot on the Charming Nancy, a merchant ship that will carry her and her fellow Amish believers across the Atlantic to start a new life. As the only one in her community who can speak English, she feels compelled to go. But Anna is determined to complete this journey and return home--assuming she survives. She's heard horrific tales of ocean crossings and worse ones of what lay ahead in the New World. But fearfulness is something Anna has never known. 

    Ship's carpenter Bairn resents the somber people--dubbed Peculiars by the deckhands--who fill the lower deck of the Charming Nancy. All Bairn wants to do is to put his lonely past behind him, but that irksome and lovely lass Anna and her people keep intruding on him.

    Delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions test the mettle and patience of everyone on board. When Anna is caught in a life-threatening situation, Bairn makes a discovery that shakes his entire foundation. But has the revelation come too late?

    My Review:

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I did not really enjoy reading it although the topic was different than most Amish books. The majority of the book is set on the ship The Charming Nancy. It focuses on Anna Konig, an Amish woman, from Germany and the trip to America. I liked Anna ok but the plot moved a little slow due to the setting. Also there were a few things in it that I really did not care for in a Christian fiction book. I know the author did it to be authentic but I could have done without them like the pirate language and slave ship scene. Bairn and Anna start getting closer as the trip progressed. I like the relationship between them. There is a big twist at the end. I have read and loved all the author's other fiction series. Many readers love this one too. If you like Amish books and historical fiction then you might like this one. I will still read coming books.





    Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Letters, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace.

    Review copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review.