Friday, December 9, 2016

Rodeo Family


VANNATTER, SHANNON TAYLOR
RODEO FAMILY

Tori Eaton is ready to start over...

She's beginning a new chapter in Aubrey, Texas, away from her abusive ex-boyfriend. As she picks up the pieces of her broken life, Tori's surprised at the helping hand the church's new son director, Brant McConnell, offers her, and at the warm emotions he inspires.

While we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8

Brant is drawn to Tori. And as their friendship grows, so do his feelings for her. But Tori is still hounded by her past, and the walls she's built around her heart are high. Can he convince the wounded beauty that he's exactly the kind of man she needs -- and deserves?

My Review:

Starting over is never as cut and dry as we expect it to be but Tori's determined to cling to the hope of a fresh start even though her past seems to be shackled to her. A contemporary love story that celebrates the transformation that comes from living a Christ-centered life. That doesn't mean there aren't troubles aplenty and Tori struggles through so much 'stuff' that my tummy churned in sympathy throughout the whole read. Vannatter definitely engaged my emotions as I walked in Tori's shoes for a time. And I'll admit to swooning more than a bit over steadfast Brant's stalwart friendship that blossoms into a special kind of love. Blissful sigh. Reader satisfaction guaranteed.

My thanks to the author for gifting me with a copy of this book.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fraying at the Edge

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WOODSMALL, CINDY
FRAYING AT THE EDGE

Family, community, faith and love. These 'quilt blocks' sewn together made Ariana's beautiful life. When they are pulled to pieces, will anything familiar remain?

The Old Order Amish life Ariana Brenneman loved vanished virtually overnight with the discovery that she was switched at birth twenty years ago. Now she's immersed in the Englischer world, getting to know her mother and under the authority of her biological father, an atheist intellectual with resolute plans to expand Arian's worldview. Only Quill Schabach, a childhood friend living Englisch, can steady the tilting ground between Ariana's two worlds, but can she trust him after so many betrayals?

At the same time, Skylar Nash is foced to choose rehab or spending several months with her true relatives, the large Brenneman family and their seemingly backward life -- no electricity, no technology, no fun. What the young woman can't leave behind is her addiction to illegal prescription drugs and a deep emptiness from the belief that she doesn't belong in either family.

New ties are binding Ariana and Skylar to the lives they were meant to have. Can they find the wisdom and strength they'll need to follow God's threads into unexpected futures?

Fraying at the Edges is the second novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

My Review:

I somehow missed the first book in this series and like most of Cindy Woodsmall's stories this is a continuous series where major elements play out over the course of all three books. So, if you are looking for closure, you won't find it until book three comes out. But having said that, this time round the author has done something fabulous -- she's included a brief overview of the story so far at the beginning of this book. So I was able to read that and then dive right into Fraying at the Edge without any trouble. That's a brilliant perk that I hope more authors who write serial type series adopt. Plus she has included a comprehensive who's who list of characters at the back of the book. So you can definitely dive into this story right now if you don't want to play catch up with Ties that Bind first.

And what a captivatingly convoluted novel! My emotions were all over the place as I got deeper into the story. Both Ariana and Skylar are displaced and totally out of their element. I think Skylar got the better deal -- though she wouldn't agree with me. She's all gnarly and rude and completely self-centered at the beginning but a bevy of siblings are pretty hard to ignore and they slowly begin to wear her down. But she feels abandoned and lost and is just beginning to find herself by the time this book winds down. I feel like there's a possibility for romance in her future and I'm anxious to see how that plays out. Plus Skylar is at a crossroads and I have no idea what she's going to do next.

Ariana -- oy -- I spent most of the read feeling furiously indignant on her behalf. Her biological father is...gah!...words cannot express how I feel about his tactics. Manipulative. Conniving. Major superiority complex. Watching how that relationship plays out and how it influences Ariana kept me an emotional pretzel for the whole read! But again, I have no clue as to what she will do next. Two men interested in her -- one Englisch, one Amish -- and she's not certain where she belongs.

A complicated story with promises of much more to come. Can't wait until book three comes out...and hope it's soon!!!!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Falling for the Single Mom

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ROSS, MIA
FALLING FOR THE SINGLE MOM

Her country boy

Big-city veterinarian Heather Fizgerald didn't plan on having kids...until her niece is orphaned one tragic night. Soon she's trading in her ambitious life for a small-town animal rescue. Heather didn't expect to fall for tiny Oaks Crossing...or its most charming bachelor farmer. But when Josh Kinley saves her niece from a near-tragic accident, he becomes more than her hero. Josh never though he'd fall in love again -- and most assuredly not with another city woman. But he can't resist the two adorable Fitzgerald females. Now if Josh can only convince Heather to put down roots and make a home with him...

Oaks Crossing: A small Kentucky town with a big heart

My Review:

True confession: I'm enamoured with this small Kentucky town...and all the critters at the animal rescue...and the whole McKinley clan...and Josh McKinley in particular. Oh. My. Word. Josh! My heart's all aflutter over that 'country boy' as Heather likes to call him. He's a sweetheart. Warm and funny and kind. He notices what needs doing and gets right to it. It takes Heather some time to warm up to him because he just seems too good to be true and...well...she's not in the market for romance and Josh is a little too tempting. Okay a whole lot too tempting so she really needs to keep her guard up. Which proves impossible when Josh turns one of his farm boy grins her way. Be. Still. My. Heart.  A scrumptiously sweet romance guaranteed to curl toes and raise heart rates. You've been forewarned.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fatal Frost

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MEHL, NANCY
FATAL FROST

Following in her absentee father's footsteps in a law enforcement career, U.S. Marshal Mercy Brennan has just recovered from being shot in the line of duty. And, unbeknownst to her, her father's recent reappearance in her life has put her in the sights of St. Louis's most powerful gang. Her boss assigns Deputy U.S. Marshal Mark St. Laurent -- Mercy's ex-boyfriend -- to get her out of town until her safety can be guaranteed.

Unaware of the extent her boss and Mark have been keeping her in the dark, it isn't until a freak ice storm strands them at a remote location and out of contact with the district office that the full severity of their situation becomes clear. As the storm worsens, the forces of nature combine with a deadly enemy to put them in great danger. Can they survive long enough for help to arrive -- if help is even coming at all?

My Review:

Nancy Mehl like you've never read her before! And I'm lovin' it! I've always enjoyed the way this author spins a suspenseful tale but until Fatal Frost all those mysteries have involved quaint Old Order Mennonite towns and while I loved that aspect of series like Harmony, Road to Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary, I am over the moon about this new, hard-hitting law enforcement centred series.

Fatal Frost -- just the title sends a shiver up your spine, doesn't it? And brrr, curl up in front of a fire with a hot drink because the majority of this story takes place in the middle of a horrendous winter storm and Mehl's descriptive prose makes you feel like you're right there.

And be prepared for sinister chaos. These villains are e-v-i-l and sneaky and ruthless. I turned pages with breathless anticipation and read the last hundred in one gluttonous gulp. Great character dynamics and detailed backstory bring depth to both hero and heroine. Mercy is a walking contradiction. Even her name doesn't quite match her tough, stoic persona. She's built a wall around her heart and keeps everyone except childhood friend, Tally, at a distance.

She doesn't do relationships -- not even with a pet which is why her relationship with Mark came to a crashing halt. He said  'I love you' and she couldn't say it back. But she thought it and that was enough to send her running scared. Now they're together again facing danger at every turn. And neither of them have forgotten the intense emotions of their past. Seriously delicious -- and oh so torturous -- romance! As taut and tense as the relentless suspense.

An enthralling start to the Defenders of Justice series. Can't wait to read more!

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

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Monday, December 5, 2016

Medical Judgment

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MARBRY, RICHARD L.
MEDICAL JUDGMENT

Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They've stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. Her late husband's best friend and a recovering alcoholic detective are trying to solve the mystery before it's too late, but both appear to be vying for her affection as well. Sarah finds herself in constant fear as the process plays out. 

 As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?


My Review:

I do so love a creepy stalker story even if it leaves me feeling like I need to resurrect my childhood nightlight habit. Mabry has woven a clever suspense with plenty of potential suspects and a criminal with an imaginatively evil mind. There's an equal dose of sinister danger and police procedural along with the occasional menacing point of view courtesy of Sarah's stalker. Shudder. I had a great time trying fit the pieces of the puzzle together and eventually succeeded....sort of. :-)

Then there's Sarah's 'ordinary' life. Her ER doctor persona is self-assured and decisive but that doesn't carry over into her off-duty hours. Not since she was widowed nearly a year ago. I loved the way she comes into her own as the story progresses. That old saying, "What doesn't kill you will make you stronger" seems to take on a whole new meaning when it comes to Sarah. And there's some great faith exploration as well, involving several characters. A captivating suspense that will keep you turning pages right to the end.

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Getaway with God : the Everywoman's Guide to Personal Retreat

SUK, LETITIA
GETAWAY WITH GOD : THE EVERYWOMAN'S GUIDE TO PERSONAL RETREAT

What if a simple day away could transform your life?

Does spending time with God sound like just one more thing to check off as an ever-increasing to-do list? How are you supposed to fit in anything that threatens to be more time-consuming? Too often there's simply no room to experience the intimacy, grace and peace that God offers us.

Getaway with God does more than invite you to step away from life's pressures to take a personal retreat. It shows you exactly why you must -- for your safe and for you family's.

With grace and warmth, Letitia Suk provides step-by-step guidance and the necessary tools to enable any woman on any budget to plan time away whether it's a quick, half-day break or a weeklong time of restoration. You'll find detailed steps for preparation, including descriptions of different kinds of retreats and how to choose the best one for you, and you'll learn ways to bring the renewal you experience home with you. Practical appendixes identify retreat centers nationwide and provide exercises and prayers to kick-start your getaway with God.

No matter what your season in life, the time for retreat is now!

My Review:

This book came through my mail slot at the perfect time. I`d just come home from a women`s bible study group where we`d been focusing on prayer. The instructor encouraged us to find time each day to spend time with with God. A ripple of uneasy laughter circled the room. Participants were all ages, from college student to 80 something living in a senior residence. Comments flew fast and furious. No one, it seems had the time.

The college student was up to her eyeballs in finals and incredulous that the senior lady couldn`t pray all day and night if she wanted to. But that dear lady complained that her days were full of interruptions from fellow residents wanting her to join in activities and outings and by the time she was alone in her little apartment she fell asleep! The young mom of preschoolers said she was lucky to get a couple of minutes to shower before her husband came home from work and couldn`t believe that the recent empty-nester in our group pined for the days when her children were little enough to keep corralled at home. That had been her most productive praying and studying time. Now she seemed to be running errands for everyone in her life, including the university bound kids and had less time than every before.

A profound silence finally settled around the room until the instructor gently pointed out that it was up to us to make the time for prayer whatever season of life we were living in. So then I come home to this book lying on my doormat. Talk about inspired timing!

Suk compares a retreat to "snuggling up to God and letting Him love on you." (p.21) And it isn`t as daunting as you might think with this book as your guide. It is really well laid out with lots of practical advice and plenty of options since one size doesn`t fit all when it comes to personal retreats.

Easy-to-read and full of great tips, it`s clear the author wants women to succeed in their own personal `spiritual spa` day. And she`s practical too, providing step-by-step guides to different kinds of retreats. There`s a great Inductive Bible Study example that I`m going to incorporate into my daily scripture study, retreat or no retreat! An uplifting, doable guide to help any woman draw deeper into relationship with God.

My thanks to Litfuse Publicity Group and Kregel Publications for providing me with a copy of this book.




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