Book Reviews

November, 2017
The Queen’s Spy by English Author Sam Burnell

Medieval, historical fiction
A Queen’s Spy is a gripping medieval, historical tale set in 16th century Tudor England.  It opens with King Edward VI on his deathbed.  It is based on actual historical events as it combines murder, mystery, and intrigue in a most masterful way.  A young Tudor nobleman with a dubious past and who takes risks for a living, finds the courage he needs as he tries to keep his future queen safe during one of England’s most turbulent eras.  The story gives fascinating insight to Tudor England and the life of Elizabeth I before she ever sets foot on  the steps to the throne.  Click here for full review on Amazon–>

 

Book titled Evangelism and the Sovereignty of GodSeptember, 2017
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by J.I. Packer
(Religion/Christian Theology)
In his book, J.I. Packer addresses the relationship between three realities: God’s sovereignty, man’s responsibility and the Christian’s evangelistic duty. However, he hones in on evangelism in relation to the sovereignty of God’s government and grace.
Packer  assumes the sovereignty of God is in the heart of each believer who can answer ‘yes’ to the following questions: Do you ask God for your daily bread? Do you thank God for your conversion? Do you pray for the conversion of others?  Click here for full review as seen on Amazon.com–>

 

Demon Whispers by Phillip CookAugust, 2017
Demon Whispers by Phillip Cook
(Supernatural Christian Mystery)
Some drugs control your demons. Others unleash pure evil upon the world … Ava Perdu never lets emotion get in the way of her job. But when the French spy’s latest mission indirectly leads to her daughter’s suicide, her quest to obtain an incredible device turns into one for vengeance… As she hunts down the truth, Ava learns of a link between a trial drug and demonic manipulation. She scoffs at the idea of demons, until the unfamiliar voices fill her mind. As the true cause of her daughter’s death comes to light, Ava’s world spirals out of control and intensifies her quest for revenge… Ava plots to kill every last person responsible for the suicide, but exacting her vengeance may result in an eternity of damnation.   –> Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon.com

 

August, 2017
Nadia’s Hope by Lisa Buffaloe
(Contemporary Romance)
The Nightmares continue. Memories won’t heal. Nadia must make a choice. Nadia Minsky fled Israel to escape her past, but she can’t outrun her nightmares. The throbbing scars along her hip and stomach are cruel reminders of shattered dreams. Even though surgeons mended her body, her spirit still bleeds. Friends claim only God can heal her. For Nadia, trusting a God who allowed her to suffer is inconceivable. Can close friends, a wild roommate, and a handsome medical student help Nadia learn to trust? Or will her past forever cripple her future?  –> Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon.com

 

July, 2017
Embracing Hope by Janell Butler Wojtowicz
(Christian Romance)
Drew dropped into the overstuffed sofa in a darkened corner of the lobby and pulled his suit jacket tighter around himself. The snow raged horizontally outside the picture window, obscuring the parking lot, and even the street lights He swallowed the lump of sadness in his throat. His mind swirled like the snow. I endured another funeral. I plowed through swirled drifts and blinding snow. I kept my eyes on the road to out-run reality, but I can’t. Kendra is gone, and she is not coming back. I’ve accepted that, so why does it still hurt? God, where is the hope everyone keeps talking about.? What is hope? I’m not even sure anymore. Show me hope or at least a little something to hang on to. –> Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon.com  

 

Kate O'Malley is the NegotiatorJuly, 2017
The Negotiator by Dee Henderson
(Mystery/Romance)
FBI agent Dave Richman from Danger in the Shadows is back. He’s about to meet Kate O’Malley, and his life will never be the same. She’s a hostage negotiator. He protects people. He’s about to find out that falling in love with a hostage negotiator is one thing, but keeping her safe is another!  Introducing the O’Malleys, an inspirational group of seven, all abandoned or orphaned as teens, who have made the choice to become a loyal and committed family. They have chosen their own surname, O’Malley, and have stood by each other through moments of joy and heartache. Their stories are told in CBA best-selling, inspirational romantic suspense novels that rock your heart and restore strength and hope to your spirit.  –> Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon.com

 

TheCaptive Heart by Michelle Griep book cover

July, 2017
A Captive Heart by Michelle Griep
(Adventure/Romance)
Eleanor Morgan, a proper Englishwoman in London during the 1700’s, escapes from her aristocratic employer to avoid a looming scandal through no fault of her own.  She
boards a ship bound for America in hopes of finding a better future, love, and perhaps marriage.  When the ship finally docks, the upstanding family for whom she thought  she would work for, never shows up.  To her horror, Eleanor discovers the captain of the ship sold her to the highest bidder.  Her action-packed venture begins.  –>  Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon

 

June, 2017
Shattered Image by Stacy Monson
(Chr
istian Fiction) 
Tall and beautiful Kiera Simmons’ career as a high-profile fashion model ends abruptly when a failed relationship tarnishes her image and nearly lands her in jail.  Now she forges a quiet life helping teens understand their eternal value in a world saturated with the distorted messages of society. Peter Theisen is on the fast track to everything the celerity life promises with every step of his meteoric rise in the music world orchestrated by his ambitious manager.  Their sweet, unexpected romance is threatened by her past and his future.  –>  Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon

 

June, 2017
A Margin of Lust by Greta Boris
(Murder Mystery – The Seven Deadly Sins Book  1)
Gwen Bishop, wife, mother, and struggling real estate agent, has two big fears: claustrophobia and being buried in suburban obscurity. When she signs her dream listing, a multi-million dollar beachfront property in Laguna Beach, California, she’s sure her problems are behind her. And they would be, if it weren’t for the secret in the basement and the body of a female real estate agent in an upstairs bedroom.  When the crime scene tape comes down, Gwen enlists the aid of a handsome co-worker with a background in construction to help her ready the house for sale for a commission. But every time they’re ready to put it back on the market, something goes horribly wrong. She must face old fears and new ones, temptations and buried truths. Gwen is determined to sell the dream house—or die trying.  –>  Click here  for full review as it appears on Amazon

 

June, 2017
In Albuquerque, Abandoned by Tower Lowe
(Mystery Novel)
Leon wants to rescue a baby abandoned in a dumpster in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His brother, Booth, is killed before Leon has a chance to get the baby. Did Leon kill his brother in order to save the baby? Is there a baby? In this noir crime story, Cinnamon and Burro unravel a closely woven secret, beguile a neurotic police officer, and assist a man with schizophrenia badly in need of treatment. Strange characters with odd habits abound. All the while, Burro uses his visions to search for the baby, the killer, and the long lost Momma, who appears and then disappears from view.  –> Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon

 

June,  2017
Midwestern Birds: Backyard Guide by Bill  Thompson              
(Nature/Birds)
Bird watching is one of America’s favorite hobbies, and with the help of Midwestern Birds Backyard Guide, you can enjoy this fast-growing activity from the comfort of your own home and yard.  It includes large, full-color photos of featured birds.  –> Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon
 
 
 A priest's collar with blood on it and a cross necklace hanging beneath the collarJune,  2017

The Rector by Michael Hicks Thompson
(Christian Murder Mystery)
Martha McRae is a widow living in a small Mississippi Delta town in the 1950’s.  She’s obsessed with the sudden death of her Episcopal church’s young rector.  A murderer could go free if she doesn’t investigate.  But she is torn between justice and loyalty to a friend in Bible study.   –> Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon

       

June, 2017
White Lies by Susan Barrett 
(Contemporary Women’s Fiction)
Beth is a guest at a wedding.  The bride is Tess, her natural daughter, who’d been adopted as a baby.  During the moments leading up to the marriage ceremony, Beth remembers the lifetime events  that led to her present state of sick fear.  Could the bridegroom be the first child she’d   given up for adoption?   –> Click here for full review as it appears on Amazon
 
  
 
June, 2017
One Summer in Montmartre by Teagan Kearney
(Commercial Women’s Fiction)
Paris, 1873:  A  charismatic Impressionist artist, Luc  Marteille, becomes obsessed with his young model, Hélène. Paris, 2007: Anna discovers a long-hidden love letter from a French artist in the back of her favorite painting.  She travels to Paris to learn who the mysterious recipient of the letter is. Her dramatic and unexpected venture begins.   
 
 
 

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