Monday, March 5, 2018

Sea Before Us - A Review

Published - February 2018, Revell
Series - Sunrise at Normandy Book 1
Author - Sarah Sundin
Title - The Sea Before Us
Format - ebook, paper
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About the Book:
It's 1944, and the world has been at war for a few years. Lt. Wyatt Paxton arrives in London as part of the men involved in the planned Allied invasion of France. His job is to take maps and turn them in to bombardment plans. He works closely with Dorothy Fairfax, a WREN. Dorothy spends hours piecing together maps of the French coastline based upon vacation photos from people across the nation. Her own family photos are among the submissions. Their friendship turns to love as the war escalates. Both are reluctant due to personal reasons.

My thoughts:
I loved this book! It's the start of a new series. I loved learning about how much effort went into D-Day. I had a grandfather who served in France during WWII and was part of the D-Day invasion.

Wyatt and Dorothy are both pretty complex. I loved how they were each able to see the other's struggle, but not their own. It made for a very real character. The other characters were fun to get to know as well. I hope to see some of the other WRENs in the other books.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Revell Reads program. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion.

Recommended to fans of WWII, Sarah Sundin

Rating - 5 stars

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Song Unheard - A Review

Published - January 2018, Bethany House
Series - Shadows Over England Book 2
Author - Roseanna M. White
Title - Song Unheard
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book:
Willa Forsythe is a talented violinist. She's also a thief. She and her family take on various jobs working for the mysterious Mr. V. This time she's asked to steal the cypher from a famous Belgian violinist. Lukas De Wilde is handsome, charming, talented, and a refugee. His mother and sister are stuck in Belgium, in hiding, and he's in Wales. When he meets Willa, he's drawn to her talent on the violin. He's determined to win her over. Willa finds herself torn between her heart and the job she's asked to do. When she finds out what the key actually is, will she be able to follow through with her job?

My thoughts:
This one took me a little bit to get into, but once I was hooked, I couldn't put it down. I loved getting to know Willa and seeing more of Barclay and the others. Looking forward to book 3 about Barclay.

One of the things I loved about this book was getting to know Lukas's sister Margot. She was such a fun character. I also loved Willa's surrender. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher to share my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of WWI, historical fiction, Roseanna White, Katie Breslin

Rating - 4 stars

Probing - A Review

Published - December 2017, Bethany House
Series - Harbingers Book 3
Author - Bill Meyers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt, Alton Gansky
Title - Probing
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the Book:
Cycle Three of the Harbingers series offers more suspense, more chills, and a deeper look into the battle for light in a growing darkness. 

In Myers's "Leviathan," the team heads to Hollywood for a taping of the new TV pilot, Live or Die, the Ultimate Reality. Little do they realize the depths of darkness they are about to enter--a darkness that, unless they stop it, will soon spread across the globe.

Frank Peretti's "The Mind Pirates" offers a rousing story featuring bizarre visions and memories of a murder, a kidnapping by 17th-century pirates, and an earring with mysterious powers. The team must overcome the ruthless scheming of an evil, hidden nemesis. 

In "Hybrids" from Angela Hunt, the sight of two children chills the team to their bones. Seeking rest and relaxation, the four friends must instead find answers to the arrival and mission of two mysterious black-eyed children. 

In "The Village" from Alton Gansky, a visit to a guarded and secretive small town in North Carolina becomes the most challenging mystery they've ever faced--as they race to solve a problem they barely understand before time runs out.

My Thoughts:
While this wasn't the best in the series, I did enjoy it. It took me a little longer to get into it. The way that one of novellas ends makes me wonder if there will be a fourth installment in the series.

I received a copy for free from the publisher for the purpose of sharing my opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of suspense, Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker

Rating - 4 stars

Sunrise Easter Surprise - A Review

Published - January 2018, Worthy
Author - Hannah C. Hall
Title - Sunrise, Easter Surprise!
Format - board book
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About the book:
A lively Easter board book depicting the joy that spread with the news of Jesus' Resurrection
All of creation is alive with the news: Jesus lives! From chirping birds to chattering rabbits to buzzing bees, the pages of this Easter board book spill over with joy. With cheerful verse and lighthearted-yet-reverent illustrations, Sunrise, Easter Surprise! imagines Jesus' Resurrection from the perspectives of those who might have seen and heard of it first: the sun as it rose, a flower as it bloomed, and the first people at the empty tomb. This exuberant Easter book offers even the littlest listener a better understanding of what the Resurrection means to all creation: new life through Jesus. Ages 2-5.

My Thoughts:
This was super cute! I loved the illustrations. I loved the way that the animals celebrated Easter. 

This is a great book for children beginning to read, for parents, for anyone who enjoys children's books.

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 4 stars

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

That Grand Easter Day - A Review

Published February 2018 Worthy Books
Author Jill Roman Lord
Title That Grand Easter Day
Format hardcover

About the book
With beautiful illustrations and an engaging rhyming text, this book tells of the empty tomb.

My thoughts
This was super cute. The text is written in a way that reminds me of the rhyme "The House That Jack Built." The illustrations remind me of the style of animation in the Prince of Egypt. I loved the little bunny. The rest of the book was just cute.

I received a copy from the publisher to review. I wasn't required to like the book; only to give my honest opinion.

Recommended to elementary school librarians, teachers, parents

Rating 4 stars

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Lacemaker - A Review

Published - January 2018, Revell Books
Author - Laura Frantz
Title - The Lacemaker
Format - ebook, paper

About the book:
When colonial Williamsburg explodes like a powder keg on the eve of the American Revolution, Lady Elisabeth "Liberty" Lawson is abandoned by her fiance and suspected of being a spy for the hated British. No one comes to her aid save the Patriot Noble Rynallt, a man with formidable enemies of his own. Liberty is left with a terrible choice. Will the Virginia belle turned lacemaker side with the radical revolutionaries, or stay true to her English roots? And at what cost?

Historical romance favorite Laura Frantz is back with a suspenseful story of love, betrayal, and new beginnings. With her meticulous eye for detail and her knack for creating living, breathing characters, Frantz continues to enchant historical fiction readers who long to feel they are a part of the story.

My Thoughts:
Laura Frantz has done it again! She's transported me to a world that is rich in historical detail and made me forget about everything else going on. 

Seriously, I've always loved reading about the Revolutionary Period. I loved Noble. I loved how he was falling for Liberty long before he admitted it. When she lost everything, he wanted to protect her. But she's a determined young lady. I loved her grit and her determination. And the other characters as well. I know that this is not part of a series, but I'm not ready to say goodbye to these characters yet. I'd love to see more from them. 

I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher to share my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Laura Frantz, Julie Lessman, Jody Hedlund

Rating - 5 stars

Oath of Honor - A Review

Published - January 2018, Revell Books
Series - Blue Justice Book 1
Author - Lynette Eason
Title - Oath of Honor
Format - ebook, paper

About the book:
Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

My Thoughts:
This book was one that I couldn't put down! I was drawn into it immediately. It was certainly a page turner!

I loved both Izzy and Ryan. I loved how they worked well together. I also loved the family dynamic of Izzy's family. 

I'm one of those people who catch the occasional episode of Blue Bloods. This book (and series) reminds me of that show.

I received a copy from the publisher for free in order to give my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Recommended to fans of Blue Bloods, romantic suspense, Lynette Eason, Irene Hannon, Dani Pettrey.

Rating - 5 stars