Thursday, June 22, 2017

Freedom's Price - A Review

Published - June 2017, Revell Books
Series - Keys of Promise Book 3
Author - Christine Johnson
Title - Freedom's Price
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
After the death of both her parents, the loss of her home, and hoping to escape an arranged marriage, Catherine Haynes travels from England to Louisiana hoping to be with her mother's family. Only her journey doesn't go as planned. The ship she's on becomes dangerous to travel just outside of Key West. Stranded in Key West for a time, Catherine meets the dashing Tom Worthington. Tom makes his living salvaging wrecked ships, but his real goal is to seek justice for his father's murder. When Catherine enlists his help in escorting her to Louisiana, he agrees. Neither knew what was in store for them on the plantation. Could the man who murdered Tom's father be the same man who is running Catherine's family's plantation? If so, then they are both in danger. Will long held secrets keep them apart?

My Thoughts:
I really liked this book. There was more mystery in it than the others in the series. I enjoyed both Tom and Catherine's characters. I thought that they worked well together.

While this is the third book in the series, it stands alone. The majority of the book takes place in Louisiana. It's been a while since I read something that is set pre-Civil War era in Louisiana. I'd forgotten how much slave labor was used in the South. This book forces both of the main characters to look at their own views of slavery.

Still it was an entertaining read.

I received a copy for free from the publisher as part of the Revell Reads program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund

Rating - 4 stars

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Fifth Petal - A Review

Published - January 2017, Random House
Author - Brunonia Barry
Title - The Fifth Petal
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book (Goodreads):
When a teenage boy dies suspiciously on Halloween night, Salem's chief of police, John Rafferty wonders if there is a connection between his death and Salem’s most notorious cold case, a triple homicide dubbed "The Goddess Murders," in which three young women, all descended from accused Salem witches, were slashed on Halloween night in 1989. He finds unexpected help in Callie Cahill, the daughter of one of the victims newly returned to town. Neither believes that the main suspect, Rose Whelan, respected local historian, is guilty of murder or witchcraft.  But exonerating Rose might mean crossing paths with a dangerous force. Were the women victims of an all-too-human vengeance, or was the devil raised in Salem that night? And if they cannot discover what truly happened, will evil rise again?

My Thoughts:
I'd never heard of this author before. But when I saw it was available to review, both the cover and the back cover copy drew me in, so I thought "why not." 

I had no idea what to expect from this book. I was drawn in quickly. I was curious to see how all of the puzzle pieces were going to line up. 

Reading about a modern day witch hunt in Salem was interesting on several levels. First I vaguely remember learning about them in my history classes in school. Second, it made me think about how we live in a society today that could easily have such a thing happen. 

Would this have been a book I'd have tried if it wasn't a review copy? Probably not. Am I glad I gave it a chance? Absolutely. Would I read books by this author again? Maybe. I'd have to see. If I were in a mystery kind of mood, then yes. 

Overall, this book was an unexpected surprise that I found myself enjoying.

I received a copy of this book for free from the Blogging for Books program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 4 stars

For Love and Honor - A Review

Published - March 2017, Zondervan
Series - An Uncertain Choice Book 3
Author - Jody Hedlund
Title - For Love and Honor
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book (Goodreads):
Lady Sabine is harboring a skin blemish, one, that if revealed, could cause her to be branded as a witch, put her life in danger, and damage her chances of making a good marriage. After all, what nobleman would want to marry a woman so flawed? Sir Bennet is returning home to protect his family from an imminent attack by neighboring lords who seek repayment of debts. Without fortune or means to pay those debts, Sir Bennet realizes his only option is to make a marriage match with a wealthy noblewoman. As a man of honor, he loathes the idea of courting a woman for her money, but with time running out for his family’s safety, what other choice does he have? As Lady Sabine and Sir Bennet are thrust together under dangerous circumstances, will they both be able to learn to trust each other enough to share their deepest secrets? Or will those secrets ultimately lead to their demise?

My Thoughts:
I think I've read everything that Jody Hedlund has written. This is the third book in the author's young adult series. 

I really enjoyed this book. It is helpful to have read the others first because that's where the reader is really introduced to Sir Bennet. I loved how he was determined to care for his family. I also loved Lady Sabine. I thought she was witty and a good match for Sir Bennet. 

This was a fast read. I love to read about knights and their ladies. Since I knew that this book was written for younger audiences, that I shouldn't expect quite the depth that I get in the author's adult novels. Still, the characters were deep, and they struggled to overcome their challenges.

I received a copy of this book for free from the BookLook Blogging program. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of young adult, knights, Jody Hedlund, Melanie Dickerson

Rating - 4 stars

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wings of the Wind - A Review

Published - May 2017, Bethany House
Series - Out From Egypt book 3
Author - Connilyn Cossette
Title - Wings of the Wind
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book (from Goodreads) -
Alanah, a Canaanite, is no stranger to fighting and survival. When her family is killed in battle with the Hebrews, she disguises herself and sneaks onto the battlefield to avenge her family. The one thing she never counted on was surviving.
Tobiah, a Hebrew warrior, is shocked to find an unconscious, wounded woman among the Canaanite casualties. Compelled to bring her to a Hebrew healer back at their camp, he is soon confronted with a truth he can’t ignore: the only way to protect this enemy is to marry her.
Unused to being weak and vulnerable, Alanah submits to the marriage—for now. As she comes to know and respect Tobiah and his people, however, she begins to second-guess her plans of escape. But when her past has painfully unanticipated consequences, the tentative peace she’s found with Tobiah, the Hebrews, and Yahweh is shaken to the core. Can Alanah’s fierce heart and strength withstand the ensuing threats to her life and all she’s come to love?
 


My thoughts -
I didn't know what to expect when I picked up this book. Biblical fiction is a genre that I usually don't read. Yet the cover captivated me. So I picked it up.

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with this. It's told from the perspectives of both Alanah and Tobiah. I loved to see how Alanah came to understand the God of the Hebrew people. I loved to see how she finally came to a point that she was willing to be used by God. 

Over the years, I've read countless stories of how the Israelites left Egypt to return to the Promised Land. Yet this is the first one that I've read that actually talks about how they felt. 

I'm really glad to know that this book stood alone and I didn't have to have read books 1 and 2. 

I received a copy for free from the publisher to review. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Recommended to fans of Biblical fiction

Rating - 4 stars

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Love Letters from God - A Review

Published - April 2017, Zondervan Books
Author - Glenys Nellist
Title - Love Letters from God
Format - ebook, hardcover
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About the book -
In this heart-warming picture book designed for girls, author Glenys Nellist tells the inspiring stories of incredible women in the Bible. With beautiful illustrations by Rachel Clowes and sweet lift-the-flap envelopes, each story delivers a special message for children to open as they read their own personal love letters from God. Full of warmth and love, this picture book will fill girls’ hearts with the wonder of the Lord. The stories of Eve, Miriam, Esther, Mary, and many more will delight children and remind them of the bond they can share with God, just like the women of the Bible.

My Thoughts -
This was cute. Each story has a special letter to open. I found that it was longer than most Bible story books I'd read. I enjoyed it though.

I received a copy for free from the publisher to review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 4 stars

Monday, May 29, 2017

What Hope Remembers - A Review

Published May 2017, Revell Books
Series - Misty Willow Book 3
Author - Johnnie Alexander
Title - What Hope Remembers
Format - e-book, paper
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Amy Somers never dreamed that she'd be living in the country. Yet after walking away from her career, she discovered she needed her family. And her family happens to live in the country. Amy's hoping to figure out who she is when she runs into childhood crush, Gabe Kendall. Gabe is a former Marine with a prison record. He happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. As he tries to make sense of his life now, he finds himself drawn to the girl he never forgot. Can these two hearts find healing together?

I didn't like Amy in the first book. I thought she was a brat. I didn't care much for her in the see book either. But this book showed how more there was to her. By the, I actually liked her. I loved Gabe though. I loved how he wanted to take care of his family.

This series is great. I have enjoyed each one.

I received this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of sharing my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of women's fiction.

Rating - 4 stars

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Long Time Gone - A Review

Published - March 2017, Bethany House
Series - Cimarron Legacy Book 2
Author - Mary Connealy
Title - Long Time Gone
Format - ebook, paper
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The Bodens are still in danger. Someone wants their ranch. With Chance recovering in Denver, the running of the ranch falls to his children - Cole, Justin, and Sadie. Only now Cole's been shot and is fighting for his life. Justin and Heath, Sadie's husband, put plans in place to find the traitor. To complicate matters, the beautiful Angie DuPree is staying at the ranch to help ensure that Cole is on the mend. Justin finds the woman to be a big distraction. Will having her at the ranch put her life in danger?

It was a delight to return to the Cimarron Ranch. I saw the sparks between Justin and Angie in the first book, and eagerly devoured their story. While the problems at the ranch didn't get completely resolved in this book, there have been some that were resolved. I can't wait for the third book to really wrap up the ends.

I received this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of providing my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Mary Connealy, westerns, historical fiction

Rating - 4 stars