Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Defense of Honor - A Review

Published - June 2018, Bethany House
Series - Haven Manor Book 1
Author - Kristi Ann Hunter
Title - A Defense of Honor
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
Katherine "Kit"FitzGilbert left the London society with its gossip and judgement over a decade ago. She lives a secluded life in the country. Business returns her to London where she finds her way into a ballroom and a chance meeting with Graham, Lord Wharton. Graham is intrigued by the woman hiding behind a plant. When one of his close friends asks for his help in locating his missing sister, Graham doesn't hesitate. What he thought was a chance encounter with the lovely Kit becomes much more as he soon finds himself deeply involved in Kit's life. Graham suspects that she knows more about his friend's sister's disappearance than she is letting on.

My thoughts:
This book wasn't nearly as light as some of the author's other books. Yet I was captivated with it. I loved the characters in this book from Graham and Kit to the people they encounter. I'll admit that this book was a little slower than the others the author has written, but this book was really good. I truly enjoyed it.

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

Recommended to fans of Jody Hedlund, Julie Klassen, Jane Austen

Rating - 5 stars


Monday, August 27, 2018

Journey to Jericho - A Review

Published - August 2018, Worthy
Series - Secret of the Hidden Scrolls Book 4
Author - M.J. Thomas
Title - Journey to Jericho
Format - paper
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About the book:
The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls series follows siblings Peter and Mary and their dog, Hank, as they discover ancient scrolls that transport them back to key moments in biblical history. In this fourth adventure, the time-traveling trio journeys to an ancient desert and finds the Israelites preparing to enter the Promised Land. With limited time to solve the secret of the scroll, Peter and Mary join Israelite spies on a reconnaissance mission to Jericho; sneak Rahab to safety; and ultimately face the scheming man in black as the walls of the city begin to crumble. Fans of the series will love this whirlwind adventure that brings the Bible to life. Ages 6-9 years.

My Thoughts:
This was really cute. I actually enjoyed it more than book 3. I love seeing where the scrolls take Peter and Mary. I love how they have a certain amount of time to solve the mystery or be stuck in the past forever. The kids get some help along the way of course. 

I really want to know more about the uncle they're staying with. 

This entire series reminds me a lot of the Adventures in Odyssey with the Imagination Station. 

I received a copy from the publisher in order to share my thoughts and opinions. My thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Recommended to fans of: Adventures in Odyssey, Magic Treehouse

Rating - 4 stars

Monday, August 20, 2018

Called to Protect - A Review

Published - July 2018, Revell Books
Series - Blue Justice Book 2
Author - Lynette Eason
Title - Called to Protect
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book:
Chloe St. John has been part of a K-9 unit for the past year. She and her partner, Hank, are frequently called to scenes where drugs are suspected. When she's called to the scene of an accident, not only does Hank find drugs, but he also discovers several teen girls - a part of a human trafficking ring. This case has connections to her missing teenage cousin. US Marshall Blake MacCallum's teen daughter has been missing for over a week. He gets a text ordering that he murder the judge he's protecting or he'll never see his daughter again. When his assignment and Chloe's case collide, Blake and Chloe vow to not only find his daughter, but also get to the bottom of the human trafficking case.

My thoughts:
This book was a FAST read for me. It held my attention all the way through. In fact, I read it, start to finish, in one day.

I loved Chloe and Hank. I think Hank's probably my favorite character. I also loved seeing the rest of the St. John siblings.

I'll admit that I had my suspicions early on as to who was the mastermind, and I wasn't wrong. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

Fans of fast paced, romantic suspense will enjoy this book.

I received a copy from the publisher as part of the Revell Reads program in order to share my thoughts and opinions. I was not required to like the book; only to give my opinion honestly. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Irene Hannon, Dee Henderson, Lynette Eason

Rating - 4 stars

Monday, July 30, 2018

Lone Witness - A Review

Published- May 2018, Bethany House
Series - Atlanta Justice Book 1
Author - Rachel Dylan
Title - Lone Witness
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
When prosecutor Sophie Dawson is the lone witness to a gang-related double homicide, her world is turned upside down. Private security guard Cooper Knight is hired to protect Sophie from the gang, but she's more concerned about prosecuting her latest case than the threat to her life. Sophie wants to stand for what's right, but can Cooper keep her safe?

My Thoughts:
I enjoyed this one so much more than the first one! It starts off with a bang and kept me going all the way through the end. 

I really enjoyed Sophie. I loved getting to know her. I loved to see how she was determined to fight for justice. When things got tough, she didn't back down.

There is a lot of supporting characters that I'd love to see more of. I know that the third book will probably focus on Sophie's friend Mia. 

I received a copy from the publisher for free in order to share my thoughts and opinions. I was not required to like the book. 

Recommended to fans of legal thrillers, romantic suspense

Rating - 4 stars

Hope of Azure Springs - A Review

Published - July 2018, Revell Books
Author - Rachel Fordham
Title- The Hope of Azure Springs
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
Seven years after arriving in her new home, Em is free. Yet her past haunts her. Sheriff Caleb Reynolds is the one who finds her when she is shot after her guardian is killed. As sheriff, he must investigate what happened to her. Through the course of his investigation, he gains Em's trust, and he fights his feelings for her. Can he help her find her sister?

My Thoughts:
This book was a little hard to get into for me, at first. But as I got into the book, I found that it was full of action and delightful characters. It got to a couple of parts where I debated between sleep and finishing the book. Sleep won.

I adored Em's character. She's so strong. I loved how she overcame her past. The twins, Mae and Milly, were adorable. They were just precious. Caleb grew a lot as well. He went from someone who was a bit shallow to a character of depth.

I'm not sure if this is a stand alone novel or part of a series. But I do know that I will read other things by this author.

I received a copy from the publisher for free in order to share my opinion. I was not required to like the book, only give an honest opinion. My thoughts are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Lisa Wingate

Rating - 4 stars, almost 5

Monday, July 2, 2018

Rebel Heart - A Review

Published - June 2018, Revell Books
Series - Daughtry House Book 1
Author - Beth White
Title - A Rebel Heart
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
The long War Between the States is over. It's time to rebuild. All over the South, plantations are being rebuilt and people are starting over. Yet for Selah Daughtry and her sisters, it's a struggle just to survive. Selah longs to hold onto her family's home. But she can't run a plantation by herself. When Yankee Levi Riggins offers her a solution - turn her home into a resort for the railroad -, Selah is hesitant. But with the railroad agreeing to foot the bill of restoring the plantation to its former glory, Selah doesn't have much choice. As Levi works to oversee the rebuilding, he is drawn to Selah. Yet someone wants to ensure that Selah doesn't succeed. Can she allow herself to fall for a Yankee? And can he keep her safe while he gets to the bottom of everything?

My Thoughts:
I read a lot of Civil War books. But I rarely read one set in Reconstruction. For me, this was interesting since I don't normally read books set in the South during Reconstruction.

I really enjoyed this book. I loved getting a glimpse into a historical period I'm aware of, but not fully knowledgeable of. I loved the sense of mystery in this book. I also loved Levi. From the moment he appeared on the page, I was captivated with him. Selah grew on me as I read the book.

I'm eager to read the next in the series as I understand it'll be about Joelle. I'm looking forward to seeing her more fleshed out and seeing how she interacts more and more with Schulyer.

I received a copy from the publisher in order to share my honest opinion about the book in the form of a review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of historical fiction, Elizabeth Camden, Kristi Ann Hunter, Jody Hedlund, Lisa Wingate

Rating - 4 stars

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

More Than Meets the Eye - A Review

Published - Bethany House, June 2018
Author - Karen Witemeyer
Title - More Than Meets the Eye
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book:
Seeking justice against the man who destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront the person responsible. But his quest is derailed when, instead of a hardened criminal, he finds an ordinary man with a sister named Evangeline--an unusual beauty with mismatched eyes and a sweet spirit that he finds utterly captivating.


My Thoughts:
This was super cute. I loved Evangeline and her positive outlook. I also loved her brothers. And Logan. Let's just say that he has a lot of issues to work through, but I love how he works through them. 

I'm hoping for a story about Zach. 

I received a copy from the author to help promote. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 4 stars