Friday, June 14, 2019

Far Side of the Sea - A Review

Published - March 2019, Bethany House
Author - Kate Breslin
Title - Far Side of the Sea
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the Book:
In spring 1918, Lieutenant Colin Mabry, a British soldier working with MI8 after suffering injuries on the front, receives a message by carrier pigeon. It is from Jewel Reyer, the woman he once loved and who saved his life--a woman he believed to be dead. Traveling to France to answer her urgent summons, he desperately hopes this mission will ease his guilt and restore the courage he lost on the battlefield. 

Colin is stunned, however, to discover the message came from Jewel's half sister, Johanna. Johanna, who works at a dovecote for French Army Intelligence, found Jewel's diary and believes her sister is alive in the custody of a German agent. With spies everywhere, Colin is skeptical of Johanna, but as they travel across France and Spain, a tentative trust begins to grow between them.

When their pursuit leads them straight into the midst of a treacherous plot, danger and deception turn their search for answers into a battle for their lives.

My Thoughts:
Ever since I read Breslin's debut novel, For Such a Time, I have devoured every book that has come out that she has written. This book has a connection to the one Not By Sight, but I didn't even realize that until I was almost finished with the book when it hit me that some of the characters are in both books. 

Johanna and Colin's character development is probably part of what made me love this book. I think the author's writing style also made me love this book. I really couldn't put it down, though I had to. Life had to go on with things like work and sleep. But it's such a wonderful book. 

I received a copy of the book from the publisher on behalf of the author to help promote it. And while I'll admit that I did forget to talk about it and promote it until now, I wasn't asked to like the book. In fact, all I was asked to do was to help promote it. I certainly didn't expect to love the book. My thoughts are my own.

Recommended to fans of Jody Hedlund, Laura Frantz

Rating - 5 stars


Between Two Shores - A Review

Published - February 2019, Bethany House
Author - Jocelyn Green
Title - Between Two Shores
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the Book:
The daughter of a Mohawk mother and French father in 1759 Montreal, Catherine Duval finds it is easier to remain neutral in a world that is tearing itself apart. Content to trade with both the French and the British, Catherine is pulled into the fray against her wishes when her British ex-
fiance, Samuel Crane, is taken prisoner by her father. Samuel asks her to help him escape, claiming he has information that could help end the war. 

Peace appeals to Catherine, but helping the man who broke her heart does not. She delays . . . until attempts on Samuel's life convince her he's in mortal danger. Against her better judgment she helps him flee by river, using knowledge of the landscape to creep ever closer to freedom. Their time together rekindles feelings she thought long buried, and danger seems to hound their every mile. She's risked becoming a traitor by choosing a side, but will the decision cost her even more than she anticipated?

My Thoughts:
I've read a couple of books by Jocelyn Green and I'm always amazed by the depths of the books. The settings just seem to spring to life. This one was no exception. Honestly, I wasn't in the mood to read something deep when I received it. But, I was soon drawn into the author's world. I was remind a lot of Laura Frantz's books while reading it because of how beautifully written it was. 

I received a copy of the book from the publisher in order to share my thoughts and opinions. I was not asked to like the book, only to give an honest opinion of it. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Laura Frantz, Jody Hedlund

Rating - 4 stars

Living Lies - A Review

Published - May 2019, Revell Books
Series - Harbored Secrets Book 1
Author - Natalie Walters
Title - Living Lies
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book:
In the little town of Walton, Georgia, everybody knows your name--but no one knows your secret. At least that's what Lane Kent is counting on when she returns to her hometown with her five-year-old son. Dangerously depressed after the death of her husband, Lane is looking for hope. What she finds instead is a dead body.

Lane must work with Walton's newest deputy, Charlie Lynch, to uncover the truth behind the murder. But when that truth hits too close to home, she'll have to decide if saving the life of another is worth the cost of revealing her darkest secret.


My Thoughts:
This book kept my interest from the first page. I'm always a little unsure as to what to expect from an author's first book. Do I hope I'll find a new must read author? Will I be bitterly disappointed? This book fell in the first category for me. 

I felt bad for Lane, being the person who literally stumbles upon a dead body. But the way that those outside of her family tried to protect her made me want to just give her a hug. Her family, I didn't care for them. But I kept turning the pages in this book. I think it's the mark of a good author when writing suspense that the reader doesn't figure out who is the mastermind until the author reveals it. I kept trying to figure out how to put the pieces together, but I was missing something. Once it was revealed, I realized that it was obvious and I should have seen it all along. 

I am eagerly waiting for the next book by this author. 

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

Recommended to fans of Irene Hannon, Lynette Eason, Terri Blackstock

Rating - 4 stars


Friday, May 24, 2019

Rise of the Mystics - A Review

Published - May 2019, Revell Books
Series - Beyond the Circle Book 2
Author - Ted Dekker
Title - Rise of the Mystics
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book:
Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams. They are all wrong. 

Rachelle Matthews, who grew up in the small town of Eden, Utah, discovered just how wrong when she dreamed and awoke in another world. There she learned that she was the 49th Mystic, the prophesied one, tasked with finding five ancient seals before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, the world will forever be locked in darkness.

In The 49th Mystic, Rachelle found the first three of those five seals through great peril and mind-altering adventure. But two seals remain hidden and the fate of both worlds hangs in their balance.

As Rachelle Matthews sits deep in a dungeon, Vlad Smith is just getting started. Thomas Hunter's world is about to be turned inside out. The mystics say that there is no defense against the Fifth Seal--but finding it will cost Rachelle everything.

So begins the final volume of high stakes in one girl's quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward.

Ready? Set?

Dream.

My Thoughts:
I was so glad that this book was in my hand when I finished the first one. Book one ends with a cliffhanger, and this one picks up immediately where it left off. 

Rachelle's journey to find the last two seals is dangerous for both worlds. But her journey in itself is page-turning.

I was glad to read this book. It kept me up well past my bedtime. It was one of those that I'll probably reread again once this series has sunk into my brain.

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

Recommended to fans of Ted Dekker, thrillers

Rating - 4 stars

49th Mystic - A Review

Published - May 2018, Revell
Series - Beyond the Circle Book 1
Author - Ted Dekker
Format - ebook, paper, audio
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About the book:
Some say the great mystery of how one can live in two worlds at once died with Thomas Hunter many years ago. Still others that the gateway to that greater reality was and is only the stuff of dreams.

They are wrong. In the small town of Eden, Utah, a blind girl named Rachelle Matthews is about to find out just how wrong.

When a procedure meant to restore Rachelle's sight goes awry, she begins to dream of another world so real that she wonders if Earth might only be a dream experienced when she falls asleep in that reality. Who is a simple blind girl to have such strange and fantastic dreams?

She's the prophesied one who must find and recover five ancient seals--in both worlds--before powerful enemies destroy her. If Rachelle succeeds in her quest, peace will reign. If she fails, both worlds will forever be locked in darkness.

So begins a two-volume saga of high stakes and a mind-bending quest to find an ancient path that will save humanity. The clock is ticking; the end rushes forward.

Ready? Set?

Dream.

My Thoughts:
It's been a while since I picked up one of Ted Dekker's books. He never fails to disappoint. His books are action packed and can be classified as thrillers. This one follows the Circle series. It would be helpful to read that series first, but it's not necessary. 

This one is set in two worlds - the current one, and the one of dreams. Rachelle has to find the ancient seals, and with enemies after her, it won't be easy. 

I was drawn in from the first. I really couldn't put it down.

I received a copy from the publisher in order to promote it. I was not required to like it, only give my honest opinion. 

Recommended to fans of thrillers, Ted Dekker, Frank Peretti

Rating - 4 stars

Sweet on You Blog Tour #SweetonYouTour &#BHPFiction

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Sweet on You
(Bradford Sisters #3)
By Becky Wade
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 368 Pages
April 30th 2019 by Bethany House Publishers

Britt Bradford and Zander Ford have been the best of friends since they met thirteen years ago. Unbeknown to Britt, Zander has been in love with her for just as long.

Independent and adventurous Britt channels her talent into creating chocolates at her hometown shop. Zander is a bestselling author who's spent the past 18 months traveling the world. He's achieved a great deal but still lacks the only thing that ever truly mattered to him--Britt's heart.

When Zander's uncle dies of mysterious causes, he returns to Merryweather, Washington, to investigate, and Britt is immediately there to help. Although this throws them into close proximity, both understand that an attempt at romance could jeopardize their once-in-a-lifetime friendship. But while Britt is determined to resist any change in their relationship, Zander finds it increasingly difficult to keep his feelings hidden.

As they work together to uncover his uncle's tangled past, will the truth of what lies between them also, finally, come to light?


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Becky’s a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She’s the Christy Award and Carol Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.


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My Review:
This book was absolutely adorable! I loved the bit of mystery that it had in it. I also loved Zander and Britt. This book was a fast read, though it had a slight slow start. But watching Britt create all of her chocolates made me wish I could go to her chocolate shop. Watching Zander and Britt grow from book one through this one was fun too. I felt that I knew them better because they'd had three books to develop their stories. 

I received a copy of this book from the publisher as part of the Sweet on Your Blog Tour. I was not required to like the book, only give my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of Becky Wade, Janice Thompson, Irene Hannon, Contemporary Christian Romance

Rating - 4 stars

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

The Edge of Over There - A Review

Published - April 2019, Revell
Series - Day the Angels Fell Book 2
Author - Shawn Smucker
Title - The Edge of Over There
Format - ebook, paper
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About the book:
Before the Tree of Life, everything in Abra Miller's life had been predictable. But after the Tree and the lightning and the angels, everything felt tenuous, like holding a soap bubble in the palm of her hand. She spent years looking for signs of that other world, waiting for it to break through. When it didn't, her friendship with Sam Chambers grew cold and distant, and they both wondered how any of it could actually have happened.

Four years later, 16-year-old Abra's long-delayed quest to find the next manifestation of the Tree of Life is renewed when she sees a woman walking up the road--a woman who looks exactly like Sam's dead mother. The woman directs her to New Orleans where she will find the grave of Marie Laveau, one of seven gateways between this world and Over There. As Abra enters The Edge of Over There and begins her pursuit of the Tree once more, she doesn't know whom to fear or whom to trust. But she's starting to think that some doorways should never be opened.

My Thoughts:
I like fantasy. I enjoy science fiction. The premise of this novel intrigued me; especially since it fell into the sci-fi/fantasy genre. This book fell short for me though. I wanted to like it. I really did. But to be honest, it really didn't hold my interest. Maybe because it's book 2, and I didn't know that. Maybe it's because my current reading mood is mystery/suspense, or light-hearted reads. I don't know. All I know is that this one was a struggle to read. 

I didn't connect with the characters. In fact, I got a little bit lost in the changing perspectives. Unlike one of my current reads, the changing perspectives weren't all first person. But the entire time I was reading it, I felt like I was missing big pieces of the story. 

This is one book that just wasn't for me. Others may enjoy it, and if the positive reviews on Amazon are any indication, others do enjoy it. I didn't hate it, I just feel rather blah about it.

I received a copy from the publisher to share my honest opinion about it. I was not required to like the book, only to share my honest opinion. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Rating - 3 stars