Friday, December 7, 2018

Rebecca Reviews ~ Mind Games (Kaely Quinn Profiler #1) by Nancy Mehl

Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers 
 
Kaely Quinn's talents as an FBI behavior analyst are impossible to ignore, no matter how unorthodox her methods. But when a reporter outs her as the daughter of an infamous serial killer, she's demoted to field agent and transferred to St. Louis.

When the same reporter who ruined her career claims to have received an anonymous poem predicting a string of murders, ending with Kaely's, the reporter's ulterior motives bring his claim into question. But when a body is found that fits the poem's predictions, the threat is undeniable, and the FBI sends Special Agent Noah Hunter to St. Louis.

Initially resentful of the assignment, Noah is surprised at how quickly his respect for Kaely grows, despite her oddities. But with a brazen serial killer who breaks all the normal patterns on the loose, Noah and Kaely are tested to their limits to catch the murderer before anyone else--including Kaely herself--is killed.
 
Rebecca's Review
5 STARS!!!

"It was time. Let the mind games begin."

Struggling constantly against the misconceptions of others, F. B. I. profile expert Kaely Quinn does use rather unconventional techniques. Being the daughter of a notorious serial killer doesn't endear her to many of her colleagues, but her inclination to have conversations with imaginary suspects might typically place her into the "nutcase" category, except that she is incredibly talented in her field; some would even say brilliant.

When a chilling poem clearly targeting Kaely arrives on the desk of an overzealous newspaper reporter, it becomes up to Special Agent Noah Hunter to take the lead on the case, solve the riddles and keep Kaely Quinn alive. Her reputation and eccentric methodology precedes her, but Noah has been instructed to keep his "mind on the game" and not allow himself to be attracted to the person within; easier said that done, because Kaely's broken spirit is wrapped in a tender and authentic faith, fully clothing her in courage and strength.

An absolutely brilliant thriller!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, the opinions stated above are entirely my own.
 
 
Rebecca is a graduate of Bryan College with a degree in Christian Education and is currently serving at the First Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Gastonia, North Carolina as the Director of Children's Ministry. With nearly 28 years of experience in her field, she has had many opportunities to use her love of reading and writing in creative ways across the generations. A wife, mother of four "nearly" grown children, and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren, Rebecca has been able to return to her love of reading and more recently reviewing, with a renewed passion for the "beauty of story".
 
 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Review ~ The Courage to Love by Shelley Shepard Gray

Published October 16th 2018 by Zondervan

An Amish Homecoming story from bestselling author Shelley Shepard Grey.
After going against her better judgment, Irene Keim fell for a wayward Englisch man, sending her life into a downward spiral. But upon his death, she knows it’s time for a fresh start and new adventures.
Irene quits her job and embarks on a month-long bus trip out west and is presented with the opportunity to rent a room from one of the older couples she befriended along the way. Mary Ruth and Henry Wengerd are more than happy for the company and the help around the house.
But when Mary Ruth and Henry’s son Marcus comes around, he isn’t pleased with the woman they’ve taken in and is determined to push her out. Misunderstandings abound, but both Irene and Marcus learn that people aren’t always what they seem.

My Review
5 STARS!!!

An Amish Homecoming: Four Stories
The Courage to Love by Shelley Shepard Gray

This novella brought back fond remembrances of His Risk, the fourth book in Gray’s The Amish of Hart County series. Irene Keim was introduced in that story and in The Courage to Love we find her living with the Wengerd’s, an older Amish couple that befriended her. With Irene’s volatile family past, the Wengerd’s affection is a balm to her lonely soul and they enjoy many laughter-filled evenings playing Clue. Their home is a safe haven for Irene until their son Marcus returns from an out of town trip and discovers her living there. Marcus has some superiority issues and negative emotions from a former breakup that he hasn’t dealt with but once that is done, the game is on.

The Courage to Love is a quick and enjoyable read. My heart was stirred because of the references to West from His Risk. I won’t give a spoiler in case you haven’t read that one, but he was one of my favorite characters. I loved how Gray builds a complete story in under a hundred pages. Her talent is admirable, for sure and for certain. 

Amish fiction fans will undoubtedly be entertained for a few hours. I’m looking forward to reading the other three novellas included in this collection by authors Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, and Kathleen fuller. 

I was gifted a copy of the book from the author and publisher. No review was required. No compensation was received.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Catching up and...A Caffeine Conundrum by Angela Ruth Strong

The calendar is beginning to fill up with gatherings and I need some downtime to get some housework, cooking, and decorating done. I don't want to feel all frazzled during Advent. That is not what it is about. I want time to focus on the Lord and my family and church. 

From Bold Radio KBLD 91.7
I'm participating (although it's not an official sign-up or anything) in reading a chapter a day in the book of Luke and also a Scripture writing plan for December from 


 She also provides one in Spanish so please visit Sweet Blessings. It's not too late to start!

Of course, it's always fun and relaxing to snuggle in with a cup of hot cocoa or tea and watch TV or read. I've seen a few Christmas movies so far but none that stand out as original. But...as far as reading goes, I just had to share this book. It's called...

A Caffeine Conundrum by Angela Ruth Strong
5 STARS!!!

I’m selective on the books I purchase but I kept hearing about this one. I snagged a Kindle copy and I am delighted I did. A Caffeine Conundrum is funny!!! Marissa and Tandy are two of the zaniest characters I’ve had the pleasure of reading in a long time. Marissa’s antics and Tandy’s thoughts kept me entertained and laughing almost the whole time. Two women—one loves tea, one loves coffee—start out as business rivals. I mean…Come.On! How are they ever going to get along?? 😂

Their journey to becoming friends is nothing less than pure ingenuity on Strong’s part. She has brought a whole new dynamic to this contemporary genre of cozy mystery.

If you're looking for a good read this Christmas season, grab a copy! You won't regret it. 



I'll be popping in and out with other tidbits through the month but this week will be several books and then I am done with reviewing until next year! Whew!!

Any yummy baked goods happening in your home this week? Special gatherings with friends and/or family? Are you participating in either of the activities I mentioned concerning Advent? I would love to know how you prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus, the Messiah! 

Micah 5:2 

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah,
    who are too little to be among the clans of Judah,
from you shall come forth for me
    one who is to be ruler in Israel,
whose coming forth is from of old,
    from ancient days.


Review ~ His Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray

Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 23rd 2018 by Avon Inspire 

It’s set to be a white Christmas in Hart County, and Grace King is pet-sitting in a beautiful home with only a difficult dachshund for company. Just as she starts to miss the bustle of her large Amish family, Grace runs into a familiar face. Living right next door is John Michael Miller. He’s a fireman now, but five years ago, he had courted her older sister, then broke her heart. Seeing him again stirs Grace’s anger, but also reminds her of deeper feelings she’s done her best to deny.

The infatuation John Michael once saw in Grace’s eyes is long gone, though his complicated attraction to her remains. He had walked away all those years ago when he realized he was falling in love with the wrong sister. Now, as suspicious fires are set in their community, that’s not an option. Grace dismisses his warnings, and John Michael vows to keep an eye on her. But he can’t help wondering if he’s reconnected with Grace, only to risk losing her again.

Now all John Michael wants for Christmas is to keep Grace safe, in the hopes that they can one day have a future together.
 

Purchase:


Short Review
4 STARS!!!

Revisiting Hart County during Christmastime feels like being snugly wrapped in a favorite fluffy blanket. Gray combines the perfect touch of intrigue and romance. I enjoyed a few hours of simpler days during this time of year with the focus on family and community and charitable actions rather than the standard hustle and bustle and consumerism of the “Englisher” life.  
His Promise is a refreshing cozy mystery read. 

I received a copy from the author and publisher. No review was required.
No compensation was received.
 


Sunday, December 2, 2018

WINNER!!!


Wendy Newcomb!!!

You won The Making of Mrs Hale by Carolyn Miller! 
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