Friday, August 17, 2018

Review ~ Her Fear (The Amish of Hart County, #5) by Shelley Shepard Gray


Paperback, 271 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Avon Inspire
In New York Times bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray’s latest novel of suspense in her Amish of Hart County series, an EMT falls for a woman with ties to an Amish community where people are dying similar, suspicious deaths

Sadie Detweiler never imagined she’d move to Kentucky, yet here she is: a pregnant, unmarried Amish girl banished by unforgiving parents to live with kin she barely knows. The men are gruff and her cousins are secretive. Worst of all, elderly matriarch Verba becomes mysteriously ill shortly after Sadie moves in. When EMT Noah Freeman arrives, Sadie immediately notices he’s unlike any other Amish man she’s met. Noah is warm, confident, and has an easy way with practically everyone in the community, both Amish and English. Though Sadie is drawn to him, she has little hope he will reciprocate her feelings once he learns she’s with child.


Noah can’t understand how a girl as sweet and lovely as Sadie ended up sleeping on a cot in Verba Stauffer’s kitchen. He also senses Sadie is terrified of something. Concerned, he checks up on her. Eventually they strike up a friendship and soon their attraction is undeniable. When Verba later dies at the hospital and her death is followed by two others, Noah’s boss wants him to dig around the Amish community for clues. He agrees—for Sadie’s sake—because only the truth will keep her safe and by his side.

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About the Author



Before writing romances, Shelley lived in Texas and Colorado, where she taught school and earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. She now lives in southern Ohio and writes full time. Shelley is married, the mother of two children in college, and is an active member of her church. She serves on committees, volunteers in the church office, and currently leads a Bible study group, and she looks forward to the opportunity to continue to write novels that showcase her Christian ideals.
Read more about Shelley at her website: www.ShelleyShepardGray.com



My Review
4 STARS!!!

Sadie’s back story is sad. Her parents and boyfriend treated her as if she was garbage and they could throw her out when they didn’t want her anymore. I was relieved when she finally, through Noah’s tenderness and love, came to realize that she is worthy because she is a child of God. Hope gave her courage to take a stand against savage treatment from her father, and begin the journey to who she was meant to be.
Noah is quite simply a gut (good) guy. He has always felt called to help others and being an EMT gives him a unique opportunity to use his Pennsylvania Dutch language to translate when they are called out to an Amish home. From the first time he sees Sadie hovering anxiously near the door, he knows something is not right in the Stauffer household. But how is he going to figure out what it is? Why does he even care when he doesn’t know her?
I enjoyed reading Her Fear because it is a different type of Amish story. Sadie is banished to live with kinfolk, the Stauffer’s, in Kentucky, and there is a mystery surrounding the goings-on in that home. I was expecting something creepy, after all it is a SSG novel, but when it was revealed, I was kind of taken aback. In all my years of reading Amish fiction, I don’t think I have come across the subject. I appreciate the author notes in the back of the book discussing Kentucky Amish and their history. I feel like I learned something about a community of people that fascinates me.
The story felt a little rushed, especially near the end, but I still recommend it to fans of Amish fiction and mystery/suspense. It wasn’t nail biting but I was spellbound at times and definitely did not want to put the book down. Gray certainly knows how to fully engage my senses. I’m looking forward to the next book in the Amish of Hart County series. Even though this book 5 in the series, it can be read as a stand-alone.
I was gifted a paperback copy of the book from the publisher. No review was required. No compensation received.
~Happy Reading~




Wednesday, August 15, 2018

GIVEAWAY ~ The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble

Rebecca has an extra copy of this newly released book and is offering it up to one blog follower, US Only. Giveaway rules at end of post. 


About the Book 

The dangerous beauty of Lavender Tides is harboring secrets that reach around the world. Ellie Blackmore is making a name for herself as a house flipper. But when her sister Mackenzie disappears, Ellie can’t focus on anything but uncovering what happened. Her only clue is the bloodstain on the deck of Mackenzie’s boat. Ellie knows her sister isn’t on the best of terms with her ex-husband, Jason, but he wouldn’t kill her—would he? 

Coast Guard intelligence officer Grayson Bradshaw believes Mackenzie faked her own death after stealing a seized cocaine shipment. The problem is convincing Ellie, who seems to view him as the true enemy. 

Both Ellie and Grayson want truth, but truth—and family—is often more complex than it first appears. From international terrorism to the peaceful lavender fields of Puget Sound, The House at Saltwater Point is a thrilling race to uncover the truth before it’s too late. 




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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Review ~ A Defense of Honor (Haven Manor 1) by Kristi Ann Hunter

Paperback, 376 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
When Katherine "Kit" FitzGilbert turned her back on London society more than a decade ago, she determined never to set foot in a ballroom again. But when business takes her to London and she's forced to run for her life, she stumbles upon not only a glamorous ballroom but also Graham, Lord Wharton. What should have been a chance encounter becomes much more as Graham embarks on a search for his friend's missing sister and is convinced Kit knows more about the girl than she's telling.

After meeting Graham, Kit finds herself wishing things could have been different for the first time in her life, but what she wants can't matter. Long ago, she dedicated herself to helping women escape the same scorn that drove her from London and to raising the innocent children caught in the crossfire. But as much as she desperately wishes to tell Graham everything, the risk of revealing the truth may come at too high a price for those she loves.

About the Author

Kristi is the RITA® award winning author of Regency romance novels from a Christian worldview. Her books include the award winning Hawthorne House series as well as the newly published first stories of the Haven Manor series. Beyond writing, she is also speaker, teaching classes in writing as well as Biblical and spiritual topics. She has spoken to writers' groups, schools, and young women's groups at churches. 

When she is not writing or interacting with her readers, Kristi spends time with her family and her church. A graduate of Georgia Tech with a computer science degree, she can also be found fiddling with her computer in her free time. A born lover of stories she is also an avid reader. From very young she dreamed of sharing her own stories with others and praises God daily that she gets to live that dream today. Find her online at www.kristiannhunter.com. 
Read an excerpt and find purchase links here.

My Review
4 STARS!!!

Haven Manor is almost a world unto itself. It drew me into its halls, filling my heart with compassion and love for the women and children who reside there. The cast of characters is a treasure trove. I loved witnessing their lives change and enrich through each other. Hunter writes authentic Regency, the details and descriptions seem so real.

A Defense of Honor is the first book in a new trilogy by acclaimed author, Kristi Ann Hunter. It is a moving look at what life possibly warranted for women compromised and bearing illegitimate children of the aristocracy. I never gave much thought to the subject and was quite intrigued as I read along.

Katherine “Kit” FitzGilbert finds her life changed from that of a dazzling debutante to a do-whatever-it-takes champion of these women. All she imagines for them is the work house, or even death, if she doesn’t step in and seek to provide a haven in order to protect them and their children from a lugubrious future. Needless to say, Kit is untrusting of men and reasons that none would step forward to do the right thing without strong-arm tactics.

Graham, Lord Wharton, is simply a refreshing character and exactly whom Kit needs to become acquainted with to show her the fallacy of her thinking. He is heir to an earldom, looking for purpose in life. He has no dark and dangerous history as is often found in Regencies, which upon first glance may seem dull but he is anything but! Hunter has written an exceptionally romantic character in Wharton. There is a viridity about him that I found refreshing.

Historical fiction fans will undoubtedly savor this narrative of mystery, cunning manipulation, mysterious chess pieces, delightfully charming children, heart-stirring romance, containing themes of forgiveness and redemption. I know I was enraptured and had a difficult time setting it aside to do other things. I eagerly await book two.

I was provided a print copy of the book from the publisher. No review was required. No compensation has been received.

~Happy Reading~



Saturday, August 4, 2018

WINNER!!!



Diana Flowers won The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck. 

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Have a blessed Sabbath!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Review ~ Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig (The Tox Files, #3)

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Bethany House Publishers
Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies' blood. Cole "Tox" Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.

The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father's life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram's long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddux, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram's secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.

Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.
 
About the Author

Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. She married her own hunky hero, who’s an Army veteran. After twenty-plus years of marriage, she and her husband have a full life with four children and a retired military working dog. Ronie’s degree in psychology has helped her pen novels of raw, broken characters. Since launching onto the publishing scene, Ronie’s Rapid-Fire Fiction has hit the CBA Bestseller List, won the prestigious Christy Award, the RT Reviewer's Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, IRCA, FamilyFiction’s Readers’ Choice Awards, as well as being named an RT Book of the Year Nominee. Ronie loves people and helping other writers through speaking, workshops, and/or mentoring. Find Ronie at www.roniekendig.com, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/rapidfirefiction) , Twitter (@roniekendig), GoodReads, and Instagram.




My Review 
5 STARS!!!

I was gutted at the end of Thirst of Steel, the astounding conclusion to The Tox Files. It's a good thing no one was here. Seriously, my husband would have thought I was crazy, crying over a fictional character like I did but I was totally stunned and almost sick to my stomach—the emotional tension in the final chapters was off the charts! Yes. I know that sounds unbelievable. We are talking about fiction, after all. But I think that is the sign of an unquestionably good book, when the author can draw the reader so far into story that you connect with the characters, feel invested in their lives and the choices they make or don’t make. Every book I choose to read, I hope this is the way I am going to feel. 

The Tox Files has been one of the best series I have read and certainly Kendig’s finest! There are many memorable characters that deserve mention. No doubt about it. But the two that impacted me most are Tox and Ram and their relationship. They are not only brothers-in-arms but brothers-in-Christ. The trust between them is unwavering. At a critical moment, they quote the Special Forces Creed to each other. As the parent of an active military member, I know firsthand the bond and allegiance that forms between compatriots and my tears flowed.

Incredible amounts of energy and emotion are prevalent in Thirst of Steel. It resonates with the purest and most perfect example of well-written characters, dialogue, mystery, and sacrifice. No quarter is taken in the pacing, action or intensity of this story. Be prepared for the ride of a lifetime as Tox, Ram, and the Wraith team slake the  
Thirst of Steel!

I was provided an electronic copy of the book from the publisher through Netgalley. I was not required to write a review. No compensation has been received.

~Happy Reading~