Thursday, December 8, 2022

DEAD AIR by Mary Hamilton, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Kit is aghast when she hears shots fired while listening to the local radio station. She thinks she hears her husband call her name then...DEAD AIR.

This new-to-me author took me on quite a ride to unravel the circumstance surrounding this mystery where people are not what they seem. Through tragedy, Ms. Hamilton takes us on a journey of strengthening faith and unlikely friendships. She showed forgiveness where it was thought impossible. She also has a descriptive way with words and gave me a peek into what a physical therapist does. Her characterization of teens was conveyed very well. She put Kit through the wringer and added danger and suspense in the mix.

An exciting, interesting, well-written novel to add to your reading list.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the author through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 5 stars and an underlying faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
Kit Squires never imagined her husband capable of murder. Did her ultimatum drive him to it?

A year after losing his job as a local radio host, Jeff stubbornly clings to the hope of being re-hired and refuses to take any other job. But Kit can’t support the family alone on what she makes as a physical therapist. And their bank account is streaking toward the danger zone, much like her respect for Jeff. Desperate, Kit demands that he get a job or move out.

Then gunshots blast across the airwaves of Jeff’s former show. And in the dead air that follows, Kit recognizes the voice in his troubling last words.

Torn between believing the overwhelming evidence against Jeff or trusting the character of the man she thought she knew, Kit’s choice puts her at odds with their son, Bryce. One of them has to be wrong…which means the killer might still be out there. 

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

SINISTER SECRETS Collection, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

AUTHORS: Traci Hunter Abramson, Clair M. Poulson, and Paige Edwards  

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Traci Hunter Abramson, Secrets of St. Augustine
"A riding accident, an overdose, a suicide. You can run her over with a golf cart for all I care. Just make it happen."

A private European girls' school, a very scared young girl, and an undercover American F.B.I. Agent who happens to appear at just the right moment . . . sound interesting? You'll love this fast paced story with an happily-ever-after ending that the characters didn't even know they needed. 
 
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Clair M. Paulson, Hounded
"You see, someone is out to get me, and I think it goes back to that day . . . although, it could be over the man I killed in a shootout twelve years ago. "

So many reasons to be "hounded". 
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Paige Edwards, In Plain Sight
"If they catch a whiff of cop on you, you're dead. And to add another hiccup to the mix, we have reason to believe someone here at Quantico is feeding them information." -

After a chance meeting early one morning in a local coffee shop, F. B. I. Agent Cody Ackert tries to put the pretty barista with the dual colored eyes out of his mind, but she just keeps popping up. First at an academy training event, and next at an undercover drug bust where Cody had to unceremoniously stuff her in the back seat of his SUV in order to keep her safe. There was nothing remotely romantic about what happened next.
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Three very different novellas with one common denominator . . . fast-paced suspense!
*I purchased the book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars
 
BackCover Blurb:
Prepare for heart-pounding danger in Sinister Secrets, featuring suspense novellas from three of your favorite writers. With all the thrills and chills you’ve come to expect from these best-selling authors, this must-have compilation will keep you at the edge of your seat until the very last page. 
Traci Hunter Abramson: Secrets of St. Augustine

FBI Special Agent Doug Valdez is in France looking for money launderers. The last thing he expects is to find a young girl fleeing for her life or the deadly game of cat and mouse that ensues.
 
Clair M. Poulson: Hounded

Recently retired Army Ranger Renn Huitt has found the perfect job. Working for Bob, a private investigator nearing retirement, should be easy. But Bob has put a lot of people behind bars—people who hold a grudge. And now they are coming for him.
Paige Edwards: In Plain Sight

Jaclyn Girard was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and now she’s caught in the middle of a deadly investigation. With danger mounting, she must work alongside FBI operative Cody Ackert if she hopes to survive.
Covenant Communications, September 1, 2022

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

HOLDING THE LINE by Jennifer Delamere, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay


Oh what trouble a little guide book about spinsters could cause.

In this third book of Love Along the Wires series, we find a different kind of spinster.... widow Rose Finley. Her marriage was not a happy one, so Rose determines to further her career as a telegrapher in a post office instead of seeking to marry again. She is caring enough to want to intervene when she sees a respectable young lady meeting a man with a questionable reputation. When she encounters John Milburn, uncle of the girl, she agrees to chaperone Sophie to a ball.

“Perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment.” Many of the characters have fears and learning to trust God for the outcome is a hard lesson.

This story was about the up and coming class in Victorian England. A time when wealthy businessmen were *marrying up* in society. Ms. Delamere showed the pitfalls that were encountered. It was a time of change in attitude and expectations. Her characters found they could change their long-held opinions for something better.
Great conclusion to an engaging series.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and an underlying faith thread.
 

BackCover Blurb:
Can she find the strength to heal the wounds of her past--and open her heart again?

A widow at just thirty years of age, Rose Finlay is determined to put all ideas of marriage and family behind her and pursue an independent life. But when she notices a young woman about to be led astray by a roguish aristocrat, bitter memories from her past arise, and she feels compelled to intervene. The unintended consequences of her efforts will ultimately force Rose to reexamine her life in a new light.

As the guardian of his two widowed sisters' financial and domestic affairs, John Milburn carries heavy responsibilities for a single man. But he's faced with his biggest challenge when his headstrong niece falls prey to the attentions of a powerful man who could ruin both her and her family.

When Rose and John join forces to protect his niece, they put everything they hold dear--including their growing attraction--in jeopardy.

Bethany House Publishing, December 6, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, and audiobook: 

STAY WITH ME by Jody Hedlund, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #ReleaseDay

Book Three in Waters of Time series continues the saga of time travel by mysterious holy water to 1389 and knights and conflict with France.

Modern day Sybil finds herself entrenched in a war in Medieval times and uses her kickboxing skills to rescue hunky knight, Nicolas, whose brother Simon is out to frame him for spying for the French.

This was quite the tale of Sybil trying to fit in among the simple folk and putting up without modern conveniences, to say nothing of a dangerous plague.

Ms Hedlund puts you in the setting of ancient times and a rumor of a healing water that evil people are searching for. The romance of Sybil and Nicolas is fraught with danger and shows how noble Nicolas is in his intentions to do the right thing. “I wish to let my difficulties drive me to my knees before my Maker and not to my knees in despair.”

Not all is resolved in this story, so I am looking forward to more mystery and relationships to be revealed in the next book.

Very well done, atmospheric time travel.
* I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*4 stars and a solid faith thread

BackCover Blurb:
Sacrificing and dying to oneself is costly.
But doing so brings new purpose and joy.

As a private investigator, Sybil Huxham has seen her fair share of strange occurrences. But nothing in her career has been more perplexing than the miracles she’s witnessed as a result of people drinking ancient holy water. When she discovers more of the rare holy water, she experiences strange overlaps with a nobleman in the Middle Ages who is languishing in a dungeon, accused of treason and condemned to die. To save his life, she finally crosses to the past completely.Nicholas Worth has never met a woman quite like Sybil, and as the two run for their lives into the Weald, they find refuge among a community of outlaws. With both their reputations on the line, they have little choice but to marry. As they get to know each other, an undeniable attraction develops. But danger and disease chase after them, drawing ever closer. Will they be able to escape the threats? And will Sybil choose to stay with Nicholas in the past, or will she be ripped apart from him forever?

Waters of Time
Book 1: Come Back to Me
Book 2: Never Leave Me
Book 3: Stay With Me
 

Digital ebook available at Amazon December 6, 2022

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