Friday, May 24, 2024

WHEN THE FLAMES RAVAGED by Rhonda Dragomir (Day to Remember Series #2) Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Her family had to be alive. The Almighty was both powerful and loving, so no other outcome was possible."

"Time to ride with Jesus upon the storm."


Just that morning war widow Evelyn Benson had been snuggling with her nephew and watching her sassy niece argue about what to wear to the circus. Originally planning to join her brother and his family at the highly anticipated matinee performance, Evelyn had to give up her seat when the owner of the diner where she worked insisted that she come in for an extra shift. When a plume of gray smoke appears in the sky and the wail of sirens pierce through the afternoon bustle, Evelyn takes off in the direction of the circus . . . only to discover that an indescribable tragedy has taken down the big top.

"Fraidy Freddie" alias Hank Webb, (actually Henry Frederick Webster, but that's another story) a popular clown among his other jobs for the circus, collides with a desperate woman searching for family members outside the carnage that was once the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus. Recognizing her as the pretty young waitress from Clyde's Diner, Hank offers what help he can lend, while dreading to tell Evelyn what he already knew.

"No one should have to go through a trauma like this alone."

What an impressive impression of a "day to remember" in American history; July 6, 1944. Populated with vibrant characters, whose search for truth and the courage to live with the results merge with the deep desires of their hearts, making the spiritual journey required to embrace the goodness among the sorrow all that more precious. Proving once more that "as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:9

A highly recommended read for fans of well researched historical fiction layered with inspiration and romance. 

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review

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BackCover Blurb:
Will Faith Perish in the Big Top’s Flames?

Introducing a new series of 6 exciting novels featuring historic disasters that transformed landscapes and multiple lives. Whether by nature or by man, these disasters changed history and were a day to be remembered.

Evelyn Benson’s husband perished in the Bataan Death March but not her faith. The World War II Gold Star widow is taken in by her brother and soothed by the love of his wife and children. Evelyn refuses to cower to grief. She may not understand God’s mysterious ways, but she has never questioned Him—until the circus fire.

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus train chugs into Hartford, Connecticut, on a sweltering day one month after the Allies invaded Normandy. Among the roustabouts is a reluctant clown, Hank Webb. He may hide from his murky past behind grease paint as Fraidy Freddie, but God wants to offer Hank a chance to be found. Though first, what little Hank believes about God will endure a fiery trial.

On Thursday, July 6, 1944, a devastating blaze of unknown origins consumes the circus tent along with Evelyn’s hopes and Hank’s anonymity. 

Barbour Publishing, March, 2024
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Thursday, May 23, 2024

VANISHING LEGACY by Lynette Eason and Kate Angelo, (Elite Guardians Series), Reviewed by Rebecca Maney


"I was doing my homework at the table when I saw her crawl through the hole under our fence and run in there. She looked so scared . . . "

The last thing that Elite Guardian Alana Flores expected to find after a harrowing day on the job was danger in her own back yard. Not only did she discover where her son had disappeared to, but she literally collided with a man who had a young girl under his arm, whose flailing limbs and screaming cries put Alana in instantaneous protective mode. What in the world?

The last thing that trauma surgeon Dr. Cash Thomas expected to learn after a particularly rough rotation; that his daughter Penny had disappeared from an accident scene and was missing . . . his young autistic daughter for whom communication was a struggle. Thankfully she turned up in the back yard of a professional bodyguard? What in the world . . . times two.
Twisting and turning from beginning to end, this harrowing romantic suspense includes two delightfully dynamic duos; a son and a daughter, a father and a mother. How those relationships change is secondary to how they manage to stay alive. An enjoyable story by an emerging voice in romantic suspense who successfully pulls off an exhilarating finish! (plus some pretty romantic moments under a piano!)

" . . . when we are in the valleys, we don't usually notice the beauty all around us. We can only see the struggles . . . When we reach the top of the mountain, we get a different perspective. . . . . Sometimes we need the valley to appreciate the beauty of the mountains."
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 3.5 stars
 

BackCover Blurb:
For this Elite Guardian, protecting her client’s daughter just got personal.

Elite Guardian Alana Flores, former LAPD underwater dive detective, just wants a fresh start in Savannah, Georgia, with her son, Rocco. Hoping to repair their broken relationship, and provide a safer, more stable life, nothing could be more disastrous to her hopes than when they find a terrified, autistic child in her shed.

Oh no.

Enter Cash Thomas, a widowed trauma surgeon struggling to raise his autistic daughter, Penny. He’s put his wife’s disappearance and presumed death behind him…until someone tries to kidnap his daughter. Terrified of losing Penny to the same cartel that supposedly killed his wife, he turns to Alana and the Elite Guardians.

But is Sonia really dead? Or is she behind the kidnapping attempts? Cash and Alana must keep their children safe, uncover the truth about Sonia, and find a way to outsmart the cartel before it's too late.

And what about the spark between them? Could this be the fresh start they both long for? Certainly not while their children are in danger. And when their worst fears happen, will they lose everything?

With heart-pounding foot chases on River Street, underwater thrills off Tybee Island, and a climactic showdown at Forsyth Fountain, Vanishing Legacy will leave you breathless.

Elite Guardians: Savannah
Book 1: Vanishing Legacy
Book 2: Hunting Justice
Book 3: Guarding Truth

Elite Guardians Collection
Book 1: Driving Force
Book2: Impending Strike
Book 3: Defending Honor
Book 4: Christmas in the Crosshairs

Sunrise Publishing, April, 2024
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FOR A LIFETIME by Gabrielle Meyer, Reviewed by Kim

I absolutely love the Timeless series by Gabrielle Meyer! Each and every story is so innovative and so well written. The storylines are always immersive with so many wonderful characters. Whenever I think I know what is going to happen, Ms. Meyer throws me for a loop and does what I totally did not expect or even think of as a possibility! While For a Lifetime is book #3, it can easily be read as a standalone as can all of the previous books in this series.

Grace and Hope are identical twins with polar opposite personalities. I really loved their relationship with each other and how they depended so much on each other because of their time-crossing. In one of their timelines, 1692, they live and work in their father’s tavern during the witch trials in Salem, MA. This storyline was so interesting, yet sad and dark. I wanted them out of there so bad! In their other timeline, 1912, they both have careers that they love and both are close to their parents. I want to say so much more, but basically everything would be a spoiler! So, I will just say that I absolutely loved this story, I was shocked more times than I can say, I cried more times than once, and I was completely satisfied when the story wrapped up! It has been days since I finished this one and it’s still on my mind.

I cannot wait for the next book in this series! I highly recommend each and every story. What amazes me about all of the stories in this series is that there is a time in each when I think that there is no way Ms. Meyer can pull this off so that I am happy with the ending, but each and every time she manages to do it! That takes a talented writer!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. I also purchased a copy. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is light. 5 stars!! 

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BackCover Blurb:
Grace and Hope are identical twin sisters born with the ability to time-cross together between 1692 Salem, Massachusetts, and 1912 New York City. As their twenty-fifth birthday approaches, they will have to choose one life to keep and one to leave behind forever--no matter the cost.

In 1692, they live and work in their father's tavern, where they must watch helplessly as the witch trials unfold in their village, threatening everyone. With the help of a handsome childhood friend, they search for the truth behind their mother's mysterious death, risking everything to expose a secret that could save their lives--or be their undoing.

In 1912, Hope dreams of becoming one of the first female pilots in America, and Grace works as an investigative journalist, uncovering corruption and injustice. After their parents' orphanage is threatened by an adversary, they enter a contest to complete a perilous cross-country flight under the guidance of a daring French aviator.

The sisters have already decided which timeline they will choose, but an unthinkable tragedy complicates the future they planned for themselves. As their birthday looms, how will they determine the lives--and loves--that are best for both of them?

Bethany House Publishers, May 2024
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Wednesday, May 22, 2024

SHELTERED BY THE DOCTOR by Danielle Grandinetti, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise #JustReadTour


Sheltered by the Doctor Blog + Review Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Sheltered by the Doctor by Danielle Grandinetti, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

About the Book

Sheltered by the Doctor

Title: Sheltered by the Doctor
Series:
Harbored in Crow's Nest #5
Author:
Danielle Grandinetti
Publisher:
Hearth Spot Press
Release Date:
May 21, 2024
Genre:
Christian Historical Romantic Suspense

A fake relationship might keep her safe, but will it break their hearts? 

Wisconsin, 1931—Mindy Zahn can’t understand why her parents deserted the family farm, leaving her mute younger sister in her care. Until her mother’s cryptic warning to keep her sister safe becomes a life-threatening task. 

Searching for that elusive something to ease his weary heart, Dr. Nick Matrone is drawn to the cheery Mindy. He would never presume to bring such a sweet woman into his beleaguered past, so friendship is all he can offer. Except, he doesn’t expect needing to save her life. 

As the danger grows, they both must battle through physical and emotional wounds to have a hope of their counterfeit relationship becoming true. 

Welcome to Crow’s Nest, where danger and romance meet at the water’s edge.

PAULA'S REVIEW
Welcome back to Crow’s Nest, Wisconsin and the story of Dr. Nic Matrone and waitress Mindy Zahn. Nic is protective of Mindy and when danger threatens, they agree to a fake relationship. But their hearts have a different idea and the fake becomes real.
The research behind the story shines through. I was intrigued by the problems Mindy had in reading and why her sister Mable would not talk. The author shows these from a 1931 perspective. There are mysterious happenings in this small town and we see familiar characters from previous books band together to ferret out evil. 

Getting to know Nic and Mindy was a pleasure. They both feel unworthy and inadequate but as their faith grows, they realize their worth is in God, not men, which makes them all the more noble and humble. We see more of Buck Wilson, the Conglomerate head, who is still a puzzle. I am glad we get his story in the next and final book of this interesting series.

I recommend this whole series for historical fiction buffs.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bookfunnel on behalf of the author. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are mine alone.* 5 stars and a solid faith thread.

 

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More Books in This Series

Confessions to a Stranger      Relying on the Enemy


About the Author

Danielle Grandinetti

Danielle Grandinetti is an award-winning inspirational romance author fueled by tea and books. As a FHLCW Reader’s Choice and Selah Award Finalist, she mixes romance, suspense, and history to bring her stories to life. Originally from the Chicagoland area, she now lives along Lake Michigan’s Wisconsin shoreline with her husband and their two young sons. Find her online at daniellegrandinetti.com.

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