Thursday, September 19, 2019

FINDING LADY ENDERLY by Joanna Politano, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Finding Lady Enderly by Joanna Politano is truly a work of art, a gift to the historical Christian fiction fan.
Captivating from the start, the first chapter was full of romance, intrigue and beautiful words. What a wonderful way to entice the reader. This book is a gem, my favorite genres of historical and mystery rolled into one extraordinary book. I love the quotes at the beginning of each chapter from The Diary of a Substitute Countess: “Many people who go out looking for themselves will become lost, for they look outside themselves or inward, rather than up to the God who we reflect.” There are many profound truths in each entry.

Raina, the rag girl, is asked by a solicitor to journey to Rothburne Abbey to take a job that will completely change her life of poverty. With next to no information, she takes on the persona of Lady Enderly, harder than Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion.

Raina goes by many names: Ragna, Lady Enderly, Cinderella ; but will she finally find her true identity in God? “It is important to remember who you are. Names have great significance, and we cannot let the world twist them.”

Ms. Politano uses well loved, classical literature in a unique way as a means of communication between two who cannot openly converse. I eagerly read each page for new clues to the mystery of Lady Enderly. A surprise in every chapter. This book has many spiritual truths cloaked in exquisite language waiting to be discovered. It is very reminiscent of The Price Of Privilege series by Jessica Dotta or a Wilkie Collins mystery with many threads to unravel.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 


See Trixi's and Nicole's Reviews

BackCover Blurb:
Raina Bretton is a rag woman in London's east end when a handsome stranger appears in a dank alley and offers her a glittering smile and a chance for adventure. Rothburne Abbey has a unique position for her, one that will take her away from her hardscrabble life and give her a chance to be a lady. Things she could only dream of might be coming true. But some dreams turn out to be nightmares.

Though Raina has traded squalor for silk and satin, something about the abbey is deeply unsettling. As she wrestles with her true identity, the ruin, decay, and secrets she finds at the heart of the old mansion tear at her confidence and threaten to reveal her for who she really is. Only one man stands between her and the danger that lurks within--and only if he decides to keep her biggest secret hidden.


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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

FOUR DREAMS OF YOU by Sondra Kraak, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

What fun it was to return to Pine Creek, Washington in Four Dreams of You, Sondra Kraak’s latest edition to her Love That Counts series. I enjoyed reconnecting with some of the characters from the previous books. Kraak is a master at creating multi-layered, endearing characters and keeping the tension, both romantic and otherwise, building at a perfect pace.

Torin Monaghan has earned a place on my favorite heroes list. Although he is very competent and protective of his family, he is quiet, keeps to himself a lot of the time and tends to be more serious than others in his family. Because he is the oldest sibling, the others in his family look to him as a leader and steadying force. His passion for conservation has put him in the public eye and brought him to the attention of those high in the government.

“She’d not been aware of the steadiness that Torin brought until it was missing. Strange that the quiet one would have the loudest presence . . . “

Grace Thomas makes a wonderful heroine. I loved her compassion for others and her willingness to help anywhere she’s needed. Both Grace and Torin have wounds that need to be healed, and I enjoyed seeing them help each other heal and grow.

“Don’t settle for just anything because you’re afraid you’ll end up with nothing.”

Kraak is a very insightful author, and I love how she adds inspiration and depth to her stories. “God isn’t pushed away by our sharp edges. He draws even closer during those times when others are driven away.” “God doesn’t abandon his own. He doesn’t tire of us or grow weary with us. He goes with us into the valleys, and he camps with us on the mountains.” Courage, faith, love of family, and integrity are woven seamlessly through this story.

This book has a little of everything—suspense, intrigue, romance, and inspiration. I recommend it to those who enjoy well-written historical fiction. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. 

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:
Unfulfilled dreams have left Grace Thomas vowing not to let her imagination roam wild again. Resigning herself to the goal of owning a dress shop, she accepts a position as a housekeeper at Monaghan Lumber Camp in order to earn funds. The plan is simple, easy, and safe. But Torin Monaghan is not. The reclusive brother who seems indifferent to her presence is ironically the one stirring up her imagination.

Torin Monaghan will not be deterred from his passion to preserve the beauty of nature. Even if it appears as if he’s going against his family. Even if the quirky and wistful seamstress invading his space is proving a distraction. To his frustration, Grace Thomas is not easily dismissed, and neither are the ways she’s opening his eyes to a different sort of beauty.

When past threats bring new trouble to Pine Creek, Torin and Grace must become vulnerable—to each other and their community—and through risk, discover that reality is more fulfilling than their dreams.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

IN TOO DEEP by Lynn Blackburn, Reviewed by Kim

With this story, Lynn Blackburn has become my newest auto buy author! I am loving this series, and I can’t wait for the next book, One Final Breath, which came out on September 3rd! This team has such great camaraderie and the mysteries are so well done. There’s always a perfect amount of action, enough to keep you on your toes, but not so much that it becomes unbelievable. And, the touches of humor are perfect! I love it when authors have the ability to throw in much needed humor in the middle of some serious and tragic happenings. The faith that is sprinkled throughout is perfectly placed and so real.

Adam and Sabrina are perfect together! Sabrina’s very logical thoughts and responses cracked me up more than a few times. I also enjoyed catching up with Ryan and Leigh and seeing more of Gabe and Anissa - their story is next! If you love great romantic suspense, this is your author!

*I purchased my copy.

Back Cover Blurb:
When the dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren't prepared to find an encrypted laptop--or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.

Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming--a professor at the local university with unparalleled computer security and forensics skills--to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam's own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.

The truth could set hundreds free--but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn invites readers back to Carrington, North Carolina, where everything is not as it seems and sinister elements lurk behind the idyllic façade.


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Monday, September 16, 2019

How Tall is your TBR Pile?

Readers usually have a TBR (To Be Read) Pile: a stack of books we're planning on getting to when we're done with whatever we're currently reading.
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I have a stack of books from RWA for my TBR pile, which now goes alongside the TBR pile I'd already compiled.

That got me wondering, how many books are in my TBR pile? (23 because I can't fit anymore in the "TBR spot." There are a few others on a shelf, and some in my Amazon cart!) I'm currently reading three books, two fiction and a non-fiction.

So how many books are in your TBR pile? Will you give me a title in the comments? (One of mine is Connie Mann's Beyond Risk.)

And...have you ever measured your TBR pile by height instead of number of books?

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Susanne Dietze is the RWA RITA nominated author of over a dozen stories with Timeless Heart. Visit her on her website at www.susannedietze.com 



Sunday, September 15, 2019

DEADLY EVIDENCE by Elizabeth Goddard, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt


 

One minute Tori is calmly kayaking down Wind River in Mount Shasta California enjoying the scenery and the next minute she's being shot at, and forced to go tumbling over the waterfall to escape. Now how's that for an opening scene?
Tough-as-nails FBI agent Tori Peterson isn’t afraid of anything, even when she’s faced with being a killer’s target. She’ll go galloping into danger faster than a speeding bullet with guns blazing! Except for when it comes to falling in love with ex-boyfriend Ryan Bradley again. She’d rather go down fighting the still-there attraction than surrender her heart. But if she wants to help solve her sister’s murder, she must find a way to work with the lead detective while keeping her feelings buried. Ryan, the ever protective one, has to contend with her prickly nature while taking lead of the multiple murder investigation. Still reeling from Tori leaving town—and him—to pursue a career in the FBI, is his heart too bruised to heal from the still-tender feelings?

This was action packed, adrenaline laced, with plenty of nail biting scenes. The high tension between these two shot enough sparks to light a bonfire! Goddard knows how to keep you on your toes with the suspense and romance perfectly balanced. You never know what’s coming next in this one! Prepare yourself for a wild ride all the way to the end in “Deadly Evidence”!
*I received a complimentary copy from the author and was under no obligation to leave a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*


BackCover Blurb:
A dangerous reunion they may not survive

In this Mount Shasta Secrets novel

FBI agent Tori Peterson intends to find her sister’s murderer, even if someone’s willing to kill her to keep the truth hidden. But that means returning home and working with the lead detective—her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Bradley. Though sparks still fly between them, Tori and Ryan must stay focused on catching a killer…before they are silenced for good.

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

ONE FINAL BREATH by Lynn H. Blackburn, Reviewed by Nicole Cook and Paula Shreckhise #GIVEAWAY


NICOLE'S REVIEW:
“She glared at him for a moment. Oh, he made her so mad sometimes. But then he smiled. And that smile . . . That smile was the thing dreams were made of.”

With the perfect blend of romance and suspense, award winning author Lynn H. Blackburn’s highly anticipated conclusion to her popular Dive Team Investigations series will leave readers cherishing the story long after the final page. One Final Breath is an unforgettable tale of forgiveness and grace, the power of friendship, and discovering true love. Ever since I read Beneath the Surface (book one in the series), I have been eagerly waiting for my favorite dive team member, handsome and charismatic Investigator Gabe Chavez, to get his own story. One Final Breath has been my most anticipated book of the year, and it will be on my list of top 10 books of 2019. Gabe and Anissa’s story was definitely worth the wait.

One Final Breath can be read as a stand-alone novel, but to fully appreciate the deep friendship between the dive team members and their heartwarming relationships with their significant others, it is highly recommended to read the entire series. You won’t be disappointed!

In the stunning conclusion to the Dive Team Investigations series, Investigator Gabe Chavez is determined to uncover the mystery behind the seemingly random homicide of a teenage boy. As the investigation begins, dive team captain Anissa Bell discovers a link to her past and suddenly her life is in extreme danger as she becomes the killer’s next target. As Anissa and Gabe’s relationship quickly heats up after years of animosity toward each other, Anissa’s past and present collide, leaving them in the fight for their lives.

One Final Breath is highly recommended for readers of romantic suspense, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Dani Pettrey, Lynette Eason, Rachel Dylan, Natalie Walters, and Elizabeth Goddard. It is bittersweet to say goodbye to this incredible series and cast of characters, but I will treasure the opportunity to revisit old friends in the future as One Final Breath will enjoy a permanent spot on my keeper shelf.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

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“She’d been pushing him away since . . . well . . . since that first dive. She’d never met anyone like him. She knew his type. So confident. So sure. So . . . dangerous to her heart.”
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PAULA'S REVIEW:
One Final Breath is the third book in the Dive Team Investigation series by Lynn H. Blackburn.

We get to see what Gabe Chavez and Anissa Bell encounter to mend their relationship. This couple has had a very rocky start. Anissa is the Dive team captain and was not pleased when Gabe could not keep up with the training exercises because he was undercover. But the situation is about to change as their joint history is explained and Anissa’s background is revealed.

While at their team member’s and friend’s house on Lake Porter, the team hears a shot and a shout for help. In the darkness, they rescue a teen and keep a body from being lost in the lake. Quite an opening! The whole team and their friends work together to find out who killed a young man. The clues seem to go in different directions until they find a common thread in Anissa. Can they figure it out before she takes her One Final Breath?

The plot has you savoring every page for the twisty plot, the great romance and the way the author weaves spiritual threads throughout the story. The crossover bit with Brady St. John from Lynette Eason ‘s Blue Justice series was great! ( I finished reading them a few weeks ago).

This series makes Lynn Blackburn an author to watch. She conveys the story with believable and exciting situations. Her characters are not perfect but find their strength in God.
*A copy of this book was provided by Revel Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*



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Back Cover Blurb:
Revenge has no statute of limitations

When investigator Gabe Chavez had his cover blown by an aggressive reporter, the silver lining was being able to rejoin the dive team. The downside? Dive team captain Anissa Bell, a woman who both fascinates and frustrates him.

Anissa grew up as a missionary kid on the Micronesian island of Yap and always planned to return after college. But she remained stateside, determined to solve the case that haunts her--the murder of her best friend and the disappearance of a three-year-old child.

When Anissa's fractured past collides with Gabe's investigation into the tragic shooting death of a teenage boy in Lake Porter, they'll have to put aside their complicated history with each other in order to uncover the killer's identity.


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Author Bio:
Lynn H. Blackburn is the author of Beneath the Surface, In Too Deep, Hidden Legacy, and Covert Justice. Winner of the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense, and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel, Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She's passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don't make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in Simpsonville, South Carolina, with her true love, Brian, and their three children.


Friday, September 13, 2019

THE DATING CHARADE by Melissa Furguson, Reviewed by Kim

Wow! I loved this story!!! I cannot believe that this is Melissa Ferguson’s debut! I am definitely going to be watching out for more of her books! I hope she’s a fast writer! This book was full of everything I love in a romance - humor, heart, wonderful main characters, great secondary characters, and, of course, a happily ever after with a few bumps along the way!
Jett and Cassie are both such wonderful and giving characters. There were some serious and sad parts to this story, which really brought out just how giving they both were. And the humor? I laughed out loud so many times while reading this story! Cassie’s sure way out of a date was so funny. And Jett and the toddlers at church was hilarious! I think I laughed nonstop that entire scene! My only one tiny issue with this story was that I wished Jett and Cassie had more page time together.

I’m really hoping we get Bree’s story next. But, if not, I’ll be reading whatever Melissa Ferguson writes next! Wonderful debut!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. 


BackCover Blurb:
Cassie Everson is an expert at escaping bad first dates. And, after years of meeting, greeting, and running from the men who try to woo her, Cassie is almost ready to retire her hopes for a husband—and children—altogether.

But fate has other plans, and Cassie’s online dating profile catches the eye of firefighter Jett Bentley. In Jett’s memory, Cassie Everson is the unreachable girl-of-legend from their high school days. Nervously, he messages her, setting off a chain of events that forces a reluctant Cassie back into the dating game.

No one is more surprised than Cassie when her first date with Jett is a knockout. But when they both go home and find three children dropped in their laps—each—they independently decide to do the right and mature thing: hide the kids from each other while sorting it all out. What could go wrong?

Melissa Ferguson’s hilarious and warmhearted debut reminds us that love can come in very small packages—and that sometimes our best-laid plans aren’t nearly as rewarding and fun as the surprises that come our way.


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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Love and Hope at Christmas - Boxed Set #Giveaway

Christmas is a time of joy, hope, and love. These historical romantic novellas will take you to a simpler time where men were tough and women often tougher. From mail-order brides to matchmakers to small town romances, this collection has something for everyone.

Curl up in your favorite chair and step back into an old fashioned, Christmas romance.

Deb here. Inside this collection you'll find stories from twelve different authors. I asked them to tell me what inspired their stories...


Desert Duet by Debra E. Marvin:
Everything came from my decision to choose Humbug, Arizona as the setting. Humbug was a mining settlement in the Bradshaw Mountains (now completely remote and unused) but still of interest. To capture the essence of the area, I had to go with the appropriate time period and settled on the 1930s! I loved pulling in aspects of Old Hollywood and the era of gangsters. And oh yes, it can be cold enough to snow in Arizona's mountains!

Blurb: It’s 1933 in the good old US of A. In the midst of drought, the Depression, and gangsters on the lam, America finds solace in Hollywood's Golden Age.

Ex-pilot Eugene Tanner, determined to pen the lyrics for the movie industry's first "Best Song" award, books a rushed December stay at the remote Humbug Creek Guest Ranch (A Gold Mine of a Getaway!) Where better to find inspiration for an epic Western, than amid all that trail dust and burnt coffee?

Thea Knight gives up her short holiday break from the studio’s costume department to play cowgirl hostess at her family’s struggling guest ranch. But instead of helping their witty and handsome guest, she becomes his biggest distraction. Old flames and past regrets take a backseat when the pair become embroiled in a ghost town mystery marring Humbug, Arizona’s rustic Christmas. Thankfully, the cowgirl is as fast with her Winchester as she is with her comebacks
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Christmas in Winter Creek by Debby Mayne (link): 
Why I chose this setting:

I chose to set Christmas in Winter Creek in a small town in the South that was similar to Summerville, South Carolina, where I lived when I wrote it. People are friendly there and get involved in each other's lives, providing the perfect opportunity to fall in love ... and face conflict with a bunch of busybodies. I love books with a strong sense of community, so it seemed like a perfect fit.

Blurb: 
Landscaper Molly Bradford is caught off guard when the town matchmaker brings her together with Mayor Sam Maxwell, her sister's former high school boyfriend. As the two of them help decorate the small South Carolina town for Christmas, they're both forced to deal with their feelings for each other. Will romance bloom, or do they have different destinies?


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The Evergreen Wreath by Tanya Stowe (link):
Why I chose this setting:

I loved, loved writing The Evergreen Wreath. The story of the children, two young people struggling with adult issues, trying to survive and trying to take care of younger children tugged at my writer’s heart in more ways than I can count.
Blurb:
Twenty-year-old Levi Harper needs help. Life is difficult after his father and brother die in a mine cave-in but when pneumonia takes his mother, Levi can't manage the mine and his four younger siblings alone. He signs up for a mail-order-bride. Virginia Pepper is determined to escape her father’s unrelenting anger and all-too-ready fists. She’ll do anything to get on that train…even agree to marry a stranger. But she has no intention of trading one abusive man for another. Paper marriage or not, she’ll be on her way first chance she gets, no matter how sweet and kind Levi seems. As Christmas approaches, Levi counts down the days with a waiting, hopeful spirit. Can the Christmas season create a path for Levi into Virginia’s heart?

 

And here's a taste of more stories in this sweet collection~

Christmas Blessing by Martha Rogers (link):
As a mail-order bride, Nelle Pugh marries Riley Thornton and inherits a ready-made family. I loved writing Nelle’s story as she grew from a frightened, unsure woman who knows nothing about taking care of a home and family, much less a husband, into a loving, caring woman who proves herself to be quite capable. Riley’s heart of ice after his wife’s sudden death finally melts under Nelle’s charm and her love for his children.

A Tucumcari Christmas by
Gail Gaymer Martin (link):
After unhappy romantic relationships, Shelly Dawson avoids all male prospects and devotes herself to her position in a men’s clothing store, but when she learns her friend has fallen in love, she decides to surprise her with a visit. When she arrives she meets Mike Elliot who has come for a visit also with a secret he needs to share if he can find courage. With Shelly’s best friend already seriously dating, Shelly finds herself in the company of Mike. Though he is attractive and very nice, her past fears and flaws knot her into confusion and her forward step becomes a backslide. As time heals her wounds, a new piece of information puts their relationship in jeopardy unless she can understand that the news only adds to their relationship and is a blessing.

Handcarved Christmas by Cynthia Hickey (link):
Laura Worth answers an advertisement for a bride and leaves Missouri to meet her groom in Montana. When she gets there, she realizes her husband-to-be, Ben Cooper, has no knowledge of having sent for her. She is devastated, even more so when she breaks a precious heirloom. Ben's heart goes out to the beautiful woman and he marries her in answer to his mother's dying wish. As Christmas approaches, the two wonder whether their marriage will hold the love and intimacy God intended it to have. Will Ben win the heart of his unexpected gift?


A Christmas Belle by Anne Green (link):
Amanda Jeffrey, mail-order bride, arrives in the Wild West expecting to wed a cowboy. Frank Calloway, Sheriff of Angel Vale needs a mother for the baby left on his doorstep. But can the delicate Southern belle with the disappointed expression accept a Southern man, rather than a cowboy, after another Southern groom jilted her at the altar? And is the delicate southern belle strong enough to handle life in the rugged western boom town?
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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

THE YELLOW LANTERN by Angie Dicken, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"In my village, there were thieves in the night . . . . . Body snatchers."

Is it possible to look upon one's grave and yet remain very much alive? Such was the life that Josie Clay, formerly known as Josephine Clayton, was living, but it came with a price. The fact that she lived and breathed upon the table of a snatcher meant that another had to take her place; a cruel trade-off for the sake of her penniless father.

Travelling away from her hometown to find employment while she watched and waited, Josie unintentionally becomes fond of her employer, Braham Taylor. Unexplained accidents seem to plague his cotton factory and Josie's skills as a healer draw her into an unwanted limelight. Soon Josie comes face-to-face with a nearly impossible decision, forcing her to search the depths of her heart, and to plead with the only One who truly holds the power over life and death.

"Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."

Expect to hold your breath many times over while turning every page of this astounding story! 

*I purchased this story and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
True Colors – Fiction Based on Strange-But-True History

In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she gas assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.

After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. They strike a deal—Josephine will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission—posing as a mourner to help the body snatcher procure her replacement.

At the mill though, Josephine is praised for her medical remedies among the other female workers, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager, Braham Taylor. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

BENEATH THE SURFACE and IN TOO DEEP by Lynn H. Blackburn, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

Hooray, I’ve found another awesome group of characters to get to know and another author to put on my favorites list. I am glad I have all the books in this series so I can “dive” right into the next one!
Beneath the Surface refers not only to the body the dive team finds on a training exercise...... it also describes the things going on in the investigation and a romance that is simmering between Ryan Parker, a homicide investigator, and Leigh Weston, a nurse practitioner.

Fast paced, I read this book in just over a day. It was an interesting look into what goes on during identification of bodies and how the team works to uncover clues about a serial killer. Twists and turns galore and nice background information on the team and the community of Carrington, North Carolina.

*I won this book in a contest. I was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions are my own. *

In Too Deep is the second book in the Dive Team Investigations series. I really enjoyed getting to know the members of the team better. This book focuses on Adam and Sabrina.

Adam Campbell is from an influential family in Carrington, N. Carolina. He is an investigator for the

local Police Department. Dr. Sabrina Flemming also comes from money and is an expert in computer forensics. They met on a case several years previous.

This story revolves around a victim in a submerged car. Lisa Palmer tried to see Adam in an official capacity just days ago and now she is dead and it was anything but suicide. Sabrina Flemming is asked to see if she can uncover clues that are in Lisa’s laptop that was found in the car under water. Things get complicated when connections are made and Sabrina’s life is threatened multiple times. Can Adam, Sabrina and the team decipher the information before it’s too late? Are they In Too Deep for their own safety?

I like the camaraderie and teasing of the characters. They have a close relationship with God that shows up in their everyday lives. This suspenseful book took me one day to read. It was interesting and engaging. Christian Romantic Suspense at it’s best. I am looking forward to the last book in this series.
*I purchased this book from Amazon. All opinions are my own.*


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BackCover Blurb:
Beneath The Surface:
After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer--one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn't let go until the final heart-pounding page.



BackCover Blurb:
In Too Deep:
When the dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren't prepared to find an encrypted laptop--or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.

Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming--a professor at the local university with unparalleled computer security and forensics skills--to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam's own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.

The truth could set hundreds free--but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn invites readers back to Carrington, North Carolina, where everything is not as it seems and sinister elements lurk behind the idyllic façade.


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Monday, September 9, 2019

YOU BELONG WITH ME by Tari Faris, Reviewed by Nicole and Kim

KIM'S REVIEW:
I want to start off by saying that I absolutely loved the prequel novella to this series, P. S. Goodbye. If you haven’t read it, sign up for Tari Faris’ newsletter and you will get a free copy! It’s totally worth your time! You do not have to read the novella before reading You Belong to Me. They are both stand-a-lone’s.

Here’s what I liked about this story: I liked the small town setting. I used to live in a very small town and I really miss it. I love stories with good secondary characters who actually have their own storyline. Actually, in this story, my favorite characters were the secondary ones, Thomas and Janie. Their story was much more interesting to me. I am also interested in Nate’s story, which I hope comes next.

Now, for what didn’t work for me: I just could not connect with either Hannah or Luke or their relationship. I felt that there were way too many secrets and lies between them which basically continued throughout the entire story. Because of this, I just couldn’t root for them to be together. I also felt like too many problems were solved too easily. To be really invested in a story, I need to feel like it is realistic and this one just didn’t feel that way to me.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book.

NICOLE'S REVIEW:
“If she hadn’t wanted to slap the smug expression off his face, she might have been tempted to kiss it. Best friends really shouldn’t be allowed to be that good-looking.”

In her debut novel, You Belong with Me, author Tari Faris creates a heartwarming contemporary romance featuring a close-knit group of friends and family members who reside in the beloved small town of Heritage, Michigan. Hannah Thornton and her best friend Luke Johnson call the town of Heritage home, although former foster kid Luke still struggles with a sense of belonging. Readers will be treated to two different love stories in this novel, similar to the style of Susan May Warren’s novels. After breaking Hannah’s heart years earlier, there might still be a future for Hannah and Luke if their secrets and differences don’t destroy their second chance at love. Last year, Hannah’s brother Thomas abruptly ended his relationship with the love of his life Janie, although unanswered questions and unresolved feelings linger.

Readers will fall in love with the town of Heritage and will look forward to the rest of the series. Tari Faris gives readers hope for the future and shares the message of God’s never-ending love for us. I love her writing style and the way she incorporates bits of humor throughout the romance storylines.

You Belong with Me is recommended for fans of contemporary romance and for readers who enjoy novels by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, Courtney Walsh, Melissa Tagg, and Susan May Warren. P.S. Goodbye, the prequel novella to her Restoring Heritage series is currently only available to her newsletter subscribers, so readers can sign up for her newsletter at http://www.tarifaris.com and be introduced to many of the characters who will play an important role in her Restoring Heritage series.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

Back Cover Blurb:
Realtor Hannah Thornton has many talents.
Unfortunately, selling houses isn't one of them.

When a business tycoon determines to raze historic homes in the small town of Heritage, Michigan, and replace them with a strip mall, Hannah resolves to stop him. She sets about helping Heritage win a restoration grant that will put the town back on the map--and hopefully restore her disgraced family name. But she'll need help to do it.

As a foster kid, Luke Johnson never truly felt he belonged. Now he has a chance to earn his place in his hometown. But he doesn't anticipate how his relationship with Hannah will set into motion events that reveal the truth about who he is--and who he was.
 


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Author Bio:
Tari Faris has been writing fiction for more than 10 years. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy, she works for My Book Therapy, manages learnhowtowriteanovel.com, and is a 2017 Genesis Award winner. She has an MDiv from Asbury Theological Seminary and lives in the Phoenix, Arizona, area with her husband and their three children. Although she lives in the Southwest now, she lived in a small town in Michigan for 25 years.




Sunday, September 8, 2019

A GLITTER OF GOLD by Liz Johnson, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

A Glitter of Gold is the second book in the Georgia Coast Romance series by Liz Johnson but it can be read as a standalone.

What if the treasure you found wasn’t the treasure you were searching for? What if God gave you both?

Anne Norris Is trying to make a new start miles away from the past she can’t forget. She renames herself Anne Bonny and leads pirate tours in old Savannah. Anne finds an artifact after a huge storm and takes it to be authenticated to museum director Carter Hale. Could this be a dream come true for both of them? They agree to help each other track down the sunken ship that the artifact could be from. They come up against many obstacles.

A friend who helps them search explains a plaque hanging in his boat: “Treasure is Trouble”. “Treasure isn’t trouble cause it’s so hard to find. Treasure is trouble because it reveals a man’s heart.”... Anything a man sets his mind on is his treasure... it’ll reveal true character.”

As Anne struggles with her past actions, Carter’s aunt Tessie tells her: “Shame is not your covering, Grace is.”

The beautiful entries in a diary handed down to Carter and some very old letters uncover clues to their search. The romance depicted there spark them to not abandon hope. Ms. Johnson describes a wonderful romance between Captain Samuel Thackery and Rebecca Jones who is searching for her brother in the mid-1700s.

Engaging from the start, the story was fascinating. The author got to the heart of what the characters were really looking for. It was full of themes of forgiveness, redemption and grace.

This is the first book I have read by Liz Johnson and it will not be my last; it is an exceptional tale.

*A copy of this book was provided by Revell Publishers through Interviews and Reviews. I was under no obligation to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own*
See Rebecca's, Winnie's and Trixi's Reviews, too!

BackCover Blurb:
Anne Norris moved to Savannah, Georgia, for a fresh start. Now her pirate-tour business is flagging, and paying the rent requires more than wishful thinking. When she discovers evidence of a shipwreck off the coast of Tybee Island, she knows it could be just the boon she needs to stay afloat. She takes her findings to local museum director Carter Hale for confirmation, but she runs after a disastrous first meeting.

Carter has been searching for the location of the wreck detailed in the worn pages of an 18th-century diary, the discovery of which could open the door to his dream job at a prestigious museum. But convincing Anne to help him fill in the missing pieces of the puzzle is no easy task. And working with Carter means that Anne will have to do the one thing she swore she'd never do again: trust a man.

Finding a monetary backer and sticking with a search that's turning up nothing will take all their dedication--and every secret they've tried to hide. If they can find the lost ship, they may discover a treasure worth more than all the pirate gold in the world--love.


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Saturday, September 7, 2019

FRAGMENTS OF FEAR by Carrie Stuart Parks, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney


"Am I trying to connect something that isn't connected? What am I missing?"
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Evelyn "Tavish" McTavish's life has turned into a nightmare of missed connections; first it is her dead fiance, next she acquires a dog that doesn't even belong to her, then there is the matter of a client who has not been completely forthcoming, and to top it all off . . . someone just tried to kill her. Tavish's life goals used to be pretty simple; become a successful artist and live happily ever after, but even that is in jeopardy when a handsome art critic turns out to be someone else entirely.

Unfortunately, a gazillion questions remain; what about her mother, and the stolen paintings that were recovered far too easily? And . . . . and . . . . . . the list goes on and on until Tavish is convinced that she is going to lose her mind, if she doesn't lose her life in the process. Going on the run seems the only logical thing to do.

This book will remind readers of a giant jigsaw puzzle with lots of missing pieces, curiously hiding in plain sight. It's complicated, maybe a bit rushed from a relational perspective, but chocked full of relentless intrigue; providing fans with a lot to cheer about when Tavish's fragments of fear are finally allowed to rest in the positive, not negative, space. 


*I purchased this book and am under no obligation to provide a review, nor a positive review.

BackCover Blurb:
Stolen art. A New Mexico archaeological dig. An abandoned dog. And a secret that’s worth killing for.

Evelyn McTavish’s world came crashing down with the suicide of her fiancé. As she struggles to put her life back together and make a living from her art, she receives a call that her dog is about to be destroyed at the pound. Except she doesn’t own a dog. The shelter is adamant that the microchip embedded in the canine with her name and address makes it hers.

Evelyn recognizes the dog as one owned by archaeologist John Coyote because she was commissioned to draw the two of them. The simple solution is to return the dog to his owner—but she arrives only to discover John’s murdered body.

As Evelyn herself becomes a target, she crosses paths with undercover FBI agent Sawyer Price. The more he gets to know her, the more personally invested he becomes in keeping her safe. Together, they’re desperate to find the links between so many disparate pieces.

And the clock is ticking.


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