Saturday, December 7, 2019

CARRY ME AWAY by Dorothy Adamek, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

With richly painted settings and colorful, engaging characters, Dorothy Adamek carried me away to far off Australia in her new book. Her beautiful, poetic prose and creative story based on a true occurrence swept me right in and kept me enthralled. Tom Darley is a perfect caring, courageous, though broken hero. I loved how considerate he was of Ada and her grief. The heroine, Ada Carmichael, showed such great courage and determination in making a new life for herself after losing everything.

Adamek is a master at revealing the story layer by layer to keep interest high. There’s a little bit of everything in this tale—adventure, suspense, intrigue, romance, history, and inspiration. It’s a story of redemption, healing, courage, and trust that won’t soon be forgotten. Although Carry Me Away is part of a series, it can stand alone. Characters from Adamek’s first book, Carry Me Home, make appearances in this one. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. 4.5 stars

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:
Inspired by the incredible true story of an Australian shipwreck and those who survived to tell the tale.

When the Black Swallow sinks off the Australian coast in 1877, Australian midshipman Tom Darley rescues English passenger Ada Carmichael from the disaster that claims her entire family. News of the only two survivors enchants the world, but Ada needs to hide before secrets and old foes find her. Tom is chasing big dreams of a crumbling house he will convert into a small hotel ~ but the promising start he’s acquired now sits at the bottom of the sea.

Inexplicably entangled, Ada and Tom lean upon each other to make sense of the tragedy that’s displaced them. But when scheming journalists observe their affection they drag Tom into life-altering riches and a news-worthy romance he cannot resist. So he arranges for Ada’s protection where only he might find her ~ the quiet Phillip Island farm of his friends Shadrach and Finella Jones.

And that’s where real trouble finds them. When heroic promises fail to shelter, and love refuses to be silenced, only surrender will pluck Ada and Tom from where life has wrecked them. 


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Friday, December 6, 2019

WHEN I CLOSE MY EYES by Elizabeth Musser, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

When I Close My Eyes by Elizabeth Musser is a captivating and significant story about Josephine Bourdillon who is an author struggling with depression. Yet with her novels, Josephine seeks to impart hope to her readers.
Ms. Musser paints beautiful word pictures of the mountains near Asheville, North Carolina where the Bourdillon’s live: “In the spring the mountains looked green and soft as velvet, but when October came around, the velvet blanket turned into an intricate tapestry of reds and oranges and deep yellows.”

The novel is told from several voices, each of whom is searching for something. For one it is forgiveness, one the meaning of faith and salvation, and one how to exist with overwhelming self doubt.

This is a hard book to read but it is well worth it. Faith seeps from every page even in the midst of adversity.

Josephine, husband Patrick, and daughters Paige and Hannah are a loving family. They are haunted by what the girls call “The Awful Year” never speaking of it but not truly understanding all that happened. But when Josephine lies in a coma from head trauma, the family is forced to confront the circumstances of the past.

Ms. Musser puts her heart into the story showing Patrick as patient, loving, understanding and protective. Josephine is depicted very realistically as someone with a strong faith but who grapples with self worth. Her role as an author sees her longing to touch lives: “I write what touches my heart. What I care about. Injustice, cruelty, prejudice, addiction, depression. I know they’re unsettling things in our society, but I can’t stop writing about them. In my stories there is always hope.”

This book is rich in emotion as each character finds the answers he is seeking and a faith that is real and sustaining.

There is much to take away from this novel not the least of which is Grace. As Josephine realizes: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God. The gift of God, the gift of God. A gift. A gift.”

Ms. Musser care about those with depression and puts helpful information in the afterword for people seeking help and encouragement.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not obligated to write a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*





Back Cover Blurb:
Could she ever share the secret of The Awful Year?

There is one story that novelist Josephine Bourdillon shirked from writing. And now she may never have a chance. Trapped in her memories, she lies in a coma.

The man who put her there is just as paralyzed. Former soldier Henry Hughes failed to complete the kill. What's more: he never received full payment--funds that would ensure surgery for his son.

As detectives investigate disturbing fan letters, a young but not-so-na├»ve Paige Bourdillon turns to her mother's turbulent past for answers. Could The Awful Year be worse than the one they're living now?

Set against the flaming hills of North Carolina and the peaceful shores of the Mediterranean Sea, 
When I Close My Eyes tells the story of two families struggling with dysfunction and finding that love is stronger than death.


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Thursday, December 5, 2019

HER COWBOY TILL CHRISTMAS by Jill Kemerer, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

I can always count on Jill Kemerer for a charming, heart-warming, inspirational story, and Her Cowboy Till Christmas is no exception. Set in rural Wyoming and populated with realistic and engaging characters, this sweet Christmas tale wormed its way into my heart. 

I found myself hurting with Mason and rooting for him to find happiness, while hoping that Brittany could find contentment and love with the tender-hearted cowboy. Kemerer is a fantastic writer who pens easy-to-read and easy-to-love inspiring stories. I’m eagerly awaiting her next one!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.

BackCover Blurb:
Can a Christmastime reunion become forever?

She’s only home for the holidays…Can he convince her to stay?


The last person rancher Mason Fanning ever expects to see again is the girl who once broke his heart. Brittany Green is in town for Christmas and trying to convince her ailing grandmother—the only maternal figure the widower’s little boy has left—to move away. Can Mason show her all she really needs to fulfill her dreams is right here in Wyoming?


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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR SHAREE STOVER by Nicole Cook

AUTHOR SHAREE STOVER!

Nicole: I am thrilled to have author Sharee Stover join us today at Inkwell Inspirations to discuss her latest Love Inspired Suspense novel, Silent Night Suspect. This novel releases on December 3rd, so Silent Night Suspect would be the perfect stocking stuffer for your favorite avid reader this holiday season! Sharee, thank you so much for joining us today!
REVIEWER NICOLE COOK

 

Sharee: Thank you so much for having me, Nicole! And I agree! Silent Night Suspect would make a perfect stocking stuffer.

Nicole: Silent Night Suspect incorporates two of the aspects I love seeing featured in inspirational fiction… romance, and of course, the fast-paced, action-filled suspense. What message or inspiration do you hope that people will get from reading Silent Night Suspect?

Sharee: The greatest message is that God’s grace and mercy reach beyond our comprehension. He gives us second, third, fourth and sometimes even more chances when we come to Him. There’s nothing too hard for Him. The second is that forgiving someone can be the most freeing action we will ever take. Forgiveness doesn’t excuse bad behavior, but it frees us to let go and hand over everything to God, trusting in His perfect justice.


See Nicole's and Paula's review of  SILENT NIGHT SUSPECT
Nicole: I know there are many aspiring authors who wish to become published authors someday. Could you share with us a little about your writing journey and any advice you have for aspiring authors?

Sharee: My writing journey began with the desire to write devotionals and developed into fiction writing. It’s truly a journey and everyone’s path is different and unique. So, my first piece of advice is don’t compare yourself or your writing journey to anyone else’s. Comparisons will kill your joy. Trust that God is leading you where He wants you and that the message you have to share is a gift from Him. The second is never give up and never give in (to doubt and condemnation). Writing is hard and there will be days when you’ll want to throw in the keyboard. Don’t! Take a break then keep going. You cannot edit a blank page so even if it’s terrible, awful writing, it’s still editable words.

Nicole: I am eager to read more of your romantic suspense novels in the future. Could you share with us any information about your future releases and/or your current work in progress?

Sharee: I am currently working on the second book of my first three-book series. It’s in the very early stages, so please stay tuned for more details! The first book in the series, Untraceable Evidence, releases May 2020.

Nicole: I am a huge fan of romantic suspense, so I was ecstatic to discover your books through Rachel Dylan’s launch team, who is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors. I also love reading romantic suspense novels by Lynette Eason, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Irene Hannon. Who are some of your favorite authors that you would love to recommend to our readers?

Sharee: OOOh all of those brilliant ladies are also my favorites! Terri Blackstock is another author that I absolutely love reading. And because I read across most genres, I love Julie Cantrell, Denise Hunter, Vannetta Chapman, Rachel Hauck, and Mary Connealy too. I also have many favorites in Love Inspired Suspense so just to name a few, Maggie K. Black, Lisa Harris, Jordyn Redwood and Laura Scott.

Nicole: Denise Hunter and Rachel Hauck are favorites of mine too! I definitely have some new authors to try out now. Sharee, thank you again for joining us today! This has been a pleasure to chat with you!

Sharee: Thank you so much for the opportunity to be here today.

Author Bio: Colorado native, Sharee Stover, lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to ignite, transform, and restore. She writes Christian romantic suspense combining heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and Nebraska Writer’s Guild. Sharee is a three-time Daphne du Maurier finalist, winner of the 2017 Wisconsin Fabulous Five Silver Quill Award, and winner of the 2019 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Awards for Best First Book. When she isn’t writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd. Visit her at www.shareestover.com.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

SILENT NIGHT SUSPECT by Sharee Stover, Reviewed by Nicole Cook and Paula Shreckhise

NICOLE'S REVIEW:
Author Sharee Stover’s latest Love Inspired Suspense novel, Silent Night Suspect, will make the perfect stocking stuffer for the suspense readers on your list this holiday season. With intense action and death-defying suspense, Sharee Stover keeps readers guessing until the very end through this fascinating story of drug cartels, corruption, and rediscovering true love.

Asia Stratton, while still dealing with her estranged husband’s death, is suddenly the prime suspect in the murder of a powerful drug cartel leader. Her former high school sweetheart, Nebraska state trooper Slade Jackson, has always been known as a rule follower, but they must take extreme measures as his desire to prove Asia’s innocence puts both of their lives in danger.

This is my first book by Sharee Stover, but it won’t be my last! Sharee Stover shares the message that God is always there for us, even during our deepest struggles and the times when we carry our heaviest burdens. Silent Night Suspect leaves readers with hope through God’s endless grace and mercy.

The brief flashbacks of Asia’s past relationship with Slade make the romantic aspect of their storyline seem both realistic and believable, and I wish that more flashbacks of their shared history could have been included. Silent Night Suspect is a stand-alone novel, but I would love to see a story about Slade’s brother Trooper Trey Jackson in the future. Trey’s commitment and loyalty to his brother allow him to stand out as a secondary character in the novel, and it would be wonderful for Trey to get a chance to shine in his own story.

For readers who enjoy books by romantic suspense authors such as Lynette Eason, Dani Pettrey, Lynn H. Blackburn, and Irene Hannon, I recommend adding Silent Night Suspect to your list of books to read this holiday season.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.

PAULA's REVIEW:
Silent Night Suspect is a well-written Love Inspired Suspense book by Sharee Stover.

This story has one of my favorite tropes: old friends to current loves. Not only were Slade Jackson and Asia Stratton childhood friends, they were high school sweethearts.

The story starts out with an impossible situation. “Asia Stratton’s gaze remained transfixed on the lifeless eyes staring back st her.” That grabbed my attention! Asia awakens to find herself facing a dead man and she is holding a gun. Her old friend, state trooper Slade Jackson is shouting at her to drop the gun! Who can she trust? She feels as if God has abandoned her. There are many twists, turns and high octane excitement to follow. Several people are after her and an object she is supposed to have. Will the clues fall in place or do they become more complicated?

If you like riveting Christian Romantic Suspense that is out of the ordinary, then this is the story for you.
*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.*

Back Cover Blurb:
Suspected of a crime she knows she didn’t commit…

All she wants for Christmas is to remember.

Blood on her blouse. A gun in her hand. A cartel leader’s dead body in front of her. Widow Asia Stratton can’t remember what happened—just that she’s been framed. The only way to prove her innocence is to work with her ex-sweetheart, Nebraska state trooper Slade Jackson. But can they clear her name before this Christmas turns even deadlier?






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Monday, December 2, 2019

GIVER OF WONDERS by Roseanna M. White, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Yours is not to live the life of an invalid, Cyprus, not today. Yours is to know the power of God."

Young Cyprus Visibullis has never known such fear; falling from a rooftop while frantically trying to escape her would be pursuers, Cyprus awakens to paralysis and two pairs of very concerned eyes. One pair issues her a gentle command that will change the course of her life forever, "get up and walk". The "wonder worker" of Patara, Lycia has harnessed the mighty power of the Holy Spirit and healed her.
Years pass as Cyprus and her twin sisters mature into very lovely young women with bright futures and secure betrothals. Their father, a famed local merchant with seemingly endless resources, is determined to have his daughters marry into wealth. Openly pagan, Dorus Visibullus indulges his wife's faith upon occasion, but publicly insists that the wealthy Nikolaos, son of Ephanius, should forsake his intentions of priesthood and seek engagement to his daughter, Cyprus. Faithfully by the side of his cousin, is Petros, son of Theophanes, an aspiring lawyer, who becomes clearly enamored with the raven haired beauty.

When tragedy strikes and the Visibullus family loses all they hold dear, Dorus curses the God of his youth and insists that only gold raining down from the heavens will save his family from ultimate ruin. Savor this intensely beautiful and romantic story with a depth of spiritual undertones that are clearly inspired; reminding all of us, maybe for the first time, that the beloved Saint Nicholas of the fourth century church was indeed a "giver of wonders".

*I received a copy of this book from the author. The opinions stated above are entirely my own

BackCover Blurb:
A miracle once saved her life ~ will another give her a future?

Cyprus was little more than a child when a fall left her paralyzed...and when the boy known as the wonder-worker healed her. Ever since, she has wondered why the Lord spared her, what he has in store for her. But her pagan father thinks she was spared solely so she could be introduced to the wealthy wonder-worker, Nikolaos.

Nikolaos has never questioned that his call in life is to dedicate himself to the church and to God. Never, that is, until he and his cousin Petros meet the compelling Cyprus Visibullis. For years he struggles with the feelings she inspires...and with the sure knowledge that Petros loves her too.

Petros knows he will never be good enough for Cyprus's father to consider him as a match for his favorite daughter not as long as Nikolaos is there. But when tragedy strikes the Visibullis family, he will do anything to save his beloved. Unfortunately, his beloved is determined to do anything to save her sisters ~ even at the cost of herself.

As the festival of lights bathes their Greek city in beauty, Cyprus, Petros, and Nikolaos celebrate the miracle of their Savior s birth together one last time. And in remembrance of their Lord's greatest gift, one of them will make the ultimate sacrifice for the others...and a centuries-long tradition will be born.


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Sunday, December 1, 2019

WHEN SILENCE SINGS by Sarah Loudin Thomas, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"And then the silence began to sing."

Colman Harpe longs to be a pastor of the people, but when he gets caught inextricably in the middle of an ongoing local family feud, he begins to walk a line finer than a piece of thread. On the one hand, his unusual circumstances land him in what many consider to be enemy territory, but on the other hand he might be exactly where God intends for him to be; weak, confused, and at the mercy of those who would love to hate him. Except for Ivy.
Serepta McClean is a woman who gets what she wants, and right now that means standing up to her son's disregard for human life, even if he did kill a Harpe. Stirring up old hatreds takes energy that she doesn't want to expend and it's important to Serepta to maintain control over her legal and illegal business ventures through-out the coal mining hills of West Virginia. So when a story telling preacher man from the "other side" catches the attention of "her people", she wonders just what kind of God this man wants her to believe in . . . . . but in reality, Serepta just wants him to go away.

What a beautifully written story, with its deep, impressionable characters and rich, convicting spiritual truths. Just how far does the Lord want us to go in order to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us? The author has not only delivered a clever twist on the biblical story of Jonah, but has managed to leave us all wanting to hear the voice of God. 4.5 stars.
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own. 

BackCover Blurb:
Colman Harpe works for the C&O in the Appalachian rail town of Thurmond, West Virginia, but he'd rather be a preacher and lead his own congregation. When a member of the rival McLean clan guns down his cousin and the clan matriarch, Serepta McLean, taunts the Harpes by coming to a tent revival in their territory, Colman chooses peace over seeking revenge with the rest of his family.

Colman, known for an unnaturally keen sense of hearing, is shocked when he hears God tell him to preach to the McLeans. A failed attempt to run away leaves Colman sick and suffering in the last place he wanted to be--McLean territory. Nursed by herbalist Ivy Gordon--a woman whose birthmark has made her an outcast--he's hindered in his calling by Serepta's iron grip on the region and his uncle's desire to break that grip. But appearances can be deceiving, and he soon learns that the face of evil doesn't look like he expected.


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