Sunday, February 28, 2021

FRAMED IN DEATH VALLEY by Dana Mentink, Reviewed by Kim Ann #ReleaseDay March 1

I was so excited when I heard that Dana Mentink was starting a new 6 book series! Framed in Death Valley is book one of that series and if this book is an example of what’s to come, I cannot wait for the other 5 books!

I can always count on Dana Mentink to write interesting mysteries with a lot of action and this story is no different. I was completely surprised at who the villain was in this story. I mean it never once crossed my mind! I really loved Beckett’s growth throughout this story especially when he finally understood that he was forgiven for the things of the past.

So looking forward to the rest of this series!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. The faith thread is light


BackCover Blurb:

Framed for a murder he didn’t commit, firefighter Beckett Duke gave up on everything—including his marriage to spirited Laney Holland. That is, until Laney’s life is threatened. Knowing the real killer is still at large, Beckett now has one purpose: protecting the woman he loves…and their unborn child. But sometimes an innocent man’s second chance comes with a deadly price.

From Harlequin Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.

March 2021

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Saturday, February 27, 2021

THE ESCAPE by Lisa Harris, Reviewed by Trixi Oberembt

“This had become a game of cat and mouse. Chasing the fugitive who had managed to stay a step ahead of them so far. Anticipating his next move was the only way of winning.”

The Escape is a definite page turner! You will want to clear your schedule for this one....I mean after all, the dishes and other chores can wait, right? Lisa Harris is one of those suspense writers that will draw you in hook, line and sinker.

What should have been a routine prisoner transport turns into a nightmare for US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn when their airplane crashes in the middle of a National Forest in Idaho. The surviving convict uses this as his escape route thus causing these two Marshals to go on a wild goose chase, somehow staying one step ahead of the game.

Intense is how I would describe this! Heart-pounding action, breathless anticipation for what will happen next, and edge-of-your-seat thrills would be other adjectives I would use to tell someone about this book. So many unexpected things happen and the story just kept getting better and better. I also loved that the romance never took precedence, but you know it's there under the surface somewhere promising the reader a future for Madison and Jonas. This was ALL about the suspense for me, watching these two work together to capture their escapee was pure magic. And then Harris teases you with the next book at the end, making you WANT to read it even before it's written!

A true treat for inspirational romantic suspense fans! 

*I borrowed this from my digital library, and was under no obligation to provide a review.

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BackCover Blurb:
US Marshals Madison James and Jonas Quinn are thrust into a high-profile case when they are called on to transport two prisoners across the country on a private plane. But when the plane experiences engine trouble en route from the Pacific Northwest to Colorado, the pilots crash-land the aircraft deep in the heart of the sprawling Salmon-Challis National Forest.

When Madison and Jonas regain consciousness, they find both pilots and one prisoner dead--and one fugitive on the run. They'll have to negotiate the rugged and remote backcountry through Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado while tracking a murderer who is desperate to disappear--and will do anything to stop them.

This high-octane game of cat-and-mouse from bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris will have your heart pumping as you try to catch a fugitive with nothing to lose.

Revell Publishing, November, 2020
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Friday, February 26, 2021

FALCON by Ronie Kendig, Reviewed by Kim


After reading Raptor 6 and Hawk, I was really looking forward to reading Falcon which is Sal’s story. I loved that the whole team is in this story as well as Candyman (Tony) and Timbrel from Beowulf! I LOVED their story.

Falcon focuses on finding the mole who has been sabotaging the team since book one and we also get to find out just what happened in Sal and Cassie’s past. And boy, what a past it is! The action, twists and turns, and surprises in this story will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages long into the night! I mean there are some seriously jaw dropping things that happen in this story. So. Good!!!

I also really love how Ms. Kendig tackles hard subjects like PTSD and guilt and what they can do to you. My heart literally broke for Sal

while reading this story. I love how Ms. Kendig’s characters are real and flawed, and oh so wonderful! 

Another excellent read! 5 stars!

*I bought this book and was under no obligation to provide a review. The faith thread is light. 

BackCover Blurb:
Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands.

Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks.

As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

NETWORK OF DECEIT by Tom Threadgill, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

After proving herself with the Cotulla case as told in Collision of Lies, tough as nails but endearing Amara Alvarez has moved to the Homicide Division. Her first real case will prove a challenge as will fitting in with her seasoned colleagues. The case of Zachary Coleman, a teen who turned up dead at a water park, has quite a few puzzling aspects. Amara is an independent an savvy cop, but she knows when to ask for help. From the title and the cover, it is clear the case involves cyber crime. But this case has more twists and turns , so Amara has to focus on certain clues.
Jeremiah *Starsky* Peckham is an ally in the squad room and offers his help, although Amara usually opts to go it alone. The relationship Starsky and Amara began in Collision of Lies goes a step further here. It was fun and a welcome break from the tenseness of the case to experience their banter. We get another peek at the Alvarez family and how they pull together in a crisis.
I learned a lot about cyber crime and how the police deal with it. This was a real page turner and hard to put down. I liked it for its realistic characters, quick pace and excellent research. I would consider this a clean read, although some characters are Christian.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* I give this 5 stars. Clean Read. 
BackCover Blurb:
 After her rescue of nearly fifty kidnapped children made international headlines, Amara Alvarez gets what she's worked for: a transfer to San Antonio's Homicide Division. Reality sets in quickly, though, as her first case, the suspicious death of a teenager at a crowded local water park, brings chaos to her personal life.

As the investigation moves forward and she increases the pressure on the suspects, Amara finds herself under attack by cybercriminals. Her every move is being potentially watched online, and she's forced to resort to unconventional methods to find the killer. With few leads, she fights to keep her first murder investigation from ending up in the cold case files.

Tom Threadgill is back with another riveting page-turner featuring the detective who is willing to put everything on the line to see that justice is served and lives are protected.
Revell Publishing, February 2021
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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT by Tara Johnson, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney and Winnie Thomas

“Just do the next thing.”

Set mainly in Washington, D. C. during the Civil War, All Through the Night is a vivid and compelling depiction of the trials and afflictions people lived through then. I was impressed by the rich historical detail of the author and the multi-layered, realistic characters she created. The two main characters, Cadence Piper and Joshua Ivy, were both flawed and had things from their past that they needed to overcome. Cadence was a plucky, competent, determined heroine working to overcome her stutter and the feelings of inadequacy she had. Joshua was heroic, compassionate, and courageous, and I enjoyed seeing their relationship evolve and grow.

Filled with adventure, intrigue, romance, and inspiration, this story is sure to please those who enjoy historical romance. I’m looking forward to more stories from this author. 4.5 stars
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

"Find out what task Providence has ordained you to do and then do it."

"I fear there may be no task for me." Endeavoring to prove herself worthy of her father's attention, Cadence Piper has long thought that her life would never amount to much, having been misdiagnosed as mentally simple due to a childhood speech malady that had all but corrected itself. When casualties from the Civil War begin pouring into Washington, D.C. she valiantly applies for a nursing position with the famed Dorothea Dix. Told that she was "too young and too pretty", she finds another way to serve the needs of her increasingly despondent city . . . with her voice.

Dr. Joshua Ivy is curious about the "songbird" that has slipped her way into his hospital, administering water, kind words, and lovely melodies. After having previously misjudged her based solely on her lovely appearance and large street audience, he finds Cadence to be anything but self-serving, in fact she's the total opposite; putting the needs of others well before her own. In spite of the draw between them, he cannot afford attachments, for his periodic clandestine activities would put her in great danger, she wouldn't understand, and he could never forgive himself if she was harmed by association. His enemies are ruthless and have eyes roaming everywhere through-out the city.

On one hand, this is the sweetest of love stories between two wounded souls working feverishly to erase misconceptions and sadnesses of their pasts that were no fault of their own. On the other hand, it's a sobering expose of the horrors of war, exposing the atrocities of our country's one civil war that was brutally fought both on and off the battlefields. Thank goodness we are under the watchful eye of the One who never slumbers nor sleeps, "all through the night".

"Sleep, my child, and peace attend thee,
All through the night.
Guardian angels God will send thee,
All through the night." . . . .
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a review. 3.5 stars 
BackCover Blurb: 
With her stammering tongue and quiet ways, Cadence Piper has always struggled to be accepted. After the death of her mother, Cadence sets her heart on becoming a nurse, both to erase the stain her brother has left on the family’s honor and to find long-sought approval in the eyes of her father. When Dorothea Dix turns her away due to her young age and pretty face, Cadence finds another way to serve . . . singing to the soldiers in Judiciary Square Hospital. Only one stubborn doctor stands in her way.

Joshua Ivy is an intense man with a compassionate heart for the hurting and downtrodden. The one thing he can’t have is an idealistic woman destroying the plans he’s so carefully laid. When the chaos of war thrusts Cadence into the middle of his clandestine activities, he must decide if the lives at stake, and his own heart, are worth the risk of letting Cadence inside.

Everything changes when Joshua and Cadence unearth the workings of a secret society so vile, the course of their lives, and the war, could be altered forever. If they fight an enemy they cannot see, will the One who sees all show them the way in the darkest night?

Tyndale House Publishers,  January 2021
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BURYING DAISY DOE by Ramona Richards (Star Cavanaugh Cold Case #1), Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"You look like her."

When cold case investigator Star Cavanaugh arrives in Pineville, Alabama she quietly and unobtrusively ingratiates herself, albeit under an assumed name, into the small town where her family history took a turn for the worse. Two unsolved murders; her grandmother and years later, her father. What in the world happened in Pineville, Alabama to make someone or several someones hate her family so much? Star is as determined as her father was to find out, but she has no desire to meet her own tragic demise.

Roscoe Carver is an old man on borrowed time, but he hasn't always been old. And his memory of days gone by is still pretty sharp, especially when the pretty new server at the local drugstore and grill reminds him of another tall, willowy looker who had innocently arrived in town so many years ago. "You're a drive-in, aren't you?" he asked her. "Actually, I'm a move-in", she had answered. But Roscoe knew their time would come. He had information that she could most certainly use, if he lived long enough to share it.

Rife with tentacles of small town corruption, "Burying Daisy Doe" is an invigorating blend of investigative suspense and surprisingly charming local characters, many of whom know a lot more about Daisy Doe than they are willing to share. Is it because they were somehow involved or is it because the major players in Pineville's unforgiving game of criminal roulette are still around to keep score? 

And then there's the handsome police chief who is bound to notice Star in more ways than one, along with Star's own delightfully candid grandmother who gently reminds her that "God is not some convenience store guy in the sky who showers us with gifts whenever we ask in prayer. It's a relationship, up close and personal".

What a wonderful book! 4.5 stars
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a review. 

BackCover Blurb:
No cold case is more important than the one that destroyed her own family

Every small town has one unsolved case that haunts its memory, festering for generations below the surface with the truth of humanity's darkness. Star Cavanaugh is obsessed with the one that tore her family apart.

Over sixty years ago, Daisy Doe was murdered and discarded outside Pineville, Alabama, buried without a name or anyone to mourn her loss. When Star's father tried to solve the case, he was also killed. Now a cold-case detective with resources of her own, Star is determined to get to the bottom of both crimes. But she'll have to face an entire town locked in corruption, silence, and fear--and the same danger that took two other lives. The only people in the town she can trust are her grandmother and the charming Mike Luinetti, and both of them trust a God Star isn't sure she believes in. Can Christians so focused on the good really help her track down this evil?

With an irresistible combination of sharp suspense, faith, humor, and authentic regional flavor, Burying Daisy Doe will draw fans of Terri Blackstock, Margaret Maron, Jaime Jo Wright, and J.T. Ellison.

Kregel Publications, November 2020
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021

SHADOWS OF THE WHITE CITY by Jocelyn Green, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas

Jocelyn Green has once again penned a magnificent historical fiction tale—this time about the Chicago World’s Fair in the summer of 1893. I love how she entertains with a story while giving fascinating background on historical events and places. Filled with colorful, realistic, and engaging characters that come alive on the pages, this book kept me turning pages far past my bedtime. While the story evolves mostly on the relationship between Sylvie Townsend and the Polish immigrant girl, Rose Dabrowski, she has taken in as raised as her daughter, there is an added romantic element involving Kristof Bartok, a musician who seeks to help Sylvie when Rose disappears while at the Fair.

Green’s impeccable research, combined with her brilliant gift for storytelling made this a book bound for my keeper shelf. With lots of suspense, intrigue, a dash of romance, and inspiring truths woven through it, this tale has something for everyone. Themes of finding oneself, changing dreams, and trusting God give added depth and dimension.

“Just because you can’t control everything doesn’t mean it isn’t being handled. Trust the One who is far better at orchestrating every detail than we could ever be.”
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions are my own.

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BackCover Blurb:
The one thing Sylvie Townsend wants most is what she feared she was destined never to have--a family of her own. But taking in Polish immigrant Rose Dabrowski to raise and love quells those fears--until seventeen-year-old Rose goes missing at the World's Fair, and Sylvie's world unravels.

Brushed off by the authorities, Sylvie turns to her boarder, Kristof Bartok, for help. He is Rose's violin instructor and the concertmaster for the Columbian Exposition Orchestra, and his language skills are vital to helping Sylvie navigate the immigrant communities where their search leads.

From the glittering architecture of the fair to the dark houses of Chicago's poorest neighborhoods, they're taken on a search that points to Rose's long-lost family. Is Sylvie willing to let the girl go? And as Kristof and Sylvie grow closer, can she reconcile her craving for control with her yearning to belong?

Bethany House Fiction, February 2021
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FOREVER PHOEBE by Chalon Linton, Reviewed by Kim

Forever Phoebe is my first Chalon Linton book. I really enjoyed this fun romance. Franklin is a perfectly wonderful, charming, and brave match for Phoebe who is quite the adventurer. I really enjoyed how their relationship grew. 

The banter between Phoebe’s brothers was actually my favorite part of this story, though. It was spot on! The mystery aspect of the story was just enough to add interest without taking away from the fun banter and romance! If you’re in the mood for a fun light read, this is the story for you!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book. This is a clean read.

BackCover Blurb:
At the dignified age of eighteen, Phoebe Jamison knows she should behave in a manner befitting her station, as her three loving elder brothers often tease. Unfortunately, the lively young woman has a personality every bit as fiery as her red hair, a fact brought to her attention in the criticism from the gentleman she has long pined for. But not every man is of the opinion that a woman should be decorous above all else. The newest resident of Somerset, Mr. Franklin Everly, is considered a most eligible bachelor, and he is immediately drawn to Phoebe’s spirited nature as he becomes acquainted with the delightful Jamison siblings of Primly Park.

Franklin embarks on a friendship with Phoebe that quickly deepens into a warm and thrilling connection. But even as he fights for Phoebe’s attentions, a very real danger is revealed: girls in neighboring villages have gone missing, and the kidnapper is moving ever closer to Primly Park. Despite the guard of her fiercely protective brothers and Franklin, Phoebe must rely on her own strength when she finds herself in the sights of the Bride Snatcher.

Covenant Communications, February 2021
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Monday, February 22, 2021

OBSESSION by Patricia Bradley, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise

What a difference ten years makes after the disappearance of her twin brother Ryan. But maybe not. Emma Winters still does not know what happened to Ryan. And to make things more complicated, she has to team with ex-fiancé, Sam Ryker when someone shoots at her.

Ms. Bradley does an excellent job of keeping you on your toes with the intriguing premise and just hinting at who the culprit might be. Is Emma’s stalker a killer too? Sam tries to keep her protected as their feelings shoot to the surface again and they dig into their pasts.

It was hard to put this book down, a real brain workout. And the romance was just right. The theme of forgiveness and mending family estrangements shine through. The setting of the Natchez Trace and the Mount Laurel Visitors Center is described wonderfully to catch you interest. The author writes a spectacularly creepy villain and you’ll be scratching your head to figure out who he is.

This second book of the Natchez Trace Park Rangers is dramatic. I cannot wait for book three.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a strong faith thread. 
BackCover Blurb:
Natchez Trace Ranger and historian Emma Winters hoped never to see Sam Ryker again after she broke off her engagement to him. But when shots are fired at her at a historical landmark just off the Natchez Trace, she's forced to work alongside Sam as the Natchez Trace law enforcement district ranger in the ensuing investigation. To complicate matters, Emma has acquired a delusional secret admirer who is determined to have her as his own. Sam is merely an obstruction, one which must be removed.

Sam knows that he has failed Emma in the past and he doesn't intend to let her down again. Especially since her life is on the line. As the threads of the investigation cross and tangle with their own personal history, Sam and Emma have a chance to discover the truth, not only about the victim but about what went wrong in their relationship.

Award-winning author Patricia Bradley will have the hairs standing up on the back of your neck with this nail-biting tale of obsession, misunderstanding, and forgiveness. 
Revell Publishing, February 2021
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Sunday, February 21, 2021

THE MOONLIGHT SCHOOL by Suzanne Woods Fisher, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"An education, she believed, was the great equalizer, the answer to all life's injustices."

When her newly re-married father permits her to travel far from the city and into the mountains, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky prepared to help her cousin Cora Wilson Stewart with what she thinks is an overwhelming amount of paperwork; after all, her cousin is overseeing more than than fifty one-room schoolhouses through out the remote county communities. Startled to learn that a great deal of her job would be spent on horseback, Lucy pushes down her apprehensions, preconceptions, and inhibitions to forge ahead; meeting and assisting an array of ages, egos and personalities among the mostly illiterate "hill people". What she ends up finding is a purpose, something far more valuable than a finishing school education or a healthy allowance, for Lucy now understands that "all things can work together for good", even if it means "some things are best forgotten".

Dipping into the life of the very real Cora Wilson Stewart, through the eyes of a imagined young woman, whose childhood tragedy still strained to suffocate her confidence as a young adult, was a pure delight. Readers will enjoy every "trek" through the woods, every note of birdsong, every joy and discovery that education delivered into the hands of young and old alike, while turning the pages of The Moonlight School. The perfect blend of bleak and beautiful!

"Her breath caught, overcome by an unconscious awareness that swirled up somewhere deep inside her and filled her conscious mind. She loved this place. Loved the hills and the hollows and the people who lived there. She loved knowing she had a purpose to fulfill here. And for the first time in her life she knew what it was." 

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

BackCover Blurb:
Haunted by her sister's mysterious disappearance, Lucy Wilson arrives in Rowan County, Kentucky, in the spring of 1911 to work for Cora Wilson Stewart, superintendent of education. When Cora sends Lucy into the hills to act as scribe for the mountain people, she is repelled by the primitive conditions and intellectual poverty she encounters. Few adults can read and write.

Born in those hills, Cora knows the plague of illiteracy. So does Brother Wyatt, a singing schoolmaster who travels through the hills. Involving Lucy and Wyatt, Cora hatches a plan to open the schoolhouses to adults on moonlit nights. The best way to combat poverty, she believes, is to eliminate illiteracy. But will the people come?

As Lucy emerges from a life in the shadows, she finds purpose; or maybe purpose finds her. With purpose comes answers to her questions, and something else she hadn't expected: love.

Inspired by the true events of the Moonlight Schools, this standalone novel from bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher brings to life the story that shocked the nation into taking adult literacy seriously. You'll finish the last page of this enthralling story with deep gratitude for the gift of reading.
Revell Publishing, February 2021
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Saturday, February 20, 2021

WHEN TWILIGHT BREAKS by Sarah Sundin, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie

A cracking good suspense novel set in Munich, Germany in the tense years before the outbreak of World War II.

Evelyn Brand is one of the few female foreign correspondents stationed in Germany in 1938. She is trying to prove that a woman can do this complicated job of getting the truth to the American people while not antagonizing the Nazi Regime. She meets Peter Lang, also an American citizen, who is doing his dissertation from Harvard on the German language. Having been to Germany a few years prior, he sees much improvement to society in the present climate. Will his eyes be opened to the coming threat?

It was fascinating to see what Ms. Sundin has done with her research into this volatile time in history. It was inspired by facts she found about her grandfather and the role he played during World War II.

This book is full of cloak and dagger moments as Peter and Evelyn walk a fine line as American patriots caught in Germany under an increasingly dangerous despot. They both trust God in a desperate situation. As Evelyn’s friend Libby says: “Don’t you know God makes us strong? He didn’t create us to be completely independent, but interdependent. That’s why He gave us families. That’s why He gave us friends. That’s why He gave us Himself.” 

Their background brought them to where they are: Running for their lives. A very exciting book. Sarah Sundin always brings her A game to Christian fiction.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revel through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 5 stars and a strong faith thread

Sarah Sundin has once again penned a magnificent historical fiction story, this time set in Munich, Germany right before the start of WWII. Rich in historical detail and populated with colorful, realistic characters, this book grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go.

I admired Evelyn’s tenacity and drive as she attempted to get material for her job as an American newspaper correspondent. Spurned and thwarted by some of the male journalists, she had to work twice as hard to show her worth. Peter Lang, an American graduate student working on his PhD in German, was kind and friendly. It was interesting to see his attitude toward the German regime change when he saw increasing brutality against the Jews. I enjoyed also seeing Evelyn’s changing attitude toward Peter.

Sundin is a master at making history come alive, and her obvious deep historical research and background always show in her portrayals of life during these slices of history. Uplifting messages of hope, courage, and standing for the right are intricately woven into the tale.

“Even in the darkest night, the stars always shine.”

With plenty of suspense, intrigue, and a dash of romance, this book will appeal to those who enjoy magnificent historical fiction. I’m looking forward to more from this talented author.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Revell Publishing, February, 2021
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Friday, February 19, 2021

NIGHT BIRD CALLING by Cathy Gohlke, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"We can't let our fears or things we don't understand weigh us so far down that they keep us from picking up and going forward. We're still here on this earth for a reason. . . . . . What are you here to do? I reckon that's the point to figure."

Lilliana Grace Swope had been cowering in fear her entire married life .. . . . . actually, trepidation served as her constant companion long before she'd been married off to Gerald . . . her father, while conveniently hiding behind his esteemed status as an elder in their local church, had been an authoritarian brute. So Lilliana learned at an early age to keep her head down, avoid being noticed at all costs, and to forget any notion that was actually her own if she thought to survive. Life came crashing down hard upon her already broken spirit following the death of her beloved mother. To make matters worse, while hunkering down on a church pew Lilliana overheard a conspiring conversation, and knew right away that she only had one option. Flee.

Leaving Philadelphia with only the clothes on her back, some questionable cash, and a mysterious ring, Lilliana takes a train to the only place she knows to go; No Creek, North Carolina, a town suspended in time, tucked peacefully amongst the Appalachian mountains, and the home of her beloved Aunt Hyacinth, who somehow knew that Lilliana was on her way. But she soon learns that while No Creek might be a temporary respite from everything and everyone that she left behind, the small community is steeped in prejudice, the kind that burns crosses in front yards and hides behind white hoods. What purpose could God possibly have for her in No Creek?

This story provides readers with a glorious escape into the resplendent hills of North Carolina where the night birds sing and wildflowers grow in abundance; mesmerizing at best and merciless at worst; an intersection of cultures where time seems to stand still until you wished it didn't. Filled with lovable and colorful characters, "Night Bird Calling" also manages to pull back the curtain on the painful transition between enslaved and free, and the courage of the people who fought, often at a great cost to themselves and their families, to overcome fear and misunderstanding, intervening when the stakes were at their highest. Apparently, in retrospect, the main character in this story, playing the dual roles of hero and villain, is the town of No Creek itself. In the words of young Celia, indisputably the most garrulous character in the book, "Wishing comes easy. Change don't".

Isn't that the truth.
*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a review. 4.5 stars 

BackCover Blurb:
From award-winning author Cathy Gohlke, whose novels have been called “haunting” (Library Journal on Saving Amelie) and “page-turning” (Francine Rivers on Secrets She Kept), comes a historical fiction story of courage and transformation set in rural Appalachia on the eve of WWII.
When Lilliana Swope’s beloved mother dies, Lilliana gathers her last ounce of courage and flees her abusive husband for the home of her only living relative in the foothills of No Creek, North Carolina. Though Hyacinth Belvidere hasn’t seen Lilliana since she was five, she offers her cherished great-niece a safe harbor. Their joyful reunion inspires plans to revive Aunt Hyacinth’s estate and open a public library where everyone is welcome, no matter the color of their skin.

Slowly Lilliana finds revival and friendship in No Creek—with precocious eleven-year-old Celia Percy, with kindhearted Reverend Jesse Willard, and with Ruby Lynne Wishon, a young woman whose secrets could destroy both them and the town. When the plans for the library also incite the wrath of the Klan, the dangers of Lilliana’s past and present threaten to topple her before she’s learned to stand.

With war brewing for the nation and for her newfound community, Lilliana must overcome a hard truth voiced by her young friend Celia:
Wishing comes easy. Change don’t.
Tyndale House Publishers, January 2021
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Thursday, February 18, 2021

THEY TURNED THE WORLD UPSIDE DOWN, by Charles Martin, Reviewed and Hosted by Rebecca Maney #JustRead Tour

They Turned the World Upside Down JustRead Blog Tour 

Welcome to the Blog Tour for They Turned the World Upside Down by Charles Martin, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


They Turned the World Upside Down

Title: They Turned the World Upside Down
Author: Charles Martin
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: January 5, 2021
Genre: Christian Life/Spiritual Growth

In the aftermath of Jesus’ resurrection, the testimonies of those who had followed him were so bold and so powerful that they turned the world upside down. What would happen if we lived with that same kind of faith today? 

Walk in the shoes of the disciples, as New York Times bestselling author Charles Martin brings their stories to life with his storyteller’s perspective. 

In the first century, believer didn’t just mean someone who heard and agreed with Jesus; it meant someone who acted on that belief. And when the outside world saw the faith of these new believers, they declared “they turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). 

That’s the kind of believer Charles Martin wants us to be. The kind who understands that the truth of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is so powerful, it reshaped history. The kind of believer who lives with that same world-changing faith today. 

In his second non-fiction work, he uses his talents as a novelist to walk you through the lives of the disciples in the aftermath of the Resurrection and as they spread the message of the Gospel and “turn the world upside down”, leading up to Paul’s ministry in Thessonalica. In his beloved lyrical style, Martin illuminates key moments from Scripture and shares stories from his own life as a disciple. 

With the same depth, sensitivity, and emotion that have made his novels beloved to millions, Martin will helps you engage with your faith in a new and inspiring way.

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Charles Martin 

Charles Martin is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fifteen novels and two nonfiction books. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida.

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They Turned the World Upside Down:A Storyteller's Journey with Those Who Dared to Follow Jesus
"They saw a dead man walk. And they believed. And they did."

Sound sincerely simplified? Maybe. Sound genuinely profound? Absolutely.

If you choose to read this book out of curiosity, you probably won't make it past the prologue, for "They Turned the World Upside Down" is a gut-wrenching, life-changing tutorial- turned- testimony of what it means to "believe in", not "about" the resurrection of Jesus Christ. And if you do, what does it mean?

For, "Unbelief turned over nothing. Unbelief healed no one. Unbelief delivered no one." It begs the question; "what exactly do you believe"? Would you have built an ark? (Noah) Or would you have been willing to sacrifice your one and only son? (Abraham) Or, bringing it closer to home . . . . would you forgive the undeserving, pray for the healing of another up until the point of death, believe in the power of the Holy Spirit to work miracles, cast out demons, overcome strongholds? The twelve disciples did.

Filled with page after page of supporting Scripture, alongside beautiful examples of prayers to offer as supplications before the throne of grace, this book is a reality check, for what would our world look like if believers truly lived their lives, as the disciples did, with an unwavering confidence in the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, because they "saw a dead man walk, and they believed". Faith changes everything, if you are "willing to be willing".

"The age of passive, wimpy Christianity needs to close. The Father is raising a priesthood, a kingdom of priests who walk in belief and faith, and who do what he says. Who choose to be strong and courageous. . . . . " 

It was amazing
“I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.”

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

TITANIS by Ronie Kendig, Reviewed by Kim

Wow!! I am in awe at how much Ronie Kendig has packed into this novella! I loved every page of this story from that awesome beginning to the very last page! Titanis (Eamon) is now my favorite hero from this series! I mean if that initial scene doesn’t hook you, I don’t know what will!

I cannot fully explain how much I love this novella! It has everything I look for in a story. There’s edge of your seat action, romance, secrets, intrigue and did I say romance? Ellis and Eamon have the best chemistry! I love how sweet Ellis is and how she slowly brakes through Eamon’s barriers. This is just a perfect read! Excellent! All the stars!

*I bought this book and was under no obligation to review. The faith thread is light. 


BackCover Blurb:
Never Again.
A vow written in the blood of the fallen is threatened in Australia’s rugged Top End.

Eamon “Titanis” Straider left the military and civilization behind after betrayal cost the life of a teammate. Living on this super yacht, the ViCross, Eamon reluctantly agrees to host an event for his parents, who are part of the Australian political machine. When an attractive woman arrives with his mother, Eamon is furious—and determined to find out what she is hiding.

Lady Ellis Rostov-Leclair has never felt so threatened as she does by the infamous “Beast of Cape York,” a man notorious for removing people—by force if necessary—from his yacht. His uncanny perception endangers not only her reason for being aboard the ship, but a secret she’s held for twenty years.

When the yacht is seized by a man with one goal: make those responsible for his brother’s death pay—the Beast of Cape York must live up to his name and protect those under his charge, or die trying.

Task Force Press, April 2017
Available in digital ebook and paperback at Amazon

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

THE PRINCE OF SPIES by Elizabeth Camden, Reviewed by Nicole, Paula, and Winnie #ReleaseDay

"He barely knew her, but their spontaneous attraction was dangerous. Then again, Luke had always loved flirting with danger."

Ever since meeting the charming and sometimes reckless Luke Delacroix in book one of Elizabeth Camden's Hope and Glory series, he instantly became a favorite character of mine. After playing a supporting role in the first two books of the series, Luke gets his story told in book three, The Prince of Spies. Luke's story was definitely worth the wait.

Readers will be treated to a fantastic tale rooted in a deep rivalry lasting several generations between two important families, the Delacroix family and the Magruder family. When Luke Delacroix and Marianne Magruder meet and sparks fly, tensions also increase as they soon discover that they belong to feuding families.

Elizabeth Camden is one of my go-to authors for historical fiction, and her Hope and Glory series is my favorite of hers. She intricately weaves relatively unknown bits of history into her novels, such as the The Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906 and "the Poison Squad," a group of men who voluntarily participated in food safety trials with a variety of preservatives. Although I am sad this series is over, the Delocroix family will have a permanent place on my keeper shelf where I can easily revisit old friends.

The Prince of Spies is highly recommended for readers of historical fiction.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine. Inkwell Faith Content Rating – 2 (Light)

Elizabeth Camden pens the most delicious historical romance books, and The Prince of Spies is one of my very favorites. Camden is a master at creating realistic, colorful, and engaging characters and putting them in a little-known slice of history. Then she ups the suspense and intrigue by plopping them into precarious situations and proceeds to have them work their way out to a satisfying and deeply absorbing conclusion.

Luke Delacroix is a fascinating character with his devil-may-care outward attitude which covers a caring and courageous inner heart. When he meets Marianne Magruder, the daughter of his family’s bitter enemy, sparks fly, but they can’t see a way to make a relationship work. Meanwhile, Luke signs up for the Poison Squad which tests food additives and preservatives on human subjects to see the effects on the men. I was unaware of this group of courageous men that helped bring about government oversight on foods, so it was very interesting to learn of it.

Elizabeth Camden is one of my must-read authors for historical fiction, and her Hope and Glory series is a favorite of mine. The Prince of Spies is the final book in the series, and what a fantastic finish it was! It will definitely be on my list of top reads for the year and has earned a spot on my keeper shelf. Although it could be read as a standalone book, do yourself a favor and read the other two first to get some great background.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishers and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

This is the third book of the Hope and Glory series by Elizabeth Camden. I have enjoyed this whole series and count it among the very best series I have read. The three covers together make an awesome tableau. This is Luke Delacroix story and it is like Romeo and Juliet without the tragic ending. Luke and his family are very much at odds with the Magruders. Luke meets Marianne when he rescues her nephew’s dog that has fallen through the ice. Things get complicated when he learns who Aunt Marianne really is.

The whole series is about political life during the early 1900s. The intrigue surrounding the food and drug trials of The Poison Squad is so interesting, as are the photographs Marianne takes to document buildings before they are torn down to make way for the National Mall in Washington D.C.

Oh the trouble Ms. Camden gets her characters into! I kept wondering how in the world the story was going to get resolved which kept me turning those pages. Super ending to a super series.
“Maybe sending Marianne into his life was God’s way of compelling Luke to examine his own cocksure arrogance in looking at the world. Stranger things had happened, and he was up to the challenge.”

“The virtues of love, humility, charity and forgiveness might not solve the problem, but they could serve as a balm in an imperfect world.”
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

5 stars and a solid faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
Luke Delacroix has the reputation of a charming man-about-town in Gilded Age Washington, DC. In reality, he is secretly carrying out an ambitious agenda in Congress. His current mission is to thwart the reelection of Congressman Clyde Magruder, his only real enemy in the world.

But trouble begins when Luke meets Marianne Magruder, the congressman's only daughter, whose job as a government photographer gives her unprecedented access to sites throughout the city. Luke is captivated by Marianne's quick wit and alluring charm, leading them both into a dangerous gamble to reconcile their feelings for each other with Luke's driving passion for vital reforms in Congress.

Can their newfound love survive a political firestorm, or will three generations of family rivalry drive them apart forever?

Bethany House Publishers, February 16, 2021
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Elizabeth Camden ( is best known for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America, featuring clever heroines and richly layered storylines. Before she was a writer, she was an academic librarian at some of the largest and smallest libraries in America, but her favorite is the continually growing library in her own home. Her novels have won the RITA and Christy Award and have appeared on the CBA bestsellers list. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband, who graciously tolerates her intimidating stockpile of books.


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