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MrW
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October 6th, 2017, 7:42 pm #1

Moving Target (Elite Guardians)
© 2017 Lynette Eason

When Maddy McKay and Quinn Holcombe don't show up for Quinn's surprise birthday party, his friends know that something is very wrong. Their search turns up little beyond evidence that Quinn and Maddy just decided to take off for a long overdue vacation. But it soon becomes apparent that they did not leave of their own accord.

Maddy awakens in a cement room with no idea where she is. But it's not long before she realizes she's in the clutches of a madman exacting revenge by hunting. His prey of choice? Humans. Now Maddy and Quinn must run for their lives, hoping to find their killer before the next game begins. Because if they don't win this game, they die.

Fast, furious, and flirty, Lynette Eason's relentless suspense barely gives her readers time to catch their breath in this third thrilling installment of the Elite Guardians series.

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MrW
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October 11th, 2017, 11:49 am #2

Finished book #60 last night, about a Tampa detective.  I can't recommend it.
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November 1st, 2017, 1:51 pm #3

A book by a lady named Anderson.  Cannot recommend it either.

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November 1st, 2017, 1:59 pm #4

Read one about a Tampa detective's sergeant who joined the FBI.  Can't recall the author's name.

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November 1st, 2017, 2:00 pm #5

Blind Justice
© 2013 James Scott Bell

Jake Denney has hit rock bottom. His wife has left him. He's drinking again. And his five-year-old daughter is in the middle of it all. When a judge calls him "a disgrace to the legal profession," Jake starts thinking things might be better for everyone if he wasn't around anymore.

Then a childhood friend's mother phones him. Her son, Howie, has been accused of murdering his wife. Jake takes the seemingly hopeless case in a last-ditch effort to save his client and his fading career.

Meanwhile, Howie's little sister, Lindsay, has grown into a beautiful woman. Though Jake is drawn to her, there's something about her he doesn't understand, even though it may be the very thing he needs to reclaim his humanity.

With the evidence mounting against his client, and a web of corruption closing around them both, Jake Denney faces the fight of his life--not only in the courtroom, but in the depths of his own soul.

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November 1st, 2017, 2:14 pm #6

Down & Out
© 2014 Marcy G. Dyer

Going home again can be deadly. 

Suddenly jobless, enterprising Candace Downs returns to the parched and dusty oil-town of Odessa, Texas as a trainee for her cousin's towing company. 

Rejecting the romantic obsessions of a maniacal stranger intent on capturing her heart throws her life into a terrifying spiral downward. 

As the clock ticks, and her hunter ups the ante, the charismatic, handsome security consultant, Josiah Bradley, is determined to keep her alive – at any cost. 

Will they win this harrowing cat-and-mouse game? Or will the unrelenting stalker bury them both deep in the desert?

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November 3rd, 2017, 5:56 pm #7

A Portrait of Vengeance (A Gwen Marcey Novel)
© 2017 Carrie Stuart Parks

Gwen Marcey has done a good job keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood traumas. She doesn’t believe in coincidences. So what’s going on here?

No one knows more about the impact of the past than the Nez Perce people of Lapwai. Gwen finds herself an unwelcome visitor to some, making her investigation even more difficult. The questions keep piling up, but answers are slow in coming—and the clock is ticking for a missing little girl. Meanwhile, Gwen’s ex-husband is threatening to take sole custody of their daughter.

As Gwen’s past and present collide, she’s in a desperate race for the truth. Because only truth will ensure she still has a future.

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November 5th, 2017, 3:13 pm #8

Force of Habit
© 2013 James Scott Bell

A vigilante nun cleans up the streets of Los Angeles. Sinners beware.

Just who is Sister Justicia Marie? And what is she doing to some of the toughest thugs in L.A.? 

When a nun is viciously attacked, Sister Justicia takes it upon herself to find out what happened. The cops don't like that. Neither does her Mother Superior at St. Cecelia's. But when a couple of hoods try to stick up a liquor store and Sister J brings them down, something is unleashed inside her…something that will either confirm her calling . . . or destroy it. 

From "one of the best writers out there, bar none" (Library Review) comes the start of a new series featuring a heroine unlike any other in crime fiction--Sister Justicia Marie, rogue nun. 

If criminals are the knuckles, she is the ruler. 

So be good. 

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November 5th, 2017, 3:13 pm #9

Burning Justice
© 2015 Helen Smrcek

Pacifist Mennonite social worker Nora Martin is on the verge of opening a residential facility for first-time offenders. After years of planning, she’ll finally be able to rescue young men from the violence of prison…or what has been their only other option, the violence of the military. 

But then a stranger in camouflage and combat boots marches through her front door and claims to own her house. And he’s not interested in letting Nora change it. Who is Petty Officer Jacob Schwartz, and why does no one in the close-knit town of French Lick, Indiana want to acknowledge that he exists? What are they hiding? 

What had seemed like a safe community is now full of secrets and old heartaches, and Nora is caught in the dangerous middle. Her only ally is her best friend, FBI agent Alicia Yu (who readers first met in Glitter and Sorrow), but even Alicia can’t protect her from the way Nora’s heart races every time Jacob’s in the room. Can she trust a man in uniform? Nora and Jacob’s choices have taken them down different paths, but God may still show them a safe way back.

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November 6th, 2017, 7:08 pm #10

The Collins Case
© 2012 Julie C. Gilbert

A young family disappears …

FBI Special Agent Julie Ann Davidson isn’t assigned the case, but she works it anyway because she knows the Collins family. Add in a baffling case of internet thievery, and Ann and her partner, Patrick Duncan, have plenty to think about.

Who took the Collins family and why?

One thing’s certain: time is running out.

If Ann and Patrick don’t work fast, Rachel Collins and her kids will die.

Interview with the Author:
Q: What makes the Heartfelt Cases series special? 
A: Heartfelt Cases is a mystery/suspense series featuring a pair of FBI agents handling some very personal cases. It fits in the Christian mystery niche, and most reviewers agree it hits that mark without being preachy. It’s Christian because the characters happen to be believers. That’s it. They’re normal people with a crazy job that sometimes dumps a heap of trouble on their doorstep. Life’s full of ups and downs. Most of our stressors won’t almost kill us, but hopefully, many people can relate to the desire to handle stressful situations with a measure of peace and grace.

Q: What order should I read them in?
A: They’re designed so that you should be able to read them in any order as standalones, but you’ll get the richest flow of side events from reading:
The Collins Case
The Kiverson Case
The Davidson Case
The Keres Case
The Quinn Case (This is a short prequel that will be available shortly. It was first in Where the Light May Lead, a Christian anthology. My philosophy of prequels is shifting. I think they’re more useful as enhancements to further get to know characters you’ve already met.)

Q: Where does this book fit in the series? What theme(s) make it special?
A: The Collins Case is Book 1. This is where we meet the dynamic duo of Ann and Patrick as well as their close friends. (She goes by Ann. Only her mother calls her Julie Ann.) One of my narrators recently pointed out that I have a thing for kidnapping. I guess if you read the book description, you probably agree with her.

Q: Why should readers check out this series?
A: These are super clean, kid and adult-safe mysteries. If you’re looking for gritty, this probably ain’t it. If you’re looking for a quick, light mystery fix, then I have a story to tell you.

Q: Can the reader get the whole series at once?
A: The first three cases are novellas that are combined in Heartfelt Cases Books 1-3. The 4th case is a full novel that’s available separately. Check out my website for news of future bundles.

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November 8th, 2017, 7:16 pm #11

I Know You'll Find Me
© 2017 Jennifer Youngblood

After a rough road, Victoria Compton’s life is finally starting to fall into place. She has her own dance studio and a handsome, rich boyfriend who wants to whisk her away for the weekend to his condo in the Bahamas. Things take an unexpected turn when Victoria makes an impromptu visit to Dominic’s office and witnesses a murder. Her life spirals out of control as she takes her two kids and flees New York to someplace Dominic will never think to look for her—Salt Lake City, Utah. 

With new identities and a cover story, Victoria and her kids try to build a new life while living in constant fear that Dominic might find them. Victoria never expects to meet Hudson Lawrence, a rough and tumble cop with piercing blue eyes and ripped muscles. She certainly doesn’t plan on kissing him in the storeroom of the restaurant where she works or slapping him afterwards—twice! Sparks fly as Victoria fights against the growing attraction, fearing Hudson will discover the truth and wreck her new life.

Tensions escalate as the threat of Dominic looms over them and Victoria must decide if she can trust Hudson with her secret as well as her heart. 

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November 12th, 2017, 5:16 pm #12

Home
© 2017 Ginny L. Yttrup

Melanie runs away. From conflict. From pain. From reality. 
 
When novelist Melanie Vander faces a looming deadline, she decides it’s time for an escape to an inspiring, novel-worthy locale. She’s not running away. Really. She just needs time to focus. But as she disappears into her writing, she encounters a man whose tenderness leaves her reeling. Engaging and wise, psychologist Elliot Hammond tempts Melanie to question everything, including her marriage.

But that’s ridiculous. Dr. Hammond isn’t even…real.

Melanie’s husband, Craig, has his own problems, including a recession that’s threatening his business. Waning finances, a looming home foreclosure, and a wife who’s checked out emotionally, has Craig feeling as though he’s carrying his burdens alone. When his client, the beautiful and single Serena Buchanan, offers him a solution to his financial woes, he’s tempted by more than her offer of a business solution. 

At a crossroads, Melanie and Craig seem headed in opposite directions.

As Melanie runs away from her problems by escaping into her own fictional world, Craig dives into his struggles, seeking God for strength and healing for his marriage. Ultimately, Melanie must choose whether she’ll check out completely, or allow her characters to lead her home.

The book is ok.  I would not necessarily recommend it.

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November 27th, 2017, 3:48 pm #13

Ashlynn's Dreams Shorts: Helping Mr. Blairington and Other Misadventures
© 2014 Julie Gilbert

"I will reiterate that the young lady is unusually brilliant, highly opinionated, very compassionate, and brave to a fault." (Dr. Carla M. Wittier, Jillian's Old Shrink Lady)
"She's not afraid to set all wrongs to right." (Jimmy Denson, best friend)
"You spend enough time in conversation with Jillian and she'll have you talking with a Southern accent, drinking some berry flavored tea, and fighting the urge to dig up worms to go fishing." (Danielle Matheson, former babysitter/current friend)
Now meet Jillian Blairington in some of the adventures and misadventures that pre-date the events of Ashlynn's Dreams.
Contents:
"Helping Mr. Blairington" 
"It Wasn't the Old Daddy's Day" 
"I Caught the Clothes-Stealing Wretch" 
"JJ and Jimmy Take on Crazy Nick" 
"Chester M. Norrington and the Devil Boy" 
"Beachside Invitation" 
"Frightening the Flight Ladies" 
"Dumpster Diving" 
"Exploring Mr. Kremel's Creepy Old Place"

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November 27th, 2017, 3:58 pm #14

The Quinn Case: A Heartfelt Cases Short Story
 © 2017 Julie C. Gilbert

When a child disappears, every second counts.

As a relatively new FBI agent Ann Davidson struggles with personalizing the cases. Hours after delivering the news that a boy’s murder investigation has officially gone cold, Ann and her partner, Patrick Duncan, catch a new case: a custody kidnapping. They have precious little time to find the victim, two-year-old Josiah Quinn. If even a day goes by without locating the boy, the odds of finding him drop to nearly nothing. 

They couldn’t save the other boy, but Ann’s determined not to fail again.

*Note this is a prequel to the Heartfelt Cases series.

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November 27th, 2017, 3:59 pm #15

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi (The Amish Bishop Mysteries Book 2)
 © 2017 Vannetta Chapman

A Terrible Secret Hides in the Bulrushes
Amish bishop Henry Lapp eagerly awaits the annual arrival of 20,000 sandhill cranes to the San Luis Valley of Colorado. But his visit to the Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge reveals more than just a miracle of God's creation. Hidden among the bulrushes and cattails is the deceased body of a young woman.

As the local authorities attempt to unravel the mystery, Henry feels God's calling to use his extraordinary talent to aid in the investigation. His ability to draw from memory in photographic detail could help solve this puzzling case.

Henry's closest friend, Emma Fisher, has always urged him to embrace his gift. As their relationship deepens, Henry realizes his involvement could put him and those he loves in the direct path of a killer, one who is willing to do anything to cover up a brutal crime, including framing the bishop.

When the Bishop Needs an Alibi is a compelling story of faith, friendship, and finding courage only God can provide.

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November 30th, 2017, 7:22 am #16

74.  I didn't appreciate the worldview in this book and cannot recommend it.
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December 9th, 2017, 5:11 pm #17

Same.  75.
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December 9th, 2017, 5:11 pm #18

Heaven and Hell, The Journey of Chris and Serena Davis
Tears of Heaven Series #1
© 2007 Kenneth Zeigler

Unusual book about Heaven and Hell.  

Some believe that, by God's mercy, those in heaven possess no knowledge of souls in torment... At least, most don't. Amid the peace of paradise, one man starts having dreams that his earthly beloved is condemned to Satan's realm. 

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December 9th, 2017, 5:20 pm #19

Gone
© 2014 Stacy Claflin

Macy Mercer only wants a little independence. Eager to prove herself grown up, she goes to a dark, secluded park. She’s supposed to meet the boy of her dreams who she met online. But the cute fifteen year old was a fantasy, his pictures fake. She finds herself face to face with Chester Woodran, a man capable of murder. Distraught over his own missing daughter, Chester insists that Macy replace his lost girl. He locks Macy up, withholds food, and roughs her up, demanding that she call him dad. Under duress from his constant threats and mind games, her hold on reality starts to slip. Clinging to her memories is the only way of holding onto her true identity, not believing that she is Chester’s daughter. Otherwise she may never see her family again.

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December 19th, 2017, 12:58 pm #20

Fatal Trust
© 2017 Todd M. Johnson

This is classified as a "Legal Thriller".

Ian Wells is a young ambitious attorney in Minneapolis who has taken over his father's practice, when he could have started much higher on the ladder of success.  Brook Daniels is a U.S. Attorney who was in law school when he was, and has more than friendship for him, but he has not responded.

Wells is hired to handle disbursement of a 20 year old trust.

That's all I will tell.  If you read the back cover of the book, it will ruin the story, which is quite good.

I recommend it.

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December 22nd, 2017, 11:08 am #21

A Matter of Trust
© 2017 Susan May Warren

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again

It's actually quite a good book.  I enjoyed it.

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December 26th, 2017, 2:20 pm #22

The Promise of Breeze Hill
© 2017 by Pam Hillman

Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.

Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

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January 4th, 2018, 7:10 pm #23

Pursued
© 2017 by Lisa Harris

Nikki Boyd's flight into Nashville was routine--up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there. Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects. 

Kind of difficult to read at times because the character was so mealy-mouthed and obviously ill-equipped to be a cop.  Stuff like this confirms to me that women are not suited for every occupation, but that some jobs are best left to men.

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January 9th, 2018, 6:42 pm #24

Crisis Shot
© 2017 by Janice Cantore

Tess O’Rourke is police commander of the East Division in Long Beach, California. She shoots an unarmed person while on a call to assist a fellow officer. Even though she was cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury, she is hounded by the public and relocates 900 miles away. 

There has never been a murder in the small town until the pastor’s wife goes missing and her cousin is found dead. Sheriff Deputy Steve Logan helps her in the search for the killer, but will she break her own rules by getting to close to someone she works with?

This book was much better.  About one page or so of introspection.

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January 10th, 2018, 5:30 pm #25

Vanishing Point
© 2017 by Lisa Harris

Probably the last Nikki Boyd novel.  I'm kind of glad because it was getting sort of ridiculous toward the end.  The "love interest" was a bit ludicrous, too.  People just don't take that long to decide.  Anyhow. . .

Garrett Addison’s first case on the job as a criminal investigator for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is the murder of a young girl. He finds close ties to a string of disappearances and the possibility this is the work of a serial killer.

When the FBI comes in to work on the case, Garrett finds himself working with Special Agent Jordan Lambert, the woman he once loved. When yet another girl dies, they are unable to find the killer. Garrett wonders whether he is really agent material. Perhaps he should just walk. It appears the killer is not done with him, or Jordan.

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January 12th, 2018, 1:12 pm #26

The Raven
 © 2017 Mike Nappa

As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience's pockets while they watch. It's harmless fun--until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn't seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his "personal assistants," The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, "Nevermore."

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues--and their complicated feelings for each other--to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.

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January 15th, 2018, 8:10 pm #27

Deadly Encounter
© 2016 DiAnn Mills

Airport Ranger volunteer Stacy Broussard expected a peaceful Saturday morning ride around the perimeter of Houston’s airport. What she encounters instead is a brutal homicide and a baffling mystery. Next to the body is an injured dog, the dead man’s motorcycle, and a drone armed with a laser capable of taking down a 747.

Though FBI Special Agent Alex LeBlanc sees a clear-cut case of terrorism, his past has taught him to be suspicious of everyone, even witnesses. Even bleeding-heart veterinarians like Stacy. But when her gruesome discovery is only the first in a string of incidences that throw her life into a tailspin, Alex begins to wonder if Stacy was targeted. As a health emergency endangers Stacy’s community, and the task force pulls in leads from all directions, Alex and Stacy must work together to prevent another deadly encounter.

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January 20th, 2018, 11:19 am #28

Life After
© 2017 Katie Ganshert

ABOUT LIFE AFTER
It could have been me.

Snow whirls around an elevated train platform in Chicago. A distracted woman boards the train, takes her seat, and moments later a fiery explosion rips through the frigid air, tearing the car apart in a horrific attack on the city’s transit system. One life is spared. Twenty-two are lost.
 
A year later, Autumn Manning can’t remember the day of the bombing and she is tormented by grief—by guilt. Twelve months of the question constantly echoing. Why? Why? Why? Searching for answers, she haunts the lives of the victims, unable to rest. 
 
Paul Elliott lost his wife in the train bombing and wants to let the dead rest in peace, undisturbed and unable to cause more pain for his loved ones. He wants normalcy for his twelve-year-old daughter and young son, to see them move beyond the heartbreak. But when the Elliotts and Autumn are unexpectedly forced together, he fears she’ll bring more wreckage in her wake.  
 
In Life After, Katie Ganshert’s most complex and unforgettable novel yet, the stirring prose and authentic characters pose questions of truth, goodness, and ultimate purpose in this emotionally resonant tale.
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A reader wrote:
Every American thirty years of age or older should be able to relate to Life After, as they recall life after 9/11/2001. Many younger Americans may also be able to relate to life after a number of subsequent national tragedies or life after any personal tragedy. Unfortunately, life means sometimes searching for life after. Fortunately, we have a Lord and Savior who weeps with us and who leads us forward. 

One year later, Autumn Manning, the sole survivor of a train bombing that took the lives of twenty-two others in Chicago, has become obsessed with the lives of those left behind as well as the lives cut short. Her family is concerned that she may never find her way out of all that plagues her, but they cannot understand the guilt that is mounting in Autumn’s core. While her family tries their own intervention, they could never imagine the form in which help would arrive.

Katie Ganshert tackles the difficult themes of evil that brings pain and loss to people who have done nothing to bring them upon themselves and coping with false, undeserved guilt. She does so with understanding, compassion, and by helping readers gain a more accurate view of God and a more accurate view of themselves. 

Thank you, Waterbrook and NetGalley for providing me a copy of Life After in exchange for my honest opinion, I highly recommend this book. 

Now for my opinion:  This is one of the best novels I have ever read.

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February 3rd, 2018, 8:58 pm #29

Red Julie
© 2014 J. A. Whiting

Olivia Miller was raised by her aunt Aggie from the time she was a year old. Several weeks before Olivia graduates from college in Massachusetts, Aggie dies suddenly and unexpectedly, riding a bicycle at night near her home in Ogunquit, Maine. The death certificate lists the cause of death as a massive heart attack, but Olivia doesn’t believe it. Soon after her graduation, Olivia is on the highway, late at night, heading home to Ogunquit when she comes upon an accident. A man is on his back, in the middle of the road, his legs caught in the wreckage of his overturned Mercedes. He grabs at Olivia’s jacket and frantically mumbles something that sounds like, ‘red Julie’. The man dies at the scene, but not before he slips something into Olivia’s jacket pocket. Olivia is determined to figure out what ‘red Julie’ means, and how her aunt really died that night.

I enjoyed this book.

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February 7th, 2018, 8:49 am #30

Until We Find Home
© 2018 Cathy Gohlke

For American Claire Stewart, joining the French Resistance sounded as romantic as the storylines she hopes will one day grace the novels she wants to write. But when she finds herself stranded on English shores, with five French Jewish children she smuggled across the channel before Nazis stormed Paris, reality feels more akin to fear.

With nowhere to go, Claire throws herself on the mercy of an estranged aunt, begging Lady Miranda Langford to take the children into her magnificent estate. Heavily weighted with grief of her own, Miranda reluctantly agrees . . . if Claire will stay to help. Though desperate to return to France and the man she loves, Claire has few options. But her tumultuous upbringing―spent in the refuge of novels with fictional friends―has ill-prepared her for the daily dramas of raising children, or for the way David Campbell, a fellow American boarder, challenges her notions of love. Nor could she foresee how the tentacles of war will invade their quiet haven, threatening all who have come to call Bluebell Wood home and risking the only family she’s ever known.

Set in England’s lush and storied Lake District in the early days of World War II, and featuring cameos from beloved literary icons Beatrix Potter and C. S. Lewis, Until We Find Home is an unforgettable portrait of life on the British home front, challenging us to remember that bravery and family come in many forms.

This is a great book.  I've read a couple of others by her, and they are, too.

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February 14th, 2018, 4:19 pm #31

Chain of Mercy (Coming Home) (Volume 1) 
© 2014 Brenda S. Anderson

Manhattan businessman Richard Brooks was at the top of the world, drunk with success, wealth, and women, and he proudly lived that prodigal lifestyle, until one disastrous evening, when that world came crashing down. Richard flees to Minneapolis where he repairs ancient boilers instead of solving corporate problems, and he's determined to live the solitary life he now deserves. But Executive Sheila Peterson has other plans for the handsome custodian. Richard appears to be the perfect match for the no-strings-attached romance she's after, but she soon discovers that he's hiding more than the designer clothes in his closet.

This book dragged on too long.  Lots of disappointments.  It finally came to a pretty good conclusion, though colored by the disappointments.

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February 21st, 2018, 7:55 pm #32

Beneath Copper Falls
© 2017 Colleen Coble

Dana has already learned that love isn’t safe . . . but could it be different in Rock Harbor?
As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she’s faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful.

But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend’s desperate screams on the other end. Soon the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home—and threatens to keep her from the future she’s always wanted.

I liked it pretty well, although the ending was lacking.  Sensible people would not have played it out that way.  I'll let you read it to see what I mean.

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March 15th, 2018, 8:47 am #33

Tangled Webs (Book 3--Men of Valor)
© 2016 Irene Hannon

After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn t on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather."

Irene Hannon is a very good author.

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March 29th, 2018, 6:14 pm #34

Anchor In The Storm
© 2016 Sarah Sundin

One Plucky Female Pharmacist + One High-Society Naval Officer = Romance--and Danger

For plucky Lillian Avery, America's entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg's attentions only annoy--even if he is her brother's best friend.

During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves--and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Sarah Sundin brings World War II to life, offering readers an intense experience they won't soon forget.

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March 29th, 2018, 6:16 pm #35

When Tides Turn
© 2017 Sarah Sundin

When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston--both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he's torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?

With precision and pizazz, fan favorite Sarah Sundin carries readers through the rough waters of love in a time when every action might have unforeseen world-changing consequences.

Third and last in the Waves of Freedom series.

Sarah Sundin writes great books; easy reading; joyful, feel good books.  I like them all.

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March 30th, 2018, 8:03 pm #36

Thunder and Rain
© 2012 Charles Martin 

Tyler Steele is the last of a dying breed— a modern day cowboy hero living in a world that doesn’t quite understand his powerful sense of right and wrong and instinct to defend those who can’t defend themselves. Despite his strong moral compass, Ty has trouble seeing his greatest weakness. His hard outer shell, the one essential to his work, made him incapable of forging the emotional connection his wife Andie so desperately needed.

Now retired, raising their son Brodie on his own, and at risk of losing his ranch, Ty does not know how to rebuild from the rubble of his life. The answer comes in the form of Samantha and her daughter Hope, on the run from a seemingly inescapable situation. They are in danger, desperate, and alone. Though they are strangers, Ty knows he can help— protecting the innocent is what he does best. As his relationship with Sam and Hope unfolds, Ty realizes he must confront his true weaknesses if he wants to become the man he needs to be.

Definitely a guy's book.  Some women might like it; I don't know.

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April 8th, 2018, 6:23 pm #37

Dangerous Illusions
© 2017 Irene Hannon

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, an ailing mother, and a healing heart. When a series of unsettling memory lapses leads to a tragic death--and puts Trish under police scrutiny--her world is once again thrown into turmoil.

Detective Colin Flynn isn't certain what to think of the facts he uncovers during his investigation. Did Trish simply make a terrible mistake or is there more to the case than meets the eye? As he searches for answers, disturbing information begins to emerge--and if the forces at work are as evil as he suspects, the situation isn't just dangerous . . . it's deadly.

Bestselling and award-winning author Irene Hannon captures readers with a mind-bending story that will have them doubling back to retrace their steps--and figure out what they missed!

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April 8th, 2018, 6:25 pm #38

Oath of Honor
© 2018 Lynette Eason

Police officer Isabelle St. John loves her crazy, loud, law-enforcement family. With three brothers and two sisters, she's never without someone to hang out with--or fight with. And she knows they'll be there for her when things get tough. Like when her partner is murdered and she barely escapes with her own life.

Determined to discover exactly what happened, Izzy's investigation sends her headfirst into a criminal organization, possibly with cops on the payroll--including someone from her own family. With her dead partner's handsome homicide detective brother Ryan shadowing her every move, Izzy's head is spinning. How can she secure justice for her partner when doing so could mean sending someone she loves to prison? And how will she guard her heart when the man she's had a secret crush on for years won't leave her side?

With her signature fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat action, Lynette Eason invites readers into a captivating new series where justice is a family affair.

It's a good book, all-in-all, but the cops are so dumb--all the way through, first to last.  I hope real-life cops are smarter.

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