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Thursday, July 20, 2017

His Guilt: The Amish of Hart County

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.
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A suspenseful tale of an Amish man who will risk all to protect the woman he loves.

Mark Fisher has returned home to Hart County, determined to put the past behind him. Two years ago, after being wrongly accused of assault, he left the Amish community, though never forgot his home. When the one person who had helped him through his rough times asks for help, Mark returns. But it is pretty Waneta Cain who makes him want to stay...
Neeta is one of the few people in Hart County who doesn't believe Mark is guilty of hurting anyone. However, his worldliness and tough exterior do make her uneasy. As she begins to see the real man behind all the gossip and prejudice, she wonders if he is the man for her.

Just when Mark starts to believe a new life is possible, a close friend of Neeta's is attacked. Once again, everyone in the community seems to believe he is guilty. But what hurts most is Neeta's sudden wariness around him. When another woman is hurt, a woman who is close to both Neeta and himself, Mark fears he knows the real culprit. And time is running out. Will Mark be able to find him before Neeta becomes his next victim?


My Thoughts:
I've almost stopped reading Amish themed books because they all have begun to sound the same.  I was interested in reading His Guilt due to the suspense/mystery hinted at in the synopsis.  Gray did provide a strong suspense thread in the book; however, it was a little predictable before I reached the halfway point of the book. The characters lacked the depth I was looking for.  With all of that said, I did enjoy the fact that Gray didn't shy away from some heavy themes and wrote without compromise the reality of these dangers.  
*I was provided a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions here are my own.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Beneath Copper Falls

Colleen Coble is a USA Today bestselling author and RITA finalist best known for her romantic suspense novels, including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

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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 fiance 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.

My Thoughts:
In Beneath Copper Falls, author Colleen Coble welcomes readers back to Rock Harbor and drops them right smack into the story on page one.  In typical Coble fashion, which I never tire of, this most recent visit to Rock Harbor contains everything I love...mystery, intrigue, well-thought out characters, and a story I became easily invested in that kept my attention until the last page.  I love the dialogue between the characters and how Coble keeps the story moving.  And of course, the romance piece is always on point.  I couldn't turn the pages fast enough!  Don't miss this one!
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Monday, July 17, 2017

My Daughter's Legacy: Cousins of the Dove

Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, both fiction and nonfiction, with over a million copies sold. Mindy and her husband, John, have two adult children and live in Pennsylvania.
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 Leslie Gould, a former magazine editor, is the author of numerous novels, including "Beyond the Blue" and "Garden of Dreams." She received her master of fine arts degree from Portland State University and lives in Oregon with her husband, Peter, and their four children.

Find out more about Leslie at http://www.lesliegould.com/.
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About the book:
A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God's leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last
Virginia, 1864
Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love-whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor-ever fit in her broken world?
Virginia, present day
Nicole Talbot's life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she's finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family's legacy, she must risk all that she's gained-her fresh start, her family's trust, and her growing relationship with a new man-to unlock the secrets of the past.
My Thoughts:
My Daughter's Legacy by Clark and Gould is one of the best books I've read this year to date.  The authors have given readers the perfect blend of history and romance blending past historical and contemporary story lines.  The authors incorporated historical details, the theme of family legacy, tender romance, and a bit of mystery.  The move from past to present day story was fluid.  I absolutely could not put this book down!
The emotion from one of our nation's most painful times in history coupled with the contemporary story of recovery and restoration from addiction drew me into this story and wouldn't let me go.  While this book is the third book in the Cousins Of The Dove series, it can be read as a stand-alone.  This one is keeper shelf material for sure!
My Daughter's Legacy Mindy Starns Clark Leslie Gould
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions given here are my own.
Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Love in a Time of Hate: The Story of Magda and Andre Trocme and the Village That Said No to the Nazis

Hanna Schott is a journalist, writer, and editor living in Haan, Germany.  She studied French, Italian, music, and theology at universities in Marburg, Freiburg, and Heidelberg.  Schott has worked as a bookseller and is the author of many books.  She is a member of Evangelische Kirchengemeinde St. Reinoldi Rupelrath.

You can find discussion questions for Love in a Time of Hate at HeraldPress.com/StudyGuides.








One young couple.

Once small village.

Thousands of Jews on the run from the Nazis.

Love in a Time of Hate paints an intimate portrait of Magda and Andre Trocme, who transformed a small town in France into a place o safety during the Holocaust.  At great risk to their own lives, the Trocmes led efforts in Le Chambon-sur-Lignon to hide more than three thousand Jewish children and adults who were fleeing the Nazis.

Building on the account told in Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed, Hanna Schott portrays a vivid story of resisting evil and sheltering refugees.  Through a stubborn commitment to Jesus and His way of peace, Magda and Andre and their accomplices offer a stirring example of daring, indomitable love in a time of hate and horror.

My Thoughts:
Part biography, part history, Love in a Time of Hate will leave you undone and challenged to think differently about what bearing your cross should look like and how loving your neighbor should be lived out.  Magda and Andre Trocme didn't just take the thought of every human being created in the image of God as a nice little thought.  The Trocmes lived it out faithfully in their reaction and care for each person whose path they crossed despite the inconvenience or challenge.  Unfortunately, I was unaware of their story until reading this book.  The Trocme's example is one that needs replicating in our world today.  Schott has given us a treasure and it is a timely message.  Read and be changed!
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions stated here are my own.

Blessings,
Jennifer

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Bread of Angels

Tessa Afshar is the Christy Award-winning author of several works of biblical fiction.  She holds an MDiv from Yale University, where she served as cochair of the Evangelical Fellowship at the Divinity school.  She has worked full-time in ministry ever since.

Visit her at www.tessaafshar.com.










Purple.  The foundation of an influential trade in a Roman world dominated by men.  One woman rises up to take the reins of success in an incredible journey of courage, grit, and friendship.  And along the way, she changes the world.

But before she becomes Lydia, the seller of purple, she is simply a merchant's daughter who loves three things:  her father, her ancestral home, and making dye.  Then unbearable betrayal robs her of nearly everything.

With only her father's secret formulas left, Lydia flees to Philippi and struggles to establish a business on her own.  Determination and serendipitous acquaintances - along with her father's precious dye formula - help her become on of the city's preeminent merchants.  But fear lingers in every shadow until Lydia meets the apostle Paul and hears his message of hope, becoming the first Christian in all of Europe.  Still, Lydia can't outrun her secrets forever, and when past and present collide, she must either stand firm and trust in her fledgling faith or succumb to the fear that has ruined her life.

My Thoughts:
There is a handful of authors who write Christian/Historical Fiction who I follow religiously.  Tessa Afshar is one of the few.  She amazes me with her impeccable research and expert attention to detail. Bread of Angels is the first in an expected series from Afshar highlighting obscure characters from the New Testament of the Bible.
I've always been curious about Lydia, the seller of purple who is mentioned in the book of Acts. Afshar brings Lydia's story to life without compromising the truth of the Scriptures with her artistic liberties.  In fact, I'm not sure I've read many other Biblical fiction titles with a more clear picture of the gospel than Bread of Angels.  
"Did He hold you in the palm of His hand when your father tried to force you to marry a brutal man?  Or when he renounced you and threw you out of his home?  I mean no disrespect, Rebekah, but if this is an example of what your god's palm looks like, I would rather be under His foot."  Astonishingly, Rebekah laughed, "He does not always keep us from danger, but He preserve us in danger.  I have known hardship, buy my heart has felt secure in His steadfast love."
"The Lord mediates His provision by curious means.  When you least expect it.  Where you least expect it."
Afshar's introduction of the apostle Paul in the second half of the book was done brilliantly.  And her presentation of the gospel and Paul's ministry is nothing short of a masterpiece.  Afshar transports readers into another world and she draws readers into the lives of the characters without displacing biblical truth.
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Blessings,
Jennifer

Dark Deception

Nancy Mehl is the author of more than twenty books, including the Road To Kingdom and Finding Sanctuary series, and a 2015 finalist for RT Book Reviews' Reviewers' Choice Award.

Nancy writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their puggie, Watson.

Visit www.nancymehl.com to learn more about Nancy's books and have the blessing of connecting with her.








Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas, is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life.  Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer.  Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since. 

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial.  Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis.

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected.  But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

My Thoughts:
I became a huge fan of Nancy's writing when I read her Road to Kingdom series.  I followed up by reading her Finding Sanctuary series.  I was a little skeptical, to be honest about reading romantic suspense from a writer who was diving into a completely different genre from her norm.  Nancy completely surprised and blew me away with the first book in her new Defenders of Justice series, Fatal Frost.
Dark Deception will have you turning pages as quickly as you can.  Nancy's characters, especially Kate and Tony, have depth to them that draws you into their world immediately.  This is certainly a roller coaster ride with deep twists and turns.  Nancy has you invested from the first page until the last and keeps you thinking until the end.  The romance in this story is believable and tender.
Don't miss this series!
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Monday, June 19, 2017

Israel-God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy of Israel

Ron Gafni works as a professional aerial photographer after spending more than a decade in Israel's High-Tech Industry. He brings his vast experience and personal perspective through the lens of a proud Israeli citizen. His work has been featured in "National Geographic," and his company, Skypics.co.il, provides books from its "Israel From Above" collection to the Israeli government, Army and Air force, as well as to large corporations in Israel. 


Kathleen Barrett, a south Florida resident and former teacher is a student of the Word. She shares her thoughtful point of view in "Israel-God's Heart" from a personal, 40 year walk of Christian faith and study. In 2002, she authored a children's devotional. Before that and since then, she has published numerous articles from mission's outreach to local political events. Her more personal and reflective work has been featured in a number of collections.
Find out more at http://skypics.co.il.


Soar across the skies of beautiful Israel and visit contemporary and historic sites beckoning visitors to stay and explore.

The beauty of Israel from above is captured by top aerial photographer Ron Gafni.  As you sweep over ancient ruins, fly high in hot air balloons, and view vignette's of Israel's modern lifestyles, Holy scripture will also come alive. Author Kathleen Barrett offers reflective narrative with scripture pointing to God's redemption plan for the world.

My Thoughts:
Israel-God's Heart is a beautiful pictorial guide through The Holy Land.  Woven throughout the book is Scripture tracing God's plan of redemption for His people...His Divine Design as it is referred to in the book.  Included in the book are pictures and explanations of the Marvels of Modern Israel.  Ripe with historical detail, God's Word, and breathtaking pictures of both the old and modern Israel, Israel-God's Heart is a treasure to be appreciated and visited again and again.

*I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  The opinions expressed here are my own.

Blessings,
Jennifer