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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Imperfect Justice

Cara Putman is the author of more than 25 legal thrillers, historical romances, and romantic suspense novels. She has won or been a finalist for honors including the ACFW Book of the Year and the Christian Retailing's BEST Award. Cara graduated high school at 16, college at 20, completed her law degree at 27, and recently received her MBA. She is a practicing attorney, teaches undergraduate and graduate law courses at a Big Ten business school, and is a homeschooling mom of four. She lives with her husband and children in Indiana.

Find out more about Cara at

The police say the woman was a murderer. Emilie Wesley knows they can't be talking about her client . . . can they?
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie's belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister-right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene's letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene's surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl and find a future for themselves in the process?
My Thoughts:
Imperfect Justice is the second book in Putman's Hidden Justice series.  The first was Beyond Justice.  I appreciate the spotlight Putman put on domestic violence in this story.  While parts of the book lagged a little bit for me and the male protagonist (Reid) was a little bland, Putman gave readers insight into what it is really like to work with women who find themselves in sometimes impossible and very scary situations.  The story contained some twists and turns I didn't see coming.  Putman's insight into the courtroom and legal proceedings were well portrayed.  The third book, Delayed Justice, will be out September 2018.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions here are my own.
Happy Reading,
Jennifer


Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dangerous Illusions

Irene Hannon is the bestselling and award-winning author of more than fifty novels, including Buried Secrets, Thin Ice, and Tangled Webs, as well as the Heroes of Quantico, Guardians of Justice, and Private Justice series.  In addition to many other honors, she is a seven-time finalist for and three-time winner of the prestigious RITA award from Romance Writers of America.  She is also a member of RWA's elite Hall of Fame and has received a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews.

Trish Bailey is on overload trying to deal with a demanding job, and 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.

My Thoughts:
Irene Hannon keeps upping her game with each book she writes.  I think Dangerous Illusions, book one in her new Code of Honor series, may just be her best to date.  I enjoyed the surprise of characters from a previous series making appearances in this story.  The twists and turns of this story blindsided me and had me sitting on the literal edge of my seat through much of the book.  Full of tension, danger, and sweet romance between Colin and Trish, Dangerous Illusions will keep you up all night because once you start this one, you won't be able to stop!  

*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,
Jennifer

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

Bethany Turner is the director of administration for Rock Springs Church in Southwest Colorado.  A former VP/operations manager of a commercial bank and a three-time cancer survivor (all before she turned thirty-five), Bethany knows that when God has plans for your life, it doesn't matter what anyone else has to say.  Because of that, she's chosen to follow his call to write.  She lives with her husband and their two sons in Colorado, where she writes for a new generation of readers who crave fiction that tackles the thorny issues of life with humor and insight.  For more, visit www.seebethanywrite.com.
Becoming a Christian is the best - and worst - thing that has ever happened to Sarah Hollenbeck.
Up to now, Sarah Hollenbeck made her very comfortable living as a well-known, bestselling author of steamy romance novels that would leave the members of her new church blushing.  Now she's trying to reconcile her past with the future she's chosen.  She's still under contract with her publisher and on the hook with her enormous fan base for the kind of book she's not sure she can write anymore.  She's discovering that the church might frown on her tithing on royalties from a "scandalous" book.  And the fact that she's falling in love with her pastor...well, let's just say that doesn't make things any easier.

My Thoughts:
Wow...just wow!  That is my initial thought and review of this debut novel by Bethany Turner.  Turner writes with a refreshing genuineness of storyline and characters.  She immediately draws you in with relatable characters and soon readers will find themselves turning pages...laughing on one and crying on the next.  The journey of Sarah Hollenbeck is one that readers will be able to find themselves in at one point or another along the way.  Turner is most definitely an author to follow.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book for review.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading Ya'll,
Jennifer 

Monday, December 4, 2017

She Reads Truth Bible and Giveaway




The She Reads Truth Bible aims to live at the intersection of beauty, goodness, and Truth. Featuring devotionals by the She Reads Truth team, and Scripture reading plans that include supplemental passages for deeper understanding, this Bible invites every woman to count themselves among the She Reads Truth community of "Women in the Word of God every day." The She Reads Truth Bible also features 66 key verses, artfully lettered to aid in Scripture memorization.   

Features include: almost 200 devotionals, 66 artist-designed key verses, 35 full-color timelines, 20 full-color maps, 11 full-color charts, reading plans for every book of the Bible, one-year Bible reading plan, detailed book introductions, key verse list, carefully curated topical index, smyth-sewn binding, two colored ribbon markers, and wide margins for journaling and note-taking. 

My Thoughts/Experience:
The She Reads Truth Bible offers a beautiful and transforming way to engage with God's Word.  
This Bible not only provides a physically pleasing copy of God's Word but offers the Christian Standard Bible translation.

ABOUT THE CSB TRANSLATION


The color coding this Bible offers makes it easy for users to read each book with its proper genre in mind and provides proper context offering not only beauty but a guide to rightly dividing the Word of Truth.

ABOUT THE COLORS


There are several things I especially appreciate about the way this Bible is constructed.  The reading plans are presented in two ways.  There are reading plans included within each book with additional scriptures for "going deeper".

The Robert Murray M'Cheyne One Year Bible reading plan is also included as an option.  The devotions are sound theologically.  This Bible is a tremendously well thought out resource for women who want to study hard and draw nearer to the Lover of their souls.

I guess my only real complaint is that the pages are really thin and I haven't discovered a good option for making notations that won't bleed through the tissue-thin pages.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this Bible.  All opinions are my own.

You can purchase your copy HERE.

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Blessings,
Jennifer



Friday, December 1, 2017

The Gift of Christmas Past

Cindy Woodsmall is the "New York Times" and CBA best-selling author of eighteen works of fiction. She's been featured in national media outlets such as ABC's "Nightline" and the "Wall Street Journal." Cindy has won numerous awards and has been finalist for the prestigious Christy, Rita, and Carol Awards. Cindy and her husband reside near the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains in Flowery Branch, GA. 
Erin Woodsmall is a writer, musician, wife, and mom of three. She has edited, brainstormed, and researched books with Cindy for almost a decade. She is very excited about their first coauthored book. 
Find out more about Cindy and Erin at http://www.cindywoodsmall.com.

Arson wasn't the only fire that ignited between them.
Promises shattered.
Lies spoken.
She was arrested.
He returned to the safety of his wealthy parents.
Almost ten years later, Hadley and Monroe are both specialists in the field of speech therapy. They meet again . . . thrown together to help a four-year-old-girl rendered mute after being rescued from a fire.
Years of secrets and anger beg to be set free as Hadley and Monroe try to push aside past hurts and find common ground in order to help the traumatized child and her family.
Can the love of Christmas past drift into the present, bringing healing and hope for all?
My Thoughts:
The Gift of Christmas Past was a sweet and enjoyable read from mother/daughter team, Cindy and Erin Woodsmall.  While I enjoyed this quick and easy read, the story didn't flow smoothly and I felt I was missing details along the way.  I would have appreciated more depth in the characters as well.  But with that said, the story gives you a glimpse into the journey of young sweethearts and the power of forgiveness.  The ending is really inspiring as well.
*I was given a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Transforming Grace

Jerry Bridges was a well-known Christian writer and speaker.  His numerous books have sold over 3.5 million copies.  He served on the staff of The Navigators for more than sixty years before his death in 2016.  Jerry leaves behind his wife, Jane; two children; and seven grandchildren.
Living Confidently In God's Unfailing Love
Grace is amazing because it is God's provision for when we fall short of His standards.  Unfortunately, too many of us embrace grace for our salvation but then leave it behind in our everyday lives.  We base our relationship with God on our performance rather than on His love for us, even when we intuitively know that our performance cannot earn us the love we so desperately crave.
Isn't it time to stop trying to measure up and begin accepting the transforming power of God's grace?  The product of more than ten years of Bible Study, Navigator author Jerry Bridges's Transforming Grace is a fountainhead of inspiration and renewal that will show you just how inexhaustible and generous God's grace really is.



My Thoughts:
I have read many of Jerry Bridges's books and have been both blessed and challenged by each one.  Transforming Grace is one of his classics that has a prominent place on my "keeper shelf".  You don't read one of his books and simply place it back on the shelf to collect dust.  Bridges's books are revisited many times.
This edition of Transforming Grace has been redesigned and now includes a discussion guide perfect for use with small groups, discipleship, or simply for personal study.  Jerry's writing is warm and encouraging but in no way shortchanges the powerful transformation the gospel of Jesus brings to a life surrendered to him.  In Transforming Grace particularly, Bridges's does not teach a license to do what you want but how to lean into the love of a good, good Father who lavishes His children with grace and how our grateful response is faith and obedience.  Bridges insightfully explains to readers how important that we not limit God's grace to a one-time salvation event but how as believers we preach the gospel of grace to ourselves daily.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Blessings,
Jennifer

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Gift

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.
Find out more about Shelley at http://www.shelleyshepardgray.com.

A special Christmas story about love and blessings in the next book in the Amish of Hart County series
The Schwartz family is happy to be spending Christmas on their new farm in Hart County. But when Susanna Schwartz hears gunshots that causes her buggy to overturn, and then her little sister falls through a wooden bridge into the icy creek, it becomes clear from these dangerous "accidents" that someone wants them gone.
Neil Vance has been heartbroken ever since his parents lost their family farm. He knows it's not the Schwartz family's fault, but he can't help but be resentful. Until he meets Susanna. She is kind-hearted and bold, and Neil can't stop thinking about her pretty green eyes.
Neil thinks the accidents are just that, but Susanna's father is convinced the Vance family is responsible. Susanna refuses to believe Neil would do anything to harm her. She's fallen in love with him and knows he is a good man. But her family is ready to pack up and move, and time is running out to uncover the truth before someone gets hurt . . . or worse.
My Thoughts:
Shelley Shepard Gray never fails to give readers a delightful read.  This story has a good blend of sweet friendship turned romance and mystery/suspense.  She supplies a cast of characters that readers from all walks of life can identify with despite not being Amish.  And while I have shied away from reading Amish stories for some time now, Gray has drawn me back in.
You will enjoy The Amish of Hart County series.
*I received a complimentary copy of the book.  All opinions are my own.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer