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Friday, May 22, 2015

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

      Sandra Orchard

     I previously reviewed book two in Sandra Orchard's Port Aster Secrets series.  So, I was excited when I was offered the opportunity to review book three. The next day I learned that book one, Deadly Devotion, was being offered for free on the Kindle. It was great fun to go back to the beginning of Kate and Tom's story.  Even though I'd read book two, and knew some things were going to end well, the suspense was still great enough to keep me engaged with the storyline. While I thoroughly enjoyed Deadly Devotion, I must admit book two, Blind Trust, seemed more realistic. I can't wait to open up Desperate Measures. I feel pretty sure I have a good mystery waiting for me behind the front cover. I will be reviewing another book before being able to get my teeth into that one, but that will provide motivation to make time for reading. More to come...

Monday, May 11, 2015

No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason - A Book Review

     No Place to Hide is the third book in Lynette Eason’s Hidden Identity series. Eason is surely maintaining her momentum in this series. While I don’t like clich├ęs I have to say she has hit another out of the park with this one.  The books in this series revolve around a semi-government agency, Operation Refuge, which works to help and protect those who can’t help and protect themselves. In this book it is one of their own, Jackie Sellers, who is need of help, but unlike their usual clients, Jackie has some skills developed at the police academy to bring to the table.
     Jackie’s childhood friend, Ian Lockwood, has found himself on the run from law enforcement and unknown assassins.  His only hope is to avoid capture long enough to prove his innocence and to discover who is really behind whatever is going on. That’s not going to be easy with his face splashed all over the news, and his name being linked to terrorism. What a surprise when Jackie breaks into his home after years having passed since last seeing her. Thus begins a tumultuous ride for both the characters and the reader. There is nothing predictable about the storyline in this book.  I repeatedly found myself saying, “Well, I didn’t see that coming!”
     I highly recommend this book and this author. I’ve read enough of her books to feel comfortable even recommending those I haven’t had the opportunity to pick up yet. There are only a handful of authors that I have that much confidence in.  I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing No Place to Hide for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Friday, May 1, 2015

A Rose for Jonathan by Beth Green – A Book Review

  Since I was a little girl I have been enamored by stories.  My best memories involve books: being read to by my mom who also loved stories, waiting beside the roadside for the book mobile to stop, reading Alice in Wonderland while buried under the covers when my mom didn’t know how to work the thermostat our first day in our first home with central air conditioning, and making it through those dreaded camping trips with the help of a stack of books. As an adult I discovered Christian fiction, stories that enlighten as well as entertain.  I have always believed that God has a way of putting the right book in my hand at the right time.  At times it is a book that has been on my shelf for years, and at others it is a book recently acquired.  Some books are like the parables of the lost sheep and the lost coin (Luke Chapter 15), with a fairly easy theme to recognize.  Others cause me to ponder at a deeper level and seek God’s wisdom, like the disciples in Luke Chapter 8, asking the meaning of the story.  Others spark a longing to dig deeper into God’s Word looking for truth.  A Rose for Jonathan is just such a book. 
     I belong to a closed Facebook group where Christian authors link up with reviewers.  I saw a post from Beth Green; while her book looked interesting, it was the fact that she was located in Baker, Florida that caught my attention.  I messaged her and asked to be considered for receiving a copy of the book to review, and asked whether or not she knew relatives that had lived in Baker.  As it turned out she and her husband were vacationing there, but I believe God used this to place Beth’s book in my hand. 
     As I am reading a book for review, I’m always thinking about wording my review.  As I got into A Rose for Jonathan, I was considering connecting with fans of Frank Peretti, Ted Dekker and maybe Randy Alcorn as the story is occurring in the earthly and spiritual planes.  I was thinking about incorporating the underlying theme of the importance of organ donation.  Then I was increasingly convicted that I was reading this book not as a way to promote Christian fiction, but because I needed a wakeup call in my prayer life.  When I first retired I felt God’s call to spend significant amounts of time in prayer, and to pray utilizing Scripture.  He gave me tools to assist me in this, one of the greatest being the book Prayers That Avail Much from Word Ministries, Inc. Over time I allowed a new kind of business to enter my life, and my prayer life changed.  I continued to pray quite often, but my prayers lacked the intensity that they’d had early in my retirement, and they included less Scripture.  To be honest they were less effectual, but as all things that happen gradually, it went unnoticed.  That is until God, through Beth Green, gave me A Rose for Jonathan.  
     Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that we struggle against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  He instructs us in verses 13 through 17 to put on the full armor of God.  Beth Green points out that some of the armor is defensive in nature: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation.  Our offensive weapons are the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God and prayer.  Paul reminds us in verse 18 to pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests, and that with this in mind to be alert and to always keep on praying for all the saints. 
     I most highly recommend A Rose for Jonathan. The story of Pastor John, his wife Lindsey, his daughter Rosie, and all those whose lives they touch will grip your heart. Indeed fans of Peretti, Dekker and Alcorn will be blessed to meet a storyteller who is their equal. Who knows, there may be a reason that God is bringing this book to your attention at this time, or it may simply be your time to enjoy a great read.  Either way, I couldn’t recommend a better book. 
     Thank you to Beth Green for providing this book for my honest review.  I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.
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