Amanda Dykes' writing has a depth to it that one doesn't often encounter in today's contemporary fiction. It is special; it touches a part of one's heart and soul that is reserved for literature by classic authors such as Austin and Lewis. Set the Stars Alight is made up of stories leading to new stories, one the Greatest Story every told. While the reader knows a bit about where the story is leading, there are unexpected events all along the way. Once the end of the story is reached, one is likely to want to reread it right away knowing what they now know, to peek into the stories with a different lens. I most highly recommend Set the Stars Alight; once you meet this lost boy and matchstick girl and walk their path, you will be recommending it to your friends as well. I am grateful to have received a copy from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
Friday, July 3, 2020
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Love's Mountain Quest is the second book in Misty Beller's Hearts of Montana series. As often happens in series the main characters had been secondary characters in the first book. Joanna Watson is a widow with a young, high-spirited son, a single-mother trying to earn a living and make a home. Isaac Bowen assisted her on her journey to Settler's Fort after her husband's death. He is a quiet mountain man with a past. Together they must search for Joanna's missing son and friend. Beller tells the story of how their relationship changes during this quest while also following the harrowing tale of the kidnapped son and friend. I loved the plot, the action, the character development, the sensory images, and the inspirational message. I must admit however, that each time the characters mentioned feeling comfortable or confident in their own skin, I cringed just a bit due to what seemed out-of-era language. This would not keep me from recommending this book though; I thought it was a wonderful read, and am looking forward to the third book. I am grateful to have received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Zoe Hart, a passenger on a bride ship, landed on Vancouver Island in January of 1863. Not only was she seeking a husband, but also her twin brother who had fled to the area after being falsely accused of a crime in their hometown of Manchester, England. Little did she know that before finding either, she would become mother to an orphaned native child. Through Zoe's story, Hedlund tells a tale that explores the themes of God's calling on our lives and the difference between having religion and having a relationship with our heavenly Father. The story is filled with love, compassion, humor, adventure, and even a good dose of sensuality. It will be pleasing to a wide range of readers.
I am grateful to have received a copy of A Bride of Convenience from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
The Crushing Depths has two romantic suspense story lines, both involving members of the Coast Guard Investigative Services. Each story line is equally intriguing with lives at stake. The adventure-loving members of the investigative team and the beautiful North Carolina beach setting are perfect compliments to the story's plot. The Crushing Depths is the second book in Pettrey's Coastal Guardian series, but would work well as a stand-alone read. I would say that this book would make the perfect beach read, but since many of us won't be vacationing at the beach during the pandemic, let's just say it is a great summer read, one I highly recommend.
I received a copy of The Crushing Depths from Bethany House via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and I received no monetary compensation.
I was so happy to revisit Mary Breckenridge's Wendover and the Frontier Nursing Service. This time we meet Piper Danson who volunteers to serve as a courier with the FNS for one very special summer. We once again get to experience the strong mountain people of Kentucky as Piper adapts to their ways. Piper's hopes for the summer were to do something different, something important, to experience life, but mostly to forget about men and her father's expectations. How surprised she was when not one, but two men follow her to the mountains of eastern Kentucky!
Ann H. Gabhart is a master storyteller. Her characters have depth and feel like real folks, like someone you might know. Gabhart draws you into the setting without lots of flowery words of description, something I really appreciate. I highly recommend An Appalachian Summer, and am grateful to have received a copy from Revell via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review, and received no monetary compensation.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Each book in Patchen's Nutfield Saga has provided a wonderful reading experience. The suspense stories are both fresh and intense. The town of Nutfield, New Hampshire becomes one readers will want to visit, and the characters ones they will want to meet. Legacy Redeemed continues the saga with the same high quality writing. I recommend this author whenever asked about my favorite mystery and suspense writers.
Legacy Redeemed revisits the theme of human trafficking, highlighting the deep woulds inflicted on the hearts and souls of children, the desperation of families in poverty, and the amazing healing that the Spirit of God can bring. Patchen skillfully portrays the evil without infringing on the boundaries of Christian fiction. She displays the hearts of the victims without diminishing their humanity. She does this while weaving a tale of suspense that grips her readers' attention, and holds it fast. I am grateful to have received a copy of Legacy Redeemed from the author. I was under no obligation to write a positive review, and received no monetary compensation. A opinions stated here are my own.
As usual Kay Bratt has given her readers a story that is intriguing and well-told with characters whom they will care about. We met Maggie Dalton in Bratt's last book, True to Me,learning of how she had been stalked. Now Maggie has moved to Maui, hoping it would be a safe haven for her and her son, Charlie. No Place Too Far also continues her best friend Quinn's story, which will please readers of this series.
This story and the writing in general would be a five star read for a wide range of readers except for one thing. This book is heavily sprinkled with profanity, which is a shame because I doubt many of Bratt's readers would say that they wished one of her books contained more foul language, but I bet many will say they wish this one had contained less.
I am grateful to have received a complimentary copy of No Place Too Far from the author via NetGalley. All opinions stated here are my own.