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Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Peace in the Valley

http://images.randomhouse.com/cover/9781601427809?width=125&alt=no_cover_b4b.gifI first read Back in the Saddle by this author and was very impressed by her writing. Home on the Range was her next book and, again, I was very impressed especially by the characters that have been in each book. Now comes the third book and I wondered how I would like this one.  I was not disappointed at all.
All three books have followed the sons of the legendary Sam Stafford and his Double S Ranch.

Peace in the Valley follows Trey Walker Stafford's story.  He was raised by Sam Stafford after his parents were killed. But,  Trey has other ideas.  He left the Double S Ranch to try and have a music career and against Sam's wishes.  He finds out his uncle is very sick and returns home when he finds out he is the best match for a procedure that could save Sam's life. Trey has not had an easy life since he left the ranch.  He did find fame and success but lost his wife in a tragic way. Enter the single mother Lucy Carlton who needs help with her farm and Trey accepts the challenge. Will they as they work together find a common bond? Can Trey let go of the grief he has carried for years and can Lucy let go of the painful history she has carried too?
Can't tell you anymore because you need to read and find out for yourself if they can do it.

There is so much I have loved about this series of three books about the Stafford men. The author writes wonderful cowboy romance stories but also threads in themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and characters that you feel like you have known  forever. Please pick up Ruth Logan Herne's three books and get ready for a new favorite author.

Thanks to Blogging for Books for this free copy just for my honest opinion.

 Ruth Logan Herne has more than a million books in print, including eighteen Love Inspired contemporary novels and Back in the Saddle, Book 1 in the Double S Ranch series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing-collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.

Love Letters From God

This is, by far, one of the cutest books for girls on the market. These are bible studies for a girl's heart and along with the gorgeous pictures, this book is a keeper.
Very clever concept.  What girl doesn't love to receive mail? Each page has a lift-the-flap picture book designed just for girls. They can open and read their own personal mail from God and learn about stories in the bible. The author has included stories about: Eve, Miriam, Rahab, Deborah, Hannah, Naaman's servant girl, Esther and Mary the mother of Jesus. Also included is the Samaritan woman at the well, the woman caught in sin, Martha, the widow mite woman, Mary that anoints Jesus' feet and Mary Magdalene at the Resurrection.

Here is an excerpt from Esther(one of my favorite stories) and how she was a prayerful girl.  You read the story of Esther 2-8. The page also has a scripture verse called God's wonderful words to you. This one is Psalm 50:15. Call out to me when trouble comes. I will save you. Then you lift the flap to read God's letter which ties in with the biblical story.  Dear_____ I am so glad Queen Esther call out to me when she was worried.  She knew that I was the only one who could save her and her people.  What do you do when trouble comes your way?  I hope you remember to call out to me. Pray, pray, pray, like Queen Esther did.  I am always there, right by your side, ready to listen, ready to bring you hope.  Your Friend, God.

This book is just as much fun for adults to read as little children.  My granddaughter thought it was very special and loved the pictures. I encourage you to find this for the special little girl in your life..she will love it and you for purchasing it.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Deep Extraction

Deep Extraction is Diann Mills newest FBI Task Force novel. This is one of my favorite of her Houston FBI stories.  The plot, characters and who did it leaves you wondering throughout the book till the end.  I never did figure it out!. I would say that is the mark of a great storyteller.

Nathan Moore's life included being an oil and gas magnate who loves to make money, has a wonderful wife and two sons.  That is...until..his pacemaker is hacked and he is killed.  What a perfect means of snuffing a life out basically leaving no trace. Days earlier one of Nathan;s oil rigs was a bombing target so now his death could possibly mean a bigger conspiracy. Special Agent Tori Templeton must untangle this web of deception, but her best friend is Nathan' s wife Sally.  Can she separate the personal from the professional especially since Sally is the prime suspect. The plot continues to unravel with evidence of Nathan's past and very immoral behavior that the family is surprised to hear. Tori is teamed up with a Deputy US Marshall Cole Jeffers who is a family friend also. As they dig deeper, more people are killed when they get close to finding answers..will they be next.? Will they find the real killer and will they find each other?

What was the highlight of this story was how Tori and Cole both had past problems they were dealing with.
They both get into a theological discussion.  Tori tells him she needs evidence in order to believe, even when it comes to proving her friend's innocence. One of her officers tells  her "Things are rarely only as they seem. Your case, the people in your life, even your thoughts and fears have a purpose."

Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for this free copy just for my honest opinion.
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Still Life

Still Life  -     By: Dani Pettrey
Still Life is Dani Pettrey's second book in the Chesapeake Valor series and it is another winner.
When you find your favorite authors and their new book comes out, you just know it will be good. Dani writes some of the absolute best romantic suspense stories that are printed.

He  glances around what had become a dumping ground by the river's edge.  Dark, silent...deserted. Perfect.
Popping the trunk of his car, he hefted the heavy garment bag out and trudged through the mud, the foul odor of rotting garbage and brackish water pungent on the wind lashing his face.  A thunderstorm was brewing, churning the humid air.  Lightening pierced the murky sky.
He found a fitting spot and tossed her away like the trash she was.

What a prologue that entices you to find out who, what, when where and why.  That i where Avery Tate comes in. She had been a photographer that was blacklisted by a controversial shot. When she answers am ad for a crime scene photographer but was hired to her surprise. She also became smitten over Parker Mitchell who hired her so she left the business.  When she attends a photography exhibit that her friend modeled for, she is surprised to see her picture, but the picture looks like she is posing and also dead. Now for Avery to find her friend and enlists Parker for help in finding her. Where do they start and who can they trust in the photography business?

As I stated in the beginning, Dani Pettrey is a superb writer that hooks you in with believable characters and their struggles in life along with plots that keep you guessing as who the culprit is and how will it all end.
The only sad thing is, I have to wait till October for book 3!

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a free copy of this book just for my honest opinion.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Conspiracy of Silence

Conspiracy of Silence is the fist book of the Tox Files by Ronnie Kendig. The author really piques your interest  from start to finish. Some books you pick up have a few major components that you like to read. When I pick up a suspense fiction book I am always looking for a story line to "knock my socks off".
This book has that and more. Packed all together is love, suspense, action, characters, plot. Tack on romance and faith equals one great read.

Tow of the main characters are Tox and Kasey with quite a story within.  Tox is dead to the government where his death was faked for a reason.  Now he is needed again for his skills. There is a plaque being unleashed on the world along with an ancient secret society..hmmmm. Kasey Cortes works for the FBI teams up with Tox and he is reunited with his special forces team.  Enter Tzivia who is an archaeologist that is searching for a cure for the deadly plague. Fascinating added items were four censors from Moses' time discovered. the censors were used to stop a plague that God put on the Israelites. Can Tox and  his team find the censors, stop the plague before the assassin group gets to them? So  much going on in this thick book, please pick it up and find out the answers. You will be reading more about Tox and Kasey in the next installments which will be exciting also.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for my free copy just for my honest opinion.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

My Holy Bible for Girls

My Holy Bible for girls is a new Bible in the New International Version which features a journal edition. This Bible  has a unique cover that appeals to the younger set. It is designed to reflect on God's Word and you can add your own thoughts, art and color to your favorite verses. What a fun way to make this Bible your own and personalize it while reading and studying God's Word. This Bible  also have thicker paper for writing with pens or pencils.  There is a How to Use this Bible page and details how to get started which is a great feature.
This Bible was a Christmas gift to my 11 year old granddaughter along with colored pencils and she was really impressed with how "girly" it looked.  She especially liked the journaling part where she could draw or write on the lines.  The best book you can put in a child's hand is a Bible and this was especially cool for girls.

Home on the Range

Home on the Range is the second book in the Double S Ranch series. This series is by Ruth Logan Herne and it has really caught my attention.  I read and reviewed her first book not knowing the author but so enjoyed her writing and eagerly awaited the second book..now I have to wait for the third book!! If covers sell books then this cover wins an award for superb cuteness.

The Stafford family owns a huge ranch in Central Washington. Each story is about a different brother and the second  book highlights Nick Stafford. The other brothers have left the ranch and Nick is left to carry on along with being a single dad. There is a problem between Nick and his dad dealing with his childhood where his dad failed at marriage and parenthood. Nick would show him by being a better parent and husband but he failed and his wife walked out and left him to parent two girls by himself. Enter Elsa Andreas, who previously had a family therapy practice, who begins to work with Nick's girls and spends the summer on the Double S ranch.  Can the brother left behind and a woman without hope work together for the good of two precious children.

The second  book was as good as the first with plenty of twists and turns and how a family can reconcile with God in the middle. The characters are real with  hurts, needs  and most of all there is hope for the lost and healing for the broken.
Thanks to Blogging for Books for my free copy just for my honest opinion.

Ruth Logan Herne has more than a million books in print, including eighteen Love Inspired contemporary novels and Back in the Saddle, Book 1 in the Double S Ranch series. Ruth is a founding member of Seekerville, a popular writing-collective blog. A country girl who loves the big city, Ruth and her husband live on a farm in upstate New York.