-- Grace Elizabeth --

-- Grace Elizabeth --

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Under a Cloudless Sky

There are some authors that you wish could write a new book every month. Chris Fabry is the author I wish could write faster!. He is a masterful storyteller that engages you in his characters and plot. I always wish I could read his books slower so there won't be such a long time before his next one.
Under a Cloudless Sky has everything you want in a book..characters that are memorable, time frame of seventy years that encompasses generations and a surprise ending that I never saw coming.

Under a Cloudless Sky explores the well kept secrets of a lush and storied coal mining town-and the good people who live there-in danger of being destroyed for the sake of profit. The mining town of Beulah Mountain, West Virginia Ruby and Bean form a unique friendship.  Ruby is from the right side of the tracks and Bean the other. Ruby's father is a mine owner and Bean's daddy is a drunken disgruntled miner. This takes place in 1933 and the story focuses on the simpler times and how friendships are formed.  Ruby and Bean discover secrets about the town and a tragedy comes and threatens to tear them apart forever. Ruby struggles to understand the inequalities of life, asking "Why do some have it good and some have it bad?" Bean answers, "Some say it's the luck of the draw.  Some call it Gods will.  I think it's somewhere in the middle.  You got to take the good with the bad." The storyline jumps from 1933 to 2004 and how one man..Hollis Beasley is holding out from selling his land to Coleman Coal and Energy. His families legacy is on Beulah Mountain and he is taking his last stand.  The town is dying and Coleman wants to open the Company Store Museum to pay homage to the past-even the massacre of 1933.
Enter the star of the story..Ruby HandleyFreeman. She is a feisty octogenarian that is invited to the Company Store Museum since she was a part of the history.  She lives hundreds of miles away and decides to drive herself to Beulah Mountain.  Except her kids have taken the keys away from her. The fun begins with the harrowing tale and as she begins the journey, she needs to face a decades-old secret that will change everything for her and those she meets.

This story will stay with you long after you turn the last page.  How secrets can destroy you and relationships like Ruby found out. Loved the two different time periods and how the story intersected each period. Will the truth about the town's past be its final undoing or its saving grace?  Please pick up this masterful story and find out for yourself.  You will be like me, can't Chris write faster.

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

The House of Foster Hill

Sometimes you try a new author and are impressed and sometimes the book just doesn't connect.  I can say that Jaime Jo Wright's debut novel..The House on Foster Hill was an outstanding read that had me thoroughly involved throughout the story. I really enjoy the story lines that span history and entail two different time periods that the story weaves around. This story spans over a hundred years to the present and the author redefines historical suspense with a house and the women it touched.

Starting out in Oakwood Wisconsin in 1906, Ivy Thorpe felt that death had a way of creeping up on a soul, and Ivy Thorpe was determined that when it visited her, she would not be surprised.  Her story would be recorded and remembered. When a body is found in the Foster Hill oak tree, Ivy sets out to find out her story and what happened to her and her baby. The House of Foster Hill has always had a reputation of sinister happenings and now this.
Kaine Prescott is heading to the Foster Hill house from California after she purchases her grandfather's house sight unseen. Her husband died two years ago and she believes it to be suspicious and keeps trying to get the investigation reopened. When Kaine sees the abandoned house, she realizes her decision was foolish to try to compensate for her husbands death. She wants to redo the house because he wanted to always do that. Now she is learning the dark history to the house and someone is out to keep her from continuing to find out the the truth.  She finds small treasures in the house from Ivy and Kaine is trying to put together the same story that Ivy was putting together about the strange house on Foster Hill.

This storyline has it all...suspense, romance and intrigue that will keep you turning pages to find out what Ivy and Kaine find out about the House on Foster Hill and just how the two stories are stories of legacy and loss. The characters were very well crafted along with twists that surprised me and hope that tied it altogether. Please pick up and read, you will not be disappointed.

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

Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Delusion

Cover: The DelusionI was very intrigued by Laura Gallier's new book called The Delusion after reading a short synopsis of the story line. I love Christian suspense and thought this was right up my alley of reading. Come to find out it was a young adult/fantasy book.  I left it on the table for quite a while before tackling the book. As I read  and read, I just was not getting the gist of the story and figured I would give it to page 100 to see if I could finish it. Around page 85, I got it! The author completely has me engrossed in the story and it became a page turner for me.

Owen Edmond had to move in the middle of his senior year of high school.  He is now the new guy at Masonville High School where eleven students have committed suicide.  They may have died by their own hands, but their deaths were provoked and he is the only one who could see what tormented them. Owen has endured a near death experience and wakes to a distressing reality. The people around him suddenly appear to be shackled and enslaved. He thinks these are crazed hallucinations but his delusions become more evil. He is the only one who can see these hideous beings that are preying on his girlfriend and classmates. Is Owen imagining the evil or is everyone blind to its reality?  How can Owen convince anyone to believe him before it is too late. An interesting paragraph in the story. "People are enslaved by their own evil attitudes and impulses-their hard hearts. Dark forces exploit that.  Prey on people's brokenness.  Thrive in a culture of unbelief. What do they want from us?  Surely you know by now..our souls.  Cut off from the light.  For eternity.
Can Owen find the truth and what he believes before it's too late?  You have to read this  story for yourself to find that answer.

This is one book I am so glad I read.  I always loved Frank Peretti's books on spiritual warfare and  this author writes an amazing book on the supernatural.  Please read..you will not be disappointed.

Thanks to Tyndale Publishers for this free book just for my honest opinion.https://files.tyndale.com/thpdata/firstChapters/978-1-4964-2236-1.pdf

Monday, October 30, 2017

Blind Spot

Blind Spot is book three in the Chesapeake Valor series by Dani Pettrey. I will begin this book review by saying WOW, what a story.  Being a huge fan of this author, I was thrilled to be able to review this book. She is a talented writer with each of her books having suspense and romance with Christian influence. This story line started with a bang and did not let up until the last page was  turned, A war was headed for U.S. soil and tonight there wasn't a thing he could do to stop it. That sentence drew my attention in the prologue and kept me reading at a furious pace.

Declan Grey is a FBI agent and the final words he heard the suicide bomber say was "The wrath is coming". Who or what is he chasing before this threat will be unleashed on American soil. Declan teams up with Tanner Shaw for assistance.  She has been a crisis counselor along with seeking justice for refugees. There is an amount of tension between the two of them as they work together, but there is also a spark of romance that comes into play. There are characters from her previous books entwined in this story. Another story line of  murder, embezzlement , and finding the killer also hold your interest as you read.  All the while trying to figure out just who is behind this terror and will Declan and Tanner find out in time. Be prepared for a "surprise" ending!

Blind spot has it all...great characters, superb plot, solid romance, that readers are always looking for. Read Dani Pettrey and you will become a fan of hers. Just wishing she could write faster!

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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Deadly Proof

Since I love Christian suspense books I am always willing to try out a new author. I did just that with a new series..Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan.  It is book one in her Atlanta Justice series. Since she is a litigator at one of the nations top legal firms, I figured she would know how to write a legal thriller..and she did.
Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel in a corporate cover-up lawsuit again Mason Pharmaceutical. The company touted a new drug to cure migranes, but instead, it killed a sixteen year old girl. Kate wants justice for the mother of the victim and also realizes this could make her career. Is this a dangerous drug that caused brain tumors in the young lady or was it just a coincidence?  Counsel for the pharmaceutical company is a good friend which complicates the whole process of information between the two of  them. Bring in Ellie Proctor, a scientist at MPC, that hints to Kate about problems with the drug and the coverup that is being played out. Next, Ellie turns up dead and the stakes are higher, especially against Kate. Landon James, a former Army Ranger steps in to handle security for Kate. There appears that someone is willing to do anything to keep this case from going to trial..even murder. Can Landon keep Kate safe and who is the guilty party in this case?

This turned out to be an enjoyable read. You could tell the author was a lawyer and a litigator because of all the legal terms used throughout the book.  Some were confusing to me, but made the book what it is..a legal thriller. I felt that I was in the courtroom with Kate and how she works to defend her client. Will be looking forward to book two in this series.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this book to review just for my honest opinion.

Fatal Trust

Fatal Trust by Todd Johnson envelops all the necessary things that will capture your attention and keep it till the end. A simple job, an unbelievable payout, but in risking it all on blind trust, he may lose everything.  That is the lure that prompted me to  read this book.

Ian Wells is a young ambitious Minneapolis attorney who is trying to build up his law practice. His mother has Alzheimer's and he is caring for her. How to give both his law practice and his mother's needs is stressful and the money is not coming in to pay the bills. Ian is approached by a client and the demands seem reasonable.  Ian must judge whether three men qualify for nine millions dollars of trust funds. He must also determine if these three men have been involved in any criminal activity in the past twenty years. Sounds easy, but Ian only has a week to find out the answers. That sounds reasonable for the payoff of two hundred thousand dollars. Who wouldn't accept this "easy money" deal. The plot thickens..there is a mystery surrounding the money and an illegal activity connected to an unsolved crime that dates back to Prohibition. The more Ian digs into the investigation, the more he is targeted. This simple job is out of control and threatens his career, his future, and his life.

This is my third book by Todd Johnson and it is another winner. The story line is full of twists and turns along with surprises that I did not see coming.  Since the author is a lawyer, the story has more structure and what happens in discerning truth and finding the bad guy.

Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for this book to review and give my honest opinion.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

The One True Love of Alice Ann

When you find an author you like, you anticipate their next book.  I fell in love with Eva  Marie Everson's books and was thrilled to get this book to review. This story proved to be another winner in my book.

The setting is rural Georgia in 1941 and chronicles Alice Ann, a sweet sixteen year old who has a huge crush on her brother's friend Mack. There is a five year age difference but that doesn't make  Alice Ann shy away from trying to make Mack fall in love with her. Being set in 1941, there is the attack on Pearl Harbor and all available young men enlist, including Mack. They promise to write and actually correspond for three years then the letters stop.  Of course, Alice Ann fears that he has been killed in action. Alice Ann so wanted to wear her maiden aunt's wedding dress but now there is "no happily ever after" for her. She is convinced Mack is her one true love and will she become a old maid like her aunt?  Alice Ann busies herself with work when Carlton enters the picture. He is her best friends brother that has been wounded in the war. She starts caring for him and as time passes their friendship develops into something more.  A simple phone call changes everything.  What about Mack, since he was to be her one true love or is Carlton ? This advice was given to Alice Ann. "You can't choose who you fall in love with, but you can choose who you marry". Must read the book to find out Alice Ann's choice.

What I love most about Eva Marie Everson's books is how the story line flows with rich history of that time period. I felt myself back in that era and the emotional toil it had on everyone. The characters were alive, interesting and the story kept me turning pages long into the night. I had to know what Alice Ann decided. You will not be disappointed when you pick this book up to read, you will be picking up all of Eva Marie Everson's books to read, just like I have.

Thanks to Tyndale Publishers  for this free book just for my honest opinion.

1. What inspired you to write The One True Love of Alice-Ann? This whole story started with the title. I was working on another project when the title The One True Love of Alice-Ann popped into my head. I thought, “That’s a cool title . . . ,” and I wrote it down. I went back to my project, but I kept looking over at the title. Then, as if inspiration just sprang up, I remembered a story our neighbors (both of whom have been deceased for a while) told my husband and me—their love story from World War II. I took that story, changed it slightly, wrote it down, ran it past my critique partner—she loved it—so I sent it to my editor at Tyndale . . . and then I got back to work! 2. How do you expect this story to resonate with your audience? What are you most excited for your readers to experience through reading this novel? We have all had to make life choices. I heard a line in a movie (just this morning) that went like this: Every time you make a decision, you take a gamble. Maybe it’s the right choice. Maybe it’s not. How do you know? This is Alice-Ann’s dilemma. Does she have one true love . . . or two? We’ve all been there. We’ve all made decisions and then wondered if we made the right one. Sometimes those choices follow us for years. Sometimes we know the answer right away. I’m most excited for readers to experience life in the States during WWII. So often we read of what happened in Europe or in the Pacific, but we don’t usually read about how our citizens who stayed back home sacrificed for the greater good. I’m also excited for them to experience Alice-Ann’s love story and maturity as she grows from a starry-eyed 16-year-old to a grown woman. 3