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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Nowhere to Turn

Lynette Eason grew up in Greenville, S.C. knowing she wanted her life to reflect the love of Jesus Christ.  She is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunion series, as well as No One To Trust, the first book in the Hidden Identity series.

She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.  Eason has a master's degree in education from Converse College and lives in South Carolina with her husband Jack.  Jack speaks, leads worship and consults ministries around the country.  They have two children.

You can connect with Eason via her website found at www.lynetteeason.com, Facebook and Twitter.

WELCOME TO THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT!




She thought her days of hiding were over...but the danger has just begun.

The day Danielle Harding takes her eleven-year-old son and flees from her abusive husband is the same day Kurt Hardin dies.  A relieved Dani believes she and her son are finally safe - but in reality, things are just heating up.  When Kurt was alive, he took something important from a mysterious individual - who wants the item back and believes Dani now has it.  As she and her son run for their lives, they have nowhere to turn, until she hires Adam Buchanan of Operation Refuge and goes into hiding. Unfortunately, she won't be able to hide for long...





My Thoughts:
Lynette's by-line to her blog - "Welcome to the Edge of Your Seat" - couldn't be a more true commentary on her writing.  She writes with an intensity that hits you full force on page one and doesn't let up until the very last page.  Nowhere to Turn is the second book in Eason's Hidden Identity series.  While the book read well as a stand-alone novel, something tells me I missed some pretty good stuff in the first book.  I will be going back and reading book one in the series!
Eason's characters are well-developed.  The plot in this story has more twists and turns than you can comfortably navigate - and that's a good thing!  While the relationship aspects were a bit predictable, this did not at all hinder my enjoyment of the story.
I can't wait to see what comes next from Eason!  I am certainly a fan!

*I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Legend of Sheba


Tosca Lee is a New York Times best-selling novelist.  While that title may be a worn out title used by some strictly for self-promotion, Lee has earned the title by rising above many in her craft with an exceptional gift of story-telling.

Lee is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research.  Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University.

A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and life-long world adventure-traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest.

You can connect with Lee through her website:  www.toscalee.com as well as Facebook and Twitter.



There is the tale that is told:
A desert queen journeyed north with a caravan of riches to pay tribute to a king and his One God. The story of a queen conquered by a king before she returned to her own land laden with gifts.
That is the tale you are meant to believe.
Which means most of it is a lie.
1000BC.
The king of Sheba is dead and Bilqis, his exiled daughter, has gained the crown after desperate overland march and battle for the capital.  Solomon, the brash king of Israel famous for his wealth and wisdom, will not be denied the tribute of the world - or the riches of Sheba.  With the future of her nation at stake, the one woman who can match wits with Solomon undertakes the journey of a lifetime in a daring bid to save her kingdom.
An explosive retelling of the legendary king and queen and the nations that shaped history.

My Thoughts:
*I received a complimentary ARC of the book from the author for the purpose of this unbiased review.
I've been hearing much about Tosca Lee for some time now and when I had the opportunity to review The Legend of Sheba:  Rise of a Queen, I grabbed it.  The depth of research evident in Lee's writing is staggering.  She leaves no stone un-turned in relaying the story of the legendary Queen of Sheba.  Detailed descriptions in the book take the reader on a journey that is not easily forgotten.
And if I'm being honest, I'm not sure I've read anything that shook me quite the way this book did in quite sometime and I am an avid reader.  Through the story of Bilqis and Solomon, Lee tells a story rife with hatred, love and strength.  Her writing is lyrical and a pleasure to read.
You will not be disappointed!  And you will come away with a bit more understanding and faith in The One True God.  An author that can accomplish that - and Lee does it exceptionally well - is one to be read and read again!

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Light In The Wilderness

Jane is internationally recognized for her lively presentations and well-researched stories that encourage and inspire.  Jane grew up near Mondovi, Wisconsin.  Jane moved to Oregon in 1974 after completing her Master's Degree in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  Jane eventually retired to begin her adventure of writing.

A lively and humorous speaker, Kirkpatrick is a frequent keynote speaker for conferences, women's retreats, fundraisers and workshops.  Jane believes that our lives are the stories people read first and she encourages groups to discover the power of their own stories to divinely heal and transform.

Learn more about Jane and her books by visiting her blog found at http://jkbooks.com/.  You can also connect with her via FaceBook and Twitter.

Three very different women.

One dangerous journey.

And a future that seems just out of reach.

Letitia holds nothing more dear than the papers that prove she is no longer a slave.  They may not cause most white folks to treat her like a human being, but at least they show she is free.  

She trusts in those words she can not read - as she is beginning to trust in Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant cattleman who wants her to come West with him.

Nancy Hawkins is loathe to leave her settled life for the treacherous journey by wagon train, but she is so deeply in love with her husband and she knows she will follow him anywhere- even when the trek exacts a terrible cost.

Betsy is a Kalapuya Indian, the last remnant of a once proud tribe in the Willamette Valley in Oregon territory.  She spends her time trying to impart wisdom and ways of her people to her grandson.  But she will soon have another person to care for.

As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip your heart and mind as you travel on the dusty and dangerous Oregon Trail into the boundless American West. Based on a true story.



My Thoughts:
A Light In The Wilderness was my first novel to read by Jane Kirkpatrick.  I'm not sure why I haven't discovered her before now, but I am so blessed that I have.  Through vivid description, distinct characterization and time honoring dialogue, Kirkpatrick captures an era and transports her readers to another time and place in history.  Kirkpatrick's research is thorough and evident in this novel based on a true story.
Letitia's story is one of love and a faith strong enough to move mountains of doubt and fear.  I so appreciated the gifted way Kirkpatrick is able to convey truth with her words.  Here are a few of my favorite quotes (and there were many!):
"A free woman didn't have to face forward to know she headed in the right direction."
"Both women headed west.  Both gave orders.  So would everyone else.  She'd be straddling freedom and different kinds of chains.  Every day.  They might be in new territory, but it would be with the same people bringing what they knew to wherever they were going."
Kirkpatrick also creatively keeps the story moving without losing the "feel" of the era or the emotions of the characters.  I'll be reading more of Kirkpatrick!

*I was provided a copy of the book by the publisher for the purpose of providing my honest review.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Monday, September 8, 2014

Thief of Glory

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Thief of Glory
WaterBrook Press (August 19, 2014)
by
Sigmund Brouwer


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Sigmund Brouwer is the best-selling author of nearly thirty novels, with close to 4 million books in print. Based on his inspiration for Thief of Glory, which Sigmund wrote as a way to learn and honor the his parent’s stories, especially of his father’s boyhood in a Japanese concentration camp, Sigmund leads The Chapters of Our Lives memoir seminars across the United States and Canada. Sigmund is married to recording artist Cindy Morgan and has two daughters.



ABOUT THE BOOK

A boy coming of age in a time of war…
the love that inspires him to survive.


For ten year-old Jeremiah Prins, the life of privilege as the son of a school headmaster in the Dutch East Indies comes crashing to a halt in 1942 after the Japanese Imperialist invasion of the Southeast Pacific. Jeremiah takes on the responsibility of caring for his younger siblings when his father and older stepbrothers are separated from the rest of the family, and he is surprised by what life in the camp reveals about a woman he barely knows—his frail, troubled mother.

Amidst starvation, brutality, sacrifice and generosity, Jeremiah draws on all of his courage and cunning to fill in the gap for his mother. Life in the camps is made more tolerable as Jeremiah’s boyhood infatuation with his close friend Laura deepens into a friendship from which they both draw strength.

When the darkest sides of humanity threaten to overwhelm Jeremiah and Laura, they reach for God’s light and grace, shining through his people. Time and war will test their fortitude and the only thing that will bring them safely to the other side is the most enduring bond of all.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Thief of Glory, go HERE.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Driftwood Tides

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Driftwood Tides
Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 1, 2014)
by
Gina Holmes


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Gina Holmes is the founder of Novel Rocket, regularly named as one of Writers Digest’s best websites for writers. Her debut, Crossing Oceans, was a Christy and Gold Medallion finalist and winner of the Carol Award, INSPY, and RWA’s Inspirational Reader’s Choice, as well as being a CBA, ECPA, Amazon and PW bestseller. Her sophomore novel, Dry as Rain was a Christy Award finalist. Her latest novel, Wings of Glass has been named as one of the best books of the year by Library Journal and was a SIBA Okra pick and a finalist for Romantic Times’ Reviewers Choice Award. She holds degrees in science and nursing and currently resides with her family in southern Virginia. She works too hard, laughs too loud, and longs to see others heal from their past and discover their God-given purpose.

ABOUT THE BOOK

He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore. When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.

Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Driftwood Tides, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
Driftwood Tides is my third Gina Holmes novel to read.  Holmes' writing is almost poetic at times.  I love the way she weaves such weighty truth seamlessly into her stories.  The characters in this book are "real" and genuine.  The emotions experienced by each character...Holton, Libby and Tess...will draw the reader in and make them feel as if they are part of the story themselves.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sky Zone

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Sky Zone
David C. Cook (June 1, 2014)
by
Creston Mapes


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:



Creston has fond memories of his boyhood in Bath, Ohio, where he became enchanted with his future wife, way back in the fourth grade. His father, Bernie, owned and operated The Weathervane Furniture Shop in town. The whole family lived right upstairs in the century-old house known as "The Shop."

Creston studied journalism at Bowling Green State University, then began his writing career. During the past 30 years, he has worked as a reporter, corporate copywriter, creative director, freelance writer, and author.

Creston can be reached through the Contact link on his Website.

ABOUT THE BOOK

A rally for a controversial presidential candidate.
A terrorist threat.
A nightmare of cataclysmic proportions. 


Jack and Pamela Crittendon have hit the breaking point. After months out of work as a reporter, Jack is playing Mr. Mom and working part-time at Festival Arena with his survivalist friend Brian Shakespeare. Meanwhile, Pamela has gone back to work full-time while eight months pregnant. Having her recently widowed mother on hand isn't making matters any easier. With financial pressures boiling, Jack reports for duty at a rally for controversial presidential candidate Martin Sterling where he expects a mindless night on the job. But when Homeland Security picks up intel about a potential terrorist threat, Jack and Shakespeare are thrust into a life-or-death battle to save their own lives--and the lives of thousands of innocent people.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Sky Zone, go HERE.

My Thoughts:
This is the third and final installment in Mapes' series The Crittendon Files.  While each book can be read as a stand alone novel, I would recommend reading all three!  Mapes is a genius writer with a unique gift of taking themes straight from the headlines and incorporating them into a story that grabs you from the beginning pages and doesn't let you go until the very end.  Mapes' characters are believable and genuine. The twists and turns in his plot will leave you dizzy.
You will love John Crittendon's character!  He's a "real" man with "real" struggles.  Mapes touches on so many aspects of a good story...family relationships, struggles in faith, fear, love, suspense, mystery.  Mapes quickly became one of my favorite authors with the first book in this series Fear Has A Name.  He solidified his books' place on my keeper shelf with the second book Poison Town.  After finishing Sky Zone, I can't wait to see what comes from Mapes' gift next!
Read this series, all three books.  You will not be disappointed.

Happy Reading,
Jennifer


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

A Deadly Business

Lis Wiehl is one of the nation's most prominent trial lawyers and highly regarded commentators.  Currently, she is the legal analyst and reporter on the Fox News Channel and Bill O’Reilly’s sparring partner in the weekly “Is It Legal?” segment on The O’Reilly Factor. Prior to that she was O’Reilly’s co-host on the nationally syndicated show The Radio Factor.  She is also a Professor of Law at New York Law School.  Her column “Lis on Law” appears weekly on FoxNews.com.
Prior to joining Fox News Channel in New York City, Wiehl served as a legal analyst and reporter for NBC News and NPR’s All Things Considered.  Before that, Wiehl served as a Federal Prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s office.
Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland.
Wiehl is also the author of The 51% Minority, which won the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category, and Winning Every Time.
She lives in New York.
If the hours don’t kill you, the accused just might.
Mia Quinn is a Seattle prosecutor working on high profile cases in the Violent Crimes unit while juggling the impossible demands of single parenthood. Her husband, Scott, was killed in a car crash that homicide detective Charlie Carlson now believes was no accident. Charlie’s instincts and professional record make it impossible for Mia to refute the evidence she’d rather not believe.
When the powers that be refuse to reopen the case, it’s up to Mia and Charlie to investigate, all the while trying to deny a growing attraction between them. Was her accountant husband really in league with nefarious criminals? And who is the young woman whose photo they find on his computer?
Uncovering the truth may hurt Mia in more ways than one.
My Thoughts:
Ms Wiehl is the author of 8 fiction titles...the most recent being A Deadly Business:  A Mia Quinn Mystery.  There were many things that caused this book to fall flat for me.  The story seemed "forced" in so many places.  The characters were just thrown out there with little back story causing the book to seem as if it was just written in a hurry.  The potential for a great mystery was present, but the plot was predictable and the characters were not believable.  This was my first book by Wiehl and I would be hard pressed to read another one.

*I was sent a complimentary copy of the book by the publisher - Thomas Nelson - for the purpose of providing this review.
Happy Reading,
Jennifer