Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Rancher's Mistletoe Bride

Following their hearts home

Published September 19th 2017
 by Love Inspired 

Coming Home for Christmas

Wedding planner Lexi Harrington needs a manager for her inherited Wyoming ranch. 
Clint Romine is the perfect man for the job, but the ruggedly handsome cowboy soon presents a new dilemma-distraction.  Lexi can't fall for a small-town rancher when she's planning to return to her big-city career after the holidays.  Home has always been elusive for former foster kid Clint.  Working alongside  Lexi at Rock Step Ranch feels too cozy-and too risky.  Opening up to her means revealing a secret about his past that could jeopardize everything he holds dear.  This Christmas, can Clint learn to trust Lexi with the truth.....
and with his heart?

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Jill has several giveaways associated with this book release.  
The first one: (Just click on the link)

The Rancher's Mistletoe Bride Giveaway

The Rancher’s Mistletoe Bride Giveaway includes:

  • One true large print signed copy of The Rancher’s Mistletoe Bride
  • A cowboy-ish coffee mug
  • The most adorable typewriter memo pad I’ve ever seen
  • A bag of chocolates–yum!
  • A super cute tin of biscuits
Entry options are really easy. The giveaway starts on September 8, 2017 at 5am EST and ends on September 30, 2017 at 9pm EST. Full rules are in the entry form. US Residents 18+
The second one is live on Goodreads
Jill is offering the opportunity to win 4 books on Goodreads.  
The giveaway runs from Sept. 19 - Oct. 13, 2017.

Meet the Author:
Jill KemererJill Kemerer writes contemporary romance novels with love, humor and faith. A full time writer, she relies on coffee and chocolate to keep up with her kids’ busy schedules. She grew up in the country in Michigan and now reside in a picturesque little town in Ohio. Our family has moved a lot over the years, and we realized we don’t mind living near a city, but we don’t want to live in one! My husband and I were high school sweethearts, and we have a daughter in college and a son in high school.
Nature inspires me. We’re blessed to live near beautiful parks, and if the weather cooperates, I take long walks outside. Some of my best plot twists pop into my head on these walks. Love when that happens!
My books contain a blend of love, humor, and faith. I adore romance! And I can’t help it–life makes me laugh. But what really defines me is my faith. John 3:16 sums it up best, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
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My Thoughts:
This is a sweet romance filled with lots of real life questions/worries/stress. This is the first book in her new Wyoming Cowboys series.  I am officially hooked and looking forward to the next book.  I must admit when I picked this book up I couldn't put it down until the last page was turned so for me it was a one sitting read.  
This story is set in Sweet Dreams, Wyoming, but most of the story takes place on Rock Step Ranch.  As the story opens we meet Clint Romine heading to Rock Step Ranch for a job interview with the new ranch owner, Alexandra (Lexi) Harrington, who he attended high school with.  Lexi and Clint are both complicated characters, but they felt so real to me.  Lexi has recently and suddenly lost her father.  She is not only dealing with her grief, but she also has to figure out how to keep the ranch running, because she has her own thriving business in Denver that she needs to get back to.  Clint has had set backs in his life that has shaped him into the man he is.  5 years ago he lost his own ranch and the loss of his dream has changed him. 
I was drawn into this sweet plot immediately.  For me it was a spectacular real! The author does a great job weaving words together to bring the plot and characters to life with her imagery.  The friendship between Clint and Lexi is conveyed in a very genuine way. The characters are complex and have real issues, but they are resolved realistically.  This story has elements of grief, trust, romantic tension, second chances, crisis of faith and love. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves a clean, feel good romance.  
**I received this book from the author.  I was not required to write a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 
 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 
~ Philippians 2:3-4

Friday, September 15, 2017

These Healing Hills

Love has a way of healing old wounds…and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

These Healing Hills
Published September 5th 2017
 by Fleming H. Revell Company 

Francine Howard has her life all mapped out--until the man she loves announces his plans to bring home an English bride from war-torn Europe in 1945. Devastated, Francine seeks a fresh start in the Appalachian Mountains, training to be a nurse midwife for the Frontier Nursing Service.

Deeply affected by the horrors he witnessed at war, Ben Locke has never thought further ahead than making it home to Kentucky. His future shrouded in as much mist as his beloved mountains, he's at a loss when it comes to envisioning what's next for his life.

When Francine's and Ben's paths intersect, it's immediately clear that they are from different worlds and value different things. But love has a way of healing old wounds . . . and revealing tantalizing new possibilities.

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Meet the Author:

Ann H. Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart grew up on a farm in Kentucky. By the time she was ten she knew she wanted to be a writer. She's published over twenty novels. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren. She still lives on a farm not far from where she grew up. She loves playing with her grandkids, walking with her dog, reading and, of course, writing. Her Shaker books, set in her fictional Shaker village of Harmony Hill in the 1800's, are popular with readers. The Outsider was a Christian Fiction Book Award Finalist in 2009. Her Heart of Hollyhill books are Small Town, America books set in the 1960's. Angel Sister, a Rosey Corner book set during the Great Depression, will be followed by Small Town Girl. 

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“Where the land is rough and steep, nature is not easily conquered even after wild beasts and wilder men have been subdued. …a dogged determination to survive keeps a mountaineer’s body lean and his mind alert. His dwelling place in awesome regions tends to give him dignity of manner …accentuated by his sparse use of words.” (Mary Breckinridge describing the mountaineer characteristics)

The author does an exceptional job on her blog of telling the story of Mary Breckinridge.


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My Opinion:

This story touched me in so many ways. The author weaves words together that bring to life the mountains of eastern Kentucky and brings a wonderful tribute to Mary Breckinridge.
This story touched me both heart and soul. 
I think the reason this book touched me so much is because I was raised in the "hills" of Kentucky.  No, not Hyden, but in a small town that was very similar. I left many years ago, but I will always consider it home.  So this book took me on a trip back home to my childhood.  Of course I wasn't born until many years after the setting in this book, but the characters put me in mind of people I knew growing up.  Yes, I have went to a sorghum run, crossed a swinging bridge many times, roamed the hills and played in the creek.  I also have known many older women like Granny Em.  (I think she's probably my favorite character in this book.)  In this story the author points out that even though life is hard, the people who live in eastern Kentucky endure the hand they are dealt, but strive for the best.    
 The author does an excellent job of bringing her characters to life on the pages.  I immediately liked Francine Howard.  She was not one who focused on broken promises.  No, she choose to start an adventure that would bring her new dreams and purpose.  Her arrival in Hyden was not as she anticipated in the least.  With no one there to meet her she was challenged with climbing the mountain to Wendover, the school for Frontier Nursing.  This showed her determination and drive to accomplish her dream.  
Ben Locke is a young man who had his dream of becoming a doctor cut short by World War ll and service to his country.  With the end of the war Ben heads back home to eastern Kentucky.  While serving his much loved father passed away so his homecoming was filled with many memories of days gone by.  He felt a great responsibility to care for his mother and siblings so again he puts his dreams on hold. 
For me, this was a one setting book.  I was immediately pulled into the story and didn't put it down until the last page was turned.  It has elements of humor, adventure, faith, second chances, trust, and love. 
I loved everything about this book and would recommend it to anyone. 
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Exalting Jesus in 1&2 Samuel

Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Samuel is part of the Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary series. This series affirms that the Bible is a Christ-centered book, containing a unified story of redemptive history of which Jesus is the hero. It’s presented as sermons, divided into chapters that conclude with a “Reflect & Discuss” section, making this series ideal for small group study, personal devotion, and even sermon preparation. It’s not academic but rather presents an easy-reading, practical and friendly commentary. 

Exalting Jesus in 1  2 Samuel

Published November 1st 2016
 by Holman Reference

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My Thoughts:

This is a well written study of 1 & 2 Samuel.  It digs deep into a Christ-Centers concept which is that the Bible is a Christ-Centered book.  
I will describe the book a little.  
It's 381 pages long and measures 8.25 X 5.5 X .875 (inches).  I include this to let you know that it's a perfect size to hold in your hand to read.  I will say that this book was not what I expected, but was pleased none the less.  The major characters that are discussed is Hannah, Samuel, Saul and David.  I have to admit it opened my eyes to Hannah's plight and the fact that a nation was praying for a savior while Hannah, in her bareness, was praying for a child.  This was a concept that just hadn't occurred to me.  It next goes into Samuel as a point of leadership and choosing Saul even though he was rebellious against the God. It weaves it's way to David, the second King of Israel, the king God choose and one after his own heart.  This book has 24 different sections with a set of reflect and discuss section at the end of each.  I used this as a weekly study, a section a week with reflection at the end of the week. 
While this is a great book it is more designed for a person in a leadership role such as a pastor or the leader of a small study group which it was designed for. I would definitely recommend it for anyone in one of these roles.  For me it was a little too difficult to use as a individual study.  It is well written and brings out many important issues and gave me a different perception on these written characters and events.  

I received this book from B&H Publishing.  I was not required to post a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The Two of Us

The Two of UsAfter two broken engagements, nurse practitioner Mia Robinson is done with dating. From now on, she only trusts herself and God, and she's focused on her eighteen-year-old sister, Lucy, and caring for patients. Just as she applies to work for an international aid organization, a phone call from Lucy, who's pregnant and running off to marry her twenty-one-year-old boyfriend, throws a wrench into all of Mia's plans. 
Jake Tanner may have recovered from the physical injuries he sustained on the job as a police officer, but his heart has yet to heal from losing his former partner in the tragedy. He's poured himself into starting a camp for the sons of fallen officers and mentoring Sam, the adult son of his deceased partner, who's asked him to be his best man at his wedding. 
Mia is expecting a mess when she arrives to sort out the situation with Lucy, but she wasn't expecting Jake. And Jake, who can't help envying Sam and Lucy, doubts he'll ever experience their happiness for himself. But maybe Jake's courage and Mia's caring spirit are just what they need to bring them a lifetime of healing and a forever kind of love. . . .

Published August 8th 2017
 by Bethany House Publishers 

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Victoria BylinKnown for her realistic, likable characters and vivid writing, Victoria Bylin delights in tackling tough subjects with respect and compassion. Together With You (Bethany House, 2016)  won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her books, both contemporaries and western historicals,have finaled in the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Awards. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. They have two grown sons and are the proud grandparents of twin girls.

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My Thoughts:

I loved this book. The cover gives a hint at the incredible story inside.  
This story centers around two sisters.  One is responsible and hard working, the other is a little flighty with a heart of gold.  
Mia had responsibility thrust upon her at a young age.  She was a 20 year old college student when her mother passed away.  She couldn't let her only sibling go into foster care so she took on guardianship of a 10 year old.  Mia has always taken care of Lucy and some times tends to be overbearing, but it comes down to the fact that she loves her deeply. There have been two constants in her life, taking care of Lucy and her faith in God.  She doesn't make promises she can't keep, but most importantly she wants to follow where God leads her.  She has had her heart broken by two men she trusted with all her heart, but no more.  She has put men behind her and is focusing on her career.  I admire her determination to go after a dream.  With her last broken engagement she prayed God would open a new door for her and she plans to take advantage of the open door. 
Lucy has had only Mia in her life until while in college she met Sam.  He's a dream come to life.  She and Sam decide to get married because they rushed the honeymoon before the wedding and now are expecting a bundle of joy.  She loves Sam and knows this is the right decision even if she is only 18. After they are married, whether it was hormones or anxiety, she suddenly is feeling like she's not good enough for Sam or God.  She develops problems with her pregnancy and begins to wonder if this is God's punishment for she and Sam having premarital sex. She tries to rely on God, but tends to reach for Sam during difficult moments. 

I loved both characters immediately.  Lucy was young, but she has a heart of gold and always looks for the best in a person.  Mia is strong and responsible, but you can tell  what she wants more than anything is to be loved.  As each sister begins a new journey in their life each must face what they fear most.  For Mia it's trust and with Lucy it's faith.  Both characters meet challenges that each of us must face and to be honest this made them seem like real life women.   They dialogue is true to life and the issues they face are real.  
On another note, the author addresses many issues in this story and each are resolved realistically.  I loved how she incorporated Alzheimer's disease in a way that the reader could understand what families face when dealing with this horrible disease.  It's heart breaking to say the least.  
This is a book that I would recommend to anyone who loves a good, clean story or needs a good romance.  It brings elements of faith, love, trust and new beginnings.  
*I received this book from the author.  I was not required to write a review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Amish Beginnings

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In a wild country, the true cost of love may be more than they can bear

Beautiful and winsome, Betsy Zook never questioned her family's rigid expectations, nor those of devoted Hans--but then she never had to. Not until the night she's taken captive in a surprise Indian raid. Facing brutality and hardship, Betsy finds herself torn between her pious upbringing and the feelings she's developing for a native man who encourages her to see God in all circumstances. 

Greatly anguished by Betsy's captivity, Hans turns to Tessa Bauer for comfort. She responds eagerly, overlooking troubling signs of Hans's hunger for revenge. But if Betsy is ever restored to the Amish, will things between Hans and Tessa have gone too far? 

Published August 1st 2017
 by Fleming H. Revell Company

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Suzanne Woods FisherSuzanne Woods Fisher’s interest in the Amish began with her grandfather, W.D. Benedict, who was raised Plain in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne has a great admiration for the Plain people and believes they can provide wonderful examples to the world. But she’s not implying they’re perfect, or hold a secret to life.  In both her fiction and non-fiction books, she has an underlying theme: You don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate many of their principles–simplicity, living with less, appreciating nature, forgiving others more readily, trusting in God–into your life. Those are values that can be sought and reached by all of us.
When Suzanne isn’t writing or playing tennis or bragging to her friends about her grandbabies (so cute!), she’s volunteering with puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To her way of thinking, you just can’t take life too seriously when a puppy is tearing through your house with someone’s underwear in its mouth. 
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My Review:

Oh wow, what a heart touching story. 
I have only been reading Amish stories for the past 3 or 4 years.  In fact, Suzanne Woods Fisher was the author of the first Amish book I read and since then I have been hooked on her writing.  She weaves words together that bring the setting, plot and characters alive in my mind.  Honestly, I didn't know much about the Amish until I started reading her books.  She has educated me to not only their beliefs, but also their way of life.  I am by no means and expert, but I have a better understanding.  
This is the third installment in the Amish Beginning series.  It can be read as a stand alone story with all the background she weaves into her story, but I would encourage you to read the first two books so you will get the full impact of the series.  

This story centers around two young women who come from similar backgrounds, but nothing alike.  Betsy Zook lives in the area north of Lancaster with her parents and two brothers.  They are recent immigrants from Germany and are practicing Mennonites.  Tessa Bauer is the daughter of the minister of Stoney Ridge Amish church.  Tessa is an only child and holds Hans Johnson Bauer, her father's foster brother, in high esteem.  
Betsy's home was attacked by Indians.  Her parents were killed and one younger brother, Willie, escaped.  She and her other brother, Johnny, were taken captives by warriors.  She suffers at the hands of the warriors, but when taken as a tribute by another her life began to change.  Her captivity changes her in ways she doesn't quiet understand.  She longs to return to her people even though she has adjusted to this new way of life.  I really felt compassion for this young woman and hoped she would be reunited with her brothers.  
Tessa sees Betsy abduction as a way to finally have Hans see her as a possible woman he could marry, instead of a young girl.  Tessa spends more time with Hans and offers her support to his feelings of desperation and suddenly they become closer.  This was her greatest hope come true come true.  
This story has elements of anguish, anger, fear, jealousy, faith, but most of all love.  The plot immediately takes you back to prerevolutionary life and gave me a glimpse of how hard it can be in many ways.  I loved both main characters for many reasons.  Betsy wanting to go back to the life she knew and was comfortable, but when you leave can you truly go back.  Betsy shows how she has matured in her thinking and reasoning.  Tessa was a young girl learning about life through making mistakes and dreams as many of us done while growing up.  
A wonderful story I would recommend to anyone who loves history or a good Amish story.  The only thing I didn't like was that this would be the end of this series.  
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their blogger program.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Heart of the Frontier #2

Cover ArtShackled by Her Past, One Woman Searches for Healing, Forgiveness, and Love

Hope Flanagan survived the massacre at the Whitman Mission, but at terrible personal cost. Safe now in Oregon City, the gentle rhythm of tending her family's flock of sheep is slowly healing her mind and soul, but her precarious new peace is shattered when Hope is asked to testify against the Cayuse responsible for the massacre. She's not sure she can bear to relive the events of those horrific days, but neither can she risk her attackers being released if she doesn't tell her story. 

As Hope struggles to make her choice, an Army lieutenant named Lance Kenner becomes an unexpected ray of light in her life. Perhaps she is still capable of love after all. But will Lance still want her if he learns the whole truth of what happened to her at the mission? Or are the secrets that lie in his own past more troubling?

Published July 4th 2017
 by Bethany House Publishers 

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Tracie PetersonTracie Peterson gave her life to Jesus at the age of six. Tracie knew at an early age that God was calling her to ministry, and writing for Him has allowed her to offer the Gospel message and encourage people to hope in the Lord.  Her motto in writing, as well as all other aspects of life is Soli Deo Gloria—For God Alone the Glory.
Often called the “Queen of Historical Christian Fiction,” Tracie Peterson is an ECPA, CBA and USA Today best-selling author of more than 110 books, most of those historical.  Her work in historical fiction earned her the Best Western Romance Author of 2013 award from True West magazine and the USA Best Books 2011 Award for best Religious Fiction for Embers of Love. She was given the Life Time Achievement Award from American Christian Fiction Writers in 2011 and the Career Achievement Award in 2007 from Romantic Times, as well as multiple best book awards.
Tracie received her first book contract in November 1992 and saw A Place To Belong published in February 1993 with Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents. She wrote exclusively with Heartsong for the next two years, receiving their readership’s vote for Favorite Author of the Year for three years in a row. Eventually, Tracie also managed Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents book line—overseeing the production of 52 books a year. 
In December 1995 she signed a contract with Bethany House Publishers. Tracie now writes exclusively for Bethany House Publishers/Baker Publishing Group. She has co-written with a variety of authors including Judith Pella, Judith Miller, James Scott Bell, Kimberley Woodhouse, and Tracie’s daughter Jennifer. 
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Questions and Answers with Tracie:

1. This is book #2 in the Heart of the Frontier series—what’s it about?

Beloved Hope picks up a couple of years after book one, Treasured Grace. Treasured Grace dealt with the Whitman Mission massacre, and book two deals with the trial of five Cayuse Indians believed to have played an important role in the massacre. It was really a mock trial—everyone knew the men would be hanged—and I wanted to show the general atmosphere and attitude of the day. Interwoven with that true event are my characters from book one, but this time the focus is on Hope. Hope is one of three sisters, and she was there at the mission on the day of the massacre. She was held hostage, along with the other women and children, including the youngest of the three sisters, Mercy. This book is about Hope’s journey to healing and finding true love—God’s love first and foremost, and then the love of our hero, Lance Kenner.

2. Is this story based on real-life events?

Yes. The Whitman Mission massacre happened in November of 1847. The trial takes place in late May of 1850 in Oregon City, Oregon Territory. The attack on the mission was really a turning point in American history. The attitude of the U.S. government changed dramatically after the attack. The first large contingency of soldiers was sent west to establish forts and offer protection from the Native Americans, but perhaps even more drastic was the attitude that came out of these events—that perhaps the only way to establish peace in the newly settled West was to exterminate the entire native population.

3. Did you do special research for this book?

Absolutely. There were so many rich details that had been documented, and I did my best to read them all and speak to people who knew more about this topic than I did. I read diary accounts by the women who had endured the attack and captivity, diaries from the Catholic bishop who was in charge of the area, formal records from the court and the trial, and personal accounts from local politicians and newspapers. I went to Oregon City to research museums and the location. I wanted to make this book as accurate as possible, but also to show all sides of the event.

4. Why did you write a book like this with such a difficult topic?

I think we’re foolish when we fail to remember the mistakes of the past. The negative attitudes toward the Native Americans were often justified, but just as often unjustified. When I share these events out of history, I do my best to give a balance and show the situation from both sides. As I mentioned, too, the events of the massacre changed the policies of how the Native Americans were dealt with, and would only lead to more trouble. Added to this, I wanted to create a story about overcoming. In book one, Hope gave birth to a baby as a result of her ordeal and abuse at the hands of the Cayuse. It was all hush-hush, and only a few ever knew about it because the baby—a little girl—was given to friends to be raised. So not only did Hope endure rape and captivity, she bore a child and had to deal with that as well. All of these issues come into play in the theme of overcoming adversity. I wanted to show Hope’s journey, because I believe many readers will relate to it.

5. So the spiritual theme is about overcoming?

Yes, in part. The real-life women who endured the massacre and captivity were good enough to write about it—at least in part. They were very closemouthed about the sexual abuses, although they often mentioned the women “being forced to become wives to the Cayuse.” To speak about such a thing would further brand them in a society that was already uncomfortable knowing they had been held captive by the Cayuse. Imaginations were certainly just as active then as now, and many of these women were ostracized because of what happened. I believe this was due to fear. Fear that if it could happen once, it could happen again. I wanted to show that in this story and deal with how they might overcome. However, there was also the difficult question of “where is God when bad things happen?” We struggle with this today, and it seemed more than appropriate to discuss in the storyline, along with the healing importance of forgiveness.

6. Ultimately, what do you want the reader to take away from this story?

I hope the story and lives of the real and fictional characters will give the reader a better understanding of the pioneers who overcame outrageous obstacles to settle America. I hope the spiritual message will touch their hearts and help those who are struggling with similar issues to heal. Most of all, I hope and pray that the reader will draw closer to God and learn that even when things seem hopeless, God truly is still in control.

My Review:

 This histoical novel takes the reader May 1850 in Oregon City, Oregon.  This is the second book in the Heart of the Frontier series.  Although not necessary, but it would enhance the story if Treasured Grace, the first book in the series, is read first.  It would give the reader a background of the story.  This story centers around Hope Flanagan.  She along with her younger sister, Mercy, was at the Whitman Mission that dark day the massacre occurred.  John Sager, the boy she was seeing and planned to marry, was also there also.  In fact, she cradled his head as he died.  The Cayuse were angry and there had been trouble brewing for weeks due to the the sickness in their tribe and the inability of the local doctor to save their people.  Hope's captivity and abuse at the hands of the Cayuse was a nightmare she did't want to think about or relive.  Amory Holbrook had been appointed to the the United States Attorney for the Oregon Territory and he was convinced since Hope had witnessed the murder of Dr. Whitman that her testimony was essential.  
Hope is still angry and bitter about the massacre and enduring her captivity and I feel with every reason.  She is one of three girls and she has always tried to shield Mercy, but of late Mercy feels that Hope need to forgive their captures.  Hope, I think feels as abandoned today by God as she did during her capture.  She lost so much that day and endured so much, how could God let these horrible things happen?
It is obvious the author captures the life of pioneer living.  She brings both the life and characters to life in my mind.  Hope is a strong, well developed character with flaws, but is easy to love.  Her crisis of faith is one that many of us have during a crisis so her emotions were both raw and real. This is a book that easily pulled me in and held me until the last page was turned. 
This story has elements of history, forgiveness, crisis of faith, second chances and love. This is a book I would recommend to anyone who loves history or a good, clean story.  
*I received this book from the author via the publisher.  I was not required to write a review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


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Kate O'Brien's quiet life in small-town Shelter Cove, Arkansas is shaken when her past suddenly comes roaring back to life. Four years ago, she and her twin sister were attacked by an elusive serial killer. Only Kate survived, and she's been in witness protection ever since.

When new evidence arises to suggest the convicted man wasn't the murderer, she's subpoenaed to testify in the new trial. Afraid to go back into that world, Kate only agrees if Tony DeLuca, the deputy Marshal who protected her during the original trial, escorts her to St. Louis. 

Tony readily takes on the assignment; Kate's beauty and inner strength made more of an impression on him than he expected. But when Kate's safety is threatened, Tony must race against the clock to keep her alive and put this ugly case to rest before anyone else gets killed.

Published June 6th 2017 
by Bethany House Publishers

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Nancy Mehl

Nancy Mehl
 (www.nancymehl.com) is the author of twenty-seven books, including the Road to Kingdom, Finding Sanctuary, and Defenders of Justice series. She received the ACFW Mystery Book of the Year Award in 2009. She has a background in social work and is a member of ACFW and RWA. She writes from her home in Missouri, where she lives with her husband, Norman, and their Puggle, Watson. She is part of The Suspense Sisters: www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com, along with several other popular suspense authors. 

My Thoughts:

If you like suspense then this is definitely a book for you.  
This is the second installment in the Defenders of Justice series, but could easily be read as a stand alone.  This a fast-paced story that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat.  This story is set in the back woods of Arkansas in the small town of Shelter Cove where Kate O'Brien has been living for the past 4 years in witness protection.  4 years ago she and her twin sister were brutally attacked and left for dead in their apartment.  Katie survived the attack and testified against her attacker then went into witness protection.  Tony DeLuca works for the US Marshals and heads to Shelter Cove to transport Katie back to St. Louis. Tony has a history with Katie since he protected her during the trial.  He doesn't want to see her relive the attack again, but knows that it's a necessity if they want to put Alan Gerard back in prison.Both character are strong and complex.  I immediately liked both.  Katie is dealing with a crisis of faith and has not dealt with her attack or her sister's death. I love how the author takes an approach on the subject of faith. She makes the entire topic more understandable.  She makes the character feel so real through their raw emotions.  I don't want to give anything away but with Tony's arrival in Shelter Cove the plot takes unexpected twists and turns that has both characters literally running for their lives.  This is definitely a book I would recommend to anyone who loves suspense.  
**I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.  

Coming Soon.....

In May 2018 the third book in this series is set to be released.

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Casey Sloane has worked at the St. Louis marshals office for two years and is given a routine assignment to help transport a reporter to D.C. to testify before a grand jury. Valerie, the reporter, was writing a story about an up-and-coming environmentalist who suddenly disappeared and, she later discovered, whose backers purportedly have ties to a terrorist.

When the seemingly ordinary assignment suddenly takes a shocking turn, Casey is forced to put aside her own feelings about the unexpected reappearance of a man from her past as she and two other marshals take Valerie on the run. And as it becomes dangerously clear Valerie's testimony has even bigger implications than they knew, they'll do whatever it takes to make it out alive.