The Message on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson

The Message on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson is book three in The Quilt Chronicles written in 2012. This is a series of stand alone stories that refer to a special quilt. In this book we meet Emilie, a newspaper reporter and Noah , a professional speaker. He has just a quilt to remember his mother by. On it she has included items that she has told him stories about. Some include stories about his father whom he has never met.

This is a fun story to read. I enjoyed the spunk and determination Emilie has make her dream of being a reporter come true. I enjoyed how helpful Noah was to her and her cousins without them asking for help. I really enjoyed how Noah was able to speak with Colonel Barton in the area and find out the true story about his parents. I also enjoyed the change that took place with the Colonel’s sister.

About the Book

Return to historic Nebraska for the stunning conclusion to Stephanie Grace Whitson’s “The Quilt Chronicles.”

When Emilie Rhodes decides to go behind her newspaper editor father’s back by writing for his competition, the Journal, she begins to interview the speakers at the 1890 Chautauqua assembly. At the assembly, she meets and falls in love with “The Man of Many Voices.” But Noah Shaw’s professional life is only one reason he’s in Nebraska. Noah is on a quest to find answers. But will a treasured quilt bear a message for brokenness – or of hope and healing?

About the Author

A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls “playing with imaginary friends” (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephanie’s fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for the Christy Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her first nonfiction work, How to Help a Grieving Friend, was released in 2005. In addition to serving in her local church and keeping up with two married children, two college students, and a high school senior, Stephanie enjoys motorcycle trips with her family and church friends. Her passionate interests in pioneer women’s history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture provide endless story-telling possibilities.

The Shadow on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson

The Shadow on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson is book two in The Quilt Chronicles written in 2012. This is a series of stand alone stories that refer to a special quilt. In this story we meet Juliana, a young widow who is left to run her husband’s construction company,finish the house he started building, care for his aunts and continue to hide his cheating on her. .When she is faced with making a decision with what to do with the home he was building, she finds out the person she has trusted is now wanting to take advantage of her. Meanwhile, the women in the community are working on a quilt for a fundraiser. People in the community pay to have their name on the quilt and one name troubles Juliana.

This is an enjoyable story. It is very well written and touches on sensitive topics such as prostitution, extra marital affairs and greed. I enjoyed how the author was able to write such a nice story that showed how Juliana was able to cope with her loss and how she responded to finding out the truth of her husband. I enjoyed how she was able to continue building the home he started and how she turned it into something good for so many people. It was also enjoyable to see how a fire that took their place of employment and housing, Cass’s mother and sister were given a chance to start over. This story is a good reminder that good can come from bad situations.

About the Book

Juliana Sutton has just about everything a woman could want. Her husband is riding a crest of success in the bustling capital city of Lincoln, and Juliana leads various philanthropic endeavors. Once finished, their new home, a spectacular mansion on five acres, will be the envy if all. Then a devastating scandal erupts.

Cass Gregory, the foreman overseeing the Sutton mansion construction, has spent recent years trying to untangle the disastrous results of his own past choices – and wishing he didn’t know the truth about his boss. When scandal ignites, Cass longs to comfort Juliana but is convinced her position in society and his past make a relationship impossible.

Juliana and Cass are thrown together as completion of the mansion draws near, each one wounded and afraid to trust. Till the shadow of a name stand between them and true happiness?

About the Author

A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls “playing with imaginary friends” (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephanie’s fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for the Christy Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her first nonfiction work, How to Help a Grieving Friend, was released in 2005. In addition to serving in her local church and keeping up with two married children, two college students, and a high school senior, Stephanie enjoys motorcycle trips with her family and church friends. Her passionate interests in pioneer women’s history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture provide endless story-telling possibilities.

Key on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson

Key on the Quilt by Stephanie Grace Whitson is book one in The Quilt Chronicles written in 2012. This is a series of stand alone stories that refer to a special quilt. In this story we meet Jane, who in in the Nebraska State Penitentiary for murder. .

This is a beautifully written story that shows points out that God’s love is everywhere. It also shows the extreme Jane went through to protect her daughter, and the love her daughter has for her, even though she has not seen her for years. It was interesting to read how the women in the prisons were treated different. While the men could go outside and had job opportunities, women were kept inside their ward with nothing to do. I enjoyed seeing how things changed. I especially enjoyed the reason for the quilt being sewn onto the quilt and the truth being revealed for the murder of Jane’s abusive husband.

This is an enjoyable story to read. The story gives a glimpse into what prison life was for women in the 1870’s. The story has mystery with what was happening in the women’s ward and a relationship that grows between on of the guards and the matron.

About the Book

In 1875 at Nebraska State Penitentiary, three women attempt to pursue God’s purpose for their lives. Jane Prescott is serving a ten-year sentence for murder. Can one caring physician help to reveal the truth and bring her daughter back to her. Matron Mamie Dawson feels called to help the wounded women in her charge. But while heling those around her, will she stubbornly keep the attentions of the kind guard at arm’s length?

Warden’s wife Ellen McKenna has changed her preconceptions about these female prisoners. But will a life or death situation make her change her mind?

Prison walls were made to keep people in, but they cannot keep God’s love out. In this unique setting, three women find love, truth, and the grace of God.

About the Author

A native of southern Illinois, Stephanie Grace Whitson has lived in Nebraska since 1975. She began what she calls “playing with imaginary friends” (writing fiction) when, as a result of teaching her four homeschooled children Nebraska history, she was personally encouraged and challenged by the lives of pioneer women in the West. Since her first book, Walks the Fire, was published in 1995, Stephanie’s fiction titles have appeared on the ECPA bestseller list numerous times and been finalists for the Christy Award, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year. Her first nonfiction work, How to Help a Grieving Friend, was released in 2005. In addition to serving in her local church and keeping up with two married children, two college students, and a high school senior, Stephanie enjoys motorcycle trips with her family and church friends. Her passionate interests in pioneer women’s history, antique quilts, and French, Italian, and Hawaiian language and culture provide endless story-telling possibilities.

Love through the Seasons by Tracie Peterson

My Review

Love Though the Seasons is a wonderful compilation of four short stories written by Tracie Peterson. Each of the stories focuses in on a single woman at different times in their life. These are well written stories that will tug at the readers heart. I enjoyed reading each of these stories and wished they were full length novels. The topics for each story are so realistic and the author does a beautiful job of having the characters work through their issues with wonderful outcome. I especially enjoyed how God put someone in Gina and Karen in situations that brought them second chances at love.

Spring – Stormy Weather – I love how Gina, a young widow, works with the Boy Scout leader to enlighten the city council members as to the true story behind the organization. And the importance it has for the boys and their families.

Summer – King if Hearts – I felt disheartened for Elise as has to put off moving forward with her life due to an error the college made. I felt sorry for her with how she got stuck in a very time consuming class that she understood would not take much time.

Autumn – Falling for Love – Karen is a widow who has been caring for her mother and is now talked into caring for her aunts as well. This is such a sweet story of the elderly sisters coming back to their childhood home.

Winter – Silent Nights – This story is so realistic in how Frank puts the success off his job as number one in his life. To the extent he doesn’t realize what his wife, Lynn, is going through. I enjoyed how Lynn looked for peace and a place to work through her struggles at her grandfather’s home.

I voluntarily received a complimentary ARC copy of this book through NetGalley and Barbour Publishing, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Bestselling author Tracie Peterson celebrates 30 years of writing with a collection of both old and new stories.
 
Spring – Stormy Weather
Gina Bowden, a young widow, fights city council to regain funding for her son’s Boy Scout troop. Something better than lightning hits, though, when she teams up with the equally tenacious troop leader.
 
Summer – King of Hearts
Elise Jost is a non-traditional student just one credit short of graduating. A hard-working woman determined to establish herself in the business world, she enrolls begrudgingly in a Renaissance appreciation course that will complete her credit hours. Her life’s direction takes a different course when she makes a high grade with Professor Ian Hunter.
 
Autumn – Falling for Love
Karen Armstrong Jacobs has been widowed five years and taken in her mother to live with her. When she learns her mother’s three sisters need a place to live, she opens her home up to them as well. Now there are a lot of repairs that need to be made to the house for safety’s sake. Enter Dan Polk, a widower with a contracting business and a heart for ministry, who makes over the house and Karen’s lonely heart.
 
Winter – Silent Nights
Lynn Murphy always dreamed of having the perfect marriage, and for a while she delighted in her dream come true. But Frank’s job has gradually overtaken their lives. When their plans for an anniversary trip at Christmastime are ruined by yet another business obligation, Lynn decides she’s had enough. She runs away to her grandfather’s house looking for answers. Only there does she begin to glimpse the surprising ways that God will satisfy the desires of her heart.

About the Author

Tracie Peterson is an award-winning, best-selling author of over 100 books. After giving her heart to Jesus at the young age of six, Tracie has felt called to some form of ministry, especially writing. She has speaks at writer’s conferences, and teaches at women’s conferences sharing her testimony and insight for Christian living. Her books have won numerous awards. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at https://traciepetersonbooks.com/.

Where to Purchase

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Refining Josie by Carolyn Miller

My Review

Refining Josie, by Carolyn Miller, is book 30 in the Independence Islands series; the fifth that takes place on Breakers Head. These are stories written by six different authors that take place on five different islands. While these are great stand alone stories, characters from previous stories are brought back, so it is best to read them in order.

In this book we revisit the members of Greener Gardens landscaping company. It is fun to see the changes within the company and the members’ families since meeting them last. I enjoyed seeing how Sam took everyone’s feelings into consideration when deciding how the company would move forward. I especially enjoyed the emotional and spiritual growth of Josie’s character and why she made the choices in her past. Lachie was a caring character in this story. He left his family, home and job in Australia to help out a distant relative in their time of need. Not only was he there for the relative’s passing, but he stayed to help the widow with needs around her home, health and past business. It was heartwarming to see how he stayed connected with his parents from so far away.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Book: Refining Josie

Author: Carolyn Miller

Genre: Christian Contemporary Romance

Release date: December 6, 2022

What’ll it take for the prodigal daughter to share her deepest secrets… and her heart?

Josephine Green returns to the islands in an attempt to reconcile with her family, but with a cloud over the family business, and little in the way of gardening skills, Josie’s painful past and flaky ways prove less than endearing for Greener Gardens’ hardworking crew.

Stuck without any other options, Josie is forced to accept her sister’s offer of a job that takes her to Breakers Head where she encounters Aussie teacher, Lachlan Jones.

A long-lost relative might’ve brought Lachie to a tiny music recording studio on the Independence Islands, but it’s also brought questions about how to care for someone he barely knows, especially considering he’s the last family she has. Questions regarding his future soon pale when he encounters the vibrant-haired Josie, whose sass and attitude takes some getting used to.

Neither imagined more until they began to bond over music and environmental causes. Both discover that first impressions need not be lasting ones.

But with the future of Gardens Gardens looking shaky, and Josie’s faith and self-worth just as tenuous, can deepening a friendship into something more ever work? And what happens when Lachlan’s work means he has to return to Australia after Christmas? What’ll it take for two hearts to heal and make a future possible?

This Breakers Head novel is Carolyn Miller’s final book in the Independence Islands Series featuring five islands, six authors, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

The Independence Islands Series: beach reads aren’t just for summer anymore.

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About the Author

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. Together with her husband she has pastored a church for ten years, and worked as a public high school English and Learning and Support teacher. She loves reading, music, films, gardens, art, travel and international food, and really enjoy creating worlds where flawed people can grow in faith, hope and love.
A longtime lover of romance, especially that of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer’s Regency era, Carolyn holds a BA in English Literature, and loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives.

Her novels include The Elusive Miss Ellison, The Captivating Lady Charlotte, The Dishonorable Miss DeLancey, Winning Miss Winthrop, Miss Serena’s Secret, The Making of Mrs. Hale, A Hero for Miss Hatherleigh, and Underestimating Miss Cecilia, all available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, Koorong, etc

More from Carolyn

Wow! Well, here we are celebrating the release of Refining Josie, my final book and THE final book in the Independence Islands series. It’s been a journey, hasn’t it? Six authors, five islands, and a boatload of happily-ever-afters.

As a long-time lover of gardens, plants, flowers and trees, it’s been so fun showcasing various parts of what life could be like as someone working in the gardening industry on these islands. I’m married to a horticulturalist, who once upon a time worked at Lyme Park, which was showcased in the 1995 production of Pride and Prejudice. He has also worked at Kew Gardens in England, and it was fun to use some of his experience in these books. (You can see some of my pics on Instagram and on my website)

For Refining Josie I was glad to finally round out some of the family challenges Samantha Green and her family’s ‘Greener Gardens’ business have had to deal with along the way, and to give Josie Green her own voice. This is a story about a prodigal daughter, and some of the ‘why’ behind the behavior, factors I think readers will relate and respond to well.

As an Aussie, I was also happy to include an Aussie hero, someone with some challenges of his own, so I hope you enjoy getting a tiny taste of a Hugh Jackman-esque hero.

Come visit the Independence Islands once more, and enjoy Refining Josie, a story of heart, hope, humor and a dash of Christmas romance.

Happy reading!

Carolyn

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The Heir’s Predicament by Lorri Dudley

My Review

The Heir’s Predicament, by Lorri Dudley, is book six in the Leeward Island series. This is a well written story that stands alone very nicely. Having not read the rest of the series, I had no trouble reading this story. This is a nice story of two people who are connected to the same sugar plantation in Antigua. Samuel has been sent there to revive the plantation and regain his future. Maggie convinces her uncle to take her there to learn more about her heritage.

This is a fun book to read. It has mystery, suspense and romance through out the story. Samuel is such a caring, hardworking person and Maggie is so strong and determined. I especially enjoyed the mystery of who Maggie’s parents were and was surprised by her family’s connection to Samuel’s.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this story, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Book: The Heir’s Predicament

Author: Lorri Dudley

Genre: Historical Romance

Release date: January 10, 2023

He controls the answers to her past and future, but she threatens his inheritance and his heart.

Maggie Prescott may not know her real name, the circumstances of her birth, or her father’s identity, but based on a song her shipwrecked birthmother taught her before she died, Maggie’s certain the answers lie on the island of Antigua. Unbeknownst to her beloved adopted family, she sends her maid to finishing school in her stead and convinces her uncle, Captain Anthony Middleton, to sail her to the Leeward Islands. Time is of the essence to discover her heritage before the next family gathering exposes her duplicity.

Lord Samuel Fredrick Harcourt Granville was groomed to inherit the Cardon title and lands, but the possession of his father’s temper has put Samuel’s future in jeopardy. After discovering his fiancée cavorting with his so-called friend, the ensuing altercation lands Samuel in court before of the House of Lords. As an example, for all aristocratic sons to quell their hedonistic living, the House of Lords banishes Samuel to the island of Antigua until he can prove he’s worthy of his privileged birth.

On the island, Samuel works to rein in his temper and revive a dying sugar plantation. Still, his return to England and all his efforts are threatened when a mysterious woman breaks into his island home, claiming to be the true heiress of the sugar plantation. Guilt, resentment, and fresh yearnings sizzle under the island sun as Maggie’s search uncovers a much greater treasure than either of them expected.

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About the Author

Lorri Dudley has been a finalist in numerous writing contests and has a master’s degree in Psychology. She lives in Ashland, Massachusetts with her husband and three teenage sons, where writing romance allows her an escape from her testosterone filled household. Find her online at www.lorridudley.com.

More from Lorri

Maggie first appeared in The Captain’s Quest as the feral child shipwrecked on a deserted island. Readers fell in love with her character and emailed me, hoping to learn more of her story. It didn’t take much coaxing for my imagination to delve into how a child, who’d lived outdoors and struggled with daily survival, would adapt to Regency England’s intricate social conventions of the le bon ton as a grown woman.

Like Maggie, my grandfather and mother-in-law were both adopted. Each felt a disconnection from their roots and a natural yearning to fill a void by learning their origins. The thriving industry of Ancestry.com and 23-and-Me exists due to this pervasive desire to understand one’s background. Understandably, Maggie longs for answers, but the guilt of being disloyal to the family who accepted her into their loving home temps her to fabricate a lie and cover up her journey to the island of Antigua.

Another driving force for Maggie is that in Regency England, questionable heritage could hinder an adopted child from marrying within the upper social ranks. Unknown lineage could taint noble bloodlines, and many aristocrats wouldn’t dare align their families with someone of uncertain origins. Maggie’s marriage prospects would have been limited unless she uncovered her past. She’d have been considered too risky to wed among the gentry but raised too highborn to marry within the lower classes.

The Heir’s Predicament is the last installment of the Leeward Island series, and I will miss immersing myself in the rich cultural history of the Caribbean. I loved exploring different isles and island-hopping with readers through various settings. The island of Antigua, where The Heir’s Predicament is set, boasts of ninety-five miles of scalloped coastlines, white and pink sand beaches, a tropical but arid climate, windmills and plantations, and a sugar and spice history complete with Caribs and pirates. Island tensions create a lively setting and weave their way into the characters’ stories, for instance, the push and pull between the island’s calming beauty and battering storms, water abounding but not much of it drinkable, a laid-back culture of hearty survivors, and a legacy of slavery versus colonization.

The journey, however, isn’t over, my next series will take place in the rolling hills and quaint towns of England’s Cotswold, but there’s hope of a Windward Island series in the future.

To learn more, check out my website at lorridudley.com, or watch The Heir’s Predicament book trailer by clicking here: The Heir’s Predicament book trailer.

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On My Honor by Patty Smith Hall

My Review

On My Honor, by Patty Smith Hall is part of Barbour Publishing’s Heroines of WWII series. This is a series of stand alone stories written by different authors that give a glimpse into what life may have been like for those living during World War II. This story takes place in the Outer Banks in the United States. Ginny has been called home to stay with her mother and sister while her father is away. Timothy is a reporter who is on a ship helping with a war mission. He gets thrown from the ship when it is bombed and is found by Ginny’s sister and her friends.

This is a fun story that has humor and suspense along with a growing friendship. I enjoyed this well written story and how it shows how the war was also dealt with on US soil and the impact it had on others, especially the young people. I especially enjoyed the parts of how delicate Ginny’s mother is due to happenings in her past that were kept hidden from her children. This is a wonderful addition to the series.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.

About the Book

Book: On My Honor

Author:Patty Smith Hall

Genre: Christian / Historical Fiction / Romance / Intrigue

Release date: January, 2023

Ginny Mathis was finished with nursing school and had no intention of staying rooted in the Outer Banks—then war broke out. With her father away, she feels duty-bound to stay and help her mother and younger sister. While working as a clerk for the Oregon Inlet ferry, naval officers ask Ginny and others to be watchful for German U-boats reportedly spotted in the area. So to help occupy her teenage sister, Ginny enlists the Girl Scout troop she leads to help watch for suspicious activity along the coast.

Timothy Elliott is no stranger to death. As a British reporter working with the M-6, he’s numb to the losses of war after two years of fighting the Germans. Maybe that’s why he volunteered for this mission—to connect with an ex-German naval officer who stole the Furor’s battle plan for the Atlantic war. When the boat giving him passage to New York is bombed near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Tim is thrown from the boat and wakes up in the care of a group of young girls.

Ginny follows her sneaky sister on a clandestine mission and discovers the shipwreck victim. Ginny knows she must take charge, but is this man the enemy, or does he hold secrets that could turn the tide of the Battle of the Atlantic in the allies’ favor?

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About the Author

Multi-published author Patty Smith Hall lives near the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, Danny. When she’s not writing on her back porch, she’s spending time with her family or working in her vegetable garden.

More from Patty

Did you know that the Girl Scouts (or Girl Guides) serviced as spies on HIs Majesty’s Secret Service during World War One? I didn’t either until I picked up a book on female spies at my local Barnes and Noble. There were only two paragraphs about how the girls worked with the MI5 for the duration of the war. It was enough to get my heart pumping!

Being a former Girl Scout myself, I was amazed at what these young girls did to help our country during the war. What activities did the Girl Scouts/Girl Guides do in World War II? Anything asked of them. They organized drives for anything from fat (to make bullets) to paper, stepped into positions left vacant by men serving on the front and worked Victory gardens to provide food for their community. They did so many things, I can’t begin to name them all here. By March 1944, the Girl Scouts had provided over 15 million volunteer hours toward the war effort.

Isn’t that amazing? No wonder I had to write a book about them!

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Her Heart’s Desire by Shelley Shepard Gray

My Review

Her Heart’s Desire by Shelley Shepard Gray is the first book in the A Season in Pinecraft series. This is a modern day Amish romance story that takes place mainly in Pinecraft, Florida. This is a fun story of three young women who have been “wallflowers” and are now quickly becoming friends. Mary has been picked on the majority of her life by Esther and her friends. When Esther and her friends have a disagreement, Esther goes to Florida to apologize to Mary

I enjoyed reading this story. It is well written and easy to read. I especially enjoyed imagining the warm beaches of Florida. There were a few areas that I felt moved rather slowly, but the message in the story is awesome. The themes of caring for others and forgiveness are very strong. I enjoyed how quickly the girls became friends and how friendly and helpful the innkeeper was. I enjoyed reading of the struggles the two men had with what to do concerning family members and what path their lives should take. This is a fun story to read and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.

About the Book

What happens when we allow our pasts to define our futures?

Mary Margaret Miller needs an escape from her small Amish community. She boards a bus, all alone, for a vacation in Pinecraft, Florida. Meeting Betsy and Lilly on the way, she’s amazed to find two kindred spirits. They become fast friends and determine to have the best two weeks of their lives. For Mary, it starts when she meets Jayson Raber, a handsome and charming carpenter.

Jayson is taken with Mary from the get-go, but he has responsibilities back home in Kentucky–including a girl he’s supposed to marry. And when someone from Mary’s past shows up in Pinecraft, it seems like her perfect vacation is ruined. But that’s nothing compared to what’s coming when she realizes what Jayson has been hiding . . .

About the Author

“Igrew up in Houston, Texas, went to Colorado for college, and after living in Arizona, Dallas, and Denver, we moved to southern Ohio about ten years ago.

I’ve always thought of myself as a very hard worker, but not ‘great’ at anything. I’ve obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree…but I never was a gifted student. I took years of ballet and dance, but I never was anywhere near the star of any recital. I love to cook, but I’m certainly not close to being gourmet…and finally I love to write books, but I’ve certainly read far better authors.

Maybe you are a little bit like me. I’ve been married for almost twenty years and have raised two kids. I try to exercise but really should put on my tennis shoes a whole lot more. I’m not a great housekeeper, I hate to drive in the snow, and I don’t think I’ve ever won a Monopoly game. However, I am the best wife and mother I know how to be.

Isn’t it wonderful to know that in God’s eyes that is okay? That from His point of view, we are all exceptional? I treasure that knowledge and am always so thankful for my faith. His faith in me makes me stand a little straighter, smile a little bit more, and be so very grateful for every gift He’s given me.

I started writing about the Amish because their way of life appealed to me. I wanted to write stories about regular. likeable people in extraordinary situations-and who just happened to be Amish.

Getting the opportunity to write Inspirational novels is truly gratifying. With every book, I feel my faith grows stronger. And that makes me feel very special indeed. “

Learn more about the author and check out the book trailer at https://shelleyshepardgray.com/

Where to Purchase

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https://www.christianbook.com/her-hearts-desire-1/shelley-gray/9780800741679/pd/741678

Critical Threat by Lynette Eason

My Review

Critical Threat by Lynette Eason is book three in the Extreme Measures series. While this is a series, this story is also an outstanding stand alone story. This is a very well written story that is filled with action, suspense and mystery with touches of family life and romance. This story grabbed my attention from the very beginning and held it to the very end. I was kept guessing as to who the murderer could be and why until the story disclosed the identity.

This is such a good story. It shows the closeness and brotherhood the agents have towards each other as well as the occasional differences they have. This story focuses on a serial killer and murders and drug additions. I especially liked the interactions between Sam and his former mother-in-law. I appreciate Grace’s family dynamics in how they deal with her brother’s addiction and repeated hospital and treatment stays.

I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this book, this is my honest review.

About the Book

FBI Special Agent Grace Billingsley tracks serial killers, using her skills as a psychiatrist and behavioral analyst to get dangerous people off the street and safely behind bars. But prison psychiatrist Sam Monroe knows that just because a killer is incarcerated doesn’t mean they’re not a threat. His own father, Peter, is a serial killer–in prison but certainly not out of Sam’s life, as much as he wishes he was.

When bodies start showing up with Peter’s MO, Sam and Grace are both called in to consult. They’ve met before–and though Grace thought they’d made a real connection, Sam ghosted her. They’ll have to get past the awkwardness and mistrust to solve this case–especially because it’s about to get personal.

About the Author

Lynette Eason is the USA Today bestselling author of Life Flight, Crossfire, and Critical Threat, as well asthe Danger Never Sleeps, Blue Justice, Women of Justice, Deadly Reunions, Hidden Identity, and Elite Guardians series. She is the winner of three ACFW Carol Awards, the Selah Award, and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, among others. She is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has a master’s degree in education from Converse College. Eason lives in South Carolina with her husband. They have two adult children. Learn more at http://www.lynetteeason.com.

Other Books In The Series

EMS helicopter pilot Penny Carlton is used to high-stress situations, but being forced to land on a mountain in a raging storm with a critical patient–and a serial killer on the loose–tests her skills and her nerve to the limit. She survives with FBI Special Agent Holt Satterfield’s help. But she’s not out of the woods yet.

In the ensuing days, Penny finds herself under attack. And when news reaches Holt that he may not have gotten his man after all, it will take all he and Penny have to catch a killer–before he catches one of them.

FBI special agent Julianna James is a top-notch negotiator who has never lost a hostage. Surely she can manage to take care of her much younger sister, Dottie, who showed up unannounced to live with Julianna while she finished her senior year of high school.

A former sniper with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Clay Snyder left the army after a tragic incident that he can’t get past. Now he’s working as a high school resource officer until he can figure out what to do with the rest of his life.

Their paths cross when Julianna is called in to negotiate a courtroom hostage situation involving Clay’s sister. Impressed and a bit intimidated by the calm, capable woman with the dark hair and blue eyes, Clay invites her to speak at his school. Dottie’s school.

But as the anniversary of a school shooting from Julianna’s past approaches, it becomes clear that her perfect record is about to be tested and that Dottie is at risk. If Julianna and Clay can’t figure out who’s behind the attacks, more innocent people will die–and Julianna just might be one of them.

Where to Purchase

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Dark of Night by Colleen Coble

My Review

Dark of Night by Colleen Coble is book two in the Annie Pederson series. This story takes over where the first one ends so it is best to read them in order. Annie lost her husband and parents. She is running the family business and raising her young daughter alone while working as a ranger.
This is such a good, very well written Christian Romantic Suspense. It is a fast paced, action packed story that grabbed my attention right away and kept me reading just to find out what was going to happen next. This story is filled with suspense and mystery. As Annie is trying to solve a missing person case, she is also trying to find out the true identity of a young woman who could be her sister and rebuild a relationship with an ex boyfriend. I enjoyed the rebuilding of Annie and Jon’s relationship and how careful they had to be with her daughter who is still grieving the loss of the man she knew as her father. I appreciate the character of his father and the realistic input he has in their situation.
I voluntarily received a complimentary copy of this story, this is my honest review.

About the Book

The law is about justice—not grace. But perhaps ranger Annie Pederson can find a way to have both.

As if the last few months haven’t been hard enough—complete with threats on her life and the return of her first love, Jon—Annie has to figure out whether or not to believe a woman who claims to be her sister, Sarah, who was abducted twenty-four years ago at age five. Annie’s eight-year-old daughter, Kylie, has plenty of questions about what’s going on in her mother’s life—but there are some stones Annie doesn’t want uncovered.

As Annie grapples with how to heal the gulf between her and her would-be sister and make room in her daughter’s life for Jon, she’s professionally distracted by the case of yet another missing hiker in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. A woman named Michelle Fraser has now been abducted, and though the woman’s estranged husband is at the top of their suspect list, Annie and her colleagues will need to dig deeper and determine whether these recent mysteries are truly as unrelated as they seem.

In this second novel of bestselling author Colleen Coble’s latest romantic-suspense series, Annie and Jon must fight for the future—and the family—that could once more be theirs.

About the Author

Colleen Coble is a best-selling author of romantic suspense and her books have won several awards. She has nearly 4 million books in print. She is CO of American Christian Fiction Writers. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at www.colleencoble.com.

Where to Purchase

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