You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Sam is an accountant in Beaverton, Oregon who feels her job is no longer what she wants. When her grandmother is injured, she goes to Thunder Creek, Idaho to help care for her. What she does not know is that her ex-boyfriend, Nick, now lives there. He was doing work on her relative’s property when he witnessed her grandmother’s accident.

While dating, Nick cared more about himself and his desires, and Sam was the one putting an effort into the relationship. Nick was an adventurous risk taker, while Sam feared any thing dangerous, which lead to their breakup. Sam tried to get in touch with Nick after their breakup, but he never answered. Now she finds out he suffered a traumatic brain injury from one of his adventures.

Nick has changed since his accident and he is now a caring individual who puts God and others ahead of himself.

I enjoyed reading this story. It is a story of second chances and shows how a person can change when they have God in their life. I liked how Sam not only cared for her grandmother physically, but also cared about her grandmother’s business as well. Her grandmother had so much energy for someone suffering from a major injury, also caring for others. This is a really good story and I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction will enjoy it. This story is also a contemporary romance.

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers, this is my honest review.

320 pages

ISBN:9780718085971

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: https://robinleehatcher.com/

Some places you can purchase this book are:

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https://www.christianbook.com/youre-gonna-love-me/robin-hatcher/9780718085971/pd/085971

https://www.amazon.com/Youre-Gonna-Love-Robin-Hatcher/dp/0718085973

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Long Before Luther by Nathan Busenitz

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Long Before Luther, by Nathan Busenitz, attempts to answer the question “Was the Reformation doctrine of justification by faith alone an invention or a recovery?” The author has done very extensive research to give answer to this question. Using quotes from pre-Reformation writers and scripture from the Bible, the author shows us the doctrine held by the Reformers were not new but rather were taken from the Bible and carried down.
This book goes into so much depth that I found myself no able to understand some of it. This book gives a lot of detail about church history as well. The book is broken up into four sections with just 11 chapters and 64 pages. The book give a look into church history, the beliefs of pre-Reformers and Reformers. The book also contains 25 pages of 100 quotes from church history showing salvation by grace alone and the truth that believers are justified through faith in Christ, not by works. This was the part of the book that spoke to me the most.
Due to the extensive quotes, I feel this book is far advanced for the person who wants to learn more about the reformation and church history. I feel this book is meant more for the students, scholars, or theologians. For this reason, I give this book a 4.
I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishing, this is my honest review.
242 pages
ISBN: 9780802418029
Publisher: Moody Publishers/Masters Seminary Press
Nathan Busenitz is teaches Historical Theology at the Master’s Seminary. He has completed his doctorate in church history focusing on patristic theology.
Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/before-luther-tracing-gospel-christ-reformation/nathan-busenitz/9780802418029/pd/418024
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/long-before-luther-nathan-busenitz/1125898094?ean=9780802418029

My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah: Leanna’s Choice by Angie Dicken

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This story takes place in 1910 in a small mining town. Greek immigrants have come to the area to earn money to help their families. These miners have to pay a fee to have the job and their chance for promotion is limited. There also is a belief that they do not interact with Americans. When Penelope Pappas become bedridden during her pregnancy her brother-in-law, Alex, asks a young widow to walk his niece and nephew to school and back.
Leanna McKee turned her back on her family and way of life when she married Jack. When Jack gambled their money away, they were forced to leave Boston. They settled in Castle Gate and Jack worked in the mines. Jack lost his life during a mining accident and Leanna turns to teaching to survive. When Alex asks her to help with the children, she sees it as a way to earn money to move on.
When Alex and Leanna’s feelings for each other start to show, they get opposition from Americans and the Pappas. Alex’s father strongly feels that Alex is to only marry a Greek, so he contacts a friend in Greece to arrange a marriage for the friend’s daughter and Alex.
This is a really good story. The author shows us the struggles the Greeks have with fitting into society and the prejudices against them. We also see the strong Greek heritage and pride that keep them from following their hearts. The part in the story that stands out to me is when Alex helped an elderly lady to church and she told him “There are neither Greek nor Jew …: for ye are all one in Christ.’ So the Good Book says.” Another part that stands out is the guilt Leanna has regarding how she treated and felt about her husband before his death.
I think anyone who enjoys reading historical romance stories will enjoy this story. There is romance but there also is suspense and family issues to make this a great story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Series: My Heart Belongs
253 pages
Publisher: Barbour
To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://angiedicken.com/
Some places to buy this book are:
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An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

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Josie’s mother is a famous author who uses incidents in Josie’s life as inspiration for her book. Her fellow students picked on her about the latest book and Josie felt she needed to get away. She went to visit her Aunt in South Carolina. Josie’s dream of getting away from home and the book vanished when she met a young girl on the island who is her mother’s greatest fan. She also found out one of the students, Ryan, from her school was in the area to play ball for the summer. When Ryan wanted to spend time with Josie, she felt he was just trying to get information that he could send back home about her.

While she was with her Aunt, her mother sent her post cards with Bible verses on them. Those together with the sermons Josie heard at her aunt’s church helped Josie realize she needed to turn toward God in prayer and she needed to have faith that God will help her be who He wants her to be.

An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl is a really good book written for teens. This book is full of adventure with the break ins that happened on the island. The “who done it” factor holds the readers attention to the very end. The book also has a little romance. This is a good clean story with great life lesson, I would recommend it for teen girls, but it will be enjoyed by adults as well.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

250 pages

ISBN: 9781632133045

Publisher: eLectio Publishing

To learn more about the author go to: www.LesleaWahl.com

This book can be purchased from:

https://www.amazon.com/Unexpected-Role-Leslea-Wahl/dp/1632133040/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/an-unexpected-role-leslea-wahl/1124807868?ean=9781632133045

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

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The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas takes place in West Virginia and South Carolina in 1954. Judd was a mine worker in West Virginia when a cave in took his brother and injured his leg. Not wanting to go back to the mines, he traveled to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. During his travel he met a man who helped get him a job with Waccamaw Timber Company. He advanced in his job quickly. Shortly after he arrived in Myrtle Beach a hurricane came and destroyed a lot of the area. He often thinks he is living the life his brother wanted and can’t.

Larkin is the daughter of the timber company owner. But her heart is in helping others. Her brother moved to the Appalachia to help others and minister to them. She wants to join her brother on his ministry. But her father wants her at home. Since his son will not take over the company, he wants Larkin to marry the man who will.

This is such a good book. This is a story of relationships, family and caring for others. The story shows that we should turn to God before going forward with what we want to do. The descriptions are so clear it is easy to imagine the fear of cave ins, the heat, and the winds and rains of the hurricane. The parts in the story that stand out to me are the care Judd gives to his injured co-worker, even when he is caught between his co-worker and his employer. As well as the forgiveness Larkin’s father has toward this worker who was out to get his family property back.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction. This story as has suspense as well as romance written in it. A perfect blend for those who like a good clean story.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany Publishing. This is my honest review.

336 pages

ISBN: 9780764219610

Publisher: Bethany House

To learn more about the author and stories she has written go to: https://sarahloudinthomas.com/

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Sound-Rain-Sarah-Loudin-Thomas/dp/0764219618

https://www.christianbook.com/the-sound-of-rain/sarah-thomas/9780764219610/pd/219610

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The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

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William and Hanna took part in a reality TV dating show, The Price of Love. William proposed to Hanna at the end of the show, but then made a comment not honoring her Christian life and she broke the engagement. For six months Hannah has struggled with the press. She has quit her teaching job and has moved home with her father near Embarrass, Minnesota.

The company William works for is having problems and William convinces Hannah to pretend to be engaged to him to help turn the company around.

The Engagement Plot is a good clean romance that is fast paced and well written. There is some suspense in the story with what is happening with William’s company. The part of the story that really spoke to me was Hanna’s determination to have her Christian faith be respected with her dating William on the show. I also enjoyed the author’s portrayal of the cold, snow and mud in Minnesota. The story will be enjoyed by those who enjoy Christian romance stories.

I received a copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. This is my honest review.

320 pages

ISBN: 9781683223160

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

To learn more about the author go to: www.kristaphillips.com

Some place to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Engagement-Plot-Krista-Phillips/dp/1683223160

https://www.christianbook.com/the-engagement-plot-krista-phillips/9781683223160/pd/223160

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God Bless My Family, written by Hannah C. Hall, Illustrated by Steve Whitlow

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“ From uncles and aunts to grandparents,

We’re each so glad to be

A special part of one big heart-

God bless my whole family!”

God Bless My Family is written by Hannah C. Hall and illustrated by Steven Whitlow. This is an adorable cushioned, hard covered, board book that shows us puppies with their families having fun. The families enjoy a day at the beach, snuggle together, play together, go for walks, tell stories, and bake together. The pictures in this book are so beautiful and colorful, they will keep the youngest of child interested for some time.

I just love this little children’s book. It is very durable and easy to clean, to keep it nice longer. This book is the perfect length to read to a young child. The story is told in rhyme and the font is larger than normal for the young reader. The beautiful pictures have little things such as apples, balls, and birds for little children to pick out. This is a book that I feel any family with young children of all ages will enjoy. This book would make a wonderful Christmas gift.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: A God Bless Book

20 pages

ISBN: 9780718092160

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://hannahchall.com/

Steve Whitlow is a self taught, freelance artist specializing in children’s illustrations.

Some places you can purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/God-Bless-My-Family-Book/dp/0718092163

https://www.christianbook.com/god-bless-my-family/hannah-hall/9780718092160/pd/092162

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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

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Dangerous Illusions is the first book in Irene Hannon’s new series, Code of Honor. Trish has been staying with her mother, caring for her since shortly after her husband’s death. She has been sitting in with her mother and her accountant, Matt. She starts to date Matt, but on the night she plans to break it off, she comes home to find her mother has died in her sleep. The police are called and Trish is suspected of over medicating her mother. While Detective Colin Flynn is talking with Trish, Matt points out that Trish has been making a lot of mistakes.

Trish is not found responsible for her mother’s death. With the investigation over, Colin can move forward on getting to know Trish. When suspicions about Matt open up the investigation, their relationship must be put on hold.

This is a very good book. The story is so well written it was easy to get pulled into it. The parts in the book I enjoyed the most were the friendships Colin had from his youth and how they still got together on a regular basis and help each other out.

The story is full of suspense and has a lot of twist and turns in the investigation. The plot of the story thickens as the story advances, but I did not expect it to end the way it did. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense stories.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

Series: Code of Honor (book 1)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780800727673

Publisher: Revell

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: http://www.irenehannon.com/

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Illusions-Honor-Irene-Hannon/dp/0800727673

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Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

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Vanishing Point, by Lisa Harris, is book 4 in A Nikki Boyd Novel series. This book spans 13 years with the murder of teen age girls. Garrett Addison is a new criminal investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation when his team is called out to investigate the deal of a teen age girl.

Jordan Lambert is with the FBI. One of her co-workers is assigned this case as well. Knowing her family lives in the area, he asks for her to go with him. Garrett and Jordan went to the police academy together and had not seen each other since Jordan joined the FBI. Even though both have moved on with their lives, they still have feeling for each other.

This is a very good suspenseful story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it.” Even though it is part of a series, this book is a very good stand alone story. Having read other Nikki Boyd stories I was surprised to find she was not the main character of this story. This story does cover the murder of her sister, Sarah. This is the reason Nikki goes into law enforcement.

The thing that comes out for me with this book is “Where is God when bad things happen.” I especially liked Garret and Jordan’s discussion on page 284 where they talk about when bad things happen, we start to see God’s grace.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: The Nikki Boyd Files (Book 4)

291 pages

ISBN-13: 9780800728489

Publisher: Revell Publishing

You can read more about the author and book she has written at:

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Vanishing-Point-Nikki-Boyd-Novel/dp/0800728483

https://www.christianbook.com/vanishing-point-4-lisa-harris/9780800728489/pd/728481

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Beneath a Prairie Moon by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Beneath A Prairie Moon, written by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is the best book I have read this year. It is so good, I feel it should be made into a movie. The story is so well written I felt like I was there watching everything take place.

Abigail Brantley was raised in wealth, educated at the finest school and was taught the manners of society by her mother. When her father was accused of illegal dealings, her engagement was called off. Shortly after her mother past away. With no where else to turn, she went to Helena Bingham to become a mail order bride. But the men she was sent to would not accept her.

Helena received orders from 16 men from Spiveyville, Kansas. Helena believes the men are lacking in social skills. She takes Abigail to Spiveyville to educate the men as well as the community on manners and morals as well as eating and dancing skills.

Mack Cleveland is about the only man in Spiveyville not ordering a bride. He feels that since God is the one who meant for man and woman to be together that God is the best one to bring Mack his wife. Abigail invites the whole community to her classes. When she teaches the classes, the sheriff, the pastor and Mack take turns watching over Abigail. As time moves on, the few men who did not order a bride, start to wonder if they should have.

This is a really good Christian Historical Fiction novel. There is humor, suspense and romance. I feel anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially romance will really enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books. This is my honest review.

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735290051

Publisher: Waterbrook

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/

This book is due to be released on March 20, 2018. Some places to pre-order this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Prairie-Moon-Vogel-Sawyer/dp/0735290059

https://www.christianbook.com/beneath-a-prairie-moon/kim-sawyer/9780735290051/pd/290051

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