Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard


Never Let Go, by Elizabeth Goddard, is book one in the Uncommon Justice series. Willow and her grandfather have a forensic genealogy business. This time a mother has come to them to find her child that was abducted 20 years ago. Willow’s grandfather turns to Austin, former FBI agent and Willow’s ex-boyfriend, for help. Willow grandfather is killed while riding his bike, their home burns down and someone breaks into their business. Some one is trying to stop them from find out who took the baby. Together Willow and Austin follow leads that take him back home, a place he has not been to for years.

This is an awesome new series that is full of adventure and suspense. I was kept guessing right to the very end as to who abducted the baby and why. This is great book that was hard to put down. This book is considered a romantic suspense, but the romance is very mild and clean. I enjoyed reading this story, it has a good message of faith, compassion and forgiveness. The story does include some violence.

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Series: Uncommon Justice

358 pages

ISBN: 9780800729844

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Camp Club Girls: Bailey by Linda Carlblom

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Bailey, written by Linda Carlblom, is book two in the Camp Club Girls series. This is a 4-in-1 Mystery Collection that features Bailey, one of several girls that met at camp. The girls are gifted with being able to solve mysteries and find one where ever they go. Bailey takes a different friend with her on each of her family visits. On each of the adventures Bailey reaches out to her other friends through email and phone calls to solve the mysteries. Together the girls get to experience haunted hotels, sheep sheering, mines and water parks.

This is a fun series for pre-teens or young teen girls to read. The stories have a good Christian message of faith and relying on God. The stories also teach about helping others and respecting their elders. Each book in this series is written by a different author and focuses on a different girl.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Series: Camp Club Girls (book 2)

381 pages

ISBN: 9781683228288

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The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo is book 7 in Daughters of the Mayflower series. This story take place in 1835 around the time of the battle at the Alamo. The Valmont family’s father and older brother have gone to fight in the war and left the mother with the younger children to tend to their home. A boat comes to shore with an injured man, Clay. Ellis and her mother tend to Clay, using herbs and plants to treat his injuries. When the mother finds out she is expecting another child, she is sent back to New Orleans with the younger boys. Ellis is suppose to follow, but stays behind with her grandfather and cares for Clay. When word arrives that Ellis’s older brother has been taken captive, the two go in search of him.

While this is a good book, the beginning moved rather slow. I enjoyed the detail the author gave to describing the home and area. I also enjoyed that, while this is a stand alone story, the author mentions an ancestor of Ellis’s that is in an earlier story in this series. The author gives humor to the story with describing Ellis’s personality traits that can be blamed on women in her family. This is a good story that focuses on family and faith in God.

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Series: Daughters of the Mayflower (Book 7)

249 pages

ISBN: 9781683228202

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An Easter Prayer by Amy Parker, Illustrated by Alison Edgson


An Easter Prayer by Amy Parker and illustrated by Alison Edgson is an adorable touch and feel book to help teach little children about the new life of spring. Amy Parker has written another wonderful story for children, this one to teach them to be thankful.

This is an adorable book for families with little ones. It is a sturdy board book with cute brightly colored pictures. The story helps to teach little ones to be thankful for all things, especially Jesus. With just twelve pages, this book is a good length for little ones. Each set of pages includes a cut out with a different texture insert for little children to touch and feel. With textures like, bunny’s fur, chick’s feather, a smooth egg, velvety soft tulip, and the shiny ray of God’s love, the child will enjoy this book for a long time. For the child that likes to look for things within the pages, they will be able to follow the bunny, chick and little bee through out the entire story.

This would make a great Easter gift for a young child.

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12 pages

ISBN: 9781400316892

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The Forgiving Jar by Wanda E. Brunstetter


The Forgiving Jar by Wanda Brunstetter is book 2 in the Prayer Jar series. This book takes over where book one ends, so it is best to read them in order. This story focuses on the theme of forgiveness. Sara never knew her grandparents. After her mother’s death, she travels to meet them and finds out Michelle has been pretending to be her. Sara struggles with how her grandparents and Michelle continue to get along after how Michelle mislead and stole from them. When Michelle was visiting the first time, she met a young man who is going to school to be a pastor. He is now returning home during Christmas break and meets the real Sara and finds out Michelle is planning to become Amish.

This is a very good story with a great message. I especially like that the characters from the first story are back in this story. This is a great book to read for anyone who enjoys Amish stories.

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Series: The Forgiving Jar (Book 2)

320 pages

ISBN: 9781624167485

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I Love You Funny Bunny by Barbara Herndon, Illustrated by Sean Julian


“I Love you, Funny Bunny,

From your whiskers to your toes.”

“I love you, Funny Bunny.

You’re my favorite work of art”

I Love You Funny Bunny, written by Barbara Herndon and illustrated by Sean Julian, is an adorable 32 page book for children ages 4 to 8, that tells of the special love between a parent and a child. Written in rhyme, this story follows the little bunny and his mother as they play and discover new things. With bright colorful pages, this book will grab the attention of children whether they are young readers or even younger children being read to. The pictures contain items that a young child can find and point to.

I think this is a really nice book to snuggle up with your young child and spend time reading and finding objects within the pictures. While it is published by Zonderkids, it does not have a Christian message. It does show of the love between child and parent. I would recommend this book to anyone who has young children in their home.

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32 pages

ISBN: 978031076517

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With Winter’s First Frost by Kelly Irvin


With Winter’s First Frost is the fourth book in An Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin. The stories in this series focus on women of different ages. While this is a series, each of the stories also make a good stand alone story. This story focuses on seventy three year old widow, Laura Kauffman. When Rosalie is taken to the hospital, Laura stays to watch the children. Ben’s great-grandfather Zechariah also lives with the family. Together these elderly people care for the young children, while trying to manage their health conditions.

This is a wonderful story that shows the difficulties the elderly deal with when their health is affected. Zechariah feels his family is taking away his independence as they make decisions for him. This story also shows the struggles the younger people deal with as they make decisions about their future. With humor, the author writes an inspirational story that shows the faith the members have as well and the care they give to others in their community. I especially enjoy how the author writes in some of the Amish traditions, such as how they select their church leaders. I feel anyone who enjoys reading stories of the Amish will enjoy this series.

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Series: An Every Amish Season (Book 4)

336 pages

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Seasons of an Amish Garden by Amy Clipston


Seasons of an Amish Garden is a compilation of four short stories by Amy Clipston that starts in the spring and goes into winter. After the death of her husband, Henry, Emma, works with the young people from her Amish community to plant and tend a garden in which they raise produce to sell. The young people also bake items to sell at the stand. The proceeds go to help the Bird-in-Hand shelter in memory of Henry.

This is a very inspirational book with the young people working with an elderly lady to give to others less fortunate. As the stories unfold, friendships are formed and renewed to bring about loving relationships. The stories focus on four couple who go through trials and find their way through them. We see the similarities between caring for a garden and caring for friendships.

I really enjoyed reading these stories. They are so easy to read, with similar characters in each story. The theme through each of these stories is that of caring for others, helping others, working together and having faith. I really enjoyed seeing how the characters handled dealing with the changes in their friendships as they changed and found loving partners.

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365 pages

ISBN: 9780310354307

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The Ranchero’s Love by Nancy J. Farrier


The Ranchero’s Love is book 2 in the Land of Promise series by Nancy Farrier. This is the story of Rosalina and Lucio, which takes place early 1800’s in Texas. Rosalina was sold by her mother as a young child. She was owned and sold by numerous men who did terrible things to her. Now she is at the Lucio’s ranch and is being given a second chance. She and her children travel with Lucio and his aunt to his sister’s place, where they also meet up with his father. While there she and her daughter’s are threatened. Lucio knows something is not right, but she will not tell him. When he proposes, she turns him down.

There are so many good topics in this story. Rosaline has not had control of her life and now that she is being given a chance, she doesn’t always know how to move forward. She loves her children immensely and will do anything to keep them safe. She also feel others look down on her because of what has been done to her. Lucio’s father has recently accepted Jesus and is realizing that he has not been the best father and must seek forgiveness.

This is a great book. There are things that are referenced in the story that I suspect may have come from the first book in the series. But the author has done a great job of filling in details to make the story easy to follow as a stand alone story. I enjoyed the humor that is also written into the story with the children’s interpretation of the Bible stories. Some of the conversations have Spanish mixed in to give the feel of the time and location.

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Series: Land of Promise (book 2)

284 pages

ISBN: 9780999054734

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With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander


With This Pledge, by Tamera Alexander, is book one in A Carnton Novel series. This story takes place at Carnton Plantation in Franklin, Tennessee in 1864, which was taken over as a Confederate field hospital following the Battle of Franklin. Lizzie, the children’s governess, is called upon to assist the doctor with surgery and caring for the wounded. Lizzie quickly gains the respect of the soldiers in her care, especially from Captain Jones. Lizzie is engaged to her childhood friend, Towny, whom she feels will make a very good husband and father, yet she develops feeling for Captain Jones and starts to question if she should marry Towny.

This is a very good, well researched and written story based on a true event in our nations history. This story touches on the life as it was prior to the Civil War, the importance of having slaves for plantation owners, as well as the limitation the slaves also lived under. The story points out the strong faith Lizzie has as well as her feeling on owning slaves. Meanwhile, Captain Jones struggles with his faith following the death of his wife and daughter and knows that is they lose the war, he must give up his slaves, which will lead to losing his home and business.

I also like that the author included contact information to visit the actual plantation in the story and recipes for food mentioned in the story.

While this is book one in the series, the story does reference a fund raiser that took place in a previous book by the author also set at the Carnton Plantation. I would highly recommend also reading “Christmas at Carnton” as well.

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Series: A Carnton Novel (Book 1)

417 pages

ISBN: 9780718081836

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