High Treason by Diann Mills


High Treason, by DiAnn Mills, is the third book in An FBI Task Force Novel. This is an exceptionally good book that is full of suspense and drama with a little bit of romance. Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal and his sisters have brought their mother to Texas for cancer treatment. His friend, FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson and CIA Operative Monica Alden are assigned to protect the prince and his family. Right from the beginning the prince’s life is in danger. A member of his group is killed and other attempts on his life take place. It is confirmed someone from the prince’s group is responsible. Kord and Monica have to find the killers before it is too late.

I really enjoyed this story. Being part of a series, it is also a stand alone novel. This is a very good, fast paced story. Set in modern day with such a realistic story line, this book is very hard to put down. There are some parts to the story that are stretched a little, such as when Monica gets seriously ill and is not taken off the case. Despite being a woman working on the case, Monica soon gains everyone’s respect through her knowledge, skill and kindness that she shows others. She is very mindful of making sure she is dressed respectfully around the Saudi men. I thought it was interesting to read some of the Saudi traditions and beliefs that were written into the story.

I think this book and the entire series will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys modern day crime stories. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

Series: An FBI Task Force Novel (Book 3)

384 pages

ISBN: 9781496410993

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.diannmills.com/

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My Hearts Belongs in Niagara Falls, New York: Adele’s Story by Amanda Barratt

Adele’s Journey, by Amanda Barratt, is a story of the daughter of an English aristocrat who has taken things into her own hands. When the family finds themselves possibly losing their beloved home, Adele goes to America to visit her mother’s brother and his family. Her real reason is to find a wealthy man to marry that will take care of her family and home. She thinks she has found that man in Franklin, but she also meets Drew, a poor man who is doing dangerous acts to bring in the money to care for his handicapped sister.

This is an enjoyable book to read. It takes place in Niagara Falls, New York in 1870. To make even more money, Franklin has hired Drew to walk across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. In this story we see the caring person Drew is. He is willing to lose his life to care for his sister, But we see the manipulating person Adele is. Not only does she take things into her own hands to get what she wants, she puts other people’s lives in danger. When one of her schemes ends up seriously injuring Drew, she takes responsibility and care for him and his sister. While caring for Drew, he asks her to go to church and take notes of the sermons for him. Though this act, Adele’s eye are starting to open.

I enjoyed reading this book. Even though it is a romance story, there is also suspense and adventure to keep the readers attention. This book is very well written with very well defined characters. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction based in the United States.

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

Series: My Heart Belongs

254 pages

ISBN: 9781683223412

Publisher: Barbour

To learn more about the author go to: http://amandabarratt.net/

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Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren


Troubled Waters is book 4 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. This book is a continuation of the series. While it is a good story in itself, it is best to read the series in order. With this book we pick up with the PEAK rescue family as well as Ian and his missing niece.

Ian’s funds have been frozen pending investigation due to an accident with his business. He is struggling with how to liquidate his personal property to help those hurt by the accident.

PEAK’s chopper has been damaged and there are no funds to repair it. Sierra plans a short cruise on Ian’s yacht as a fund raiser. The cruise goes terribly wrong, when it is extended and goes into a bad storm. The PEAK rescue family, along with Ian’s niece travel to Florida to help rescue the people from the yacht.

This is a great quick to read story that gives the reader answers to questions they may have from earlier books in the series. I admire the strength Ian’s niece has to return home and give the true accounting of what cause her to run away. The part in the book that stands out to me is, when on the yacht with Ian’s friends whom seem to have it all, his friend tells Ian that a few years earlier he hit rock bottom. Hayes tells Ian “there comes a time in every man’s life when he either has to get right with Jesus and ask for help, or go it alone.”

I have enjoyed reading this series. Each story is filled with suspense as well as a touch of romance. The characters are well developed and the story is written to hold the readers attention.

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

Series: Montana Rescue

333 pages

ISBN: 9780800727468

Publisher: Revell

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

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Beneath the Summer Sun by Kelly Irvin


Beneath the Summer Sun is book 2 in An Every Amish Season series by Kelly Irvin. This is a powerful story of surviving a loss of a husband and father. Jennie was stuck in an abusive marriage. When her husband died she felt guilty, as she wanted the abuse to stop so bad. Now, a few years later, she is trying to move forward. The traveling book salesman is interested in forming a relationship with her. He is not of the Amish faith. And Leo is ready to try again with Jennie. Years earlier Leo tried to have a friendship with Jennie, but the loss of his own father was too great.

In this story we catch up with the widows of the community that were introduced in book 1. The other widows watch out for Jennie and help her when she needs them. Bess is moving forward with her life and is soon to be married.

I enjoyed reading this story. The topic of living in an abusive relationship is not easy to read. The author has done a great job of touching lightly on the subject so we know the struggles Jennie and her family go through. We especially see how her son is affected. For me it is frustrating to know others knew Jennie was living through this but nothing is done to help her. This is a great story of faith. I especially enjoyed the support the widows show for each other.

I am really enjoying reading this series and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books. I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Book Look Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: An Every Amish Season (book 2)

357 pages

ISBN: 9780310348085

Publisher: Zondervan

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

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My review for the first book in the series “Upon a Spring Breeze” can be viewed at:https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2017/05/02/upon-a-spring-breeze-by-kelly-irvin/

A Place At Our Table by Amy Clipston


A Place at our Table, by Amy Clipston, is the first book in her new An Amish Homestead series. This book is so good. It grabbed my attention right from the beginning and held it all the way to the end. The story is so well written and the characters so well defined, it feels like you are in the room with them.

Jamie is a volunteer fireman who responds to a barn fire at Kayla’s family farm. Kayla’s brother has gone into the barn to rescue the horses but gets hurt and can’t get out. Jamie and another fireman go in to help Nathan and the horses get out. Nathan quickly looks up to Jamie. Nathan’s older brother was a fireman who lost his life in a house fire and now Nathan wants to train to be a fireman.

Kayla’s family has a barn raising and Jamie’s mother and sisters come to help feed the men. The families find themselves quickly building friendships. A very short time after the barn raising, Jamie’s mother died in a freak accident. Jamie’s family is hurting and Kayla’s family is there to help them through this painful time.

This is a fast paced story that I found very hard to put down. I enjoyed how the author wrote a heart warming story of grief. The thing that stands out most for me in this story is how Jamie’s father felt. When his wife wanted to take a vacation, he always said he could not leave the farm. After her death he speaks with Jamie and confesses, Jamie and his brother could have handled the farm fine, but he didn’t want to admit they could do it without him. Jamie’s father also reminds Jamie that there is no guarantee there will be tomorrow, don’t wait to do things he dreamed off, don’t have regrets, live his life to the fullest.

This is such a good book. I think anyone who enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this story. This story is about two people growing their relationship. As well as a story of family, grief and faith.

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

Series: An Amish Homestead Novel

322 pages

ISBN: 9780310349013

Publisher: Zondervan

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

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The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright is so well written and holds so much mystery that I read this book in one day! It is that good. The story takes place in Wisconsin. The author has written this story that takes place during current day, but flashes back to 1906.

Kaine Prescott lost her husband to a car accident two years earlier. She feels it was not an accident but law enforcement does not take her serious. They label her as having PTSD. Needing to start a new life, she uses her husband’s insurance money and buys an old house in the Wisconsin town her grandfather lived in. The house has a lot of mystery surrounding it and has not been lived in for years. A new friend is helping her clean up the house and when things start happening that make Kaine question moving, her friend tells her, “The Lord brought you here. To us.” As she digs into the history of the house, she finds out she has a connection to the house and the mystery about the house is finally solved.

Ivy Thorp lived in the same Wisconsin town in 1906. A young woman shows up deal on the property and Ivy attempts to find out who she is. Things happen in the house that make no sense. Music is heard at night, and lights are turned on and off.

I really enjoyed reading this story, there is so much mystery that it is hard to put down. I kept reading it just to find out what was going to happen next. I think anyone who enjoys suspense/romantic suspense stories will greatly enjoy this book.

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

359 pages

ISBN: 9780764230288

Publisher: Bethany House

The author has written best selling novellas. This is her first novel. You can learn more about her at http://www.jaimewrightbooks.com/

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Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse


Missing Isaac is the first novel of Author Valerie Fraser Luesse. This is a very heart warming story that takes place in Alabama in the 1960’s. When Pete’s father dies, we see the relationship Pete has with his father’s employee and friend, Isaac. Isaac often takes care of Pete, taking him fishing as well as secretly taking Pete to visit Isaac’s family and friend. When Isaac goes missing, Pete and his grandfather are convinced things are not what law enforcement says. Pete leaves home early one day to look for Isaac’s body. He meets a young girl who helps him when he gets into trouble. This is just the start of a friendship between two children of different race, social standing and religion.

I enjoyed reading this book a lot. I enjoyed the mystery that slowly came out during the story. The story shows the loving heart that Pete’s grandfather had for others, including those of different race and those in poverty. We also see how much Pete’s grandfather did for the small town in such quiet ways. In a day when white people did not mix with the blacks, Pete’s family did not follow those standards and Pete was picked on because of it.

The author has done a great job of writing an easy to follow story. Even though the story has a lot of characters, it is very easy to keep them straight. I think anyone who enjoys reading good, clean fiction will enjoy this story.

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

337 pages

ISBN: 9780800728786

Publisher: Revell

Valerie Fraser Luesse is a award winning magazine written. She also does freelance writing and editing. You can read more about the author as well as read part of the book at:https://missingisaac.com/

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Until We Find Home by Cathy


Claire Stewart has joined the French Resistance, helping smuggle French Jewish children across the channel before the Nazis can get to them. Her last trip does not go as planned and she is left alone with the children and no place to go. She decides to take the children to her mother’s estranged sister, Lady Miranda Langford, who lives in England’s Lake District. She does not plan to stay with the children, but the only way her aunt will take them is if she stays. She knows very little of her aunt and quickly learns her aunt lost her husband many years ago and then her son.

Her aunt also agrees to take in German Jewish children and American, David Campbell. While Claire does care for the children, they are not her priority, but rather a responsibility. Despite many advances for attention from the youngest child, Claire does not respond and the child runs away. One night while sitting in a tree in the secret garden Claire notices a light is on in the house after it is suppose to be all dark. She finds the children trying to celebrate their Jewish religion. With David and the local doctor’s help, a Rabbi is located to help the children in their faith.

This is a really good book that will take you back to the time of WWII. The fears those who lived through it was very real. From the sirens that went off to having to have black out curtains and not being outside after a certain time. We also see the danger the civilians faced with escaped prisoners of war who are trying to survive. It is very evident the author did research to make this story as close to reality as possible.

I like how the author wrote in familiar names, such as the children’s author Beatrix Potter and C.S. Lewis. I like how the author shows that they are normal people who reach out to help those seeking help. The author also writes in the normal issues the people faced as well, rationing, shortages, illness and grief. I feel anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers and this is my honest review.

408 pages

ISBN: 9781496410962

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

To learn more about the author go to: http://authorcathygohlke.com/

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Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman


Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is book 2 in the Hidden Justice series. This is one of those books you will not want to put down until you finish it! While part of a series, it is a very good stand alone book as well. The story takes off running and the suspense builds during the story.

Emilie Wesley is an attorney for a women’s resource center. She helps women who want to escape from their abusers. While she is at the court house waiting for Kaylene, to move forward with Kaylene’s restraining order against her husband, things have gone terribly bad at Kaylene’s house. Kaylene is accused of shooting her daughter’s and then herself. This event has totally shaken Emilie and she cannot move on without getting to the bottom of what really happened. She is all consumed with Kaylene’s death and neglects her other client and her reporting job.

Some time before Kaylene’s death, she delivered boxes to her brother’s home and tells him, Reid, not to open them. He opened them after her death to find a letter from her asking him to watch over her daughters should something happen to her and to contact her attorney. Reid and Emilie start working together to find evidence that will hold up in court for Reid to get custody of Kaylene’s surviving daughter.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of action and suspense. While the topic of abused women and children is a tough subject to read about, the author did a great job of not dwelling on that, but rather wrote about the legal issues involved with them getting away. I think anyone who enjoys legal thrillers will enjoy this book. There is just a little romance in the story for the romance readers as well.

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

Series: Hidden Justice book 2

334 pages

ISBN: 9780718083489

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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

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Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry


Under a Cloudless Sky, by Chris Fabry, is a very well written story of a coal mining town in West Virginia. The story focuses on Ruby, an 80 year old lady who left the town the day after the massacre, as a young girl, and has never been back. The story is told through the happenings of Ruby and her childhood friend Bean during 1933. As well as during 2004. Ruby is the daughter of an owner of the mine and Bean is the daughter of a miner.

When Ruby’s children decide it is time to take her car keys away from her, she makes the decision to go back to attend the dedication of the Company Store being turned into a museum. When she gets back to Beulah Mountain, she goes through the Company Store as well as the apartment she and her father lived in and the third floor of the building. One of the guides tells her the story they will tell others of what happened with the massacre on the third floor in 1933. They do not listen to her when she tells them it is not what happened. What she has to say will affect so many people. But the truth comes out.

This is an exceptional story. It pulls you right into it and is very hard to put down. The friendship Ruby and Bean had was unusual, Ruby was a wealthy girl, while Bean’s family struggled for everything they had. While Ruby’s father wanted to run a mine that help the miners, his partner was only concerned about himself and money. I just really enjoyed this story! It is a story of friendship, faith, family and forgiveness. With this being a Christian Fiction, it is not preachy. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories set in the Appalachians will greatly enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing, this is my honest review.

382 pages

ISBN: 9781414387789

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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

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