The Inkwell by Tim Brown

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The Inkwell by Tim Brown is a story of an inkwell that has been in Jerry’s family since the American Revolution. Jerry has been the keeper of the inkwell during his generation. He and his wife, Mary, are writing their wills and he is struggling with which child will be the next person to take the responsibility. When he can’t make a decision he calls his fly fishing buddies to go fishing and think.

This is a wonderful, quick read story of the importance of family and family traditions. It also shows the strength people get through their friendships. I really enjoyed the way the men interacted with each other. One of the parts that stands out to me is how they react with catching a fish and how long they keep them on the line before getting them in their nets. Their teasing is fun in nature but also touches on important issues like faith.

I received an ARC copy of this book from Zimbell House Publishing through NetGalley, this is my honest review.

ISBN: 9781643901596 (Hardcover)

9781643901602 Paperback: Release Date: November 10, 2020

9781643901626 ePub: Release Date: August 4, 2020

TimBrownauthorphotoTim Brown is an advertising copywriter, graduate in journalism and mass communications, He also was a journalist in the U.S. Army. You can learn more about him at:https://zimbellhousepublishing.com/author-spotlight/tim-brown/

Standoff by Patricia Bradley

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Standoff, by Patricia Bradley, is the first book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series. Luke works undercover for the park system and has been sent to his grandmother’s home town to track down a drug ring. One of the only people who knows of his position is the neighbor of his grandmother, John. John thinks he has found out who is in charge of the drug ring and helps arrange a stake out. When Luke gets there he find John has been killed. John’s daughter, Brook, is joining the park rangers and gets pulled into the investigation, working with Luke.

This is a great “whodoneit” story. It is fast paced, full of adventure, action and suspense. The characters are well defined. The story is so well written it is easy to imagine the park setting and surrounding areas. The romance in the story is as expected, but not overwhelming. This is a great crime story and I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Natchez Trace Park Rangers (book 1)

384 pages

ISBN: 9780800735739

PT-beige-cover-e1517104891803Patricia Bradley has won awards for her stories. She is also cofounder of Aiming for Healthy Families, Inc., a member of Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writer of America. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: www.ptbradley.com

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Heart Chimes by Denise Janette Bruneau

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Heart Chimes, written by Denise Janette Bruneau, is a story of an ER doctor with a failing marriage. While Marla is trying to balance her career and private life, her husband is having an affair. On the day he tells her he filed for a divorce, she receives a notice that her grandmother left her their treasured lake home in another town. Needing to start a new life, she quits her job and moves to the lake home. Arriving late at night, she walks in on the man her grandmother rented the home to. Micah is an ER nurse, and also someone connected to her past.

This is a very good inspirational story to read. It is a good clean story of starting over, letting go of past hurts and making new friends. With underlying topics of loss, alcoholism, infidelity and divorce, this story gives a good Christian message that good things happen even during struggles. Just when Marla is realizing everything she has is Charlies, and her acquaintances are his friends, she is given a second chance to have her own life and her own friends.

I received an ebook from Zimbell House Publishers and NetGalley. This is my honest review.

Print Length: 192 Pages

ISBN: 9781643901343 (Hard Cover)

Denise-Janette-Bruneau-1Denise Janette Bruneau is an Obstetrician, wife, mom and writer. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at https://denisejbruneau.blogspot.com/

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The House at the End of the Moor by Michelle Griep

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The House at the End of the Moor, by Michelle Griep, is a good story of redemption, forgiveness, and starting over. Maggie Lee was a beautiful, talented opera singer who fled from her agent and started a new life. Her helper found an unconscious man, Oliver Ward, and they took him home to help him. Oliver was falsely accused and imprisoned of stealing the necklace Maggie wore at her last performance, which she still has. Together the two try to make those responsible pay for their crimes against them.

I enjoyed reading this story. This is a fast paced story with many twists and turns. Maggie and Oliver both have father issues from their youth. They both strive to help the less fortunate. The thing that I liked most about this story is when Maggie finds out it is to late for her and her father, she makes Oliver promise he will try to mend the relationship he has with his father. One of the things that stands out to me in this story is the prison guard feels he is helping God by tracking down criminals to pay for their crimes, yet he misinterprets the Bible.

I received an ebook of this story from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley, this is my honest review.

Print length: 320 pages

ISBN: 9781643523422

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

91JOv6iX2ILMichelle Griep has written since her youth. She has had many books published ranging from Regency Romance, Early American and mystery. You can read more about her and her books at: https://michellegriep.com/

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The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt

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The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt is book 3 in the Thather Sisters series. This story focuses on Johanna, the oldest of the sisters. Recently split from her fiance, she finds out she is pregnant and does not want to keep the baby. Her younger sister, Jillian, cannot have children and wants to adopt, but her husband does not want children.

This has been a great series of family and family issues to read. While the story focuses on Johanna, it also keeps up with Jillian and Payton. The story shows the struggles the sisters go through and the thoughts they have of how their childhood was and the issues they deal with regarding this. The story also shows the struggles Payton and Jillian have of their new found faith and belief in God. I really enjoyed this series. The thing I like the best is that the series is about all the sisters and follows them along in their journeys.

I received an ebook of this story from Tyndale House publishing through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

Series: Thather Sisters (book 3)

Print length: 464 pages

ISBN: 9781496427342

Beth-Vogt-Favorites-0020-680x1024Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor turned fiction author who has written many contemporary romance stories as well as stories on women’s issues. You can read more about her and the books she has written at: https://bethvogt.com/

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Starfish Pier by Irene Hannon

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Starfish Pier, by Irene Hannon book 6 in the Hope Harbor series. This story focuses on ex-Delta Force Steven Roark and teacher Holly Miller. They have both moved to Hope Harbor recently. Steven has moved there to try to help his younger brother. Holly has moved there for a job as well as to become more independent. Holly is compassionate about her volunteer position, which goes against what Steven has done in his past.

This is a great story with well developed characters that tackles topics such as abortion, alcoholism, and assisted suicide. While being part of a series, this is also a great stand alone story. The author has written in enough background information that the reader does not feel lost. Some of the characters from the previous books are reintroduced. The characters in the story find themselves returning to church and their faith. I especially like the part about Holly’s neighbor who no longer wants to live and the changes his goes through.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review

Series: Hope Harbor (book 6)

343 pages

ISBN: 9780800736149

IrenepicbioIrene Hannon is a bestselling and award- winning author of over 50 stories. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: http://www.irenehannon.com/index.html

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Dead End by Nancy Mehl

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Dead End, by Nancy Mehl, is book 3 in the Kaely Quinn Profiler series. This is an action packed, suspenseful, whodoneit story that is very hard to put down. The story starts with a man receiving yet another weird gift from his wife, this time a metal detector. While using his gift, he finds a dead body. The criminal investigation finds many more bodies. It appears there is a Copycat murderer that is using the same MO as Kaely Quinn’s father, Ed. Ed has been in prison for twenty years and keeps to himself. Some of the MO has never been released to the public.

Kaely is called in to return to her hometown and try to find out if her father is working with someone to kill more women. She had vowed to never return and has spend he life trying to forget her father.

I have really enjoyed this series. It is written so well, it is hard to put down. The characters have developed during this series and we have been updated about her family. In this book we see how Kaely was affect by what her father did. We also see how the working relationship between her and Noah has changed. I would recommend this series to anyone who likes crime stories.

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

Series: Kaely Quinn Profiler (Book 3)

Print Pages: 320

ISBN: 9780764231865

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

Authors48Nancy Mehl has written 30 books. Many of her books are crime mysteries, she has also written Amish stories and Mennonite stories. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: http://nancymehl.com/

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Daughter of Cana by Angela Hunt

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The Daughter of Cana is book one in the Jerusalem Road series by Angela Hunt. This is such a good book. It is so well written I had to keep reminding myself it was a fictional writing based on Biblical facts.

The story starts in 27 A.D. with Thomas and his twin sister, Tasmin, being hired to do a wedding in Cana. More guests arrive at the wedding than planned for. Some of them are Mary of Nazareth and her family. Her oldest son, Yeshua (Jesus) is there and several men join him and follow him through his next three years. Thomas is one of these men.

Through the story we see what it might have been for those who knew Yeshua and his disciples’ families. We see the struggles the carpenter’s family went through without having him there to do the intricate work only he is skilled with. We see Thomas’ family struggle to keep up with the fruit trees, especially when his father can no longer tend to them. We also see how the people of the time do not understand what Yeshua is saying.

I especially appreciate the question and answer part after the story, where the author points out the extensive research she has done to give as accurate accounting as possible. She gives bible verses that she used for naming characters. I would highly recommend this story for anyone who enjoys reading Biblical Fiction.

I received an e book copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

Series: Jerusalem Road (Book 1)

Print length: 384 pages

ISBN: 9780764233845

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Angie-Hunt-1Angela Hunt has received many awards for her writings. She has written over 180 books in various categories that include picture books for children, non-fiction, historical fiction and contemporary fiction. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: https://www.angelahuntbooks.com/

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When I Met You by Olivia Newport

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When I Met You is the third book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. This is a wonderful story of family and family history. Jillian is a genealogist who is living with her father, Nolan, an attorney and self taught chef. Jillian loves a mystery and often goes without proper sleep to get the answers. This time an abandoned trunk is found that is tied to the Pinkerton’s Detective Agency and the daughter of a businessman. While working with this trunk, Jillian is pulled to the trunk in her own attic that was left by her mother.

Meanwhile, Nolan has been pulled into helping with a fundraiser. He will be cooking a meal for 200 people.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is well written with well developed characters. The story bounces between modern day and 1909. I really enjoy the relationship between Jillian and her father. I also enjoy the way the people in the town work together. The story also has a nice touch of humor with Nolan and his cooking. This is a wonderful series. I have enjoyed reading all of the stories and look forward to reading the next book.

I received an ARC copy of this story from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Series: Tree of Life (Book 3)

Print Length: 256

ISBN: 9781683229964

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

Brick-wall-landscape-768x512Olivia Newport writes Amish, Historical Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: https://www.olivianewport.com/

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Take a Chance on Me by Becky Wade

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Take a Chance on Me, by Becky Wade, is a novella to start off the Misty River Romance Series. With just over a hundred pages, this is a quick read.

Aubrey and Theo recently had a little girl and had grandparents visiting to help. Just after they left, Aubrey developed a serious health issue and was hospitalized. Theo called his sister Penelope and his friend Eli to help with the baby. Eli is a military pilot and Penelope made a rule not to date military airmen.

This is a sweet little story to read in an evening. The characters are minimal and well introduced. I like how realistic this story is. From how Eli knew how to calm the baby to how Penelope’s friend is so honest about being the wife of an airman. I especially likes how Penelope comes to the conclusion she was going to have to let God work out her future.

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

Series: Misty River (Prequel)

ISBN:979862517184

Print length: 140 pages

home-collage-contact-1Becky Wade is a Carol and Christy award winning author of heartwarming, contemporary inspirational romances. You can learn more about her and the other books she has written at: https://beckywade.com/home/

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