Unscripted by Davis Bunn

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Unscripted, by Davis Bunn, is a modern day Christian fiction that gives a look inside the movie industry. The characters are well introduced and the story is well written. This is an easy to read story of second chances and making good choices.

Danny Byrd is a line producer who is well know for doing a great job and his honesty. His partner and best friend since childhood, takes advantage of that and takes off with Danny’s and their investors’ money. But Danny is the one who serves prison time. Out of the blue, Danny is visited by an attorney, Megan Pierce, who works to get the charges dropped. While in prison Danny has inherited a share in an old hotel.

I enjoyed reading this story. It is a good, clean story of two people who are trying to do good. Danny was in the foster system and made mistakes, until he was taken in by a man who helped him turn his life around. Megan worked for a legal firm where she had to do things she was not comfortable with. She is now with a new, honest firm. This story has a perfect blend of fiction, mystery and romance.

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

356 pages

ISBN: 9780800727871

Davis Bunn is also know as T. Davis Bunn and Thomas Locke. You can read a little about him and see a list of books he has written at: https://www.fantasticfiction.com/b/t-davis-bunn/

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Breaking Anxiety’s Grip by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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Breaking Anxiety’s Grip is written by Dr. Michele Bengtson. Dr. Bengtson is a board-certified neuropsychologist. She has written this book using personal experiences as well as those of her clients. Dr. Bengtson feels we do not rid ourselves of the sources of anxiety, but rather, we recognize is originates from a spiritual influence. That we can use the power, love and sound mind God has given us to overcome it.

The book is split into eleven chapters as well as sections on longing for peace and living in peace. Each of the chapters ends with “Your Rx” which includes bible verses, a prayer and a recommended music play list.

This is a helpful book to help understand the different aspects of anxiety. I like how the author uses personal experiences to help show how different things can help deal with anxiety, especially prayer.

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

ISBN: 0780800735937

199 pages

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

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A Distance Too Grand by Regina Scott

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A Distance Too Grand, by Regina Scott, is the first book in the American Wonders Collection. Meg has been assisting her father with his photography for many years. After his sudden death, she intends to fulfill the contract he has to do an Army survey of part of the Grand Canyon. In 1871, women were not readily accepted as having an occupation. What she does not expect to find is a former gentleman friend as the leader of the group.

Ben is leading a survey of the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, but he is also privately searching for any clues in his father’s disappearance.

This is a fun book to read. The characters are well developed and the writing is so clear it is easy to imagine the surroundings and what is happening in the story. It is a good, clean story that is very easy to get lost in. The story is filled with adventures and danger. One of the things I enjoyed the most in this story is how the characters were quick to help wherever they were needed and how they watched out for each other. I also enjoyed the brief history the author gives at the end of the story.

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

Series: American Wonders Collection (Book 1)

Story length: 356 pages

ISBN: 9780800736392

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

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Dangerous Ambitions by Irene Hannon

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Dark Ambitions, by Irene Hannon, is book three in the Code of Honor series. Rick Jordan is checking his property when he finds blood and then an item that he links back to his military friend. He has told his friend, “If I can do anything for you, all you have to do is pick up the phone or email me or knock on my door.” Now Rick cannot get in touch with him and turns to PI Heather Shields for help. Their investigation links two deaths and the suspect is a politician running for governor.

This is a fantastic romantic suspense. The story is well written and is easy to get pulled in to. The story has a lot of action and suspense and it was not until the very end that I was able to figure out the person behind the deaths. While it is part of a series, for the most part it is also a good stand alone story. The story briefly mentions people from the earlier books. And in the beginning the characters were brought in quickly without detailed introductions. This made it a little difficult to keep the characters straight in the beginning. This is a good clean crime story with the topics of murder, theft and difficult childhoods.

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

Series: Code of Honor (book 3)

Story length: 354 pages

ISBN: 9780800727703

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

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Always Look Twice by Elizabeth Goddard

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Always Look Twice is book two in the Uncommon Justice Series by Elizabeth Goddard. This is a modern day romantic suspense that takes place in Bridger County, Wyoming. Harper and her sister, Emily, have returned to their childhood hometown as Emily rushes to meet the deadline for her new book. Harper is on leave from her job as a crime scene photographer, as a result from covering a case very similar to her own childhood tragedy. While photographing in the national forest, she witnesses and photographs a murder. When she sees the murderer watching her she tries to run but falls, gets hurt and loses her camera. When the body is not found, it is questioned if she really witnessed a murder.

Heath is the owner of a guest ranch. While out with his guests he hears a scream and a gun shot and takes off to investigate. He finds Emily, a really good friend from childhood. Heath is also a volunteer with the local law enforcement and is assigned to protect Emily. The local law enforcement is low on staff and has multiple crimes taking place at the same time. That include the bombings of mailboxes, a guest cabin at Heath’s ranch and a building in town.

This is a great story. Being part of a series, this is also great stand alone story. The story lightly references the characters from the first book. This story is full of adventure and suspense with a touch of romance. The Christian aspect of the book is very mild, but the story has a good message of faith, caring for others and second chances. This is a great book that is hard to put down. I was kept guessing almost to the end as to who the criminal was. I would highly recommend this story to those who enjoy crime stories.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing and the author as part of the launch team. This is my honest review.

Series: Uncommon Justice (book 2)

Story length: 357 pages

ISBN: 9780800729851

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

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A Christmas Haven by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

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A Christmas Haven, by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall, is an Amish Christian romance story that takes over where A Christmas Remedy left off. This is a wonderful story to read, it shows love, caring and compassion for others. This story is a blend of English and Amish cultures, showing a glimpse into the different restrictions the different Amish sects have. The story shows the struggles each of the members go through while make the decision to stay with their religion as well as the lack of knowledge they have to other cultures. This is brought out by Magda’s comment that her mother never told her how babies were made. I really enjoyed the message given with Arlan going against his family to save his younger sister, while struggling with how to repair the damage his actions bring. I appreciate his questioning some of the rules with wondering where the Bible says. As well has how he went back to his family to try to restore his relationship with them, telling his father he will always welcome contact even many years in the future, and secretly giving his younger siblings phone numbers to call if they need to reach out.

In this story we stay connected to the Zook family as well as meet the Keim family. The Zooks are Old Order Amish and the Keims are Swartzentruber Amish; which are ultra conservative. The Zook family lost their father years ago and the mother and two local daughters are left to care for their dairy farm alone while working with their normal jobs. Holly is planning to marry later this year and Ivy is planning to move away to the English world to enable her party-planning business to grow. Ivy loves to decorate and arrange parties but needs the technology not allowed to make her business grow.

Arlan Keim takes his unwed pregnant teen sister, Magda, away to get the medical attention she needs, but is being denied by her father. When his car has brake issues, they crash into Greene’s Pharmacy. sSe is taken to the local clinic and receives care but is released only if she goes to the Zook home to allow for follow up care. Arlan is eager to help around the farm, that needs so much care. With Arlan’s help, the farm is growing again.

I received an ARC of this story from WaterBook and Multnomah Publishing and the authors. This is my honest review.

Series: Sequel to A Christmas Remedy

197 pages

ISBN: 9780525653295

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

Erin helps her mother-in-law edit, brainstorm and research for their stories. She is also a writer, musician, wife and mother.

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The Melody of the Mulberries by Tonya Jewel Blessing

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The Melody of the Mulberries, by Tonya Jewel Blessing is book two in the Big Creek series. It takes off where The Whispers of the Willows ends. So it is best to read them in order. The stories take place in the 1920s in the untamed Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia.

Emie is now married to Rudy and has a young daughter, which Rudy is raising as his own. The young girl’s father, Charlie, is in prison.

Emie’s younger sister, Coral, is feeling that she needs to visit Charlie. She travels with the local school teacher, Charlotte , and pastor. She and Charlotte visit Charlie spreading the message of God.

Emie’s brother, Ernest, use to be close friends with Mercy. She has left the area and now is back, expecting a child and has plans to marry Ernest. While she was gone, Ernest, helped Charlotte with the school children and they have developed a deep friendship.

This is such a good story. The topics of grief, unwed mothers and prisoners are not always easy to read. There are twists and turns within this story that made me want to keep reading to see how each situation would turn out. I enjoyed the young boys the author wrote into the story. Their humor is so fun to read. I enjoy the way the author wrote parts of hymns into the story as well as the strength the characters have. I feel anyone who enjoys reading stories based in the early 1900’s will enjoy this story.

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

Series: Big Creek (Book 2)

232 pages

ISBN: 9781951084004

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

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Moments We Forget by Beth K. Vogt

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Moments We Forget is book two in the Thatcher Sisters series by Beth K. Vogt. This book focuses mainly on middle sister Jillian. She is struggling with getting her life back after going through treatments for cancer. She struggles with memory and doing her normal daily activities to the point she loses her job. Together with her two sisters, they try to form a book club, but the ongoing sister dynamics threaten their time together. Jillian feel’s like she is the lessor of the sisters and that she is to be the peacekeeper.

We also catch up with sisters Johanna and Payton. Johanna is very career focused and has been in a long term engagement that never advances to wedding plans. Payton struggles with the loss of her twin. And struggles with making the decision to follow Jesus for the right reason.

This is a very good contemporary Christian fiction story that focuses on women’s issues such as infertility, adoption, unfaithfulness and death and grief. While this is part of a series, this story is written in a way that it is also a stand alone story. The author introduces the characters and gives good background information. I appreciate the way the author handles the ongoing health concerns Jillian has. It is very realistic. I also appreciate how the author writes of Payton’s struggles with wanting to make a commitment to God for the right reasons.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale’s my readers reward club. This is my honest review.

Series: Thatcher Sisters (book 2)

448 pages

ISBN: 9781496427298

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

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Shadow of the Dagger by Anne Greene

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Shadows of the Dagger is the first book in the CIA Operatives series by Anne Greene. In the past year Nicole has lost her husband and her parents. Her home has been searched and she received a note demanding she return a map she does not have. Her brother, Ian, is in Turkey for an archaeological dig and his interpreter has been murdered. He fears for Nicole’s safety and convinces her to leave Texas and be with him in Turkey. When she gets to Istanbul, he is not there to meet her and her purse gets stolen. CIA agent ,Josh Baruch is there, helps her check into her hotel and look for her brother. They find his room ransacked. When they go to the local police, Ian does not trust them. In a strange city, without her purse and with her brother missing; Nicole is forced to rely on Josh for help.

Through their search for Ian, several things happen that cause Nicole to not trust Josh. Josh is not honest with Nicole, she thinks he is on vacation in Turkey and does not know of his involvement with the CIA. So when the man from the police station shows up, she trusts him instead.

What a page turning story! It is so full of adventure, suspense and mystery, with a touch of romance, that it is hard to put down. There are a few things that really stand out to me in this story. Nicole very quickly trusts Josh, even though she does not know him. I know my reaction to the situation would have been very different. Nicole has very strong Christian beliefs and Josh has very strong Jewish beliefs. Yet they respect each other and share freely with each other.

I totally enjoyed this story, I enjoyed the rich history the author gives to the area. The writing is so descriptive it is easy to imagine the surroundings and what is happenings. The characters are well introduced and easy to follow.

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

400 pages

ISBN: 9781951080204

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing

Anne Greene writes about heroes and heroines who are not afraid to turn to prayer in times of struggles. You can learn more about her and other books she has written at: http://www.annegreeneauthor.com/home.html

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The Girl Behind The Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

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The Girl Behind The Red Rope is a Christian suspense written by Ted and Rachelle Dekker. Haven Valley is a small town lead by spiritual leader Rose. The town is surrounded by a red rope that it’s occupants are not allowed to cross. The belief is the darkness on the other side of the rope is filled with evil Fury. Ten years ago, evil was let lose on the earth and only believers were allowed into Haven Valley. Grace, her brother and mother live there, but not her father, a non-believer. Now her father is traveling to see them before he passes away. He travels with Eli, a young adopted boy. Rose is directed to kill Grace’s father and the boy. When Grace becomes aware of this, she gets Eli and hides him. She has already begun questioning the truth and who the real enemy is. Through Eli, she begins to open her eyes to where the evil really is.

This is a captivating story that will keep the reader’s attention to the very end. The suspense runs through the entire book. Some of the things that stand out for me in this story is the struggle to know the truth that Grace and her brother went through. Another is the love their mother has for Grace, offering up her life to save Grace’s. I enjoyed the use of a young boy to teach the truth.

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

336 pages

ISBN: 9780800736538

Ted Dekker has written over 30 novels and has been named one of the top suspense writers of all times by NPR. You can read more about him and see the books he has written at: https://www.teddekker.com/

Rachelle Dekker, the oldest daughter of author Ted Dekker, has written several books. You can read more about her and the books she has written at: http://rachelledekker.com/

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