In Search of A Father’s Blessing by Doug Stringer

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In Search of A Father’s Blessing is written by Doug Stringer. The author uses bible verses and statics to stress the importance of having a father figure in the family. He points out that in recent generations many families are having struggles as a result of not having a father in the home. The author also uses incidents in his personal life in this book. Doug is the son of a divorced couple. His father and step father were Vietnam Veterans who turned to alcohol. His father was not there for him very often as a result of his military career.

When Doug’s father was dying, Doug often found reasons not to visit him. Doug reference the song “Cat’s in the Cradle” by Harry Chapin at this point. This song is from my teen years and I see it so common in my adult life. Many times fathers are so caught up in their careers and providing for the family, that they do not take time for their children. And as the children grow up and leave home, the father now has time for them, but the children are busy with their lives and don’t have time for their father.

This is a good book. I did not always agree with the stereo typing the author did of fatherless families as I know a lot of single parens who have done a wonderful job raising children who become responsible loving adult. I did however, appreciate the second and third parts of the book. The one part in the book that really stands out to me is taken from On the Edge of Eternity. “It’s time for the children to come forth, and we must give them strength. It’s time for the church’s rebirth, and we must persevere through the delivery!

God’s intended purpose is to being a great awakening to and through this generation. We must awaken from slumber and heed the Lord’s call for our nation and the world in this crucial hour.

The bottom line is this: God is doing something! We don’t need to fear what is happening but embrace it and take is one bit at a time. We must be willing to go with the change. We need one another; we simply cannot do it alone. There is a treasure in this generation, and we must find it

I received a copy of this book from Book Club network for an honest review.

160 pages

ISBN-10: 162911705

ISBN-13: 978-162911705

Publisher: Whitaker House

Kill Devil by Mike Dellosso

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Kill Devil is the second book in A Jed Patrick Series written by Mike Dellosso. Jed and his family are back together living in a cabin in the Chilco Mountains. Jed returns from a shopping trip to find men have come and taken his daughter away as an attempt to get a flash drive from Jed that has information regarding Centralia. Jed is instructed to take the flash drive to Murphy. Jed and his wife make arrangements for Karen to flee with the original flash drive should something go wrong. When problems arise, Karen is left fleeing for her life, while Jed is following Murphey’s orders to get his daughter Lilly back. Lilly is given shock type treatments. The strength of the treatments are very strong but she feels no pain as God is there with her and is taking the pain for her.

Jed is instructed to go to Alcatraz prison. While there he is told they removed a chip from his brain, where they really implanted a chip that alters what he thinks he is seeing and doing. Jed thinks his wife Karen is with him as he goes to Kill Devil Hill to kill the vice-president.

Mean while, CIA employee Tiffany Stockton has recently lost her father. While going through his things she finds a flash drive with information regarding the Centralia Project. She takes the information to their good friend Jack Calloway. The information she finds puts both of their lives in danger.

Just like the first book, this book is very violent. But it is so fast moving with so many different things going on, it is hard to put the book down. There are times the story is hard to follow, especially when Jed is having flash backs or having visions. I really like how the author has given Lilly the role as being a very strong believer in God. To be honest I do not like violent stories, if this were a movie, I would not watch it. But the story has a very strong pull to it that kept me reading to find out what was going to happen next.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network for an honest review.

Series: Jed Patrick (Book 2)

416 pages

ISBN-10: 1496408225

ISBN-13: 978-1496408228

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Centralia by Mike Dellosso

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Centralia by Mike Dellosso is book one in the Jed Patrick series. Peter Ryan wakes up and can’t find his wife and daughter. A call to friends tells him they died in a car accident months earlier, and he does not remember. He does not feel they are dead and starts searching the house. He finds a note hidden in a film canister that his daughter has written, “Daddy, we went to Centralia”. He does not know what Centralia is but doesn’t have time to find out as three men come into his house and he kills them all. He then goes to a former friends home and a man shows up there as well. This starts the long adventure of Peter running for his life and trying to find out if his wife and daughter are alive.

Peter is a former Army Ranger who was given a new memory and he is having flashes of his old memory as well as other memories that were programmed. One of the memories that keeps coming back to him is to pray and to have faith.

WOW! This book is just so full of action and suspense at times it is hard to follow. But the suspense is so much that once I started reading the book it was really hard to put down. This is not a book for everyone. There is a lot of violence and death. The topic is very mature and in depth. I typically do not like to read or watch stories with violence but who is Peter Ryan, is his wife and daughter alive, who are the guys after him, will he get away, will he remember who he really is? I have the second book and can’t wait to start reading it to find out the answers.

Series: Jed Patrick Novels (Book 1)

400 pages

ISBN-10: 1414390416

ISBN-13: 978-1414390413

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

The Alliance by Jolina Petersheim

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The Alliance is book one in the The Alliance series written by Jolina Petersheim. This book introduces us to the members of the Mt. Hebron Old Order Mennonite Community.

Without any warning all electricity, automobiles, phones and modern technology ends. This is thought to be the result of electromagnetic pulse or EMP. When this happened the plane Moses Hughes is flying goes down in the field by Leora Ebersole’s home. The men working in the mill run to help Moses out of the plane and lay him on Leora’s table.

While the community are meeting to discuss what has happened, Moses wakes up and Leora takes him to the meeting where he explains what he believes has happened and what they can expect. Moses suspects life as they have lived has come to an end. He tells them that food will run out and their little community will be visited by lots of people.

When the EMP happened, there were several Englischers working at the mill. They are not able to leave due to their automobiles not working. The Mennonite community and the Englicshers strike an agreement. They will build a fence around the property, the Englischers will use their guns to protect the community and they will continue to live in the Mennonite community. The agreement is that they will only fire their guns if they are fired upon. The community agree that they will share a meal with those who come through their gates but they soon realize that either they did not figure how much food they had left, or someone is stealing the food.

Leora is a young lady keeping what is left of her family together. Her father walked out on the family a couple years earlier. Her mother died a year after her father left. Leora has a younger sister that suffers from a brain injury as well as a younger brother and her grandmother. Leora’a neighbor Jabil has feeling for her. Leora is starting to have feeling for Moses and Jabil does not like this.

This is a very interesting story. The story is told by Leora and Moses. It really made me step back and think, this could some day be our future and are we prepared. This book definitely is not what I expected, it is so much more. There is a lot of suspense within the story, so much so that the romance is not as prominent. It is not the normal Amish/Mennonite story, there is a lot of things happening that could distract the community from their faith. It is interesting to see how they manage to cling to their faith and principles while reaching out and helping others. I am glad to see that this is part of a series and can wait for the next book!

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and Tyndale Publish for an honest review.

Series: The Alliance

384 pages

ISBN-10: 1496402219

ISBN-13: 978-1496402219

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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What Matters Most is a Texas Gold Novel written by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Leta Breckenridge is working two jobs and still not making enough to keep up with the cost of her mothers care. She is forced to either place her mom in a less desirable facility or look for a better paying job.

One day while leaving work, she hits the car driven by Nathan Emerson, a handsome senator. Leta’s mother suffers from dementia and she learns about Nathan’s interest in patients suffering from brain illnesses and their care, Leta and Nathan develop a friendship. Nathan is in a relationship with another woman and his mother is pushing him to propose to her and run for Governor of Texas.

Leta is offered a full time position with Ladd Agency and a much higher salary and is excited that she can finally do fun things with friends but this excitement is short lived. Leta is put in the position of having to research Nathan to get negative things for the Governor of Texas. Leta has to make the choice between her job, that provides the money she needs to care for her mother and her friendship with Nathan.

This book is a contemporary Christian Romance. I especially like the past of Leta and her caring personality. She puts her mother’s care before her having fun and fashionable clothing and she puts her friendship with Nathan above the financial stability of her job with the Ladd Agency. Leta often goes back to the saying her mother uses, “If you did what was right, God would do the rest” I think this is a very timely book with the political story. I like that the author uses Nathan’s character to not use negative campaigning against his opponent. This is a great story, there are a lot of twists within the story to go along with the romance.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.

Series: Texas Gold Collection

320 pages

ISBN-10: 0800722752

ISBN-13: 978-0800722753

Publisher: Revell

Home to Chapel Springs by Ane Mulligan

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Home to Chapel Springs is book 3 in the series written by Ane Mulligan. In this book we get introduced to Carin Jardine and her family. Carin is a bestselling author married to race car driver, Wick. Wick leaves town and Carin is faced with the sudden reality that her husband has not paid their condo fees or their son’s school fees. She tries to correct this when she finds out he has taken all their money and left her. With nothing else to fall back on, Carin takes their son and moves into her grandmothers cabin in Chapel Springs. When they get to the cabin, she finds out the renovation she thought Wick had done to the cabin was not done, only the demo. Carin quickly gets a bank loan and hires a contractor to finish the renovation.

Shortly after she moved to Chapel Springs, her biological father shows up at her door. He tells her about her birth and being adopted because he and her mother were very young. They eventually married and had three other daughter’s that he wants her to meet.

This also happens to be election year for the towns mayor position. Mayor Riley has competition with Howie Newlander also running for mayor. One of the items of debate is the reopening of the Lola Mitchell Opera House, which is named after Claire’s great-aunt. Rumor has it the opera house is haunted as people see lights and shadows in the windows.

As we keep up with Claire, Patsy, their friends and families, we are excited to hear that several of their children are getting married. And the dream that Claire and Patsy will have children marry each other is finally coming true.

This is a really good book. There are a lot of different things happening at the same time in the story, but it is written so good that it is easy to keep it all straight. I especially like that the author has kept Claire, Patsy and their families as main characters in the story. I enjoy seeing the changes in their families as well as the strength and importance of their faith. It is so refreshing to see the caring that also takes place within the community.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

Series: Chapel Springs

Paperback: 300 pages

ISBN-10: 1941103618

ISBN-13: 978-1941103616

Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson

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Honor Redeemed, written by Christine Johnson, is book 2 in the Keys of Promise series. This story is set in Nantucket Island and Key West Florida in 1852. Prosperity Jones has just buried her mother. She has no job and can not afford to stay in their home. Her aunt and uncle gave her money and she decides she will go to her fiance David in Key West.

Two years earlier David was sent to Key West with the Army. He has written to Prosperity reminding her of his love for her. One night David went to a bar and had to much to drink. When he woke the next morning he did not remember anything. Later one of the girls from the bar comes to him and tells him she is carrying his baby. David prays to God to help him with this situation, but David ends up marrying the girl. His letter to Prosperity does not get to her before she leaves Nantucket Island.

Prosperity arrives in Key West to find David married and expecting a child. Out of devastation she takes a job at a hospital and becomes friends with one of the doctors who eventually proposes.

I like this story, it is a fast-paced story with a lot going on within it. It is a historical romance story that takes a turn for the worse when one night changes David life forever. As I was reading this story, I could just see and smell the ocean, it is written that good! I could imagine Prosperity walking through the streets trying to find David and getting lost. I could feel the hurt when Prosperity finds out David is married to another. This is a really good book I would recommend to others.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.

Series: Keys of Promise (Book 2)

352 pages

ISBN-10: 0800723511

ISBN-13: 978-0800723514

Publisher: Revell

Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

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Princess Ever After, written by Rachel Hauck, is book 2 in The Royal Wedding Series. Regina left her job and started a car restoration company with her father’s friend. They have finished their first car and she is loving every minute of her new career.

Just as the company gets a second car to work on, her is sought out by Tanner Burkhardt, the Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hassenberg. Tanner’s responsibility is to find the long lost princess of their county and bring her back to Hassenberg to lead the county.

Regina has no knowledge of her being a princess. She use to play princess with her great grandmother when she was a child, but her great grandmother never told her about being a princess. Regina’s great grandmother had given Regina a children story book she had written and illustrated about a princess who is forced to flee her country. This book now becomes very valuable to Regina and the county of Hassenberg in finding out more of what happen a hundred years earlier.

This is a nice clean story full of adventure with a touch of romance. I really enjoy how Regina is so down to earth and sensible. I have not read any of the other stories in this series, but this story stand alone very nicely. This is a fun, easy to read story that is perfect for that rainy day to just curl up with a book and be taken away.

I receieved a copy of this book from Family Fiction and I have written an honest review.

Series: Royal Wedding Series

368 pages

ISBN-10: 0310315506

ISBN-13: 978-0310315506

Publisher: Zondervan

A Beauty Refined by Tracie Peterson

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A Beauty Refined is book 2 in the Sapphire Brides Series written by Tracie Peterson. Phoebe Von Bergen is the daughter of German Count Frederick Von Bergen. They have come to Montana for the Count to buy sapphires for the Sapphire Duchess. The sapphires in Montana are much cheaper than those requested and the Count is planning to make a lot of money cheating the Duchess.

When Phoebe was twelve, she was told her mother, Elizabeth, had died while traveling to the United States. But Elizabeth is alive and working at the Broadwater Hotel, where Phoebe and her father are staying.

While the Count is involved in his business, Phoebe is left to herself and meets Ian Harper, a friend of her mothers. Ian is also a lapidary and is consulted by the Count to cut the sapphires he purchases. On one of the Count’s business travels, a message is delivered to Phoebe for him. Phoebe finds out that her father has arranged for her to marry an elderly duke. Everything that Phoebe has thought was true is unraveling in her life. She is finding out that her father has repeatedly lied to her.

I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed the part of Elizabeth, as she relied on prayer and sought out help from fellow Christian when she was struggling with issues. There also is a touch of romance between Ian and Phoebe. Even though it is book 2 in the series it is a stand alone story as well. This is a historical fiction set in Helena, Montana in the early 1900’s. It is very well written and easy to read. The story has romance and suspense to keep it entertaining.

Series: Sapphire Brides (Book 2)

320 pages

ISBN-10: 0764213253

ISBN-13: 978-0764213250

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Missing by Lisa Harris

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Missing by Lisa Harris is book 2 in the Nikki Boyd Files series.

Nikki Boyd became involved in working missing persons cases after the disappearance of her sister. This case involves several murders with one of the victims showing up on her friend Tyler’s boat. Tyler’s wife dies the year before and now her father is back living on the boat, and involved with the situation causing the death of Mac Hudson and disappearance of Mac’s wife, Lucy.

Following the death of her friend, Nikki began spending time with Tyler and his son Liam. She has started to have feelings for Tyler and is afraid to let him know. So she has been avoiding them until this tragedy happens.

This is a very well written suspense story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it”. This is a fast-paced story with a lot of twists and turns. I really enjoyed reading this story. I also enjoyed the friendship and respect shared between Nikki and Tyler and his family. Even though this is book 2 in the series, it stands alone very well. This is a good story published by Revel Publishing, a Christian publishing company, however, the story does not have much of a Christian message in it. This is a must read for anyone who likes suspense stories.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing for an honest review.

Series: The Nikki Boyd Files (Book 2)

320 pages

ISBN-10: 0800724194

ISBN-13: 978-0800724191

Publisher: Revell Publishing