Catching Heat by Janice Cantore

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Catching Heat is the third book in the Cold Case Justice series by Janice Cantore. Abby has joined Luke and Woody on a newly formed cold case task force. They have been sent to San Luis Obispo to work on an old case when they realize they are near the town where the Governor’s wife, Alyssa, grew up. Abby suspects Alyssa is responsible for her parents’ and Luke’s uncle’s deaths. The trio have also been asked to find a missing man who killed his children and injured his wife many years earlier.

Like the other two books in this series, this one is fast moving and full of suspense. I like how the author has kept the story line going through all three books. And how the characters’ friendships have grown. I like that the author have kept the same characters for the most part but she has added more as the story went along. The characters are so well introduced it is easy to remember how they fit into the story. The story is a Christian romance suspense story, but the romance is not overwhelming, this is a good clean story. I appreciate how the author uses the way Luke and Abby live to bring others to Christ. They are not preachy but rather very respectful toward others. I have really enjoyed reading this series and of the adventures of Luke and Abby as they try to find the person responsible for the Triple Seven murders and fire.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

You can view information about the author at www.janicecantore.com

You can also view my reviews for the other books in the series at:

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/drawing-fire/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/burning-proof/

432 pages

Series: Cold Case Justice (Book 3)

ISBN-10: 1414396708

ISBN-13: 978-1414396705

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

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The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook by Mike Berenstain

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The Berenstain Bears’ Holiday Cookbook by Mike Berenstain is a totally awesome cookbook to use when cooking or baking with children. The book is broken up into 6 sections, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Fall Festivities, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each section has six to eight recipes geared just for that time of year. The recipes consist of snacks, desserts drinks and meal options. Some of the recipes are what children can do by them selves but most are for helping a parent.

This is such a nice book! I wish I had it when my children were little. But I am looking forward to using it with my grandchildren. This is a hard covered book with shinny paper pages. I appreciate the cute stories, that start with a bible verse to correspond with the holiday, at the beginning of each section in which the bears talk about their favorite foods. Many of the meal options are recipes that are used year round, such as potatoes, salads, soups and sandwiches. This is a book that could quickly become the “go to” cookbook that will help develop a life time of traditions for families. The book is published for ages 4 – 8 years of age, but I feel it would be equally fun for all ages. Anyone who has grown up with the Berestain Bears will have fun with this book.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.

Age: 4 – 8 years

Grade: 2 – 5

Series: Berenstain Bears/Living Lights

96 pages

ISBN-10: 0310753996

ISBN-13: 978-0310753995

Publisher: Zonderkidz

The Occupied by Craig Parshall

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xThe Occupied is a Trevor Black Novel written by Craig Parshall. Trevor Black was a very successful attorney in New York City. He took on a case to represent Dunning Kamera Shortly after he receives a call from an old friend, Elijah, telling Trevor he had 2 dreams about Trevor and Kamera and was concerned, he reminded Trevor about finding God. The nest morning Trevor’s wife is found dead in her car. Then Kamera tries to leave the country. While at the court house he runs into Bradley, the man he feels has something to do with his wife’s death. He punches Bradley in the face. Shortly after this he starts having evil things happening and loses his license to practice in New York because he punched Bradley.

Trevor moves to Ocracoke Island. He has plans to get back together with high school friends, when one of them is murdered in his home town of Manitou. While in Manitou, he works with Detective Abby Linderman to try to find the killer. Again evil things start happening to Trevor. Trevor is safe from the demons as he has accepted God into his life and his soul is now occupied by God.

This is the first book I have read by Craig Parshall. This is a very suspenseful thriller. The book is much different than anything I have read before. It has a lot of demonic instances in the story that follow Trevor around. The story is very fast moving and pulls you into it. I was not able to predict how the book was going to end. This would be a book to recommend to those that enjoy dark crime stories. This story contains sex, murder and demons. It would not be appropriate for the not so mature reader.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

Series: A Trevor Black Novel

448 pages

ISBN-10: 1496411358

ISBN-13: 978-1496411358

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

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Hope Prevails is written by Dr. Michelle Bengtson, a neuropsychologist. This is a book of her personal journey with depression. The author points out that a lot of people who are suffering from depression are embarrassed to talk about it. The Bible tells us we will go through difficult, painful times. But God will be with us. If we do not take time to rest in God’s presence and listen to him,we can become lonely. Satan can get a hold of us and can steal our joy, peace and identity. We have a choice, we can let depression define us or we can desire joy enough to pursue it with prayer, obedience, gratitude and sacrifice.

The author also touches on anxiety. Anxiety is the absence of peace and the feeling of being out of control. To have perfect peace, we need to surrender to God, give up our need for control and let God be in control.

This is a good book that uses many verses from the Bible to reinforce that we are loved by God and that He wants to take our pain. He knows that He has so much better for us. The author ends each chapter with questions to ask yourself, was well as with steps to take in your walk through depression, a prayer for our lives during depression and a song list of suggested uplifting songs to listen to. I appreciate that the author briefly point out the need for medical help. She also explains the use of certain medication as other steps we can take in our lives to help with depression. Some of those include prayer, spending time in God’s word, getting enough rest, proper nutrition, exercise and stay socially active. The part in the book that really stands out to me is God loves us as we are, not as we think we should be. He gives us his love freely, we do not have to be in church all the time, serve on committees or give a certain amount in the offering to receive his love. I do wish the author would have used capitalization when referencing God.

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

208 pages

ISBN-10: 080072707X

ISBN-13: 978-0800727079

Publisher: Revell

Proof by Jordyn Redwood

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Proof is book one in the Bloodline Trilogy, written by Jordyn Redwood. Dr. Lily Reeves is an ER doctor and one day she cannot find her keys to leave work. She ends up staying to help with an emergency that involves a young pregnant woman. The baby is delivered but the mother and child both die.

This is a story of a serial rapist who leaves behind his DNA, often impregnating the women. The rapist also is a murderer who takes the lives of the women and babies. Lily is raped and becomes pregnant. When she accuses one of her co-workers for raping her, the co-worker brings legal charges against Lily as well as a restraining order. Lily is released from her job. She flees town to save her life and prove her co-worker is the rapist and murderer. In doing her research she comes across the medical condition the rapist has that is making it so hard for law enforcement to find the real killer. Not wanting to keep the babies but wanting to keep them from harm, she turns to her friend and co-worker Kadin. Kadin is a strong Christian who ties to help Lily turn her life to the Lord, while he finds parents for her babies and helps keep Lily safe.

This book is a combination of medical and crime thriller. It is written so good that it pulls you in right away and it is hard to put the book down. The story has a lot of violence that is described so would turn away some readers. But it is a great “who done it” type story. The story is so realistic and fast moving. The author worked in critical care and emergency nursing for 2 decades and it is very evident that she knows her stuff with how she has written this story. This is the author’s first novel, but the writing is so good that I am hooked. I cannot wait for more of her books!

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

Series: Bloodline Trilogy

307 pages

ISBN: 9780825442384

Publisher: Kregel Publications

 

I Wish He Had Come With Instructions by Mike Mechtle

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I Wish He Had Come With Instructions, written by Mike Bechtle, is a book written to help us women take a peak inside our man’s brain. It is a suggestion for how to approach the man in our lives.

This book has many good points in it. The author points out the physical difference between the man’s brain and the woman’s brain. He also points out how this makes the difference for how men and women act.

The author has several topic that he points out to the readers. Some of them include, what men want women to know, myths about men and how men communicate. The author also points out a few things that we as women can do to develop a satisfying relationship with our man. Those include:

Constantly look through his eyes to see his perspective.

Waste time together.

Make laughter a priority in your relationship.

Show him respect whenever you can, in little and big ways.

Clarify expectations.

Take care of yourself.

Be intentional.

The title of this book is what made me decide to read it. And my husband had a good laugh about it. The author has a humorous approach to writing this book. The one we laughed about was the process of putting together do-it-yourself furniture. The author writes out the steps: open the box, look for instructions (or at least the wife does), lay out the pieces, try to follow instructions, get frustrated, eat cookies. I appreciate the author pointing out that we cannot change our man, as so many women try to do. We can develop a better relationship by trying to understand our man and working with that. The part in the book that stands out to me is that most men would rather make a difference in others lives. They want to make an impact at work as well as at home, and with family and friends. Men want to be heroes to the people in their lives who matter to them. Above all else, that includes the women in their lives. I especially appreciate the authors pointing out that this is not a book to help a troubled relationship, that no book can. The author stress the importance for good communication and gives guidance on developing good communication skills to avoid placing blame.

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

224 Pages

ISBN: 9780800723835

Publisher: Revell Publishing

Fraying at the Edge by Cindy Woodsmall

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Fraying at the Edge, book 2 in The Amish of Summer Grove, written by Cindy Woodsmall is a must read! Ariana and Abram Brenneman and Skylar Nash were born twenty years ago. Ariana and Skylar were accidentally switched after their births. Ariana was raised in the Old Order Amish life style and Skylar was raised in the English life style without any regards to the Christian life and split her time between the people thought to be her mother and step-father and father and step-mother.

After one of the Brenneman’s son saw Skylar and noticed the strong resemblance to his sister, the family started an investigation. When it was found out that the girls were switched at birth, Nicholas, Ariana’s biological father insisted Ariana spend a year with them. If she didn’t he was going to file charges against the persons involved in the babies’ births. Skylar was given the option to go into rehab for drug abuse or go live with her Amish biological parents.

This is such a good book. I have not read book 1 and will be getting it right away to read as this one is so good! I can not wait for the third book in the series to come out to see how this all ends for Ariana and Skylar. It is so sad to see how the girls have been forced to leave the lives they grew up with and are now forced into new lifestyles that they know nothing about. And how will they feel after adjusting to their new lives, will they be able to go back to the life they grew up with? This is not the ordinary “simple” story that so many Amish stories are. We are given a glimpse into the feelings that some non-Christians have toward the Amish and their life style. This book is so well written it actually feels like two stories in one. I appreciate the strong faith Ariana clings to during this difficult time. Her strength comes out when she discusses religion with Nicholas, who does not believe in God. I also appreciate the love the Brenneman family gives to Skylar during her struggles.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

For more information on the author and to see what other books she has written go to: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/authors/72213/cindy-woodsmall/

To read more about this book and read the first chapter go to: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/242925/fraying-at-the-edge-by-cindy-woodsmall/

Series: The Amish if Summer Grove (Book 2)

352 pages

ISBN-10: 1601427018

ISBN-13: 978-1601427014

Published by WaterBrook

 

An Amish Harvest

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An Amish Harvest is a collection of four novellas, all focused around the harvest season.

Under the Harvest Moon by Beth Wiseman is a story of Naomi, a young mother of 2 girls who has recently lost her husband. Her father has hired an English friend of his, Brock, to bring in her harvest with the understanding Naomi will feed his 3 meals a day. Naomi’s daughters decide they want Naomi to marry Brock.

Love and Buggy Rides by Amy Clipston is a story of Janie, who witnesses a car hit a buggy driven by Jonathan. Janie and Jonathan work for the same employer and develop a friendship spending their lunch times together. Janie’s father does not want Janie to tell anyone what she saw but when she hears Jonathan may lose his job she speaks up.

A Quiet Love by Kathleen Fuller is the story of Dinah and Amos. Amos’s step mother has invited Dinah, her niece, to visit. Dinah arrives just as Amos’s father injures him self and cannot work for a while. Dinah helps Amos with the harvest. Dinah has a stuttering issue and Amos has disabilities but they both long to fall in love.

Mischief in the Autumn Air by Vannetta Chapman is a story of auction house owner, Eli, and his assistant Martha. They have noticed someone is paying way more than certain pieces are worth and in examining the pieces they find the pieces of furniture have been made with parts of a map.

This is a fun book to read. All four of the stories are very well written with characters who find themselves developing relationships they were not expecting. Each of the novellas can be easily read in an evening. I really appreciate the message of faith and hope that is written within each story. I love the harvest season, “Under the Harvest Moon” and “A Quiet Love” both bring back memories of farm life and putting up the food for animals and family for the long winter ahead.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.

432 pages

ISBN-10: 052911853X

ISBN-13: 978-0529118530

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Where Hope Prevails

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Where Hope Prevails written by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan is the third book in the Return to the Canadian West series. Elizabeth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley after being home with her family during school break. When she gets to Coal Valley so many things have changed, including the addition of another teacher. Elizabeth does not take to the new teacher very well and does not want to change the way she teaches to go along with his suggestions. She also is feeling very protective of her students and questions if he is a good teacher for them.

Elizabeth and her boyfriend, Jarrick Thornton, are moving forward in their relationship, despite the amount of time he is away on duties. Jack has to make some serious decisions about his employment future if he is going to marry Elizabeth.

This is a great series and I wish it would go on and on. Early American fiction is among my favorite genre to read. I especially like that it is a good ,clean, wholesome story where the characters turn to God during their struggles. I like that Elizabeth has such strong beliefs and faith that she wants Jack to make the decision as to what job he will have after they marry. I like the sense of family that Elizabeth has with the people in Coal Valley and how important they and the area have become to her, even though they are so far away from her family.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House publishing for an honest review.

Series: Return to the Canadian West (Book 3)

320 pages

ISBN-10: 0764217682

ISBN-13: 978-0764217685

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

Distant God by Chris Nye

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Distant God, written by Chris Nye, is a book of biblical guidance on feeling closer to God when He feels far away. Our modern culture teaches us to take a step back and focus on our selves when times get tough. This is the exact opposite of what the Bible tells us to do. We are not meant for self absorption, but rather self giving. Every relationship has it’s times when the feeling of closeness is not there, it is the same in our relationship with God. God is always with us, but we go through times when we become distracted with what we want rather than seeking God.

God’s presence is something He blesses us with. This book reminds us of the wonderfulness of God’s presence and tells us what we can do to have God close to us, even in our sins. We miss out on the presence of God when we do not confess our sins, treating them like they are no big deal. God wants us to confess our sins so He can reveal His love to us.

This is a wonderful book that gives us gentle reminders of God and His ever presence to us. When God does not feel close to us, it is because we have become distracted with our lives and have pushed God away. I like that the author points out that there are times when we are at retreats and camps where we are focusing on our relationship with God and He feels so close, yet when we get home to our normal lives, that feeling goes away. I also like that the author uses stories in his book to get his point across. I especially like how the author reminds us to use the Lord’s Prayer and Psalm 23 to help us in our prayer life.

I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishes for an honest review.

 208 pages

ISBN-10: 0802414373

ISBN-13: 978-0802414373

Publisher: Moody Publishers