As A Shield by Danny & Wanda Pelfrey


As a Shield: A Davis Morgan Mystery is about former Pastor Davis. After the death of his wife, he no longer pastors a church but is a pastor for the local law enforcement. He often rides with officer and friend Charley. Davis’s daughter is soon to be married. She and her fiance are purchasing an old house that no one has lived in but are finding their lives threatened. Two men have been hired to stop them from buying the home. The men have kidnapped the wrong lady and shot the wrong man. A visitor in town dies of natural causes but his body is stolen from the funeral home. Tattooed on his body is a location in the area.

Davis works with Charley to try to find who is threatening his daughter and her fiance. While doing so the plane they are flying in goes down and Charley’s squad car is totaled.

This is a very enjoyable mystery to get lost in. One of the things that stands out for me with this book is the friendship of the two men. As well as how Charley feels since he is not a Christian, that God was watching out for Davis and Charley’s life was saved as well. I enjoyed the humor that is woven through the story as well. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me reading until I was done reading it and kept me guessing. I am looking forward to more in this series. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read a good mystery.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and have written an honest review.

Series: Davis Morgan Mystery (book 1)

208 pages

ISBN: 9781633570917

Publisher: Crosslink Publishing

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Crisis Shot by Janie Cantore


Crisis Shot, by Janice Cantore, is book one in the Line of Duty series. Tess O’Rourke is a commander with the Long Beach police department and one morning while on her way to work she responds to a call. She finds an officer down and some young men near him. When she shots one of them, the public and some of her co-workers go against her. She takes a job as chief of police in Rogue Hollow, a very small town. She has to deal with issues surrounding being the only woman on the force and having to report to a very demanding mayor.

The pastor’s wife has found out her cancer has returned again and this time it is worse. She goes away one day and does not return. While she is gone her brother turns up dead. The police force is being forced to work extra hours to find the pastor’s wife and get to the bottom of the situation. They are also reaching out to surrounding forces for help.

I really like Janice Cantore’s books and this one is her best so far! I enjoyed how Tess and her father would make rules. Much like my favorite TV show. The suspense is carried through the entire story, both with the Long Beach shooting and situations in Rogue Hollow. One of the things that stands out for me in this story is even with what the pastor is going through he still is there to encourage others. When they find his wife injured he tells Tess that he is worried and a little frightened but he trusts God. If he didn’t, nothing in this life would make sense.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys police stories.

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Series: Line of Duty (book 1)

432 pages

ISBN: 9781496423702

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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Beauty From Ashes by Alana Terry


Beauty From Ashes is a very powerful story of Tiff, a young single mom who gives birth to a very sick baby, Natalie. When Natalie is in the NICU in Seattle, her parents Jake and Tiff get married. Shortly after going home, Jake’s mom comes to stay with them and takes over Natalie’s care and the household. After two months, Tiff finds out his mom has been giving the baby medication without consulting them. It is with this disagreement that Jake tells his mother to leave. That evening Natalie gets very sick and she is sent back to Seattle

I really enjoyed this story. It is a stand alone story that is part of the Orchard Grove Christian Women’s Fiction books. Which are real life stories about real life believers who are going through struggles. The author has used events surrounding her son in this story. This story was so powerful, it was hard to put down.

There are so many parts to this story that touched me, the biggest being when Jake stood up for his wife and daughter and told his mother to leave. Other parts that touched me are when Tiff would experience the Holy Spirit revealing things to her and how she acted upon them. One of the things I liked about this story is how the author wrote in a character from another series. This person is the one Tiff turns to when things get tough and travels across country to be with Tiff. The book also contains some great discussion questions.

I received a copy of this book from the author, Alana Terry through Book Club Network. This is my honest review.

381 pages

ISBN: 9781941735374

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Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Meghan DeFord was injured in a car accident and forced to take a leave from her job as a cold case investigator. Meghan goes to Nevada to spend the time with her grandmother, Hazel. Meanwhile, Meghan’s mother, Diane, shows up unannounced with her four little dogs. The three women have had issues with their relationships and as their visit goes on it becomes clear something that happened in Hazel’s childhood affected how she raised Diane and that affected how Diane raised Meghan.

When Hazel was just 10 years old her mother sent her to pick berries to make a dessert for her father’s birthday. Hazel had to take her little sister, Maggie, with her. While Hazel is chasing a snake away, Maggie goes missing and is never found. Hazel has never told anyone about this, until one day when the ladies were working on a scrap book for Hazel’s birthday. Hazel wants to know what happened to Maggie and if she is still alive.

Meghan contacts her partner, Sean, and he starts to investigate this on his own time. What he finds out is so much more than anyone expected and the unit makes this 70 year old case top priority. Sean is sent to Arkansas to investigate the incident and Meghan goes to help with the case.

This is such a good book. The story is segments focusing on the three different ladies and bounces back and forth between earlier years and today. We see how things that happened in their past makes them who they are today. I especially liked how Meghan describes Sean as getting picked on by his co-workers because of his Christian beliefs, yet is very respected by them. I really enjoyed reading this book and I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction will enjoy it as well. The story has suspense and mystery with just a touch of romance and will keep the readers interest.

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352 pages

ISBN: 9780735290037

Publisher: Waterbook

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The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin


The Two of Us, written by Victoria Bylin is a great story of healing and moving on. Mia Robinson has flown to Las Vegas for her sister’s wedding. Mia raised her sister after the death of their parents and is now a nurse practitioner who has given up dating after two broken engagements. She has applied to Mission Medical for a position on their team.

Jake Tanner is a disabled police officer who lost his partner as a result of a decision he made. He is now looking out for her son, Sam, who is marrying Lucy.

Mia and Jake meet a a coffee shop, not knowing the connection they have. When they meet at the wedding, they find out the wedding is postponed due to complications Lucy is having with the pregnancy.

Jake’s mother is suffering from Alzheimer and needs someone to help her. Lucy and Sam have been asked to move to Echo Falls so Lucy can help her. They plan to have their wedding there as well. Sam is going to school some distance away and Lucy has given up college and excels at caring for Jake’s mom.

This is a wonderful story that touches on several topics. The one that I feel was the best was that Sam and Lucy are Christians but they are also human. They made a mistake and now find themselves about to be parents. But they love each other and make wise decisions for their future. Another is Jake’s desire to start a ministry for young boys who have lost a parent in the line of duty, despite the opposition from the community. And Mia has to make a decision to follow through on taking a position between Mission Medical or being with Jake and serving the community where she lives.

This story has several little stories written in one. But the theme that I take from this book is the caring that each of the characters have for other people. The characters are well defines and the story so well written it is easy to feel you are in the community meetings hearing the chanting and feeling the tension. The story has great from the beginning. I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary novels with a touch of romance will enjoy this book.

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344 pages

ISBN: 9780764217388

Publisher: Bethany House

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The Four in One Gospel of Jesus by Nikola Dimitrov


The Four In One Gospel of Jesus, by Nikola Dimitrov is awesome! This is a compilation of the books Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in what Dimitrov feels is chronological order. This book contains a table of contents listing the 31 chapters, each containing several subtitles for easy searching for topics. The author has also written an introduction explaining how he put the books together and the wording he used. At the end of the book, the author has written a message for those who do not know the Lord. This is great for those searching as well as a great tools for those witnessing to others. The back of the book also contains the family lineage of Jesus, listings of identical scriptures, fulfillment of old testament scripture, and general information. The author points out this book is not a substitute for the Bible.

This book is just amazing! I feel this is a great book for every Christian to have to use as a reference or just for reading to help put the events of the four books in order that they happened. I also feel this is a must have reference book for churches.

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278 pages

ISBN: 9780990377474

Publisher: Nordskog Publishing

Nikola Dimitrov is a pastor, Bible teacher, preacher and educator in the Body of Christ. Since becoming a Christian he has desired to write this book. To do so, he and his team in Bulgaria and the US spent 10 years researching and studying the most respected Bible encyclopedias, dictionaries,concordances, Bible charts, tables, timelines,online publications,theological works, debates, chronological tables and other attempts at making a similar book.

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In Time of Trouble by N. J. Lindquist


In Time of Trouble written by N. J. Lindquist is a story of Shane, an 18 year old boy who felt he was living in the shadow of his twin brother, Scott, and developed a tough guy appearance. He eventually loses his job and is dumped by his girlfriend. He is failing in school, his father has taken away his car keys and has now given up on him. His twin has turned his back on him as well and they are fighting a lot. He has hit bottom and is thinking of suicide. The only friend he has left, talks to him about God and invites him to go to a concert. At this concert he turns his life over to God. His father forbids him to talk about God or go to church. His friends ridicule him. But his mother talks with him and also turns her life over to God.

A store is robbed and the owner injured. Someone has stolen Shane’s car and jacket and set him up to take the blame for the robbery. He turns to his new Christian friends who help him through this situation.

This is a wonderful book for teens. It touches on so many issues teens are faced with, such as anger, fear, and bullying. With three pages of discussion questions, this would be a great book for small group discussions. I especially liked the way the author wrote the story so clearly and encouraged Shane to not turn his back on God with all the bad things that happened to him. I enjoyed seeing the change take place within Shane with studying to get his grades better and spending time running for his health. I think teenagers and adults will enjoy this book as it contains suspense and mystery with just a touch of romance.

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277 pages

ISBN: 9781927692240

Publisher: That’s Life Communications

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Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Portrait of Vengeance is book 4 in A Gwen Marcey Novel series written by Carrie Stuart Parks. Gwen is a single mother of a teen age daughter and a cancer survivor. Her ex-husband is threatening to take their daughter from her. Her parents were killed when she was little and she was raised by a lady until she returned home to see the house filled with blood. She is on probation with her new job as a forensic artist with the Interagency Major Crime Unit when she finds out about a case of a missing girl after the murder of her parents in Lapwai, Idaho. The case takes place where she lived when she was little and sounds similar to her background so she insists on being put on the case.

In Idaho she works with the Nez Perce Tribal Police and finds herself being treated as an outsider. Her car is stolen right away so she calls a friend, Beth, to come help her. As Gwen works on the case, she has Beth doing research. They quickly discover that someone is out to get Gwen and this case may be connected to the death of Gwen parents. Her boss from the crime unit calls to check on her and she ends up losing her job. But she continues working the case with Beth’s help.

This story is so awesome, it starts out running and never lets up. This story is so full of mystery and suspense that it was hard to put down. The author writes so clearly that it is easy to imagine what is happening and to feel the suspense. While this is a Christian book, the Christian theme is very mild. It is more so a good clean police novel with violence written in it. I think anyone who enjoys reading suspense, mysteries or police stories will enjoy this book. This is the first book I have read and it appears it would be best to read the series in order.

The part in the story that stand out most for me is that there are different times and places in our lives that make us into who we are. Beth reminds Gwen that the hard times she goes through help to make her the person she is today.

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Series: A Gwen Marcey Novel (Book 4)

309 pages

ISBN: 9780718083786

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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A Groom for Christmas by Anne Greene


Oh, dear heavenly Father, please send the right man. Seems quite a few men want a wife as well as have their way paid to the Oregon Territory. How shall I ever find the right groom?”

A Groom for Christmas, written by Anne Greene takes place in 1850. Felicity Daniels is traveling with her father to homestead 640 acres in the Oregon Territory. Her father catches cholera and dies before he tells her why they left Missouri in such a hurry and why she must marry and change her name. Felicity and a family friend, Jed have been in Laramie and will be leaving with the wagon train in a few days. Felicity must marry so she can get her land when she gets to Oregon. She puts a sign up and is overwhelmed with the amount of men who show up. Felicity and Jed make a list of requirements to cut down on the amount of men to interview. She wants a man who is intelligent and can carry on a conversation as well as one who does not smoke, drink and is a Christian who regularly attend church.. The men who make the list must put $10 in a box. But the one man Felicity wishes would come, does not.

Ben Bonneville is working to earn money to go to California to pan for gold to pay off his mothers medical expenses and to witness to the gold miners. All of his things are stolen and he is forced to meet with Felicity. Ben is chosen but finds out it is a marriage in name only so Felicity can get the land.

While on the wagon train, Ben is constantly showing his love for Felicity, but she stands firm. It is only when Felicity is carried down stream on a mule does she soften and start to think more about Ben.

This is a fun little story, just perfect for reading in one evening. I really enjoyed reading his story. Even though Ben has less going for him during his interview, he is the one that is chosen. This story is so well written it is easy to see the line of men apply to be Felicity’s husband or to feel the cold during their travel. This book would be enjoyed by those who enjoy reading American historical fiction.

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128 pages

ISBN: 9781547205431

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

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Road Trip of Delusion by Jean Ann Williams


Kari Rose and her two sisters are visiting their grandmother during spring break when their grandmother decided at 3AM to take a long trip to visit family. Even though the girls know they should not go, they can not convince Granny and they are forced to go with her. Kari’s younger sister is constantly mouthing off to Granny, the old Cadillac breaks down and then Granny can no longer drive so 15 year old Kari has to take over.

While Kari is driving, they drive into a snowstorm and have to sit through a road closure for the night. When they are able to get back on the road, a second blizzard hits and Kari pulls off the road and follows a snow plow. They find themselves at an abandoned restaurant and lodge to wait out the storm. Kari goes through the kitchen and finds food to make and they are able to stay warm by the fireplace. While staying at the lodge the family pull together to survive. Kari’s younger sister apologizes for the way she talks to others.

I enjoyed reading this book. There were several parts of the book that were very funny. But for the most part I just wanted to keep reading to see what was going to happen next. There is a little bit of romance in the story with Kari and the young man at a hotel as well. The part I enjoyed most was while they were at the lodge. The love they showed to each other and how they took care of Granny was enjoyable to read.

Any one who enjoys reading adventure stories will enjoy this book. It is a good clean book that could be enjoyed by youth and adults alike. There are some parts of the book where the better proof reading could have been used but it did not disrupt the story.

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257 pages

ISBN: 9780997701623

Publisher: Love Truth

The author has written over three hundred articles for youth and adults. She writes a healthy eating column in a teen magazine. This is her third book.

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