Abridged by Alana Terry

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Abridged by Alana Terry is book seven in A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel Series. This is a really good series. And each book just gets better. The church Kennedy attends is hosting the Truth Warriors men retreat and there are many people who are upset about it. The pastor, Carl, and the youth pastor, Nick, get into heated arguments about hosting this event. While setting up for the event, someone goes into Carl’s office and attacks him. While on the way to the hospital, Carl stops breathing and is left on the ventilator with brain trauma.

Carl is not the only one under attack. His wife was written about in the college newspaper. Being good friends with Carl’s wife Kennedy writes an honest article for the newspaper about women’s right to chose to stay at home or have a career. She finds herself being forced to apologize for the article or face damaging her education.

I just love this series. I find myself reading the books non-stop to find out what is happening and I can’t wait for the next in the series. The books do need to be read in order to follow through with the story. I also enjoy how the author brings in characters from her other books. This story is very fast moving with a lot of twist and turns. While Carl is struggling for his life, his son is kidnapped. Kennedy is trying to be a friend and support Carl’s wife, yet is being pulled in different directions with meetings at school regarding her article. If you enjoy suspenseful Christian Fiction you will love this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author through Book Club Network and this is my honest review.

Series: A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel (book 7)

262 pages

ISBN: 9781941735367

Publisher: FirstFruits Publishing

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

This book can be purchased from:

https://www.amazon.com/Abridged-Kennedy-Stern-Christian-Suspense/dp/1941735363

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The Delusion: We All Have Our Demons by Laura Gallier

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The Delusion, by Laura Gallier is book one in the series.

Owen Edmonds recently inherited a home from his grandparents in Texas. Needing to flee their home , he and his mom move to Texas. Owen attends Mason High, which has had eleven students commit suicide. One day he goes for a walk on his property and meets a gentleman that offers him a drink from the well. Owen gets really sick and when he wakes up he is able to see people walking around with chains attached to their necks. Then he starts seeing strange creatures around the people who have chains. Owen notices some of the people do not have chains and instead have a light glowing from them. This news spread quickly and his friends turn against him. Two other boys want to drink the water and see what Owen sees. But when they drink the water, they die, leaving Owen suspected for killing them.

The story is told from Owen’s point of view and is very detailed. The story moves along rather quickly and there is so much happening that it is hard to put the book down. This is a story of good and evil, a story of teens and how they think and feel. There were a couple things in the story that I felt were especially good. One was when Owen questioned his mother about the names on her chains and was able to find out things of his past he had wondered about. The other was about his Christian friend Ray Ann. She was there for him through the situation and wanted to see what he could see. She was so loving, caring and forgiving that Owen wanted to give his mother the same mercy Ray Ann gave him. Together Ray Ann and Owen struggle to figure out a way to stop an attack on their school.

I think older teens and adult that enjoy fantasy or thrillers would enjoy this book. There are very detailed descriptions that could be disturbing for some. The images the author paints are sometime horrific and some could find this hard to read.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. This my honest review.

Series: The Delusion (book 1)

320 pages

ISBN: 9781496422378

Publisher: Tyndale Publishing

To learn more about the author go to: www.lauragallier.com

Some places to buy this book are:
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The Treasure of Granzella Ranch by Joan Bannan

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The Treasure of Granzella Ranch is a great story by Joan Bannan. Sherre Granzella has come home to visit. She is taking time off from her job to try to save her family’s olive oil farm. Sherre takes failing businesses and helps them become profitable again. After the death of her father, the family ranch has not been doing well. She comes home to a mother that is dating a much younger man. Her brother-in-law that is running the ranch has turned to alcohol. And her sister has more than just a friendship with one of her child’s teachers. Sherre is also going through a divorce and her soon to be ex is trying to get all he can from her. Sherre has an unexpected visitor that asks to spend time at the ranch to learn about the olive oil business. What this visitor does not tell Sherre is that she suspects Sherre’s mother’s boyfriend is a murder.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a great story of family relationships. It also contains a lot of adventure and suspense. I especially enjoyed the parts in the book where the family would get together for dinners. Sherre’s niece and nephew brought a lot of humor to the story. The story is so descriptive, it was easy to visualize the family sitting around the table and the children teasing each other. It was also easy to feel the fear of the children as they fall into a hole on their walk. As well as feel the struggle Sherre’s brother-in-law was going through. And every time Sherre tried to open the drawer in her grandfather’s desk, I just wanted her to finally get it open so see what was stopping it. I think anyone who enjoys contemporary family stories will enjoy this book. It is a good clean story that would be enjoyed by teen as well as adults.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

186 pages

ISBN: 9780962762444

Publisher: Joan Bannan Publications

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-Bannan/e/B000APY0WY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Treasure-Granzella-Ranch-Joan-Bannan/dp/096276244X

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Misdirect by Beverly Nault

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Misdirect by Beverly Nault is a story of Eve Parker, a CIA operative who was assigned to a desk job after a mission went bad years earlier. Eve has often put her job ahead of her family, leaving her mother to step in to care for her daughter. Her daughter becomes engaged to Zach, one of Eve’s co-workers. Zach and Eve have had issues with each other since the failed mission and Eve is not happy about the engagement. Just when Eve should be helping with wedding plans, issues connected with the failed mission surface. Zach goes missing and Eve is called in to help with the mission. Not only to find Zach, but to take down the biggest threat to the United States. While on the mission, Eve is sent to the Sahara Desert. She meets up with a family that helps her. The family’s son takes her on a camel ride she will not forget. The boy is not a Christian, he and Eve spend time discussing the Qu’ran and the Bible.

This story takes off running and does not slow down. There are several sub-stories written within the main story. Eve’s job is the main story, but her marriage with her husband moving in with someone else and her daughter’s up coming marriage are others. There are so many twists and turns to this story, it was very hard to put down. The author did research to keep this story realistic. There are a lot of characters, most well introduced. The scenes in the story are very descriptive, to easily visualize what was happening. There were a few time I was not able to totally follow what was happening, but it worked itself out nicely. I think anyone who enjoys suspenseful adventure stories will really enjoy this book.

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

250 pages

ISBN: 9781546430803

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

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

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Misdirect-Novel-Spies-Sahara-Searching/dp/1546430806

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Cherished Mercy by Tracie Peterson

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Cherished Mercy is the third and final book in the Heart of the Frontier series written by Tracie Peterson. Though out this series we have followed the Flanagan sisters as they made their way to the Oregon Territory. The older two sisters have married and started their families but Mercy has yet to find the man for her. Mercy receives a request from a friend, Eletta, to travel to the Browning Mission in the Rogue River Valley. Eletta is having problems with her pregnancy and has taken to her bed. Mercy helps with Eletta’s home and young adopted daughter, Faith, as well as helps Eletta’s brother-in-law, Adam, teach the Indian children.

The government is trying to take all the Indians to a reservation and has hired men to help. Some of the men take it upon themselves to kill the Indians instead. Browning Mission is attacked and the white people are forced to flee. Eletta’s husband was killed prior to the attack and Eletta passes away when they reach the new town. It is now up to Mercy and Adam to take care of Faith.

This is such a good series, it should be read in order as the three sisters are the focal point in each story. This series covers some tough topics, such as racism, greed, war and rape. This book is a reminder the importance of prayer, showing mercy to others and keeping our faith even in the worst of times. The characters are well developed and the writing is so clear it is easy to envision the fear of the white man’s attack at Browning Mission as well and the Indian’s retaliation and the hunger at Fort Miner. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction based on the settling of our country.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. This is my honest review.

Series: Heart of the Frontier

310 pages

ISBN: 9780764213298

Publisher: Bethany House

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

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All Saints, by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle

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All Saints, written by Michael Spurlock and Jeanette Windle, is the true story behind the movie. Reverend Spurlock went back to school to be a pastor later in life. The All Saints Episcopal Church in Smyrna, Tennessee was the first church he served after finishing school. The church had suffered through many of it’s members leaving. His responsibility is to take the church of just 25 members and a very large financial commitment and grow the church, make it self supporting and reach out in missions.

Just when the decision is made to sell the church, Reverend Spurlock walks the acreage the church is built on and is given the ideal to use the acreage for gardens to help feed others and sell produce. With the help of the Karen refugees from Burma and others God puts in his life, the church is not sold.

This is an inspiring story. The parts that stand out the most to me is how the people in the All Saints church and the refugees do not want to have separate services. Even though they do not all understand each other, they continue worshiping together and working together to save the church. This story also shows us that God will supply our needs, such as supplying the church with the money to start the gardens, the tractor and the irrigation supplies they needed. This is a good book to read to help get more information that just watching the movie.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing. I have written an honest review.

207 pages

ISBN: 9780764230271

Publisher: Bethany House

Reverend Michael Spurlock served the All Saints Episcopal Church for three years. He is currently serving on clergy staff at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Jeanette Windle is an award-winning author, an investigative journalist and a writers mentor.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/all-saints/386620

https://www.amazon.com/All-Saints-Surprising-Refugees-Brought/dp/0764230271

https://www.christianbook.com/saints-surprising-refugees-brought-dying-church/michael-spurlock/9780764230271/pd/230270

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/all-saints-michael-spurlock/1126894942?ean=9780764230271#/

Hearts of Purpose, by Gail Grace Nordskog

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Gail Grace Nordskog has this very inspiration book that includes the stories of ten women who have followed the calling from God in their lives and helped others in significant ways. Each chapter is written by a different woman and basically give their backgrounds and what they have done.

One of the things that I like the best about Hearts of Purpose is that it shows us that people from all walks of life get called to do God’s work and follow through on it. A couple of women that stand out in my mind are Marilyn Pulis and Nita Hanson. I really enjoyed reading Marilyn’s story of what it was like for her growing up on the farm. She married a pastor and they ministered together, not just in churches but has missionaries in different countries. Nita’s story just pulled at my heart. Her childhood was filled with insecurity. I was encouraged with her story of her Christian walk and the missions trips that she took part in and how it changed her life.

Nita writes of five steps God takes us through, giving us what we need, when we need it.

First, God sees a situation and has compassion for what those involved are going through.

Second. God, brings the situation to our attention.

Third, God tells us to to help with the situation.

Fourth, God tells us to take what we have and use it to help with the situation.

Fifth. God will give us more than we need.

This was a very encouraging book to read. Through reading these women’s stories, the reader will be reaffirmed that God does supply all our needs and that when He puts in our heart to do something, that He will supply what we need to do it. We will be the ones blessed by doing what God asks us to.

This is a hard covered book with thicker than normal pages. The pages have an artistic backgrounds and the colors of the pages change with the chapters. I really liked that this book comes with an attached book mark ribbon. This book would make a very elegant gift.

I received a copy of this book from BookFun and the author. I have written an honest review.

Series: The Call (book 1)

308 pages

ISBN: 9781946497086

Publisher: Nordskog Publishing

Gail Grace Nordskog is the co-publisher at Nordskog Publishing Inc. and has established the Gail Grace Nordskog Collection which include prayer journals and inspirational books, that help bring the reader closer to God and encourage them In their Christian walk. Gail produces and hosts the Hearts of Purpose television show, interviewing men and women in Christian ministries.

Some places you can buy this book are:
https://www.nordskogpublishing.com/product-tag/gail-grace-nordskog/

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https://www.amazon.com/Hearts-Purpose-stories-ordinary-extraordinary/dp/1946497088

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An Amish Christmas Love – Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid and Kelly Irvin

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An Amish Christmas Love is a book containing four novellas. Each of the stories is just under 90 pages long and contain the theme of love at Christmas.

Winter Kisses by Beth Wiseman is a story of a family of ladies spanning three generations. Naomi has not allowed herself to get into a relationship due to the loss her mother and grandmother had when losing their husbands. The women have rented their daadi haus to three men .

The Christmas Cat, by Amy Clipston, is a story of Emma, who lost her husband in July after 45 years of marriage. A cat has chosen her home to go to and has taken over her husband’s chair. When Emma is not able to go to a neighbor’s home for dinner, the younger members take dinner to her.

In Snow Angel, by Kelly Irvin, David and Molly have been seeing each other for a year. David has not been able to move forward with the relationship, until his Englisch ex-girlfriend comes back to town and wants him back.

And Home for Christmas, by Ruth Reid, beings Englischer Ellie back home when she inherits her aunts home. She intends to get the home sold so she can go back to her Englisch life.

These are four very good short stories. The characters are remembering past loves. The stories are the perfect length to read in an evening. I enjoyed reading them all. I think anyone who enjoys Amish stories will enjoy this book.

A couple of things that stand out to me are:

In The Christmas Cat, one of the young ladies asked Emma how she made it through their struggles. Her response was “We just kept our faith in God and believed He would get us through somehow.” Emma’s husband had a feed store that went through financial struggles. And even though they wanted children, they were not able to have them.

In Home for Christmas, Ellie is looking through her aunt’s belongings and find a letter her aunt left Ellie in her journals. Her aunt wants her to find wealth of faith and the power of God in the pages of the journal. The journal contains not only things about her aunt but also the people she was praying for.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

378 pages

ISBN: 9780529118707

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To learn more about the authors and books they have written go to:

http://bethwiseman.com/

http://amyclipston.com/

https://www.fantasticfiction.com/r/ruth-reid/

http://www.kellyirvin.com/

Some places to buy this book are:

http://www.thomasnelson.com/an-amish-christmas-love

https://www.amazon.com/Amish-Christmas-Love-Four-Novellas/dp/052911870X

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My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley by Andrea Boeshaar

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Who can really possess land? God is supreme owner of all the earth.”

Lily and her two brothers have recently lost their father. One day after bathing in the river, Lily runs into Captain Albright, Mac, and is informed he has purchased her family’s orchards and fields. Her father’s friend, Mr. Everett is suppose to be taking care of them. He is now telling them he had to sell the property to pay for their upkeep and he has purchased their home. Mr. Everett has also made it plain that he determines to have Lily as his wife. Lily and her family have not been able to find her father’s will, but they believed they would not have to worry about money.

Mac and his partner, Mr. Blake have been invited to Lily’s home for meals. Lily and Mac both develop feeling for each other, but since they both lost significant others, neither want to get into a serious relationship. However, that is not the case for Mr. Blake and Lily’s aunt. Their friendship turns into a serious relationship very quickly.

My Heart Belongs in the Shenandoah Valley: Lily’s Dilemma is a good story that takes place in 1816. This is one of those stories that is easy to get caught up in. Andrea Boeshaar has done a good job of building the characters as well as the story. While this is a Christian romance, this story has a lot of twists and turns in it that will keep the reading wondering what will happen next. I enjoyed reading of the mischief Lily’s brothers got into. Even though Lily intended to stay on the family property, when she sees the sale contract, she admits that she will miss the property but also feels that God is the owner of all the earth. The author has shown us how it was for women at that time with not being in charge of their own family finances. I think anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction and romance will enjoy this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Series: My Heart Belongs

254 pages

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.andreaboeshaar.com/

Some place you can purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/heart-belongs-shenandoah-valley-lilys-dilemma/andrea-boeshaar/9781683222224/pd/3222224

https://www.amazon.com/My-Heart-Belongs-Shenandoah-Valley/dp/1683222229

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A Time To Stand by Robert Whitlow

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A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow is the perfect book to curl up with and read! This contemporary fiction takes place in Georgia. Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney is working in Atlanta when she loses her job. At the same time her great aunt, who raised her, suffers from a stroke and needs some one to care for her. Adisa returns home to Campbellton to be near her great aunt. She takes a temporary job with a law firm under the condition she represent the white police officer that shot a black youth.

If you enjoy legal dramas you will totally enjoy this story. The story is very well written and focuses on forgiveness and doing what is right. The story feels like it could be taken from today’s newspapers, very current and very real. The things that stands out to me is Aunt Josie walking through the town praying for members of the community. I also respect the character of Thelma Armistead, having the strength to stand in front of her church and forgive those involved in the shooting of her grandson. I felt frustrated with the pastor’s position, I wished he would have had more forgiveness and less demand for justice. Overall this is a very good story, it is not so fast moving that the reader struggles to keep up with the story. The characters are very well introduced with background information so they are easy to follow.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

399 pages

ISBN: 9780718083038

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/a-time-to-stand/robert-whitlow/9780718083038/pd/083038

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https://www.amazon.com/Time-Stand-Robert-Whitlow/dp/0718083032