Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry

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Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry is a very touching story of the strength and endurance Billy Allman has to fulfill his dream. AS a young boy, he was caught in a devastating flood. With his father’s illness, Billy spent a lot of time with him. His father taught him how to play the mandolin. This talent allow Billy to join a band. But this was not the experience he thought it would be. Billy leaves the band and works at radio stations. When he loses his job, he plans to get his own Christian station. Meanwhile, Billy has an angel that is assigned to him to observe and protect Billy.

I enjoyed reading this book. Billy has had so many things in his life that could have changed his faith, but he has stood firm and does what ever he has to in order to being about the plans of a Christian radio station. Billy’s strength and endurance is very encouraging to read. The story has drama, suspense and romance.

385 pages

ISBN: 9781414319575

You can learn about the author and books he has written at:

http://www.chrisfabry.com

This book can be purchased at https://www.amazon.com/Almost-Heaven-Chris-Fabry/dp/1414319576/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525129145&sr=8-1&keywords=9781414319575&dpID=41SW5FzIgKL&preST=_SY291_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

I received this book from https://www.myreaderrewardsclub.com/.  This is a great way to earn great Christian books to read!

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Her Reluctant Hero by Anne Greene

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Her Reluctant Hero by Anne Greene takes place during the swinging 60’s. Josh saved Laura from a fire at her parents home. Both Josh and Laura attended the same school. Their friendship grows and they are engaged to be married when Josh is set to deploy to Vietnam as a search and rescue pilot. Most of these pilot do not make it home. With this in mind, Josh breaks off the engagement. Now he is back home and working a job so he can fly on Laura’s flights as much as possible to get back together.

Laura is working as a stewardess. During the 60’s, stewardesses were thought to be young women who were out to catch a rich husband. They dressed in mini skirts and go go boots. Laura is very reluctant to renew her friendship with Josh.

This is a nice historical fiction novella that gives a reader a look into life during the 60’s. Both Josh and Laura have kept true to their beliefs and do not get caught up in the casual life style of the time. I enjoyed reading this story. It is the perfect length to read in an evening. I think anyone who enjoys reading Christian fiction/romance will enjoy this short story.

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

86 pages

ISBN: 9781980368526

Anne Greene writes both contemporary and historical fiction that celebrate the abundant life Jesus gives us. Each book is based on a place she has traveled. You can see other books she has written at: www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Her-Reluctant-Hero-Anne-Greene/dp/198036852X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1525104222&sr=8-1&keywords=9781980368526

An Amish Heirloom by Amy Clipston, Beth Wiseman, Kathleen Fuller and Kelly Irvin

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An Amish Heirloom is a book with four stories. Each of the stories focuses on young couples in Amish communities who reunite.

A Legacy of Love by Amy Clipston is a story of a girl who is getting ready to marry. She has an ex-boyfriend repair her grandparent’s rocking chairs. With the wedding quickly approaching, she is questioning if she is marrying the right person.

The Cedar Chest by Beth Wiseman is a story of a young married lady who goes to get a box of books from her parents basement. She sees an old cedar chest with a broken key that has been in her family for years. She and her mother open the chest and find letters. The letters tell the story of her great grandparents.

The Treasure Book by Kathleen Fuller is the story of a young lady who is called to help an elderly friend of her aunts while she is recovering from a sprained ankle. The elderly lady plays match maker and the young lady gets reunited with a young man she knew from back home.

The Midwife’s Dream by Kelly Irvin tells us the story of a young midwife who desires a family of her own but has yet met the right man. One day a brother of her friend brings a young couple to her who are having a baby. The young couple disappear and leave the baby behind with a beautiful old baby quilt. The young midwife seeks help from the friend’s brother to help locate the parents.

Each of these stories are easy to read stories, a good length to read in an evening. Each of the stories is built around a old object that has been kept for many year and has meaning. Each of the stories also deal with the struggles young couples have to build a firm foundation for their relationship. I enjoyed how when the young ladies would start questioning their love for the men in their lives, their mothers would be there to encourage them and help them realize love takes work, it is not always easy and even marriage that look perfect have their struggles. I feel this book would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys reading stories of the Amish and their faith.

I received a copy of this book from Zondervan Publishing through book look bloggers, this is my honest review.

380 pages

ISBN: 9780310351887

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

http://amyclipston.com/

http://bethwiseman.com/

http://www.kathleenfuller.com/

http://www.kellyirvin.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=9780310351887

https://www.christianbook.com/an-amish-heirloom-amy-clipston/9780310351887/pd/351887

Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton

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Hurricane Season by Lauren K. Denton is an amazing story of family relationships. Betsy and Jenna are sisters who were raised by career focused parents. Betsy and her husband Ty are the owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama. The farm has been in Ty’s family for years. When he was just 15 years old his grandfather informed him it would be his one day. After eight years of marriage, Betsy and Ty have been unable to have children and are working on accepting this.

Jenna is the younger sister who has always been a free spirit. She is a single mother of two little girls who works at at coffee shop. Jenna has always loved photography, but has put that aside to make a living for her family. A friend encourages her to apply to an art retreat and she gets accepted. With no one else to care for her children, she takes them to Betsy for the two weeks of the retreat. While at the retreat, she is invited to spend the rest of the summer there.

Betsy and Ty are having many struggles. Betsy is trying to move past not being a mother. She did not consult Ty before taking Jenna’s girls and Ty is upset about this. When Jenna does not return when she says she will, Betsy and Ty wonder is she will come back for the girls. It is soon hurricane season and Ty and his crew are busy preparing the farm to possible damage. Having survived other hurricane’s they know what to watch for and how to prepare.

This is a great story that focuses on family and doing what needs to be done for family. This story is so well written, it is easy to get lost in it. The story touches on real life issues, such as infertility, single motherhood, and doing what is needed. The things in the story that stand out to me, are how Betsy has taken on projects to help the farm. And, that with going to the retreat, Jenna is able to think of ways she can have a job to support her family as well as find time to pursue her love of photography. But the thing that stands out the most are the memories the sisters have of their childhood, of having each other for support when the parents were too busy for them. Especially the memories of Betsy trying to talk her parents into allowing Jenna pursue photography I really think anyone who enjoys modern day story of family relationships will enjoy this book. While this book is published by Thomas Nelson, a Christian publishing company, there is minimal Christian references. The only references are going to church and praying.

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

391 pages

ISBD: 9780718084257

TO learn more about the other and other books she has written go to: http://laurenkdenton.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/hurricane-season-southern-sisters-storms-weather/lauren-denton/9780718084257/pd/084257

https://www.amazon.com/Hurricane-Season-Southern-Sisters-Weather/dp/071808425X/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Just Claire

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Just Claire by Jean Ann Williams is a story of the Monteiro family. The father has just moved his family to be with him working a temporary job when his wife goes into labor. The couple have chosen to have home births when this birth brings about complications that takes them to the hospital. They leave the older children behind with Claire being in charge of taking care of them. With needing to go to school, Clair takes the youngest sibling with them. But when her mother finally comes home from the hospital, she is forced to leave the little girl home.

Clair’s mother struggles with mental illness and the birth of the new baby has brought this to the surface once again. So when Clair should be enjoying time with friends, she is running a home and caring for her younger sibling. Clair is also struggling with wanting to fit in a popular group in her new school.

This is a great story that is meant for children 12 to 18 years of age. As an adult I also enjoyed this story a lot. The story focuses on family, friendships and community helping others. One of the things that stands out to me in this story is that Clair would win the competition of writing about the area with the short time she was at the school.

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

Kindle Edition

The author has written over 300 articles for adults and youth. She writes a column for Putting on the New Blog and for Book Fun Magazine on suicide loss.

This book can be purchase at:

https://www.amazon.com/Just-Claire-Jean-Ann-Williams-ebook/dp/B01A9S4AYE/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1523929184&sr=1-1&keywords=just+claire&dpID=51yGK1eDm-L&preST=_SY445_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/just-claire-jean-ann-williams/1123223218?ean=9781621355892

 

Jade’s match by Hallee Bridgeman

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Jade’s Match by Hallee Bridgeman is book 7 in the Jewel series. Jade and Davis are using a wireless phone not yet released to promote the phone as well as to bring attention to the Olympic games. Jade is a silver medal winner for playing volleyball and Davis will be taking place in this years Olympics. They are to play the part of a couple meeting and getting involved in a steamy romance. At their first meeting Jade remembers seeing a photo of Davis in the paper and jumps to the conclusion that he was involved in an incident that she felt could jeopardize her reputation. Jade also lets something that happened in her earlier years affect how she reacts to Davis.

Davis spends time away from Jade and his family working toward the Olympics. He also struggles to work with dealing with his anger when put in hard situations.

Jade and Davis are both devote Christians, putting their Christian beliefs as a priority and not putting themselves in a situation where others might question their faith and actions.

This is a fun, easy to read story. With just 149 pages this is the perfect length to read in an evening or on a lazy afternoon. The thing that stands out to me in this story is when Davis stresses to Jade to let him open the door for her. This is one way a man shows respect to women and a woman letting a man open the door for her, is respecting him. Another thing is the reaction others have to Davis’s ethnic background instead of his abilities.

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

Kindle Edition

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

You can purchase this book at:

https://www.amazon.com/Jades-Match-Jewel-Book-7-ebook/dp/B078V9RJ9S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523927383&sr=8-1&keywords=jade%27s+match

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jades-match-the-jewel-series-book-7-hallee-bridgeman/1127795221?ean=9781681901206

 

The Miracle of Mysteria by Leonid Belov

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The Miracle of Mysteria, by Leonid Belov is a story based on true events in the village of Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. The story takes place in 1348 during the Black Death. While the death is taking people in surrounding towns, the people in Rundschau come together to perform the Passion of Christ. The story tells us how taking part in the performance affected some of the people. We also see how those who watched the performance were affected, so much so that the play was repeated in the future.

This is a very interesting story to read. At a time when death is all around and is almost a guarantee, the characters were able to put aside their fears and put on such a dramatic and touching performance. One of the things that stands out most in the story to me, is that this one small area was saved from the Black Death. This is such a touching story to read.

I received a copy of this book through Book Club network, this is my honest review.

Kindle version

You can read more about this book and read the beginning of the book at: http://www.towerofharmony.com/

This story can be purchased at

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074LJBJXT/ref=oh_aui_d_detailpage_o01_?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-miracle-of-mysteria-leonid-belov/1126638739

The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli

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The Hidden Side, by Heidi Chiavaroli, is a very powerful modern day story blended with a historical fiction story. This story is so good, it is hard to put down. While I did struggle with putting the two stories together initially, there is a lot of similarities between them.

Natalie is a mother of twin teenagers who struggles with connecting with them. The story starts with her going through her son’s room to see if she can find anything alarming. Just a short time later, her son takes one of his father’s guns to school and shots his sister’s boyfriend and a couple of their friends. This part of the story gives us a glimpse into what it could be like for the family of the shooter and the struggles they go through. In this case, the shooter feels he is protecting his sister from her boyfriend, who is not all that he seems to be. This part of the book is told by Natalie and her teen daughter, of the struggles they go through and how they deal with finding out Chris’s feelings.

While going through her son’s room she finds a book that she borrows to read. It is a historical story based in 1776. It is a story of a young lady who become a spy during the war, helping get information to Washington. Mercy was engaged to be married when her boyfriend is captured and put to death. Mercy tells her story of loss and secret.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is not an easy story to read. The is violence through out the stories. The modern day story is written so well, it was like reading a true story of modern events.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. This is my honest review.

448 pages

ISBN: 9781496423238

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

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.tyndale.com/p/the-hidden-side/9781496423238

https://www.christianbook.com/the-hidden-side-heidi-chiavaroli/9781496423238/pd/423232?event=AFF

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1496423232/ref=as_li_qf_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=heidichiavaro-20&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=1496423232&linkId=507b01b50a9de49e07cd79bb02832b53

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hidden-side-heidi-chiavaroli/1127416117?ean=9781496423238&st=AFF&SID=www.barnesandnoble.com&2sid=Author+Heidi+Chiavaroli_8744650_NA&sourceId=AFFAuthor+Heidi+Chiavaroli

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

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Pelican Point, by Irene Hannon, is a contemporary romance set in Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast. Army doctor Ben Garrison has returned to Hope Harbor following the death of his grandfather. He is also freshly retired from the military and is planning to join a friend’s medical practice. He plans to take care of his grandfather’s estate before moving into the practice.

Marci Weber has been living in Hope Harbor for just a couple years. She came to Hope Harbor to take care of her aunt’s estate, but this small town quickly became her home, a safe place to start over.

As Ben receives an offer for the sale of his grandfather’s light house, Marci leads a group to find a way to save the light house.

This is a good story to curl up with and just get lost in. While it is a romance, it is not over the top and contains suspense as well. The story line is very good with not to many characters. The theme of forgiveness and moving on is very strong in this story. Not only are Ben and Marci starting new lives, but Ben’s neighbor is trying to move on with his life following an injury while deployed. One of the things I enjoyed most about this story is the caring community members and how they come together to help.

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

Series: Hope Harbor

345 pages

ISBN: 9780800728809

Irene Hannon is an award winning author. You can read more about her and books she has written at http://irenehannon.com/

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Pelican-Point-Hope-Harbor-Novel/dp/0800728807

https://www.christianbook.com/pelican-point-hope-harbor/irene-hannon/9780800728809/pd/728807

Shadows of HOPE by Georgiana Daniels

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Shadows of Hope, by Georgiana Daniels, is an awesome story that deals with contemporary women’s issues. Marissa is a crisis pregnancy worker who befriends Kaitlyn, a college student working at a coffee shop. Kaitlyn is unmarried and expecting a baby as a result of an affair with one of her teachers. Marissa invites Kaitlyn to come to the crisis center and eventually hires her to work there.

Meanwhile, Marissa and her husband, Colin, are growing apart after years of marriage and trying unsuccessfully to have a family. Colin admits to having an affair and having a child on the way. Marissa wants nothing to do with Colin’s child.

This is one of those books that just tugs at your heart. The author writes of issues such as infidelity, infertility and unwed mothers. The story is very well written with minimal major characters who are very well introduced. This is the first story I have read by Georgiana Daniels. I hope it is just the first of many for years to come. I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories of women issues will really enjoy this story. The book contains very good discussion questions that would make this a very good choice for book clubs to read.

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

317 pages

ISBN: 9781683225454

To learn more about this author go to: https://georgianadaniels.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:

http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/Shadows-of-Hope,14925.aspx?Tab=Books&sj=286

https://www.christianbook.com/shadows-of-hope-georgiana-daniels/9781683225454/pd/225454

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=9781683225454

a free downloadable preview of this book is also available at Christian Books Distributors and Amazon