Moments We Forget by Beth K. Vogt

Moments We Forget

Moments We Forget is book two in the Thatcher Sisters series by Beth K. Vogt. This book focuses mainly on middle sister Jillian. She is struggling with getting her life back after going through treatments for cancer. She struggles with memory and doing her normal daily activities to the point she loses her job. Together with her two sisters, they try to form a book club, but the ongoing sister dynamics threaten their time together. Jillian feel’s like she is the lessor of the sisters and that she is to be the peacekeeper.

We also catch up with sisters Johanna and Payton. Johanna is very career focused and has been in a long term engagement that never advances to wedding plans. Payton struggles with the loss of her twin. And struggles with making the decision to follow Jesus for the right reason.

This is a very good contemporary Christian fiction story that focuses on women’s issues such as infertility, adoption, unfaithfulness and death and grief. While this is part of a series, this story is written in a way that it is also a stand alone story. The author introduces the characters and gives good background information. I appreciate the way the author handles the ongoing health concerns Jillian has. It is very realistic. I also appreciate how the author writes of Payton’s struggles with wanting to make a commitment to God for the right reasons.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale’s my readers reward club. This is my honest review.

Series: Thatcher Sisters (book 2)

448 pages

ISBN: 9781496427298

You can learn more about the author and other books she has written at: https://bethvogt.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:
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Shadow of the Dagger by Anne Greene

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Shadows of the Dagger is the first book in the CIA Operatives series by Anne Greene. In the past year Nicole has lost her husband and her parents. Her home has been searched and she received a note demanding she return a map she does not have. Her brother, Ian, is in Turkey for an archaeological dig and his interpreter has been murdered. He fears for Nicole’s safety and convinces her to leave Texas and be with him in Turkey. When she gets to Istanbul, he is not there to meet her and her purse gets stolen. CIA agent ,Josh Baruch is there, helps her check into her hotel and look for her brother. They find his room ransacked. When they go to the local police, Ian does not trust them. In a strange city, without her purse and with her brother missing; Nicole is forced to rely on Josh for help.

Through their search for Ian, several things happen that cause Nicole to not trust Josh. Josh is not honest with Nicole, she thinks he is on vacation in Turkey and does not know of his involvement with the CIA. So when the man from the police station shows up, she trusts him instead.

What a page turning story! It is so full of adventure, suspense and mystery, with a touch of romance, that it is hard to put down. There are a few things that really stand out to me in this story. Nicole very quickly trusts Josh, even though she does not know him. I know my reaction to the situation would have been very different. Nicole has very strong Christian beliefs and Josh has very strong Jewish beliefs. Yet they respect each other and share freely with each other.

I totally enjoyed this story, I enjoyed the rich history the author gives to the area. The writing is so descriptive it is easy to imagine the surroundings and what is happenings. The characters are well introduced and easy to follow.

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

400 pages

ISBN: 9781951080204

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing

Anne Greene writes about heroes and heroines who are not afraid to turn to prayer in times of struggles. You can learn more about her and other books she has written at: http://www.annegreeneauthor.com/home.html

This book can be purchased at: https://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Dagger-Operatives-Anne-Greene/dp/1951080181/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

The Girl Behind The Red Rope by Ted Dekker and Rachelle Dekker

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The Girl Behind The Red Rope is a Christian suspense written by Ted and Rachelle Dekker. Haven Valley is a small town lead by spiritual leader Rose. The town is surrounded by a red rope that it’s occupants are not allowed to cross. The belief is the darkness on the other side of the rope is filled with evil Fury. Ten years ago, evil was let lose on the earth and only believers were allowed into Haven Valley. Grace, her brother and mother live there, but not her father, a non-believer. Now her father is traveling to see them before he passes away. He travels with Eli, a young adopted boy. Rose is directed to kill Grace’s father and the boy. When Grace becomes aware of this, she gets Eli and hides him. She has already begun questioning the truth and who the real enemy is. Through Eli, she begins to open her eyes to where the evil really is.

This is a captivating story that will keep the reader’s attention to the very end. The suspense runs through the entire book. Some of the things that stand out for me in this story is the struggle to know the truth that Grace and her brother went through. Another is the love their mother has for Grace, offering up her life to save Grace’s. I enjoyed the use of a young boy to teach the truth.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

336 pages

ISBN: 9780800736538

Ted Dekker has written over 30 novels and has been named one of the top suspense writers of all times by NPR. You can read more about him and see the books he has written at: https://www.teddekker.com/

Rachelle Dekker, the oldest daughter of author Ted Dekker, has written several books. You can read more about her and the books she has written at: http://rachelledekker.com/

Some places to purchase this book are:
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You Belong With Me by Tari Faris

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Time heals all wounds.

You Belong With Me, by Tari Faris, is book one in the Restoring Heritage series. This is a contemporary romance that takes place in a small town in Michigan. There is a lot that is happening within this one story. Hannah is a local gal that is now a realtor who encourages her clients not to sell to a developer. She has talked the town into doing improvements to better the area.

Her brother ended his relationship and quickly moved on, even getting engaged. He has left his job, asked Hannah to sell their family home, and is planning to move away. But when his aunt and uncle ask him to take over their restaurant for a while, he can’t pass it up. It has been his dream for years, but his ex-girlfriend is back in town and has been asked to take over as the baker.

Luke, grew up in the foster care system, living with a widow who lived next to Hannah’s family. He has since purchased the home and is remodeling it. He and Hannah find a box that contains papers that may take the home from him. Luke has struggled with who he really is, if he has family and where he fits in. Hannah has secretly asked someone to research his background.

This is an easy to read story about relationships that suffer because of lack of communication. But it also focuses on healed relationships when forgiveness is given.

One of the things I enjoyed about this story is the reality of what is happening to our small towns. The struggles the businesses and the people have. This story shows the closeness and the support that is strong within small towns. I enjoyed reading of the friendships that turn into committed relationships between those who grow up together in small towns.

This is a Christian story, yet is written so nicely that it would not offend. It is not preachy in any way. It is a good clean story with a good message. Anyone who enjoys reading contemporary romance would enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Restoring Heritage (Book 1)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780800736477

The author is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and My Book Therapy. She has been writing fiction for over 10 years. You can read more about her at: https://www.tarifaris.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:
https://www.christianbook.com/you-belong-with-me-1/tari-faris/9780800736477/pd/0736470

https://www.amazon.com/You-Belong-Me-Restoring-Heritage/dp/0800736478

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/you-belong-with-me/396010

The Words Between Us by Erin Bartels

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The Words Between Us is a novel by Erin Bartels. Robin’s parents are serving time in prison. She changed her name and moved to live with a grandmother she never knew. During this short time, she became friends with Peter, who lent her books to read. When the grandmother died, she took off and was not heard from until she moved back to River City, Michigan and open a used book store. When the day of her father’s scheduled execution comes, she started receiving books from Peter in the mail, with poems she wrote for him now written in them. It is during this time she finally went to visit her parents in prison and forced them to tell her the truth.

This is a good, powerful story of a having your life changed in a blink of an eye and not knowing how to deal with it. To be put in a position of trying to be yourself and have a normal life, when everyone knows about your family. The story bounces between then, the time right after her parent’s sentencing, and now. This is a Christian Fiction novel with the slight Christian aspect coming from Robin’s father in prison. He has learned to forgive her mother, but is yet to tell her. This story has some suspense and a life long longing for a relationship between Robin and Peter.

I received copy of this book from Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

Story length: 355 pages

ISBN: 9780800734923

Erin Bartels is an author, poet and a member of the Capital City Writers Association and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. To learn more about her and books she has written go to: https://erinbartels.com/

This book can be purchased from:

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The Gryphon Heist by James R. Hannibal

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The Gryphon Heist, by James R. Hannibal, is book one of two in the Talia Inger series. Talia is fresh out of CIA training and hoping to get assigned to the Moscow desk but instead is assigned to a department in Eastern Europe called “Other”. As a new agent she gets assigned to a case that is so action packed and full of surprises she doesn’t know who she can trust. She has had ongoing health issues since the death of her father. As she works the case, things are revealed that let her know his death was not a simple accident.

This story is action packed almost from page one and doesn’t slow down until the end. This is not a fast read. There is also a lot of violence with the fighting and killings. There is so much happening in the story with so many characters, I struggled with keeping up with it at times. We see the Christian aspect of the story through one of people assigned to the case and how it has changed him and how that affects Talia.

I received a copy of this book from the Revell Reads Blogging Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Talia Inger (Book 1)

400 pages

ISBN: 9780800735777

The author is a former stealth pilot, a Silver Falchion Award winner and a Thriller Award nominee. You can read more about him and his other books at: https://jamesrhannibal.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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The Spice King by Elizabeth Camden

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The Spice King, by Elizabeth Camden, is book in in the Hope and Glory Series. This is a great historical fiction story that shows the importance of faith, family, forgiveness, and honesty. The story gives a look into the background of processing spices, what it takes to make good spices and how some companies misrepresent the product they make. It shows the dedication it take to help enforce the production of good quality products.

Annabelle has taken a temporary job at the Smithsonian to move with her sister to Washington D.C. Her blind sister so wants to live there, so Annabelle does what she needs to do to make this possible. She is asked to visit Gray Delacroix to get information on his prized plant collection. Others have tried to get to him, and failed so she thinks up an unusual plan. But her success only turns into being asked to do more. She is told if she can get information to convict him of a crime, she will be given a permanent job.

Gray is the owner of a major spice company who has spent his life traveling to learn about spices. He has now returned home and find his younger brother and sister leading different lives. His sister now works for the President’s wife and his brother has gotten involved in other causes. It is now up to him to keep the business moving forward and to keep the family together.

I loved this book and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. And how many will there be? It is a good, clean story with a very good message. I think those who enjoy historical fiction will really enjoy this story. I really enjoyed reading of the family dedication Annabelle possessed. She was ever mindful of the sacrifice her parents made so she could go to school and now move off the farm. Feeling responsible for her sister, he plans her day around being able to get her sister where she wants to be and to care for her. She and Gray have similar family responsibilities and must learn to move past things that have happened to help their family members.

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

Series: Hope and Glory (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780764232114

Elizabeth Camden is a Christy and RITA award-winning author who is bet know for her historical novels set in Gilded Age America. You can learn more about her and other books she has written at:

http://elizabethcamden.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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Finding Lady Enderly, by Joanna Davidson Politano

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Being created in God’s image means we bear traces of him. He is our truest identity.

-Diary of a Substitute Countess

Finding Lady Enderly, by Joanna Davidson Politano, is a Christian Romance based in England in the 1870’s. Raina is a rag woman in London who is offered a chance at a better life. She has been offered to move to Rothburne Abbey and pretend to be the countess to give the real countess the chance to rest after her travels and hectic life. She is told if she does not like the Abbey, but quickly finds out that is not true.

This is a nice historical romance that is well written with well developed characters. The amount of characters grows as the story is told, but they are slowly introduced to keep track of the main ones. This is a fast paced story that is filled with suspense and danger. The chapters start with parts from the Diary of a Substitute Countess, a diary Raina is writing. I especially enjoyed those of her thought on real beauty and her understanding of God.

I would highly recommend this story to those who enjoy historical fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Read Blogging Program, this is my honest review.

Story length: 367 pages

ISBN: 9780800728724

To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to:

https://jdpstories.com/

This book can be purchased from:

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Cold Aim by Janice Cantore

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Cold Aim, by Janie Cantore, is book three in the Line of Duty series. This book is awesome! The characters are well defined, following through from the previous two books in the series. The story is well told and very believable. The story is full of action and suspense.

Rogue Hollow is suffering from a terrible fire when the FBI asks for one of their witnesses in a high profile case to be kept there for safety. When the witness sneaks into town and is seen by one of the extra workers in the area, her cover is blown. The person after her will stop at nothing to get her. The small local law enforcement are working around the clock to stop him.

The romance between Police Chief Tess O’Rourke and Pastor Oliver Macpherson is questioned by some of his parishioners, and even themselves. Friends don’t think they are a good match, that they are like oil and water. So they have to work to prove friends wrong.

I have enjoyed this whole series. The stories are written so good, with enough background information, that they do not have to be read in order to follow. The author is a retired police officer, and it shows in the realistic stories that she writes. This one focuses on human trafficking and contains numerous murders and several different crimes needing to be solved. I enjoyed how the internet and hacking is used as a mean for finding information. I appreciate the Christian aspect to the story as well. It is light and not preachy. Tess’s father was quick to turn to prayer in times of difficulties, and this is something she is learning. I would highly recommend this story to anyone who enjoys police stories.

I received this book as part of a fellow bloggers give away. I was not required to write a review.

Series: Line of Duty (book 3)

348 pages

ISBN: 9781496423788

To learn more about the author and other great books she has written go to: https://www.janicecantore.com/

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This book can be purchased at:

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Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason

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Vow of Justice, by Lynette Eason, is book four in the Blue Justice series. This series follows the St. John family through crime situations. The book is written so that it works as a stand alone story as well. But it is so good, you will want to go back and read the whole series. This book is about FBI agent Linc and his partner Allison.

This story takes off with the first page and doesn’t stop until the end. There is so much action within the story, it is hard to find a place to put the book down. While the author had help from real agents with writing this book, some of the parts were a little hard to believe. The book is also full of suspense. It is easy to think someone in the agency is connected to the bad guys with how the trouble finds Allison where ever she goes. Even with all the injuries she sustains and others believe she has been killed, she keeps working to find the bad guys.

I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys crime stories. There is romance in the story between the partners, but it does not over power the story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads Blog Tour Program. This is my honest review.

Series: Blue Justice (book 4)

307 pages

ISBN: 9780800727208

To learn more about the author and other books she has written, go to: www.lynetteeason.com

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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