You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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You’ll Think Of Me, written by Robin Lee Hatcher, is a contemporary Christian Fiction story of a single mom and her little girl. Brooklyn Meyers eloped when she was just seventeen years old. Her husband took off when he found out they were going to have a baby. Since then Brooklyn has been working as a waitress and raising their little girl, Alycia. One day Brooklyn receives legal papers informing her that her husband has died and she and Alycia are now the owners of his parents home.

Derek Johnson is a sheriff’s deputy that is trying to become an organic farmer. His childhood friend owns the property next to him and has told Derek that he could buy it when ever he has the money. Before that time comes, Derek gets a letter informing him his friend has died and left the property to his wife and daughter. Derek is also asked to watch out for them and to be a father figure for the man’s daughter.

Derek has blamed Brooklyn all these years for his friend leaving. He does not want her to move back to Thunder Creek. But that is what she does. She has plans for the property, that do not include selling it to Derek.

This is an awesome book that will grab your attention from the very beginning. It is the type of story you do not want to end. The story shows us how mistakes we make when younger can impact so many other people. In this case, the Alycia has never known a father’s love. She does not know what a “normal” family is. But the author uses Derek to tell her that there are different kinds of families.

It is fun to read the changes that have taken place inside of Brooklyn since she left Thunder Creek. Before she refused to go to church, now she feels differently about God. She no longer feels He is waiting to punish her when ever she misbehaved, like her father did. God loves her. God has changed her on the inside and continues to change her. God has provided for her with the home, friends and a job when she really needed one. Anyone who enjoys reading contemporary romance stories will love this story. This is a really nice Christian story, done so in a way that it is not preachy. The end of the story has some really good discussion questions for readers as well as an except from a paper the author wrote years ago.

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305 pages

ISBN: 9780718085940

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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The Wrestler: The Pursuit of a Dream by Bill Vincent


The Wrestler: The Pursuit of a Dream, written by Bill Vincent, is a book for preteen boys. It is a story of Nicky, who grew up very poor and was bullied as a teenager. Despite being poor he and his brothers would wrestle and often watched wrestling. As Nicky grew up he became a wrestler and eventually wrestled in Japan making $50 a night. Now he is back home and is broke.

When the contender for the Wrestling Championship Match became injured, a new contender needs to be found. The World Champion selects Nicky to fight. The Champion has a plan to let Nicky fight for a little while and take him down. But Nicky takes this fight seriously. He trains and works out and is ready to fight for the Championship.

This is a good clean book for per-teen boys. The story show us how Nicky is able to get back into shape and fulfill his wrestling obligation. The story does have the violence that surround the sport but also shows the reader the respect Nicky and the Champion show each other after the match is over. The story also shows us how Nicky wants to help his girlfriend with his winnings instead of using them for himself. The part in the book that I really enjoyed is when Nicky took his wrestling obligation seriously and trained to get in the best shape possible. The story does mention the Nicky is a Christian, but there is no follow up on that. The story also leaves a few questions unanswered, like this could be the beginning of a series.

The author has been a pastor for over 20 years and has written many books that have helped people overcome the spirits and curses of Satan.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and this is my honest review.

110 pages

ISBN: 9781684110667

Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory

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Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons


Pursuing Gold is a novel based during the Civil War written by Cynthia L. Simmons. When Peter’s father past away, Peter took over his part of the banking business. Peter’s partner is ill and when banking papers are delivered to him with errors on them, his daughter, Mary Beth starts going to the bank to help Peter. Together they find out Mr. Sadler has been changing the deposits and embezzling money. One morning when they get to the bank, they find Mr. Sadler dead.

Mary Beth also runs a hotel and in the cash, she finds counterfeit bills with Peter’s signature. Together she and Peter try to find out who made the counterfeit bills and try to get as many as possible. Peter and Mary Beth were childhood friends until Mary Beth dated another man. They both have chosen to pursue God.

This is a good book with suspense and romance through out the story. This is a great story to curl up and read on a lazy day.  I enjoyed it a lot. The story also shows the strength and love that Mary Beth has with caring for her father as well as the hotel, the bank and caring for injured soldiers. We also see what a parent will do to help her children.

The book contains questions for thought and discussion at the end that are very good. This would make a great book for book groups.  Anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction stories based on US history will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

378 pages

ISBN: 9781944430764

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

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The Sea Keeper’s Daughters written by Lisa Wingate


The Sea Keeper’s Daughters is part of A Carolina Heirloom Novel series, written by Lisa Wingate. Whitney Moore and her cousin Denise are forced to close their second restaurant or lose both restaurants. Whitney receives a message that her step-father has been hospitalized. Even though she does not have a relationship with him since her mother’s death, she goes to check on the situation. While there, she goes through her grandmother’s things to see if there is anything of value she could sell to keep the restaurant. Mixed in with her grandmother’s things are letters from her grandmother’s sister that Whitney never knew about. As she attempts so sell some of her grandmother’s things, she finds out things of her family’s history.

As she goes through this process, she struggles with her step-father and the shop keepers renting the lower level of the building. Whitney is the owner of the building but her step-father is in control of it. As she interacts with the owner of the Rip Shack, Casey, they develop a friendship. He helps her with problems with the building as well as problems with her restaurants.

Even though this is part of a series, it is also a stand alone novel. The story does mention people and places that were mentioned in the first two books.

I like this series. It is a Christian Contemporary Women’s fiction. Just like the previous stories, this one has a second story written within it. I like the mystery written within the story. It kept me wondering what was going to happen and what Whitney was going to find out next. I like that the story shows us how we can misunderstand others when we do not take the time to get to know them or communicate with them.

Series: A Carolina Heirloom Novel

448 pages

ISBN: 9781414386904

Publisher: Tyndale House

Other books in this series are:

The Sea Glass Sisters – e-book
The Prayer Box
The Tidewater Sisters – e-book
The Story Keeper
The Sandcastle Sister – e-book
The Sea Keeper’s Daughters

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The Prayer Box Written by Lisa Wingate


The Prayer Box, by Lisa Wingate, is part of  A Carolina Heriloom novel series. Tandi Jo Reese has fled her abusive husband in Texas with her 2 children to settle in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a town of her childhood. She is very low on funds and rents a guesthouse from an elderly lady. Her landlady, Iola Anne Poole, passes away and leaves her home to the church. A gentleman from the church asks Tandi to clean out Iola’s home. While cleaning out the house, Tandi finds out a lot about Iola. The generosity Iola had toward others and her prayers that were written down and kept in boxes. Tandi has not always made the best decisions and it affects her children. Tandi and her daughter are both involved with guys who are not good for them, and her son is often left to himself. Through reading Iola’s prayers and meeting people through her son and her new job, she changes into a more responsible adult.

The first part of the book was slow moving, I very rarely stop reading a book. And I am glad I kept reading this one. Once the story line was established and and characters introduced, it became a good book to read. Had it not been for the Iola’s part in this book, I would not have enjoyed it. Her devotion to God and her anonymous gifts to those in need it heartwarming.

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The Angry Fighters Story, by Bill Vincent


Bullied at a young age, David develops a hot temper and needs an outlet to challenge his aggression into. When he learns about his Uncle’s past, David decides to follow in his footsteps and become a champion fighter, but it won’t be an easy journey. Can David live out his dream?

The Angry Fighter’s Story, written by Bill Vincent, is a story of a young man who has been bullied from a young age. As a baby, David Hunter was left on the steps of a boys home with a note saying “Please keep him safe, someone will come for him eventually.” Over the years other boys have been adopted and left the home, but not David. He is now a senior in high school. He continues to be bullied. One day a group of boys ganged up on him and hurt him so bad he was hospitalized. This is when his aunt comes to get him.

The bullying does not end. One day at school he is ganged up on and he lets his anger take over. While his aunt is at the school, he hits a door in her home. The door opens and a poster of a fighter is revealed. When his aunt realizes he saw the room, she tells him about her late husband, who was a fighter. She offers him to train to be a fighter and he accepts. Under the training of his late uncle’s trainer, he not only learns how to fight, but he is also taught good manners.

This is a good clean book, written for a pre-teen boy. There is a considerable amount of violence revolving around the anger within David. The story shows us how David has developed this anger as a result of being placed in the boys home and not getting proper care. But it also shows us the love he is given when his aunt takes him home to be with her. The story also show us how David changes within himself with the training he is receiving. The parts in the story I really liked are when we see the changes in David with making friends. The one thing I wish were different about the book would be more Christian aspects in the story. The only thing that is mentioned is David goes to church and likes it.

The author has been a pastor for over 20 years and has written many books that have helped people overcome the spirits and curses of Satan.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and this is my honest review.

124 pages

ISBN: 978168411510

Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory

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Joseph: The Other Father by Katheryn Maddox Haddad


Joseph: The Other Father, written by Katheryn Maddox Haddad, is book 5 in the Intrepid Men of God series. This is a fictional story of Joseph, Mary and Jesus and their family and friends. The story starts with Joseph as a young single man who is a woodworker. Trouble seems to follow Joseph where ever he goes. He meets Mary at Zachariah’s and eventually marries her and has a family.

The story mainly focuses on the work Joseph does and how he is as a father to Jesus. After Jesus is born, Joseph is forced to move around to keep Jesus safe. Jesus often finds himself in dangerous situations and Joseph prays to God to keep their son safe. As Jesus gets older, Joseph tries to let Jesus know what his life is going to be like.

This is an awesome story in the sense that it makes me think about what it must have been like for Joseph to know he was raising God’s son and not knowing what was going to happen. And how did Jesus know when and how he would fulfill his Father God’s plan for his life.

The author has taken parts of the Bible and used it as the basis for this story. She has done much research of the political and military situations of the time. At times it was hard to remember that this was a fictional story. The Bible does not tell us much about Joseph and his life, using Matthew 5: 55, the author builds this wonderful story. Referring to this verse, she writes that Joseph is alive during Jesus’s ministry.

I love this book and feel it is a book that is a must read for anyone that enjoys biblical fiction. If I must find one thing I wished differently about he book, it would be the use of proper punctuation.

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Series: Intrepid Men of God

460 pages

ISBN: 9781536836714

Publisher: Northern Lights Publishing House

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Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke


Promise Me Something, by Cathy Gohlke, is a historical fiction set at the time of the sinking of the Titanic and World War 1.  With the passing of their parents, Owen and Annie Allen are on their own.  Annie is living with her spinster aunt.  Owen comes to get Annie away from their aunt and take her to Southampton, England to go to school.  Their father was a gardener and Owen is now working as a gardener and has plans to go to America.  Their aunt and uncle have a nursery in America.  Owen has saved seeds and clipping of plants that he plans to take to America.

While working in England, Owen meets a young boy, Michael, who is also an orphan and living with a mean relative.  Owen befriends the young boy.  Michael decides to stow away on the Titanic.  When Owen finds out Michael is a stow away on the ship, he shares his bed and meal ticket with him. Owen teaches Michael about gardening, seeds and plants.  One day they find out Owen roommate has search his things.  Owen sews the seeds and plants into his jacket.  When the Titanic is sinking, Owen is not allowed on a life boat as they are for women and children only. He forces Michael to take his jacket and get on a life boat.  He tells Michael to go to his Aunt and Uncle’s and to focus on bringing Annie to America.

The money for Annie’s time at Southampton runs out and Annie is forced to go back to her spinster aunt.  When the aunt takes ill, the family solicitor, Mr. Sprague, tells Annie about the family history and the circumstances around her aunt’s health.  Mr Sprague cautions Annie to not take on the bitter, spiteful character of her aunt.  Annie goes to live with the Sprague’s until she is called back to her aunt’s home.  Her aunt has threatened her and her friends if she does not move back.  At this time, the war is going on and Anne disappears.  The Spragues and Michael no longer hear from her.  Michael takes on a civilian position with the War to try to find Annie.

This is a very awesome book to read.  Being set in a very important time in world history, this story takes on some hard topics.  We are shown the fear and struggles the families of passengers on the Titanic go through.  At a time when communication is not immediate, they are forced to wait.  We see the strength Michael has to follow through on a promise to Owen.  The work he devotes to Owen’s family and dream as well as the work he goes through to make money to bring Anne to America.  We also see how the wealthy have power to control people lives and not always for the better.  This story is historical fiction but contains mystery and romance as well.  I really enjoyed reading this book and I think anyone who enjoys reading about this time in history will also enjoy it.

402 pages

ISBN: 9781414353074

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing

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The Lady Fugitive by Ada Brownell

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The Lady Fugitive is a Christian Western Fiction written by Ada Brownell.  The story takes place in 1908.   When Jennifer Louise Parks’ father died, he left her uncle, Judge Danforth Schuster, in charge of his family and ranch.  The Judge is to care for Jennifer and her brother until they turn 21 to inherit the farm.  Jennifer’s brother has already fled to get away from him.  Now Jennifer is dressing as a boy and trying to get away.  The Judge is desperate to keep her and has wanted posters with a reward for her return.  While Jennifer is trying to get away, she runs into a peddler, William O’Casey, who gives her help and advice.

William is a peddler who travels around selling household items and showing a motion picture “The Life and passion of Jesus Christ”.  While traveling, William is also searching for his brother Ben.  Their father is not well and wants Ben to come home.  Their father is also concerned about Ben’s spiritual life.

Jennifer gets to Yucca Blossom, Colorado and hides out in cellar.  When the owner comes home, Jennifer finds out the owner’s husband was killed and the owner blames a neighbor who wants the farm.  The owner does not want the farm anymore and sells it to Jennifer with the warning to not sell to the neighbor.

William arrives at the farm to find out his friend has died and the wife has sold the farm to Jennifer.  When William finds out there is a reward for Jennifer, he notifies the Judge to stop the bounty hunters. He plans to marry Jennifer to keep her safe, but he does not ask Jennifer.

This is a fun book to read.  It is an easy to read book that shows the heart of the people that Jennifer comes in contact with.  Some of these people are caring and generous while others are self-centered only caring about what they want and not others.  There are a lot of characters in the story, however, they are slowly and carefully introduced so easy to follow.  While the story is fiction, there is also mystery and romance woven within the story.  The part of the story I enjoy the most is when Jennifer takes over the farm.  I enjoyed reading of the strength she shows with caring for the animals and trying to work on the damaged home. I also enjoyed reading about the caring people in Yucca Blossom.

I also like the fact that the book contains larger than normal spacing, with double spacing between paragraphs.  This makes it easier to read.

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350 pages

ISBN: 9781942513025

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing

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Home by Ginny L. Yttrup


In order for God to begin healing our pain, we need to allow ourselves to feel the pain. And in order to experience God in the midst of our pain, we must remain present through the pain.

Home, written by Ginny L.Yttrup, is an awesome Christian Contemporary Fiction story that focuses on sensitive topics such as infertility, mental illness and financial issues. The story is told by it’s three main characters.

Melanie is an author who is struggling to get her new book written by the deadline.  She is also a middle-aged woman who was not able to have children.  Her way of coping with this problem was not to face it. Melanie’s husband, Craig, owns a construction company.  With the change of the economy he is not able to do very well.  Their bank account is empty and the only job he has is building a custom home for a beautiful widow.  Craig has not told Melanie about the financial problems they are having.  He is spending time in prayer in a Catholic retreat area, that was a secret of his mothers and now his. Melanie takes a friend’s offer to go away to be alone to write the book.  Meanwhile Craig is  at home facing the financial issues alone.  He feels a strong need to pray for Melanie and the unresolved issues of infertility.  Craig is also forced to sell personal items to make the house payment and put the house up for sale. Craig and Melanie both feel something is wrong with their marriage and relationship.

Jill is a neighbor to Melanie and Craig.  She has 3 children, 2 twin boys.  She has terrible nightmares that she is struggling to understand and is constantly anxious about germs and something happening to her family.  Her husband notices the issues she has and tells her it is time to get help.  She is diagnosed with OCD and PTSD.  With her doctors help, she is able to understand what is causing the nightmare and tries to work through her anxiety issues.

This is one of those books I could not put down!  I wanted to keep reading to see how each of the main characters handled the struggles they are given. When I finished reading the book, I just wanted there to be more.  I found it very realistic with how each of them dealt differently.  The issues in this story are very real issues that are dealt with today.  But are not talked about very freely.  I like how the author has brought each of them out and shown realistic solutions and treatments for them.  The author shows how avoiding dealing with these issues also affects those who love and care for you.  I think anyone who likes to read about contemporary women issues would enjoy this book.

The author has also written ten discussion questions at the end of the story that are very thought provoking.  This would be a great book for book discussion groups to read.

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318 pages

318 pages

ISBN: 9781634099554

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

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