Claiming Peace by Jo Huddleston

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With Good Intentions, written by Jo Huddleston, is book three in the Caney Creek Series. This is a continuation of the Jim Callaway family. Jim’s sister EmmaJean is now dating Terry and living with Jim and his new wife Caroline. Jim and Caroline’s children are away at college. Jim’s first wife was Callie’s sister. Callie, Arthur and their children Art and Jennifer still get together with the Callaway family on a regular basis. They all attend the same church as well.

At the beginning of the story, Art is in a facility for having legal issues. He is released just in time to get into college. Arthur and Art visit the school Art has chosen and spend time talking with people at the school who give Art good advice.

Meanwhile Callie has been struggling with health issues. She has a rare progressive brain disease. She has trouble with her balance and will eventually be in a wheelchair, then bed ridden and will eventually die. Her illness is progressing fast. Yet she has peace about it because before Jesus left this earth He said he would leave us peace. As Callie gets worse, EmmaJean and Caroline spend their days with Callie and sometimes help with the evening meal. When the end of her life gets near Callie wishes to go to the ocean. Callie, Arthur, Jim and Caroline go on the trip together. But the trip is cut short when Callie has a bad day.

Even though this is the third book in the series, the author has given enough back ground that it is easy to understand. I do think it would be better to read the series in order to get the full story. This is a story of strength, peace and second chances. I like how Art has changed his life around and is now in college. I especially like the part of the story that Callie gives her family instructions of her passing. She has so much peace and strength as she goes through the illness. As I read the story I wanted so much for a miracle to happen. And wanted more treatment to help Callie. But this story takes place in 1951 when the medical field was so much different that it is today.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is so powerful showing us the strength and love the family has to help Callie get through her illness. And I like the author shows us the lives of small town life in the 50’s, a time and place where everyone knows and cares for each other.

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

Series: Caney Creek Series

120 pages

ISBN: 9781939219169

Publisher: Sword of the Spirit Publishing

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

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With Good Intentions by Jo Huddleston

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With Good Intentions, written by Jo Huddleston, is book one in the Secret Identity series. It is a short romance story based in 1959

Wainworth Development has purchased all but one business on the block they want for development. Oscar Wainworth has sent many men to try to make the purchase but none have been able to. Now Oscar is sending his William.

William visits the ice cream shop and spends time getting to know the owner, Jean Stewart. He finds out the reason behind them wanting to hold onto the shop and the dreams she has. William works with his father to make a deal that will allow them to make the purchase yet still allow Jean to have her ice cream shop and fulfill her dreams. The only thing is he has lied to the owner, giving a false name and occupation. During their meetings they have developed a friendship and now he has to tell her the truth of who he is.

This is a cute little romance story that can be read basically in one sitting. Perfect for the rainy afternoon. The part in the story that stands out to me is that the men who were originally sent, did not treat the women like they would men. And when William went, he spent the time to get to know the women and know the reason behind their attachment to the ice cream shop.

One thing the author points out with the story is that once you tell a lie, it changes things. Either you need to keep telling the lie or you need to confess the lie and pray that others will forgive you for lying to them.

This is a good clean story set in Alabama in 1959. Anyone who is looking for a short story to read for the evening or afternoon would enjoy this story. I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.

I received a copy of this book from the author through BookClub network. I have freely chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Secret Identity

120 pages

ISBN: 9781944203986

Publisher: Winged Publications

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

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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.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. I have chosen to write this honest review.

305 pages

ISBN: 9780718085940

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

To read more about the author and books she has written go to: www.robinleehatcher.com

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Maybe it’s You by Candace Calvert

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Maybe it’s You is book three in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Sloane Ferrell and Micah Prescott’s story. Sloane was severely injured in book 2 of this series. She has moved and changed her name to get away from her past. She keeps pretty much to herself and does not let people know where she lives and does not want anything about her made public. She has quit drinking as a result of the accident and has joined AA.

One day while at work, she rescues a young girl, Zoey, and gets involved in the girls life for a short while. What she does not know if the girl is working with her ex-boyfriend and is distantly connected to the Russian group that is involved in sex trafficking, gambling, arson and murder. When this becomes known, her job at the Los Angeles Hope hospital is on the line.

Micah is the PR person at Los Angeles Hope hospital as well as a member of the Crisis Team. Micah and Sloane have contact with each other with crisis situations at the ER and they slowly begin to know each other. Micah lost a family member he was close to due to a drunk driver and he continues to struggle with the loss. Micah and his reporter friend witness the rescue of Zoey. The reporter is searching for the big story that will give him a chance to get a big headline.

I love this story and the whole Crisis Team series. This story is a little slower moving than the previous two, but the story is equally wonderful. This story does not have as much action and mystery. There is a lot happening within this story but it is not clear until the end of the story what the whole picture is. This story kept me wondering where it was going and what was going to happen.

This story is more about learning to trust others and recovering from bad choices. I especially enjoy the parts in the story when Sloane struggles with issues surrounding her step-father but remembers she has a past as well. When she has the chance to keep him behind bars, she cannot go through with it.

The author is a former ER nurse and her stories are so real. It is hard to remember her stories are fiction. I like that her stories show us how Christians can show their faith just by working along side others and giving encouragement to others. Anyone who enjoys reading Contemporary Christian Romance will enjoy this book.

I receive a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Crisis Team

448 Pages

ISBN: 9781414390369

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing, Inc

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To learn more about Candace Calvert and the books she has written go to:

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Step by Step by Candace Calvert

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Step by Step is book 2 in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Taylor Cabot and Seth Donovan’s story. Taylor Cabot lost her husband three years ago and is trying to move on with her life. She has made a list of things to do to move forward and is slowly checking them off. She has moved to San Diego and has started dating.

Seth has come to San Diego to train members to work with the Crisis Team. They are often called in to help council families of victims of tragic events. Seth often works the San Diego hospital ER and has reunited with Taylor. Taylor use to work with the Crisis Team, but with the encouragement of her new boyfriend, she is backing away.

Taylor still struggles with the events surrounding her husband’s death. Why was he on that road the night he was killed? Why did he have an appointment with Seth the day he died? She also is struggling with having to say goodbye to her dog, who is passing away.

I love this book! I really enjoy reading Candace Calvert stories. Being an ER nurse, this series gives us a look into events that happen within the ER setting. Her stories are written so well, it is sometimes hard to believe I am reading fiction. I like how her stories included mystery and suspense with just a little touch of romance to keep the readers interest. I also like that the story has substance to it with touching lightly on the Christian aspect in the character’s lives and how just living a Christian life, they are able to help lead others to learn about God. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to ready contemporary Christian Fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Crisis Team

400 Pages

ISBN: 9781414390345

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc

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A Primary Decision by Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit

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A Primary Decision is book three in The Worthington Destiny written by Dr. Kevin Leman and Jeff Nesbit. The book focuses on Sarah Worthington while keeping the reader aware of the rest of the Worthington family. The Worthingtons are a blue-blood family in New York City. Sarah’s older brother’s have attempted to run for political office but both have backed down from the race.

Sarah is an attorney who is working on the Polar Bear Bombing case. When she is chosen to be the US attorney general she becomes aware of illegal activities the current president is involved in. When she moves forward with prosecuting the president, she is forced to leave her position. But this does not stop her stop her. She decides to run for president. If she wins she will be the youngest president, the first female president and the first Worthington in six generations.

Sarah struggles with trusting and having secrets kept from her. Even though she pushes her friend Jon away, he gives her the space she needs, while being there for her when she needs someone. Sarah also learns about forgiving.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Even though it is the thrid in the series, it is written so that you are able to read it without having read the first two.  It is a book about family, family love and dedication. I enjoyed reading that despite an affair early in their marriage, the Worthington’s parents were able to make their marriage grow. Also that from the affair, a son was born. As an adult the son finds out about his biological father and eventually works through issues and gets to know his father.

This book is also filled with suspense as the Polar Bear Bombing case is investigated. The author gets the story of the bomber across without going into much violence. There is also romance mixed in with the story. The story touches lightly on the Christian aspect. Mainly with references to reading the Bible.

I also enjoyed the section Dr. Leman has at the end of the book about the different personality traits of people based on their birth order.

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

Series: The Worthington Destiny (Book 3)

Pages: 352

ISBN: 978080723309

Publisher: Revell Publishing

Summer’s List by Anita Higman

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Summer stops in unexpectedly to visit her Grandmother after canceling her engagement. Her Grandmother has unhappy news to tell Summer. Granny is going to die. Granny has made a list of items she wants Summer to do. Granny wants Summer to take time off from running the bookstore Granny started and she wants Summer to do things that Summer has not taken time for. Granny has one stipulation. Summer is to do the list with Martin Langtree.

Summer put off going to college to care for her ailing parents and took over the operation of Granny’s book store. Summer has put off fulfilling her dreams to help others. Summer also has not been lucky in finding love. The list is Granny’s way to force Summer to revisit her youthful dreams and possibly find love.

Summer and Martin were childhood friends that lost track of each other after Martin’s mother died and he moved with another family. They have not seen each other for years. Their friendship is quickly reborn and they go through the list together. While going through the list, Summer helps Martin and his two brother to find out things they did not know about their past and their family.

I really enjoyed reading this book. There were twists and turns through out the whole story. There actually were little stories within the main story and it was fun to see how they all tie in together. It was fun to read how Martin’s step brothers were affected by their childhood and how they were able to move past it. I liked that the brothers went from being completely dependent on their parent’s money to getting jobs and reaching out to others. As well as to see how the characters changed their feeling about God.

This is a very good contemporary Christian fictions story. The Christian part of the story is so mild that I think everyone who enjoys contemporary fiction would enjoy this book.

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

288 pages

ISBN-13:9780802412324

Publisher: River North

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Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren

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Wild Montana Skies is book 2 in the Montana Rescue series written by Susan May Warren. Kacey Fairing is returning home to Mercy Falls, Montana to take a break from her military career to recover emotionally from her tour in Afghanistan. She has taken a job as a helicopter pilot working search and rescue. The area is being devastated with flooding and she is thrown into her new job very quickly.

Ben King has come home to help his aging father after the father is involved in an accident. His father is not accepting his physical limitations very well. His father is also involved in the search and rescue organization Kacey is now working for. With his father’s limitations, Ben steps in to help with rescues.

He and Kacey have a background together and they have not seen each other since they were young. When Ben was in trouble, he turned to Kacey’s father who told Ben to leave town to try to become the music star her dreamed of. Even after all these years, even after Ben has become a big music star, Kacey’s father still believes he did the right thing by keeping Kacey and Ben apart and continues to try to do so.

A church group of young people are stranded with the flooding going on in the area. It quickly becomes know that Kacey’s daughter is among the group. The daughter that she had as a young girl herself. A daughter her parents were raising for her because after realizing she was going to be a single mother, she enlisted in the military to make a living for herself and her daughter.

This is a very good book! I am so glad that Susan has started a new series. I just love her stories. Just like her others, this one has real life type situations focusing on family. The story also has suspense that keeps the story moving and of course romance. The main part in the story that stands out for me is when Kacey is struggling with questions about her life, her friend tells her, “ The only one who can give you the answer to all your questions is God.” Her friend continues to tell her that maybe God brought her home to save her and to redeem her mistakes. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!

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

Series: Montana Rescue – Book 1

348 pages

ISBN: 9780800727437

Revell Publishing

Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

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Where Two Hearts Meet is book 2 in the Prince Edward Island Dreams series, written by Liz Johnson. Caden Holt is the chef for Roses Red Door Inn. The Inn is having financial struggles and the father of the Inn owner is causing her problems with receiving the money her mother left her. The owner is notified by a friend that the Inn was chosen to be visited by a report to possibly appear in a spring magazine issue. If this goes through successfully, this will help the Inn. But they do not know who the reporter is.

Meanwhile journalist Adam Jacobs arrives at the Inn a day early for time off to recover from a tragic event. Caden and her boss assume Adam is the reporter coming to check out the Inn for the article. So Caden’s boss asks her to spend time with him and show him the area.

Adam has a habit of walking into the kitchen, which is suppose to be off limits to guests. Caden become comfortable with him being in the kitchen and when he does not show up like normal she misses him.

There is also an underlying story running through the main story. Every year the town had a lobster cook off to find the best lobster dish. Caden gives young people cooking lessons and each of them is required to enter. Caden has also entered many years but she has not won it. She feels she needs to win it this year to keep her job at the inn.

This is a very good book. It is book 2 in the series, but not having read the first one, I was able to follow along with the story very easily. I really enjoyed reading this book. The descriptions of the various parts of the island made me feel like I was there seeing the beaches and sand. I also enjoyed the humor the author has written in with the young people learning to cook.

One of the things that stands out for me in the story is when Adam is struggling with the tragedy he lives with, he talks with another guest. The guest explains to Adam that what helped him was Grace. The other guest explains it’s about being good enough or strong enough. It’s about acknowledging your need for Grace and accepting it.

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

Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams, Book 2

376 pages

ISBN: 9780800724504

Publisher: Revell

A Royal Christmas Wedding by Rachel Hauck

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A Royal Christmas Wedding, written by Rachel Hauck, is part of the Royal Wedding Series. Avery Truitt and Prince Colin of Brighton Kingdom met while still in high school. They loved each other very much and Prince Colin planned to propose to her the night of her prom. He had traveled to the united States several times to see her and his father would not allow him to go for her prom. Due to miscommunication they fell apart and had not contact with each other for five year. Avery and her mother have gone to visit Avery’s sister, Susanna for the Christmas season. Susanna is married to the King of Brighton Kingdom who is Colin’s cousin. With all the Christmas festivities, Colin and Avery cannot avoid seeing each other.

Up until 182 years ago, the tradition was for a prince to run the 182 steps of the chapel tower at midnight of the Harvest Celebration and ring the bell to declare his feeling for the girl he planned to marry. He then had until Christmas morning to convince the girl to marry him. The tradition ended when Prince Michael slipped down the steps and fell to his death in 1834. Colin and his friends have also run the steps over the years but to have something to drink and talk about the past and future. There is much talk about this year being the year the bell will ring again. Colin and his friend Guy climb the steps with their pints and pipes. While talking, Colin admits that he would ring the bell for Avery if she would be his wife. The bell mysteriously starts ringing on it own. Guy and Colin run down the steps to get away before anyone can see them, but he tricks Colin. He tells Colin he will go out first and distract the people but he disappears instead.

Colin tries to tell the people he did not ring the bell, but he has had feeling for Avery all these years. And Avery has had feeling for him as well. But she is not willing to go through that hurt again. Did God ring the bell for Colin and Avery?

This is one of the cutest stories I have read. With just 219 pages, this is the perfect length for reading while relaxing from the busyness of the Christmas season. I was happy to read that Colin was saving himself for the person he married. This is often not the case in so many stories. Over the five years, Colin had traveled to the United States to watch Avery play in tournaments but has never left her know. He watched her from a distance. I really enjoyed this part of the story. I also enjoyed how Colin stood up to his father, and chose the girl he loved instead of the girl his family thought was best for him. This is a great story that could be shared with young adult girls. It is a clean story of family and unending love.

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

Series: Royal Wedding Series

219 pages

ISBN-10: 0310344530

ISBN-13: 978-0310344537

Publisher: Zondervan