The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

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William and Hanna took part in a reality TV dating show, The Price of Love. William proposed to Hanna at the end of the show, but then made a comment not honoring her Christian life and she broke the engagement. For six months Hannah has struggled with the press. She has quit her teaching job and has moved home with her father near Embarrass, Minnesota.

The company William works for is having problems and William convinces Hannah to pretend to be engaged to him to help turn the company around.

The Engagement Plot is a good clean romance that is fast paced and well written. There is some suspense in the story with what is happening with William’s company. The part of the story that really spoke to me was Hanna’s determination to have her Christian faith be respected with her dating William on the show. I also enjoyed the author’s portrayal of the cold, snow and mud in Minnesota. The story will be enjoyed by those who enjoy Christian romance stories.

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

320 pages

ISBN: 9781683223160

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

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

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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon

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Dangerous Illusions is the first book in Irene Hannon’s new series, Code of Honor. Trish has been staying with her mother, caring for her since shortly after her husband’s death. She has been sitting in with her mother and her accountant, Matt. She starts to date Matt, but on the night she plans to break it off, she comes home to find her mother has died in her sleep. The police are called and Trish is suspected of over medicating her mother. While Detective Colin Flynn is talking with Trish, Matt points out that Trish has been making a lot of mistakes.

Trish is not found responsible for her mother’s death. With the investigation over, Colin can move forward on getting to know Trish. When suspicions about Matt open up the investigation, their relationship must be put on hold.

This is a very good book. The story is so well written it was easy to get pulled into it. The parts in the book I enjoyed the most were the friendships Colin had from his youth and how they still got together on a regular basis and help each other out.

The story is full of suspense and has a lot of twist and turns in the investigation. The plot of the story thickens as the story advances, but I did not expect it to end the way it did. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense stories.

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

Series: Code of Honor (book 1)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780800727673

Publisher: Revell

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

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Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris

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Vanishing Point, by Lisa Harris, is book 4 in A Nikki Boyd Novel series. This book spans 13 years with the murder of teen age girls. Garrett Addison is a new criminal investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation when his team is called out to investigate the deal of a teen age girl.

Jordan Lambert is with the FBI. One of her co-workers is assigned this case as well. Knowing her family lives in the area, he asks for her to go with him. Garrett and Jordan went to the police academy together and had not seen each other since Jordan joined the FBI. Even though both have moved on with their lives, they still have feeling for each other.

This is a very good suspenseful story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it.” Even though it is part of a series, this book is a very good stand alone story. Having read other Nikki Boyd stories I was surprised to find she was not the main character of this story. This story does cover the murder of her sister, Sarah. This is the reason Nikki goes into law enforcement.

The thing that comes out for me with this book is “Where is God when bad things happen.” I especially liked Garret and Jordan’s discussion on page 284 where they talk about when bad things happen, we start to see God’s grace.

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

Series: The Nikki Boyd Files (Book 4)

291 pages

ISBN-13: 9780800728489

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

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Sarah Hollenbeck has recently divorced her husband. He has cheated on her though out their marriage and had not shown affection to her for a long time. She decided to become an author. She wrote stories filled with steamy romance that quickly became very popular. When she becomes a Christian, she attends church with her friend. She bumps into the pastor in the hall and starts to fall for him. He is a widower with a little girl, and he develops feelings for her.

Sarah needs to figure out how to fulfill her book contract by writing a Christian novel. And Ben is faced with certain members of the congregation that do not feel his and Sarah’s relationship is right.

If you are the type of reader that likes to read read about touchy subjects, this book is for you. The story is well written with a lot of humor. I especially liked the part of the rules Sarah and Ben set for when they are dating. The part of the story that really touched me was the pain Sarah endured with her ex-husband. He withheld affection from her while having affairs and would not allow her to have a child. The story is very realistic story of a new Christian who is trying to move from their past past into their future. For these reasons this is a very good book. I have to give this book a 4 as I felt the reference to sex was to overwhelming in this story.

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

296 pages

ISBN: 9780800727666

Publisher: Revell

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

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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:

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The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin

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The Two of Us, written by Victoria Bylin is a great story of healing and moving on. Mia Robinson has flown to Las Vegas for her sister’s wedding. Mia raised her sister after the death of their parents and is now a nurse practitioner who has given up dating after two broken engagements. She has applied to Mission Medical for a position on their team.

Jake Tanner is a disabled police officer who lost his partner as a result of a decision he made. He is now looking out for her son, Sam, who is marrying Lucy.

Mia and Jake meet a a coffee shop, not knowing the connection they have. When they meet at the wedding, they find out the wedding is postponed due to complications Lucy is having with the pregnancy.

Jake’s mother is suffering from Alzheimer and needs someone to help her. Lucy and Sam have been asked to move to Echo Falls so Lucy can help her. They plan to have their wedding there as well. Sam is going to school some distance away and Lucy has given up college and excels at caring for Jake’s mom.

This is a wonderful story that touches on several topics. The one that I feel was the best was that Sam and Lucy are Christians but they are also human. They made a mistake and now find themselves about to be parents. But they love each other and make wise decisions for their future. Another is Jake’s desire to start a ministry for young boys who have lost a parent in the line of duty, despite the opposition from the community. And Mia has to make a decision to follow through on taking a position between Mission Medical or being with Jake and serving the community where she lives.

This story has several little stories written in one. But the theme that I take from this book is the caring that each of the characters have for other people. The characters are well defines and the story so well written it is easy to feel you are in the community meetings hearing the chanting and feeling the tension. The story has great from the beginning. I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary novels with a touch of romance will enjoy this book.

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

344 pages

ISBN: 9780764217388

Publisher: Bethany House

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A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

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Don’t for a minute think that God has forgotten about you or doesn’t have your back. And don’t base God’s love or desire to help you on your opinion of yourself. Base it on who God says he is.”

A Matter of Trust is book three in the Montana Rescue series written by Susan May Warren. This book centers on PEAK Rescue team member Gage Watson. Gage was a champion backcountry snowboarder who was forced to end his career after a fan was killed while following Gage down Outlaw Mountain. Since then he has been working as a ski patrol in Montana.

While at Outlaw Mountain Gage met a fan, Ella Blair. Ella was part of the legal team working for the dead fan’s family. Now she has come to Montana to try to talk her brother, Ollie, out of dropping out of college to be a snowboarder. Ollie has been training and studying Gage’s videos. Now he and his friend are going to snowboard Gage’s route on Heaven’s Peak. When Ella finds out she insists Gage go after them and she insists she goes with him.

Ella has brought along her friend, Brette. Brette is a freelance writer that is out to get any good story she can. While Gage and Ella are on the mountain, Brette meets the rest of the PEAK Rescue team members and realizes there are hero stories for each of them.

This is a great action packed story that is full of suspense right from the beginning and continues to the end. The story keep me reading to see if the snowboarders would be able to make the jumps without getting hurt. And if they could beat the weather conditions to safety. One of the things I enjoyed most about this story was reconnecting with the PEAK Rescue team. I also liked the theme of forgiveness in the story. Gage struggled with forgiveness when he learns more about the incident that changed his career.

This is a contemporary Christian romance story written in such a way it could be enjoyed by anyone. Written by award winning author, I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories will enjoy this story. I really like reading Warren’s stories and this series does not disappoint. While this is part of a series, and would be best read in order, it is not necessary as background is given from previous stories.

I am very thankful this story was available for review from Revell Publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: Montana Rescue (Book 3)

336 pages

ISBN: 9780800727451

Publisher: Revell

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

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Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl

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And God, we still have questions. Would love to have answers, if at all possible.”

Dark Deception is book two in the Defenders of Justice series written by Nancy Mehl. Four years earlier Kate O’Brien and her twin were attacked, leaving her sister dead. Kate was the witness in the trials and has since been in the witness protection system. She lives in Shelter Cove, a small town, and owns a restaurant. One day she has someone knock on the door of the restaurant before it opens. It is Tony, the marshal who was with her through the previous trials. The murderer has been released from prison and Kate is their only witness for a new trial. And now there is new evidence that points to him not being the killer.

Kate has not been as safe as she thought. She is abducted and taken into the mountain by the murder. The local resort owner saw them leave and takes Tony into the mountain to save her. While Kate is on the mountain, she was forced to face her greatest fear. But it began to grow weaker and the fact that God loves her, got stronger.

This is another awesome suspense by Nancy Mehl. I just love this story. The story started out and just kept moving with twists and turns that kept me wondering. As new evidence is found out, I was kept wondering who really was who. Those involved had changed their names and as the story evolves, the connections to those murdered are revealed.

This book is part of a series and some of the characters from the first book are mentioned, but the main characters are new. Two of the characters from the first book are engaged in this book, so reading the series in order is best. But other than that it can be a stand alone story.

I think anyone who enjoys suspense will really enjoy this book.

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

Series: Defenders of Justice (book 2)

320 pages

ISBN: 9780764217784

Publisher: Revell

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

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On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson

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Forgiveness isn’t reserved for the ones who deserve it. God gives it freely, and we should do the same.”

On Love’s Gentle Shore is book three in the Prince Edward Island Dreams, written by Liz Johnson. Natalie O’Ryan grew up in Prince Edward Island. Her father was a drunk that ran around with women and her mother abused her. Her family was gossiped about and she was picked on a lot. Her best friend was Justin Kane. They spent a lot of time together growing up in the light house on the Kane farm. They had a deal that they would stay together, but Natalie could no longer put up with the abuse and gossip, she left Prince Edward Island with intentions to never return.

Natalie is engaged to Russell a record producer in Nashville. Russell is the brother of Adam, who lives in Natalie’s home town. Russell has decided that they will get married there. They arrive in Prince Edward Island weeks before the wedding to plan the wedding but when something goes wrong with a recording he rushes back to Nashville and leaves the planning of the wedding to Natalie with the help of Marie, the owner of the Inn where they are staying and Justine, the owner of the barn where the reception is to be held.

While preparing the barn Natalie and Justin work through why she left unexpectedly and Justin finally finds the note Natalie left him. Natalie’s father returns to the Island and wants to apologize to Natalie. She wants nothing to do with him. Natalie is visiting with Marie, when she finds out Marie’s father was not good to her and has never offered to apologize. Marie points out that God forgives and we should to.

This is a good book, that has the theme of forgiveness running through the story. Forgiveness to Natalie’s father for not stopping the abuse she suffered. Forgiveness to Natalie for leaving Justin without saying goodbye.

This is a great end to the series. The characters are very well defined and the story is so descriptive. I want to visit the area, stay at the Inn and taste all the great food! I can almost hear the water and see the light house beacons. This is a series that is best read in order, but the author give information to help the reader know what happened in earlier books. I really think this series would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories. The story has just enough suspense to make me want to not put it down until I was done reading it. This is a Christian romance and done very nicely. It is not preachy and the romance is not overwhelming.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Prince Edward Island Dreams (book 3)

352 Pages

ISBN: 9780800724511

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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

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Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson

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Under a Summer Sky, written by Melody Carlson, is book 3 in the Follow Your Heart series. Nicole Anderson is a high school art teacher who has recently broken up with her boyfriend and is feeling stuck in her job. Just before the end of the school year, her mother makes a visit to her classroom. Her mother has made arrangements for Nicole to go to Georgia and watch her friend Vivian’s home and co-manage her art gallery while Nicole and her husband go on a long cruise. Nicole has just days to get everything ready.

Nicole and her family are friends with Vivian’s family. They use to go on vacations together, so Nicole knows Vivian’s boys. But they are all grown adults now and have not seen each other for years. Vivian’s husband comes from old money and their home is beautiful and Nicole is looking forward to spending the summer there. What she does not expect is to find herself caring for Vivian’s granddaughter as well.

Nicole has never worked in an art gallery before and finds herself struggling to work with Vivian’s employee, Amyra. Amyra is an ex-girlfriend of one of Vivian’s sons. Vivian’s son’s encourage Nicole to fire Amyra.

This is a great contemporary romance story. Set in the south, the story gives some background to the area as well as southern traditions. This is a fun book to read for enjoyment. This story can easily be read on a lazy weekend. Even though it is part of a series, it is a stand alone novel. The story line and characters are well developed. The story of a summer romance as an adult seems different to me. As well as having a parent make your summer plans to start immediately after school is over, for the majority of the summer. This is not realistic to me. But overlooking that, it was a fun read. This is also considered a Christian fiction story. The Christian aspect of the story is very light. This is more a good clean romance story.

I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing. I have chosen to write an honest review.

Series: Follow Your Heart (Book 3)

320 Pages

ISBN: 9780800723590

Publisher: Revell

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

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