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

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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

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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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True to You, by Becky Wade

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What’s ultimately of more value is God’s ability to strengthen us with power through His Spirit, so that we’ll be able to deal with the circumstances He doesn’t change”

True to you, written by Becky Wade, is book one in A Bradford Sisters Romance series.

Upon graduation Nora Bradford’s father gave her a historical village. Nora has built up the village that now includes shops. Working in the library in the village, Nora has helped people go genealogy research.

Former Navy SEAL John Lawson has been given a medical diagnoses that he wants more information about. John was adopted as a baby and the condition he has is genetic. He has decided to search for his birth parents. With Nora’s help, he is able to find his mother. Nora and John develop a friendship as they work together.

Nora’s sister Willow has come home to help out while her parents are on a missions trip. She decides to take it upon herself to do a total make over of Nora. She helps Nora select more attractive clothing and even convinces her to get a new hair style.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I really look forward to the rest of the series. The descriptions in this story are so clear, it is easy to see how Nora looked before Willow decided on a redo. The characters are so well introduced it is easy to follow along with them. As John struggles to deal with what he learns about his birth parents, he has to give the situation over to God and he has to learn that he is not to blame for what his father did.

This is a story that has many emotions. Some funny, some very hard to deal with. I think anyone who likes to read contemporary fiction will enjoy this book. The book is labeled as contemporary romance, but the romance is not so overwhelming. The mystery and suspense around finding John’s birth family helps kept my interest in the story.

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

Series: A Bradford Sisters Romance (Book 1)

384 pages

ISBN: 9780764219368

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

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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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