The Theory of Happily Ever After by Kristin Billerbeck

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The Theory of Happily ever after is a fun comedy romance story by Kristin Billerbeck. Dr. Maggie Maguire has written a best seller on finding happiness and is under contract to write a second book. She is dumped by her fiance and co-worker and spend the next couple months at home watching TV. Her friends and publicist book her as a speaker on a “New Year, New You” cruise to the Gulf of Mexico. Her friends have to drag her from her home to get to the cruise. One of the first people she meets is a handsome man, Sam, who feels intelligent women can’t be happy.

This was a fun book to read, to take you away for a while. While the story line is the typical man and women meet, don’t like each other then quickly fall in love, the author has written the story with fun comedy. With this story, Maggie and Sam have both lost someone they love and are having trouble moving on with their lives. This story does a good job of showing that how we respond to our struggles affect others in our lives. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy contemporary romance.

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

273 pages

ISBN: 9780800729448

You can read more about the author at: https://www.kristinbillerbeck.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Theory-Happily-Ever-After/dp/0800729447

https://www.christianbook.com/the-theory-of-happily-ever-after/kristin-billerbeck/9780800729448/pd/729441

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Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter

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Honeysuckle Dreams, by Denise Hunter, is book two in A Blue Ridge Romance series. This is a good story of a single father, Brady, who is fighting to keep his infant son, Sam. His ex-wife died and now her parents want Sam. Their daughter tricked Brady into marrying her when she found out she was pregnant with another man’s child. His friend, Hope, cares for Sam and arrives while Brady’s attorney is there. The attorney interprets the situation as Hope and Brady being engaged. The attorney tells Brady that being engaged will help him keep Sam. The judge rules in Brady’s favor at the first trial. The attorney tells Brady he should be married by the time the next trails comes, to keep Sam. When Hope finds out, she volunteers to get married. She was in love once, the young man died and she never wants to be in love again. She feels marrying her good friend, Brady, and helping raise Sam will be enough for her.

I am really enjoying this series. The story is fast paced and I did not want to put the story down. This story brings back characters from the first story, which I enjoy. The thing in this story that really stand out for me is that Brady was left by his mother when he was little and now Brady wants to make sure Sam is not treated that way. He wants Sam to grow up with a father that loves him. I also appreciate the feeling Hope has and her struggle with faith to move on and let herself truly love Brady. I think anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson publishing through BookLook Bloggers. This is my honest review.

Series: A Blue Ridge Romance (book 2)

306 pages

ISBN: 9780718090524

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/honeysuckle-dreams-denise-hunter/9780718090524/pd/090528

https://www.amazon.com/Honeysuckle-Dreams-Blue-Ridge-Romance/dp/0718090527

Jade’s match by Hallee Bridgeman

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Jade’s Match by Hallee Bridgeman is book 7 in the Jewel series. Jade and Davis are using a wireless phone not yet released to promote the phone as well as to bring attention to the Olympic games. Jade is a silver medal winner for playing volleyball and Davis will be taking place in this years Olympics. They are to play the part of a couple meeting and getting involved in a steamy romance. At their first meeting Jade remembers seeing a photo of Davis in the paper and jumps to the conclusion that he was involved in an incident that she felt could jeopardize her reputation. Jade also lets something that happened in her earlier years affect how she reacts to Davis.

Davis spends time away from Jade and his family working toward the Olympics. He also struggles to work with dealing with his anger when put in hard situations.

Jade and Davis are both devote Christians, putting their Christian beliefs as a priority and not putting themselves in a situation where others might question their faith and actions.

This is a fun, easy to read story. With just 149 pages this is the perfect length to read in an evening or on a lazy afternoon. The thing that stands out to me in this story is when Davis stresses to Jade to let him open the door for her. This is one way a man shows respect to women and a woman letting a man open the door for her, is respecting him. Another thing is the reaction others have to Davis’s ethnic background instead of his abilities.

I received a copy of this story from the author through Book Club Network, this is my honest review.

Kindle Edition

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

You can purchase this book at:

https://www.amazon.com/Jades-Match-Jewel-Book-7-ebook/dp/B078V9RJ9S/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1523927383&sr=8-1&keywords=jade%27s+match

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/jades-match-the-jewel-series-book-7-hallee-bridgeman/1127795221?ean=9781681901206

 

Pelican Point by Irene Hannon

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Pelican Point, by Irene Hannon, is a contemporary romance set in Hope Harbor on the Oregon coast. Army doctor Ben Garrison has returned to Hope Harbor following the death of his grandfather. He is also freshly retired from the military and is planning to join a friend’s medical practice. He plans to take care of his grandfather’s estate before moving into the practice.

Marci Weber has been living in Hope Harbor for just a couple years. She came to Hope Harbor to take care of her aunt’s estate, but this small town quickly became her home, a safe place to start over.

As Ben receives an offer for the sale of his grandfather’s light house, Marci leads a group to find a way to save the light house.

This is a good story to curl up with and just get lost in. While it is a romance, it is not over the top and contains suspense as well. The story line is very good with not to many characters. The theme of forgiveness and moving on is very strong in this story. Not only are Ben and Marci starting new lives, but Ben’s neighbor is trying to move on with his life following an injury while deployed. One of the things I enjoyed most about this story is the caring community members and how they come together to help.

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

Series: Hope Harbor

345 pages

ISBN: 9780800728809

Irene Hannon is an award winning author. You can read more about her and books she has written at http://irenehannon.com/

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.amazon.com/Pelican-Point-Hope-Harbor-Novel/dp/0800728807

https://www.christianbook.com/pelican-point-hope-harbor/irene-hannon/9780800728809/pd/728807

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

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The Masterpiece, by Francine Rivers, is a very good story. With 484 pages, it is not a quick read. This is a contemporary Christian fiction that shows real life struggles Christians deal with. It also shows that yet we are all sinners, God forgives us our sins. The story deals with the issue of an unwed pregnancy and the decisions the mother has to make for the sake of her child and herself.

Roman is a successful artist in need of a personal assistant. His mother was a prostitute and would leave him alone at night. One day she did not come home. He was put in the foster care system and would run away, going back to look for his mother. He eventually ended up at the Masterson Ranch for troubled boys. It was there he finished his education as well as was given a start in his painting career. To this day he still falls back on his earlier life of tagging building, the taller the better.

Grace is a single mother in desperate need of a job. Her father was an abusive man who accidentally killed his wife and then took his life. She went to live with her aunt, who did not show her any emotional love. Grace grew up wanting to please everyone. She married Patrick, who just used her to put him through school and then left her for another woman. One night her friend convinced her to go to a club. Being a non-drinker, the drinks she had allowed her to make an unwise decision that left her pregnant. She was taken in by a family that she planned to let adopt her son, but when he was born she could not give him away.

Together Roman and Grace develop a working relationship They take a business road trip and Roman has a heart attack. He has an after life experience with creatures pulling him to hell. With this experience, he turns his life to Christ. Shortly after returning home, their relationship starts turning personal and Grace leaves his guest home and employment.

This is such a good book. Anyone who enjoys reading contemporary Christian fiction will enjoy this book. There are a lot of characters that span the length of the book, but are slowly introduced so easy to follow. This book does mention sex, drinking and swearing, so for the reader who does not appreciate those, this may not be a good book.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, this is my honest review.

484 pages

ISBN: 9781496407900

Publisher: Tyndale House

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at; www.francinerivers.com

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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https://www.tyndale.com/p/the-masterpiece/9781496407900

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Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren

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Troubled Waters is book 4 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. This book is a continuation of the series. While it is a good story in itself, it is best to read the series in order. With this book we pick up with the PEAK rescue family as well as Ian and his missing niece.

Ian’s funds have been frozen pending investigation due to an accident with his business. He is struggling with how to liquidate his personal property to help those hurt by the accident.

PEAK’s chopper has been damaged and there are no funds to repair it. Sierra plans a short cruise on Ian’s yacht as a fund raiser. The cruise goes terribly wrong, when it is extended and goes into a bad storm. The PEAK rescue family, along with Ian’s niece travel to Florida to help rescue the people from the yacht.

This is a great quick to read story that gives the reader answers to questions they may have from earlier books in the series. I admire the strength Ian’s niece has to return home and give the true accounting of what cause her to run away. The part in the book that stands out to me is, when on the yacht with Ian’s friends whom seem to have it all, his friend tells Ian that a few years earlier he hit rock bottom. Hayes tells Ian “there comes a time in every man’s life when he either has to get right with Jesus and ask for help, or go it alone.”

I have enjoyed reading this series. Each story is filled with suspense as well as a touch of romance. The characters are well developed and the story is written to hold the readers attention.

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

Series: Montana Rescue

333 pages

ISBN: 9780800727468

Publisher: Revell

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

Some place this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/troubled-waters-4-susan-warren/9780800727468/pd/727463?product_redirect=1&Ntt=9780800727468&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCG

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Under a Cloudless Sky by Chris Fabry

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Under a Cloudless Sky, by Chris Fabry, is a very well written story of a coal mining town in West Virginia. The story focuses on Ruby, an 80 year old lady who left the town the day after the massacre, as a young girl, and has never been back. The story is told through the happenings of Ruby and her childhood friend Bean during 1933. As well as during 2004. Ruby is the daughter of an owner of the mine and Bean is the daughter of a miner.

When Ruby’s children decide it is time to take her car keys away from her, she makes the decision to go back to attend the dedication of the Company Store being turned into a museum. When she gets back to Beulah Mountain, she goes through the Company Store as well as the apartment she and her father lived in and the third floor of the building. One of the guides tells her the story they will tell others of what happened with the massacre on the third floor in 1933. They do not listen to her when she tells them it is not what happened. What she has to say will affect so many people. But the truth comes out.

This is an exceptional story. It pulls you right into it and is very hard to put down. The friendship Ruby and Bean had was unusual, Ruby was a wealthy girl, while Bean’s family struggled for everything they had. While Ruby’s father wanted to run a mine that help the miners, his partner was only concerned about himself and money. I just really enjoyed this story! It is a story of friendship, faith, family and forgiveness. With this being a Christian Fiction, it is not preachy. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories set in the Appalachians will greatly enjoy this story.

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

382 pages

ISBN: 9781414387789

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.tyndale.com/p/under-a-cloudless-sky/9781414387789

https://www.amazon.com/Under-Cloudless-Sky-Chris-Fabry/dp/1414387784

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/fabry-chris/under-a-cloudless-sky-softcover-jan-2018/7085146.html

https://www.christianbook.com/under-a-cloudless-sky/chris-fabry/9781414387789/pd/387789?product_redirect=1&Ntt=387789&item_code=&Ntk=keywords&event=ESRCP

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/under-a-cloudless-sky-chris-fabry/1126701419#/

 

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

Some place to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Engagement-Plot-Krista-Phillips/dp/1683223160

https://www.christianbook.com/the-engagement-plot-krista-phillips/9781683223160/pd/223160

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https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-engagement-plot-krista-phillips/1125902270?ean=9781683223160#/

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/

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Dangerous-Illusions-Honor-Irene-Hannon/dp/0800727673

https://www.christianbook.com/dangerous-illusions-1-irene-hannon/9780800727673/pd/727672

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/dangerous-illusions/379890

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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

You can read more about the author and book she has written at:

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Vanishing-Point-Nikki-Boyd-Novel/dp/0800728483

https://www.christianbook.com/vanishing-point-4-lisa-harris/9780800728489/pd/728481

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/harris-lisa/vanishing-point-a-nikki-boyd-novel-nov/7043012.html

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