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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The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis

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The Ebb Tide by Beverly Lewis is a story of a young Amish lady that has always been curious of far away places. Sallie Riehl has been working at the Old Barn Restaurant for some time to save up the money to take a trip. She has decided to fly to Australia for two weeks and then return home to the life as an Amish woman. She has put off going through classes to joint he church until she returns from her trip.

Sallie’s nephew needs a very expensive medical procedure done, she sacrifices her trip to help pay for this. And Sallie’s father has decided it is time to turn the farm over to his son. Sallie’s parents will be moving from the farm house into the Dawdi Haus. It is a smaller home. Sallie’s younger sister will be getting married and at Sallie’s aunt’s suggestion, Sallie will be moving in with her.

One evening when Sallie is working, a young family come to the restaurant and request her to wait on them. The parents ask her to become their nanny for the summer. She will be living near the ocean in Cape May. And the classes to joint the church will need to be put off another year. Her parents agree to allow her to go since she gave up her trip to Australia.

While working for the family, she spends a lot of time at the beach. One day she meets a young Mennonite man, Kevin. She tries to tell herself he is just a friend, that she has someone waiting for her at home. But once she gets home she just cannot forget about Kevin. Now she is faced with making very hard choices.

This is a wonderful story. It is very well written and easy to read. I really like the parts in the book that show how generous Sallie is. As well as how loving her parents are to her, allowing her to do things that are not normal for an Amish to do. I like how important family is and how they help each other out. I thought it was very nice how Sallie’s mother gave Sallie suggestions for working with the issues Autumn has regarding her new baby brother. I especially appreciate the theme of seeking God’s guidance that follows through in this story.

I really enjoyed reading this story and I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary Christian fiction and Amish stories will enjoy reading this book.

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

325 pages

ISBN: 9780764212505

Publisher: Bethany House Publishing

To read more about the author and books she has written go to:

http://www.beverlylewis.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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The Sea Keeper’s Daughters written by Lisa Wingate

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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

To read more about the author and books she has written go to http://lisawingate.com/blog3/

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The Prayer Box Written by Lisa Wingate

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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.

To read more about the author go to http://lisawingate.com/blog3/

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Home by Ginny L. Yttrup

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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.

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

318 pages

318 pages

ISBN: 9781634099554

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

You can learn more about the author at: http://ginnyyttrup.com/

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Unplanned by Alana Terry

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Unplanned by Alana Terry is Book on in A Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel series. Kennedy has recently moved to the United States from Jilin Province China to attend college. Kennedy’s childhood pastor is in the process of starting a pregnancy center and is in need of volunteers. Kennedy has agreed to take the phone for the weekend when she receives a mysterious call from a 13 year old girl who is pregnant asking it if hurts to have an abortion. The young girl turns out to the the daughter of a pro-life politician who is a supporter of the new center as well as an attender of the pastor’s church. The call is overheard by the young girls uncle, who takes matters into his own hands.

While sitting in her dorm room, Kennedy gets a visitor that tells her he needs her roommates identification as her roommate was just in an accident. Kennedy follows the man outside where he abducts her. Kennedy is take to the same place the young girl is taken. The abductors try to get the young girl to take medication that will cause a miscarriage. Kennedy tries to keep them from forcing the girl to take them.

Kennedy goes to the pastors home to recover from being held hostage. While there she struggles with the pro-life issues she was raised to believe. She struggles with wondering if forcing a young girl of 13 to follow through on a birth is best. The pastor’s wife is very good at listening and not forcing her beliefs on Kennedy.

This is a very good suspenseful story! This story is written so well, I was so absorbed into the story I could not put it down. I appreciate the struggles that Kennedy was going through with being so busy with her own life and still finding time to volunteer. The author uses Psalms 139: 13-14 as the Scripture Kennedy reads while struggling with her feelings.

The book also has great discussion questions at the end. The author has taken the feeling of women who have had abortions into account and separated those questions away from the rest. The author also included a page in her acknowledgements for the young reader who may be struggling with being pregnant. She gives great recommendations and resources for this situation.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network and this is my honest review.

Series: Kennedy Stern Christian Suspense Novel

286 pages

ISBN: 9781941735060

Publisher: Potter Works Publishing

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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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Mercy At Midnight by Sylvia Bambola

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Mercy At Midnight, by Sylvia Bambola, is a story that deals with the subjects of addictions and homelessness as well as crime gangs. Jonathan Holms has left his position as pastor for affluent Christ Church to follow God’s call in his life. He reopens Beacon Mission, a closed homeless shelter and works with the clients and other staff who enter the doors.

Cynthia Wells is a reporter who will do what ever it takes to get a story. She has decided to go undercover to try to connect deaths that have taken part in that area of the city. Just as she enters the area she is approached by a gang and is robbed. When she contacts the police dressed as a dirty homeless woman, they do nothing to help her. They send her to the homeless shelter. At the shelter she is offered a job and takes it to use as a cover to get information.

Stubby White was just starting a career when a young girl was killed in an accident and he was blamed for her death. His life spiraled out of control. He is a friend to both of the men who are killed. He also ends up at the shelter and is offered a job.

Effie is a young mother who has fled her husband with her young daughter and ends up at the shelter. When she finds it impossible to find work with having to care for her daughter, Jonathan also offers her a job. She is in charge of a day care center at the shelter.

While at the shelter Cynthia and Stubby are both attacked. Jonathan begins to suspect the shelter is not what he believes it to be.

This is a wonderful Christian suspense story. It also has the cute story line running through it of Jonathan’s aunt having to deal with her church’s gossiping busy body. Especially when it comes to Jonathan’s romance. Several characters in the story have strong faith in the Lord, while Cynthia does not. It takes almost to the end of the story to see that God is watching over her.

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

408 pages

ISBN-10: 0989970752

ISBN-13: 978-0989970754

Publisher: Heritage Publishing House