Twintuition by Joan Bannan

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Olivia, a single mom, grew up as an only child. When her mother dies, she inherits her mothers house. While going through her mother’s papers, she discovers she has a twin sister.

Vivian was in a plane crash that killed her parents and brother. She is now in need of another surgery and does not want others to know. She is thinking she needs a double to act as herself when Olivia shows up.

Olivia has been struggling financially, working full time yet not making enough to make ends meet. Vivian as adopted by a wealthy couple and has the means to help Olivia and her son.

This is a really good book. I did not expect Vivian to be so welcoming to Olivia but I really enjoyed reading the story of two sisters rebuilding their relationship. As well as of Olivia putting her life on hold to care for her and her son’s financial future. Once I got into the story it was very hard to put down. There is suspense through out the story with what Olivia finds in her mother’s home, as well as why did Vivian’s family plane go down and who was trying to get to Vivian now and why. Both sisters find themselves renewing friendships with men from their past bring a touch of romance to the story as well. I think anyone who enjoys reading modern day dramas with suspense with totally enjoy this story.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

219 pages

ISBN: 9780962762413

Publisher: Joan Bannan

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-Bannan/e/B000APY0WY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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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 Treasure of Granzella Ranch by Joan Bannan

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The Treasure of Granzella Ranch is a great story by Joan Bannan. Sherre Granzella has come home to visit. She is taking time off from her job to try to save her family’s olive oil farm. Sherre takes failing businesses and helps them become profitable again. After the death of her father, the family ranch has not been doing well. She comes home to a mother that is dating a much younger man. Her brother-in-law that is running the ranch has turned to alcohol. And her sister has more than just a friendship with one of her child’s teachers. Sherre is also going through a divorce and her soon to be ex is trying to get all he can from her. Sherre has an unexpected visitor that asks to spend time at the ranch to learn about the olive oil business. What this visitor does not tell Sherre is that she suspects Sherre’s mother’s boyfriend is a murder.

I really enjoyed this story. It is a great story of family relationships. It also contains a lot of adventure and suspense. I especially enjoyed the parts in the book where the family would get together for dinners. Sherre’s niece and nephew brought a lot of humor to the story. The story is so descriptive, it was easy to visualize the family sitting around the table and the children teasing each other. It was also easy to feel the fear of the children as they fall into a hole on their walk. As well as feel the struggle Sherre’s brother-in-law was going through. And every time Sherre tried to open the drawer in her grandfather’s desk, I just wanted her to finally get it open so see what was stopping it. I think anyone who enjoys contemporary family stories will enjoy this book. It is a good clean story that would be enjoyed by teen as well as adults.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

186 pages

ISBN: 9780962762444

Publisher: Joan Bannan Publications

To learn more about the author and books she has written go to: https://www.amazon.com/Joan-Bannan/e/B000APY0WY/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

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Misdirect by Beverly Nault

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Misdirect by Beverly Nault is a story of Eve Parker, a CIA operative who was assigned to a desk job after a mission went bad years earlier. Eve has often put her job ahead of her family, leaving her mother to step in to care for her daughter. Her daughter becomes engaged to Zach, one of Eve’s co-workers. Zach and Eve have had issues with each other since the failed mission and Eve is not happy about the engagement. Just when Eve should be helping with wedding plans, issues connected with the failed mission surface. Zach goes missing and Eve is called in to help with the mission. Not only to find Zach, but to take down the biggest threat to the United States. While on the mission, Eve is sent to the Sahara Desert. She meets up with a family that helps her. The family’s son takes her on a camel ride she will not forget. The boy is not a Christian, he and Eve spend time discussing the Qu’ran and the Bible.

This story takes off running and does not slow down. There are several sub-stories written within the main story. Eve’s job is the main story, but her marriage with her husband moving in with someone else and her daughter’s up coming marriage are others. There are so many twists and turns to this story, it was very hard to put down. The author did research to keep this story realistic. There are a lot of characters, most well introduced. The scenes in the story are very descriptive, to easily visualize what was happening. There were a few time I was not able to totally follow what was happening, but it worked itself out nicely. I think anyone who enjoys suspenseful adventure stories will really enjoy this book.

I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

250 pages

ISBN: 9781546430803

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing

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

Some places to buy this book are:

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A Time To Stand by Robert Whitlow

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A Time to Stand by Robert Whitlow is the perfect book to curl up with and read! This contemporary fiction takes place in Georgia. Adisa Johnson, a young African-American attorney is working in Atlanta when she loses her job. At the same time her great aunt, who raised her, suffers from a stroke and needs some one to care for her. Adisa returns home to Campbellton to be near her great aunt. She takes a temporary job with a law firm under the condition she represent the white police officer that shot a black youth.

If you enjoy legal dramas you will totally enjoy this story. The story is very well written and focuses on forgiveness and doing what is right. The story feels like it could be taken from today’s newspapers, very current and very real. The things that stands out to me is Aunt Josie walking through the town praying for members of the community. I also respect the character of Thelma Armistead, having the strength to stand in front of her church and forgive those involved in the shooting of her grandson. I felt frustrated with the pastor’s position, I wished he would have had more forgiveness and less demand for justice. Overall this is a very good story, it is not so fast moving that the reader struggles to keep up with the story. The characters are very well introduced with background information so they are easy to follow.

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

399 pages

ISBN: 9780718083038

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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

Some places to buy this book are:

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Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

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Meghan DeFord was injured in a car accident and forced to take a leave from her job as a cold case investigator. Meghan goes to Nevada to spend the time with her grandmother, Hazel. Meanwhile, Meghan’s mother, Diane, shows up unannounced with her four little dogs. The three women have had issues with their relationships and as their visit goes on it becomes clear something that happened in Hazel’s childhood affected how she raised Diane and that affected how Diane raised Meghan.

When Hazel was just 10 years old her mother sent her to pick berries to make a dessert for her father’s birthday. Hazel had to take her little sister, Maggie, with her. While Hazel is chasing a snake away, Maggie goes missing and is never found. Hazel has never told anyone about this, until one day when the ladies were working on a scrap book for Hazel’s birthday. Hazel wants to know what happened to Maggie and if she is still alive.

Meghan contacts her partner, Sean, and he starts to investigate this on his own time. What he finds out is so much more than anyone expected and the unit makes this 70 year old case top priority. Sean is sent to Arkansas to investigate the incident and Meghan goes to help with the case.

This is such a good book. The story is segments focusing on the three different ladies and bounces back and forth between earlier years and today. We see how things that happened in their past makes them who they are today. I especially liked how Meghan describes Sean as getting picked on by his co-workers because of his Christian beliefs, yet is very respected by them. I really enjoyed reading this book and I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction will enjoy it as well. The story has suspense and mystery with just a touch of romance and will keep the readers interest.

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

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735290037

Publisher: Waterbook

To learn more about the author visit: https://www.kimvogelsawyer.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Bringing-Maggie-Home-Vogel-Sawyer/dp/0735290032

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In Time of Trouble by N. J. Lindquist

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In Time of Trouble written by N. J. Lindquist is a story of Shane, an 18 year old boy who felt he was living in the shadow of his twin brother, Scott, and developed a tough guy appearance. He eventually loses his job and is dumped by his girlfriend. He is failing in school, his father has taken away his car keys and has now given up on him. His twin has turned his back on him as well and they are fighting a lot. He has hit bottom and is thinking of suicide. The only friend he has left, talks to him about God and invites him to go to a concert. At this concert he turns his life over to God. His father forbids him to talk about God or go to church. His friends ridicule him. But his mother talks with him and also turns her life over to God.

A store is robbed and the owner injured. Someone has stolen Shane’s car and jacket and set him up to take the blame for the robbery. He turns to his new Christian friends who help him through this situation.

This is a wonderful book for teens. It touches on so many issues teens are faced with, such as anger, fear, and bullying. With three pages of discussion questions, this would be a great book for small group discussions. I especially liked the way the author wrote the story so clearly and encouraged Shane to not turn his back on God with all the bad things that happened to him. I enjoyed seeing the change take place within Shane with studying to get his grades better and spending time running for his health. I think teenagers and adults will enjoy this book as it contains suspense and mystery with just a touch of romance.

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

277 pages

ISBN: 9781927692240

Publisher: That’s Life Communications

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

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Time-Trouble-novel-second-chances/dp/1927692245

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/in-time-of-trouble-n-j-lindquist/1124243340?ean=9781927692240

Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Portrait of Vengeance is book 4 in A Gwen Marcey Novel series written by Carrie Stuart Parks. Gwen is a single mother of a teen age daughter and a cancer survivor. Her ex-husband is threatening to take their daughter from her. Her parents were killed when she was little and she was raised by a lady until she returned home to see the house filled with blood. She is on probation with her new job as a forensic artist with the Interagency Major Crime Unit when she finds out about a case of a missing girl after the murder of her parents in Lapwai, Idaho. The case takes place where she lived when she was little and sounds similar to her background so she insists on being put on the case.

In Idaho she works with the Nez Perce Tribal Police and finds herself being treated as an outsider. Her car is stolen right away so she calls a friend, Beth, to come help her. As Gwen works on the case, she has Beth doing research. They quickly discover that someone is out to get Gwen and this case may be connected to the death of Gwen parents. Her boss from the crime unit calls to check on her and she ends up losing her job. But she continues working the case with Beth’s help.

This story is so awesome, it starts out running and never lets up. This story is so full of mystery and suspense that it was hard to put down. The author writes so clearly that it is easy to imagine what is happening and to feel the suspense. While this is a Christian book, the Christian theme is very mild. It is more so a good clean police novel with violence written in it. I think anyone who enjoys reading suspense, mysteries or police stories will enjoy this book. This is the first book I have read and it appears it would be best to read the series in order.

The part in the story that stand out most for me is that there are different times and places in our lives that make us into who we are. Beth reminds Gwen that the hard times she goes through help to make her the person she is today.

I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers and this is my honest review.

Series: A Gwen Marcey Novel (Book 4)

309 pages

ISBN: 9780718083786

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can learn more about the author by going to: http://www.carriestuartparks.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Portrait-Vengeance-Gwen-Marcey-Novel/dp/0718083784

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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/

Some places to buy this book are:

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Gathering the Threads by Cindy Woodsmall

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The voices in her head grew louder. One group said money was evil and poverty was God’s will, that made people rely on Him more. Another group shouted louder than the first, saying that it was not from the Enemy.Still more voices said that being poorly due to a lack of education. A dozen more camps were heard, and Ariana was powerless to sort them out. 

Gathering of Threads is the third and final book in The Amish of Summer Grove series written by Cindy Woodsmall. I really enjoyed reading this series, I consider it one of the best. To follow the story, the series needs to be read in order. This book finishes up the story extremely well. It answers all the questions I had while reading the series. Especially those surrounding Quill leaving five years earlier and why he and his brothers could not visit their mother. It explains some of the strict Old Order Amish rules and how they affect people. It also explains the history behind why the Brenneman family has struggled financially.

After sending several months living in the English world, Ariana returns home with so many options going through her mind. It just seems like everything she does upsets her father, boyfriend or the bishop. She is not allowed to work in her restaurant or go to help Quill’s mother like she use to. While she stays at home she is able to go over the restaurant books and when she is allowed to work there, she is able to expand the business. She also re-establishes her friendship with Quill and helps him with his volunteer work.

Skylar has been with the Brenneman’s while Ariana was gone and she has been able to get off of drugs. She has found her place in the family and working in the restaurant. She manipulates situations like getting new plumbing for the family and makes trouble for Ariana. As time goes on she decides to go back to school and help others.

I really enjoyed this book. It shows how the girls were able to learn from their experiences and rise above the difficulties. One of the points that I especially liked in the book was how the community came together to help correct the wrongs the bishop had done over the years to hurt Ariana and Quill’s families. The story contains enough romance for those who enjoy romance stories, but it is not overwhelming for those who do not. It also contains some suspense to keep the interest while reading. There were many times I did not want to put the book down.

I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah as part of the Cindy Woodsmall Launch Team. This is my honest review.

Series: The Amish of Summer Grove (Book 3)

352 pages

ISBN: 9781601427038

Publisher: WaterBrook Multnomah

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

Since this book is not available until August, some places you can pre-order this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Gathering-Threads-Novel-Amish-Summer/dp/1601427034

https://www.christianbook.com/gathering-the-threads-3/cindy-woodsmall/9781601427038/pd/427038

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