Relative Silence by Carrie Stewart Parks

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Relative Silence, by Carrie Stewart Parks, is a fast paced who done it story. It is full of action and suspense. This is a modern day story set in South Carolina on Curlew Island,which has been owned by the Boone family for four generations. The story opens with the death of Piper’s young daughter and fast forwards 15 years. Piper is visiting a friend when a shooter attacks where they are eating. Piper is saved by a stranger from out of town,whom she takes in until he heals. Tucker is forensic artist and Piper asks him to draw what her daughter would look like now. This leads her to the granddaughter of a missing neighbor. Just when they seem to be making progress, a storm comes in and the family has to flee and evil surrounds them.

The Boone family has similarities to the Kennedy family. The families are both well know, influential families with their own private estates. Each family has had more than their share of strange deaths. Piper’s younger sister dies in a freak accident, her other sister has not been seen for years, and her brother is running for office.

This is a great story that focuses on family, grief, lost and secrets. The story is well written and very detailed. The characters are well introduced and easy to follow. I totally enjoyed this story and was disappointed when it ended. The story has many twists and turns and I was not expecting it to end the way it did. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys who done it type stories.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Print length: 336

ISBN: 9780785226185

Publication Date: July 14, 2020

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Christian/Suspense/Mystery

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Carrie Stuart Parks is an award–winning author for her mystery/suspense and has won numerous awards for her art as well. As an internationally known forensic artist, she and her husband, Rick, travel across the US and Canada teaching courses in forensic art to law-enforcement professionals. You can learn more about her at: http://www.carriestuartparks.com/

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The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt

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The Best We’ve Been by Beth K. Vogt is book 3 in the Thather Sisters series. This story focuses on Johanna, the oldest of the sisters. Recently split from her fiance, she finds out she is pregnant and does not want to keep the baby. Her younger sister, Jillian, cannot have children and wants to adopt, but her husband does not want children.

This has been a great series of family and family issues to read. While the story focuses on Johanna, it also keeps up with Jillian and Payton. The story shows the struggles the sisters go through and the thoughts they have of how their childhood was and the issues they deal with regarding this. The story also shows the struggles Payton and Jillian have of their new found faith and belief in God. I really enjoyed this series. The thing I like the best is that the series is about all the sisters and follows them along in their journeys.

I received an ebook of this story from Tyndale House publishing through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

Series: Thather Sisters (book 3)

Print length: 464 pages

ISBN: 9781496427342

Beth-Vogt-Favorites-0020-680x1024Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor turned fiction author who has written many contemporary romance stories as well as stories on women’s issues. You can read more about her and the books she has written at: https://bethvogt.com/

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When I Met You by Olivia Newport

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When I Met You is the third book in the Tree of Life series by Olivia Newport. This is a wonderful story of family and family history. Jillian is a genealogist who is living with her father, Nolan, an attorney and self taught chef. Jillian loves a mystery and often goes without proper sleep to get the answers. This time an abandoned trunk is found that is tied to the Pinkerton’s Detective Agency and the daughter of a businessman. While working with this trunk, Jillian is pulled to the trunk in her own attic that was left by her mother.

Meanwhile, Nolan has been pulled into helping with a fundraiser. He will be cooking a meal for 200 people.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is well written with well developed characters. The story bounces between modern day and 1909. I really enjoy the relationship between Jillian and her father. I also enjoy the way the people in the town work together. The story also has a nice touch of humor with Nolan and his cooking. This is a wonderful series. I have enjoyed reading all of the stories and look forward to reading the next book.

I received an ARC copy of this story from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Series: Tree of Life (Book 3)

Print Length: 256

ISBN: 9781683229964

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

Brick-wall-landscape-768x512Olivia Newport writes Amish, Historical Fiction and Contemporary Fiction. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at: https://www.olivianewport.com/

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Take a Chance on Me by Becky Wade

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Take a Chance on Me, by Becky Wade, is a novella to start off the Misty River Romance Series. With just over a hundred pages, this is a quick read.

Aubrey and Theo recently had a little girl and had grandparents visiting to help. Just after they left, Aubrey developed a serious health issue and was hospitalized. Theo called his sister Penelope and his friend Eli to help with the baby. Eli is a military pilot and Penelope made a rule not to date military airmen.

This is a sweet little story to read in an evening. The characters are minimal and well introduced. I like how realistic this story is. From how Eli knew how to calm the baby to how Penelope’s friend is so honest about being the wife of an airman. I especially likes how Penelope comes to the conclusion she was going to have to let God work out her future.

I received a free copy of this book, this is my honest review.

Series: Misty River (Prequel)

ISBN:979862517184

Print length: 140 pages

home-collage-contact-1Becky Wade is a Carol and Christy award winning author of heartwarming, contemporary inspirational romances. You can learn more about her and the other books she has written at: https://beckywade.com/home/

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Book one in the Misty River Romance series releases today! It can be ordered from

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Dead Silence by Robin Caroll

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Dead Silence by Robin Caroll is a Christian Mystery story. This story caught my attention right away and kept it to the very end. Elise, a young widow, provides sign language for the court system. Also being able to read lips, she discovers her mother-in-law’s life is in danger. As she is planning to tell the authorities, she gets a call that her young son is being taken to the ER and she forgets about it until the next morning when her mother-in-law is found dead.

I really enjoyed this story. It is full of adventure and suspense that isn’t diluted with romance. The main characters are the remaining family members of a stern mother/wife/senator. The story is given through Elise’s point of view. She feels the only leads the FBI has are those she gives them. Along with her sister-in-law and a reporter she doesn’t know, but lets into her home, they do a lot of investigating and help the FBI find the ones responsible for the death. To me, Elise appears to be easily distracted. She forgets to notify the authorities of the threat to her mother-in-law, she doesn’t watch out for her young son, who cannot hear or speak, even after threats are made.

This is a quick, easy story to read. The Christian aspect it there, but not to the point it would turn people off. The story does not get bogged down with legal stuff. Instead we see the way a family handles themselves and those around them during a very stressful time. The story gives a lot of credit to the women for their investigation and very little to the FBI. It gives the impression the women are the actual ones to solve the crime. This may be a turn off for some people.

I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. This is my honest review.

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Print length: 320 pages

ISBN: 9781643523316

Publisher: Shilo Run Press/Barbour Publishing

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Robin Carol is a best-selling author of over 30 novel and has won many awards. She writes Southern stories with mystery, suspense and romance. To learn more about her and the books she has written go to: https://www.robincaroll.com/

This book will be published on June 1, 2020. It can be pre-ordered at:

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Being Known by Robin Jones Gunn

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Being Known is book two in the Haven Maker series by Robin Jones Gunn.. This story focuses on Jennalyn. Jennalyn is a mother of 2 young children and the wife of chef and restaurant owner, Joel. With Joel spending so much time and energy getting his restaurant going, Jennalyn is left to handle the children alone. They spend very little time alone and talking, which leads to problems in their marriage. She runs into an old boyfriend and for a short time gets reacquainted and share their grief of the loss of their mothers.

Jennalyn is part of a group of young women who get together on a regular basis. These women come from different walks of live, married and single, stay at home moms and career women. Yet they are there for each other to encourage, support and pray for each other.

This is a great Christian modern day story that deals with real life situations. While this is part of a series, and the characters come from several previous series, this is also a good stand alone story. The parts in the story that stand out for me is the support Jennalyn and Joel get from their friends and his parents. The young women in the group chose a word that is significant for them for the year, such as love, trust, wait. There are also a lot of emotions running through this story. The loss of a mother, the hurts of a struggling relationship, the compassion and love of a friend and trust and waiting for God’s answer. There were times while reading the story I felt frustrated with the couple, who turned to others with their problems than to each other.

I received a copy of this story from the WaterBrook and Multnomah Launch Team via NetGalley. This is my honest review.

Series: Haven Makers (book 2)

Paperback pages: 320

ISBN: 9780735290778

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You can read more about her and her books at https://www.robingunn.com/

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Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton

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Glory Road, by Lauren K. Denton is one of those books that is hard to put down and sad to see end. As high school students, Jessie and Ben were neighbors and good friends. Just before leaving for college, Ben tells Jessie he loves her and she doesn’t not respond. Following college Jessie and Ben go their own ways, having families and now they both find themselves single and back on Glory Road. They each have a teenager that they have raised basically by themselves who have become responsible, caring people.

Years earlier, Jessie and her daughter moved in next to her mother, where Jessie started a garden shop. Her mother spends her days helping Jessie. As Jessie works to build her business, her daughter starts high school and her mother starts suffering serious health concerns. Each of the women also have friendships with men that cause them to think about their future.

This is a heart warming story that shows realistic events that we are faced with today. I enjoyed the focus on the family units in this story. The love and care that each member shows the other and the way they help each other out. The author’s writing is so clear it is easy to imagine walking through the garden shop and smelling the flowers. I enjoyed the small section at the beginning of each chapter that focuses on gardening tips.

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

347 pages

ISBN: 9780785219705

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

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The Watch on the Fencepost by Kay DiBianca

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The Watch on the Fencepost, by Kay DiBianca, is a story of Kate Frasier, who lost her parents in a questionable car accident. After the accident, Kate is introduced to people from her mother’s past. One of whom is the owner of the watch Kate found on a fence post and they quickly become friends.

Kate’s father use to leave her little clues to follow to find things he has for her. With her birthday approaching, her father had planned well in advance the clues he has left for her. Together with her new friend, she searches for subsequent clues to find what he has left her.

This is good easy to read mystery of the who done it type with a touch of romance written in. The story is very well written with not a lot of characters to keep straight. It is a good clean story with good lessons. Some of the things I enjoyed about this story, other than the mystery, is the friendships that develop. Kate and her mechanic both had negative feelings about each other, but with a little help from comments her father made in the past, they are able to see they were mistaken about each other. The mechanic felt Kay felt going to the shop was beneath her, which actually Kay was just shy. This points out that sometimes we are too quick to make judgment without know all the facts.

I received a copy of this book from the Bookcrash blogging program. This is my honest review.

253 pages

ISBN: 9781633571549

Kay DiBianca is a retired software developer and IT Manager. This is her first book.

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How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim

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“He wants every part of you, Ruth. There’s nothing in you that isn’t beautiful to him.”

“Even in your anger your pain, he loves you. Even then He finds you worth of love.”

How the Light Gets In, by Jolina Petersheim, is a story of a young mother who’s husband and father-in-law were killed in a bombing while working overseas for Physicians International. When her mother-in-law wants to have them both buried in her Wisconsin Mennonite community, Ruth flies from her mother’s home in Ireland with her two young daughters. She has no income and is forced to live with her mother-in-law at her husband’s cousin’s cranberry farm, where she works for him with the harvest.

Ruth’s marriage was in trouble before her husband left for his last mission trip. He is kept busy treating children while she is left alone at home raising their daughters giving up her dreams of writing. Elam has offered his hunting cabin to Ruth to spend time alone to write. While writing, Ruth imagines how her life may have been different.

This is an emotionally charged story that will stay with you after finishing it. The story is so well written it is easy to imagine the pain Ruth felt not just with the death of her husband but also the struggles she had with their troubled marriage and a young daughter struggling with the loss of her father. While this story is a modern day fictional retelling the the story of Ruth in the Bible, there are differences. Just when I thought there was going to be a positive future for Ruth the story takes a couple drastic turns.

I received a copy of this book from the author as part of the Street Team. This is my honest review.

364 pages

ISBN: 9781496402233

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

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Innocence Denied by Mike Garrett

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Innocence Denied, by Mike Garrett, is an emotionally charged story of a young lady, Larissa, who is charged with murdering her husband and an older man, Derrick, who takes her away to avoid going to prison. This is a great story that kept me reading it to find out what happens. It is a great story of dealing with past mistakes and hurts while trying to move forward.

Derrick has traveled to Arizona to get away after the death of his wife. While there, the daughter of an old friend is charged with murdering her husband. Remembering concerns his friend had of his daughters marriage, Derrick develops a plan to get her away from the situation. He convinces her to go away with him, leaving with just the clothes she is wearing. Not knowing where to go, she decides to go home with him to Alabama.

There are so many good points in this book. One of them is how Derrick feels about marriage after his wife cheated on him. “The secret of a happy marriage, is to never do or not do anything that will cause your partner to look elsewhere. Love has to be constantly nurtured.” Another is Derrick’s thought on death, “Believers don’t fear death”. “Death is just a transition point. It’s just the next step toward eternal happiness.”

I really enjoyed reading this story. I enjoyed the similarity between Derrick trying to save Larissa from prison, and bringing her to God and eternal salvation. The Christian aspect of this story is so light, it is easy to read yet still understand Derrick’s strong beliefs. I also enjoyed how their relationship grew from total strangers to very good friends who gave of themselves to protect each other. I highly recommend this story for adults.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash Blog program. This is my honest review.

232 pages

ISBN: 9781633571464

Mike Garrett is a book editor and published author. He wrote humorous scripts for church dramas (“The Thirteenth Disciple.”) and a short film (“Mysterious Ways”).

This book is due to release on February 21, 2019. It can be pre-ordered at:

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