The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel


The Heart Between Us, by Lindsay Harrel, is a story of Megan Jacobs. Megan was diagnosed with a heart condition at a very young age and eventually had a heart transplant. She was in and out of hospitals for many years. During this time she became friends with Caleb who was going through the same illness. After the heart transplant, Megan lost contact with Caleb and her twin sister. Now, three years later, she has reconnected with Caleb. She has also been contacted by the parents of the heart donor and they have lent her their daughters journal. In the journal, Megan reads of her donors bucket list and decides to take the trip for her and her sister goes with her.

This is an amazing story. The author shows us that an illness such as Megan’s affects the entire family. We see how Megan’s illness has caused her to not take the chance and move forward in her occupation. With the blogging of her trip, she is able to gain the strength and courage she needs to take the chance.

This story has many little stories written within it. Some of the things that stands out for me is that Megan refers to her heart as the donor’s heart, not her’s. Another is Megan’s question why God allowed a young girl to die to give her life. I like that once Megan fulfilled the young girls dreams, she is able to move forward with her life. I also enjoyed seeing how the trip has allowed time for Megan to work on repairing the relationships with her sister and Caleb.

I feel those who enjoy contemporary fiction concerning women’s issues will enjoy this story. It is a Christian Fiction but the Christian references are not strong and will not offend readers.

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336 pages

ISBN: 9780718075705

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The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers


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.
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484 pages

ISBN: 9781496407900

Publisher: Tyndale House

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The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright


The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright is so well written and holds so much mystery that I read this book in one day! It is that good. The story takes place in Wisconsin. The author has written this story that takes place during current day, but flashes back to 1906.

Kaine Prescott lost her husband to a car accident two years earlier. She feels it was not an accident but law enforcement does not take her serious. They label her as having PTSD. Needing to start a new life, she uses her husband’s insurance money and buys an old house in the Wisconsin town her grandfather lived in. The house has a lot of mystery surrounding it and has not been lived in for years. A new friend is helping her clean up the house and when things start happening that make Kaine question moving, her friend tells her, “The Lord brought you here. To us.” As she digs into the history of the house, she finds out she has a connection to the house and the mystery about the house is finally solved.

Ivy Thorp lived in the same Wisconsin town in 1906. A young woman shows up deal on the property and Ivy attempts to find out who she is. Things happen in the house that make no sense. Music is heard at night, and lights are turned on and off.

I really enjoyed reading this story, there is so much mystery that it is hard to put down. I kept reading it just to find out what was going to happen next. I think anyone who enjoys suspense/romantic suspense stories will greatly enjoy this book.

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359 pages

ISBN: 9780764230288

Publisher: Bethany House

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Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman


Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman is book 2 in the Hidden Justice series. This is one of those books you will not want to put down until you finish it! While part of a series, it is a very good stand alone book as well. The story takes off running and the suspense builds during the story.

Emilie Wesley is an attorney for a women’s resource center. She helps women who want to escape from their abusers. While she is at the court house waiting for Kaylene, to move forward with Kaylene’s restraining order against her husband, things have gone terribly bad at Kaylene’s house. Kaylene is accused of shooting her daughter’s and then herself. This event has totally shaken Emilie and she cannot move on without getting to the bottom of what really happened. She is all consumed with Kaylene’s death and neglects her other client and her reporting job.

Some time before Kaylene’s death, she delivered boxes to her brother’s home and tells him, Reid, not to open them. He opened them after her death to find a letter from her asking him to watch over her daughters should something happen to her and to contact her attorney. Reid and Emilie start working together to find evidence that will hold up in court for Reid to get custody of Kaylene’s surviving daughter.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It is full of action and suspense. While the topic of abused women and children is a tough subject to read about, the author did a great job of not dwelling on that, but rather wrote about the legal issues involved with them getting away. I think anyone who enjoys legal thrillers will enjoy this book. There is just a little romance in the story for the romance readers as well.

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Series: Hidden Justice book 2

334 pages

ISBN: 9780718083489

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert


No One Ever Asked, by Katie Ganshert, is a very powerful story that focuses on the prejudices some people still have regarding colored Americans as well as the topics of divorce and adoption. This is a modern day story, that is based on real-world events and takes place in Missouri. South Fork school district has lost is accreditation and many parents want their children to be bused to Crystal Ridge, so they can get a good education. There are tensions as many from Crystal Ridge do not want their school system, which is one of the best, to suffer because of the students transferring in from South Fork.

Not everyone feels this way. The Covington’s have adopted a little girl from a poorly run orphanage from Africa. The children were fed once a day, had no toys and were locked in the dark. Jen is considering having Jubilee attend South Fork to be with others like her.

One of the first people Jen meets is Camille, who is the PTA chairwoman and mother of three. Her oldest daughter becomes friend with one of the boys from South Fork. When he attempts to visit her, he is approached by police and forced to stand with his hands above his head.

This is a great story! There are so many things in the story that just stand out out to me. The mother of a former South Fork student has worked so hard, working multiple jobs, to put her daughter through school. Now this girl is a teacher at Crystal Ridge. Camille is one of the most looked up to women, but when her marriage is falling apart she does not feel she can share this with her friends. It is interesting to see the difference in the type of education the two schools were able to give. Had South Fork had the finances Crystal Ridge did, would it had suffered like it did?

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358 pages

ISBN: 9781601429049

Publisher: Waterbrook

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You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher


Sam is an accountant in Beaverton, Oregon who feels her job is no longer what she wants. When her grandmother is injured, she goes to Thunder Creek, Idaho to help care for her. What she does not know is that her ex-boyfriend, Nick, now lives there. He was doing work on her relative’s property when he witnessed her grandmother’s accident.

While dating, Nick cared more about himself and his desires, and Sam was the one putting an effort into the relationship. Nick was an adventurous risk taker, while Sam feared any thing dangerous, which lead to their breakup. Sam tried to get in touch with Nick after their breakup, but he never answered. Now she finds out he suffered a traumatic brain injury from one of his adventures.

Nick has changed since his accident and he is now a caring individual who puts God and others ahead of himself.

I enjoyed reading this story. It is a story of second chances and shows how a person can change when they have God in their life. I liked how Sam not only cared for her grandmother physically, but also cared about her grandmother’s business as well. Her grandmother had so much energy for someone suffering from a major injury, also caring for others. This is a really good story and I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction will enjoy it. This story is also a contemporary romance.

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320 pages


Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Perennials by Julie Cantrell


Lovey and her sister Bitsey were very close until another girl comments on how they look. After that Bitsey no longer plays with Lovey. Instead she lies about Lovey and blames her for things she does not do. When Lovey turned 18 she left Mississippi and Fisher, the boy who asked her to marry him and moved to Arizona. She now has a successful career and could possibly be making the deal of a lifetime. She gets a call from her parents that she needs to come home to help prepare for their 50th anniversary. They have made travel arrangements for her for the next day.

When Lovey gets to Mississippi, nothing has changed with her sister. Her sister still lies about Lovey and falsely accuses her. But her father has a surprise for her mother for their anniversary. He has hired Lovey’s Fisher to make a memory garden. Lovey helps with the garden and gets reacquainted with Fisher.

I really enjoyed this story. I enjoyed reading about the different plants as well as the different places the family visited. I really liked when the parents talked about their wedding. Especially the part of the preacher story. Eve was not formed from Adam’s feet to be below him or from his head to be above him, but from his rib to walk beside him, to be equal partners. The rib came from by his heart to be loved by him, and from below his arm to be protected by him.

I got frustrated at Lovey’s family when they commented on her not being home for so long. I was relieved when Lovey commented they could have come to see her as she seems to not speak up for herself. This is an awesome story of family relationships.

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349 pages

ISBN: 9780718037642

Publisher Thomas Nelson

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Colors of Christmas by Olivia Newport


Colors of Christmas is a book of two contemporary stories by Olivia Newport. These are not your typical Christmas stories with everything going perfect. These are stories of loss and dealing with those loses at a time when one is expected to be in the Christmas spirit.

Christmas in Gold is a story of an elderly lady, Astrid, who has fallen and her children now feel it is best for her to be in an assisted living facility. As Astrid is making the adjustments, she is remembering Christmas of her past as a child in war-torn Germany. A tree in the facility has been decorated in gold. Astrid has kept three gold ornaments since finding them in her father’s destroyed building in Germany. Now she is looking through all her boxes to try to find these ornaments. Her Christmas plans are also being threatened when her son is stuck out of town on business and her granddaughter becomes ill.

Christmas in Blue is the story of Angela who does not want to celebrate Christmas. Her friend use to take care of decorating the town and eight days before Christmas, Angela is informed she is doing it this year. It seems like everything that can go wrong does. The candles are set on a heater and melt together and she can only get blue ones. The lanterns have been cut wrong and she cannot get any more. The storage area where the decorations have been kept has an undetected water leak and all the decorations are ruined. She is left turning to a young boy and a stranger in town to help her bring Christmas to this town.

I really enjoyed this book. I like how the author focused on the loss at Christmas. In these stories, Astrid is dealing with the loss of her home and freedom to do what she wants when she wants. For Angela, it is the loss of a very close friend. This story really spoke to me. Christmas after losing someone you love is really hard. As well as spending Christmas alone when the children have grown and moved away. Even though this is not a cheery Christmas story, it is a realistic one. I think this book will be enjoyed by many.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

317 pages

ISBN: 9781683223351

Publisher: Barbour Publishing

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Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter


Blue Ridge Sunrise, by Denise Hunter, is book one in A Blue Ridge Romance series. Zoe left home five years earlier and joined a band with her current boyfriend Kyle. Kyle, Zoe and her young daughter returned home for her grandmother’s funeral. They had not planned to stay, but when the will was read, Zoe found out she was the new owner of her grandmother’s orchard. After a disagreement, Kyle left and Zoe was alone in Copper Creak with her daughter. She had no vehicle and no money.

When Zoe decided to run the orchard, she found out the orchard is financially hurting and her ex-boyfriend, Cruz, is now the manager. In an effort to turn the orchard’s finances around, Zoe and her crew clean up a building and converted it to a shop. Just as it was getting ready to open, the shop burned and Zoe is suspected of burning it for insurance money.

This is a really good story. It is fast paced and had a lot of action and suspense in the story. The story also has a little romance without getting overwhelming. The parts in the story that I really enjoyed were the memories Zoe had of her grandmother. The other things that stands out in the book is when Zoe realizes that her life cannot be planned by any man, or even herself. God is the one that has plans for her. I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary fiction stories will enjoy this book.

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Series: A Blue Ridge Romance ( book 1)

366 pages

ISBN: 9780718090500

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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Twintuition by Joan Bannan


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.

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219 pages

ISBN: 9780962762413

Publisher: Joan Bannan

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