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

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The Hidden Side by Heidi Chiavaroli

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The Hidden Side, by Heidi Chiavaroli, is a very powerful modern day story blended with a historical fiction story. This story is so good, it is hard to put down. While I did struggle with putting the two stories together initially, there is a lot of similarities between them.

Natalie is a mother of twin teenagers who struggles with connecting with them. The story starts with her going through her son’s room to see if she can find anything alarming. Just a short time later, her son takes one of his father’s guns to school and shots his sister’s boyfriend and a couple of their friends. This part of the story gives us a glimpse into what it could be like for the family of the shooter and the struggles they go through. In this case, the shooter feels he is protecting his sister from her boyfriend, who is not all that he seems to be. This part of the book is told by Natalie and her teen daughter, of the struggles they go through and how they deal with finding out Chris’s feelings.

While going through her son’s room she finds a book that she borrows to read. It is a historical story based in 1776. It is a story of a young lady who become a spy during the war, helping get information to Washington. Mercy was engaged to be married when her boyfriend is captured and put to death. Mercy tells her story of loss and secret.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is not an easy story to read. The is violence through out the stories. The modern day story is written so well, it was like reading a true story of modern events.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Blog Network. This is my honest review.

448 pages

ISBN: 9781496423238

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

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.tyndale.com/p/the-hidden-side/9781496423238

https://www.christianbook.com/the-hidden-side-heidi-chiavaroli/9781496423238/pd/423232?event=AFF

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Shadows of HOPE by Georgiana Daniels

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Shadows of Hope, by Georgiana Daniels, is an awesome story that deals with contemporary women’s issues. Marissa is a crisis pregnancy worker who befriends Kaitlyn, a college student working at a coffee shop. Kaitlyn is unmarried and expecting a baby as a result of an affair with one of her teachers. Marissa invites Kaitlyn to come to the crisis center and eventually hires her to work there.

Meanwhile, Marissa and her husband, Colin, are growing apart after years of marriage and trying unsuccessfully to have a family. Colin admits to having an affair and having a child on the way. Marissa wants nothing to do with Colin’s child.

This is one of those books that just tugs at your heart. The author writes of issues such as infidelity, infertility and unwed mothers. The story is very well written with minimal major characters who are very well introduced. This is the first story I have read by Georgiana Daniels. I hope it is just the first of many for years to come. I think anyone who enjoys reading contemporary stories of women issues will really enjoy this story. The book contains very good discussion questions that would make this a very good choice for book clubs to read.

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

317 pages

ISBN: 9781683225454

To learn more about this author go to: https://georgianadaniels.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:

http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/Shadows-of-Hope,14925.aspx?Tab=Books&sj=286

https://www.christianbook.com/shadows-of-hope-georgiana-daniels/9781683225454/pd/225454

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=9781683225454

a free downloadable preview of this book is also available at Christian Books Distributors and Amazon

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

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Beneath the Surface is book one in the Dive Team Investigations series written by Lynn H. Blackburn.

This is the beginning to a great new series. The series is full of adventure, suspense, mystery and a touch of romance.

Ryan is part of the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. While on a dive, the team finds a body in the lake. The team uses Leigh’s dock as a place to do the investigation.

Leigh has recently returned to her parent’s home to take a job at the local hospital emergency room. Things begin happening to Leigh that threaten her life. Ryan, along with others from the sheriff’s office are guarding her around the clock to keep her safe.

As the investigation goes on, it is suspected the deaths and the threat on Leigh’s life are connected. Leigh’s brother and Ryan are best friends and Ryan has been asked to keep an eye out for Leigh to keep her safe.

This book is full of suspense and action with many twists and turns. It kept me guessing all the way to the end as to who the killer was and why. The story is well written and was easy to follow all the action. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes good clean police stories.

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

Series: Dive Team Investigations (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780800729387

For more information on the author go to: http://lynnhblackburn.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/beneath-the-surface-1/lynn-blackburn/9780800729387/pd/729383

http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/beneath-the-surface/388900

https://www.amazon.com/Beneath-Surface-Dive-Team-Investigations/dp/0800729382/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

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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.

I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishing through BookLook Bloggers.

336 pages

ISBN: 9780718075705

To learn more about the author go to: https://www.lindsayharrel.com/

Some place to purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/heart-between-sisters-transplant-bucket-list/lindsay-harrel/9780718075705/pd/075701

https://www.amazon.com/Heart-Between-Us-Sisters-Transplant/dp/0718075706

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:

https://www.christianbook.com/the-masterpiece-francine-rivers/9781496407900/pd/407900

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

https://www.amazon.com/Masterpiece-Francine-Rivers/dp/1496407903/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517501653&sr=8-1&keywords=9781496407900

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-masterpiece-francine-rivers/1126701400?ean=9781496407900#

The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright

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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.

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

359 pages

ISBN: 9780764230288

Publisher: Bethany House

The author has written best selling novellas. This is her first novel. You can learn more about her at http://www.jaimewrightbooks.com/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-house-on-foster-hill-jaime-jo-wright/1125516137?ean=9780764230288#/

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/wright-jaime-jo/the-house-on-foster-hill/7042993.html

https://www.christianbook.com/the-house-on-foster-hill/jaime-wright/9780764230288/pd/230288

https://www.amazon.com/House-Foster-Hill-Jaime-Wright/dp/076423028X

 

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman

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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.

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

Series: Hidden Justice book 2

334 pages

ISBN: 9780718083489

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

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

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.amazon.com/Imperfect-Justice-Hidden-Cara-Putman/dp/0718083482

https://www.christianbook.com/imperfect-justice-cara-putman/9780718083489/pd/083489

http://www.thomasnelson.com/imperfect-justice

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/putman-cara/imperfect-justice/7055599.html

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/imperfect-justice-cara-c-putman/1125895875?ean=9780718083489

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert

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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?

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

358 pages

ISBN: 9781601429049

Publisher: Waterbrook

To learn more about this author, go to: www.katieganshert.com

This book will be available in April of 2018. It can be pre-ordered at:

https://www.amazon.com/No-One-Ever-Asked-Novel/dp/1601429045

https://www.christianbook.com/until-then-katie-ganshert/9781601429049/pd/429042

https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/536355/no-one-ever-asked-by-katie-ganshert/

You’re Gonna Love Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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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.

I received a copy of this book from Book Look Bloggers, this is my honest review.

320 pages

ISBN:9780718085971

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: https://robinleehatcher.com/

Some places you can purchase this book are:

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/hatcher-robin-lee/youre-gonna-love-me-dec/7055603.html

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https://www.christianbook.com/youre-gonna-love-me/robin-hatcher/9780718085971/pd/085971

https://www.amazon.com/Youre-Gonna-Love-Robin-Hatcher/dp/0718085973