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/

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.harpercollinschristian.com/9780785219705/glory-road/

https://www.christianbook.com/glory-road-lauren-denton/9780785219705/pd/219705

https://www.amazon.com/Glory-Road-Lauren-K-Denton/dp/0785219706

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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.

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Watch-Fencepost-Kay-DiBianca/dp/1633571548

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-watch-on-the-fencepost-kay-dibianca/1129666930

https://www.target.com/p/watch-on-the-fencepost-by-kay-dibianca-paperback/-/A-54486917#

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/

Some places this book can be purchased are:

https://www.christianbook.com/how-the-light-gets-in-softcover/jolina-petersheim/9781496402233/pd/402238

https://www.amazon.com/How-Light-Gets-Jolina-Petersheim/dp/1496402235

https://www.tyndale.com/p/how-the-light-gets-in/9781496402233

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:

https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/innocence-denied-mike-garrett/1129618191#

https://www.amazon.com/Innocence-Denied-saved-prison-freed/dp/1633571467/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1550632140&sr=8-1

Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Who I Am With You is the first book in A Legacy of Faith Novel series by Robin Lee Hatcher. This book is a combination of a modern day story of two people, Jessica and Ridley are neighbors, struggling to move forward with their lives and a young couple, Jessica’s great grandparents, who struggle with their marriage, finances and family life during the depression.

This is such a heartwarming story of strength, courage and restoring faith. One of the things that stands out the most in my mind of this story is when Jessica tells Ridley that even through they are going through tough times, there are others that are having it so much harder. While Ridley is searching for how to move on with his life, this comment means so much to him. While Jessica is trying to move on after the death of her husband and daughter, she finds hope by reading her great-grandfather’s bible.

I really enjoyed this story, the message is so clear through the whole story. The story covers topics of broken marriages, restoring an unfaithful marriage, death of family members and false accusations. The characters of the story are so strong. I feel anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction will really enjoy this story.

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

Series: A Legacy of Faith Novel (book 1)

304 pages

ISBN: 9780785219262

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

This book can be purchased at:

https://www.christianbook.com/who-i-am-with-you/robin-hatcher/9780785219262/pd/219262?event=PR

https://www.amazon.com/Who-You-Legacy-Faith-Novel/dp/0785219269

A Secret to Die For by Lisa Harris

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A Secret to Die for, by Lisa Harris, is a stand alone modern day romantic thriller. Grace is preparing herself to get through the week, the birthday of her little girl who died of cancer. To make it even worse, some one breaks into her home, breaks into her office and one of her patients is killed. His murderers are after her, thinking she has the information they want.

Nate was best friends with Grace and her ex-husband years earlier. He is now the detective assigned to the case. He has just returned to work. There was a bombing that killed his partner and he is dealing with PTSD issues. Nate and Grace have not seen each other in years.

I really enjoyed reading this book. Is it fast paced with a lot of action. While there are quite a few characters, they are well introduced and easy to follow. I especially liked Grace’s friend who was there for her every step of the way. The suspense in this story is so strong, I did not want to put the book down until I found out what information Grace supposedly had and who was after it. I was surprised by the ending, which made me stop and think, could this ever really happen. I feel anyone who enjoys crime stories will enjoy this book.

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

325 pages

ISBN: 9780800729158

My rating: 4.7

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

This book can be purchased from:

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Die-Lisa-Harris/dp/0800729153

https://bakerbookhouse.com/products/a-secret-to-die-for-9780800729158

https://www.christianbook.com/a-secret-to-die-for/lisa-harris/9780800729158/pd/729152?event=PR

Lethal Target by Janice Cantore

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Lethal Target, by Janice Cantore, is book two in the Line of Duty series. This story takes over where book one, “Crisis Shot” ends. It is not necessary to read the first book to read this book, but I highly recommend it. They both are great stories with the main character being Police Chief Tess O’Rourke. In this story an eighteen year old boy is found dead of a drug overdose. Tess has suspicions of the real cause of his death. Growing marijuana is legal in Oregon, and Tess suspects his death may be tied to the pot farm. Before she is able to track down his killer, a person from her past shows up dead on her porch. She is told to take vacation time until his murder is solved. When it seems like so many people are against Tess, she finds herself drawn to Pastor Macpherson. Hi wife was a friend of Tess’s and was killed less than a year earlier.

I really enjoyed reading this story. It is fast paced and full of action and suspense. The story is so well written it was hard for me to put down. I like Tess’s honesty of her faith in God since her father’s death and her feelings about her father laying his life down for another person. I though the reference to Tess’s rules were neat. While the story felt so real, I would hope that when a Chief Police is told to take vacation until a crime is solved, that person would not continue working the case. I also felt something was missing during the investigation of the young man’s crime scene. I feel anyone who enjoys crime stories will enjoy this story.

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

Series: Line of Duty (book 2)

380 pages

ISBN: 9781496423740

My rating: 4.7 stars

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

This book will be released on October 9th and can be pre-ordered from:

https://www.christianbook.com/lethal-target-janice-cantore/9781496423740/pd/423742

https://www.amazon.com/Lethal-Target-Line-Janice-Cantore/dp/1496423747

You’re the One that I Want by Susan May Warren

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You’re the One That I Want is the last book in a Christiansen Family series by Susan May Warren. This is the continuation of Owen’s story. Owen suffered an injury while playing for the NHL that cost him his career. He is now working on an Alaskan crabbing boat. A storm causes the ship’s owner’s daughter, Scotty, to get tossed into the waters and Owen goes in after her. When it is believed they are lost at sea, their pictures are on the TV and Owen’s bother, Casper sees it. He is looking for Owen to get Owen’s permission to marry the mother of Owen’s daughter. When Casper and Owen try to fly home to Minnesota, they are taken into custody as Carper is a suspect in a murder. Scotty is in law enforcement and is asked to make sure they get back to Minnesota.

I have enjoyed reading this series. This book brings the family back together and shows the faith they have as well as the love and devotion they have towards each other. This story contains mystery, suspense and romance. While each of the books focuses on one of the family members, it is also a continuation of the whole family. So this series should be read in the order it is written.

Series: Christian Family (book 6)

384 pages

ISBN: 9781414378466

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

Susan May Warren is a best selling award winning author. You can learn more about her and the books she has written at www.susanmaywarren.com.

Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli

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Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli, is a novel that takes place in Boston in 1770 and in 2015. In 1770 the Boston Massacre takes place and Liberty’s brother is killed. Devastated and with no place to go, she returns to the British officer’s home where she has been working, to collect her things. She is attacked by the captain. With limited funds and no place to live, she takes the Lieutenant’s ring and flees.

In 2015 Annie is still struggling to move on after the Boston Marathon bombing. She was a runner in the marathon with her sister and niece waiting for her at the finish line when the bomb went off. She has separated herself from them for two years and then tries to reconnect after her mother says they are moving far away. While visiting her niece, she finds a card with the name of the person who rescued her. She reconnects with him, Brad, to give him back the ring he left with her when she was injured. Together they research to find out more about his background and the ring. What they find out is truly amazing.

This is a good story that shows the strength Liberty and Annie needed to deal with the struggles in their lives brought on by the cruelty of others. It also shows how they have to overcome these struggles to move forward with their lives and forgive others. I really enjoyed reading this story. In the beginning it was like reading two different stories, but the author does a great job of bringing the two together.

I received a copy of this book through Tyndale’s My Readers Reward Club. I was not required to write a review.

388 pages

ISBN: 9781496423122

My rating 4.6

You can learn more about the author by visiting www.heidichiavaroli.com

Some places to purchase this book are:

https://www.tyndale.com/p/freedoms-ring/9781496423122

https://www.christianbook.com/freedoms-ring-a-novel/heidi-chiavaroli/9781496423122/pd/6423122

As The Tide Comes In by Cindy Woodsmall and Erin Woodsmall

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As the Tide Comes In, by Cindy and Erin Woodsmall is an amazing heart touching story. Tara grew up in the foster care system and is now a mature adult. She recently was introduced to her half brothers and eventually raised them to wonderful, responsible young men. The brothers plan a trip to St. Simons Island to try to help Tara find out about her biological family. When tragedy strikes, she decides to go on the trip anyways.

I just love this story. The writing is so clear it is easy to imagine being there with Tara as she goes through all her trials. She is such a strong and caring person. With the addition of the characters in St. Simons Island, the author has given humor and depth to the story. Each of the characters are going through life struggles as well, loss of a spouse and father, being in an unloving marriage, and financial struggles. This story covers so many emotions, I wanted to cry for Tara and her brothers but laugh at the crazy things the gals on St. Simons Island thought up. This is a great contemporary story that will be loved by many.

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of the Cindy Woodsmall launch team. This is my honest review.

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735291010

Cindy Woodsmall is an New York Times and a CBA best-selling author. You can read more about her and books she has written at: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/

Erin Woodsmall is the daughter-in-law of Cindy Woodsmall. Along with editing, brainstorming and researching with Cindy, she is also a writer, musician, wife and mother.

This book will be released on August 21, 2018. Some places to pre-order it are:

https://www.christianbook.com/as-the-tide-comes-in/cindy-woodsmall/9780735291010/pd/291010

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/558387/as-the-tide-comes-in-by-cindy-woodsmall-and-erin-woodsmall/9780735291010

https://www.amazon.com/As-Tide-Comes-Cindy-Woodsmall/dp/0735291012/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1530555903&sr=8-1&keywords=9780735291010