Ever Faithful by Karen Barnett

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Ever Faithful is book three in A Vintage National Park series by Karen Barnett. This story is set in Yellowstone National Park in 1933. While being part of a series, these stories are stand alone novels. The author has written an awesome story that shows what the park was like and all the workers that was needed to keep the park going. Her writing is so descriptive, it is easy to envision watching the animals and the environment. I enjoyed the terms of the employees that was used based, on what they did. I also enjoyed the accuracy of how the park was at the time. This story gives great history of the park as well as how the park was affected by the depression.. This is my favorite book in the series so far.

President F. D. Roosevelt’s New Deal is set in place during the Great Depression to give jobs to unemployed young men. Nate tries to take the blame for what his brother did, to keep his brother out of trouble. He is given the chance to work with the Civilian Conservation Crops (CCC). He is quickly chosen for a leadership position, which will help send more money back to his family. To do so he has to keep a secret.

Elsie is the daughter of a Park Ranger. She has worked as a maid in the park’s hotel for years and hopes this year will give her the money she needs to go to school. When jobs are being cut, she takes on a second job teaching the men of the CCC.

I received an uncorrected proof of this story from Waterbrook Multnomah publishing. This is my honest review.

Series: Vintage National Park Series (book 3)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735289581

Karen Barnett is a former park ranger. She also worked as a ranger naturalist and an outdoor educator.

Some places this book can be purchased are:

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You can read the first two chapters of this book at: https://waterbrookmultnomah.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Sneak-Peek-Ever-Faithful.pdf

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Almost Home by Valerie Fraser Luesse

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Almost Home, by Valerie Fraser Luesse, is based in Alabama in 1944. At a time when our country is at war and almost everyone is struggling, Si and Dolly Chandler have turned her family home into a boardinghouse to earn the money to pay taxes. They have rented rooms to several people who come from various places and backgrounds to work in the munitions plant.

This is a heartwarming story that shows the financial and personal struggles the character go through, being unemployed, losing farms, struggling marriages and losing loved ones. This story also shows the importance of worshiping together and helping out others. The young war widow helps the injured soldier heal from his physical and emotional injuries. The young soldier helps repair others vehicles. And the renters help out Si and Dolly without being asked. I enjoyed how the young husband would help Si out when he wasn’t working, but he made a point of setting aside time to spend with his wife. I especially enjoyed reading the parts about the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the original owners on their wedding day. I like how the author is able to bring the surroundings alive in her story. The descriptions are so clear it is easy to imagine sitting by the lake, going for a walk in the woods or just sit in the home and watch for the flutter of the curtains. I would recommend this story to those who enjoy a good clean Christian story that has a great message and strong characters.

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

318 pages

ISBN: 9780800729639

To learn more about the author go to: Valerie Fraser Luesse is a award winning magazine written. She also does freelance writing and editing. She is also the author of “Missing Isaac”.

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White City by Grace Hitchcock

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The White City, by Grace Hitchcock is part of the True Colors series. This story takes place during the Chicago’s World Fair in 1893. Winnifred, the only child of Chicago police detective, feels she witnessed a women being kidnapped. She goes undercover to find information that may lead to find out who is taking the people who are disappearing. Meanwhile, her aunt is frantically trying to find a suitable husband for her. Winnifred is dating her favorite author, but is developing feeling for her body guard, Jude. But her father has a rule that she cannot marry someone in police work.

This is a Christian Historical Romance novel with a lot of suspense and mystery. While this is a fictional story, it is based on America’s first serial killer, H. H. Holmes. I really enjoyed reading this story. It is filled with mystery and kept me reading to find the answer to who was taking the women.

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

Series: True Colors

245 pages

ISBN: 9781683228684

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

Some places to purchase this book are:

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Never Let Go by Elizabeth Goddard

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Never Let Go, by Elizabeth Goddard, is book one in the Uncommon Justice series. Willow and her grandfather have a forensic genealogy business. This time a mother has come to them to find her child that was abducted 20 years ago. Willow’s grandfather turns to Austin, former FBI agent and Willow’s ex-boyfriend, for help. Willow grandfather is killed while riding his bike, their home burns down and someone breaks into their business. Some one is trying to stop them from find out who took the baby. Together Willow and Austin follow leads that take him back home, a place he has not been to for years.

This is an awesome new series that is full of adventure and suspense. I was kept guessing right to the very end as to who abducted the baby and why. This is great book that was hard to put down. This book is considered a romantic suspense, but the romance is very mild and clean. I enjoyed reading this story, it has a good message of faith, compassion and forgiveness. The story does include some violence.

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

Series: Uncommon Justice

358 pages

ISBN: 9780800729844

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

This book can be purchased at:

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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/

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The Empowered by Craig Parshall

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The Empowered is the second book in A Trevor Black Novel series by Craig Parshall. I hesitated about reading it due to the back cover and reference to voodoo. While this is a story that deals with spiritual darkness, there is so much more in this story. Trevor was a powerful attorney in New York who became a Christian and was given the gift of sensing supernatural forces.

Since being forced to stop practicing law, Trevor has moved and spends his time fishing and writing true-crime articles for magazines. He maintains his friendship with New York police detective, Dick Valentine. Dick has just called him regarding a spooky death of a Washington lawyer. When Trevor gets a call to speak at an attorney’s convention in New Orleans, he and his daughter go to New Orleans. Almost immediately things begin to happen, someone is found dead in Trevor’s hotel room and his daughter goes missing. Trevor starts investigating and finds demon worshiping and human trafficking alive in New Orleans.

I am so glad I read this book. It has a slow start but gets moving and never stops. There is suspense and mystery. Some of the things I enjoyed about the story was Trevor’s strong Christian faith and his strength to speak out against the supernatural. Another things is since Trevor became a Christian, he is trying to change his life. He has united with a daughter he never knew he had and is trying to build a relationship with her. Due to the violence and topics in this story I would caution the prospective reader. This is not a book for the young reader.

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

Series: A Trevor Black Novel (Book 2)

464 pages

ISBN: 9781496411372

To connect with the author go to: http://www.craigparshallauthor.com/

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As A Shield by Danny & Wanda Pelfrey

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As a Shield: A Davis Morgan Mystery is about former Pastor Davis. After the death of his wife, he no longer pastors a church but is a pastor for the local law enforcement. He often rides with officer and friend Charley. Davis’s daughter is soon to be married. She and her fiance are purchasing an old house that no one has lived in but are finding their lives threatened. Two men have been hired to stop them from buying the home. The men have kidnapped the wrong lady and shot the wrong man. A visitor in town dies of natural causes but his body is stolen from the funeral home. Tattooed on his body is a location in the area.

Davis works with Charley to try to find who is threatening his daughter and her fiance. While doing so the plane they are flying in goes down and Charley’s squad car is totaled.

This is a very enjoyable mystery to get lost in. One of the things that stands out for me with this book is the friendship of the two men. As well as how Charley feels since he is not a Christian, that God was watching out for Davis and Charley’s life was saved as well. I enjoyed the humor that is woven through the story as well. I really enjoyed this book. It kept me reading until I was done reading it and kept me guessing. I am looking forward to more in this series. I would recommend this to anyone who likes to read a good mystery.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and have written an honest review.

Series: Davis Morgan Mystery (book 1)

208 pages

ISBN: 9781633570917

Publisher: Crosslink Publishing

To learn more about Danny & Wanda Pelfrey go to: http://www.pelfreybooks.com/

Some places to buy this book are:

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Crisis Shot by Janie Cantore

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Crisis Shot, by Janice Cantore, is book one in the Line of Duty series. Tess O’Rourke is a commander with the Long Beach police department and one morning while on her way to work she responds to a call. She finds an officer down and some young men near him. When she shots one of them, the public and some of her co-workers go against her. She takes a job as chief of police in Rogue Hollow, a very small town. She has to deal with issues surrounding being the only woman on the force and having to report to a very demanding mayor.

The pastor’s wife has found out her cancer has returned again and this time it is worse. She goes away one day and does not return. While she is gone her brother turns up dead. The police force is being forced to work extra hours to find the pastor’s wife and get to the bottom of the situation. They are also reaching out to surrounding forces for help.

I really like Janice Cantore’s books and this one is her best so far! I enjoyed how Tess and her father would make rules. Much like my favorite TV show. The suspense is carried through the entire story, both with the Long Beach shooting and situations in Rogue Hollow. One of the things that stands out for me in this story is even with what the pastor is going through he still is there to encourage others. When they find his wife injured he tells Tess that he is worried and a little frightened but he trusts God. If he didn’t, nothing in this life would make sense.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys police stories.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher and I have written an honest review.

Series: Line of Duty (book 1)

432 pages

ISBN: 9781496423702

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

To learn more about the author visit: http://www.janicecantore.com/

Some places you can 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:

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Weaver’s Needle by Robin Caroll

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Weaver’s Needle, written by Robin Caroll, is a Christian fiction story that is filled with suspense with a touch of romance. This is the first book I have read by this author and really enjoyed the story very much. The story is very well written with very well introduced characters. Landry’s faith is very strong and she relies on her relationship with God. Nickolai questions his faith and his beliefs in God. The story also touches on the religious beliefs of the Apache Indians.

While the main part of the story is about finding the map, we are also pulled into the search to find out who murderer is. We are also introduced to native culture of the area.

Bartholomew Winslet purchased the Dutchman’s Lost Gold Mine map. While taking it to safekeeping he was murdered. His wife has asked Landry Parker and Nickolai Baptiste to find the map for her. Only the person who returns to map to her will receive the $50,000 payment.

Landry is former military and a recovery specialist that is trying to keep her father’s legacy going. She needs the job for the income. Nickolai was shot while on duty as a police officer. He is now considered one of the best recovery specialist. The search for the map takes them to Weaver’s Needle in Arizona where the map is based on.

While in Arizona, Laundry and Nickolai are being targeted. The secretly start working together. The story show us how they have to put their distrust of each other aside and work together.

This is a great story, I think anyone who likes a good mystery will enjoy reading this story.

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

320 Pages

ISBN: 9781634099943

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press

To learn more about this author visit her website at: http://www.robincaroll.com/

Some places you can buy this book are:

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