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:

http://www.barbourbooks.com/product/Weavers-Needle,14720.aspx?Tab=Books&sj=287

https://www.amazon.com/Weavers-Needle-Robin-Caroll/dp/163409994X

https://www.christianbook.com/weavers-needle-robin-caroll/9781634099943/pd/099941

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Pursuing Gold by Cynthia L. Simmons

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Pursuing Gold is a novel based during the Civil War written by Cynthia L. Simmons. When Peter’s father past away, Peter took over his part of the banking business. Peter’s partner is ill and when banking papers are delivered to him with errors on them, his daughter, Mary Beth starts going to the bank to help Peter. Together they find out Mr. Sadler has been changing the deposits and embezzling money. One morning when they get to the bank, they find Mr. Sadler dead.

Mary Beth also runs a hotel and in the cash, she finds counterfeit bills with Peter’s signature. Together she and Peter try to find out who made the counterfeit bills and try to get as many as possible. Peter and Mary Beth were childhood friends until Mary Beth dated another man. They both have chosen to pursue God.

This is a good book with suspense and romance through out the story. This is a great story to curl up and read on a lazy day.  I enjoyed it a lot. The story also shows the strength and love that Mary Beth has with caring for her father as well as the hotel, the bank and caring for injured soldiers. We also see what a parent will do to help her children.

The book contains questions for thought and discussion at the end that are very good. This would make a great book for book groups.  Anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction stories based on US history will enjoy this book.

I received a copy of this book from the author and Book Club Network. I have chosen to write this honest review.

378 pages

ISBN: 9781944430764

Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing, Inc.

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

Some places to buy this book are:

https://www.amazon.com/Pursuing-Gold-Novel-Civil-War/dp/1944430768

https://www.createspace.com/6676065

The Prayer Box Written by Lisa Wingate

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The Prayer Box, by Lisa Wingate, is part of  A Carolina Heriloom novel series. Tandi Jo Reese has fled her abusive husband in Texas with her 2 children to settle in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, a town of her childhood. She is very low on funds and rents a guesthouse from an elderly lady. Her landlady, Iola Anne Poole, passes away and leaves her home to the church. A gentleman from the church asks Tandi to clean out Iola’s home. While cleaning out the house, Tandi finds out a lot about Iola. The generosity Iola had toward others and her prayers that were written down and kept in boxes. Tandi has not always made the best decisions and it affects her children. Tandi and her daughter are both involved with guys who are not good for them, and her son is often left to himself. Through reading Iola’s prayers and meeting people through her son and her new job, she changes into a more responsible adult.

The first part of the book was slow moving, I very rarely stop reading a book. And I am glad I kept reading this one. Once the story line was established and and characters introduced, it became a good book to read. Had it not been for the Iola’s part in this book, I would not have enjoyed it. Her devotion to God and her anonymous gifts to those in need it heartwarming.

To read more about the author go to http://lisawingate.com/blog3/

Some places you can purchase this book are:

https://www.christianbook.com/the-prayer-box-lisa-wingate/9781414386881/pd/386881?event=ESRCG

 

 

Maybe it’s You by Candace Calvert

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Maybe it’s You is book three in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Sloane Ferrell and Micah Prescott’s story. Sloane was severely injured in book 2 of this series. She has moved and changed her name to get away from her past. She keeps pretty much to herself and does not let people know where she lives and does not want anything about her made public. She has quit drinking as a result of the accident and has joined AA.

One day while at work, she rescues a young girl, Zoey, and gets involved in the girls life for a short while. What she does not know if the girl is working with her ex-boyfriend and is distantly connected to the Russian group that is involved in sex trafficking, gambling, arson and murder. When this becomes known, her job at the Los Angeles Hope hospital is on the line.

Micah is the PR person at Los Angeles Hope hospital as well as a member of the Crisis Team. Micah and Sloane have contact with each other with crisis situations at the ER and they slowly begin to know each other. Micah lost a family member he was close to due to a drunk driver and he continues to struggle with the loss. Micah and his reporter friend witness the rescue of Zoey. The reporter is searching for the big story that will give him a chance to get a big headline.

I love this story and the whole Crisis Team series. This story is a little slower moving than the previous two, but the story is equally wonderful. This story does not have as much action and mystery. There is a lot happening within this story but it is not clear until the end of the story what the whole picture is. This story kept me wondering where it was going and what was going to happen.

This story is more about learning to trust others and recovering from bad choices. I especially enjoy the parts in the story when Sloane struggles with issues surrounding her step-father but remembers she has a past as well. When she has the chance to keep him behind bars, she cannot go through with it.

The author is a former ER nurse and her stories are so real. It is hard to remember her stories are fiction. I like that her stories show us how Christians can show their faith just by working along side others and giving encouragement to others. Anyone who enjoys reading Contemporary Christian Romance will enjoy this book.

I receive a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Crisis Team

448 Pages

ISBN: 9781414390369

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishing, Inc

Some places you can buy this book are:

https://www.tyndale.com/search?q=9781414390369&f=3

https://www.amazon.com/Maybe-Its-You-Crisis-Team-ebook/dp/B01I5IYK9U/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484929530&sr=1-1&keywords=9781414390369

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To learn more about Candace Calvert and the books she has written go to:

http://candacecalvert.com/

Step by Step by Candace Calvert

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Step by Step is book 2 in the Crisis Team series written by Candace Calvert. This is Taylor Cabot and Seth Donovan’s story. Taylor Cabot lost her husband three years ago and is trying to move on with her life. She has made a list of things to do to move forward and is slowly checking them off. She has moved to San Diego and has started dating.

Seth has come to San Diego to train members to work with the Crisis Team. They are often called in to help council families of victims of tragic events. Seth often works the San Diego hospital ER and has reunited with Taylor. Taylor use to work with the Crisis Team, but with the encouragement of her new boyfriend, she is backing away.

Taylor still struggles with the events surrounding her husband’s death. Why was he on that road the night he was killed? Why did he have an appointment with Seth the day he died? She also is struggling with having to say goodbye to her dog, who is passing away.

I love this book! I really enjoy reading Candace Calvert stories. Being an ER nurse, this series gives us a look into events that happen within the ER setting. Her stories are written so well, it is sometimes hard to believe I am reading fiction. I like how her stories included mystery and suspense with just a little touch of romance to keep the readers interest. I also like that the story has substance to it with touching lightly on the Christian aspect in the character’s lives and how just living a Christian life, they are able to help lead others to learn about God. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who likes to ready contemporary Christian Fiction.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: Crisis Team

400 Pages

ISBN: 9781414390345

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc

Some  of the places you can buy this book are:

https://www.tyndale.com/p/step-by-step/9781414390345

https://www.amazon.com/Step-Crisis-Team-Candace-Calvert/dp/1414390343

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To learn more about the author and the books she has written go to

http://candacecalvert.com/

Fatal Frost by Nancy Mehl

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Fatal Frost, written by Nancy Mehl, is book 1 in the Defenders of Justice series. U. S. Marshal Mercy Brennan is in the process of reestablishing a relationship with her father, Nick, an officer with the St. Louise police department, when he is fatally shot. It has become aware that Nick was working with members of a gang, and now that Nick is dead, the gang has targeted Mercy. Mercy’s boss developed a plan for Mercy to go check on a man in the witness protection program. He also sends her ex-boyfriend and fellow marshal, Mark, and her friend and neighbor, Tally. Tally is also in law enforcement. The real reason for this assignment is to get Mercy out of town for her safety.

While on their way to the assignment, they are in a snow storm and end of going off the road. A snowmobile, driven by the supposed man they are to check on, arrives and takes them to the house he is staying at. But all is not what they are expecting. The man is really a member of the gang. Mercy, Mark and Tally have no way of knowing who they can trust. There are also moles at the U. S. Marshal department and they don’t even know if they can trust their boss. Mercy finds the chip her father left in her jacket at their last meeting and she does not share this with anyone as she does not even trust her friends.

This is a good romantic suspense book. It is more a suspense than romance as there is so much taking place in the story. There are several characters in the story but are introduced in a way that they are easy to follow. The story is written so well, that I felt cold while reading the part about being caught in the storm. I felt so sorry for Tally when he was tied up outdoors without proper clothing. While I was reading I was constantly wondering who the good guys and who the bad guys were.

I appreciate how the author used the situation Tally and Mercy were in to help show them that God is faithful and helps during even the worst situation. I also liked that while Tally was considering leaving the force for his son who was struggling with his job, Tally made the decision to stay with the force due to the death of a young man. If some good could come form this young man’s death, it would be to help other kids stay out of trouble and to know that they mattered to the world and to God.

I want to thank the author and Bethany House Publishing for providing me with this book. This is my honest review.

Series:Defenders of Justice (Book 1)

304 pages

ISBN: 9780764217777

Publisher: Bethany House

This book can be purchased at:

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/fatal-frost/379480

https://www.amazon.com/Fatal-Frost-Defenders-Justice-Nancy/dp/0764217771/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1481829095&sr=8-1&keywords=9780764217777

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You can read about the author and view her other books at:

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/authors/nancy-mehl/1518

Mercy At Midnight by Sylvia Bambola

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Mercy At Midnight, by Sylvia Bambola, is a story that deals with the subjects of addictions and homelessness as well as crime gangs. Jonathan Holms has left his position as pastor for affluent Christ Church to follow God’s call in his life. He reopens Beacon Mission, a closed homeless shelter and works with the clients and other staff who enter the doors.

Cynthia Wells is a reporter who will do what ever it takes to get a story. She has decided to go undercover to try to connect deaths that have taken part in that area of the city. Just as she enters the area she is approached by a gang and is robbed. When she contacts the police dressed as a dirty homeless woman, they do nothing to help her. They send her to the homeless shelter. At the shelter she is offered a job and takes it to use as a cover to get information.

Stubby White was just starting a career when a young girl was killed in an accident and he was blamed for her death. His life spiraled out of control. He is a friend to both of the men who are killed. He also ends up at the shelter and is offered a job.

Effie is a young mother who has fled her husband with her young daughter and ends up at the shelter. When she finds it impossible to find work with having to care for her daughter, Jonathan also offers her a job. She is in charge of a day care center at the shelter.

While at the shelter Cynthia and Stubby are both attacked. Jonathan begins to suspect the shelter is not what he believes it to be.

This is a wonderful Christian suspense story. It also has the cute story line running through it of Jonathan’s aunt having to deal with her church’s gossiping busy body. Especially when it comes to Jonathan’s romance. Several characters in the story have strong faith in the Lord, while Cynthia does not. It takes almost to the end of the story to see that God is watching over her.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network and I have written an honest review.

408 pages

ISBN-10: 0989970752

ISBN-13: 978-0989970754

Publisher: Heritage Publishing House

The Babel Conspiracy by Sylvia Bambola

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The Babel Conspiracy is a contemporary Christian suspense novel written by Sylvia Bambola. Patterson Aviation is working on developing the first nuclear-powered aircraft. They are under a very tight schedule and it seems like things keep going wrong. Trisha and Audra are women engineers who work for the company. Trisha is a Christian woman who has feeling for her married employer. He also has feeling for her and makes advances that she rejects as a result of her Christian faith. Audra lives a life of drinking and one night stands.
The story takes place in the United States on an election year. Terrorism is very prominent. People are rioting in the streets and the police are not getting the support they need. Since 9/11 every president has changed the laws to give themselves more power. President Baker has declare martial law setting curfews and has the military patrolling the street. People’s rights have been taken away and the Constitution has been suspended. Just a short time before the election the president has declared the upcoming election will be suspended indefinitely. The current president cannot serve another term. The candidate chose for his replacement is not a favorable person and the other candidate is receiving threats.
This story is very fast paced with a lot of characters, some are not very well introduced. There actually are two story lines in this story, one of the aviation company and women engineers and one of the government involvement in the terrorism. I found it hard to follow along with story at times because of this. The story contains a lot of violence, murders, conspiracy and rape. Not everyone will enjoy reading this story. I do appreciate the strong Faith Trisha has and how she witnesses to others. Her belief that nothing was impossible with God is repeated in the story. I can also appreciate the authors comment after the story about God does forgive and restore, but only to those who want it. I also appreciate the authors information about this being a rewrite and update of the book A Vessel of Honor.
I have received a copy of this book from Book Crash and this is my honest review.
310 pages
ISBN-10: 0989970728
ISBN-13: 978-0989970723
Publisher: Heritage Publishing House
The book is available for purchase at: https://www.amazon.com/Babel-Conspiracy-Sylvia-Bambola/dp/0989970728/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1475803599&sr=8-1&keywords=the+babel+conspiracy

The Raven by Mike Nappa

 

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The Raven, written by Mike Nappa, is book two in the Coffey & Hill Series. We follow up with Samuel and Trudi. Samuel is now working as a Atlanta PD detective, while Trudi, his ex-wife continues with their investigating business. Samuel is investigating the possibility of a situation referred to as “Nevermore”. He has asked Mama Bliss to let him know if she hears anything of it.

Mama Bliss is an elderly woman who owns a store specializing in unusual items, but her store is just the beginning of what takes place in her building. Mama prefers to stay in her wheelchair to get around and often spends her nights in her office instead of going home. Many years earlier she lost her grandson and she is determined to make those responsible pay.

This book introduces us to a young man that goes by the name of The Raven. He is a street entertainer acting as a magician and mind reader who picks pockets to pay his rent. His pick pocketing has caused him to run into the wrong person. Men break into his apartment, beating him and eventually removing his little finger.

Having not read the first book, this book started out slow but soon picked up speed. We are introduced to the characters in such a way that having not read the first book did not matter. The author has given us enough background to know what was happening and why.

The story is very suspenseful and full of twist and turns. Anyone who enjoys mystery and suspense will enjoy this book. It is fast moving and at points it is very hard to put down. We also see the strength and generosity of the characters as well. We see a young man who is struggling with what he did years ago and the results of those actions. But we also see a young man who reflects back on things his father, a pastor, has taught him.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

Series: Coffey & Hill (Book 2)

432 pages

ISBN-10: 0800726456

ISBN-13: 978-0800726454

Publisher: Revell

Catching Heat by Janice Cantore

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Catching Heat is the third book in the Cold Case Justice series by Janice Cantore. Abby has joined Luke and Woody on a newly formed cold case task force. They have been sent to San Luis Obispo to work on an old case when they realize they are near the town where the Governor’s wife, Alyssa, grew up. Abby suspects Alyssa is responsible for her parents’ and Luke’s uncle’s deaths. The trio have also been asked to find a missing man who killed his children and injured his wife many years earlier.

Like the other two books in this series, this one is fast moving and full of suspense. I like how the author has kept the story line going through all three books. And how the characters’ friendships have grown. I like that the author have kept the same characters for the most part but she has added more as the story went along. The characters are so well introduced it is easy to remember how they fit into the story. The story is a Christian romance suspense story, but the romance is not overwhelming, this is a good clean story. I appreciate how the author uses the way Luke and Abby live to bring others to Christ. They are not preachy but rather very respectful toward others. I have really enjoyed reading this series and of the adventures of Luke and Abby as they try to find the person responsible for the Triple Seven murders and fire.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

You can view information about the author at www.janicecantore.com

You can also view my reviews for the other books in the series at:

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/drawing-fire/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/04/22/burning-proof/

432 pages

Series: Cold Case Justice (Book 3)

ISBN-10: 1414396708

ISBN-13: 978-1414396705

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers