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/

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The Angry Fighters Story, by Bill Vincent

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Bullied at a young age, David develops a hot temper and needs an outlet to challenge his aggression into. When he learns about his Uncle’s past, David decides to follow in his footsteps and become a champion fighter, but it won’t be an easy journey. Can David live out his dream?

The Angry Fighter’s Story, written by Bill Vincent, is a story of a young man who has been bullied from a young age. As a baby, David Hunter was left on the steps of a boys home with a note saying “Please keep him safe, someone will come for him eventually.” Over the years other boys have been adopted and left the home, but not David. He is now a senior in high school. He continues to be bullied. One day a group of boys ganged up on him and hurt him so bad he was hospitalized. This is when his aunt comes to get him.

The bullying does not end. One day at school he is ganged up on and he lets his anger take over. While his aunt is at the school, he hits a door in her home. The door opens and a poster of a fighter is revealed. When his aunt realizes he saw the room, she tells him about her late husband, who was a fighter. She offers him to train to be a fighter and he accepts. Under the training of his late uncle’s trainer, he not only learns how to fight, but he is also taught good manners.

This is a good clean book, written for a pre-teen boy. There is a considerable amount of violence revolving around the anger within David. The story shows us how David has developed this anger as a result of being placed in the boys home and not getting proper care. But it also shows us the love he is given when his aunt takes him home to be with her. The story also show us how David changes within himself with the training he is receiving. The parts in the story I really liked are when we see the changes in David with making friends. The one thing I wish were different about the book would be more Christian aspects in the story. The only thing that is mentioned is David goes to church and likes it.

The author has been a pastor for over 20 years and has written many books that have helped people overcome the spirits and curses of Satan.

I received a copy of this book from BookCrash and this is my honest review.

124 pages

ISBN: 978168411510

Publisher: Revival Waves of Glory

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Treasured Grace by Tracie Peterson

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Treasured Grace is the first book in Tracie Peterson’s Heart of the Frontier Series. Grace Martindale has buried her husband on the Oregon Trail. She continues on the trail with her two younger sisters, Mercy and Hope. They are traveling to Oregon City to be with their Uncle after the death of their parents. Grace has decided they would stop at the Whitman Mission and stay until spring instead of traveling on. The Whitman Mission is run by Dr. Marcus Whitman.

Shortly after arriving at the Mission, there is an outbreak of measles. Grace is a healer and can help, Dr. Whitman does not allow her to. Even though Dr. Whitman has been helping the nearby Cayuse Indian camp, the measles is taking the life of some of their people. Grace travels to the camp with Alex Armistead, a fur trapper and his friend, Sam. She finds the camp filthy and attempts to treat the ill but it is too late in some cases.

Grace is called to help a friend who is ill. Her sisters do not want to go with her. While she is away with Alex and Sam caring for her friend, the Cayuse attack the Mission killing the doctor, his wife and many others. Those that are left are taken hostage and the women are abused. The hostages are eventually taken to Fort Nez Perce and traded back to the white people. The women and children are so traumatized they did not want to be with others. Rumors of the Cayuse coming back for the hostages caused them to be taken by boat to Oregon City.

Grace was in a loveless marriage and since the day her husband was buried, Nigel Roberson has been proposing to her. After arriving in Oregon City she realizes she can not support herself and sisters on her healing. She feels she has no option to care for her sisters and herself than to marry him, even though it is Alex that she loves.

This is a good but very hard story to read. The author has spend much time researching to make the story as real as possible. The story brings to life the situations with the early settlers moving into Indian territory and how the Indians feel threatened by them. The story does an awesome job of explaining this.

I found this book very hard to put down. I appreciated the importance of Faith that is written through out the story. I also appreciate the importance of having love in a marriage that was brought out many times. The story is a very violent one, it gives glimpses into the fears the early settlers had and the hardships they endured. The topics within the story could be bothersome to readers, but they were true events of the time. I think people who enjoy reading stories based on the Oregon Trail and early settlers will enjoy this story.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: Heart of the Frontier (Book 1)

320 pages

ISBN: 9780764213274

Publisher: Bethany House

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Deep Extraction by DiAnn Mills

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Deep Extraction, book two in An FBI Task Force Series, is written by DiAnn Mills. Nathan Moore is the extremely wealthy owner of Moore Oil & Gas. One of his rigs is boomed and he is later found dead from a heart attack. As the story evolves, it becomes evident that Nathan was killed by someone tampering with the setting for his pacemaker. FBI Agent Tori Templeton is called to investigate the crime. Tori is a long time friend of Nathan and his wife, Sally.

The Moore’s son calls a family friend, Cole Jeffers, to come be with them during the crime scene investigation. Cole is on leave from his job as a Deputy US Marshal. Cole wants to help find the person responsible for killing Nathan. He gets reinstated as a US Marshal and is assigned to the FBI task force in charge of the investigation.

Tori has been partners with Max for some time. Max has just found out he has cancer and this investigation will be his last. During the investigation he is often rude to those around him and has been reported. Together Cole, Tori and Max work together to find Nathan’s killer.

This is an awesome book. Being part of a series, it is still very much a stand alone book. The story is so full fast moving and full of action, I found it a little confusing at times. The crimes against the Moore family multiply as the story builds. Nathan has many secrets in his life that are now being found out. As his secrets come out, the amount of suspects is also building. As I was reading the book, I was trying to figure out who killed him and why. As the twists and turns in the story grew, I gave up trying and just enjoyed this great Christian Suspense/Romance.

The thing I enjoyed most in the story is the friendship that both Tori and Cole have towards the Moores. And their determination to get to the bottom of the crime without letting their friendships get in the way. I also enjoyed the building of friendship between Cole, Tori and Max. I enjoyed the subtle Christian influence in the story as well. This book would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys detective suspense stories.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing. I have chosen to write this honest review.

Series: FBI Task Force Novel (Book 2)

416 pages

ISBN: 9781496410986

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

You can read more about the author and books she has written at: http://www.diannmills.com/

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Without Warning by Joel C. Rosenberg

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Without Warning is book three in A J. B. Collins Novel Series, written by Joel C. Rosenberg.

J. B. and his brother Matt are at the White House for the State of the Union when the city is attacked by ISIS. Days following the attacks, other cities in the U.S. are also attacked with poisonous gas. The President is saying all the right things to gain popularity, but J. B. feels it is just talk. J. B. has been personally threatened by ISIS and he and his family are now in danger. Meanwhile, J. B. finds out his ex father-in-law has left part of his estate to J. B and his brother. J. B. has also been left instructions pertaining to ISIS. J. B. and his family are moved into the witness protection program, but J. B. takes off and goes to Tel Aviv with plans to connect with those listed in the instructions. He is connected with a group who is working on finding the head of ISIS. They eventually find the ISIS leaders but have no way of getting them. J. B. comes up with the plan to go to the leaders and have a missile take them out. He is no longer afraid of dying as he knows he will go to heaven. Having accepted the Lord, he understands that there is no greater love than to lay down his life for his friends.

This story takes off running and doesn’t stop until the very end. I am wondering if there will be more to the series, the ending just is not what I was expecting. The story is full of action, much of it violent, and suspenseful. The story is so well written it often felt like I was reading the newspaper. The author is so knowledgeable of the region where the action takes place, that it felt like I as there. While reading the story, I often thought how this story could actually be a true event at some time. I was left hurting for all those who lost loved ones in the attacks. I was frustrated at the government of the countries that would not take steps to stop the terrorism. This is an awesome story that would be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys military type stories. It is however, a very violent story that could be hard for some to read.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing and I have chose to write this honest review.

Series: A J. B. Collins Novel Series (Book 3)

448 pages

ISBN: 9781496406163

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

You can read more about the author and the books he has written by going to www.joelrosenberg.com

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Justice Delayed by Patricia Bradley

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Justice Delayed is book one in A Memphis Cold Case Novel written by Patricia Bradley.

Stephanie Hollister is a airline stewardess and has found herself mixed up in a diamond smuggling group. She has decided to not be a part of it and has hidden the diamonds she found in her purse in a sculpture she is making. She is murdered and her ex-boyfriend Jimmy is found guilty and sent to prison.

Fast forward 18 years and Jimmy is now given a date for his execution, which is just days away. Stephanie’s roommate Lacey has contacted Stephanie’s younger sister Andi to meet her. Lacey is a no show and when Andi gets home someone is in her apartment and attacks her. Lacey has also sent Jimmy a letter wanting to meet him. Her letter tells him, he is not the killer.

Stephanie’s brother, Brad, is now an investigator. He and his partner Will are called to investigate Lacey’s death. Then they are called to check on Andi. And shortly after, Will received a phone call from his cousin Jimmy telling him about the letter from Lacey. Will has just a few short days to find out who the real killer is to save Jimmy’s life.

There are several little stories written within this story. Andi is a reporter and has suffered a back injury causing her to rely on pain medications to get through the day. Will and Jimmy are cousins who use to live next door to the Hollisters. Will and Brad were good friends growing up and Andi often tagged along with them. There also is a little romance written into the story. Will has feeling for Andi but does not want to act on them as it could hurt his friendship with Brad. Andi is also starting to notice her feelings for Will are changing.

This is a great suspenseful story! It starts off running and the action and suspense just keep building. The main characters in the story are Stephanie’s roommates and their boyfriends. They are well introduced so they are easy to follow along with. Clues are given through out the story as to who was involved in the diamond smuggling and who could have killed Stephanie, but it is not until the end that the real story comes out. The story has an underlying romance written into it, but it is not overwhelming. The Christian aspect of the story are direct but not preachy. If you are a person who enjoys suspenseful police stories you will enjoy this book. This story is so good, I can’t wait for the next book in the series to come out.

I received a copy of this book from Revel Publishing and I have freely written an honest review.

Series: A Memphis Cold Care Novel (Book 1)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780800727086

Publisher: Revel Publishing

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

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The First Hostage by Joel C. Rosenberg

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The First Hostage is book two in the J. B. Collins Novel series written by Joel C. Rosenberg.

The story takes place in Amman, Jordan. J. B. Collins is a reporter for the New York Times is in Amman covering the Middle East peace summit when they come under attack. Collins helps get the King of Jordan and his family away safely.

Some one is leaking information to ISIS about the summit and since Collins has warned others of possible ISIS attack, he is now the prime suspect. He is locked up and eventually is given the chance to call a friend. But this is all part of the plan.

The President of the United States is missing. ISIS has captured the President of the United States and is threatening to behead him unless all Americans convert to Islam. With the information Collins’s brother has given him, they are able to determine where the President is being held. Collins is taken with to help get the President back.

This book is so full of action that it is very hard to put down. The story is modern day and so well written that at times I felt I was reading the daily news. The story contains violent war scenes that could be uncomfortable for some. The story would not be as good if the violence were left out. The books left me wondering if this could actually happen someday. Though there are a lot of characters in the story, they are well introduced and easy to follow along with. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes to read modern day political thrillers.

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

Series: J. B. Collins (Book 2)

460 pages

ISBN: 9781496406194

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

To learn more about he author and the books he has written visit http://www.joelrosenberg.com/

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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

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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

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Betrayed by Sandra Robbins

sandrarobbins_betrayedBetrayal is Book 3 in the Firebrand Series written by Sandra Robbins. This is Casey and Reese’s story. Casey Morgan has left Firebrand and joined law enforcement when she makes a traffic stop and arrests a member of Malloy’s Militia. This is a group of violent people who live in a remote mountain area. They claim to be survivalist but are really criminals who are involved with an Indonesian smuggler that Casey escaped from years earlier. He is back to get Casey.

Casey is drugged by members of the Militia and phones Reese to come to her home right away. When he gets there, Casey is not acting right and Reese is shot. Reese takes Casey back to the Firebrand Center. Casey is eventually cleared of the shooting charges but she is not safe until the Militia are taken care of. People that Casey and Reese think they can trust are also involved in the Militia.

This is a very suspenseful, fast moving story with a touch of romance. Just like the rest of the series, this story will keep you on the edge of your seat with the suspense and action. This is a very good story, the story line keeps moving and bringing back people from the past books. I was very surprised that several of the people I thought were among the good guys, were actually part of the Militia. Even though this book does stand alone, you will get the whole story by reading the series in order.

Sandra Robbins is an award-winning, best-selling author. “It is her prayer that God will use the words she writes to plant seeds of hope in the lives of her readers so that they come to know the peace that God’s love bring.”

I would like to thank the author and BookClub Network for allowing me to read this wonderful series. I have written an honest review .

My previous reviews can be found at:

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/05/12/targeted-by-sandra-robbins/

https://lakesidelivingsite.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/hunted-by-sandra-robins/

Series: Firebrand Series

278 pages

ISBN-13: 978-0996891837

Publisher: Larkspur Lane Press

This book may be purchased at:

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To learn more about the author and other books she has written go to  http://www.sandrarobbins.net/