A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green


A Refuge Assured, by Jocelyn Green, is a historical fiction novel based around the French Revolution. Vivienne is a lacemaker who made lace for the royal family. For this reason her life is in danger. She left France and came to America. The story takes place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the late 1700’s. Vivienne smuggles some of her lace to America with her and tries to sell it to survive. When illness hits the area, she helps care for the ill. Her friend dies and Vivienne is left to care for her friend’s son. Many people feel the young boy is the future king of France. Vivienne is forced to move to keep him safe.

Liam is a mail carrier and brother to Vivienne’s employer. When he finds out Vivienne has to move quickly, he takes her and the boy to claim their home in Asylum. What he is not expecting is that the property he purchased and has been improving is not really his, it belongs to Vivienne’s father.

This is a good book with lots of history, both French and American. The story dwells on the imposition of the liquor tax and military actions to enforce it. The story is so well written it is easy to envision the tiny details of using the treads to form beautiful, delicate late. It’s also easy to imagine the fear Vivienne must have felt in protecting the young boy and the cold they traveled in to safety. As well as the pain the young boy felt with leaving his home, losing his mother and friends.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing, this is my honest review.

416 pages

ISBN: 97807464219078

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Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

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Where the Fire Falls is book 2 in A Vintage National Parks Novel series by Karen Barnett. This story takes place in 1929. Olivia Rutherford has been carry the sins of her father with her for so long. She has changed her name and appearance and is now an artist who is traveling thought Yosemite National Park painting for a travel magazine. Olivia has been sending money to her aunt for the care of her sisters and is trying to make enough to care for them. She is traveling through Yosemite with the help of Clark Johnson, a local guide and a couple her agent has introduced her to. Her paintings have been stolen and she is forced to start over again. Her stolen painting are selling for enormous amounts of money and magazines are printing articles full of lies about Olivia. And now people begin showing up where she is staying and she is in danger.

Clark, a former minister, was falsely accused and released from his duties. He took a job at Yosemite as a guide and is now needing to make the decision to take on the responsibilities of national park ranger.

This is a beautiful story. Through Olivia’s paintings we get to envision the beautiful scenery of Yosemite. The things that stand out for me in this story is how both Olivia’s and Clark’s lives have been affected by the wrongs others have done and how these wrongs have made others view them. This story has adventure, suspense and a touch of romance.

I have really enjoyed reading the stories in this series. I look forward to reading more of them. I think anyone who enjoys reading stories based on the early 1900’s in our country will enjoy this series.

I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook publishing through Blogging for Books, this is my honest review.

Series: A Vintage National Parks Novel (Book 2)

352 pages

ISBN: 9780735289567

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The Empowered by Craig Parshall


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

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Coldwater by Samuel Parker


Coldwater, written by Samuel Parker, is a very intense dark thriller. The story starts out very slow and I kept wondering what was going on, but once I got into it, I found it hard to put down.

With the addition of twins in his family, Michael finds his parents to busy and to tired to give him the attention he needs. At just 10 years of age his parents leave him to watch his younger siblings and he orchestrates his brother’s death. He is put in a high security prison with adults. His father dies, his mother loses touch with reality and his aunt takes his sister away to never talk about what happened.

Now Michael is back home and a group of men, lead by Haywood, take it upon themselves to get rid of Michael. When the attempt on his life fails, they find themselves on a search through the backwoods trying to find him before he brings harm to them. After days of searching for him and many different bad things happen, the men helping Haywood decide they don’t want any more to do with the situation. They feel they should not have attempted to kill Michael in the beginning.

The story is not what I would have chosen to read had a little more information of the story been available. Once I got in to it, I found it very hard to put down. Being published by a Christian publishing company, I was expecting a story with a little inspirational. While this story does have a Christian message of redemption, the story is so intense, it may be overlooked.

This is a very dark violent, story. It is fast moving, well written story, with a lot of characters. The author leaves questions unanswered, leaving me to wonder if there will be a sequel. While this story is very well written, I would only recommend it to those who enjoy dark stories full of danger.

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

314 pages

ISBN: 9780800727345

Publisher: Revell

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High Treason by Diann Mills


High Treason, by DiAnn Mills, is the third book in An FBI Task Force Novel. This is an exceptionally good book that is full of suspense and drama with a little bit of romance. Saudi Prince Omar bin Talal and his sisters have brought their mother to Texas for cancer treatment. His friend, FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson and CIA Operative Monica Alden are assigned to protect the prince and his family. Right from the beginning the prince’s life is in danger. A member of his group is killed and other attempts on his life take place. It is confirmed someone from the prince’s group is responsible. Kord and Monica have to find the killers before it is too late.

I really enjoyed this story. Being part of a series, it is also a stand alone novel. This is a very good, fast paced story. Set in modern day with such a realistic story line, this book is very hard to put down. There are some parts to the story that are stretched a little, such as when Monica gets seriously ill and is not taken off the case. Despite being a woman working on the case, Monica soon gains everyone’s respect through her knowledge, skill and kindness that she shows others. She is very mindful of making sure she is dressed respectfully around the Saudi men. I thought it was interesting to read some of the Saudi traditions and beliefs that were written into the story.

I think this book and the entire series will be enjoyed by anyone who enjoys modern day crime stories. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.

Series: An FBI Task Force Novel (Book 3)

384 pages

ISBN: 9781496410993

Publisher: Tyndale Fiction

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Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman


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

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Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon


Dangerous Illusions is the first book in Irene Hannon’s new series, Code of Honor. Trish has been staying with her mother, caring for her since shortly after her husband’s death. She has been sitting in with her mother and her accountant, Matt. She starts to date Matt, but on the night she plans to break it off, she comes home to find her mother has died in her sleep. The police are called and Trish is suspected of over medicating her mother. While Detective Colin Flynn is talking with Trish, Matt points out that Trish has been making a lot of mistakes.

Trish is not found responsible for her mother’s death. With the investigation over, Colin can move forward on getting to know Trish. When suspicions about Matt open up the investigation, their relationship must be put on hold.

This is a very good book. The story is so well written it was easy to get pulled into it. The parts in the book I enjoyed the most were the friendships Colin had from his youth and how they still got together on a regular basis and help each other out.

The story is full of suspense and has a lot of twist and turns in the investigation. The plot of the story thickens as the story advances, but I did not expect it to end the way it did. This is a must read for anyone who enjoys romantic suspense stories.

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

Series: Code of Honor (book 1)

368 pages

ISBN: 9780800727673

Publisher: Revell

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Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris


Vanishing Point, by Lisa Harris, is book 4 in A Nikki Boyd Novel series. This book spans 13 years with the murder of teen age girls. Garrett Addison is a new criminal investigator with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation when his team is called out to investigate the deal of a teen age girl.

Jordan Lambert is with the FBI. One of her co-workers is assigned this case as well. Knowing her family lives in the area, he asks for her to go with him. Garrett and Jordan went to the police academy together and had not seen each other since Jordan joined the FBI. Even though both have moved on with their lives, they still have feeling for each other.

This is a very good suspenseful story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it.” Even though it is part of a series, this book is a very good stand alone story. Having read other Nikki Boyd stories I was surprised to find she was not the main character of this story. This story does cover the murder of her sister, Sarah. This is the reason Nikki goes into law enforcement.

The thing that comes out for me with this book is “Where is God when bad things happen.” I especially liked Garret and Jordan’s discussion on page 284 where they talk about when bad things happen, we start to see God’s grace.

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

Series: The Nikki Boyd Files (Book 4)

291 pages

ISBN-13: 9780800728489

Publisher: Revell Publishing

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Lady Jane Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano


Lady Jane Disappears is Joanna Davidson Politano’s first novel and what a great story it is. I believe we are seeing just the beginning of what the author is yet to bring us. This story has such a well written plot that it takes you away to England in 1861.

Aurelie Harcourt was raised in debtor’s prison by her father who was a popular writter and went by the name Nathaniel Droll. When he dies he leaves Aurelie an unfinished story to write.

Aurelie is taken away to live with her father’s family at their estate, the estate that her father has make famous though his writings. As Aurelie finishes her fathers story, she tries to dig deeper in to her mother, Lady Jane, disappearance.

This is such a great story. It is written so well you can feel the tension building as the family reads about themselves in the story. This is a good clean story with so much mystery and suspense it kept me reading. This story has just enough romance to please those who enjoy romance novels but not enough to turn off those who don’t. This story will be well liked by those who enjoy historical Christian stories, Aurelie’s strength and faith are very evident through out the whole story.

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

Pages 388

ISBN: 9780800728755

Publisher: Revell

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Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray


Love Held Captive, by Shelley Shepard Gray, is book three in A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series. This story takes place after the Civil War. Soldiers often raided homes and left the owners with nothing. Lizabeth was one of these owners. She was forced to turn to her cousin for employment. She is a maid at a hotel when she is cleaning Adam’s room, he comes and and makes advances at her. This is the man that raided her homes first and left her injured. She ran from his room, thinking Major Ethan Kelly’s rooms were vacant she ran to those to hide. When her cousin finds out, she is fired. When Ethan finds out what happened, he fears for Lizabeth’s safety and moves her to a home of a friend of his.

During the war Julianne met Adam, thinking he was single and about to propose, she had a relationship with him. She was caring for her grandmother who was very ill and both were starving. She became Adams mistress to provide for her and her grandmother. After the war, he ended the relationship to return to his wife. He returned to visit Julianne and Captain Devin Monroe is also showing an interest in Julianne. He shots Devin in the back as he rides home from visiting Julianne. Devin’s horse takes him to the hotel where Ethan is staying.

As Devin heals from his injury, Lizabeth and Julianne confess their pasts with Adam. Ethan and Devin call in a couple friends from their war years and together the men go after Adam.

This is a good story. The characters are well introduced and a lot of back ground information was given. It was very easy to follow along, however it felt like it also made the story move to slow. The story bounces between 1865 and 1867 to give additional background as the story moves on. The story is one of brotherhood that is formed between the soldiers that were held as prisoners. The story also shows us how Lizabeth and Julianne were forced to do things they didn’t want, as a way to survive, and the guilt they carried with them because of it. It also shows us how while Lizabeth was working just to survive, she as not able to get past the pain of hat happened to her and move on with her life.

Once I got into the story I really enjoyed it. I think anyone who enjoys reading historical fiction that contains romance as well as some suspense will enjoy this book. Even though it is part of a series, this is also a stand alone book.

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

Series: A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story book 3

320 pages

Publisher: Zondervan

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