Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

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Justice Betrayed, by Patricia Bradley, is book 3 in A Memphis Cold Case Novel series. This is a romantic suspense story that will keep you reading to find out “who done it”. Even thought this is a series and some characters are introduced in the previous book, this book can also be a stand alone story.

The story takes place in Memphis during Elvis week. One of the Elvis impersonators comes to Detective Rachel Sloan with information regarding a cold case murder. Very soon after he is murdered. Another impersonator has his medication tampered with and almost dies. Rachel is knee deep in the investigation that could be linked to her mothers death many years earlier. She gets help from her co-worker Boone, who also happens to be her ex-boyfriend, to try to find out who the killer is.

I really enjoyed this story. It has many twists and turns to keep the reader guessing who the murderer is. It is very fast paced and does not have an overly large amount of characters. Each of the characters are well introduced, so it is easy to follow the story. I enjoyed the way Rachel and Boone were able to work together and how they were able to put their past behind them to solve the case. I also enjoyed the references to the elderly women who went to the Elvis activities as well as to her grandmothers who do not get into modern technology. I feel anyone who enjoys police stories will enjoy this story. It is a good clean story with a lot of suspense and mystery alone with a little romance.

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

Series A Memphis Cold Case Novel (book 3)

368 pages

ISBN 9780800727161

You can learn more about the author and other books she has written at www.ptbradley.com

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Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin


Send Down the Rain, by Charles Martin, is a story about two brothers who grew up without their father. When Bobby, the older brother, received his draft notice, the mother asked Joseph, the younger brother, to take Bobby and go to Canada until the war was over. Instead Joseph, just over 17, takes Bobby’s place in Vietnam. Bobby rents an apartment in Joseph’s name, gets mixed up in drugs and marries Joseph’s girlfriend. Now many years later, Joseph is trying to live with what he has lived through and Bobby is a senator.

Joseph encounters a young mom with two children who are running away from a very bad man. He takes them to her brother. On his way home is comes across the wreckage of his ex-girlfriend’s husband’s semi. Allie is grieving and wants to draw on the life insurance but there is none. And the truck that blew up is not the one she was paying insurance on. Joseph helps Allie get to the bottom of what has happened and then helps her get her restaurant back in operation. Meanwhile, the young mother he helped calls him and needs his help.

This is a very powerful story with many different things happening that all come together in the end. The theme in the story is about forgiveness and helping others. Yet, the story is filled with violence and lies. It is a very complex story that covers many topics, abandonment, divorce, drug addiction and PTSD. The story does not have an overall Christian message in it, other than memories of Bobby and Joseph’s mother praying. I enjoyed reading this story. Though I did not feel it was very realistic, with all the deception that took place.

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

331 pages

ISBN: 9780718084745

You can learn more about the author and books he has written at: http://charlesmartinbooks.com/

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Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl


Blind Betrayal is book three in the Defenders of Justice series by Nancy Mehl. Just as Casey Sloane and other members of the St. Louis US Marshals office are about to transport a reporter to Washington, their headquarters is attacked. Their plans for taking the witness have been changed and the person called in to help is a person from Casey’s past. E. J. and Casey are able to get caught up and work out past differences while traveling with the witness, while being extremely careful to keep the witnesses safety top priority. Yet their safety is compromised when the witness keeps in touch with the bad guys to ensure her sister’s safety.

This has been a great series and this story kept me wanting more. While it is not necessary to read the series in order, it is helpful since characters are brought back. The story is full of adventure and suspense with just a touch of romance mixed in. One of the things I like about Nancy’s stories is that typically one of the marshals is a very strong Christian and is helpful to the ones who are searching. The story is not overwhelming or preachy, but just a good clean story that keeps me wanting to read to see what happens.

I would recommend this story to those who like suspenseful law stories.

I received a copy of this book from the author. I was not asked to write a review, but this is my honest review.

Series: Defenders of Justice (Book 3)

312 pages

ISBN: 9780764217791

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

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The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter


The Hawaiian Discovery by Wanda E. Brunstetter and Jean Brunstetter is the sequel to The Hawaiian Quilt. As young ladies Ellen and Mandy took a cruise to Hawaii. When they missed their cruise ship they were forced to stay on the island a while longer. This is where Mandy met Ken. They married and opened a B&B Middlebury, Indiana. When Ken’s father suddenly dies, they move to Hawaii. Ellen is left to continue running the B&B until it is sold. Shortly after the sale, Ken is attacked by a shark while surfing. With a lot of surgeries and medical treatments ahead of him, there is no one to run his parents chicken business. Ellen gets the church’s permission to fly to be with Mandy and help with the business. Ken’s mother also hires Rob Smith to work for them.

After Ken’s injury, his mother makes a major decision to sell the business and purchase the B&B owned by some friends who are moving to the mainland. Mandy, Ellen and Rob help run the B&B. Ellen and Rob start developing feeling for each other, but both know those feelings cannot lead to anything permanent. Ellen is committed to her Amish faith and Rob has suffered a tragedy in the past that he cannot get away from.

Yet another wonderful story by Wanda and Jean Brunstetter. It has been some time since I read the first book in this series and found this book very enjoyable. The authors give enough background information that it is not necessary to read the first book to enjoy this story. I enjoyed reading this story. It gives more information about the Amish faith than I knew before. Some of the things that stand out for me in this story are the way the Amish and other church groups pull together to help those in need. Another is how a mistake we make when we are young, can continue to follow us the rest of our life. And with the death of their father, Ken’s brother is not able to go on with his life in Hawaii. He and his wife move and he does not come back when Ken is injured. Some months later, he reaches out to his family for forgiveness. This story will be enjoyed by those who like reading Amish fiction.

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

Series: Hawaiian (book 2)

254 pages

ISBN: 9781683224471

Wanda E. Brunstetter is an award winning author of over 90 books. Her books are researched and written to accurately show the Amish way of life.

Jean Brunstetter is Wanda’s daughter-in-law became interested in the Amish way of life after visiting her father-in-law’s family. She likes to include some of the Amish simple traditions into her life.

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The Song of Sadie Sparrow by Kitty Foth-Regner


The Song of Sadie Sparrow, by Kitty Foth-Regner, is a book that will speak to you. Whether you are approaching retirement years or have family members at an age where they need help with their care, this story will really bring out some topics to consider.

The story focuses on three women of different ages:

Sadie is an 86 year old widow who has been moved to The Hickories nursing home by her daughter. Her daughter is so busy with her own life, she does not take much time for her mother.

Meg has recently lost her husband and at the age of 58, she has made major changes to her life. She has ended her business and has taken a job at The Hickories.

Elsie is a 32 year old single teacher who gave up her job to care for her grandfather. Her mother left when Elsie was very young and they have not heard from her or seen her for a very long time.

Jamie is a young pastor who visits the nursing home. He leads the Bible study Sadie has joined, he spends time witnessing to Meg and he develops a relationship with Elise.

First off, I love this story, and when I get old I want to be just like Sadie. She is so full of life and her imagination is very vivid. This story is so realistic, it is hard not to feel sadness for the residents who’s families are so busy they do not visit them. I also like the idea of the nursing home having a staff member get to know the residents well enough to write a biography of sorts for them and their families. I wish that were something all homes would do. I really think the book will be enjoyed by many regardless of age or gender. I think it will open many peoples eyes to the need to visit the elderly family members who cannot get out.

 I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

395 pages

ISBN: 9781941555354

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at; https://www.amazon.com/Kitty-Foth-Regner/e/B00E9VFK06/

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Before I Saw You by Amy K. Sorrells


Before I Saw You, by Amy K. Sorrells is a wonderful story. Jaycee has gone out to rescue baby rabbit and left her little brother home sleeping. Her mother is at home with friends who could and do cause harm to her little brother. Her mother is sent to prison and Jaycee is all alone. She works at a diner and is now pregnant. She has broken up with her abusive boyfriend. With the support of friends and co-workers, Jaycee decides it is best to give her baby up for adoption. When the father’s family finds out they file for custody.

This is a great book. With discussion questions at the end, this would be a good book for book discussion groups. The story focuses on drug addition, unplanned pregnancy and forgiveness. Several things in this story stand out for me. One being how Jaycee is finally able to forgive her mother and turns to her for emotional support. Another is how the church members and elderly ladies in Jaycees life help her through the tough times. When her brother dies and her mother goes to prison, the church steps in to help her. Her neighbor, Sudie, is there through all her life helping her and her mother. And her employer is a friend as well as an employer. I really enjoyed this story. I feel anyone who likes to read about contemporary women’s issues will like this story.

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

358 pages

ISBN: 9781496409560

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

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The Road to Magnolia Glen by Pam Hillman


The Road to Magnolia Glen is book 2 in A Natchez Trace Novel Series by Pam Hillman. This story takes place in Natchez, Mississippi in 1792. It takes off where book one stops so it is best to read them in order, however the author fills in so it is not necessary.

Quinn O’Shea feels bitterness towards his brother Connor for leaving Ireland. With the death of their parents, Quinn was left alone to care for their younger brothers. Quinn and the younger brothers have now been able to come to America. While on the boat they met the three Young sisters. The Young sisters think their half-brother-in-law had made a marriage arrangement for the older sister, Kiera. What he really had done is sent them to the owner of a brothel to pay off a debt. When the situation becomes clear, Quinn gets help and rescues the girls. His only option is to take them all to Breeze Hill Plantation. where Connor lives. He plans to leave the younger brothers for Connor to take care of.

Breeze Hill is plantation that not only plants crops, it also harvest lumber. Help is short and when the brothers arrive, there is no smithy. Quinn takes on these responsibilities repair tools and making things they need.

This is a really good Christian historical story. It has a lot of adventure, suspense and a little romance. The thing that I really like about this story is that everyone steps in and helps to keep the plantation going, even though the owner is just a little baby who will not take ownership for 20 years. I like how everyone steps up to help, doing what ever is needed of them. I also like that time is set aside every Sunday for worship.

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

Series: A Natchez Trace Novel Series (Book 2)

428 pages

ISBN: 9781496415943

To learn more about the author, go to:http://www.pamhillman.com/

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The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep


The Captured Bride is book 3 in The Daughter of the Mayflower series. Each of the books are written by different authors, this one is written by Michelle Griep. While the books are a series, each of them is also a good stand alone novel. This story takes place in 1759 during the French and Indian War.

Mercy Lytton is the daughter of a white woman and Indian father. She was raised by the Mohawks but now lives in the white man’s world. She has born with unusually sharp eyesight and can see for unbelievably long distance. Along with three men, Mercy is take a shipment of gold to Fort Edward. While doing this, she is to pretend to be Elias’s wife. Elias originally stole the gold they are transporting. He was considered a traitor and was to be hanged. He is being granted his freedom in exchange of transporting the gold.

This is a great book. It is full of adventure and danger. The story also shows the struggle Mercy goes through with trying to understand the Christian faith. The thing that stands out to me in this story is after Mercy finds out about her father’s death, she goes to be alone and she finally realizes how her mother felt about the necklace her father gave to her. A necklace that she treasured and always wore.

I feel anyone who enjoys reading Christian historical romance will enjoy this story.

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

Series: The Daughters of the Mayflower (Book 3)

247 pages

ISBN: 9781683224747

You can learn more about the author and books she has written at: www.michellegriep.com

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Storm Front by Susan May Warren


Storm Front is book 5 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. This story focuses on Ty Remington and Brette Arnold. Ty was the chopper pilot for the PEAK rescue team until an accident left him and the team leader injured. Now he is being pushed to try to take the position back. The team is in Minnesota to search for the team leader who has gone missing following a tornado.

Brette met Ty a year earlier and left without explaining. She is now a blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers, trying to get that perfect photo that will advance her career. Now she is in Minnesota staying with a coworkers family. It is at this family’s home that she and Ty meet again.

I enjoy reading this series, each book focuses on one couple. Yet it brings the rest of the team back so the reader can stay caught up on what is happening with them. While this story focuses on Ty and Brette, the reason she left and his past, the author has brought Ben and Kacey back as strong members. Their wedding has been postponed again and Ben is trying to surprise Kacey.

This series is so good. It is full of adventure and caring characters. I would recommend it to any one who enjoys contemporary romance. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing, this is my honest review.

Series: Montana Rescue (book 5)

ISBN: 9780800727475

365 pages

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

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Room on the Porch Swing by Amy Clipston


Room on The Porch Swing is book two in An Amish Homestead Novel series by Amy Clipston. This book takes off where book one ends, but the author give background information during the story so that it is a good stand alone story as well. Laura lost her mother to a freak accident less than a year ago. Now she loses her best friend, Savilla, very unexpectedly. Savilla leaves behind a husband, Allen, and young daughter, Mollie. Her mother steps in to care for Mollie so Allen can continue to run his successful buggy business. When Savilla’s mother falls and breaks her hip and bones, she has surgery and is not able to care for Mollie. Laura offers to care for her. While caring for Mollie, Laura and Allen’s friendship grows and builds into much more.

Meanwhile, Laura and Rudy have been seeing each other for several years. Their relationship has not moved forward, yet Rudy does not like Laura helping Allen. He has his mother go to the bishop to try to stop Laura from helping Allen.

Like the first book in the series, this book grabbed my attention and kept it to the very end. The story is very predictable, but it is enjoyable to read a story that brings back characters from the previous story and follow through with their lives as well. The things I like about this story is the generosity Laura and her family have towards others. As well as their faith and obedience. I feel anyone who enjoys reading Amish stories will enjoy this story.

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

316 pages

ISBN: 9780310349075

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

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