AMBER WAVES OF GRACE

18 03 2020

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A riveting novel that you just cannot put down!  Once I got into this, I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed.  I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning until I just couldn’t keep my eyes open.  You begin to feel for Corrie and Aaron and all the trials that especially Corrie goes through.  A lot of it stems from a pregnant gal, Violet, who is brought to Corrie’s parent’s homestead for a time being.  Violet has a violent ex-fiance who is after her who wreaks havoc upon the homestead.  A lot goes on here, so you will just need to read this book to see how everything turns out.

 

SYNOPSIS: After her father’s accident, Corrie Lancaster moves back to the family farm just in time to help with the harvest. With a bumper crop of wheat waiting, the farm’s only hired hand quits, leaving Corrie with no choice but to accept the help of her old boyfriend’s older brother, Aaron Tuttle. It seems like the perfect plan until Corrie realizes ex-flame Luke isn’t over her. But even with Luke’s apologies and attempts to rekindle their romance, Corrie can’t forget his past betrayal.

 

Between harvesting, keeping tabs on her younger siblings, and watching her parents’ marriage crumble, Corrie leans on Aaron for emotional support. Wading through jealousy was never on Corrie’s to-do list, but as she navigates the choppy waters, she finds herself falling for Aaron’s good looks and charming wit.

 

Just when Corrie thinks she has everything under control, a stranger seeking shelter comes to the farm, and an old nemesis returns for revenge. As destructive forces align against her, Corrie must decide which man’s love will bring her back to life and restore her faith in herself, her family, and her purpose.

 

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Jessica Berg, a child of the Dakotas and the prairie, grew up amongst hard-working men and women and learned at an early age to “put some effort into it.” Following that wise adage, she has put effort into teaching high school English for over a decade, being a mother to four children (she finds herself surprised at this number, too), basking in the love of her husband of more than fifteen years, and losing herself in the imaginary worlds she creates.

 

Amber Waves of Grace became available for sale February 3, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook for my honest review.





STAR OF PERSIA: ESTHER’S STORY

13 03 2020

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This was an interesting story, even though it seemed hard to read.  The subject line is about Queen Esther and begins when she is a small girl as Hadassah when she meets Queen Vashti.  This comes from the book of Esther in the Bible, so it was not hard to figure out what was coming next, even though it was fictionalized at the same time for easy writing.  I have given this a 3-star rating, as it was difficult reading, especially at the beginning, but you will enjoy it.

 

SYNOPSIS: In an effort to complete a war his father had planned to win, King Xerxes calls every governor, satrap, and official in his vast kingdom to his palace in Susa to strategize and feast. When they finally leave, he decides on one more week of frivolity, which ends in the banishment of his favorite wife, something he never intended to do. But when he discovers Esther, Xerxes is sure he has a second chance at happiness.

In her wildest dreams, Esther could never have imagined that she would end up as queen of Persia. Yet she knows better than to become complacent. Another of Xerxes’s wives is vying for position, and his closest advisor has a deep and dangerous grudge against Esther’s adoptive father. Caught in the middle of palace politics, Esther will find herself in an impossible position: risk her life or consign her people to annihilation.

 

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Jill Eileen Smith is the bestselling, award-winning author of the Wives of King David series, the Daughters of the Promised Land, the Wives of the Patriarchs, and The Loves of King Solomon series. Her research has taken her from the Bible to Israel, and she particularly enjoys learning how women lived in Old Testament times.

When she isn’t writing, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, read stories that take her away, ride her bike to the park, snag date nights with her hubby, try out new restaurants, or play with her lovable, “helpful” cat Tiger. Jill lives with her family in southeast Michigan.

 

Star of Persia came out for sale March 3, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

 

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ISAIAH’S LEGACY

6 03 2020

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I am sorry to say that I was unable to get into this book.  I am thinking maybe it just was that I wasn’t ready to ready this type of book.  I have read the first two books in this series and loved them, so that is why I am thinking it was just me.  I have tried this multiple times to read, but I just ended up putting it down.  I have rated this a 2-star, where the beginning needed freshened up to make it interesting in the fact that you would want to read this.

 

SYNOPSIS: At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle’s help tutoring King Manasseh, Judah’s five-year-old co-regent who displays the same peculiarities as her father, she’s eager to experience the royal court. But Shulle soon realizes the limits of her father’s strict adherence to Yahweh’s Law when Uncle Shebna teaches her of the starry hosts and their power.

 

Convinced Judah must be freed from Yahweh’s chains, she begins the subtle swaying of young Manasseh, using her charm and skills on the boy no one else understands. When King Hezekiah dies, twelve-year-old Manasseh is thrust onto Judah’s throne, bitter at Yahweh and eager to marry the girl he adores. Assyria’s crown prince favors Manasseh and twists his brilliant mind toward cruelty, beginning Shulle’s long and harrowing journey to discover the Yahweh she’d never known, guided with loving wisdom by Manasseh’s mother: Isaiah’s daughter, the heartbroken Hephzibah. Amid Judah’s dark days, a desperate remnant emerges, claiming the Lord’s promise, “Though we’re helpless now, we’re never hopeless–because we serve El Shaddai.” Shulle is among them, a girl who becomes a queen through Isaiah’s legacy.

 

Mesu Andrews

Mesu Andrews is the Christy Award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter and numerous other novels, including The Pharaoh’s Daughter, Miriam, Of Fire and Lions and Love Amid the Ashes. Her deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for readers. Mesu lives in North Carolina with her husband, Roy, and enjoys spending time with her growing tribe of grandchildren.

 

Isaiah’s Legacy became available for sale February 18, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from NetGalley for my honest review.

 

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BETTER OF BALD

28 02 2020

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I call this a must read.  We have all been touched by cancer one way or another.  At the least, we all know someone who has or is going through it.  We need to read this, not to read about someone we never knew, but to see what people go through.  This is a memoir of the author, who has written this in story form.  This is about Adrienne, the author’s sister, whom the author was also the guardian.  This begins with just before the diagnosis of liver cancer.  Adrienne was only 15.  She had a good attitude throughout this whole ordeal.  Very well written.

 

SYNOPSIS: Adrienne Wilson is a depressed, suicidal teenager—until the day she receives a diagnosis of stage IV liver cancer. Facing the fight of her life, Adrienne discovers just how much she wants to live.

 

As Adrienne’s legal guardian, Andrea acts as her parent, sister, friend, and guide. In Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days, Andrea Wilson Woods tells a brilliant, touching story that captures the reader’s heart and attention with clarity and grit.

 

This emotional true story is a beautifully written, insightful, page-turning book on how we connect as humans and why life—no matter how truncated—is worth living.

 

Among smiles and tears, this heartwarming and heartbreaking memoir will touch your soul and change your life.

 

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Andrea Wilson Woods is a writer who loves to tell stories, and a patient advocate who founded the nonprofit Blue Faery: The Adrienne Wilson Liver Cancer Association. Andrea is the CEO and co-founder of Cancer University, a for-profit, social benefit, digital health company. With Cancer U, Andrea synergizes her talents of coaching, writing, teaching, and advocacy. For over ten years, Andrea worked in the education field as a teacher and professor for public and private schools as well as universities. Andrea obtained her master’s degree in professional writing from the University of Southern California; her nonfiction writing has won national awards.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this ebook from BookSirens for my honest review.





TWO STEPS FORWARD

24 02 2020

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This is a very interesting book.  This is my 3rd book by Suzanne Woods Fisher, so it was nice getting reacquainted with these characters.  Two Steps Forward concentrates on two story-lines.  This first is of Jimmy Fisher, an Amish boy who is returning from Colorado.  He comes home broke and without a job.  You then have Sylvie Shrock, who is raising her sister’s illegitimate son, Joey.  Her husband, Jake, who is a relative of Jimmy, has passed away, so Sylvie is on her own.  She is very naive in finances – or really, anything!  She is like a child herself.  Jimmy ends up working for her, but are there sparks flying?

 

The other story has to do with Luke and Izzy.  Izzy is wanting to meet her biological father, but he seems no where to be found.  In the meantime, she is also wanting to help the girls on the streets who become pregnant and no where to turn.  Instead of abortion, can the Amish community take in those babies?  These stories with their questions will be answered when you read the book.

 

I rate this a 5-star, as it is a very good book.  Another book well done, Suzanne Woods Fisher!

 

SYNOPSIS: Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted as long as he could through life on charm, good looks, and deep-set dimples. They always worked just fine for him–until they didn’t. His smile has no effect on the violet-eyed beauty he met at the Bent N’ Dent, the one with that stunning horse. She’s offered him a job, but nothing else. The last thing Sylvie Schrock King needs around Rising Star Farm is a grown boy working for her, especially her neighbor Edith’s son. The woman holds a serious grudge against Sylvie and her son, and hiring Jimmy Fisher will only fan the flames of Edith’s rancor. But Sylvie is desperate for help on the farm, and Jimmy understands horses like no one else. While Jimmy’s lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie’s heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land. Has Sylvie made another terrible mistake? Or is it too late to outfox the fox? More importantly. . . just who is the fox? Writing with both wit and warmth, Fisher delivers a supremely satisfying conclusion to the popular Deacon’s Family series.

 

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Suzanne Woods Fisher has a specialty: she writes about real people living in faith-based communities. With over 750,000 copies of books sold worldwide, she is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than twenty-five books, ranging from children’s books to novels to non-fiction books. When Suzanne isn’t writing, she’s probably playing with puppies. She’s been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind for over fifteen years. Raising puppies, she says, is like eating a potato chip. You just can’t stop at one. Readers are invited to stop by Suzanne’s website at: www.suzannewoodsfisher.com.

 

Two Steps Forward became available for sale February 4, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

 

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SAINTS: BECOMING MORE THAN CHRISTIANS

5 02 2020

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I knew this was going to be a good book because I have enjoyed Addison Bevere’s parents’ books.  So to start off, this is not a book that you can just sit and read.  This is one that needs to be done with your Bible open.  He begins in explaining what saints really means.  Then he goes on that this is not the “Christian” name, but a life-style.  We can become saints here on earth.  You don’t have to die to have the “title” put on you.  This all comes from living for God.  Good job Addison!

 

SYNOPSIS: The Bible uses the word Christian to describe followers of Jesus a grand total of three times. But there’s another identifier that fills the pages of the New Testament–a word we’ve mistakenly reserved for the halo-wearing elite, losing something profound in the process.

Saints.

Wrapped in this ancient word is a divine invitation to discover who God created you to be and awaken to the life you were meant to know. Using Scripture and stories from his own experience, Addison Bevere makes a compelling case that the life you desire is found in the mystery of this sacred identity.

If you want to exchange lifeless religion for the wonder of following Jesus, this book will spur you onward in your journey.

 

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Addison Bevere is a man who appreciates the simple things in life—time spent playing with his four kids, late-night conversations with his wife, interesting words that no one uses, a meaningful day of work, and, of course, a good book. Addison is also the COO of Messenger International, an organization that impacts millions of people in over 150 countries through its various initiatives, and the cofounder of SonsAndDaughters.tv.

 

Saints became available for sale January 20, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.

 

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DYING TO MEET JESUS

21 01 2020

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This was an interesting book that begins with the near death experience of the author, Randy Kay.  I personally thought it was going to be full of similar stories, but it wasn’t.  He then goes into teaching, which was okay.  The one that stuck in my head was about brokenness.  We need to allow to be broken to get into a closer relationship with Jesus.  If you are not going through anything, we are getting closer to Jesus.  So, yes, I do recommend reading this book.

 

Synopsis: Where is God when my suffering seems never-ending? Can I really find joy in this fallen world? This powerful book confronts these questions with stories of the author’s near-death experience, a daughter’s suicide attempt, mental illness, and numerous other gripping stories that demonstrate not only that God is present when we need him, but that through our trials we can find true intimacy with him.
Author Randy Kay recounts how, as a former devout agnostic, he survived a near-fatal accident while searching for the truth–and when he met the One he sought to disprove, his journey changed from a life of extreme trials into one of genuine joy. In these pages, Kay offers his testimony to show readers how God uses suffering and brokenness to build an intimate and indestructible relationship with him, while breaking down barriers and ushering the reader into an authentic relationship with the Author of love.

 

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Randy Kay is the Chief Learning Officer of PACEsetters (http://pacesetters.training), a leader in human development and the first to introduce a validated course on thriving skills. He is also Chairman and CEO of TenorCorp, a diversified strategic development firm.
Randy Kay is an author of six books, and the author of Dying to Meet Jesus, due for release in late 2019 by Chosen, a division of Baker Publishing.
Earlier in his career he served as CEO of a biotech company and a media company, commercial executive with companies like Johnson & Johnson, and chairman or board member for numerous philanthropic organizations.
Since graduating from Northwestern University, Kay has trained over one million persons and has been the leader for over twenty different organizations.

His first book, DAILY KEYS TO SUCCESS, covers every topic related to success – day-by-day – 366 topics brimming with ideas, tools, and tactics for living life to the fullest, and includes the collective experience of generations of success experts through one comprehensive book arranged by calendar day for daily growth. Subsequent books include The Power to Thrive, based on a 30 year multidisciplinary study of exceptional leaders; and, The 22 Most Important Things.
Kay has written for magazines including Forbes, Inc., and the Wall Street Journal, and has been interviewed by various broadcasting channels across the United States.

 

Dying to Meet Jesus became available for sale January 7, 2020.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review.