ON A COASTAL BREEZE

24 05 2020

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REVIEW: This is one of those books that is very difficult to get into.  I had read the first book in this series, On a Summer Tide, and had thought this would be as easy to read as that one.  So, I was disappointed when I had read a few chapters and I still could not get into this book.

 

This book goes around the Grayson family, who each one has their own set of problems.  Madison, the new Marriage and Family Therapist at Three Sisters Island, is in complete shock when her old nemesis, Ricky O’Shea, literally drops in from the sky via parachute to become the new pastor.  Will old feelings arise?  Will the family problems get solved?  You will have to read to know the answers to these questions and more.

 

SYNOPSIS: For Madison Grayson, life is good. Newly licensed as a marriage and family therapist, she can’t wait to start her practice. Despite the unfortunate shortage of eligible bachelors on the island–they’re all too young, too old, or too weird–Maddie feels like she’s finally found her sweet spot. Not even one panic attack in the last year. Not one.

And then Ricky O’Shea drops in. Literally. Floating down from the pure blue sky, the one man in the world she hoped never to see again–the one who’d been her archnemesis from kindergarten through her senior dance–parachutes into town, landing on Boon Dock, canopy draping behind him like a superhero. Ricky O’Shea. Now Pastor Rick, the new minister on Three Sisters Island.

Time to panic.

With wit and a bit of whimsy, bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher invites you back to Three Sisters Island where family, forgiveness, and a second chance at love await.

 

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Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of more than thirty books, including On a Summer Tide, as well as the Nantucket Legacy, Amish Beginnings, The Bishop’s Family, The Deacon’s Family, and The Inn at Eagle Hill series, among other novels. She is also the author of several nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace and Amish Proverbs. She lives in California.

 

On a Coastal Breeze became available for sale May 5, 2020.

 

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

 

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WARFARE PRAYERS FOR WOMEN

18 05 2020

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This is one of those books you don’t just read through.  This is a book that will help enhance your prayer life.  This is not just for women, but all who are wanting to step their prayer life up.  This is a book that will definitely be in my prayer “closet”.  I highly recommend this book – especially for those who need a guide in how to pray for specific things.  I actually used this for the National Day of Prayer time.  There are many prayers for different topics.  Along with that is some scripture that goes along with that topic.  This is a must have for every Christian home.

 

SYNOPSIS: Satan has a strategy to wreak havoc in our lives by stirring up strife, disrupting relationships, and overwhelming us with fear, anxiety, anger, and insecurity. Although our adversary is relentless, women are particularly equipped to stand confidently in this war through biblically based, intentional prayer–the heart of spiritual warfare.

 

Quin Sherrer

 

Quin Sherrer has written or co-authored 31 books, with sales exceeding one million copies. Having served several years with Aglow International ministry, Quin is available to speak on her book topics. She lives in Florida; her website is www.quinsherrer.com.

 

Ruthanne Garlock

 

Ruthanne Garlock, an author and Bible teacher, has co-authored 20 books with Quin Sherrer and written two missions biographies. With a ministry background in 35 nations, she teaches for seminars and women’s groups. Ruthanne lives in Texas; her website is www.garlockministries.org.

 

Warfare Prayers for Women became available for sale May 5, 2020.

 

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





LIVING BEYOND

23 04 2020

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I was not impressed with this book at all.  In fact, I was quite disappointed.  I did not expect in-depth almost scientific of what happens when we die.  I thought it would be a compilation of stories of NDEs.  All the extra, which really was not needed, made it very difficult to read, where I finally gave up.  It was not enjoyable at all.  I do not recommend this book.  The only reason why it is a 2-star is because there are some stories thrown in, but you can tell that was not the reason for the book.

 

Synopsis: What happens when we die? This is one of humankind’s most important questions. “Living Beyond” brings a fresh and exciting perspective to this enduring question. Ivan Rudolph shares dramatic evidence supporting near-death experiences. This book is expertly written, remarkably easy to read, and enthusiastically recommended. — Jeffrey Long, M.D., founder of the Near Death Experiences Research Foundation; author of the New York Times bestseller, Evidence of the Afterlife: The Science of Near-Death Experiences.

What are Near Death Experiences (NDEs) and how do they fit in with Christianity? For over 40 years, the author, Ivan Rudolph, has been conducting interviews, studying hundreds of accounts and now has clarity about this mysterious phenomenon. The truth is surprising, exciting, and ultimately relevant for everyone.

Did you know that there are at least 16 million Americans who have had an NDE, including celebrities like Goldie Hawn, Sharon Stone, Elizabeth Taylor, Nikki Sixx, Burt Reynolds, and many others? Did you know that they are a part of a huge family of 350 million “returnees” alive today?

The problem is, many returnees remain confused about their experience. They fear they will never feel normal again and seeking empathy seems impossible from loved ones that don’t understand. This is not only a guide to help the confused, traumatized and, sometimes, depressed returnees incorporate their experiences successfully back into their relationships and life on earth. The thoroughly research text will help families and loved ones to provide support and understand what the returnee is going through.

 

Ivan Rudolph

 

From Author’s Words: I discovered I loved writing after winning a competition as a young teenager in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) with a piece titled “Rocks on Hitchhike,” in an era (1960s) when it was relatively safe to hitch hike long distances.

Details of 12 of my published books are available on my website ivanrudolph.com – one of which was made into a TV movie in South Africa and another (John Flynn of Flying Doctors) was the basis for a recent musical that the producers hope to work up to a Broadway presentation. There are some videos on my blog on my Dec 2015 book “Living Beyond: Making Sense of Near Death Experiences”. Look out for “Our Creative God–And You” to resolve many puzzling questions about God and how he works.

Home is currently the beautiful Sunshine Coast of Australia. I am happily married to my editor Brenda, and we have four children and an expanding number of delightful grandchildren.

 

Living Beyond became available for sale April 7, 2019.

 

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

 

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THE HEIRESS’S CONVENIENT HUSBAND

18 04 2020

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Review: This was an enjoyable book to read.  If you had read the first book in this series, you will appreciate getting reacquainted with them.  But at the same time, you have two new people who are at the forefront – James Howland, the magistrate, and Eva Faraday.  Eva has been banned by the Earl to the castle at Grace-by-the-Sea.  There are many twists and turns in this story, but this all comes down to James and Eva.  When the Earl shows up at their convenient wedding to stop it – but too late, things take a turn for the worse.  I was so mad at the Earl.  Then there is a mystery at the castle.  Someone seems to be coming in and walking the halls at night.  There is a cave that you can get to through the secret passageway that looks as if someone has been there.  Have the smugglers returned?  Could the Earl be involved?  What about James and Eva?  Will they ever be able to get away from the Earl?  These are all questions that will be answered – when you read the book.  5-star all the way!  Good job Regina!

 

Synopsis: The magistrate over a little Regency coastal village, James Howland, takes pride in protecting Grace-by-the-Sea from ne’er-do-wells, including his distant cousin, the Earl of Howland. So, when he discovers a young lady hiding in the family’s castle, his heart cannot decide which comes first—her rescue or his duty.

Outspoken Eva Faraday has been exiled to the castle for refusing to marry the man the earl picked for her. Her late father appointed the earl trustee over her considerable inheritance, which she cannot access until she turns twenty-five or marries. And if she marries, her husband controls the money. She’s not about to trust any Howland, but James seems ripe for rebellion. To thwart the earl’s power, the two agree to a marriage of convenience, only to discover there are others intent on using the earl’s castle for nefarious purposes. Eva and James must work together to solve the mystery and stop the earl once and for all so they can make a marriage that is far more than convenient.

This sweet, clean Regency romance is the sequel to The Matchmaker’s Rogue.

 

Regina Scott

 

Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she had learned a bit more about writing such as vocabulary, sentence structure, and plot. After numerous short stories and articles in magazines and trade journals, she got serious about her novel writing. The Unflappable Miss Fairchild was her first novel to be published (March 1998).

Besides her novels, Regina Scott has had published three Regency novellas (“The June Bride Conspiracy” in His Blushing Bride, “Sweeter Than Candy” in A Match for Mother, and “A Place by the Fire” in Mistletoe Kittens). Two of her novels, A Dangerous Dalliance and The Twelve Days of Christmas, have been translated into German. A Dangerous Dalliance and The Incomparable Miss Compton have been translated into Italian. Starstruck and Perfection have been translated into Dutch.

Regina Scott and her husband are the parents of two sons. They reside in the Tri-Cities of southeast Washington State and are members of the Church of the Nazarene. Born in 1959 and raised in the Seattle area, Regina Scott is a graduate of the University of Washington. She comes by her writing talent naturally–both her parents are excellent writers in their vocations as teacher and electrical technician. Her mother envisioned the plot for “Sweeter Than Candy,” the novella which was written as a tribute to her.

 

The Heiress’s Convenient Husband will become available for sale April 20, 2020.

 

I was provided with an ebook from the author for my honest review.





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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