Friday, December 15, 2017

Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman



Imperfect Justice is a legal thriller by Cara Putman. It is filled with everything the Christian fiction enthusiast loves to read...romance, suspense, drama, all without the addition of anything to label this an unclean read. This book was a little difficult for me to get into, but after the first few chapters it had my attention. The pace moved along steadily and I really liked getting to know Emilie and Reid. It seemed to me that the story ended rather abruptly, like it was all tied up and wrapped with a bow and just handed off. I enjoyed it, just not as much as some of Cara's other works. 

From the back cover:


THE POLICE SAY THE WOMAN WAS A MURDERER. EMILIE WESLEY KNOWS THEY CAN’T BE TALKING ABOUT HER CLIENT . . . CAN THEY?
To the world it seems obvious: Kaylene Adams killed her daughter and then was shot by police. Attorney Emilie Wesley knows a different story: Kaylene would never hurt anyone and was looking for a way out of a controlling, abusive relationship. Her death shakes Emilie’s belief that she can make a difference for women in violent marriages. Self-doubt plagues her as she struggles to continue her work in the wake of the tragedy.
Reid Billings thought he knew his sister—right up until he learned how she died. He discovers a letter from Kaylene begging him to fight for custody of her daughters if anything should happen to her. No attorney in her right mind would support an uncle instead of the father in a custody case, but Kaylene’s letter claims Emilie Wesley will help him.
Thrown together in a race to save Kaylene’s surviving daughter, Emily and Reid pursue the constantly evasive truth. If they can hang on to hope together, can they save a young girl—and find a future for themselves in the process?



This book provided for review by Litfuse

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Bible Promises to Live by for Women by Katherine J Butler


Bible Promises to Live by For Women by Katherine J Butler is a beautifully written little volume, packed full of love from the Lord. There are ninety-one separate topics covered, each only a page or two long. Read it as a devotional or pull it out when you need hope in a certain area of your live. Struggling with gossip? There's a section for that. Money, Peace, Abandonment, Stress, they are all covered. This book is an encouraging look at real life. Little reminders of whose we are and what we've been called to do.

About the book:


God’s promises hold great power. The more we meditate and reflect on His promises, the more we see real change in our lives. Living by God’s promises puts our hearts at ease and gives us assurance, strength, and encouragement for the future. Bible Promises to Live By for Women offers more than 500 promises from God arranged alphabetically by topic for quick and easy access. Hold these promises close to your heart and let them guide you through life.

Features:
  • Linen-textured cover accented with flourishes of gold-foil filigree
  • Elegant interior design and ribbon marker
  • Over 500 Bible promises topically arranged for quick and easy access
  • Commentary offers clarity and relevance to daily life





This book provided for review by Tyndale

Monday, December 4, 2017

Whisper by Mark Batterson

Mark Batterson taught many of us how to pray in The Circle Maker, and is now back to teach us how to hear the voice of God in, Whisper. I love this book. I love how he teaches us about sound, the actual sound waves, and how our ears work to hear sound. I then love how he teaches us that a whisper can command more attention than a yell. This book reminds the reader to take time to be quiet and listen. That the voice of God often comes in a whisper and we are often too busy in our noise-filled world to hear it. This is very easy to read and each chapter touches on something to draw the reader nearer to the Lord. It's become my nightly reading.

For more on Whisper and to get to know the author please visit his website

This book provided for review by Blogging for Books 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

2017 Reading List

Books I've read in 2017
Favorites are in bold

January
1. Random Acts of Deceit by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
2. Banana Cream Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke
3. Random Acts of Greed by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
4. Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble
5. Sugar by Kimberly Stuart
6. Random Acts of Scrooge by Christy Barritt (Kindle, Novella)
7. Driftwood Tides by Gina Holmes
8. Ready to Fumble by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
9. Pounced by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
10. If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock
11. The Memory of You by Catherine West

February
12. Life After by Katie Ganshert
13. Hunted by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
14. Rattled by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
15. Tear Down and Die by Joanna Campbell Slan (Kindle)
16. Home at Last by Deborah Raney
17. A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
18. Moving Target by Lynette Eason

March

19. Finding Healing  by Adessa Holden (Kindle)
20. Reign of Error by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
21. Starboard Secrets by Hope Callaghan (Kindle)
22. Waking Up: How I Found My Faith by Ted Dekker (Kindle)
23. Death of a Dapper Snowman by Cozy Cat Parker (Kindle)
24. Since You've Been Gone by Christa Allan (Kindle)
25. Spiritual Warfare Answer Book by Dr David Jeremiah
26. Home by Ginny L. Yttrup
27. Pursued by Lisa Harris

April

28. Engaged in Trouble by Jenny B. Jones (Kindle)
29. Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon
30. A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti
31. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
32. Behind the Scenes by Jen Turano

May

33. Deception on Sable Hill by Shelley Gray
34. Safety in Blunders by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
35. Sacred Privilege by Kay Warren
36. Weaver's Needle by Robin Caroll
37. Illusion by Frank Peretti (Kindle)
38. Ascension of Larks by Rachel Linden
39. Beyond Justice by Cara Putman 
40. Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks
41. Random Acts of Fraud by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
42. Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

June

43. Distorted by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
44. Glimpses of Paradise by James Scott Bell
45. The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck
46. Scrappy by Brandi Temple
47. Secrets of Sloane House by Shelley Gray
48. Hiding Places by Erin Healy (Kindle)
49. Class Pictures by Marilyn Sachs (reread from the 80s)
50. The Velvet Room by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (reread from the 80s)
51. A Cry from the Dust by Carrie Stuart Parks (Kindle)
52. Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson (reread from the 80s)
53. The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks (Kindle)
54. Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

July

55. When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks (Kindle)
56. Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard
57. Maple Syrup Murder by Grace Lemon (Kindle)
58. P.S. I Love You by Barbara Conklin (reread from the 80s)
59. Falling in Love Again by Barbara Conklin (reread from the 80s)
60. Looking Into You by Chris Fabry (kindle)
61. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett 
62. Balancing Act by Kimberly Stuart (Kindle, reread)

August

63. Short Stories: A Mix Tape by Jenny B Jones (Kindle)
64. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

65. Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason
66. Perennials by Julie Cantrell
67. Petite Suzanne by Marguerite de Angeli
68. The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert
69. Blue Ridge Sunrise by Denise Hunter
70. Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore 
71. The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
72. The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix
73. The Impossible by Joyce Smith with Ginger Kolbaba

September

74. A Christmas Return by Anne Perry 
75. Think Before You Like by Guy P Harrison
76. The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert
77. Why Did I Love (Hate) That Novel? by Brandilyn Collins (Kindle)
78. Better Off Wed by Laura Durham (Kindle)
79. The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson
80. Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer 
81. The Leaving Season by Cat Jordan
82. Plummet by Brandilyn Collins (Kindle)
83. The Engagement Plot by Krista Phillips

October

84. Needless Casualties of War by John Paul Jackson
85. Blessed are the Misfits by Brent Hansen
86. The Delusion by Laura Gallier
87. Sketchy Behavior by Erynn Mangum
88. The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
89. Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
90. Where We Belong by Lynn Austin
91. John 3:16 by Nancy Moser

November

92. Dangerous Illusions by Irene Hannon
93. The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck
94. Join the Flub by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
95. Blooper Freak by Christy Barritt (Kindle)

December 

96. Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman
97. Flaw-Abiding Citizen by Christy Barritt (Kindle)








Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

I generally love Jen Turano books, but Out of the Ordinary fell short for me. I had a hard time staying interested in the story, it was lackluster and dull. The names are hard to pronounce and the normally captivating plot was missing. I made it through chapter ten and decided I'd given it enough time and was done.

I have enjoyed all previous works by this author, not sure why this one was different, but it will not deter me from continuing to read her in the future.

About the book:

Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. 

When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail
.

This book provided for review by Revell 

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck

 The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner is a debut novel that is fun to read. Had me giggling throughout. I would give this book four out of five stars. There were a few instances in which I felt it lagged or fell flat, otherwise it was a lot of fun to read and was easy to keep my attention. It brought back that chick lit vibe that I've been missing for the past decade. Clean humor with a little  bit of sass. I loved how the main character stood up for herself with class and confidence. 
This book provided for review by Revell

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano

Lady Jane Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano is not a book to rush through. It does capture the attention and draws the reader in, but this is one to savor. I'm blown away that this is a debut novel, the writing is stellar. I'd compare this to Lynn Austen (one of my favorite authors) because it is just that good. I'm finding myself stopping on almost every page to re-read a sentence that has made my heart pause. Wow, just wow.  Politano has a way of weaving words together that makes this book feel like a classic and not one released in 2017. 

About the book:
When Aurelie Harcourt's father dies in debtor's prison, he leaves her just two things: his wealthy family, whom she has never met, and his famous pen name, Nathaniel Droll. Her new family greets her with apathy and even resentment. Only the quiet houseguest, Silas Rotherham, welcomes her company.

When Aurelie decides to complete her father's unfinished serial novel, writing the family into the story as unflattering characters, she must keep her identity as Nathaniel Droll hidden while searching for the truth about her mother's disappearance--and perhaps even her father's death.

Author Joanna Davidson Politano's stunning debut set in Victorian England will delight readers with its highly original plot, lush setting, vibrant characters, and reluctant romance.


About the author:
Joanna Davidson Politano freelances for a small nonfiction publisher but spends much of her time spinning tales that capture the colorful, exquisite details in ordinary lives. Her manuscript for Lady Jayne Disappears was a finalist for several contests, including the 2016 Genesis Award from ACFW, and won the OCW Cascade Award and the Maggie Award for Excellence. She is always on the hunt for random acts of kindness, people willing to share their deepest secrets with a stranger, and hidden stashes of sweets. She lives with her husband and their two babies in a house in the woods near Lake Michigan and shares stories that move her at www.jdpstories.com.

This book provided for review by Revell.