Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett

Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett was such a fun book to read. I've not read this author before, but was entranced from the first page. I love the era this was written in and found the story to be fascinating. Olivia was a well written character who struggled between who she was and who she was expected to be. I loved her heart and enjoyed watching her grow. I'm looking forward to more from this author and will seek out her previous books as well. 

About the book:
Watercolorist Olivia Rutherford has shed her humble beginnings to fashion her image as an avant-garde artist to appeal to the region's wealthy art-collectors. When she lands a lucrative contract painting illustrations of Yosemite National Park for a travel magazine, including its nightly one-of-a-kind Firefall event, she hopes the money will lift Olivia and her sisters out of poverty. 

    After false accusations cost him everything, former minister Clark Johnson has found purpose as a backcountry guide in this natural cathedral of granite and trees. Now he's faced with the opportunity to become a National Parks Ranger, but is it his true calling? 

    As Clark opens Olivia's eyes to the wonders of Yosemite, she discovers the people are as vital to the park's story as its vistas--a revelation that may bring her charade to an end.

This book provided for review by Blogging for Books 

Friday, March 2, 2018

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn

Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn blew me away. I've not heard of this author before but the book looked interesting. I'm so glad I gave it a chance and I'm an instant fan. I was captured from the first page, started reading it during my morning workout on the exercise bike and finished later that day while at an auction. I could not put this book down. It was easy to follow and so interesting. There were so many angles to the story, just when I thought I was figuring things out there was another plot twist. I loved every minute of my time spent with this book. I am looking forward to more of this series and will look into previous books by this author. I think what I liked most is that it kept my attention in a very noisy environment. 
The only thing I would have liked to have seen played out would have been for Mrs. Claussen to meet the wife. 

From the back cover:
She thought she'd be safe when she moved back home. She was dead wrong.

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she'd left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her down and reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide detective, Ryan Parker, for help. 
Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff's Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer-one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications to them all.

This book provided for review by Revell. 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

2018 Reading List


1. Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason 
2. The Man He Never Was by James Rubart
3. The View from Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble
4. The Air I Breathe by Louie Giglio
5. All Things Bright and Strange by James Markert
6. The Wrecking by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
7. Hidden Currents by Christy Barritt (Kindle)


8. Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray
9. The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers
10. Flood Watch by Christy Barritt (Kindle)
11. Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels 
12. Fatherless by Dr James Dobson & Kurt Bruner


13. Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn 
14. Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett
15. If I Live by Terri Blackstock (Kindle)
16. Plain Threats by Alison Stone 

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Real-Life Romance by Rhonda Stoppe

No matter your situation in life, someone else has been there. This book is filled with true stories of heartache and love. From the single mom who was abandoned and found love again, to the ones who never gave up on their own marriage. Each story is just a few pages long which makes this a great book to snuggle up with when you have a little extra time. 

My favorite stories in this book are the ones with reconciliation of some kind. They remind me of how we can't do anything in life without the help of our Father in heaven. 

The end of each story has a lesson of sorts. A little paragraph or two to ponder on and then another little section of questions to ask yourself. 

If you feel lost in your marriage or are hopelessly alone, there is a happy ending. God works in lives every day and these are just some of the outcomes of the prayers prayed. This is a very uplifting book and will make you feel like you're on a first date again. 

This book provided for review by Litfuse

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Masterpiece by Francine Rivers

I've been a Francine Rivers fan for a couple decades and wait eagerly for each new book. There's something about a master storyteller that enables her to engage the reader from the first page, and Francine does that again with The Masterpiece. I read this over the course of a week, savoring each page and waiting for the big moment. It's hard not to compare this with her previous work and to review it on it's own accord, but the ending just fell flat for me. It was like it was building and building and building and then quickly tied everything up with a big red bow. I did not feel the sense of satisfaction that I usually do when I finish reading one of her books. 
This book carried the two main characters through similar backgrounds, one choosing to follow the Lord and the other choosing to go his own way. They collide and the years of layers fall off as they begin to get to know each other. The book shows very good examples of both sides of the faith lifestyle. One Godly and one ungodly. It also presents the gospel in a non-threatening way and could be a good evangelistic tool. 
It's definitely a new direction for Ms Rivers, just not my favorite of her works. I will still seek out her books because she is in a class of her own.

This book was provided for review by Tyndale. 

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray

 Why I Hate Green Beans is the debut by Lincee Ray. I'd not heard of her or her blog before reading this book, but now I'm a fan. Lincee has a great writing style, it's like sitting down and listening to a friend share her deepest secrets and funniest stories. She doesn't hold back from the deep stuff either. She tells all and offers the reader hope through her stories. At first I struggled with where the book was going, but I kept reading and was soon hooked. The book is broken into several sections and each one shows her moving closer to the Lord. Her ah-ha moment will bring you to tears. Excellent book for any fan of The Bachelor, anyone who struggles with being single or has gone through a divorce. Funny and thoughtful. This is one to be shared. 
This book provided for review by Revell

Thursday, February 1, 2018

In All Things by Melissa B. Kruger

In All Things by Melissa B. Kruger is an in-depth look and study of the book of Philippians. It's set to be a nine week study with daily devotions and activities. Some days you simply read and reflect, other days there are questions to answer. This is not a quick study, this book encourages the reader to engage in the Word and really take a deep look at the book. If you are lacking joy in your life then this is the perfect book to dig into. 
This book provided for review by Blogging for Books