Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Christmas Blessing by Melody Carlson

 Melody Carlson has long been one of my favorite authors. I can rely on her to provide a clean read and, with hundreds of titles to her credit, each one is entertaining and unique. She's released several Christmas novellas and this newest one, The Christmas Blessing, is by far my favorite. Set in the 1940's during WWII, this follows Amelia and her illegitimate son from California to Montana where she searches for family she doesn't know. She has some struggles along the way and arrives feeling empty and lost. Hopeless for her future with her baby, she makes a decision that will change both of their lives forever.
This book was a delight to read, visiting the 1940's in print is one of my favorite pastimes. I loved everything about this book. It took just over an hour and a half to read. If you're looking for the perfect holiday read this winter I highly recommend this one. You can never go wrong with Melody Carlson. 
This book provided for review by Revell

Wednesday, August 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






























Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Crisis Shot by Janice Cantore

 I've not heard of this author before receiving Crisis Shot to review. Janice is a former police officer and has years of experiences to call on for her books. This is her ninth novel and, after reading it, I'm excited to find her previous works. 
Tess O'Rourke finds herself in the middle of the spotlight when she fires a shot that changes her life. This story is ripped from the headlines and is all to familiar with what is going on around us. Tess leaves her home of Long Beach, CA to start anew in small-town Oregon. This book was engaging and kept my attention throughout. It was filled with mystery and suspense and kept me guessing until the end. The only thing I didn't like were Tess's lists of rules that she kept repeating. I found them annoying and distracting from the story. Other than that, I loved this book.
This book provided for review by Tyndale

Monday, August 7, 2017

Chasing Secrets by Lynette Eason

 Chasing Secrets, by Lynette Eason, is the fourth in the Elite Guardians series, and my favorite of the series thus far. This author has another winner. Haley Callaghan's story is one that goes back farther than her memory and as it begins to unfold so do her memories of a past she'd thought was real only in her dreams. This one was very  hard to put down. I whipped through it so fast I felt guilty. Full of twists and surprises, you don't want to miss it. 
This book provided for review by Revell

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Over Maya Dead Body by Sandra Orchard

 The Serena Jones Mystery series by Sandra Orchard has been a fun ride. I enjoyed the first two books in the series and was really looking forward to Over Maya Dead Body, the third. Unfortunately this one fell a little flat for me. I just couldn't get into the story and after days of reading finally put the book down because I never connected with it. I will, however, keep reading this author because I've enjoyed her other books. Her Port Aster series kept me on the edge of my seat. 
In this book Serena leaves St Louis and heads to the beach where she finds herself smack dab in the middle of two murder investigations. Our favorite FBI agent is also smack dab in the middle of two attractive young men vying for her attention. It's light reading, no gory scenes, no sex scenes. Clean read. 
Learn more about Sandra here.

This book provided for review by Revell

Friday, June 30, 2017

Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer is back with another historical novel from Bethany House. Heart on the Line is the second in the Ladies of Harper Station series and I loved it as much as the first. I've not read a story of a telegraph operator before so I loved that angle. It had mystery, suspense, and love. 

This author continues to delight me with her works. This book is a clean read and captures the imagination from the first page. I enjoyed the story of Grace and Amos and also enjoyed seeing Emma and Malachi again. Don't miss this one!



More from Karen Witemeyer:
This book provided for review by Bethany House

Monday, June 26, 2017

Solveig Leithhaug CD- Time

I hadn't heard of Solveig Leithaug until I was approached about joining a blog tour for her latest CD, Time. Once I received the album (yes, I still call them albums) I was immediately drawn to the music and her voice. I haven't  heard a voice this lovely and calming since Michelle Tumes. This is simply beautiful music. 
An added bonus for me is that Cindy Morgan has a guest appearance on this CD and is a co-writer. I've been a Cindy fan since her first album in the early 90s. Solveig also covers one of Cindy's songs, Do You Know Jesus?, on this CD.

I'm pretty sure Simple Things is my favorite cut from this work. You can listen to it here:




If you're looking for new music with an uplifting message then I suggest Time. It is calming and soothing in a world that is anything but.

Time highlights guest vocals by Anthony Skinner, Cindy Morgan, Kelly Willard and Solveig's daughter Kari Julianna. Eight of the project's eleven songs are new and were written by Solveig with award-winning songwriters such as: Reba Rambo-McGuire, Cindy Morgan, Sarah Hart, Anthony Skinner, and Kelly Willard.

Time was produced by Steve Hindalong and features some of Nashville’s finest musicians including Jeff Taylor, Stu Garrard, Matt Slocum, and others along with Solveig's signature acoustic guitars.



An interview with Solveig:



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