Thursday, October 19, 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




Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer


Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer was a book I could not put down. The tension between the mother-daughter relationships was far too real and the working through decades of misunderstanding was beautiful. The mystery included in the story was heartbreaking and likely a truthful telling of some missing children nearly one-hundred years ago. This book reminded me a little of Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate, which came out earlier this year. 

From the back cover:
Decades of loss, an unsolved mystery, and a rift spanning three generations. Hazel DeFord is a woman haunted by her past. While berry picking in a black-berry thicket in 1943, ten-year-old Hazel momentarily turned her back on her three-year-old sister, Maggie, and the young girl disappeared. 
Almost seventy years later, the mystery remains unsolved, and the secret guilt Hazel carries has alienated her from her daughter, Diane, who can't understand her mother's overprotectiveness and near paranoia. While Diane resents her mother's inexplicable eccentricities, her daugher, Meghan-a cold case agent-cherishes her grandmother's lavish attention and affection.
When a traffic accident forces Meghan to take a six-week leave of absence to recover, all three generations of DeFord women find themselves unexpectedly under the same roof. Meghan knows she will have to act as a mediator between the two headstrong and contentious women. But when they uncover Hazel's painful secret, will Meghan also be able to use her investigative prowess to solve the family mystery and help both women recover all that's been lost?

This book provided for review by Litfuse

The Dream Centered Life by Luke Barnett

The Dream Centered Life by Luke Barnett is part inspirational, part memoir, and part encouragement. I gleaned a lot from this book as I read of Mr Barnett's church experiences (which are oddly similar to some of our own, makes me wonder if all pastoral families go through the same thing with different congregations). Luke doesn't hold back as he shares his humble ministry beginnings and the lessons he learned along the way. His heart is seen in the pages as he reveals the prayers he and his wife prayed and how God answered them. The Dream Centered Life is faith in action. 

If you're in ministry and are stuck, looking for what's next, or just need a boost to propel you to greater things then we recommend reading this book. 


This book provided for review by Blogging for Books. 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Adored - 365 Devotions for Young Women by Lindsay A Franklin

 Adored - 365 Devotions for Young Women is a gift-worthy book. Beautiful designs on the cover and even the pages are pretty. Each day if filled with a different devotion and they aren't date specific so you can start this at any time. It also has lines for journaling.  Lindsay A Franklin has done a wonderful job at compiling the thoughts on the pages. She deals with topics applicable to younger (and older!) women such as: bullying, the internet, modesty, busyness, patience, and much more. 
For more information click here. 




This book provided for review by Handlebar and Zondervan

Saturday, October 7, 2017

The Delusion by Laura Gallier

 The Delusion, by Laura Gallier, is a young adult novel, but I've found that many of these are just as good or better than novels aimed at adults. This story is told by the main character, high school senior Owen, and revolves around the mystery of why so many students in his school are committing suicide. Owen stumbles on an old man in the woods and soon finds himself able to see into the spirit realm and learns that most everyone is in bondage to something. This story captivated me and kept my attention throughout. The only thing that bothered me was that the ending was a cliffhanger and that it's then we find out this is the start of a series. I don't want to wait for more! Very good book for Christians and non-Christians. 

This book provided for review by Tyndale

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 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