Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley

I'm not sure if I've read this author before. Justice Betrayed, by Patricia Bradley, was everything I look for in a romantic suspense novel. It had just the right amount of intrigue to keep my attention, and keep me a little on edge, and was without anything I am opposed to when reading. It was a clean read with characters I grew concerned about when I put down the book. It also reminded me that childhood pain runs deep. Very good book from Revell.

From the back cover:

It's Elvis week in Memphis, and homicide detective Rachel Sloan isn't sure her day could get any stranger when aging Elvis impersonator Vic Vegas asks to see her. But when he produces a photo of her murdered mother with four Elvis impersonators--one of whom had also been murdered soon after the photo was taken--she's forced to reevaluate. Is there some connection between the two unsolved cases? And could the recent break-in at Vic's home be tied to his obsession with finding his friend's killer?

When yet another person in the photo is murdered, Rachel suddenly has her hands full investigating three cases. Lieutenant Boone Callahan offers his help, but their checkered romantic past threatens to get in the way. Can they solve the cases before the murderer makes Rachel victim number four?

This book provided for review by Revell. 

Saturday, June 2, 2018

First Impressions by Debra White Smith

Uh....I'm just not feeling it with this book. I tried to get into it, I really did, but my first impression of First Impressions by Debra White Smith was, "This is going to take a lot of concentration and I don't have the time to concentrate this much on a book with this many characters..." So for me, it's a no. A true test of a book for me is how fast it makes my workout on the exercise bike go. This was a very long workout. I put it down and started over with another book and was amazed at how fast the time went. 

This isn't actually a new book either. It's a re-release of something first published in 2004. I don't like when books are recycled to try to get more life out of them in this way. It just feels wrong.

Anyway, maybe this will be better for some of you who like to concentrate on what they read and read it slowly. I don't like books that begin with two pages of a breakdown of characters and who they are. 

This book was provided for review by Bethany House. 

Friday, June 1, 2018

Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh

Just Let Go is the second in the Harbor Pointe series by Courtney Walsh. This time around we get to know Quinn, a native who's never been anywhere but her home town, and Grady, an Olympic skier who has traveled the world. These two both have deep issues from the past and seem like water and oil when together, but sometimes sparks fly despite the differences. Quinn and Grady get to know each other and little by little the layers come off. Both characters show tremendous growth throughout the nearly 400-page novel. This is a good vacation read as it isn't deep, you can put it down for a few days and it'll wait for you to jump back in. Nice, sweet romance from an author reminiscent of Denise Hunter.

From the back cover:
For Quinn Collins, buying the flower shop in downtown Harbor Pointe fulfills a childhood dream but also gives her the chance to follow in the footsteps of her mother, who owned the store before leaving town twenty years ago and never looking back. Completing renovations, however-- while also preparing for a prestigious flower competition her mother is judging--soon has Quinn in over her head. Not that she'd ever ask for help.

Quinn's father and his meddling friends find the perfect solution in notorious Olympic skier Grady Benson. When his pit stop in the old-fashioned lakeside town leads to a fight and property damage, helping Quinn as a community service sentence seem like the best way to avoid more negative press. 

Quinn finds Grady reckless and entitled; he thinks she's too uptight. Yet as they begin working together, Quinn sees glimpses of the vulnerability behind the bravado, and Grady learns from her  passion and determination, qualities he seems to have lost in his pursuit of Olympic gold. When a well-intentioned omission has devastating consequences, Grady finds himself cast out of town-- and Quinn's life-- possibly forever. Forced to face the hurt holding her back, Quinn has to choose: let go or risk missing the adventure of a lifetime. 

This book provided for review by Tyndale

Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life by Erica & Jonathan Catherman

I'm about to say something I've never said before. 
Here goes: "I wish I was a teenager again."
Because that's what this book makes me feel like. 
This is the kind of book I would have devoured when I was a teen. I love everything about The Girl's Guide to Conquering Life by Erica & Jonathan Catherman. It has super-helpful sections on everything from how to manage money, how to shave under your arms (please do this), how to apply for a job, and how to spot treat a stain, and so many more. It's kinda perfect. It not only gives you advice, but it tells you exactly what you will need to do the task at hand. In my opinion, this should be required reading in schools instead of some of the nonsense they make kids read. Life skills are what kids need to know. This book is full of them. Almost 300 pages full. Get it for the girls in your life. 


This book provided for review by Revell

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Adamant by Lisa Bevere

If you only read one book this year make it this one. Adamant is one of the best declarations of living a Christian life that I've ever read. Lisa tackles topics that many people in our age of political correctness tend to shy away from, and she does it with Biblical backing. This book is one that every believer should read to propel them to a closer walk with the Lord. So many times I found myself answering aloud while reading this. I loved every part of it. 

This book provided for review by Revell. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

2018 Reading List


January

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)

February

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

March

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 
17. Murder in the Locked Library by Ellery Adams
18. Desperate Escape by Lisa Harris

April

19. Pelican Point by Irene Hannon
20. No Less Days by Amanda G. Stevens
21. Dangerous Waters by Christy Barrett (Kindle)
22. Royals by Rachel Hawkins 
23. Begin Again by Leeana Tankersley
24. A Dark History: Hollywood by Kieron Connolly
25. Things I Never Told You by Beth K. Vogt


May

26. the theory of happily ever after by Kristin Billerbeck
27. Adamant by Lisa Bevere
28. The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson
29. The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts 
30. Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh

June

31. The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck
32. Introvert Doodles by Maureen “Marzi” Wilson
33. Justice Betrayed by Patricia Bradley 
34. Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin
35. Becoming the Talbot Sisters by Rachel Linden


























Monday, May 14, 2018

the theory of happily ever after by Kristin Billerbeck

Kristin Billerbeck is back! It's been far too long since we've had anything to read from her. the theory of happily ever after is her latest book and it's made this reader very happy. I think the thing I like the most about this author is that she writes in the first person, it's my favorite. I like feeling like I'm in the character's head. In this book we meet Dr. Maggie Maguire as she's tricked into giving a speech on a single's cruise by her two best friends. Maggie is a scientist with a best selling book on the key to bliss. Her antics on board the ship made me giggle (another thing I love about this author) and the dissecting of herself and the becoming the woman she was meant to be made me proud of her. This was a book I savored, I didn't want it to end and I hope that this isn't the last we see of Dr. Maggie....and Sam. 
This book provided for review by Revell