Blind Trust by Sandra Orchard

Kate Adams cannot seem to stay out of trouble no matter where she goes. Ever since Daisy’s death, she has seemed to have a nose for investigating… and she’s usually right!

Detective Tom Parker gets called into a suspected counterfeit situation and who does he find? Kate of course! How did she end up with this money? Her neighbor gave it to her, of course.

But the plot quickly takes off and much more than counterfeit bills begins to worry Tom, as an anonymous note shows up on his car warning, or threatening Kate.

Also, Kate can’t stay away from hoping her Dad was innocent all those years ago. Can the two cases be connected?

This was a great book!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

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A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino

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A Place in His Heart was an intriguing book. Mary is a young lady who is grown up, and ready to marry. But her father wants her to marry a young man she grew up with; one whom she just can’t love. Barnabas is a young widower who needs a wife for his children. He is a good man who will respect Mary and love her. But is there room in his heart? His beloved Anne was so perfect for him in every way. With Barnabas’ new “Puritan” thinking, Mary’s father just isn’t sure they are a good match. And on their wedding day, talk of making a new life in the New World is overheard. Can it be true?

Is Mary ready to start anew in a place she has never seen? They do, in fact make the voyage to the Americas, and life becomes incredibly difficult. Work from sun up to sun down is the norm, and Mary works hard to make a house a home for her little family. Even though Barnabas respects her greatly and takes precious care of her, she just feels like she can’t get into his heart, no matter how hard she tries.

I loved this book for its historical value. I was glued to the pages, imagining what life was like for those first settlers in New England. I look forward to the next in this series!

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I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Finding Spiritual Whitespace by Bonnie Gray

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This was a different kind of book than I expected. I think it can be described as a self-help/Christian life book, mingled with a little bit of memoir. Bonnie Gray takes the reader through her experience with PTSD, triggered by memories of her painful childhood. As she began to write this book, all the memories were dredged up, causing her to seek therapy to free her soul to be who she is now, someone who is loved by God, and accepted by God. As is.

As the author suffered through insomnia and severe panic attacks, she began to discover Jesus calling her soul to rest. It took a long time to work through the trauma, but she found that to get closer to Jesus, she needed to “do” less, and rest more.

This was very well-written. However, I felt I couldn’t relate to too many of the subjects covered. I just haven’t had too much trauma in my life. I know this could be a great help to someone with a rough past – broken home, drugs, divorce, deaths.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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While Love Stirs by Lorna Seilstad

This is the second novel in the Gregory Sisters Series by Lorna Seilstad. After reading the first, I was excited to et the second in the series.

Charlotte has just finished cooking school and returns home to put her skills to good use. After her sister gives birth to her first child, Charlotte is appalled at the food the nurses are serving! She starts out on a crusade to make sure the hospital understands how bad their food choices are, and how better food could speed patients’ recovery time. She quickly meets up with the handsome Dr. Joel Brooks, who simply refuses to listen to Charlotte.

Meanwhile, Charlotte accepts a job in which she is able to teach others how to cook on a “new-fangled” gas stove. A young man accompanies her on her tours to sing at her lectures, helping to broaden the number of spectators. He becomes very fond of Charlotte, but does she return his feelings?

After a family emergency, Charlotte finds herself back home more, where the stubborn doctor seems to always be around every corner. Can they stop fighting long enough to plan a hospital fundraiser? Will she be able to convince him of her grand ideas? Meanwhile, something else is stirring…

This was a great book, and I look forward to the next in the series!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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One More Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong

Sarah Cooley, after time in the big city and a failed relationship, comes back home to start fresh as a school teacher. Last Chance doesn’t every seem to change. It’s a quiet little town where news travels faster than lightning, and every neighbor is your friend.

Chris has just taken over the diner in town. Being an “outsider” has its challenges, but Chris is determined to add something new to the menu, if the town can take it!

When Sarah gets back, she and Chris seem to hit it off. But after being with her former fiancé for so long, she just can’t bear to open up and be hurt again.

Meanwhile, Chris’ irresponsible sister leaves her young daughter on his doorstep and Chris has to get used to juggling the diner with temporary parenting. Or is it temporary? Sarah helps out with his niece, bringing the two closer together.

One More Last Chance is a sweet story of coming home, adapting to change, and trusting God for your future. It was a good book!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Fatal Exchange by Lisa Harris

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Emily Hunt comes from a family of police officers, but it’s not the life she wants for herself. It’s too much pressure, and too many bad things can happen when you put your life on the line. She has settled for a life of teaching, which is her calling, and is much safer.

But all that changes one morning, when one of her students brings a weapon to class, and holds them all hostage. She had tutored him, and thought she knew him. It was not like Rafael, and she can’t understand what’s happening.

As the plot unfolds, Emily realizes that Rafael’s brother is being held for ransom money. As time runs out, Rafael is trying to find a way to get that money. But is there something else going on?

Mason Taylor, undercover cop, has been accused by Emily’s sister, as having had something to do with their brother’s killing a few years earlier. But as Emily spends this horrible day close to Mason, she begins to believe this can’t be true.

The plot takes a few surprising twists and turns, and it’s hard to put down. It’s the second in the Southern Crimes series, and is just as good as the first!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Parenting the Wholehearted Child by Jeannie Cunnion

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Wholehearted children: “Children who live from the freedom found in being wholeheartedly and unconditionally loved (and liked!) by God in Jesus Christ. Because of God’s extravagant grace, wholehearted children are compelled and empowered to love Jesus and love others as he first loved us.

That is the message of this book, and the springboard from which all the parenting advice comes. It is the message of grace. It is the message that we will never be good enough for God, and our children will never meet our expectations. Then there’s grace!

In the first two parts of this book, the author takes you through your personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and how that affects (or should affect) your parenting. She leads you through the thought process of analyzing how amazing God’s grace really is, then helps you get specific in the areas of Bible reading, Scripture memory, public worship and serving others. This first half is designed to get to the root of parenting = who you are as a child of God.

In the second half, she gets specific with certain character traits where we want our children to excel. And finally she takes us to the areas of being a good example to your children, and how to discipline and correct while keeping God’s grace in mind.

There were chapters that had really good information and advice, but then there would be acrostics, or a little phrase to help you remember the process you should go through to reach the goal of that chapter. That was superfluous to me and seemed cluttered. I could still glean a lot without feeling like I had to follow it to the letter.

As a whole, this book was very challenging to me as a mother. It opens doors of understanding, and wraps your child-heart in a arms of overwhelming and everlasting love, as we consider our perfect Father and how He loves His imperfect children.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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101 Bible Stories Illustrated by Dan Andreasen

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I was so excited when I got this sweet little book in the mail. It has 101 Bible stories, hitting all the highlights in the Bible. It is hard-bound and about the size of a Bible, only thinner.

The stories have been simplified of course, each one fits on one page. I would not say everything is 100% true to the Bible. For example, the pictures portray Jesus as having long hair, which we do not believe to be true. Also in the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, it says the king saw a fourth man who “looks like a god.” But the Bible quotes King Nebuchadnezzar as saying “the Son of God.” Although these accounts aren’t entirely accurate, it wouldn’t keep me from reading to my children, explaining as I go. The problems are minor and don’t take away from the good this little book can do.

I really love the pictures. They are clearly drawings, yet don’t have that cartoonish look that so many Bible story books have.

We’re so glad we have this book and are enjoying reading it together!

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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A Heart’s Rebellion by Ruth Axtell

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This is a sequel to Moonlight Masquerade, which I read last year and loved! However, this book stands alone, it just contains a few ties to the previous book.

Jessamine is very young, but has already experienced heartbreak when the man she thought loved her, decided he was a better fit for another woman. Even though she has no intentions of falling in love, Jessamine and her close friend Megan are enjoying a “season” in London. They are hoping to meet eligible young men and fall in love, but at first it seems hopeless! They find themselves despairing at the stuffy, proper atmosphere, which causes a first meeting with Lancelot Marfleet.

Lancelot, from a very wealthy and prominent family grates on Jessamine’s nerves. However, she soon finds he’s not like all the other formal English gentlemen but refuses to admit she likes him.

As the story unwinds, there are complications. Jessamine goes against her better judgment and finds herself in a very immoral and dangerous situation. Of course, Lancelot comes to her rescue, but can he ever love her after learning what she’s done?

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The Gift of Love by Amy Clipston

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I don’t read too many biographies or memoirs, but I recently read one of Amy Clipston’s Amish novels, so this one intrigued me.

Amy is a Christian fiction writer, and her dream begins to be fulfilled during the darkest days of her life.

Her father suffers a stroke while she is still in college, giving her young adult life much difficulty. During those days, she meets her soul-mate Joe, and the story is sweet but still has very many turns ahead. Just a few years into their marriage, they realize Joe has a kidney disease. But before too much time goes by, he receives a new kidney and they hope life can gain some stability again.

Only it seems life will stay wrought with stress and toil for a while as his body rejects his new kidney. It takes several more years before they can once again find peace. As Joe’s body has to undergo dialysis, he is weak, irritable and the entire family hurts and suffers.

Not only is there poor health to deal with, but Amy finds herself struggling to parent their two sons, while working full-time to provide health insurance and to pay the bills. A publishing company gives her a contract for an Amish series. This gives Amy an escape from the stress that surrounds her, and also helps provide extra income.

Amy is determined to be a kidney donor, but is disappointed to find she is no match for her precious husband. So they sign up through a paired donation program and are accepted. After a few months, there is a match! Miraculously, they are paired with another couple. Amy’s kidney goes to a suffering woman whose husband donates his healthy kidney to Joe. It is a precious thing, and the couples are able to meet and talk while in the hospital.

This is a very sweet story and anyone would enjoy reading it.

I received the book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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