Where Two Hearts Meet by Liz Johnson

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Caden Holt is the chef at Rose’s Red Door Inn. She is happy and fulfilled, cooking amazing breakfasts and tasty sweets for the b&b guests. She is happy and not looking for a change. But she overhears her friends and owners talking about the inn being in trouble. They have the summer to save the inn and get it booked for the next summer, or Caden’s job is in trouble.

Adam Jacobs is a journalist sent to Red Door to rest. He saw too many things overseas and is suffering the worst kind of writer’s block. He needs inspiration to get his career back.

Caden and Adam strike up a friendship as Adam is suspected to be on a secret mission, working for a travel magazine. Could this be the break the Red Door has been looking for? Is Adam who he actually says he is? Will his writings help the inn, or hurt its chances? Could Adam actually be falling in love with plain but sweet Caden?

This was a very sweet read from start to finish. I found myself wishing for island breezes, and simple front porch living as I finished this novel. Well written!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Another Day Another Dali by Sandra Orchard

9780800726690.jpgThis book is about FBI special agent Serena Jones, who specializes in art theft. This adventure begins when Serena’s tough-as-nails, well-to-do Nana asks for Serena’s help with her friend’s forged painting. Serena hates to get involved because her Nana is rarely pleased with her. But she accepts the case and can’t imagine how difficult the case will be to crack, or who will be endangered in the process.

As Serena goes through her list of suspects, the case grows and takes many twists and turns. Gladys’ own children are suspects, and as the story unravels, the identity of the forger becomes clear, and the person behind it is the one Serena least expected.

In the end, Serena and her Nana make peace, and Serena discovers why her Nana has held her at arms’ length all these years. Also, her neighbor Nate and partner Tanner, both seem to have sweet feelings for her. So, the next in the series should have the reveal for that!

I usually love Sandra Orchard’s titles, but this one was a little more difficult to follow. I’m not sure why. But I even re-started it to give it a fair try. I did eventually get to that “can’t-put-it-down” mode, but this one wasn’t her usual nail-biter.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Tangled Webs by Irene Hannon

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Finn McGregor decides he is finished with military life. After a near-death mission, he is ready to relax and figure out his next step in life. But deep in the woods in a rented cabin, screams tear through the night. As he runs to the rescue, he never realizes what a tangled web he is about to get involved in.

Dana Lewis is hiding from her past, nursing her wounds on her beloved grandpa’s property. She can’t get over what happened to her and still has nightmares. As a young brave Finn comes to rescue her from her night terrors, she wonders if she can trust him.

As the days go by, something suspicious starts happening on the lake down by her cabin. ¬†At first, the strange events appear as no more than a teen prank. But they don’t add up. Good thing Finn is still close by. She just might need rescuing after all.

I have enjoyed this series, Men of Valor, which consists of three brothers fighting for justice. Each of the books was unique, and kept me turning the pages!ūüôā

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Missing by Lisa Harris

27066859Nikki Boyd works in missing persons. She is on a specialized task force for just such cases. So when she is called in on a homicide, she knows this case will be anything but ordinary.

As the facts unfold, they don’t make sense. Somehow one of her dear friends Tyler is involved. He can’t really be responsible, can he?

And why is the reporter calling Nikki, talking to her about schortcuts being used in prescription drugs? But it seems to be connected to the murder, and the victim…somehow.

When a little girl’s life is at stake, seemingly because of a prescription, Nikki knows she has to hurry.

Can they find Lucy Hudson? Is Tyler involved?

I loved this book¬†from beginning to end. I always enjoy Lisa Harris’ work!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Bedtime Devotions with Jesus

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This was a cute little devotional for children. Although I have not read all 365 devotions, we have read several.

Things that I feel could be improved:

We personally use the King James version of the Bible. So, when a different version is used, often the meaning isn’t the same. The devotional would be based on a word in the verse. But when I read it in the King James, it wouldn’t go with the devotional at all. “Lost in translation” is the term I would use. Even though the thought would still be good, it just wouldn’t go with the verse very well.

Things I liked:

I really like the layout of this cute little book. At the top of each page, it gives you the week and day. For instance, at the beginning of January, it would say ‘Week 1, Tuesday’. I really like that. It is done very simply, and the bear is cute. I really like just a simple thought to begin the day, or to go to bed on.¬†The thought is very relevant to smaller children usually. Often, the devotion is about being scared, or asking Jesus to help you, etc.¬†All in all, a cute little book that we will continue to use!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

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I have enjoyed reading about Kate Adams and Detective Tom Parker for all three Port Aster books now. They are well done! There is just enough action, suspense and romance to make them perfect for me.

Kate had to say goodbye to her dad again. She had just found him again. He was protecting her all this time, all this time she thought he was dead. But now, she is so furious at Tom for sending him into hiding without consulting her. So, needless to say, Tom and Kate’s¬†relationship is on hold for now. Maybe forever as far as Kate’s concerned.

But a stranger nosing around next-door to her research assistant Patti’s house makes Kate realize she does still need Tom. The list of suspects is growing, and Kate and Patti are not sure who they can trust. Is the mayor’s son really just a doting boyfriend, or is he up to something else? Is the new neighbor looking for the amendosa plants on his new property? Or is he really just a friendly neighbor? Just when things start to make sense, Kate is kidnapped.¬†And the kidnapper is familiar…

I read this one pretty fast. I always love it when I can’t put them down. These Port Aster Secrets books are fantastic!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Love’s Rescue by Christine Johnson

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Upon hearing of her mother’s death, Elizabeth Benjamin returns home to Key West, along with her fussy aunt and maid. As they approach home, their ship is wrecked upon the reef and the wreckers head out to rescue, and bring them to shore. As the wrecker reaches her, she sees that it is Rourke O’Malley, the only man she has ever loved. But a man her father will never accept.

As Elizabeth adjusts to being home once again, she realizes she can never marry for status or money, but her father and aunt don’t care of her happiness as much as their comfort. But as time goes by, she realizes a secret diary left by her mother. As she reads, its words burn a hole in her heart. Can her father really not be what he seems? Her mother wasn’t always happy, she couldn’t have wanted Elizabeth to marry for status!

Just when it seems all hope is lost, God starts changing hearts. Forgiveness really can change people.

There were some deeper lessons here, but I also really enjoyed the coastal, fishing boat setting.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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In Firefly Valley by Amanda Cabot

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Marisa St. George returns home, disappoint after losing her big-city job. She has a new position and is happy to be closer to home as the Rainbow’s End Resort opens. She is not looking for love Or is she?

Blake Kendall, suffering from writer’s block, comes to a new inn one of his college buddies is re-opening. Is this what he needs to get back on track? Writing under a pseudo name is tricky enough. Can he keep up the act¬†here?

As Marisa’s estranged father returns home, Marisa suddenly has to deal with forgiveness and bitterness. And once she finds out who Blake really is, can she forgive him too?

This was a very sweet romantic read. The quiet Texas country setting was very charming and “feel-good.” But there are also some deeper lessons about forgiveness, and letting God help us when we need it. Double win!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

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The third in the Gregory Sisters series, I have read and loved all three!

These sisters’ parents passed away, leaving them to “come of age” alone. Each sister has had her own path, her own dreams. Now, it’s Tessa’s turn. As the youngest, the older ones have always rolled their eyes at her whims. But Tessa is determined to show them she is serious about horticulture. Gardens are her passion, not a passing fancy.

She sets her mind to secure a position at prestigious Como Park, but is denied. So, she must find another way. A secret way. Reese King, a gardener at the park wants to help her. But can the two make it happen? Can they impress the boss, or will their actions seal their fate? Love starts blooming as the two hatch their plan.

Action, secret, and love saturate this novel. The romantic garden setting, and city outings are so charming. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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Life Is ____ by Judah Smith

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This is the second of Judah Smith’s books I have read, and I was challenged and encouraged by both. Life Is ____ is a look at what God meant our lives to be like. He covers¬†four different topics about life:

1. Life is to be loved and to love.

2. Life is to trust God in every moment.

3. Life is to be at peace with God and yourself.

4. Life is to enjoy God.

Judah has a very fresh approach on many stories of the Bible that he teaches through in his books. His writing is funny, witty, but just as much convicting and inspiring.

An excerpt I especially enjoyed:

People who put their trust in their anchor of faith are like a sailor in the middle of a storm who’s admiring his anchor while his ship is bearing down on a rocky shoal.

“Come on, crew. Gather around! What do you think of my anchor? I just painted her.”

“Captain, sir-permission to speak freely.”

“Yes, sailor.”

“We’re going to die.”

“I don’t understand.”

“There’s a storm, sir. There are rocks ahead. Could we plunge the anchor into the abyss until it hits solid ground so that we can live?”

Faith is not to be admired. Faith is not a merit badge to show off. Faith is meant to be plunged into the abyss and the darkness of life’s uncertainty until it anchors in a sure foundation and a solid Savior.

Our faith is in Jesus. It’s not in community or in each other. It’s not in programs or websites or songs. It’s not in our social status, our health, our wealth, or our cleverness. None of these things are a guarantee of security of peace.

Our faith is in a person…

Pick up this book! You will love it!

I was given a free copy of this book by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

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