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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No Place to Hide by Lynette Eason

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When Jackie hears that her childhood crush, Ian is suspected for terrorist activities, she decides to get involved. Being an employee with Operation Refuge, and having experience in law enforcement have given her skills that come in very handy. She and Ian end up running for their lives, not knowing who to trust or where to turn.

As Ian and Jackie run, she begins to put the pieces together. A threat accidentally came to Ian’s email, and now the killer wants him dead. But how is this all taking place? Is the threat real? Is it in New York? Ian turns to his cousin Holly for help with the encrypted email, not knowing he is putting her in danger as well.

As time goes on, the email is de-crypted, and the source of the attack is very clear, and very big! With law enforcement, and Operation Refuge teams in place, the race is on! Can the killer be stopped in time? Will innocent people be hurt?

As usual for a Lynette Eason book, I couldn’t put it down. The characters were well-developed and real. The twists caught me by surprise. And the suspense kept me turning the pages.

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

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Buried Secrets by Irene Hannon

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Lisa Grant has been in the big city, but she’s ready for some calm again. Moving close to home, she hopes to find some peace and normalcy. Once a big-city cop, but now a small-town police chief.

But when a skeleton is found, it’s obvious that foul play is involved, and her small-town department calls for reinforcements. Ex-Navy SEAL, Mac MacGregor arrives on the scene. Leaving the SEALs had been a hard decision, but hoping for a quieter life had been his motivation to join the detective ranks in a nearby town. The two hit it off, despite the greusome investigation.

As truth is uncovered, witnesses begin dying. Someone will stop at nothing to stay out of trouble. Lisa and Mac work around the clock to find this killer. But it seems that all that is standing between the killer and freedom could be Lisa.

This was a thrilling read that I went through pretty fast! I always enjoy Irene Hannon’s books. They keep me hooked until the last page!

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

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Bunny’s First Spring by Sally Lloyd-Jones

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Bunny’s First Spring is a sweet little tale of a bunny who is worried. One day, everything seems dark and dead. Winter has come, and he worries things will stay as they are in winter.

When he was born, everything was new and fresh, warm and beautiful. But then the seasons change, and his mother guides him through his feelings and struggles as they wait for spring.

But spring does come, and the little bunny understands.

This is a sweet little story that would be great to help teach about hope, about the earth, about seasons, and even about rabbits. I enjoyed reading it to my children.

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

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The Trouble with Patience by Maggie Brendan

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Patience is alone in the old western town of Nevada City, a booming gold rush town in the territory of Montana. The man she once loved is dead. Thankfully, her late grandmother left her the Creekside Inn, a little boarding house that needs to be revived. Patience is ready for a fresh start.

As she makes strides in her business, she finds her heart drawn to Jed, the town marshall, with a shady past. Jed is drawn to Patience as well, but his past has kept him from getting too close to ladies. Can she accept what he used to be?

As crime soars, and hurts some of Patience’s friends, the past comes out. Patience finds out that Jed is the “hanging lawman,” and the truth about Patience’s true love is surprisingly close to home. Can she forgive? Or is what happened in the past true justice after all?

Sparks fly between these two main characters, and I found myself swept up in the sweet love story, as well as amused by their antics! I look forward to the next in the Virtues and Vices of the Old West series.

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

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The Crimson Cord: Rahab’s Story by Jill Eileen Smith

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Have I ever mentioned I love biblical fiction?! I really love it, and this one did not disappoint.

Hopefully, we have all read of Rahab. She was a harlot that hid the Israelite spies on her roof. Then she was promised by the spies that when Jericho fell, she would be saved, and all in her house, as long as the scarlet cord was hanging from her window. The imagination and research of the author really brought Rahab’s story to life.

We know from the Bible, that Rahab remained in the Israelite camp after Jericho fell. She married a man named Salmon, and gave birth to Boaz (who redeemed and married Ruth). She is also in the kingly line into which Jesus was born. I love that God used a harlot, saved by grace, to have descendants which would include His own Son.

There is very little in the Bible about Rahab, so most of this story is most likely fiction. But it never hurts to imagine… How did she end up being a harlot? Was it her own choice, or was she a slave? How did she meet her future husband? How did she come to believe in God while living in pagan Jericho?

This story is precious! It is one of grace, and hope in God. You will not be disappointed if you pick up this book… you won’t be able to put it down!

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

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