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Where Rivers Part by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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This was a book unlike others I’ve read. Most fiction books are purely romance, but this one was different. I enjoyed a glimpse into a corporate world, one I know nothing about. It was simple enough not to overwhelm me, but complicated enough to make for a great story!

Dr. Juliet Ryan finally landed a big job, one that can show her father what she is made of. They have never seen eye-to-eye, because of past mistakes. She is the director of QA, quality assurance, in charge of the lab at a bottled water company. The company is coming into one of the biggest mergers in its history, and is getting ready to go global. At the same time, a breakout of E.Coli occurs in the city. Assured she has done her job well, she never even thinks it could be from their own bottled water, until the unthinkable happens!

Juliet finds herself in the midst of a personal tragedy, all the while she is fighting for her job, her company, and her own name. She begins to suspect everyone around her as the story continues. Who is to blame?

This book was easy to read, and had a perfect amount of suspense. I did not enjoy the affair between a few of the main characters. I know these things go on, but I personally think it could have been a little more subtle, and less offensive. However, there were no graphic details.

Overall I enjoyed this book.

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

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At Home in Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong

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Kaitlyn can’t ever be “good.” Deserting her 6-year-old daughter last summer had definitely been the low point of her life. Thankfully, her big brother Chris was always there to pick up the pieces. Now she’s here in Last Chance, starting to get her life together. But no one seems to notice that she’s actually being responsible, and actually being a good mother. Except Steven.

Steven has had a rough past, just like Kaitlyn. The two have been warned by friends and family, not to trust each other. But being “black sheep” isn’t the only thing they have in common. They both love Olivia, Kaitlyn’s daughter, their families, and against their track records, love living in Last Chance.

This sweet love story goes into the subject of forgiving yourself after God forgives you, and moving on with your life. God can give a clean slate like no one else can.

The third in the “A Place to Call Home” series, this one is equally as sweet as the others.

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

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Hidden Agenda by Lisa Harris

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This book is the third in the “Southern Crimes” series. The Hunt family of Atlanta are mostly made up of law enforcement, and this trilogy follows each of the three siblings.

Michael Hunt has been undercover for 8 months, and several months ago, he was thought to be dead. His family has been grieving and life has gone on without him. But he made the decision to keep going, almost ready to bring down the drug lord he has been working with. But his cover is suddenly blown, and one of his partners is executed before his eyes.

Olivia Hamilton has been receiving emails about her father. She can’t trace them, but surely these accusations can’t be true. He can’t be involved with Cartel de Rey. But her worst fears quickly become reality, and she and her brother help Michael escape death.

On the run, Michael, Olivia and her brother Ivan race to uncover the truth before their lives are lost. The Hunt family discovers Michael is alive, and quickly investigate to find the truth before Michael dies, for real this time.

Such a fun, action-packed adventure that will be hard to put down! And the Southern Crimes trilogy ends with the love of family, and faith in God at the center.

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

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Trading Secrets by Melody Carlson

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This was a very sweet story. I didn’t realize it was Teen Fiction, but I still enjoyed it.

Micah has been writing her Amish penpal since 5th grade. However, he thinks Micah is a boy. Naturally. Now they are almost adults, and the secret has been kept all this time! The two had become very close, and had confided in each other through many years and many difficulties of their lives.

But now the time has come. The two are going to meet! How will Zack react when he finds out he has been writing to a girl all these years? What will his family say? As Micah gets to the Miller home, she pretends to be the boy they all thought Zack was writing. But of course, that can’t last long. Will they accept her? Can she continue her friendship with Zack?

As the story progresses, Zack tells Micah a secret of his own. The two cling to their friendship as life takes a huge turn!

This was a very cute book, and if I were a teenager, I would have liked it even more. Very good, moral, clean read.

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

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Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman

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Meg is back from spending a year in Paris. It was good for her. She had spent her time with kind people who taught her to be beautiful inside, but also to look better on the outside too. No more the chubby, four-eyed, frumpy girl, she returns. Have things changed at home?

She is happy to be with her best friend Bram again. He had always been a big brother to her, but things are different now. Meg is grown up. She’s beautiful. As Bram sees Meg for the first time, he is completely shocked! She doesn’t look like that “little sister” anymore. What are these feelings?

As time goes on, the two begin to fall in love. But they know it can never be. Because of a dark secret of his past, Bram must marry another. But can his parents force him to marry someone he doesn’t love? Can there be a way out?

The bully from Meg’s past, suddenly comes back into her life, in much closer quarters that is comfortable. Has he changed? Maybe her future lies with Devin instead. Only time can tell, but there are almost definitely surprises where love is involved.

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

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Deceived by Irene Hannon

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Kate Marshall is shopping. She is in the mall. She decides to head down the escalator. Across the rail, on the “up” side of the escalator, a word grabs her attention. A little boy with the same color as her son had. That word he is saying. They lock eyes for a split second. Could it be?

The past 3 years have been spent grieving, but Kate had felt she was moving on. But it’s all rushing back… the boat, the life jacket, the water, the police. Her husband and son gone. Although her son’s body had never been found, there was no way he could still be alive. Or could he?

Knowing she can’t rest until she does all she can do, she decided to hire a Private Investigator. Connor Sullivan is an ex-Secret Service agent, and very respectful and trustworthy. As he begins to dig in, the results are shocking.

I loved this book! It never stopped moving. It was so heartbreaking, and yet so full of hope! A great read!

I’m giving this book away, so if you’d like to win it, just leave a comment below!

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Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door by Fretz and Barretta

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This is an adorable little children’s book. It is about a little boy Conrad, who goes to visit his uncle’s ranch. He things he is prepared with his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit. He seems to get into trouble at every turn. You can just imagine all the things little boys can get into on a ranch!

Through it all, there’s the nosy little neighbor girl, Imogene. She likes to tell him how to do things, and to beat it all, that little girl is right most of the time. If only she could tell him before he gets into trouble.

In the end, Imogene needs a little help herself, and there comes Conrad, with his Mega Ultimate Extreme First Aid Kit!

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

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Nowhere to Turn by Lynette Eason

Sometimes when you get a Christian suspense novel, it can be pretty predictable, and can even lack an original plot. Not so with this one! I could not put it down!

This is the morning! Dani is going to take her son and leave her abusive husband. She waits for him to leave for work and springs into action. Her brother-in-law abruptly stops by, throwing her off-guard. She heads to school for her deaf son, and runs for all she’s worth. Later that evening, safe in a motel, they see in the news that an FBI agent has been killed. Could it be her husband?

As she is released from her former life, she can make plans for a secure future, can’t she? But why do mysterious things keep happening? Who can she trust? 

Six months later, she finds herself in more danger than ever. Everywhere she turns, they are surprised by yet another person they thought to be loyal. She finally hires Adam Buchanan, of Operation Refuge to get to the bottom of her stalkers. Can this still be her husband’s fault?

I could not predict this book. Just when it seemed to be winding down, there were a couple more twists that I did NOT see coming! Five stars for this one!

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

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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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