Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fire and Ice by Mary Connealy

Bailey Wilde is considered a great rancher and has been living disguised as a man. Gage Coulter who has been in the previous 2 books of this serious as well is still tyring to officially homestead his land, when other homesteaders came in and homesteaded before he had a chance.  Therefore Gage and Bailey are at odds over land. Gage is an honest man who won't break the law, but he usually gets what he wants and he wants his land. 

Enter the woman, the man and the dispute. Now Mary Connealy writes an endearing book of love and tough times living in the west. 
I loved this book. I have thoroughly enjoyed the first 2 books in this series and was not disappointed by this third book. If you are looking for a quick fast read, this series is highly recommended. 
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The Potter's Lady (Refined By Love Book #2) by Judith Miller

The Potter's Lady (Refined By Love Book #2) by Judith Miller

This is a well- written book about an Irish family who purchases a pottery once the sister, Rose McKay finishes design school. Rose's love interest in the book is none other then the apprentice, Rylan Campbell. Rylan is fearing for his job knowing the purchase of the pottery is coming due to a sick business owner who can no longer run the pottery.  Rose is focused on design and quality over quantity and proceeds. The story mainly focuses on the pottery, defining terms and explaining the processes of how pottery is made. The pros were Judith Miller is a skilled writer, historical fiction, Irish heritage and the dynamics between Rose and Rylan. Cons were the books being boggled done by much of the pottery processes and not enough of a romantic story between the two. I was hoping for more dialogue and interactions between Rose and Rylan. I did enjoy the ones that Miller wrote.

I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Deadlock by DiAnn Mills

Two murders have rocked the city of Houston. Are they the work of a serial killer, or is a copycat trying to get away with murder?
That is the question facing Special Agent Bethany Sanchez, who is eager for her new assignment in violent crimes but anxious about meeting her new partner. Special Agent Thatcher Graves once arrested her brother, and he has a reputation for being a maverick. Plus, their investigative styles couldn’t be more opposite: he operates on instinct, while she goes by the book.
When hot leads soon fizzle out, their differences threaten to leave them deadlocked. But an attempt on their lives turns up the heat and brings them closer together, and a third victim might yield the clue that will help them zero in on a killer. This could be the case of their careers . . . if they can survive long enough to solve it

I have loved, LOVED, loved this series. This is the third book in Mills' FBI:Houston series. Just like the previous 2 books, my interest was held with the action and intrigue. However, the book reads more like a romance novel then the previous two. This is mainly noticed in the descriptions of gazing looks, BUT, I highly recommend this book to those who love fast paced murder mystery novels with a dash of romance thrown in. 

All views and opinions expressed are my own. This was a complimentary book provided for reviewing purposes by Tyndale House. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Blessed, Blessed, Blessed by Missy Robertson

Missy Robertson knew that marrying duck-hunting family man Jase Robertson would be an adventure . . . and she was up to the challenge. Their life together was good (even after Jase grew the beard). They had two children, worked hard to help build the thriving Duck Commander business, and loved and served God.

But after a difficult and risky pregnancy, their daughter, Mia, was born with a cleft palate―a serious condition requiring multiple cranial and facial surgeries. As their baby struggled to breathe, and Missy and Jase faced a life that suddenly looked very different than the one they’d planned, they found themselves staring down one of life’s biggest questions: Where is God in all this pain?

This is the Robertsons’ story. It’s for anyone scared and overwhelmed by a problem they can’t fix; anyone lost and searching for a way through. You’ll meet the young girl Mia who captured A&E’s Duck Dynasty viewers’ hearts, and learn how Missy and Jase have raised her and their sons to be faithful, confident, and secure in who they are. You’ll be inspired by how the Robertson family stuck by each other through the hardest times. And you’ll discover that God’s blessings are bigger than you ever dreamed―and there when you need them the most.

The book was in my opinion a good read, but times were slow in reading. Not that the book was uninteresting, just some moments included within the book didn't hold my interest and I would jump to another book and rad a few chapters before switching back to this one. Although the Missy does a great job of portraying emotions she walked through with her pregnancy with Mia and Mia's series of surgeries. The heart and message of the book is that no matter how difficult, God is there waiting to bless us. I would recommend this book especially to Duck Dynasty fans. 

All views are my opinion only. I received this complimentary book for reviewing purposes from Tyndale House. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade (A Porter Family Novel)

Thanks to Bethany Publishers I have now received my third Porter Family book. I've thoroughly enjoyed this series. Ms. Wade's books are well written, witty and romantic. This book was no different. The story follows Jake Porter and his childhood friend, Lyndie. Lyndie moved away as a child and now she's back with one goal in mind to become the horse trainer for Jake's horses. However, since Lyndie moved Jake's grown up and endured a war that had left him with post traumatic stress disorder. All this makes for an endearing, yet plausible real life story.  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore (Cold Case Justice Book 1)

This was a fast, capturing read! Highly recommended!  I even went to Amazon to try and pre-order the next book! Several older women are being killed. Abby, the main investigator gets a lead through Luke who is a private investigator. In the midst of trying to unravel who is killing the elderly women of Long Beach, another case, a cold one is revealed. Although the cold case involves Abby and perhaps Luke as he is invested in finding answers about this particular cold case too! Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review.

Stealing Jake by Pam Hillman

This was a different type of historical fiction and not your usual read. Set in the late 1800's the story begins with 2 boys pick pocketing. A young woman noticing this tries to protect the boys from their victim and this Livy and Jake begin a dance of romance. Without giving too much away the boys pick pocketing earlier in the pick reveal how orphans are being targeted to work in sweatshops and the issue of child labor. Meanwhile Lucy must come clean to Jake about her past knowing he's the sheriff. Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review. 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Now and Forever by Mary Conealy Wild at Heart series book 2

I've long awaited this book and wasn't disappointed. I flew through this book as well. The book starts by having Shannon through herself along with Tucker off a cliff to avoid a bear attack. After quite a harrowing experience, the couple are coerced into marriage. Mayhem and mishaps occur along the way interspersed with humor all makes for a wonderfully witty book. I cannot wait for the third book!  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Wonder of You by Susan May Warren

The Wonder of You is the fifth book in the Christiansen Family series. I was very excited to get to read this book for Tyndale. I've been a huge fan of Warren's for several years. This book is about Amelia Christiansen. She's had her heart broken and is traveling abroad. She meets Roark, yet her ex-boyfriend has come back apologizing and wanting a second chance. The story unfolds with Amelia making her choice and no longer running from God. Tyndale House Publishers has provided you with a complimentary copy of this book.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

5 Brides by Eva Marie Everson

This was a delightful book. I hadn't heard not read anything by this author. Truthfully, I dread reading new authors to me. However, I was surprised. I flew through this book. I read it in 6 days, while working a 50 hour week, going to school and packing to move. So any spare time I was reading. The premise revolves around 5 young ladies from various walks of life that end up becoming roommates. By an off chance they are all off work at the same time with nothing to do. While shopping they spot a beautiful wedding dress. The story evolves from there to how each young lady meets their future husband to end up wearing the dress to their perspective wedding. Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review. 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson

This book was a story about Kolbein and Lenore. The book was alright as another character, Abrianna was introduced and many chapters of the book revolved around this character and her viewpoint. This was confusing since she was a background character and not one of the two main characters the love story revolved around. The book was am easy and fast read like most of Ms. Peterson's books. I will be curious to see how the series unfolds as this is book one in the a Bride's of Seattle series.

 I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.