Friday, January 19, 2018

"Troubled Waters"

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I was so excited for the next book in Susan May Warren's Montana Rescue series to be released and it was so good!  "Troubled Waters" continues on with the saga of Peak Rescue and Ian searching for his niece Esme.  However, Ian has decided to leave things be and not search for Esme since apparently she does not want to be found by him and he is facing another dilemma as his funds have been frozen and he is considering moving back to Texas.  Without Ian, will Peak Rescue survive?  This is troubling to Sierra especially as this is her only job right now, her "family" and of course she is in love with Ian, although he wants nothing to do with her as she kept Esme's secret from him.  Sierra plans a trip on Ian's yacht to raise funds, and Ian decides to join them; however, the trip does not go according to the plan. 
This was such a great book!  It really tied up a few things and really advanced the storyline that has been carrying through the series.  Pete returned and so he and Jess have their story continues as well as all of the other characters.  I was disappointed at the end of the book as it left me hanging a bit and  I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happens next!  This is such a great series and if you hadn't read any of it, do not start with this one, but start with book #1 so you get the full complete story. 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Thursday, January 18, 2018

new from Mesu Andrews!

The latest historical fiction novel from Mesu Andrews is now released and it is another wonderful read from her!  "Isaiah's Daughter: a novel of Prophets and Kings" takes the reader to Biblical times and to the period a divided nation for the Hebrews.  Mesu delves into the story of Hephzibah, who first was a household servant and later Queen, in the midst of tension between the tribes and a time full of fear while struggling to trust in God.   This an excellent book filled with historical detail and really gave me a new perspective on a Biblical story and characters as well as the culture and time period of the time.  I felt as if I was transported back to this time and really became immersed in the story that I could not believe how much I read when I sat down just to read the first chapter or two.  I am looking forward to what Mesu writes next as her books never disappoint!
 
 
 
Book Summary: Gifted Bible teacher and award-winning author Mesu Andrews reaches into the pages of Biblical prophecy and Hebrew tradition to unearth a rags-to-royalty story of the devastated orphan, Ishma—meaning “desolation”—in Isaiah’s Daughter (Jan. 16, 2018, WaterBrook).  At just 5 years old, Ishma’s life crumbles around her when Israelite soldiers violently kill her family and take her into captivity. Upon her release, the royal prophet Isaiah welcomes her into his home where she meets Prince Hezekiah (Hezi)—a boy who has also experienced great tragedy. Ishma and Hezi bond in their suffering, and as they grow in age, so does their love for each other. Aware of their developing relationship, Isaiah adopts Ishma as his daughter and presents her with a new name that will qualify her to marry royalty—Hephzibah (Zibah), meaning “delight of the Lord.” Hezi and Zibah marry, but after difficult times of barrenness, Assyrian aggression, disease and challenging prophecies from Isaiah, Zibah remains trapped by fear. Can she entrust everything to the only One who gives life and delivers both a captive heart and a desperate nation?

To read an excerpt from the book, click here: sneak peak!

Also, please check out what others are saying in celebration of Mesu's new book!: here!



Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Long Black Veil"

What starts out as just 6 friends sneaking in, killing time, having fun together, turns into one of them disappearing.  Now years later, her remains are found and the question is who did it, and what really all happened that night so many years ago. 
"Long Black Veil" is the first book I have read by Jennifer Finney Boylan and it was an interesting read that held my attention as I learned bits and pieces about the characters and the backstory intermixed with the present day part of it.  Judith has moved on with her life and has a career and family, but she is also guarding secrets.  Although she knows things and can testify, it can destroy her life and her livelihood. 
There is a lot that comes up in this book, leading the reader to question about life and the life she is living.  Jennifer does a great job with creating the characters and the storyline as well as the mystery throughout of what all happened so many nights ago.  

To read more about this book, go here!

To read about the author, go here!


"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."

Friday, January 12, 2018

Energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships-how can anyone keep these fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending stress of everyday life?


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Book info

About the book:

Staying busy is easy. Staying well rested- there's a challenge.
How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life? In Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional.
Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. Sacred Rest combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.
By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, Sacred Rest gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.
About the author:
Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified physician. She has an active medical practice in Alabama (near the Birmingham area). She received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia, and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan teaching courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women's Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the author of "Set Free to Live" and "Come Empty" (winner 2016 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year and 2016 Illumination Award Gold medalist). She is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and a repeat keynote speaker at their annual gathering. She has shared her tips on merging faith and medicine with over 16,000 health care professionals to encourage the current and next generation of doctors to treat the whole person.
Find out more about Saundra at http://ichoosemybestlife.com.
My Review:
This is a great book for each and every person to read!  Life is so busy, the everyday life and responsibilities that go along with everything that it seems as if every second we are doing something or connected, as we are constantly checking e-mail, social media feeds, etc, when we are not interacting face to face with someone.  "Sacred Rest" addresses why rest is so important and the benefits or gifts that come from rest.  The first half of the book discusses the various times of rest that we all need, emotional, physical, sensory to name just a few.  Then the second half discusses the gifts of rest, productivity, reflection and boundaries to name a few.  The chapters are relatively short and perfect for reading through and reflecting on.  I suggest reading a chapter every couple of days to really let the words sink in.  The author suggests viewing this book as a buffet, meaning to take your time, savor each "dish," do not rush through this book, this is the opposite of this concept.  This is a great book to start out the new year reading to really help make this is a start of renewal and feeling refreshed. 
To read other reviews included on this blog tour, go here!
*Thanks to the Litfuse Publicity Group for including me on this blog tour and for the complimentary copy of this book.*
 
 

"The Lacemaker"

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I really enjoyed Laura Frantz' latest historical romance novel, "The Lacemaker."  Lady Elisabeth or "Liberty" has a wonderful life, she is a woman of position, engaged to a man who is prominent and a good match from the aspect of both of their positions.  However, this is a time of tension and unrest and is she willing to stay with her roots and the nice life that she is living or will she make a choice and follow the other side. 
This is a story rich with historical detail of the American Revolution era and the unrest between England and the colonies and the beginning of independence for this country.  Laura does a great job at bringing this time period to life and the emotions that are high and the struggle that so many faced with choosing a life that has always been or an unknown future that could be scary but full of so many opportunities.   I loved the characters as well in this book and their interactions.  Of course Liberty was a great main character and she was fascinating and easy to connect with and Noble was another great character and I loved their interactions and how he would fight for what he believed in. 
This is a great book and one not to miss if you are a fan of historical fiction!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

"Missing Isaac"


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"Missing Isaac" is the debut novel from Valerie Fraser Luesse and it is well-written and hopefully the start of many more novels to come!
The reader is transported to the 60's, a time of turmoil and change in this little Southern town.  Isaac and Pete have an unlikely friendship, but this doesn't keep Pete from searching for him, this motivates him even more.  Pete begins a journey that he has no idea where it is going to take him and what he is going to learn and how he is going to change all along the way.  
This story paints such a vivid picture for me of how society was at this time and growing up myself in a small town, I can totally see this story playing how just how it is written as everyone knows each other, and they are tight-knit, but then there is still division and tension among factions.  There is so much to this book, mystery, love, historical details, and a portrayal of everyday living.  I highly recommend this be on your to read list for 2018!

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

Monday, January 8, 2018

"Oath Of Honor"

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Lynette Eason is back with another new series and "Oath of Honor" is an excellent start and introduction to the series and the characters.  The Blue Justice series is focusing on the St. John family; this family who's members are all involved in public service jobs - Chief of Police, police officer, FBI, surgeon, lawyer, just to name a few.  "Oath of Honor" focuses on Izzy St. John, police officer and one of the 6 St. John siblings.  Izzy goes along with her partner on an undercover stake-out; however things do not turn out good at all as her partner is shot and Izzy believes at first that her eyes must be playing tricks on her as she thinks her twin brother was there on the scene and he shot the guy who was prepared to shoot at her.  However, why would he be there and with the "bad guys."  As Izzy is dealing with the emotional aftermath from this and trying to contact her brother, she finds herself being targeted and must fight for her life. 
I absolutely loved this book, I read it so quickly as I could not stop reading and now I have to wait until July for book #2.  At first, I had to keep turning back a few pages to remind myself of who was who as there were so many characters introduced, but as I read I kept them straight and just found myself wanting to know more about all of the St. John family members.  The family is all busy with their work and they are all involved in stressful jobs, but still find that time to connect as a family and I love the interactions between the siblings.  The storyline has so many twists and turns and I was kept guessing as to the whats and whys of the list that was found and who the masterminds were behind the attacks.  Lynette has done a great job at introducing the family and sharing Izzy's story and now I am eager to read more about the rest of the family! 

*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Review Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*