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The Survivor by DiAnn Mills

Book - The SurvivorAbout the Book:
Author: DiAnn Mills
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Houston Crime Scene” (book 2)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Suspense Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Ever since she nearly lost her life following up on research for her first suspense novel, Kariss Walker has become more cautious. Or that is what she tells everyone. Months after being kidnapped and nearly losing her life – plus that of the man she has given her heart to, Kariss is trying to move on. Part of that process was ending her relationship with FBI agent Tigo Harris. His lying to her about his past didn’t set well with Kariss and now she finds herself mistrusting him coupled with his lack of faith in God. Now, she is about to be pulled into writing a second suspense novel at the urging of Dr. Amy Garrett – a woman whose past is shadowed by a near-death experience. In pursuit of giving Amy’s story closure, Kariss again finds herself in need of help – even if it means turning to Tigo. Continue reading “The Survivor by DiAnn Mills”

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Cover Candy: Edition Seven

Re-posting this from the “main” blog.
Hello, there, book lovers! So… here is yet another edition of some gorgeous cover candy! Some of them are out-dated, meaning you all have seen them already, although I hope you find something new to add to that ever-growing TBR stack or just something to gush over! *wink*
Any one up for some more book talk? If so, leave some comments on which are favorites!
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Avenged

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Author: Janice Cantore
Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: 2013
Genre: Christian Fiction, Suspense
Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Carly Edwards feels like by God’s grace she has come through her most challenging ordeals and is better off for them. After a year of separation, she and husband Nick are finally reconciled having renewed their commitment to one another – this time as Christians – and Nick has landed a great promotion within the Las Playas PD, heading up the gang taskforce. Carly herself is struggling over what comes next in her ten-year career; she always thought she’d be happy to stay on patrol forever. Her partner is considering going for a detective’s position and Carly has been offered a place on an FBI taskforce. Before she can decide what to do, a gang war is seemingly waged between two of Las Playas rival gangs and a reporter is determined to discredit Carly as a LPPD officer. Continue reading “Avenged”

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Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren

Book - Grave ConsequencesAbout the Book:
Author: Lisa T. Bergren
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2013
Series: “Grand Tour” (book 2)
Genre: Christian Fiction; Historical
Rating: 5 out of 5

Review: Since first discovering she was a part of the prosperous, wealthy American copper family, the Kensington’s, Cora has begun to forge relationships with her half-siblings and their traveling party. Near-death experiences and grand parties have fashioned some of the most harrowing and wonderful experiences of Cora’s life. Feeling more accepted by her two sisters and brother, her heart has been thrown into turmoil. Dashing and handsome with a wealth beyond her imagination, Cora has caught the eye of Pierre, a member of Paris’ aristocracy whose wealth is welcomed in her father’s company but whose lifestyle seems more akin to that of royalty to the simple farming upbringing Cora had. Enchanted by his suit and kind-hearted manners, were her heart not already given to the young tour guide, Will – whom her stern father would never approve of – Cora could see herself welcoming Pierre’s suit. How can she go about pleasing her new family, protecting Will from the wrath her father could surely unleash all while staying true to her own self? Continue reading “Grave Consequences by Lisa T. Bergren”

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To Honor and Trust by Tracie Peterson

Book - To Honor and TrustAbout the Book:
Author: Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2013
Series: Bridal Veil Island (book 3 of 3)
Genre: Fiction; Christian, Historical  
Rating: 3 out of 5

Review: Working as the live-in tutor for the kind-hearted and welcoming Bridgeport family, Callie Deboyer has been accepted by their family as one of their own. Mrs. Bridgeport wants to see Callie make a prestigious match this summer, leaving Callie with mixed feelings about her work that which has stirred uncertain emotions in Callie about what God may want of her future. Every year, the family winters on Bridal Veil Island, only this year her duties have doubled with the recent marriage of the family’s nanny. Upon arrival to the cottage at the family’s winter getaway, a replacement is found giving Callie the opportunity to take her eldest pupil, Thomas to his tennis and golfing lessons. Where the tennis instructor is a rude, demanding man, Callie cannot help but be intrigued by the kind-hearted golf pro, Wes. Unbeknownst to her, Wes isn’t what he seems. Complicating matters is Wes’ own interest in Callie – especially the hard-to-impress attitude she affects. With uncertainties and questions of God himself, Wes’ own future leaves him wondering, what comes next?  Continue reading “To Honor and Trust by Tracie Peterson”

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Chasing Jupiter

Book - Chasing JupiterAbout the Book:
Author: Rachel Coker
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2012
Genre: Fiction; Young Adult/Teen, Christian
Rating: 4 out of 5

Review: Seventeen-year-old Scarlett Blaine is far from the average young woman. She has undertaken the responsibility of running her household and it’s starting to get to her. Her brother Cliff has never been “normal,” Grandpop Barley is a compulsive peanut butter eater whose mind isn’t what it used to be and her sister Juli has become a free spirit who no longer confides in Scarlett. What’s a girl to do? Cliff’s answer is that Scarlett dreads the idea of growing up. Things are complicated further when Scarlett falls for the guy who is crushing on Juli, her parent’s encounter financial difficulties and Cliff insists on building a rocket to Jupiter… life couldn’t be any crazier, right? It’s not until her whole world is threatened that Scarlett begins to realize she needs more than earthly help. Continue reading “Chasing Jupiter”

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Lessons Learned from the Bookshelf

Re-posting from the “main” blog.  On the BookshelfWriting can be many things. For some, it’s therapeutic, to others it’s an unexplainable passion and some people communicate best by expressing feelings on a blank piece of paper that becomes their canvas. Blogging began for me as nothing more than a place to cultivate my scribbling’s and “spread my wings” in a sense, to see how well I could get along writing by standing on my own two feet.

In this past year and a half, all of the opportunities for bloggers who were avid readers opened an entirely new vista – one that is challenging but also has become a virtual place for friends to meet over coffee and enjoy some good old fashioned book talk. After getting “settled” into a routine of sorts, it wasn’t long before I was able to connect with some book bloggers and find many fabulous programs for bookworms. Not only has this opened that entirely new world, it is also an excellent teaching instrument – believe it or not. Reviewing has taught me much about my reading habits – ones that I needed to confront.  Continue reading “Lessons Learned from the Bookshelf”