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Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR

c9c25-tttmemelogoWhen I first saw this Top Ten Tuesday topic, basically I figured it’d not be one I’d participate in since I’d be too busy reading INSPY books and really wouldn’t have a stack of “other” books to read. Wrong. Needless to say, I’ve joined new street teams, requested books for Fiction Addict and even threw a book on the list that will be one of those “first day” purchases. Continue reading “Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR”

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Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter

About the Book:Book - Dancing with Fireflies
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Source: Publisher ARC
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Chapel Springs – book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary, Romance, Christian
Rating: 4 out of 5

In an effort to thoroughly discuss this novel, I will be revealing a plot twist that isn’t discussed in the plot summary though this plot is revealed in the first chapter.

Review: Controversial or sensitive subjects are hard to get right in any forum – particularly so in written form since most often no matter how hard a writer strives, it’s always a challenge to get across the meaning of a topic without benefit of tonal or face-to-face expression. Denise Hunter has tackled what is likely to be a tough subject and not contrasting to what fans have come to expect of her, she’s handled it with grace. This novel tells the story of McKinley sister, Jade whose free-spirit led her to leave behind her cozy home of Chapel Springs Indiana and head to Chicago where she hoped her music career would be jump-started. Instead, she returns home broken with secrets, no money and a baby on the way. Afraid of what her family will think, Jade’s subconscious leads her to first see her friend Daniel Dawson who was more “adopted” brother than mere friend to the McKinley family and the man who strangely has always been the kind of constant in Jade’s life she doesn’t fully understand. When their pasts collide, both Jade and Daniel will have to confront the secrets they aren’t sharing before either of them can find their future. Continue reading “Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter”

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Distortion by Terri Blackstock

About the Book: Book - Distortion
Author: Terri Blackstock
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Litfuse Publicity
Publication Date: 2014
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Series: Moonlighters – Book 2
Genre: Fiction; Suspense, Mystery
Rating: 4 out of 5

My familiarity with Terri Blackstock may be limited to only two novels and though I’m quite late to the party, it’s not hard to easily get wrapped up in her writing. Book two in her Moonlighters series may not have been my favorite but it’s still a solid mystery that doesn’t follow genre convention. Fifteen years of marriage has meant happy stability and savoring the “good days” for Juliet Cole. Married to a successful doctor with two sons, Juliet is a happy stay-at-home mom who thinks her husband Bob is also an overworked yet happy family man. When her husband is murdered right in front of her in a dark parking lot, Juliet falls apart unsure how to tell her sons their father is no longer coming home. Family friend and private investigator Michael Hogan begins working on the case especially given how little time the police seem to be giving to the Kramer family given their family name has just worked past a family tragedy. Along with Juliet’s sisters Holly and Cathy – who also happens to be dating Michael – the gang investigate what could have possibly pegged the mild-mannered Bob Cole as a target, only the answers they find uncover more questions than the truth Juliet so desperately needs. Continue reading “Distortion by Terri Blackstock”