Sunday, September 25, 2016

THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM




The Ride of a LIFETIME by Kitty McGregor was not an easy book to read. It started slow, got better than it delved into witches and demons. With today's preoccupation on the occult and things spiritual that are not of God I can see where someone would feel the necessity to write along these lines.

The story focuses on the McCade family. Lucas is a rodeo bull rider who finds Christ, realizes he's  neglected his family so leaves the rodeo circuit. He takes a job on a ranch in Oklahoma and moves his family from Texas. Hannah, his wife, has become constant and continually prayed for Lucas. Connor is the teenage son who has become comfortable with an absent father and resents the sudden changes.

Things are not what they seem, people are not what they seem and things spiral out of control. Will god be able to move in people and turn things His way?

I received this book free for an honest review from WestBow Press, a Division of Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

PROMISES, REGRETS AND REDEMPTION




THE WEDDING SHOP is the third book of the series and I'm not sure if I can say enough about Rachel Hauck's ability to captivate your imagination and keep you spellbound. I had read the second book, and even reviewed it. After finishing this one I had to read the first one which I wish I had read first.  All three books can be read as a standalone, but are definitely intertwined.

The wedding shop is an abandoned building that draws two young girls who make a pinkie pledge to one day reopen. As often happens, life takes them in different directions. Haley goes to college then the military. Tammy stays in Hearts Bend, gets engaged to her childhood crush. However, life throws them a curve and Tammy dies from an aggressive form of brain cancer, Haley has a destructive relationship that causes her to leave the military and return home.

Determined to reopen the Wedding Shop for Tammy she encounters Cole, Tammy's fiancé who has bid on tearing the building down. Long buried attraction to each other resurfaces and guilt ensues. Will they be able to move pass the guilt and build a relationship? Will Haley succeed in reopening the Wedding Shop?

I received this book free for an honest review from Zondrrvan and Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

CATCHING A COLD CASE




I love Janice Cantore's books. This is not the first series of hers I've read and it most certainly won't be the last. This series, Cold Case Justice has three books. I had read the first book, Drawing Fire, some time ago, missed the second, Burning Proof, so got it from the library so I could get caught up. This one, Catching Heat, did not disappoint.

Janice keeps you hooked with the romance and a dangling unsolved crime, but each book of can be read as a standalone if you so mind. She is a retired Long Beach police officer so she knows of what she writes. That makes her books compelling as she's well aware of the procedures.

Detective Abby Hart has long looked into the death of her parents, one of the reasons she went into law enforcement. She's worked with Luke Murphy, a private investigator, in her investigation as his uncle was also killed in the same fire. Abby's former partner and mentor, Woody, also friend of Luke's, is assisting them.

Being this is the third and final book in the series it does bring closure, not only in the case but the romance and a few other cases also.

I'd read anything of Janice's and recommend her books to anyone who likes mystery, romance with a good Christian foundation.

I received this book free for an honest review from Tyndale Publisher's.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

NO ONE




I AM NO ONE by Patrick Flanery was almost impossible to read for me. Every time I picked it up to read it I was bogged down with the verbosity. It is a rambling dialogue that makes me wonder if the subject about a man whose mind is being questioned is a story of himself.

It's a story of a man who moves overseas for 10 years to teach, deserting his daughter from self pity that he didn't get the tenure we wanted. He returns and attempts to pick up where he left, but finds things changed. He no longer has friends and relies on his daughter and her husband for companionship.

Then strange things begin to happen and he begins to question his own past. He wonders if he inadvertently committed a crime that somehow made him an enemy of his home country. He seeks the advice of a doctor for his memory as no one believes the things that are happening to him.

I cannot recommend this book, but that's just my opinion. I couldn't hardly get past the wordiness, the tedious self-indulgence of a man that to me was a bit of a selfish boar.

I received this book free from Tim Duggan books via WaterBrook Multnomah and Blogging for Books.