Thursday, January 19, 2017

FOR THE GOOD




Home on the Range by Ruth Logan Herne is the second in a series, but at least this time I'd already read book one. (smile) I was captivated by the story but more so all the nuggets she shared throughout the book.

Nick Stafford is the middle son, the son who stayed home while the others left to pursue other lives. His dad, Sam, spent the years raising his sons focusing on his ranch and being a thorn in the side of the town folks. Nick was determined to show his dad how it was done to be a husband and father, however, his wife left him and his daughters and he becomes bitter.

Dr. Elisa Andreas life crumbled and she blamed herself for the tragedy that caused it all. She abandoned her family therapy practice and became a recluse in the backwoods.

Nick's daughter's are suffering abandonment issues from their mother deserting them and he seeks Elisa's help. She is drawn to the man and his daughter's and agrees to help.

Will they be able to help each other and get past the past?

I received a free copy from Multnomah a division of WaterBrook Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

IS THE PAST WHO YOU ARE?





I did it again. I received a book to review that was third in part of a series and had not read the first two. So, me being who I am I had to read the others first. I was not disappointed! Candace Calvert delivers in the Crisis Team series. maybe you is a story of redemption, forgiveness and second chances.

Sloane Wilder Ferrell is an ER nurse running from a past she'd like to stay buried. She is however, an exceptional loving caring nurse that gives above and beyond her job responsibilities.

Micah Prescott is the man in charge of marketing at Los Angeles Hope  hospital. Micah's objective is to improve the hospital's image with a campaign that features an employee who goes over and outside normal duties. After a deployment to Afghanistan and time of searching he has joined the Crisis Team.

Micah notices Sloan's selflessness and thinks she'd be the one to for the campaign but she doesn't want the publicity and resents his efforts. Thus begins a warring tension between the two. Determined to breach the divide Micah attempts to find common ground.

They soon realize there is a attraction that draws them to each other. Micah, however,  is a Christian but Sloane feels God has failed and deserted her. Will God be able to get her attention and will she accept his love?

I received a free copy from Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

DECISIONS WE MAKE




I just read the third novel of the series Neighbors of Lancaster County by Leslie Gould. In Amish Weddings Leslie continues the story of the Amish Lehman's and Englisher Beck's. The book doesn't just cover the story of one sister but incorporates the whole family but does leave it awaiting a fourth book.

Lila Lehman is the oldest daughter, Zane Beck has returned from the army and joined the Amish. Lila and Zane are to be married next wedding season. Rose is the middle sister and in love with Reuben Byler, the Bishops son. Reuben thinks they should postpone their wedding due to Lila & Zane's.

Enter Trevor, an Army buddy of Zane's who is charming and pursues Rose. Feeling left out and disappointed about having to wait will she be enticed by Trevor? Will Reuben understand the distance that develops between them.

The story becomes even more complicated and involved when Lila decides to look for her birth father and Daniel her twin wants nothing to do with it. Will she find him? What are the consequences?

Leslie writes a complex, compelling story that holds you and makes the book hard to put down. Now I can't wait for the next book I'm sure is to come.

I received a free copy from Bethany House A Division of Baker Publishing Group. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.


Wednesday, December 28, 2016

AMAZING GRACE, HOW SWEET THE SOUND




Newton & Polly by Jody Hedlund is a novel of how John Newton met Polly Catlett. John was a wondering soul, a sailor, who couldn't seem to fulfill his obligations without some obstacles of his own making. Finally coming to the end of himself he surrenders to God and pens Amazing Grace.

Polly was a distant cousin with a beautiful singing voice that captivated John upon their first meeting. She was raised in a devout God fearing home and strove to please God with her own efforts.

Seven years, various trials, including prison, another man pursing Polly and her fears all come to a head and she has to make a decision. Will she choose love or security?

The books is a work of fiction about some real people, I found it intense but inspiring and hopeful.
I received a free copy from WaterBrook Publishing. No review, positive or otherwise, was required – all opinions are my own.