Book Review, romantic suspense

Deadly Intentions Book Review

Lisa Harris combines the perfect mixture of intrigue, murder mystery, and romance in her new release, Deadly Intentions. Detective Josh Solomon reluctantly agrees to work alongside Caitlyn Lindsey, a former co-worker of his late wife to find out who is doing something deadly with a vaccine they were working on in their lab. Several deaths that originally seemed independent of one another start looking like they’re connected and someone is now stalking the two of them. What really happened in that lab? How much danger are they facing? And how will they find the right answers in time? 

This book is a must-read if you like romantic suspense. Harris will keep you on your toes from the first page to the last suspenseful moment of the story.

Book Review

Yours Truly, Thomas Book Review

Yours Truly, Thomas by Rachel Fordham is a historical romance. Set in the 1880s, it tells the tale of a single woman who works in the Dead Letter Office of the U.S. Postal Service. Moved by the repeated letters of a man who is broken-hearted over a lost love, she is moved to try to help the couple reunite. Her efforts to help them lead her to travel to find them, only to discover the woman has died. Unable to complete her mission she travels to find Thomas. What ensues is a sweet but unbelievable love story. I enjoy a good love story, but it was hard to embrace one where the story was so unlikely. Maybe I’m too much of a realist, but I like to read a story where the possibilities are more believable. To its credit, it is a clean romance, which can be rare in today’s world of graphic everything. And it shines a light on a little known department of the U.S. Postal Service, the Dead Letter Office, which attempts to find a home for mail marked undeliverable. It was an interesting slice of history.

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Book Review for Living Lies (author Natalie Walters) by Mina R. Raulston

From beginning to end, Living Lies by Natalie Walters keeps you reading for what happens next. A moving story about dealing with depression in the face of how other people view you, this book tells the tale of a small community dealing with depression, murder, art theft, and drug cartels. Natalie Walters has been a writer for some time, but from what I can find this is her first book and she’s done a wonderful job of combining romance and suspense. I have a few authors who I follow diligently, and Natalie may just join their ranks. I’ll be watching for the release of the next book in this series, Deadly Deceit, due November 4, 2019.

I am thrilled to be a part of Revell Publishers review bloggers and receive copies of great books like this to enjoy and find new authors to read.

Blessings, Book Review, Christian Testimony, Contemporary Fiction, Fear, healing, wholeness, Witnessing

The Masterpiece – Book Review

My daughter gave this book to me as a Mother’s Day present. She does know her mother well. Over the years I have read many of Francine Rivers books both fiction and non-fiction. Her newest book, The Masterpiece, is one of the most riveting books I have ever read. Two people who seem so different on the surface, yet have much more in common than they ever thought possible, come together in this book to discover what God has in store for their lives. Each has their own dark past. One hopes for a better future, while the other has given up believing that hope is possible despite a hunger that can’t be denied.

Roman Velasco, a well-known artist, formerly a teen gang tagger, has a near-death experience while on a road trip with his personal assistant Grace Moore. Although he’s only in his mid-30’s he has a sudden heart attack on a restaurant sidewalk. While others work to bring him back to life, he experiences the terrifying grasp of demons pulling him down to the depths of hell. After just discussing Jesus Christ with Grace, Roman screams for him to save him. The next thing he experiences is seeing a bright light and feeling Jesus take his wrist and pull him to safety while telling the demons to release him.

That scene alone overwhelmed me because many years ago, after escaping an abusive marriage and finally finding healing in Jesus Christ, I asked God to show me what he did in me so that I could help someone else. God gave me three visions. One of those visions was a similar, though not exact, scene that Rivers describes with Roman. Even now, more than twenty years later, I can still hear the demons taunting me. I can still feel the heat from their grasping fingers trying to pull me off that sharp cliff. I can still remember trying to hang on by my fingernails feeling that I was lost. I can also remember Jesus Christ coming to my rescue and demanding that the demons release me because I was his child.

If you have ever doubted that God is real. If you have ever wondered if Jesus will really save you. Whether you are new to the faith or have never had the gospel shared with you, you have to read this book. Rivers writes stories that are realistic, putting her readers in the midst of the story. I promise that once you start this book you won’t be able to put it down until you reach the end. Even though it’s more than 400 pages, I finished it in two nights of reading. Get your copy as soon as possible.

Blessings, Book Review, healing, Historical fiction, wholeness, Witnessing

Book Review – Together Forever (Jody Hedlund) by Mina R Raulston

Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres because it is an interesting way to learn about history. Much more interesting than simply reading a history book. Stories about the orphan trains of the mid-1800’s give us a view of the challenges of people to survive during a time of great economic struggle. The first book in this series, With You Always, told about something new to me, that of single women going out on the same trains as orphans, but to obtain employment since there were no jobs left in New York City at that time. This second book tells about the actual orphan trains and the agents charged with placing out children who either had no families or whose families gave them up for one reason or another.

Hedlund uses the tale of the orphan trains to tell the story of two agents, Marianne Neumann, sister to Elise Neumann from Book 1, and Andrew Brady, a teacher, and pastor. Marianne is searching for her youngest sister Sophie while Andrew is escaping a painful past. As the two of them travel west on the train, attempting to find suitable homes for the children in their charge, they learn about each other and about God’s provision in their lives. Hedland tells a wonderful story about history and about God’s unconditional love for his children. I have already put Book 3 in this series, which tells the story of Sophie, on my wishlist for its release later this year.

I want to thank Bethany House for the opportunity to be one of their early readers and obtain books from them in return for posting honest book reviews. For an avid reader, this is an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.

Book Review, Contemporary Fiction, Romantic Comedy

The Theory of Happily Ever After

I almost didn’t finish this book. I order a lot of books so I couldn’t remember what this was when I first received it. I thought it might be a nonfiction book on marriage. I want to thank the publisher Revell for providing me with a copy of this book so that I can write an honest review. When I read the first few chapters, all I saw was a book that was silly and frivolous. But, I persevered and discovered that this was a novel, a comedic novel on romance. As I read through it I realized that the author had written a somewhat bizarre novel that was more of a caricature of people going through the trials and tribulations of romantic encounters. I can’t imagine anyone that I know going through these experiences. I don’t want to give a spoiler of the actual events, but let’s just say that some of the experiences in this book are at the extremes of the imagination. It is a well-written book, but the comedy is what I would describe as “zany”, which is I’m certain was the author’s intent given the cover art and her other books. Kristen Billerbeck writes zany well, even if this type of story is not exactly my cup of tea.

Book Review, Christian Testimony, Declaration of Faith, Fear, healing, wholeness, Witnessing, Writing

Book Review – Breaking the Fear Cycle: How to Find Peace for your Anxious Heart by Mina R Raulston

I am so grateful to Revell Books for the ability to participate in their Blogger Book Review program. They provide me with a list of books to choose from and I write an honest review of those books. Most of the time I can give a positive review. Unfortunately, I cannot do that with this book.

The author, Maria Furlough, speaks about fear from her personal experiences. She has evidently lived a life overwhelmed with the spirit of fear, a fear that grew from simple worry to outright panic. It was also compounded by the diagnosis of her unborn child with a syndrome that would cause his death within minutes or hours after his birth. I can’t imagine the pain she endured during her pregnancy and delivery, followed by his death.

But, I do know that her method of fighting fear is not workable for me. She searches countless scriptures about fear, which is fine by itself. But her battle tactic is to read the scriptures to herself and journal her fears in detail. I was taught to fight the devil and his minions with the Word of God directly. When Jesus was in the wilderness and Satan taunted him and tempted him Jesus set the example for how to fight the devil off. He spoke the Word of God back to him. An example is in Matthew 4.

In II Timothy 1:7 it says, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” Then, in James 4:7 it says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

I grew up with a mother who was the embodiment of the spirit of fear. If I had given voice to my fears through journaling and speaking about them I would have been overtaken by them. But by learning to rebuke the devil and the spirit of fear I have been able to overcome that fear. Does it still attempt to attack me? Yes, on occasion. But, then the Holy Spirit reminds me of the full Armor of God and how to fight the devil with the Sword of the Spirit.

If this battle tactic works for Mrs. Furlough then I pray she becomes adept at it. I would never tell someone to stop fighting in a way that helps them. I just know the more direct approach works for me.