I have read Lisa Bevere’s books for many years. Her Bible studies are insightful and challenging for women of all ages. Her current book, Adamant is no exception. The subtitle, Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions, gives a hint as to the content of the book. The definition of adamant means immoveable and unyielding, among other things. In ancient times it was believed to be a stone that hadn’t been discovered yet and for a time was compared to a diamond in its hard and impervious substance. In her book, Ms. Bevere teaches that adamant was not a rock yet to be discovered, but Jesus who is the stone that the builder rejected our cornerstone. Her study is in-depth while at the same time she comes across as personable and vulnerable. I would encourage any woman seeking a serious study of the word to take advantage of Adamant, Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions.
Blind Betrayal is the newest book in Nancy Mehl’s “Defenders of Justice series”. Her lead characters are U.S. Marshals working to get a witness to Washington to testify on an important case. Although the circumstances are somewhat expected, being followed by hired hit men, racing against time, losing contact with their headquarters, etc., the story of how they overcome these challenges is not boring. Join Marshals Casey and E.J. as they as they learn to trust each other again and find a way to complete their mission before it’s too late.
As thankful as I am to Revell Books for providing me with books to review, I have to say that this book was not one that I enjoyed. It’s not about the writing. I have no problem with the writing. I am just not a fan of scary thrillers. A good mystery, yes. A good crime story, yes. But, this book is thriller through and through. It even has a supernatural touch to it with the “sinister force” that inhabits the main character, Michael. If you like a thriller, then you will love this. But, if you don’t enjoy sitting on the edge of your seat terrified of what will happen next, then you won’t.
In Hidden Places is the first book in Tracie Peterson’s new series, Golden Gate Secrets. Peterson never disappoints with her strong characters, both male and female. In this book, Camrianne Coulter comes to San Francisco to search for her brother Caleb who seems to have disappeared. While she and Caleb’s friend Patrick Murdock search seemingly endless dead ends, she learns more about the city than she desired. As they pursue their common goal of finding Caleb, these two opposites face unexpected danger from criminals, politicians, and their own hearts. Will they find Caleb in time? What lessons will they learn about themselves and the world around them? And, how will they come to terms with what they learn? Treat yourself and get a head start on this new series and meet Camrianne, Patrick, and Caleb.
Suzanne Woods Fisher tells a tale about America in its earliest years as the Quakers, or Friends settled Nantucket Island. The story tells about this group of religious settlers through the eyes of a young woman, Phoebe Starbuck, a descendant of Mary Coffin Starbuck (1645-1717). Phoebe lives a poor existence, caring for her father who is a landlubber as opposed to the rest of the family who were whalers. She hates her life and dreams of the sea. As she follows her husband, the captain of a whaling vessel, on a whale hunt, she learns about herself, her people, and the life of her people through the journal of her ancestor Mary. The story realistically tells of the hardships of these early people and how they survived very harsh conditions. It also tells about the women of Nantucket Island who became very entrepreneurial while the men of the village were gone on whale hunts for months at a time. Although there are a few happy moments in the book, as a whole it has a very subdued atmosphere. But, if you love history told through the eyes of characters rather than a history book, this will meet your need.
Sarah Sundin brings us her newest series from WWII, Sunrise at Normandy. Book one is The Sea Before Us which brings us Wyatt Paxton, U.S. Navy, from Texas and Dorothy Fairfax, a British WREN (Women’s Royal Naval Service). Learn how military reconnaissance was done before satellites and computer-generated information was available. I found it fascinating that they put out pleas for family photos of specific geographic locations, from different angles so they could put them together to compare to new photos taken and see what the enemy might have added or removed to make a position better militarily.
Each character has their own responsibilities in this military intelligence operation, and each character brings their own troubles and nightmares with them from home. But, both characters prove their resilience and tenacity as they put their personal demons aside to help the war effort. Wartime is always a life-changing experience, regardless of how and where it is fought. People learn they are stronger than they thought possible and can survive just about anything with God’s help.
This series tells the story of 3 brothers, Wyatt, Adler, and Clay Paxton as they meet their greatest challenges in the midst of a world war. Buy this first book and take the journey with them. Sarah Sundin tells stories that are realistic and engaging as a result of her personal history and a great deal of research and travel. Her characters are as real as fiction can get and her stories hold you captive until the end of the series. She’s one of the few authors from whom I’ll pre-order a book. I can’t wait until the next book is released.
Roseanna M White is a new author me, but after reading her newest release, A Song Unheard, I’ll be looking at her other books. I love books about the period of the world wars and this story is unique. I haven’t heard anything remotely similar to it. It’s the story of two violinists who meet supposedly by chance. One is famous violinist Lukas De Wilde whose late father was a mathematics genius who worked with the government to translate code. The other is Willa Forsythe, a violin prodigy who earns a living as a thief to help support her makeshift family. This is a wild ride of intrigue, romance, and deception as these two talented people go to extreme lengths to accomplish their goals and save their families. You will not find a boring moment in this exciting tale of spies, musicians, and the military. I strongly encourage you to read this book and find a new favorite author.
I want to thank Bethany House Books for the opportunity to receive quality books such as this to read and then write an honest review.