Thursday, November 8, 2012

Abducted by Janice Cantore

Book Description:
After solving the mayor s murder and exposing corruption among the top brass in Las Playas, Carly Edwards is happy to be back on patrol with her partner, Joe, putting bad guys behind bars. For once, everything in life seems to be going right.But then everything starts going wrong. Slow to recover from an injury, her ex-husband, Nick, begins pulling away just as they were starting to get close again. Meanwhile, when Joe s wife lands in the hospital with a mysterious illness, their baby is kidnapped. As Carly chases down every lead in a desperate search to find the baby, her newfound faith is pushed to its limits.

My Thoughts:
Wow!  This was  a ride.  Carly is thrilled to be back on patrol.  Her partner is Joe and  his wife is hospitalized.  While she is in the hospital, their baby is kidnapped and Carly is determined to find him.  She will work with who she has to no matter what their feelings to solve this one!
I liked Carly's new faith.  I love how fresh and 'vibrant' it is and even when it is tested, the author does a good job of making it realistic.  Nick, Carly's ex-husband, somewhat annoyed me but I will wait to see what happens in book 3.  There are twists and turns along with surprises in the story line(s).  
I rate this a 4/5.  I enjoyed it and I think it adds wonders to this series and can't wait for the next one.

Thank you to Tyndale for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Trouble With Cowboys by Denise Hunter

Book Description

Only one pair of boots—and the cowboy wearing them—can get Annie out of the mess she’s in.
Annie Wilkerson is Moose Creek’s premiere horse trainer and equine columnist for Montana Living. Money is tight as she tries to put her kid-sister through college and provide for her young nephew. When Annie’s column is cancelled, she’s given first shot at a new lovelorn column—and she can’t afford to turn it down. Only problem is . . . Annie’s never been in love.
Always resourceful, she reluctantly strikes a deal with the town’s smooth-talking ladies’ man Dylan Taylor: She’ll work with his ailing horse, Braveheart, if he’ll help her answer the reader letters.
Working closely with Dylan is harder than Annie imagined, and she quickly realizes she may have misjudged him. But her unwavering conviction that cowboys are nothing but trouble has kept her heart safe for years. And she can’t risk getting hurt now.
The more Annie tries to control things, the more they fall apart. Her feelings are spinning out of control, and her sister’s antics are making life increasingly more difficult. Annie knows she needs to turn the reins over to God, but surrender has never come easily.
When Dylan reveals his feelings for her, Annie doesn’t know what to trust—her head or her heart. The trouble with this cowboy is that he might just be exactly what she needs.
My Thoughts:
This book was pretty good.  Annie is amazing with horses...not so much with men.  She has a boyfriend, John, and he is stable, dependable and NOT a cowboy.  She had enough on her plate with her sister and nephew to care for without picking a man that will always leave.  Dylan Taylor IS a cowboy and makes her heart beat wild.  He also needs her help with his horse and she has always been a sucker for a horse in need...  
I enjoyed most of the characters in this book.  I'll start out by saying I had issues with Annie's little sister.  She was  irresponsible and ungrateful, but at least she was a good mother.  Now, the characters I completely enjoyed were Dylan and Annie.  Annie's issues because of her dad were understandable and after all she'd been through with her mother, who wouldn't have a complex?  I was interesting in the fact that she judged Dylan just like everyone else seemed to but came to realize that wasn't her job.  Dylan has his own issues and works through them well but there is more to this story than just their love.
I rate this a 4/5.  It was a good continuation of this series!
Thank you to Booksneeze for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

My First Handy Bible

Book Description:
My First Handy Bible aims to communicate God’s character and His love to the youngest of children, ages one to three. Beautifully illustrated in bright full color, My First Handy Bible has a cheerful padded hardcover with 61 child-friendly hardback pages and a handle and clasp that make it easy for small hands to tote and manipulate. The timeless stories are retold in simple sentences by author and artist Cecilie Olesen, illustrated by author and illustrator Gustavo Mazali and designed by Ben Alex, a C. S. Lewis Gold Medal winner author and designer.

My Thoughts:
I like this Bible.  I have two children, 2 and 4 years of age.  I got this Bible and read through it before even showing it to them.  I like that all of the stories were told accurately and with details but not too much that it overwhelms the child.  After my initial read through, showed it to my children.
Both immediately wanted to 'hold it' and 'carry it'.  They loved the handle and the pictures.  We sat down and read the stories.  They asked questions and it was fun for all of us.  We took it slow and talked about each of the stories but it really was perfect for their level of understanding.
I rate this a 5/5.  Young children will enjoy this and it is perfect for them.

Thank you to B&B Media for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Friday, October 5, 2012

The Orphan King by Sigmund Brouwer

Book Description:
The future of the Immortals is in the hands of an orphan
My greatest fear was that they would find us and make of us a sacrifice beneath a full moon. Now you, Thomas, must help us destroy the circle of evil.
The last words of a dying woman would change the life of young Thomas. Raised behind monastery walls, he knows nothing of his mysterious past or imminent destiny. But now, in the heart of medieval England, a darkness threatens to strangle truth. An ancient order tightens their ghostly grip on power, creating fear and exiling those who would oppose them. Thomas is determined fulfill his calling and bring light into the mysterious world of the Druids and leaves the monastery on an important quest.
Thomas quickly finds himself in unfamiliar territory, as he must put his faith in unusual companions—a cryptic knight, a child thief, and the beautiful, silent woman whom may not be all she seems.  From the solitary life of an orphan, Thomas now finds himself tangled in the roots of both comradery and suspicion.
Can he trust those who would join his battle…or will his fears force him to go on alone?

My Thoughts:
This was an enjoyable quick read.  Thomas is an orphan that was raised in a monastery.  He has a destiny that he must fulfill, so with the help of an interesting cast of characters, he leaves the monastery and sets out on his quest.  How will his role and quest end?
I enjoyed the characters in this book.  The author did a wonderful job with them.  The story line was intriguing and original.  I liked that the Christian theme was woven through the story, even with the fantasy elements.  The problem I had with it was the story felt 'rushed', almost like it was hurried along where if more time had been taken on it, it would have been a fantastic story!
I rate this a 3/5.  It was good and I'll read the next one but it felt like it was rushed.
Thank you to Waterbrook for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Blogfest 2012!!!

I have 2 giveaway options for you to enter to win.  US entries only please and be sure to leave an email address for me to contact you if you are a winner.  Leave a comment letting me know if you want to be entered for a particular option or both of them!  The winners will be chosen using a randomizer at the end of the blog hop.

Option 1:
City Girl by Lori Wick, Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble, and Too Rich for a Bride by Mona Hodgson

Option 2:

Fireworks by Elizabeth White, River's End by Melody Carlson and House of Mercy by Erin Healey

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Submerged by Dani Pettrey

Book Description:
A sabotaged plane. Two dead deep-water divers. 
Yancey, Alaska was a quiet town . . . until the truth of what was hidden in the depths off the coast began to appear. 
Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation--and Yancey's a small town. She's returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey's own expertise becomes invaluable for the case. 
Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer
has settled in his town and doesn't appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey's reappearance is a tougher challenge.
She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he's not the same guy she left behind. Can they
move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

My Thoughts:
I completely enjoyed this book.  Bailey has to go 'home'.  Not because she wants to, but because she has to.  She is determined to only stay as long as she has to and get out before her past catches up with her again.  God it seems has other plans in mind when Bailey winds up having to stay in town and even helping solve a crime.
This author has a wonderful writing style.  It kept me glued to the pages as we learn not only about the two primary characters, Bailey and Cole but about the friends, family, and inhabitants of the small Alaska town.  Bailey's past is hard to deal with and like many with a past, she would rather forget it but that isn't possible.  The best part for me was seeing if the characters could move past the past and have a future.
I rate this a 5/5.  Wonderful start to a promising new series!

Thank you to Bethany House for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

House of Mercy by Erin Healy

Book Description:
When Beth's world falls apart, can she ever be whole again?

Beth has a gift of healing-which is why she wants to become a vet and help her family run their fifth-generation cattle ranch. Her father's dream of helping men in trouble and giving them a second chance is her dream too. But it only takes one foolish decision for Beth to destroy it all.

Beth scrambles to redeem her mistake, pleading with God for help, even as a mystery complicates her life. But the repercussions grow more unbearable-a lawsuit, a death, a divided family, and the looming loss of everything she cares about. Beth's only hope is to find the grandfather she never knew and beg for his help. Confused, grieving, but determined to make amends, she embarks on a horseback journey across the mountains, guided by a wild, unpredictable wolf who may or may not be real.

Set in the stunningly rugged terrain of Southern Colorado, "House of Mercy "follows Beth through the valley of the shadow of death into the unfathomable miracles of God's goodness and mercy.

My Thoughts:
This was a good one!  Beth's family owns and runs the Blazing B ranch.  She has a way with the animals and is determined to be a vet and help her family's ranch.  When she makes one bad decision while helping a friend, the series of events that occur could cost her family everything they've worked for.  She is determined to right the wrong she has caused no matter what it takes!
I really enjoyed Beth.  She was a well developed character for one and for another she was real.  She had real problems and she tries to do the right thing only to have it go completely wrong.  All of the characters you meet in the book are written well and completely realistic (well, except maybe the wolf ;) ).  The author takes you on twists and turns throughout, but you never lose focus on the fact that God is mercy.  I think different people reading this book will walk away with different things but I love that!
4/5...I enjoyed the book and plan to read it again to see what else I come away with!
Thank you to B&B Media Group for the review copy of this book.  I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.