Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Maybe It's You by Candace Calvert

(Tyndale 2017) 

This is my 3rd Candace Calvert novel and probably the most liked. If a reader is looking for a medical drama without the grittiness of the medical profession and is looking for a suspense without the edgy writing style, then Candace Calvert has the book for that reader.

Although not my style, the writing is concise and easy to read. Enough explanation is given to a reader who may not know medical jargon so that she can understand more in the story. Sloane and Micah are two well developed characters who bring the story to life.

The romance was sweet and not overly described in detail. When it came to the faith element it seemed more forced than natural. There were a few instances where an action or a reaction seemed too stilted or as if the author was trying not to offend a reader.

All in all, Candace Calvert delivered a good novel that many readers will enjoy.

***received a complimentary copy of Maybe It's You from Tyndale House Blog Network*** 
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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Because You're Mine by Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble
(Thomas Nelson 2017) 

In this latest book by Colleen Coble, I found that I could picture and almost hear the Irish brogue of the characters. Even though Coble pulled in an apparent favorite plot catalyst, I didn't find anything truly remarkable.

The plot is a well known idea, although there were a few twists to it. I had wanted to see Alanna with a little more spunk and not as weak as she seemed to be portrayed.

The emotional depth of the characters seemed lacking, but the pace of the story stayed steady and strong.

With most books, I usually like to discover things or to experience them along with the characters. In Because You're Mine I couldn't gain a sense of the characters. The execution of the writing seemed juvenile and so much explained to the reader that I lost my enjoyment in the story.

Although not strong in the faith element, I would recommend this book as a clean read that delivers a fast-paced suspense story.  

***I received this book through Thomas Nelson's Booklook Bloggers program***
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

A Cowboy's Dare by Lucy Thompson

(Forget Me Not Romances 2016) 

"Tyrone woke up with a headache--and a wife. And he's never been so scared in his life." 

Pair headstrong and proper Jane Montgomery, the mayor's daughter, with stubborn and gritty Tyrone Harding, owner of Female-free Adventures, and you have a volatile reaction.

Even though they can't remember being married nor saying "I do", and who would after that spiked punch, and even after seeing their signatures on the license, they both continue to ignore their true feelings for each other and agree to continue the farce of their marriage, but with unexpected results.

With two stubborn hearts each destined to cause mayhem, and each destined to be together, there is no better read than A Cowboy's Dare which delivers a gutsy western feel reminiscent of John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara.

This western romance delivers just the right balance of comedy and drama to bring a beautiful love story to life.  

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Starting off the Year with the TOP 15

I'm starting the 2017 review year with the top 15 authors from years 2013-2016. If you haven't read any of these, then I truly encourage you to do so. In no particular order (which means I've listed from 2013 up), let us begin our review.

Angela Hunt

This unique tale of a beautiful white rose that is requested by the King and Queen prove that sometimes the most beautiful thing can be found in the most surprising place.

Written with hints of Jesus' parables of the sower, the rich man in Hell, and the ten bridesmaids, this book will make you truly think and view your own soul.

Marc Schooley

This story will keep you turning pages, have you questioning ideas and beliefs, dare you to look at your own soul and inside your heart, and leave you believing in promised Grace.

Beth Harlow

The time is June 1861. A journal is given to a young Rebel fighter and each entry over the next four years detail the lives of 8 men: Rebel and Yankee.

John Muntean/Josephine Walker

"Hope and freedom hang in the balance between the success or failure of one man’s plan. And John Muntean will succeed, or die trying." 

Eleanor Gustafson


God takes the bad and makes it good. God equips the called. Sentences to sum up the novel, Dynamo.

Kathy M. Howard

The emotional turmoil and growth within Bayne epitomized the strength of a woman--a woman with a Christian soul.

Morgan Busse

Just as Henry van Dyke used allegory to tell the love of Jesus, so does Busse with her story of the Word. (John 1:1) The stories are intricate in detail and rich in love

Paul Regnier

It's more than a science fiction story. It's more than a space rambling. It's both of those combined and thrown into a spiraling universe of misfortunes, a maybe romance, miscalculations, and sheer luck, or maybe fate, that carries the reader along on one heck of a space adventure complete with the occasional comedy.

Lisa Asenato

"He came with dark intentions and instead discovered the light."
This portion on the front sums it up. This is no shallow read or light-hearted romance. This book delves deep into the heart and the story of forgiveness.

Andrea Rodgers

Like the double helix, two stories are connected and they push each other along but with one main tether: God. The exact time, the exact place, the exact people: all things happen when God is in control, which is another theme in this story.

Mary Annslee Urban

Urban's story weaves a beautiful tale of love, forgiveness, and above all, trust.

Ray Blackston

In the lofty words of R. Blackston, Flabbergasted begat humor, humor begat more snarky humor, which begat truth, and truth begat life.

Terri Blackstock

Terri Blackstock does a wonderful job in bringing to life the anxiety of each character as one runs and the other chases. As each layer is peeled away and as the truth becomes known Casey and Dylan both face indecision.

Clint Kelly

One sentence to sum the book: "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said."
This book will keep you enthralled. It will take your emotions for a ride. It will show you the beauty and frailty of our humanity. 

Lucy Thompson

Mail Order Surprise brought a real type of Western life, complete with tough gals and chivalrous cowboys and yet a touch of the gentile. The ending sets the reader up with a foreshadowing of another Lucy Thompson story and one that would be just as entertaining as this one.