Book Review: The Actress

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The Actress
A Christian Murder Mystery
by Michael Hicks Thompson
Shepherd King Publishing
Christian , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Feb 2017   

I am reviewing a copy of The Actress through Shepherd King Publishing and Netgalley:

August 10.1962 in a town called Solo Mississippi America’s most famous actresses Tallullah Ivey is in the Mississippi Delta filming a controversial movie. Tully Ivey as everyone knows her has found herself in similar situations before.

When a prominent local citizen is found dead outside her bedroom window Police must find out if she murdered him, or if it was something else. Was it an accident, or someone trying to break in?

The story is told by Martha Mcrae the publisher and only writer of the Bethel County Gazette she also happens to run a boarding house in Solo Mississippi. A town so small there is no need for stop signs let alone stop lights. A place that has somehow always managed to have exactly 310 souls.

But at that time they had a celebrity in their mist.

I give The Actress five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Gift and Task

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Gift and Task
A Year of Daily Readings and Reflections
by Walter Brueggemann
Westminster John Knox Press

Christian , Religion & Spirituality
Pub Date 01 Sep 2017   

I am reviewing a copy of Gift and Task through Westminster John Knox Press and Netgalley:

In this book/devotional we are reminded that the God we meet in Scripture is a giver. We are reminded that the Lord is generous.

We are also reminded that God wants piety but not false piety. The book reminds us too that God’s love is not unconditional, but he does love us so much he sent his son to die for us.

This devotional has 365 original reflections from well known and best selling author Walter Brueggmann. This devotional gives you the opportunity to consider in critical ways both the cost and joy of discipleship.

If you are looking for a good devotional that allows you to delve deeper into Faith and Discipleship.

I give Gift and Task five out of five stars

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Book Review: Mercy Triumphs

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Mercy Triumphs
by Jana Kelley
New Hope Publishers

Christian
Pub Date 04 Sep 2017   

I am reviewing a copy of Mercy Triumphs through New Hope Publishers and Netgalley:

Mia is an American Christian who has been living in Sudan for so long, she has gotten used to the persecution, harassment and danger are commonplace for her. She has developed such a hard outer shell it is threatening to harden her heart.

Mia’s newly Christian friends Halimah, and Rania. As former Muslims they are forced to live outside of Sudan. The three quickly learn that moving does not mean they are no longer in danger, but they also learn that God is with them.

Will Mia, and her friends risk their lives for their faith, or will they survive?

Will Mia allow her heart to soften?

Find out in Mercy Triumphs

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review : Losing Leah Holloway

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Losing Leah Holloway
A Claire Fletcher and Detective Parks Mystery, Book 2
by Lisa Regan
Thomas & Mercer

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 17 Oct 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Loosing Leah Holloway through Thomas Mercer and Netgalley:

Claire sees a car full of children go into a river, and she hurries to the rescue. Leah Holloway the mother and driver refuses to be rescued. Claire and her Ex Detective Connor Parks finds that something is fishy. What could drive this successful woman with two young boys, and a good career to go into the water?

Things are not always as good as they seem and when they investigate her death more, secrets come out, showing that her life was not really as idyllic as it looked from the outside looking in.

Soon it is linked to a Sacramento Soccer Mom Strangle that was left Leah Holloway terrified.

Will they be able to stop the serial killer before he strikes again, or will more women die?

I give Losing Leah Holloway five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Bad Sister

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THE BAD SISTER
by ANNE PENKETH
Joffe Books

Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 30 Sep 2017   

I am reviewing a copy of Bad Sister through Joffe Books and Netgalley:

When Detective Sam Clayton is called to a murder scene in Holt, he is more than a little surprised to see his estranged sister at the scene. Even more shocking is the fact it is his Sister’s husband Henry Lambdton who has been murdered. Due to his connection with the victim and potential suspect he is taken off the case and DS Julie Everett is called to continue the investigation.

After being pulled off his brother in laws murder case Clayton focuses on a vicious arson attack in Norwich, which leaves a Polish family dead. It is seemingly a part of a series of arson attacks that is attached to a series of attacks that is likely part of an extremist group.

Will they be able to solve these cases, and stop more attacks from coming?

Could they be related?

Find out in the Bad Sister five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Too Far Down

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Too Far Down
by Mary Connealy
Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
Christian
Pub Date 03 Oct 2017   

I am reviewing a copy of Too Far Down through Bethany House Publishers, and Netgalley:

Mary Connealy transports us back to Skull Gulch, Mexico Territory in the 1880’s. An explosion kills men, and damages the CR Mining company. They soon realize the troubles are not as far behind them as they expected.

Cole Boden enjoys his new life in New Mexico, but misses his friends back east. He fights with his siblings sometimes, but that certainly does not mean he doesn’t love them, and try to do the best by them. He enjoys running the mine, and is finding that he is interested in Melanie Boden though at times he finds that hard to admit even to himself.

Melanie has been a friend of the family for many years. She’s definitely not a girlie girl, but a cowgirl who is more comfortable with horses than lassos than she is with people.

Cole Boden is a refined Harvard graduate so it surprises Melanie when she falls for him, but will it end up putting her in danger too, or will they have a chance at their happily ever after.

I give Too Far Down Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: A Dangerous Legacy

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A Dangerous Legacy
by Elizabeth Camden
Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers
Christian
Pub Date 03 Oct 2017  

I am reviewing a copy of A Dangerous Legacy through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

This book transports us back to the early twentieth century, where we meet Lucy Drake who has a talent for reading Morse Codes which makes her an asset to the American news agencies where she works as a telegrapher. It does not take long for the arrival of Sir Colin Beckwith a rival British Newspaper agent from Reuters to cause her very livelihood to be put at jeopardy.

Despite the rivalry an alliance is soon formed between Lucy Drake and Colin Beckwith, an alliance that may help turn the tides of a legal battle from years prior.

Could the alliance lead to something more?

Find out in A Dangerous Legacy.

Five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Church of the Small Things


Church of the Small Things

The Million Little Pieces That Make Up a Life
by Melanie Shankle

Zondervan Non-Fiction

Zondervan
Christian

Pub Date 03 Oct 2017

I am reviewing Church of the Small Things through Zondervan and Netgalley.

We tend to celebrate the big things in life, the big victories but in The Church of the Small Things we are encouraged to celebrate the smaller victories as well.

This book is written with both heart and humor, and deals with everything from Faith to Motherhood.  

Melanie Shankle encourages us to celebrate the little victories in life, as well as to overcome our mistakes, through Faith.  

The book also deals with more serious issues, like life-altering sicknesses, death, with compassion as well.  Leaving us with a book that not only deals with The Small Things but also with the life changing moments as well.

I give Church of Small Things five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Space Between Words


The Space Between Words

by Michèle Phoenix

Thomas Nelson–FICTION

Thomas Nelson
Christian , General Fiction (Adult)

Pub Date 05 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of The Space Between Words through Thomas Nelson and Netgalley:

The day after the attacks on Paris, Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital, images of the carnage she saw playing in her head.  She is relieved to find her friends Patrick and Vonda were okay, but every time she closes her eyes to sleep the images played over and over again. 

Patrick Sticks by her side, and encourages her to go ahead with the trip they had planned, before going back home.

But was Patrick really there?

A find at a local flea market, a faded document hid in an antique leads Jessica to discover the story of Adeline Balliard whose faith was condemned her life endangered and her community deciminated by Huguenot persecution.  With the help of some of her friends she will learn about this brave woman.

This is one of those novels, that pulls you in and doesn’t let go.

Five out of five stars.

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Book Review:Going To School In Black Of White: A Dual Memoir Of Black and White


Going to School in Black and White: A dual memoir of desegregation

by Cindy Waszak Geary & LaHoma Smith Romocki

Torchflame Books
Biographies & Memoirs , Nonfiction (Adult)

Pub Date 26 Sep 2017

I am reviewing a copy of Going to School in Black and White: A dual memoir of desegregation by Torchflame Books and Netgalley:

This book deals with the issues of race and desegregation in The Durham Public Schools in the 1970’s.

This book tells the story of Cindy Wasack Geary and Lahoma Smith, a black and white students personal experiences with Desegragation.

Cindy Wasack Geary and Lahoma Smith Romocki had both attended Hillside and came together to right a book from their perspectives.

I give Going to School in Black and White five out of five stars!

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