Book Review: I’m Writing You from Tehran

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I’m Writing You from Tehran
A Granddaughter’s Search for Her Family’s Past and Their Country’s Future

by Delphine Minoui

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Politics

Pub Date 02 Apr 2019

I am reviewing a copy of I’m Writing You From Tehran trough Farrar, Straus and Giroux and Netgalley:

Suffering the recent loss of her beloved grandfather and having a new career in journalism, Delphine Minoui decided to visit Iran for the first time since the revolution—whe she was four years old. The year was 1998. Delphine would spend ten years in Iran.

In that decade, great change comes to both the writer and the country, Many times the changes occur at the same time. Minoui is to begin to settle into daily life—she gets to know her devout grandmother for the first time, and makes friends with local women who help her escape secret dance parties , when the morality police arrive. She has to figure out how to be a journalist in a country that is suspicious of the press and Westerners. After she is able to learning Persian, she starts to be able to see Iran through her grandfather’s eyes. Making it become all the more crushing when the political situation falters. She finds herself caught up in protests and interrogated by secret police; friends disappear and others may be tracking her movements. She finds love, loses her press credentials, marries, and is separated from her husband by erupting global conflict. Despite it all her love for her country endures and she is able to discover her families past, a mission that changes her future.

I’m Writing You From Tehran is an unforgettable, moving view into a part of the world we rarely get an unobscured look into.

I give this book five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Sky Above Us

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The Sky Above Us
by Sarah Sundin

Revell

Christian

Pub Date 05 Feb 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Sky Above Us through Revell and Netgalley:

Lt Adler Paxton is numbered by grief and hiding shameful secrets when in 1943 he is shipped to England with the US 357th fighter group in 1943. Adler is determined to become an ace pilot. Adler finds himself battling the German Luftwafe in the skies over France as the allies struggling for control of the air before the D-Day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wanted to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment for the men of the 357th in the Aeroclub on base and sets up programs for local children. She finds herself drawn to the mysterious Adler, and enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after spending a long time avoiding them.

Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet, despite trying to hold up those walls. But D-day is drawing near. And secrets can’t stay buried forever.

I give The Sky Above is five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Breach of Trust

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Breach of Trust
by Rachel Dylan

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 05 Feb 2019

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 05 Feb 2019

I am reviewing a copy of A Desperate Hope through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Mia Shaw is a corporate Litigator who suffers the shock of her life when she finds her colleague and friend brutally murdered. A grief stricken and furious Mia vows she will do anything to seek justice, to make the killer pay.

Noah Ramirez’s friend, a security tech guru is accused of the murder, but the evidence just doesn’t add up. In order to save his former ATF partner, Noah must convince Mia that the real killer is still on the loose.

Mia finds out soon that zags has more than the criminal prosecution to worry about. She is given the task of taking over her friend’s last case and in doing so she discovers he was hiding secrets about his client. She believes she may have stumbled upon corporate espionage that was why her friend was murdeeed, but is she in danger too? Her only ally is Noah, despite them disagreeing on the homicide case. Can Noah win Mia over to his side and protect her from ever-growing threats?

I give Breach of Trust five out of five stars!

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Book Review: A Desperate Hope

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A Desperate Hope
by Elizabeth Camden

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 05 Feb 2019

I am reviewing a copy of A Desperate Hope through Bethany House Publishers and Netgalley:

Eloise Drake hides a turbulent past under a prim demeanor. She thinks she’s put her past behind her. Eloise is a mathematical genius who is working as an accountant for the Largest engineering project in 1908 New York. To her dismay, her newest position puts her back in the path of the man who was responsible for her greatest heartbreak.

Alex Duval is the mayor of a town that is about to be wiped off the map by this engineering project. The state of New York is planning on flooding the entire valley where the town sits on so they can build a reservoir, it stuns Alex to learn that Eloise, the women he once loved is on the team charged with the demolition of the town. As his world is on the verge of crumbling beneath him, Alex devices a risky plan to save his town- but he is going to need Eloise help to succeed.

Alex becomes determined to win back Eloise, the woman he thought he’d lost forever, but even with their combined ingenuity will they be able to overcome the obstacles before them, or will their loose it all?

I give A Desperate Hope five out of five stars!

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Book Review: A Return to Devotion

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A Return of Devotion
by Kristi Ann Hunter

Bethany House

Bethany House Publishers

Christian

Pub Date 05 Feb 2019

I am reviewing a copy of A Return of Devotion through Bethany House and Netgalley:

Daphne Blakemore had spent the past twelve years in her own secluded world, and she had been happy with that. In this world she had everything she needed, loved ones a place to call home and a time to let her imagination run away. But after the ownership of the estate she works on as a housekeeper is passed on, and the marqui that is now in place has a connection to her past, the life she had is threatened.

William, Marquis of Chemsford’s main goal in life is to be the opposite of his father. He believes starting a new life in the peace and quiet of the country sounds perfect that is until his life is turned upside down by his housekeeper.

Daphne and William have spent their lives hiding from the past. Can they find the courage to face their deepest pain, and find a new path to the future together?

I give A Return to Devotion five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Lost World of the Torah

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The Lost World of the Torah
Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context

by John H. Walton; J. Harvey Walton

InterVarsity Press

IVP Academic

Christian , Religion & Spirituality

Pub Date 26 Feb 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Lost World of the Torah through Intervarsity Press/IVP Academic and Netgalley:

In this book the first Proposition that is inserted is that because the Old Testament is an ancient document, we can not read it as if it is modern. We are reminded too that Scholars have a role in the body of Christ, just as everyone else does.

The second proposition that the way we interpret the Torah is affected by the way we think law and legislation work today.

In the third proposition in this book it is pointed out that Legal Collections in the ancient world are not the same as legislation.

The fourth proposition tells us that Ancient Near Eastern Legal Collections teach wisdom. The fifth proposition goes on to teach us that because the Torah is similar to Ancient Near Eastern Legal Collections it also teaches us wisdom not legislation.

This book goes on to name twenty three Propositions that explain what the Torah is and what the Torah is and what it is not.

I give The Lost World of the Torah five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Liberty Bride

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The Liberty Bride
Daughters of the Mayflower – book 6

by MaryLu Tyndall

Barbour Publishing, Inc.

Barbour Books

Christian , Romance

Pub Date 01 Dec 2018

I am reviewing a copy of The Liberty Bride through Barbour Books and Netgalley:

In 1812 A trip home from England to Maryland finds Emeline Baratt a captive on a warship and she was forced to declare her allegiance between the British and the Americans.

She finds that remaining politically neutral on a ship that is in desperate need of her nursing skills is pretty easy. That is until she starts to develop feelings for the first lieutenant who becomes her protector. When the captain sends Lieutenant Owen Masters on land to spy, Emeline finds herself struggling to choose between love and country.

I give The Liberty Bride five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Almost Home

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Almost Home
A Novel

by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Revell

Christian

Pub Date 05 Mar 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Almost Home through Revell and Netgalley:

After America enters into the Second World War the town of Blackberry Springs Alabama explodes practically overnight. Workers from all over the country are coming south to find work in Munition Plants, and with them they bring their pasts. And those pasts are coming into Dolly Chandler’s grand but fading Boarding House.

An Estranged Young Couple from the Midwest unemployed professors from Chicago, a widower from Mississippi as well as a Young Veteran struggling to heal from the horrors of the war, they all hope that Dolly’s House will help them find their way back to the lives they left behind them. The house too has a past of its own.

After tragedy strikes, Dolly’s only hope will be the circle of friends under her roof and the ability to find the truth about what happened to the young bride who lived there a hundred years before.

I give Almost Home five out of five stars!

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Book Review: Never Let Go

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Never Let Go
by Elizabeth Goddard

Revell

Christian

Pub Date 05 Feb 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Never Let Go through Revell and Netgalley:

Willow Anderson is a Forensic Anthropologist Who is following in her late Grandfathers footsteps in her search answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years prior. The case is cold but it heats up when someone realizes that she is getting closer to the answers and makes an attempt on her life trying to stop her from unraveling the truth.

Austin Mccade, a former FBI agent and Willow’s ex flame offers to help protect Willow, the woman he wishes he had never let go away. Working together they will follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent his life trying to forget, even if it puts Willow’s tender heart at risk.

I give Never Let Go five out of five stars!

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Book Review: The Promise

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The Promise
by Teresa Driscoll

Thomas & Mercer

General Fiction (Adult) , Mystery & Thrillers

Pub Date 07 Feb 2019

I am reviewing a copy of The Promise through The Promise through Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley:

Thirty years prior to the opening of this book three schoolgirls made a promise that a promise that they would take the horrible truth about what they did to the grave.

Beth and Sally are still trying to put the trauma behind them. Carol has however distances herself from her former friends in an attempt to distance herself from the past. The three are adamant that the dark secret of their past must stay hidden.

After learning some shocking news that threatens to unearth their darkest secret. Beth decides to enlist the help of a private investigator Matthew Hill to help her and Sally reconnect with estranged Carol- before the horrible thing they did as teenagers comes to light.

Beth Kong’s to be able to take back the vow they had made when they were teens.

With somebody watching who will stop at nothing to keep their secret hidden Beth finds that her family is put in peril. Will she be able to keep the secret and save her family?

I give The Promise five out of five stars!

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