Her Restless Heart Women’s Bible Study

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Title: Her Restless Heart Women’s Bible Study
Author: Barbara Cameron
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Pages: 208
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So because this is a bible study I’m not going to do a long description. It’s a bible study using the book Her Restless Heart as the backdrop to delve into the Geary’s longing for love and acceptance. It uses fiction to allow you to see yourself in new ways.
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So when I requested this book I though it was the fiction book not the accompanying bible study. So when I received it I was a bit disappointed but that was until I started to read it. However, once I dug into this study I was actually really glad that I didn’t know before I received it. This helped me a lot to identify some of my issues and how I can give them to God.

The fact that this study uses fiction as a backdrop makes this one unique and, in my opinion, effective. The fiction made it easier for me to identify and address some issues I might have. I think this idea is genius and others should consider doing this too. I think it makes the study a but more fun and interesting.

Though I think this study is targeted for middle-aged women I think older or younger women can enjoy this study. I know it helped me identify things that I do that aren’t exactly the best and helped me identify what my personality is like. It also helped me realize some things about God that I already knew but sometimes have a hard time fully believing or some things that I feel I need to do before I go to God. I know this study helped me a lot.

I think of all the study to do this one was perfect for me because of all the things I think about and hope for the most is to be loved and accepted. It’s a hope for the future and a knowledge of now. It’s what I think I want and need most of all. So for me this was the best study for me because it helped me see that I deserve to be loved and accepted but I need to rest in the knowledge that God loves and made me who I am.

I’ve never read anything by this author but if the snippets of parts of the book say anything about her writing skill, she’s amazing. I got hooked on her story and I only read parts of chapters! She also is amazing at hitting straight to the point and showing you how to fix it. I loved this bible study and actually want to read more from her, fiction or nonfiction. This study comes highly recommended.

Overall, I loved this bible study and I recommend it to anyone of an age that can understand and appreciate this bible study. I give this book a five out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Sunflower Summer

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Title: Sunflower Summer
Series: Postcards From Misty Harbor Inn
Author: Evangeline Kelley
Publisher: Guideposts
Published: April 1, 2013
Pages: 272

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Misty Harbor Inn has officially opened and the Marris sisters face some tough decisions. Gracie Gold, the middle Marris sister, must decide if she wants to stay in Nantucket year-round or stay here only in the summer time. She struggles with being needed and having something to do, but it seems like she’s needed more than she knows. Especially in being a listening ear to boarders.

Caroline Marris also has to make some tough choices. After denying a proposal from her longtime friend, she is devastated to find he won’t be able to visit her this summer. Thinking he’s avoiding her because of her refusal to his marriage proposal, Caroline begins to question her decision and her opinion of her readiness. But she feels it might be too late to remedy what she possibly did to her friendship.

Sam Carter is blooming in the Misty Harbor Inn. She is baking and she even discovers a secret passageway in the back of a guest room closet. It contains items belonging to the mysterious previous owner, who disappeared suddenly and without a trace. Keeping herself busy by cooking, baking, and a new mystery on her hands Sam is content, happy even, to be a hotel owner.

Can Caroline decide whether she wants to be married or not? Will Gracie decide whether to live on the island permanently or will she decide to stay part-time only? Will the Marris sisters be able to solve the mystery of the widow who lived here before or will it remain a local mystery forever? Will their in be a success or will they fail?
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This book’s cover and plot was what first attracted me to this book, but the content bored me a little. It took about a quarter of the book to really pick up and that pick up didn’t really last that long. I liked the aspects of running the inn and parts of the mystery of the missing widow, but those didn’t really hold my attention for long. I think it might be because it’s hard for me to relate to the characters.

The characters were a bit older than me and for me it’s difficult to relate to a character that’s a lot older than me. Some of their attitudes were fun and young and easy to imagine in real life, but I just wasn’t able to connect with them. Maybe it was the lack of real character development or maybe it was me. I don’t quite know why I wasn’t able to connect with them, because I have fallen in love with older characters.

The storyline was a but jumbled to me. I think the book had too many side stories and not enough of a main story. It seemed a bit ambitious to start a storyline for each sister in one book, add on top of that the visitors’ story-lines and the mystery, it just seemed like too much for me. I don’t quite know what the main storyline was in this novel but it wasn’t big enough for me to detect it.

The one thing I did really enjoy about this book was the mystery about the missing widow. Even that kind of disappointed me. It started out with a lot of potential but ended on a flat note. Most of the leads end in dead ends and leaves everyone disappointed. I would’ve loved to have found out what happened to the lady but I think it’s being stretched to the third book. Oh well.

This author is actually a pen name for a group of four authors who collaborate together. I didn’t care much for their collaboration but I don’t think I was their target audience. A shame because I really wanted this on to be amazing. Though I don’t really recommend this one, I’m sure there is someone who is more the target audience that will recommend it. It just wasn’t for me.

Overall, this book wasn’t my cup of tea, but I’m sure there are some people more the target audience who loved it. I think this is perfect for older people who want a book that isn’t a romance. I don’t recommend this for anyone else other than middle-aged or older people. I give this book a two and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. all opinions expressed are my own.*

When Love Calls

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Title: When Love Calls
Series: The Gregory Sisters
Author: Lorna Seilstad
Publisher: Revell
Published: March 18, 2013
Pages: 352

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Hannah Gregory is good at a lot of things, but following rules isn’t on that list. So when she’s left as sole provider for her two sisters, she takes an unlikely job as a switchboard operator. She knows it isn’t going to be easy. The Hello Girls must conduct themselves according to strict, and often bewildering, rules. She thinks the easiest one will be the rules involving gentleman callers, until she meets a man that could change everything.

Lincoln Cole finds himself attracted to the spunky and stubborn older Gregory sister from the moment he meets her, even if it is under bad circumstances. Lincoln must show Hannah that he isn’t the guy that repossessed her family home but a man who cares. He’s given that chance when her family friend is arrested for arson and she has no one else to turn to but him. As he shows her who really is, he must combat her stubborn ways and need to be self-sufficient to get to who she really is.

As their attraction grows, so does Hannah’s desire to not lean on anyone even someone that would make her life easier and Lincoln has to decide if his choice of going into politics is what he wants or what his dad would’ve wanted. They also have to work together to clear Hannah’s friend and find out who is really sending all those fires.

Will Hannah be able to give up her stubborn ways for Lincoln or will her determination to do everything her way be the death of their relationship? Will Lincoln decide to go into politics despite the fact that it’s most likely not his dream or will he decide to stay just a lawyer and focus on building a life with the woman he loves? Will Hannah be able to keep her job as a Hello Girl or will she lose it because of her propensity to disobey the rules?
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The one thing I like about this author is her ability to put humor in her books. This is the second one I’ve read by her and just like the last time I smiled at every joke or hilarious quirk in the novel. I loved the humor but also I liked the flow of the novel and the romance in this one was great. I look forward to seeing what else the Gregory sister have for me in the future.

The romance in this one was great. It was slightly different than what I normally read, but it was also very well written. I never felt shocked or surprised by the characters’ revelation in the book and I felt like the romance took main priority over every other secondary storyline, which made this book an awesome romance.

My favorite part of this book is definitely the colorful characters in this book. Being the oldest sister I relate most to Hannah and her protective nature. Charlotte reminds me of a milder version of my sister and Tessa was by far my favorite. She had some amazingly hilarious lines and her quirky nature was just too endearing for words. Because I loved all of the sisters I can’t wait for each one of their romance novels. I particularly can’t wait to see who Tessa ends up with.

The idea for this novel is unique and fascinating. How many books do you know of that involve a switchboard operator? Obviously, I wanted to dig into this one immediately and it didn’t disappoint me. This is definitely a unique and great read that will make you smile and will definitely touch your heart. I loved this read and look forward to what else I will learn and who will make me smile next. This is a book that’s definitely worth reading.

This author gave me a taste of her potential last time but now, I’m officially hooked. I look forward to reading every humor tinged book she throws at me. I think this author is great and she shows it in this book. I loved this novel and I’m sure I’ll love every book in this series. This book comes highly recommended from me as does this author.

Overall, a really good book and a great romance. It’s perfect for lovers of historical romance and people who like their romances with a little uniqueness. This book is probably best for teen and adult readers. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

A Noble Groom

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Title: A Noble Groom
Author: Jody Hedlund
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: April 1, 2013
Pages: 368

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Annalisa Werner’s hope for a fairy-tale love is over. Her husband failed to save her in every way, and now his death has left her in dire straits. Without a husband to plant and harvest their crop, she has little hope of saving her family farm without a man to help her. In order to pay off her loan she needs a plentiful crop and a husband to bring it in. So her father sends a letter to his brother in the Old Country, asking him to find her a groom.

Carl von Reichart is on the run from the law. He was falsely accused of a bombing and has had to flee to America under a false name, Carl Richards. He promises his servant that he will watch over his niece until her groom arrives. Being a nobleman’s son, he is completely unprepared for the farming lifestyle. However, he is determined to help the beautiful widow and her lively daughter. He never felt the need to settle down or stay in one place before but now he doesn’t want to leave the farm or the widow who is trying to save it.

The more Carl helps Annalisa the closer they get. Annalisa starts to see the difference between the husbands around her and Carl and she realizes that love and kindness isn’t too much to ask for in a marriage. Carl can start to see himself spending the rest f his life with Annalisa and her daughter but is reluctant to enter into a marriage where love isn’t involved. But Carl knows that even if love was there he couldn’t marry her not when she doesn’t even know who he really is.

Can Annalisa marry a strange man or will he realize that it’s her life as she deserves a say in it? Will Carl realize that he loves Annalisa or will he walk away and let her marry someone else? Will Carl tell Annalisa who he is or will he leave her wondering? How will Annalisa react when she finds out who he is? Will true love be able to conquer the most difficult struggles or will life destroy what they feel for each other?
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I have never read a book by this author before but this cover dragged me in and I couldn’t resist requesting this one. When I got it in the mail, I was even more excited because of its size and because of its back cover synopsis. But when I started reading it, I was even more hooked. I actually finished this one in two days and thoroughly enjoyed it. This is one of the first historical fiction that I’ve truly enjoyed in a while. This book makes me want to find this author’s previous works and devour them too.

The romance in this book is perfect. I felt like it progressed nicely and had a perfect amount if passion and restraint. I liked how the romance ended and I felt like the struggles that were roadblocks to it were reasonable and understandable. I loved how Carl was able to show Annalisa that a marriage doesn’t have to have a lack of kindness and respect. This is one the most well developed romances, that were set in this century, that I’ve read.

This storyline, though not terribly unique, is special. It touched a chord with me and drew me in. At first I didn’t love it. I felt that Annalisa was too meek and jaded about marriage and that Carl was too snooty, but as the story progressed I saw both characters grow and soften and it captured me. It also captured me with its smooth storyline progression and its unique problems.

Most of the characters in this book aren’t too likable. The men were too aggressive and the women too meek, but some characters just stuck out and captured my heart as well as my attention. A part of me hopes for a sequel so I can see Annalisa’s sister get a husband that loves her, but another part thinks this book is fantastic on its own and doesn’t need a sequel. Even though some characters were too extreme for me to like, the ones that were likable made the story into a fantastic read.

This author is a new one for me but if this book is any indication, I will be reading her books for years to come. This book captured my heart and I absolutely loved it. This author has created a new fan in me and I fully intend to read anything else she writes. Like I said, this book was so good I almost want to track down and read anything else she’s written. This author and book come highly recommended.

Overall, a great book. It had a great romance but some of the characters were unlikable. This book is perfect for those who like historical fiction set in the 19th century. I don’t really think this book is good for younger readers or young teens but adults and older teens will definitely enjoy this one. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

When A Secret Kills

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Title: When A Secret Kills
Series: Deadly Reunions
Author: Lynette Eason
Publisher: Revell
Published: May 1, 2013
Pages: 352

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Jillian Carter has spent the last ten years on the run from a murderer. When the man’s accomplices find her all the way across the country with a new name, she knows it’s time to put the past to rest. She’s tired of looking over her shoulder, letting a killer go free. Jillian is no longer the scared kid who changed her name and disappeared, and she’s ready to fight and find the truth and expose it.

Colton Brady has spent the past ten years trying to get over Jillian and thought he had done so successfully until she comes back into his life. But the reasons why she’s here are dangerous and he doesn’t want to believe that his uncle, Senator Frank Hoffman, committed a murder. What he can’t deny is that whoever did commit the murder wants her dead and he’s going to help her stay alive and get proof. He needs to prove his uncle’s innocence or step aside and let someone else arrest him. But the road to get there won’t be easy.

As Colton and Jillian struggle to stay alive and gather enough evidence to prove someone guilty of murder, they’re confronted with countless murder attempts, doubt, and the past. And the more they’re shoved together, the more they begin to realize that they never really stopped loving each other. However, a past mistake as teens means Jillian has news to share that will be hard to swallow and Jillian wonders whether he will think the result is a mistake too.

Will Jillian be able to prove that Frank Hoffman committed the murder or will new evidence prove otherwise? Will Colton find that his uncle is innocent of murder and isn’t trying to kill Jillian or will he find shocking evidence to prove that he was involved after all? Will Jillian’s news tear a rift between them that can never be repaired or will it draw them even closer together? Will they be able to survive murder attempt after murder attempt or will the killer succeed burying the truth forever?
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When this book was given to me to review I jumped at the opportunity, because I had read the previous two and was more than anxious to finish this series but also because of the fact that this author has given me incredible books every time I’ve picked one up. This is another incredible one. In fact this is my favorite in the series not just because it’s the conclusion and all my questions are answered but also because this one was an incredible suspense. This book is a huge hit for me and I loved every second.

The storyline of this book is tightly knit together with the first two but can be read as a stand-alone though I don’t really recommend it. The tension was so thick in this story that I literally couldn’t put it down and I actually finished this book in about six hours total time, which for me is incredible. I loved the never ending suspense and tension as well as the questions about who is involved and how much. It kept me guessing and I just couldn’t put it down.

The romance was pretty good. The problem with romantic suspense is that one subject has to be the add-on and take a backseat. In this case, fortunately it was the romance. However, because there was some past history between the two characters and a few other added details I won’t divulge, it didn’t feel too out of place. Also, the suspense distracted me for most of the book so my main concern wasn’t the romance but the killer. It was a pretty good romance particularly for a suspense novel.

For over a year now I have been not so patiently waiting for this book and the conclusion to a trilogy that has ended on a cliffhanger every time. In my review of the first book in this series I expressed that I hoped that the end would be worth the wait and let me tell you that it was completely worth the wait. Not only was this a fantastic conclusion to this trilogy but it was just an overall great suspense and it was completely worth the long wait to see it become published.

Lynette Eason hooked since the first book of hers that I’ve ever read. That happens to be the first book in this series. I’m a huge fan of her ability to write nail-biting suspense blended with good romances and a smooth storyline. I look forward to what’s coming next and will be wondering if it will be a continuos series like this one or a standalone series like most series’. Either way I want to read it. This author, series, and book come highly recommended.

Overall, I loved this book. It was well developed and is definitely one of my favorite’s of all time. This book is perfect for fans of romantic suspense, suspense, or this author. I highly recommend that you read the other two first, I think you’ll appreciate this one more if you do. This book is perfect for adult and maybe teenagers but I don’t recommend it for younger readers. I give this book a five out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Poison

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Title: Poison
Series: Bloodlines Trilogy
Author: Jordyn Redwood
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Published: January 23, 2013
Pages: 312

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Keelyn Blake is still haunted from the tragedy five years ago when her stepfather took her family hostage, raving about Lucent, a being who forced him to commit unspeakable acts. Some of the family made it out alive, the rest didn’t. Now, Lucent is back and this time he’s no hallucination. He kidnapped Keelyn’s niece and despite the fact that she’s estranged from her sister, Raven, she feels compelled to save what little family she has left. If only that was the end of it.

Lee Watson was there the day Keelyn’s life changed forever and even being the best hostage negotiator the FBI has couldn’t stop a madman from taking the lives of his family. For years he’s lived with the guilt of not being able to stop the standoff that day and trying to bury his past as deep as he can. He now must also protect his fianc├ę and face the possibility of having a ready-made family, something he never wanted. All while trying to keep his past buried when it seems like someone’s determined to dig it back up again.

As people who were involved in that fateful day start dying under mysterious circumstances, Keelyn and Lee fight to stay alive and together, but Keelyn knows lee’s hiding something and that secret could be the very thing that tears them apart. Also, with Raven missing and Keelyn targeted by a killer, Raven’s daughter faces foster hood and Lee faces losing the woman he loves. But in order to keep her he may just have to tell her his deepest secret.

Will Keelyn be able to forgive her stepfather for what he did? Will Lee tell her his secret or will he lose her? Will Lee end up loving Raven’s daughter or will he give up everything to not have a ready-made family? Where is Raven? Who is killing everybody and why? What are they using? Will Keelyn and Lee be able to solve this before the body count rises too high?
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Having read Jordyn Redwood’s first novel, the first in this series, and not loving it, I started this book not quite knowing what I would get. I was hoping for a better suspense than I got last time and I got it. This suspense is actually really good. It seems like this author took the constructive criticism to heart and jumped leaps and bounds ahead of what I thought was coming. This book is an amazing second novel and a really good well-rounded suspense novel.

The best part about this book was the fact that it kept me on my toes. I never knew, until the end, who really did it because a character was innocent or manipulated one chapter and the next completely ruthless and a murderer. It was exciting and gave this novel an edge. This author is great at surprising me and her medical expertise shines through in the snippets of hospital scenes we get. This book was significantly better than her first and is actually one that I can say is a favorite.

Because of this author’s struggle to establish a solid romance and mystery in her novel last time, I appreciated the fact that this was already an established relationship and instead of seeing this couple fall in love we get to see them grow stronger from the trouble they go through. That was a nice refreshing change from the normal suspense novel. I think this style suit her right now and I think she will do fantastically next time with a romance.

The concept of this book is amazing, yet completely believable. It seems like given the right circumstances something like this could happen. I also gained some knowledge about a horrible little bug that seems to thrive where I live, the black widow spider. Her use of them was genius and the reasons the characters had were just plain maniacal at some points and misguided in others. The characters that were suspects were realistic and had many facets to their character adding much to this story.

This author caught my attention with her first book and captured my heart with this one. This was a great suspense not just for a beginner but for any suspense author. I look forward to reading more from her and am excited to see how she’s going to end this series. This author’s improvement astounded me and solidified my belief that she is a fantastic author and is going to be here for a long time. This book comes highly recommended.

Overall, this is a fantastic book. The suspense is unique and keeps you on your toes. The improvement this author showed amazes me and makes me a huge fan. I highly recommend this on to people who love suspense novels. This book probably isn’t best for younger readers, but adults definitely and teens maybe. I give this book a four out of five.

* I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*