Harvest Of Rubies


Title: Harvest Of Rubies
Author: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Moody Books
Published: April 20, 2012
Pages: 384


Sarah, cousin of the prophet Nehemiah, has always had a gift for languages and scrolls. When she’s offered a position as the queen’s scribe, she accepts but she never imagines how it will alter her future. She was always the quiet girl that no one understood. She is past the age of marriage and has had little interest for her, but when the queen gives her a husband her plans of being single for life is shattered.

Darius Pasargadae is a wealthy admires aristocrat that will only marry a Jewish girl. When his father finds out, he rushes to find a girl suitable. The girl that’s picked for him is quiet and seems to can’t stand him. Not to mention she embarrassed him in front of their entire wedding party. Because of this, he doesn’t trust her or really like her. But he’s drawn to her nonetheless and he doesn’t know why.

The more time that passes in their marriage, the more their drawn to each other, but trust issues and an independent streak could be the end of any hope of a happy marriage. Sarah doesn’t like him as he doesn’t trust her, but maybe trust and love can come with time and knowledge of each other. Maybe just maybe this marriage of convenience can become a marriage of love and maybe a marriage that got off on the wrong foot can turn into a happy one after all.

Can Darius learn to trust Sarah and her mistake was just that or will he forever hold it against her? Can Sarah learn that Darius isn’t a bad guy and is very caring or will she forever think he’ll be a bad guy? Can the past mistakes be put aside for a happy marriage or will it be an elephant in the room for a while? Are past mistakes too much for a happy future or will forgiveness and love conquer the mistakes?

I’ve had the pleasure of reading A Pearl In The Sand by this author and it was one of the best debut novels I’ve read before or since. Naturally, when this book was offered to me, I jumped at the chance to review it. However, this book was a but of a let down. Though, the story was great, there was some aspects that I feel took away from this story. I love this author, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this book.

This romance was disappointing and one of the reasons why this wasn’t my favorite book. I found the conclusion of the book to be a huge letdown and quite disappointing. Though I appreciated the author’s attempt at uniqueness, I would’ve preferred her stick to the classical route with this one, but her development of the romance was good and kept me reasonably interested.

The characters were another flaw if this book. Because the story was told in first person and only from the point of view of Sarah, Darius’s character lacked depth and, for the majority of the story, came off as a complete jerk, though he swears to the opposite. I would’ve loved to have had it from Darius’s point of view to give him some depth and given the reader the opportunity to see why he was the way he was and how he hanged during the course of the book. The only one that I really got to see change was Sarah and I would’ve loved to have added to that.

However, the storyline was great. I loved the premise and execution and because I didn’t love the romance I liked how the story involved more of the change Sarah went through and a touch of suspense then the actual romance. I liked the suspense-like quality the author infused in and I loved the progression this story took. The story wasn’t too slow or too fast it was just right.

This book wasn’t my favorite ever, but I liked the storyline and the author’s attempt at uniqueness. I didn’t like the first-person viewpoint, the fact that I didn’t get to really “know” Darius, or the overall romance. I will read the sequel to this one and everything else I can from this author but this book will be just another book on the “okay” list.

This author captured me with Rahab’s story and her’s, but this book wasn’t a hit with me. I love her work and encourage to keep going. She still has a fan in me but not in this book. I hope her next, the sequel to this one, will be better. I look forward to reading it and seeing what will happen between Darius and Sarah. Maybe just maybe I’ll get the ending I want for these two. This author is recommended this book only for those who want different.

Overall, not my favorite, but the storyline developed well. This book is perfect for those who like different endings to their romances or who like books set in biblical times. Not a great book for your children but great for adults and maybe late teens. I give this book a three out of five.

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


All For A Song


Title: All For A Song
Author: Allison Pittman
Publisher: Tyndale House
Published: February 1, 2013
Pages: 360


Dorothy Lynn Dunbar has everything any girl could ever want: a family that loves her, a great church, a tight-knit community, and a handsome fiancé that’s the pastor to her church. Spending time in the woods lost in her music, lifting her heart and voice in worship to God with her brother’s guitar, should make her life complete but she longs for more.

Spending a week in St. Louis looking for a wedding dress with her sister, gives her more when she discovers Aimee Semple McPherson’s crusade team. Given the chance to sing on stage for this powerful woman, Dorothy begins to see how dangerous stardom can be. But she reluctantly agrees to follow Aimee and her troupe to Los Angeles to find her brother and herself.

As she traverses the good and bad side of the ’20s she’s forced to consider what she wants out of life. With her engagement on the rocks because of her choices and temptation like no other rears its ugly head and innocent Dorothy must use every power in her to resist. Dorothy and her naïveté get her into a lot of trouble and temptation and it doesn’t seem like she’s strong enough to get herself out.

Will Dorothy resist temptation and sin or will she give in and ruin her life for good? How will Dorothy decide what she truly desires in life? What will Dorothy choose? Her sweet innocent life back home or a wild new world out in California? Can Dorothy win back her fiancé or did she lose him forever?

Being me, I picked this book solely for cover and era. I’ve been a fan of the “Roaring ’20s” for a while and wanted to read this one solely for that. Unfortunately, this time my gamble didn’t pay out. This book is, for lack of a better word, boring. There was no real excitement and the storyline was actually kind of predictable. I don’t think this is the best representative of the 1920s and the views of that time.

This book was a mess. It felt disjointed and bipolar. The emotions shot all across the map, making the reader wonder what emotion we’re going to encounter next. And the fact that part of the book was from the 19 year old Dorothy and the 107 year old Dorothy really made the story jump around and though it was a good concept, it wasn’t executed very well.

One factor I really didn’t like was Aimee Semple McPherson. It was the part that the author liked the most and her admiration for the woman comes through her after note but it doesn’t resonate throughout the book. I didn’t agree with the doctrine in this book nor did I like the Aimee Semple McPherson I was shown. My view of her after reading this book was that she was haughty and in the business of saving souls just for the fame and fortune that comes with being a female evangelist. I really don’t think the author portrayed this woman, whom she really admires, in a very appealing light.

I really didn’t care much for any of the characters, except for the minor characters that only had a few lines. I felt that the heroine left her faith when she left her hometown and particularly when she needed it most, I felt that her fiancé was foolish and slightly controlling, the guy she turns to and trusts is the epitome of slimy and womanizer and not at all what a Christian should be not to mention I got the impression he was just being nice to her to make her his conquest, Aimee came off as haughty and slightly bitter, and Dorothy’s sister was overbearing. None of them were very like able and I felt greatly disappointed in that.

I didn’t like this book from Allison Pittman. I don’t think I’ve read anything from this author before and because I like to give people a second chance I do intend to read more from this author but with more of a caution. I don’t know for sure, but if I had to guess I would say that this book isn’t a proper representation of her ability. I don’t recommend this book and I can’t really recommend this author, at least not yet.

Overall, I didn’t like this book at all and I don’t really recommend this one. Some of you might like this book more than other and me, but read at your own caution. This book is best for adults only. I give this book a two out of five.

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

Choices Of The Heart


Title: Choices Of The Heart
Series: The Midwives
Author: Laurie Alice Eakes
Publisher: Revell
Published: January 1, 2013
Pages: 384


Esther Cherrett comes from a proud line of midwives and was trained to be one by her mother to take over the family calling. Esther is more than happy to take over the family business, until a disastrous scandal threaten everything she holds dear. To protect her family and herself from the vicious gossip surrounding her, she flees and takes a job as a teacher in the wild mountains of Virginia. The last thing she wants is trouble and a man, but it turns out she’s now in the middle of a family feud and not one but two men are trying to court her. Now, all she wants to do is run away again.

Griff Tolliver and Zach Brooks are on separate sides of a decades long family feud. Years ago they took a pledge to stop the fighting and never betray each other. When Esther comes to town, they’re both interested in Esther but Griff is willing to not pursue her to keep the peace. However, that seems a bit hard when she is staying on his family’s property and seems to be everywhere he wants to be. Despite his promise to court her, he can’t help but want to and he can’t help but know that he does pursue her, he might start the fighting all over again.

As Griff and Esther get closer, Zach pushes harder to win Esther. But, Esther doesn’t want to fall in love and Griff wants to keep the peace to bad to really court her and Zach seems to only want Esther for her looks and because he wants to best Griff at something. Not to mention Esther found another note warning her to keep running. It seems unlikely that her past has followed her all the way to Virginia, but Esther knows how fast gossip can travel and she’s even more determined to keep her past and mistakes a secret, but she can’t help but want to run again.

Will Esther’s past catch up to her or will she be able to life without the vise of her past crushing her? Will Esther be able to trust men again and find love or will her past mistakes prevent her from finding love? Will Zach or Griff win Esther’s heart? Will Griff break his promise to stay away or will he do what he wants and forget about peace? Who will Esther pick? What scandal was big enough to make Esther run away from everything she’s ever known?

I’m a fan of this author thanks to the first book in this series. So I was really excited to get the chance to read this new installment, and possibly the last book, of this series. This author has given an amazing storyline and subject in this series and the third book in won’t disappoint what you’ve come to expect out of this author. I got a unique romance and a complex storyline that will keep you interested until the very end. I’m highly satisfied with this book.

The romance in this book is cute and complex. I started out this book rooting for one cousin and then ended up rooting for another after about chapter three. The author kept me interested and kept me guessing as far as how this romance was going to play out. Like most love triangles, there usually isn’t any question to whom our heroine is going to pick, but I loved how the author made conflict and promises draw the couple together and make everything more complicated. This romance was one that’s a memorable one and I loved it.

The storyline in this book is a complex one. You have a girl who wants nothing to do with men and two men who want Esther, as well as a family feud, and a scandal that seems to have followed Esther west. How much more complicated do you get? You even have a small dash of suspense and mystery. I liked how the author worked through all of the problems and how she made the story play out. I really liked how this story was a combination of all of my favorite types of stories and that there wasn’t too much going on that you got confused. This story was amazing.

I loved this story, though Esther’s manipulative ways were horrible and it ruined her character a bit, just because it didn’t make sense why she’s doing it after everything she’s been through. Despite that this book was still great. I loved the whole city meets country aspect and how this book delved into a previous character’s child. It allowed us see what happened to our favorites twenty plus years late. I really enjoyed that. This book definitely is a book that I highly recommend.

This author is one of my favorites and became that after the first book in this series. I love this series, but not really her other one. It didn’t really live up to my expectations. However, this series is awesome. It delves into midwives and the rules and practices that they had. I loved that bit of culture and history and I knew that the author did a lot of research because of the extent she went to to show us the traditions of midwifery. I think that’s my favorite part of this series. The midwife culture. This is one of the few books that I highly recommend and will give a high score. I recommend you read this one.

Overall, I loved this book and the whole series. This one is highly recommended particularly if you love historical romance, love triangles, or unique romances. I think this book is perfect for adults and mature teenagers. I give this book a four out of five.

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

The Breathe Of Dawn


Title: The Breathe Of Dawn
Author: Kristen Heitzmann
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: November 1, 2012
Pages: 448


Quinn Reilly did the right thing four years ago and put a man away in jail. Now after years of running and staying as anonymous as possible, the man her testimony put away is getting out of jail and is coming for her to exact revenge for what she did to him. Despite all her efforts, he knows where she is and she’s not the only one involved any more. She now has to worry about the kind family that reached out to her and the handsome widower and his child as well as herself. She doesn’t know how far he’s willing to go to exact revenge, but she isn’t willing to find out.

Morgan Spencer, corporate turnaround specialist and success guru, is still recovering from the death of his wife and the only thing keeping him going is his daughter, Livie. When Morgan meets the beautiful and aloof Quinn Reilly he’s intrigued and can’t stop thinking about her. But his counterproposal to her illegal request has both of their thrown upside-down and neither is sure if they made the right choice in their decisions.

The closer this couple gets and the farther they get away from the revenge stricken man straight from prison, the danger seems to shrink but neither realize just how far he will go to get back what he feels belongs to him. This couple has to run from a determined madman as well as heal from wounds long ignored, but it seems that their luck is running out and it’s now time to fight against a criminal with nothing to lose.

Will Quinn be able to win against a madman bent on revenge or will his revenge do more damage than she thought? Will Morgan be able to protect Quinn or will this man getting her despite his efforts? When Morgan realizes the full grip of this guys power will he abandon Quinn or put his life on the life to save her? Will this couple be able to survive one man’s determination or will it destroy everything?

At first glance, this book, at 448 pages, is intimidating. The sheer volume of this book definitely made me reluctant to start it because of how huge it was. However, being from an author that I’ve enjoyed in the past I dove right in and I’m glad I did. Though not as good as some of her previous works, this book is better than your average romantic suspense and I really liked this new installment from one of my favorite authors. I also liked the direction that this book took. Don’t let this book’s size keep you from enjoying a great suspense.

Being a romantic suspense there will naturally be romance and I enjoyed this romance because of the cuteness of it and I enjoyed the fact that they worked through all that happened together. However, I would’ve loved to have had more romance and more of those emotional connections between the main characters. They were there I would’ve just enjoyed to have them more prominently there. But, my theory is that if you have suspense and a romance in one book one of them is going to suffer and I would rather it be the romance than the suspense.

The suspense in this book is classic Kristen Heitzmann. It’s nail-biting, gritty, and the determination of the stalker is just purely chilling. Though it kind of feels a tad bit unrealistic or at least a bit extreme, I enjoyed how the author formed the suspense and made it into something that you had no idea how it was going to end. This suspense really drags you into the story and makes you not want to put down this book until the very end. I guarantee that if you do start this book, you will finish it and will try to finish it in one night.

The characters in this book felt real to me, at least most of them did, I felt that I knew the by the time that this book ended and I wanted to travel down to their ranch and have a cup of hot chocolate with them. They also made me like them because they did almost anything to help and protect their families and supported their family through everything. Some of the characters, obviously, conjured up less than friendly feelings and some just seemed a tad unrealistic in their extreme beliefs and dislike of the main character. Also, there were times that the main character felt flighty, but mainly I felt that she was a tough lady put into a scary position. This book’s was definitely improved by the colorful characters.

Having been a fan of this author for years I have learned to expect huge books with a complicated plot and realistic characters and suspense. This book definitely kept up with that, though it wasn’t the best that I’ve read from her, it was still a book worth reading and it hasn’t ruined my love of her books. I fully intend to read more from her and I highly recommend this author to any reader who is a new or old fan of suspense. This is definitely an author that should be on anyone’s book shelf.

Overall, this is a good book, though not the best this author has put out and its huge size can be a bit intimidating. This book is perfect for those who love romantic suspense or for those who like a suspense with a little romance. I don’t recommend this for younger readers but for older teens and adults it’s perfect. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Christian Manifesto in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*



Title: Deployed
Series: Called To Serve
Author: Mel Odom
Publisher: Tyndale
Published: September 21, 2012
Pages: 416


Lance Corporal Bekah Shaw joined the Marine reserves to make a better life for her and her son, Travis, in a town that has seemed to turn against them. She never thought that she would be taken away from her son to fight in a war, but she has two times, and now she’s called back again. This time she’s in war-torn Somalia just trying to survive long enough to get home to her son and grandmother, but her team’s mission is making that seem more like a dream and less like a possibility. Now not only does Bekah have to fight against a group set on ruling Somalia, but she also has to fight against a group of renegades lead by a ghost, a man who seems to be fighting against both sides and is in it only for revenge and bloodlust.

Rageh Daud lived a normal life trying to get away from his father’s legacy, until his wife and son were killed by an evil man bent on controlling Somalia and everyone in it. Now, he’s using everything his father has ever taught him to get to this man and offer up revenge for all that he has lost, even if it means killing men, women, and children in the process. All he cares about his the hatred burning inside him and the urge to rectify his family’s murder. He doesn’t care that everyone is after him, all he cares about is whether or not he will have the opportunity to get the one man that destroyed life as he knew it forever.

Fighting for freedom of a nation, Bekah only wants to be home with her son. Fighting for revenge and bloodlust, Rageh wants his family to be avenged no matter what. When the opportunity arises to join forces, the question is whether they will be able to work together to bring an evil man down before more people have to die in the process. Also, the question is whether or not they will be able to be able to fulfill their desires to be home or avenge his family. The fight for freedom never ends but it’s the brave that give up their lives to give it to us.

Will Bekah be able to go home to her son or will fighting the war be the last thing she sees? Will Rageh be able to fulfill his revenge or will he be killed by the very man he’s hunting? What will Rageh do after his revenge is fulfilled? Will Rageh and the Marines end up working together to take out a dangerous man or will they fight each other until the end?

I’ve read military fiction before and loved it because it gave me a look into that division our military, but unlike my previous jaunts in military fiction this book delves into the Marines, a division I’ve always loved and wanted to know more about. I was looking forward to this book and it didn’t let me down. It was well written and taught me some things about the Marines that I didn’t know before. I felt the tension in the book and the action scenes were realistic and exciting. This book definitely wasn’t a disappointment.

The storyline was solid though the execution was a little jumbled. I felt that it took a while to get to the heart of the story and because there were a lot of characters given a point of view in the book, it felt a bit jumbled. I do like the premise of the story, though. I just didn’t feel like it was executed the best it could’ve been. One thing that I really enjoyed about the storyline, however, was the main character. I like how the author made the main character a female. It opened up so many more doors. It allowed you a glimpse at what it’s like for a female in the Marines and I believe that it made the book a book that can be read by both men and women. That was I think my favorite part of this book.

I liked the main character of the story. I was able to feel for her and her situation, but I would’ve liked to get inside the head of more than just her. If you’re going to have POV’s of other characters why not allow your readers to connect with them too? I felt disconnected to most of the characters and I would’ve loved to connect with them on some level. Despite that, the author molded the main character in a way that made her character relatable and realistic in her attitude and goals. The author really knows how to get a character into your heart.

I’m a fan of military fiction and because of that, I liked this book. I felt that there were a few things that could’ve been better, but overall I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading more in this series. This book really gives facts on the Marine Corps and taught me some things I’ve never knew. I really give the author credit for putting time into his research and making sure everything made sense and was accurate. That definitely made the entire book. I really loved the time and energy the author took to make sure that this book had the facts straight and because of that I plan on reading more from this author.

This author is great at research and making sure that the facts are straight. This author is fantastic at suspense as well. He made sure that the suspense was realistic and the action was nail-biting and exciting. This book wasn’t my favorite military book out there, however, I do like how it was written and I fully intend to read more in the genre and more by this author. I also liked some aspects of the book and those aspects made the book enjoyable to read.

Overall, this is a good book, but not great. I recommend this book for those looking for a military book or looking for a nice suspense book. I don’t recommend this book for young readers, but I do recommend it for more mature readers. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author through The Christian Manifesto in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*



Title: Prophet
Series: Books of the Infinite
Author: R. J. Larson
Publisher: Bethany House
Published: April 1, 2012
Pages: 352


Seventeen year old Ela Roeh of Parne doesn’t understand why her beloved Creator, the Infinite, wants her to become His prophet. She has a bad temper, is undignified, and she would be the first female prophet to come out of Parne. Worst of all, as the saying goes, a grey haired prophet has failed. All of the prophets before her have died young and she won’t be the one to break that tradition. But she can’t live without His presence.

She’s determined to follow the Infinite’s voice and commands, Ela accepts the sacred vinewood branch and is sent away from her family into a nation torn apart by war. Her mission is to bring the Infinite’s word to their polytheistic life and hopefully alter a horrendous prophecy. If only it were that easy. The Isthaardians want nothing to do with her or the Infinite. They mock and try to murder her at every turn, making her feel like a failure.

Kien Lantec is a young Traceland ambassador sent to bring peace, but now he’s determined to bring justice to his oppressed people. He fights the king at every turn and lands himself in prison, where he meets the beautiful prophet, Ela. As they form an unlikely partnership, they begin feel things that threaten to unbalance their lives for good. As her feelings grow Ela must somehow determine a balance between her heart and the Infinite.

Will Ela succeed with her job as prophet or will she live to have gray hair? Will Kien convince Ela that they can be together or will Ela determine that only the Infinite has her time? Will the king listen to the prodding of the Infinite or will his whole kingdom crumble because of his stubbornness? Will Ela die young or die an old woman?

This was my first real jaunt into the fantasy genre and I didn’t know what to expect or how I was going to feel after I flipped the last page. However, I have an opinion now. I feel like this book was the perfect transition from reality to fantasy. It had just enough realism to make it believable, but also just enough fantasy to remind you that it hasn’t nor ever will exist. If this is how fantasy is, then I’m definitely a fan. This book also got me out of my shell and makes me want to read other fantasy books both this author’s and others.

I think the thing I liked most about this book and kind of wish we had in reality was the destroyers. Massive war horses that are extremely loyal to the point of being ridiculous. In fact, a lot of the humor in the book comes from Pet/Scythe and him tearing up stuff to get to his master. These destroyers are more like a dog or cat as far as expression goes, but is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to war, definitely making this book a lot better because of it.

I think another reason why I loved this book so much was because of how similar to the biblical fiction I love. It seemed like it was close to Bible stories we all know and love as well as being similar in timeframe. I also loved the female prophet angle, it’s not one you see very often, but it’s one that I enjoyed. I don’t know if I would enjoy it as much as I did if it wasn’t so rare but because it is, I felt it was yet another aspect that I could love about this book.

The author also did something completely perfect for this book, created a romance that didn’t get completed in this novel. She wanted to add a little romance, but she didn’t want to force it into the story. So she made an open ended romance that fit so perfectly I have no complaints. Even with the lack of romance, she captured my heart and made me content with what she gave. It’s a sweet innocent romance that made me want more.

The descriptions in this book are a must. It made me feel like this area was real and I was walking alongside Ela at every turn. Also, the descriptions of the dangerous, deadly animals in this world made me a little thankful that the monsters in this story weren’t walking the earth with us. This author knew how to describe without over describing and she described the battle scenes all while leaving out the majority of the battle scenes, a detail most will be ecstatic over.

This genre is a first for me and the author, but if this book is any indication, both I and the author will be back with more fantasy. Me because I found a new genre that satisfies my curiosity and the author because I believe that she has truly found her niche. For a debut in a new genre, this book is the epitome of fantastic. It’s perfect for lovers of biblical fiction and fantasy fiction. I can’t wait to read more in this series and from this author. The author has opened a door into this genre that can’t be closed, so stay tuned for more fantasy reviews in the near future.

Overall, a great fantasy book for beginners in the genre or people who have been reading in it for years. It’s perfect for teens and Tweens alike an parents can rest easy that it isn’t to ridiculous like some of the fantasy books can get. I give this book a four and a half out of five.

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

The Last Temple + Giveaway


Title: The Last Temple
Author: Hank Hanegraaff and Sugmund Brouwer
Series: The Last Disciple
Publisher: Tyndale House
Published: July 20, 2012
Pages: 368


Gallus Sergius Vitas has been through a near death in the arena and by crucifixion and just wants to settle down with his wife and child. Vitas is denied that comfort by powerful men who are conspiring against the emperor, Nero, and Vitas has his own motives to seek revenge against Nero. Now, Vitas goes in search of Nero do he can kill him and be done with it all, if only it were that easy.

All of Rome either wants him dead, which makes his task a lot more difficult and more dangerous. It makes him question whether he will survive this or if he will die and never get to see his family again. Watching his back where ever he goes, Vitas knows his life is at stake and is determined to survive this task and finally get to live in peace.

After Nero dies, Vitas still is unable to live with his family for long before he is again called to help again. With his life again on line all he can think about is survival and his family, not to mention the strange and secretive circumstances that led him here to Jerusalem, the Holy City, at the peak of the Roman invasion.

Will he make home to his family or will he end up dying in the chaos that is Jerusalem? Will he find out what led him here or will he spend his entire life wondering what was so important? Will Vitas finally acknowledge that Jesus from Nazareth might actually be the Christos or will he live his entire life believing nothing?

This book wasn’t what I expected at all. I expected a book chock full of action kind of like Cliff Graham’s Lion of War series, and though it had a lot of action, it was more of a history lesson portrayed in fiction, which I live almost as much. Though I expected something different, the authors were incredible at making this book an interesting history lesson and letting me learn something new from a time period I love.

Despite the action, the book tended to lag in parts and made it a bit difficult to stay interested, but I felt that most of the lags were necessary and added some background. Also, without the lags, I probably would’ve felt that the story jumped around too much and I wasn’t able to follow it as easily. Though the lags could’ve been a little but better they could’ve been a lot worse as well.

The story telling in this book is just amazing. Hank Hanegraaff and Sigmund Brouwer work very well together and created a wonderful and descriptive story. They were particularly descriptive in the gory or traumatic scenes, yet were somehow very selective in what they described and what they just skimmed over. The details that they revealed and the ones they withheld made the book, it showed just what you wanted to know without shocking or horrifying you.

Surprisingly, there wasn’t any romance in the book, everyone was already married, in a relationship, or not looking for love. It was a change that I didn’t mind, in fact, I found it refreshing. Too many authors try to squeeze in a romance that doesn’t make much sense. These authors decided that their book was fine as is and didn’t need it, and I completely agree. This book would’ve been lowered in it quality if a romance was forced into the storyline and I’m thankful they left it out.

These authors work very well together and this book made me a huge fan of theirs. I didn’t read the first two in the series but thankfully they made the story fairly easy to follow as a stand-alone. I plan on reading more from these authors in the future whether together or alone. They hooked me with their history lesson disguised as fiction and I can’t wait to read more from them.

Overall, this book is a great historically accurate fiction book but it can get a little boring at times. This book is perfect for any man who loves action or anyone who loves biblical set historical fiction. I give this book a three and a half out of five.

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


Thanks to the publisher, I am able to giveaway ONE copy of this book. Now here’s how to enter:
1. Comment the answer to this question before the 2nd of September. If you’ve read books by either or both authors: Why do you like them as authors? If you haven’t read a single book by either: Why do you think you’ll like this book?
2. Make sure I can get in contact with you. If I can’t contact you, you won’t receive the book.

Make sure to tell your friends and stay tuned for more giveaways from me. I intend to do a lot more in the future. Thanks for all your support and get commenting. The contest starts now.

Love Finds You In Mackinac Island, Michigan


Title: Love Finds You In Mackinac Island, Michigan
Author: Melanie Dobson
Series: Love Finds You
Publisher: Summerside
Published: July 1, 2012
Pages: 320


Elena Bissette’s family used to be wealthy, now they’re struggling to hold onto their livelihood and their home in Chicago. They also own a cottage on Mackinac Island in Michigan and are going to spend one last summer there before the place is officially up for sale. According to her mother, it’s their last chance to find Elena a wealthy suitor for her to marry. Even though, Elena is repulsed at the thought of marrying for money, her mother insists that Chester Darrington is perfect for her.

When Elena goes to secret hiding spot late one night she meets a handsome laborer named Chase. Chase is everything she wants in a husband. He’s kind, smart, and interested in the things she is. She and Chase begin to meet at her favorite spot, an old abandoned lighthouse, and she can’t help but begin to wonder what a life with him would consist of.

With her mother constantly trying to marry her off to the first wealthy man that comes knocking and society always finding something to gossip about, Elena feels like an actress in her own home and the lighthouse is the only place she can be herself and get closer to God. She now feels like she can be herself around Chase and can’t help but to start to fall in love with him, but he’s not rich, at least she doesn’t think so. Marriage to Chase wouldn’t help her family’s financial woes, but marriage to Chester would. She now must choose between her duty to help her family and her want to marry someone who loves her.

Will Elena choose love over obligation or will she cave under her mother’s will? If she does marry Chester will he view her like Chase views her or will she just be arm candy? If she marries Chase how will her family dig out from the debt that was procured?

Elena’s story is something that I believe everybody can relate to at some point in their lives. No matter how much or why you feel trapped, the author’s portrayal of Elena’s story and her feelings resonate to the core. The fact that author makes the character relatable because of how well she portrays the struggle that Elena feels shows just how well this author can capture emotions and paste them on paper. Whether or not you’ve experienced the feeling of being trapped yet, this author has a gift for making you feel what the characters feel, all with a few words.

Another thing this author is great at is description. She took a tiny village that I had never heard and made me want to travel to a place I had no desire to go to before, Michigan, just so I can explore this island that’s lost in time. She vividly describes the island in such detail that I feel like I could describe it to you like I’ve been there myself. Also, the passion that Elena has for the little island adds to the intensity of how beautiful this island really is and adds to my desire of visiting this gorgeous island. This has got to be one of my favorite parts of this book.

One of the things that wasn’t one of my favorites about the book, was the romance. I did enjoy it, though. It’s a typical Christian genre romance, so it’s an innocent romance where the romance really doesn’t include a lot of intimate gestures like kissing, hugging, etc. These aren’t my favorite, however, I do believe that if done correctly can be some of my favorites, this is one of them. The way the author wrote the romance wasn’t particularly different than a lot of authors, but the thing that made this romance special was the way it was portrayed and blended into the story, making this a memorable one.

The faith aspect in this book was something that tends to be sorely overlooked and often barely mentioned in other books, this one isn’t filled a lot with mentions of faith, but definitely mentioned a lot more than a lot of other books I’ve read. It was an aspect that I missed more than I realized. It was refreshing to have a Christian author actually write about God, something that’s becoming harder and harder to find.

My opinions of this book when I first started it probably weren’t too high. I wasn’t expecting a terrible book, but neither was I expecting a book of the caliber that I got. Because I was slightly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, I’m now a fan of Melanie Dobson and look forward to trying to get my hands on any new books by her.

Overall, a great short read that will stay in your mind for a while. Perfect for fans of the Love Finds You series and those who love a good historical fiction. I give this book a four out of five.

*I received this book, through The Christian Manifesto, from the publisher in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Flame Of Resistance


Title: Flame of Resistance
Author: Tracy Groot
Publisher: Tyndale House
Released: May 18, 2012
Pages: 416


Brigitte Durand has had much stolen from her by the Nazi occupation. She lost her family and her freedom. She even lost her hope for a future when she had to turn her home into a Germans-only brothel to survive. All she has to cling to is her patriotism, and she does that by sneaking food to the French Resistance and the downed airmen they’re hiding nearby.

When Tom Jaeger’s plane is shot down by Normandy, he’s picked up by the Resistance. The Resistance convinces him to become a linchpin in their plan to leverage Brigitte’s sympathy. Because he looks do much like a German, they dress him up as a German officer so he can smuggle out critical intel she acquires from other soldiers about the nearby bridge, whose capture and defense is crucial to Allied forces.

As D-Day looms, everybody knows the invasion is imminent. But so is treachery. Loyalties become betrayed and the life of one American pilot jeopardizes everything involving the Resistance. He becomes more important than the mission to a man who cannot bear to lose another agent, and to a woman who finally has hope for a future, for a future where she isn’t a prostitute, who finally realizes her courage could change the course of history.

Will Brigitte and Tom be able to be able to be together or will the war tear them apart? Will Tom survive the war or will what he’s doing come back and bite him? Will the Resistance make it through the war or will it crumble, from one mistake, before D-Day?

One of my favorite eras to read is WWII. So far, I’ve never been disappointed with one and this book doesn’t change that at all. In fact, this book raises the bar of quality. This book was exactly what I wanted in a World War era book, I just didn’t know it. The author truly has a gift for writing and for keeping a reader hooked by her story. I just hope that this author revisits this era and let’s me enjoy her storytelling once again.

The book focuses more on the history and the acts of the Resistance than the romance of Brigitte and Tom. Which I loved. Normally a romance like the one that this author crafted, wouldn’t normally make much sense, but due to the circumstances the characters went through, a few talks and a kiss seem like it’s enough for romance to bloom. It’s hard to describe just how much this author succeeded at creating this book.

The drama and suspense that is mixed into this book really drew me in from the first page and the author did a fantastic job of making this book a realistic and enjoyable one. The fact that this book was so well written made me definitely want to read more by this author. I can’t wait to see what she does with contemporary novel.

This book is one of the best books I’ve ever read. I certainly didn’t expect that from this book. I had a feeling it was going to be good I just didn’t know how good it was going to be. Tracy Groot took this genre to a whole new level. I can’t wait to see if this author or other authors will top this. This book reestablished my hope in truly fantastic books and truly fantastic authors.

Overall, I loved this book. It was one of the best books ever. I recommend this for any history buff or anyone who loves the WWII era. I give this book a five out of five.

I received this complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.