The Pharaoh’s Daughter~Mesu Andrews~

The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile)

~Synopsis~

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

~My Review~

When I learned that Mesu Andrews was coming out with a new book I was totally excited. I was especially excited when I learned that she was using one of my favorite movies(The Ten Commandments 1956) as a basis or as an inspiration for  this novel.
Growing up I was also really interested in Egyptian history so it was really cool how the author melded together Biblical stories,Egyptian history ,and fiction and created a masterpiece.
I really love how the author laid a foundation with the main character Anippe. Anippe’s story was so heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time.
The different cast of characters in this novel was pretty awesome to read about. I loved the variety of characters. Although there was one character in this novel that absolutely grated on my nerves! I’ll let you read it to find out. 😉
There was one quote in this book that really moved me,
“El-Shaddai holds my heart,Bithiah. He’s the One I adore. I feel His presence when I sing.”
“Oh, Miriam.” Disheartened,Bithiah ached at the girl’s loneliness. “A god could never fill the longing for your one true love.”
“No,Bithiah. A man can never fill the longing for my one true God.”

The writing was concise and gripping. I really enjoyed reading this awesome book and I can’t wait to see what else Mesu Andrews has in store!

Happy Reading!!!

*I received this book through NetGalley by Blogging for Books. All opinions expressed are entirely my own. I was not compensated in any way for this review*

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A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade (Book Review)

A Love Like Ours (Porter Family, #3)

*Synopsis*

Former Marine Jake Porter has far deeper scars than the one that marks his face. He struggles with symptoms of PTSD, lives a solitary life, and avoids relationships.

When Lyndie James, Jake’s childhood best friend, lands back in Holley, Texas, Jake cautiously hires her to exercise his Thoroughbreds. Lyndie is tender-hearted, fiercely determined, and afraid of nothing, just like she was as a child. Jake pairs her with Silver Leaf, a horse full of promise but lacking in results, hoping she can solve the mystery of the stallion’s reluctance to run.

Though Jake and Lyndie have grown into very different adults, the bond that existed during their childhood still ties them together. Against Jake’s will, Lyndie’s sparkling, optimistic personality begins to tear down the walls he’s built around his heart. A glimmer of the hope he’d thought he’d lost returns, but fears and regrets still plague him. Will Jake ever be able to love Lyndie like she deserves, or is his heart too shattered to mend?

*My Review*

I haven’t read any of Becky Wade’s books before but this novel was totally AWESOME!!!
What drew me to this book was that the two main characters grew up as best friends and in my opinion that’s one of the most interesting story plots because I believe that your spouse should be your best friend. I think that the author did a very good job of portraying friendship and romance in this book very well. I also thought that the hero’s story might be interesting to read as well and I can truly say that this novel was a really heart warming story from the beginning to the end.
At first I didn’t know if I would like reading this story because it did include horses into the storyline. Not that I hate horses or anything but I do prefer any books that I read do be different from the next. I just finished reading a book that included horses in the storyline before I read this one.
I can say that for this book I enjoyed the hero and heroine equally well. The heroine,Lyndie, was such a sweet and caring person. I also loved reading about her family and I liked how that added so much to the story instead of the novel only focusing on the two main characters.
What really drew me to this novel as well was the hero’s story. He went through so much and I loved reading about his “tall and brooding” character. His background story and everything about him was so interesting and heart wrenching to read.
One downfall for me was that this novel included stories from the other characters from previous books and I do like to know about most of the characters that I read about. I was kinda left in the dark when it came to reading about the other characters included in the book. As soon as I can, I will be reading the other books in this series. 🙂
The romance was SO AWESOME!!! I don’t want to ruin the how well done it was but if you love reading contemporary romance fiction then this is definitely the book for you! THAT’S ALL I’M GOING TO SAY!!
Overall, this was a wonderful,wonderful,wonderful read and I enjoyed myself immensely while reading this book. I’m so glad to have discovered a new contemporary fiction author who includes faith,love and family into her novel. I laughed and I cried which is something that doesn’t happen often especially when it comes to contemporary fiction. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys reading a heartfelt story. (4 stars)

*I received this book from Bethany House Publishers through NetGalley. I wasn’t required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own. *

With Every Breath-Elizabeth Camden (Book Review)

With Every Breath Synopsis In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston holds a respectable position as a government statistician when she encounters a rival from her past, the insufferable Trevor McDonough. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and she’s bewildered at the way he suddenly seeks her out. Surprising even herself, Kate agrees to Trevor’s entirely unexpected and risky proposal to work side-by-side with him in his quest to rid the world of tuberculosis, a contagious and deadly disease. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, she realizes there is much more to him than she could have imagined. His hidden depths may fascinate her, but his most closely guarded secrets and a shadowy enemy lurking in the background carry a serious threat to their future. When the truth of the past comes out, threatening to destroy everything they hold dear, how will Trevor and Kate ever overcome all that stands in their way?

*My Review*

Elizabeth Camden never fails to deliver! She is such an intriguing and inspiring writer. I LOVE her books so MUCH! Anyway…. When I started reading,”With Every Breath” I was transported into this wonderful and amazing story. In a way I can kinda relate to this story because when I was younger I did develop symptoms of TB which by God’s grace I was cured from. This novel really made me thankful for all those pioneers of medicine who strove and sacrificed to make this world a better place. In my opinion, I think that this novel was one of her more somber books that I’ve read. It was so good because I felt myself fighting alongside with the Doctor in this novel. The heroine was excellent as well but I felt more interested in the hero’s story and that’s something that rarely happens. It doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the heroine because I admire all of Elizabeth Camden’s heroines. They’re smart and very interesting to read about. I can say with this book that I felt like some of the storyline was being a bit repeated but aside from that I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading this book. I also enjoyed reading about how they treated TB and how they researched different methods and medicines. The mystery was also heart-gripping as well! YOU MUST read this book or if you haven’t read any of Elizabeth Camden’s books you should!

*This is a library read and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.* Happy Reading!!

A Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl (Book Review)

Lethal Beauty (Mia Quinn, #3)

*Synopsis*

Mia Quinn discovers that a series of seemingly unrelated murders are linked. How far up are the strings being pulled–and what happens when one of her own is at risk?

The murder Mia is prosecuting seems like an open and shut case–until the accused claims he was the real victim and that the dead girl attacked him first. The tabloids dub her a “lethal beauty.” Still, a conviction seems imminent. Then a key witness goes missing. Just when it looks like the killer could walk free, the dead woman’s mother takes matters into her own hands.

Meanwhile, Charlie Carlson, a Seattle homicide detective, is investigating the murder of a man whose body washed up on the beach of Puget Sound, but he’s got little to go on. He has no dental work, fingerprints aren’t on file, and he doesn’t match any missing person reports. Then a church pianist is senselessly gunned down before horrified parishioners.

All three cases seem unrelated–but are they? Together, Mia and Charlie race to find the answer before another crime hits too close to home

*My Review*

This  was a pretty amazing read! I was so shocked at how I was drawn in by this author’s writing. I was confused at first because of the many stories going on at one time. There was also quite a bit of Chinese characters’ names that was a bit confusing as well but as the story progressed it got better.

I haven’t really had a chance to read a good mystery novel in a while so it was refreshing to read a different genre for a change.

The mystery kept me in suspense the whole way even though it wasn’t the kind of suspense that will keep a person on the edge of their seat, it was still entertaining to read. I still prefer reading mysteries that have guns and bombs going off at every turn.

It would have been nice to read the first book in this series because even though I was at lost with some of the plot that had been building up from the previous books, it’s not necessary to read the first books in my opinion. It would help though to keep up with background plot.

A Lethal Beauty brought up the issue that has always been an interesting concern to me and that is slavery  in modern America. The novel did a really good job portraying the lives of people who are searching for a better life but in the end are bitterly deceived.

All the characters from Lethal Beauty whether it was the major or minor characters, I enjoyed reading about them because they were absolutely amazing!

The writing was consistent and the plot was heartfelt. I really enjoyed reading this novel and I can’t wait to read more books from this author.

I highly recommend this book!

*I received this book from BookLook bloggers through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and I wasn’t required to write a positive review.*

To Win Her Favor~Tamera Alexander~

To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation, #2)

          ~Synopsis~

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good. An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse. Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie’s father––aging, yet wily as ever––makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself. Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a “secret society” responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.

~My Review~

I’ve always had a special place in my heart for Tamera Alexander’s novels. In fact her novels were among the first ones when I started reading Christian fiction. Naturally, I was looking forward to reading,” To Win Her Favor” when I learned it was coming out.

To Win Her Favor in my opinion was one of her deeper books concerning a variety of subjects that I’ve never seen before in her novels. It’s so good to see when an author can step out of their comfort zone and explore new territories in their writing. That takes talent!

I was deeply touched by not only the main characters but also the supporting characters as well.

I love,love,love story-lines that have to do with marriage of convenience. It’s always good to read one every now and then. In my opinion, I think that the author added a very surprising twist to your typical marriage of convenience story. I was intrigued by both of the main characters stories but I was most intrigued by the heroine’s husband story. Cullen’s background story was so heart touching. The heroine was great as well and I loved her passion and determination in this story.

The only problems that I had with this novel was that in my opinion it was quite long. I do prefer my novels to not be too long or too short but right in the middle. The other thing is that I thought that the romance was a bit much at times. In my opinion, I think that this novel was considered more for mature audiences. I’ll let you all decide. 🙂

Overall, this was a pretty good and enjoyable read. The book cover is absolutely magnificent! (3 stars)

Happy Reading Y’all!!

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* I received this book through Netgalley through Zondervan Publishers. All opinions expressed are entirely my own and I was not required to write a positive review.*

What I’m Reading!~June Edition~

Hi everyone! I know it’s been a while. I’ll try to do better. I will TRY! But anyway, the months has passed by so quickly. It’s June already and I know it’s going to be a hot summer. I do plan to stay inside with the air conditioner running and a great book in my hand to enjoy.

So Okay…

Here’s what I’ve read…

As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters, #3)The Colonel's LadyWith Every Breath

To Win Her Favor (Belle Meade Plantation, #2)Lethal Beauty (Mia Quinn, #3)A Most Inconvenient Marriage

What I’m Reading Now…

A Love Like Ours (Porter Family, #3)The Crimson Cord: Rahab's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land #1)The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile)Mist of Midnight (Daughters of Hampshire, #1)A Lady at Willowgrove Hall (Whispers on the Moors, #3)

PLANS,PLANS,PLANS,I HAVE BIG DREAMS AND PLANS OF MY NEXT READS. CAN’T SAY THAT I’LL BE ABLE TO GET TO ALL OF THEM.

To Capture Her Heart (The Southold Chronicles, #2)The Outlaw Takes a BrideUndercover Bride (Undercover Ladies #2)The Midwife's Tale (At Home in Trinity #1)Playing by Heart

The Curiosity Keeper (Treasures of Surrey, #1)In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2)

That just about wraps everything up.

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I know that it’s probably going to be old news now but I was so shocked to learn that Johnathan Crombie had passed away. I grew up loving everything Anne of Green Gables and those novels plus the movies will always have a special place in my heart. How many Anne of Green Gables lovers out there?

How many of our 13 fill-in-the-blank quotes can you get right, from our romantic quotations list?

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Johnathan Crombie aka Gilbert Blythe

Hope you enjoyed this post and I hope to have more in the future. 🙂

Happy Reading!