My latest book haul! ~August Edition~

Hi Everyone!! It’s been a while since I’ve written a book related post. It’s like it’s never enough time in the day for all the things that I want to do!

I love looking through every crook and cranny for a good read. Whether it’s a good book deal on Amazon in either kindle or paperbacks I love the thrill of collecting either a new book or a book that never gets old. So here is a list of books that I bought this month!

 

 

  1. The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson The Beautiful Pretender (A Medieval Fairy Tale, #2)
  2. Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar Pearl in the Sand
  3. Within the Veil by Brandy VallanceWithin the Veil
  4. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof The Lady and the Lionheart
  5. Blackmoore by Julianne Donaldson Blackmoore
  6. The Bride Ship by Regina Scott The Bride Ship (Frontier Bachelors, #1)
  7. Would be Wilderness Wife by Regina Scott Would-Be Wilderness Wife (Frontier Bachelors, #2)
  8. Mail Order Mix-up by Christine Johnson.Mail Order Mix-Up (Boom Town Brides #1)
  9. If I Run by  Terri Blackstock.If I Run (If I Run, #1)

 

 

Ta-ta for now! 😉

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Thin Ice~Irene Hannon

Thin Ice (Men of Valor #2)

~Synopsis~

After losing her parents in a car accident and her sister to a house fire, Christy Reed has been mired in grief. Life is finally starting to feel normal again when an envelope arrives in the mail–addressed in her sister’s handwriting. And the note inside claims she is still alive.

FBI Special Agent Lance McGregor, a former Delta Force operator, is assigned to reopen the case, but he’s coming up with more questions than answers. If Ginny Reed is still alive–who is the woman buried in her grave? Where is Ginny? And is Christy a pawn in a twisted cat-and-mouse game–or the target of a sinister plot? As he digs deeper, one thing becomes clear: whoever is behind the bizarre ruse has a deadly agenda.

Bestselling author and two-time Christy Award finalist Irene Hannon warms readers’ hearts as they root for a romance between Lance and Christy, but she pulls out all the stops as this high-stakes thriller chills to the bone in a race to the finish.

 

 

 

~My Review~

 Thin Ice~Irene Hannon~
I have never read any novels by Irene Hannon but I’ve always wanted to read her novels because they seemed to look interesting.
I’m glad when I had the chance to review this book. I’m always looking for something different and interesting to read.
When I started reading Thin Ice, I was drawn into this story from the very first page. I didn’t even that this was the second book in the series men of valor and I didn’t feel left out in any way.
I was intrigued by this novel. I can’t wait to read more this author.
I was drawn to her writing because it flew off the pages into the wonderful world of my imagination. I’m always looking for a very good mystery to read so I’m very glad to have found this novel!

*I received a free copy from the publisher to review. All opinions expressed are my own.*

Murder at the Courthouse~A.H. Gabhart~

Murder at the Courthouse (The Hidden Springs Mysteries #1)

*Synopsis*

After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried–after all the man was a stranger–until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.

As Michael works to solve the case it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs.

Bringing with her a knack for creating settings you want to visit and an uncanny ability to bring characters to life, A. H. Gabhart pens a whodunit that will keep readers guessing.

*My Review*

Well, as you all may know, I’m always looking for the next big thing when it comes to reading a Christian fiction novel or perhaps any novel that I may be interested in reading. I am of the opinion that I don’t EVER want the books that I decide to read to plateau or just be the ordinary story.

When I found out that that Ann Gabhart was coming out with a new book I was immediately interested . I have read only a few books by Ann Gabhart and in my opinion they were a few hit and misses.
What I liked most about Murder at the Courthouse was that it certainly started out with a very interesting beginning. I cherish interesting and gripping beginnings because that’s the only assurance that I would more than likely enjoy the rest of the book.

I liked the main character Micheal pretty well. The mystery was pretty interesting as well because it kept me turning page after page to learn what would happen next. The story as a whole was an alright read but me personally I felt that it could have been more. That something that would make this novel stand out. I just didn’t feel a close connection with this novel that I was anticipating. I like my mysteries to make me scared to sleep at night and the murderer almost getting away with everything up until the end.

Overall, I think that this novel was a pretty alright read and it wasn’t too long which is a good thing. This novel was just missing a little bit more of that special something to make it that much more enjoyable. It was a good book in its own right but not something I would be reading again. ( 3 stars)

*I received a free copy of this book through Revell Blog Tours. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

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.*

Deadly Echoes~Nancy Mehl~

Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary #2)

~About~

After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah’s joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn’t know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents’ murder. Sarah enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul’s concern encourages Sarah’s growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide–even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.

~Review~

The beginning of “Deadly Echoes” really captivated me and that’s something that’s very hard to happen to me these days. My mind often goes in a hundred different directions but this book really reeled me in. It started out with a very mysterious beginning and I was in so much anticipation in finding out who this mystery person was!
Even though this is a second book in the series, It could be read as a stand alone as well.
The characters were well-developed which is a big plus in my book. I truly enjoy reading books with fully developed characters.
In my opinion,I feel that I would have enjoyed this book a whole lot more if the story had the bad guy’s input as well. In some mystery novels we as readers can get to know their thoughts or sometimes their next move which helps build the mysterious anticipation. I just think that this book needed a little bit more because to me it seemed a bit calm. I’m used to something happening like every 5 minutes! For example, like a gun going off or a bomb exploding a building or something in that order. If the book is a mystery I want it to nearly scare me out my wits! That’s just my opinion.
Overall, this was a pretty good read and I’m so glad to have read a book from a new to me author! I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from this author as well.(3.5)

*I recieved this book though Netgalley by Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

The Secret of Pembrooke Park~ Julie Klassen~

The Secret of Pembrooke Park

~About~

Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her–a longtime friend–has fallen for her younger, prettier sister.
When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll’s house left mid-play . . .

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem to know something about the manor’s past, the only information they offer Abigail is a warning: Beware trespassers who may be drawn by rumors that Pembrooke contains a secret room filled with treasure.

Hoping to improve her family’s financial situation, Abigail surreptitiously searches for the hidden room, but the arrival of anonymous letters addressed to her, with clues about the room and the past, bring discoveries even more startling. As secrets come to light, will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks…or very real danger?

~My Review~

 

I had been looking forward to reading this book ever since I knew it was coming out! I’m always in very high expectations to read anything by Julie Klassen. If you would look at the book cover it will almost have a story to tell in itself. That’s AWESOME when a book cover can give a little glimpse into what the story would be about. To me it was like anticipating an upcoming movie!

Throughout the story there are many,many Jane Austen inspired situations and that made it even more enjoyable. There were a lot of situations that put me in mind of Mansfield Park and Northanger Abbey. It was truly inspiring. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue included throughout the story and it always kept me at the edge of my seat for the majority of the time. One warning though, “TRY NOT TO READ IT AT NIGHT!” In a way, it was intriguing how the suspense and the mystery really drew me in but I have poor nerves and faint of heart when it comes to suspense! That’s just how I am. So if you love reading Regency and Mystery this is definitely the book for you! In my opinion, this story had a bit of a different twist than the usual Julie Klassen book and I think that this book is an example of her talent to really push herself to the limit to spark the imagination among her fans. I loved it!

I really enjoyed reading about the heroine,Abigail. It was wonderful for me as a reader to be included in the adventure along with Abigail as she tried to discover the secret of Pembrooke Park.

Let me not get started with the hero, William! WOW,WOW,WOW! When you read this book you’ll understand. I really enjoyed William’s sermons. They were truly a blessing! It very inspiring. Sometimes there are times that I’m not a fan of reading sermons in books because sometimes it can be too preachy or it sometimes could feel like the author is pushing their beliefs on the reader. There was none of that in Julie Klassen’s story. The sermons were fantastic and I was deeply moved.

I certainly do recommend reading this well done classic by Julie Klassen. It’s absolutely a Jane Austen inspired novel with more than enough mystery to keep you awake at night wanting more! My only slight problem with this book is that it was a tad bit longer than I expected. I do love my books to be not too long or not to short but I what I cherish most is that my favorite authors pour their heart and soul into the story. To me that’s what makes it a keeper in my opinion. I hope you all know what I mean. 🙂

Last but not least, the book cover is hands down one of the perfect book covers! It was really well done. If I could, that book cover would be framed and hanged on my wall to admire its beauty. That would be so awesome! Well done Julie Klassen! I can’t wait for her next book,”Lady Maybe”.

Until next time!
Happy Reading!

*I received this free copy from Bethany House for an honest review. I was not required to write a favorable review. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.*

 

Julie Klassen’s next book

Lady Maybe

 

 

My Story~Elizabeth Smart~

My Story

 

~About~

For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime

On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.

Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving.  Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.

In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In  2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.

 

~My Review~

This book was such an inspiration. I had first heard of the story when I had watched the movie. Having read the book,I was deeply moved by how strong Elizabeth Smart’s faith was throughout this whole ordeal that had happened in her life. It was truly heartbreaking with how she wrote about how she was kidnapped from her family to only endure countless times of brutal abuse of every kind from both of her captors. I was shaken by her story by just reading it.
I was inspired how that she determined in her mind that whatever it took, she was going to live to see her family again. Her faith in God wasn’t broken no matter what she went through. I really admire that she still held on to her faith even through that bad of a situation in her life. She knew where she stood and held on to that.
I was also amazed of one instance in the book that she wrote about how she was going hungry and thirsty because her kidnappers couldn’t move freely about at that time and a miracle happened. One night she described that she was really thirsty and she looked and there was a cup of water from out of nowhere. Now her captors were asleep  and they were all in the same tent asleep. I was amazed by the miracle. It was really something.
Also in other reviews, I gathered that some readers didn’t really appreciate how the story was written. To me, I think that she probably just took the standpoint of telling the story to where people who in or escaped an abused situation can really relate. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to read this awe-striking book. Not only was my eyes opened to how this world could be filled with creeps and they do anything to put your life in danger, but it showed me how that God can work through any situation no matter how hopeless it may seem.
I’m thankful that she didn’t stay in bondage to the memories to the horrific cruelty but she wholeheartedly shared her story so that others in abuse could know that there is hope no matter what the situation. She’s poured her life into helping others who are in her past situation with programs like AMBER ALERT. I was inspired and really amazed by the story of Elizabeth Smart. (5 stars)
*I wouldn’t recommend this book for younger children. Many instances of violence,sexual abuse, and drug use are mentioned not in a whole lot of detail at times but it’s still mentioned.*