The Secrets of Emberwild

The Secrets of Emberwild had me hooked from page one. The suspense had me up late into the night turning the pages following Nora who prefers horses over men. They never tell her what to do, more reliable and much easier to handle. The story took place during a time when women were not allowed to race, however she was quite determined to save her family farm with entering her horse into the Mississippi Fair. We all have a bit of Nora in us, headstrong and stubborn. I love stories filled with suspense, historical fiction and lots of twists. McGee has become one of my favorite author’s and I anxiously wait till her next book is released.

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Honor Bound

WOW! I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting. Honor Bound by Hallee Bridgeman was an action-packed story as Captain Rick Norton and Dr. Cynthia Meyers don’t meet under normal circumstances. Dr Meyers is in an African village where an army is headed, and Captain Norton is on task to get her out. Over time Cynthia is learning to trust Rick’s judgment as he admires her strength. As their relationship grows, they begin to question whether they are meant to be together. Rick, a soldier and protector, Cynthia, compassionate, sometimes stubborn, and hard to read. With their strong faith even in the middle of emotional turmoil was truly an inspiration.

I am looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

Where Is God In This?

Title: Where Is God in This? 

Authors: Landra Young Hughes and Holly Crawshaw 

Publisher: Baker Books 

Release Date: October 18, 2022 

Genre: Christian Living

Life is unfair. Bad things happen to good people. Not all dreams come true. We lose people. We fail people. And when we encounter the inevitable struggles of life, we may be tempted to ask God Why me? as we try to reconcile our pain with God’s promises. But a far more helpful and life-enriching question for us to ask God is What are you trying to teach me in this? Tackling ten common struggles, such as isolation, fear, rejection, failure, insecurity, temptation, and more, Landra Young Hughes shows you how to have peace even when life doesn’t make sense. Speaking with great empathy born from her own losses and years in ministry, Hughes doesn’t suggest you “get over” your hard times. Instead, she helps you recognize that, while you will always live in a broken world this side of heaven, your pain has much to teach you about God and yourself. With her empathetic help, you’ll discover how to grow through grief and thrive despite adversity.

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My Review

This book could not come at a better time as I struggled wondering where God was during a recent mission trip to Africa with a team who had poor attitudes. God was right there with me, although at times it did not feel like it. He does not want us to struggle, but to learn to grow and become fully dependent on Him. We are all broken and live in a broken world; however, we all have a lot to learn, that God will never leave us or forsake us.

The author shares her personal stories and covers everyday struggles that we all face: from fear to rejection to insecurity. We can not just “get over” those issues but lay those at His feet daily.

I received an ARC from Just Read Tours in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Landra Young Hughes

Landra Young Hughes is the daughter of prominent pastor Ed Young Jr. and Lisa Young of Fellowship Church. Because of her upbringing, Landra has developed a passion for seeing people maximize their God-given potential and embrace their God-defined self-worth. She and her husband, Brad, live in Dallas, Texas, where they serve on staff at Fellowship Church and raise their three children. Landra is coauthor with Holly Crawshaw of A Different Kind of Love Story.

Connect with Landra by visiting landrahughes.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.

Holly Crawshaw is a writer and editor who believes everyone has a meaningful story to tell. Holly is passionate about partnering with authors to leverage their experiences to further God’s kingdom and help God’s people. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with her three daughters.

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Beneath the Bending Skies

Beneath the Bending Skies by author, Jane Kirkpatrick takes the reader away on an unforgettable journey based on the true story of Mollie Sheehan Ronan and her husband Peter who ran the Jocko Agency for Flathead Native American tribes in Montana. Mollie’s father voices his disapproval to marry a man who is older than her.
Mollie and her family are always moving to different towns until they settle in Montana where she meets Peter, one of her fathers’ friends and end up falling in love. Mollie shows such resilience and soon realizes that God is in control of her life not her dad and that even the biblical command to “honor thy father” has its limits.
I love reading stories based on true events especially historical fiction. This story will not disappoint and highly recommend the book

Dangerous Beauty

Dangerous Beauty is a story of understanding, love and courage. Lilana Vela does not like the term “victim,” she is a fighter who is determined to take back her life after escaping human traffickers. Can she safely stay in the states or accept a proposal by the man who rescued her.

Human trafficking is happening in our neighborhoods right under our noses. There are people out there who are trying to stop this and Meric happened to be at the right place and the right time to save Lilana. Over a month a lot happens in the story and has me wondering what is next.

I received a copy of the book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

Alaskan Escape

God, You know I cannot serve You in my own strength. I need the Holy Spirit’s help. I’m giving You my life to direct because on my own I’m a stressful mess. How often do we try to do things on our own?  When Grace’s husband wanted to take a new job that would require the family to move onto a fishing vessel, the first thought that came to mind was worry? How would she trust God to see the family through the unknown’s? Sometimes we have to accept what is in our path and trust that God has our best intentions.

I hope you will fall in love with the series as I have.

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SUNBURST By Susan May Warren

“Their lives are at stake, so are their hearts.” .Another suspenseful story by Susan May Warren, filled with action and romance, from Alaska to Nigeria. Navy Seal Ranger Kingston and Noemi Sutton’s relationship met and spent two weeks in Florida getting to know each other. As the story goes back and forth, between Ranger trying to save his brother in Nigeria and his relationship with Noemi.

I enjoy how the author weaves spiritually throughout the story and loved the description and culture in Nigeria as if I were there experiencing it myself.

The Songs That Could Have Been

About The Book
Two couples in love. Two sets of impossible circumstances. One powerful God of grace.
After a tailspin in her late teens, Lauren Anderson’s life is finally back on track. Her battle with bulimia is under control, her career is taking off, and she’s surrounded by a loving family. Then a chance meeting with Carter Douglas, her first love and the man who broke her heart, leads to old feelings returning with new strength. And suddenly her well-balanced world is thrown off kilter.
Now a TV meteorologist, Carter is determined to make amends with Lauren. After all, she still owns his heart. But the reasons they broke up aren’t lost–and those old demons are forcing him toward the same decision he faced in the past. He isn’t sure he’s courageous enough to make a different choice this time around.
When Lauren’s elderly grandmother, Rosie, begins having nightmares about a man named Ephraim–a name her family has never heard before–a fascinating and forbidden past love comes to light. As Lauren and Carter work to uncover the untold stories of Rosie’s past in 1950s Wichita, they embark on a journey of forgiveness and second chances that will change their lives–and Rosie’s–forever. Along the way they’ll learn that God wastes nothing, his timing is perfect, and nothing is beyond his grace and redemption.
The Songs That Could Have Been is full of the same deftly handled, resonant writing that readers and critics alike enjoyed in Amanda Wen’s first book in the series. Fans of Lisa Wingate and Rachel Hauck will add Amanda Wen to their must-read shelves.

About Amanda Wen
Amanda Wen is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity Contest, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler Contest, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions Contest, among others. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist. Her debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, will release from Kregel Publications on January 26, 2021.
In addition to her writing, Amanda is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist, frequently performing with symphony orchestras, string quartets, and her church’s worship team, and accompanying high school and middle school choirs. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Amanda currently lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.

After reading Amanda Wen’s debut novel Roots of Wood and Stone, I knew I was in for a wonderful story. The Songs That Could Have Been did not disappoint, as a matter of fact it was a page turn, stay up late at night to read the entire book. A powerful story of forgiveness and redemption. The story of Carter and Lauren each with flaws and embarking on a journey of second chances and finding God. Amanda touched on sensitive subjects with such grace. Add in Grandma Rosie and her mysterious past. Amanda, you knocked this one out of the park! I recommend both books and give this story 10 plus stars.

I received a copy of the book from Read With Audra and Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

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The Sweet Life

Welcome to summer on Cape Cod, a place where the sweet life just might be possible. A mother, daughter story where they discovered how similar, but how different they are. Sometimes God puts us in situations where we don’t necessarily agree with, to take that leap of faith and make life changes that can be hard.

Dawn’s wedding is cancelled and finds out that her mother has been hiding a secret that can change their course of life. Kevin, Dawn is left with no groom on her honeymoon on beautiful Cape Cod and her mother decides to but a run down, old Ice Cream Shop. A story of second chances and getting outside of your comfort zone. Grab an ice cream cone and dive into “The Sweet Life.”

I received a copy of the book from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinion’s are my own.

Midnight’s Budding Morrow

About The Book

A journey of poignancy and hope . . . difficult to put down. I loved it!”–Jennie Goutet, author of the Clavering Chronicles series

Sarah Drayton is eager to spend a holiday at her best friend’s crumbling Northumberland castle estate. Alas, rather than easy companionship with her dear friend, she finds herself being inveigled into a marriage of convenience with her friend’s rakish brother.

When James Langley returns to his family’s estate, war is raging and he wants only distraction, not serious tethers. But his roguish ways have backed him into a corner, and he has little choice but to obey his father’s shocking decree: marry before returning to war…or else. Suddenly he finds himself wedded to a clever and capable woman he barely knows.

Sarah craves love and a place to belong, neither of which James offered before returning to the battlefront. Now everyone around her thinks she married above her station, and they have no intention of rewarding her for such impertinence. Only when her husband returns from war does she begins to hope they may find real happiness.
When tragedy strikes, this pair must learn to trust God and cling to the belief that even in the darkest depths of night, the morning still holds hope.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Carolyn Miller lives in the beautiful Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, with her husband and four children. A longtime lover of romance, Carolyn loves drawing readers into fictional worlds that show the truth of God’s grace in our lives. Her bestselling, award-winning Regency and contemporary novels are stories that offer hope, heart, and a twist of Aussie humour. Connect with her at www.carolynmillerauthor.com where you can find our more about her books, and sign up for her newsletter to be the first to know her book news.

MY REVIEW

A beautiful story of how to love unconditionally through redemption and forgiveness. Sarah has the gift of compassion and would do anything to help others. James returns to his family’s estate who is faced with obeying his dad’s decree. Marry before returning to war or else. Sarah was not too happy with the arrangement. My heart went out to Sarah as she wants to find a husband who would share her joy, but James turned his back. The story shows us that God is truly in the middle of everything, that we just need to go to Him daily even when we are struggling. I loved the spiritual messages throughout the book.

I received a copy of the book from the publisher and Read With Audra in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinion’s are my own.

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The Master Craftsman

The Master Craftsman by Kelli Stuart is the first book that I have read by the author. Karl Faberge was commissioned to make Imperial Easter eggs each year and gift them to the Empress. We follow the life of Karl and modern-day treasure hunters who are on the search for the missing egg.
I enjoyed the story from page one, the suspense and intrigue had me up late into the night reading. I know about Faberge eggs, beauty and all the details that went into making the eggs. I googled the eggs mentioned in the story to see the uniqueness them.
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Shadows In The Mind’s Eye

Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on–responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who’s come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam’s experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand–but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn’t the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she’s terrified he’s going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam’s mental wounds–or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

About The Author


Janyre Tromp is a historical novelist whose loves spinning tales that, at their core, hunt for beauty, even when it isn’t pretty. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and coauthor of It’s a Wonderful Christmas.

She’s also a book editor, published children’s book author, and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her family, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. And if you ever meet in person, you pronounce that first name Jan-ear.

You can find her on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and her website,www.JanyreTromp.com (where you can grab a free copy of her novella Wide Open).

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My Review

A wonderful debut novel. A story of trust between wounded hearts, rediscovering who each other is, love, pain of PTSD and forgiveness with a hint of danger. Sam, a solider from WWII who is looking forward to getting home to his wife, Annie and their daughter, Rose. When Sam returns home, home he is not sure that he can trust his mind, and his wife is not sure she can trust what he is telling her. Come to find out, no one in Hot Springs is telling the truth about anything. Sam and Annie rely on their faith when faced with challenges. I was pulled in from page one. Highly recommend the book.

I received a copy of the book from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

The Spark of Love

A wonderful conclusion to the Mesquite Spring series that will leave you not wanting the story to end. I enjoy reading the author’s books. Alexandra is trying to figure out who to trust. A family story of hurts, forgiveness, and new beginnings. I wish that Mesquite Springs was a real town in Texas, as I was reading the story, I could smell the cinnamon rolls that Alexandra bought from the restaurant. I love the subtle messages of faith. I highly recommend the entire series. Amanda Cabot’s stories do not disappoint.

I received a copy from Revell in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

About Amanda

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I agree with Thomas Jefferson when he said, “I cannot live without books.” Some of my earliest memories are of my parents reading books to me or — in the case of my father — telling stories he made up. And even when they weren’t reading to me, my parents could often be found, book in hand. Is it any wonder I decided to teach myself to read? Once I did learn, it was hard to find me without a book. My husband will tell you that that’s still the case.

At least in my mind, it’s only a small step from being an avid reader to wanting to be an author. From the time I was seven, I was convinced I should be a writer. The type of writing varied with the seasons. For a few months I fancied myself a playwright. Fortunately the teachers in my elementary school indulged me, and my class produced my two plays: “All About Thermometers” and “Hawaii.” Neither, I am happy to report, made its way to Broadway.

There was a brief time when I aspired to be a newspaper reporter, but that was soon eclipsed by my determination to be a novelist. All the while, though, I knew that writing was not the easiest way to earn a living, and so it was always going to be a second career. That’s why I went to college and majored in French, fully intending to teach at the university level. When I graduated, I married my high school sweetheart and took a “temporary” job as a computer programmer. Although it hadn’t been part of my plan, that turned into a permanent career in Information Technology.

Along the way, I’ve had a chance to do a lot of writing, including four technical books and what I describe as “enough technical articles to cure insomnia in a medium-sized city.” (My budgets were also considered to be works of fiction.) Now, though, I’m able to write full time, and for the first time, all I’m writing is fiction.

No doubt about it, I’ve been blessed. I had parents who nurtured my love of reading and have a husband who’s not just my best friend but who’s driven tens of thousands of miles to help me research books and who, after all these years, still hasn’t lost his sense of humor, even when dinner is late because I have “just one more scene” to write.

When people ask why I write, the answer is simple: it’s part of who I am and who I was meant to be. I truly believe this is God’s plan for me, and that’s why it is my fervent prayer that my books will touch my readers’ hearts and strengthen their faith in Him.

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My Review

WOW! A wonderful start to a new series by a debut author. The cover is what captured my eye. I loved the inspirational messages that the author wove into the story. Theresa lovers her grandfather dearly, the only family member she has left and is faced with having to pay off his debts before marrying Edward. Edward leaves much to be desired, Theresa is an independent woman who is full of strength and courage.

I did not trust Edward from the get-go. He appears untrustworthy and feels that Theresa is better off without her grandpa. A beautifully written story filled with romance and suspense. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

A definite page turner. Highly recommended.

Thank you to Kregel Publications and Audra Jennings for the opportunity to read this wonderful book. All opinions are my own.

About the Book

Can this undercover agent save the woman he loves–or is her heart as counterfeit as the money he’s been sent to track down?

After all that Grandfather has sacrificed to raise her, Theresa Plane owes it to him to save the family name–and that means clearing their debt with creditors before she marries Edward Greystone. But when one of the creditors’ threats leads her to stumble across a midnight meeting, she discovers that the money he owes isn’t all Grandfather was hiding. And the secrets he kept have now trapped Theresa in a life-threatening fight for her home–and the truth.

After months of undercover work, Secret Service operative Broderick Cosgrove is finally about to uncover the identity of the leader of a notorious counterfeiting ring. That moment of triumph turns to horror, however, when he finds undeniable proof that his former fiance is connected. Can he really believe the woman he loved is a willing participant? Protecting Theresa and proving her innocence may destroy his career–but that’s better than failing her twice in one lifetime.

They must form a partnership, tentative though it is. But there’s no question they’re both still keeping secrets–and that lack of trust, along with the dangerous criminals out for their blood, threatens their hearts, their faith, and their very survival.

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About the Author

Crystal Caudill is the author of “dangerously good historical romance,” with her work garnering awards from Romance Writers of America and ACFW.

She is a stay-at-home mom and caregiver, and when she isn’t writing, Caudill can be found playing board games with her family, drinking hot tea, or reading other great books at her home outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

Learn more at crystalcaudill.com. You can also find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Shackled

About the Book

Book: Shackled

Genre: Religion/Inspirational

Author: Mariam Ibraheem

Sentenced to Death for Her Beliefs

Release date: March 8, 2022

Mariam Ibraheem was finally rising above her difficult childhood and building a new life for herself. Born to a Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother, she grew up in poverty in a refugee camp in Sudan. Her father left the family when she was only six, and her mother raised her in the Christian faith. Left without family after the deaths of her beloved mother and sister, she was beginning to move past her grief—earning a medical degree, marrying the man she loved, and having a baby boy.

But one day in late 2013, her world was shattered when an unknown relative on her father’s side reported her to the police. The authorities insisted she was Muslim because of her father’s background. She had broken the law by marrying a Christian man, and she must renounce her Christian beliefs and abandon her marriage and her son. Under intense pressure, Mariam repeatedly refused to deny her faith. She was charged with apostasy and adultery, and she was imprisoned with her nine-month-old, Martin, on Christmas Eve. There, awaiting sentence, she learned she was pregnant with her second child. A few months later, Mariam was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging by a Sharia court.

Shackled is the stunning true story of a courageous young mother who was willing to face death rather than deny her Christian faith. Mariam Ibraheem took a stand on behalf of all people who suffer from religious persecution and all women who are maltreated because of their gender and beliefs.

Follow Mariam’s story from refugee camp to life under Islamic law, through imprisonment and childbirth while shackled, to her remarkable escape from death following an international outcry and advocacy involving diplomats, journalists, religious freedom activists, human rights groups, and even Pope Francis.

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My Review

Shackled is a powerful true story of a young mother who was willing to face death rather than deny her faith. Mariam Ibraheem took a stand on behalf of all people who suffer from religious persecution and treated poorly because they are women.

Mariam’s story is a true testament to those who want to know more about what it is like to live a life with Christ in a culture who is opposed to the faith. Would we deny Christ in order to save ourselves? What would we do in a moment of terror? I would have the courage to say that I am a Christian and that I believe in God, what about you? Shackled will open the eyes of the reader to the persecution that Christians face daily in Sudan. The story shows that we can not waver in our faith, even during those hard times. Once I started reading the book, I could not put it down. A true testament to God’s faithfulness even during the dark time. Grab a box of tissues.

I received a copy of the book from Celebrate Lit in exchange for an honest opinion. All opinions are my own.

About The Author

In 2014, Mariam Ibraheem of Sudan was sentenced by a Sharia court to 100 lashes for adultery because she had married a Christian man, and death by hanging for refusing to renounce her Christian faith and follow Islam. Mariam was imprisoned with her young son while she was pregnant with her second child, a daughter, to whom she gave birth while still shackled in the prison. After an international outcry, Mariam was eventually freed through the help of Pope Francis, the United States, Italy, and the embassies of various other governments. Today, Mariam advocates on behalf of others who are victims of religious persecution and also for women who suffer from the personal prison of abuse. She is the cofounder and director of global mobilization for the Tahrir Alnisa (“Setting Women Free”) Foundation, which serves women and children impacted by domestic abuse and religious-motivated violence. She also serves on the board of directors for Anti-Trafficking International.

Eugene Bach is a pseudonym for a member of the Chinese underground church who, for security reasons, does not wish to be identified. He has been working with the underground church in China for twenty years, helping them to establish forward missions bases in closed countries around the world, including Iraq and Syria. Eugene leads the Chinese missions movement Back to Jerusalem, which provides essential support for Chinese missionaries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, and he has written books about the underground church in China, North Korea, and Iran. His books with Whitaker House include China and End-Time ProphecyI Stand with ChristISIS: The Heart of TerrorKidnapped by a CultLeaving BuddhaSmuggling Light; and The Underground Church.

More From Mariam

Shackled is the stunning true story of a courageous young mother whose plight led to international outcry on her behalf. Mariam Ibraheem was willing to face death rather than deny her Christian faith, taking a stand on behalf of all people who suffer from religious persecution and all women who are maltreated because of their gender and beliefs.

Blog Stops

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, March 12

Rebecca Tews, March 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, March 13

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, March 14

Lots of Helpers, March 15

Texas Book-aholic, March 16

Vicarious Living, March 16

Inklings and notions, March 17

HappyWhenReading, March 18

For Him and My Family, March 19

Sodbuster Living, March 19

deb’s Book Review, March 20

Locks, Hooks and Books, March 21

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, March 22

Mary Hake, March 22

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, March 23

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, March 24

Spoken from the Heart, March 24

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, March 25

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