Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pursued by Lisa Harris

About the Book
Nikki Boyd's flight into Nashville was routine--up until the crash landing at the airport. When the dust settles, Nikki discovers that the woman who had been seated next to her on the plane is missing--and no one will admit she was ever there. Erika Hamilton had been flying to Nashville with an air marshal as a key witness in an upcoming grand jury trial. When she flees from the crash, is she running from trouble or straight into it? Before Nikki can even see her family, she and her team are pulled into a missing persons case where the motives are as unclear as the suspects.

Bestselling and award-winning author Lisa Harris has planted danger around every turn in this can't-put-it-down thrill ride that will leave readers stunned.

My Thoughts
This author definitely knows how to launch you into the story! From the plane crash in the very first chapter till the case gets wrapped up there is non-stop action to keep you on the edge of your seat! I honestly don't know how one person could handle everything Nikki went through, especially in such a short time! Nikki is definitely a heroine to be admired. She has a fierce determination and desire to protect and she won't give up until the case is resolved. Tyler is really great too, though we don't get to see much of him. But I loved the way he was always there for Nikki without pushing her. They really are a great couple and I enjoyed seeing their story play out.

This story never slowed down and I couldn't stop reading to see what was going to happen next! Definitely an adventure from page one and I highly recommend this series!

Meet the Author
Lisa Harris is a bestselling author, a Christy Award winner, and the winner of the Best Inspirational Suspense Novel for 2011 and 2015 from Romantic Times for her novels Blood Covenant and Vendetta. The author of nearly thirty books, including Vendetta, Missing, and the Southern Crimes series, Harris and her family have spent twelve years living as missionaries in southern Africa. Learn more at www.lisaharriswrites.com

I received this book free from the author in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Want to Read a Book

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

#1. WWII-This is my favorite time-period!

#2. Marriage of convenience stories-Pretty much my favorite plot line.

#3. Family Sagas-I love when series are all about siblings, it's so cool to have all the books really well connected.

#4. Recommendations from a favorite author-If an author I love, loves a book it makes me want to check it out.

#5. Humor-I love to laugh so if I hear that a book is funny I'll want to read it!

#6. Compared to a book I love-If you say it's similar to a favorite book of mine I'll definitely be looking it up!


#7. Recommendation from my sister-We have really similar taste and while it's not often she reads a book I haven't read if she says I'll like it she's usually right!

#8. Set during any war-I don't know why but I really love stories that take place in wartime.

#9. Recommendations from book bloggers with similar taste-When I find book bloggers who love the same books as me I take note when they recommend a new favorite of theirs.

#10. A really gorgeous cover-I may not end up wanting to read it after reading the description but a beautiful cover will really catch my eye!

Monday, April 17, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #260

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Loved both of these!

What I am currently reading:
Enjoying this one so far!

What I hope to read this week:
I don't anticipate reading much this week since I am moving this weekend! 
Here's all my 900+ book babies in 30 boxes!

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon

About the Book
Hope Harbor police chief Lexie Graham has plenty on her plate raising her son alone and dealing with a sudden rash of petty theft and vandalism in her coastal Oregon hometown. As a result, she has zero time for extracurricular activities--including romance. Ex-con Adam Stone isn't looking for love either--but how ironic is it that the first woman to catch his eye is a police chief? Yet wishing for things that can never be is foolish.
Nevertheless, when Lexie enlists Adam's help to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks begin to fly. And as they work together, it soon becomes apparent that God may have a different--and better--future planned for them than either could imagine.
Lauded by Library Journal as "a master at character development," Irene Hannon welcomes readers back to this charming Oregon seaside village where hearts heal--and love blooms.

My Thoughts
I'm falling a bit in love with Hope Harbor and it's residents and I enjoy each opportunity to visit. Adam was an awesome hero! He'd been dealt a rough hand in life and had made some very wrong choices but I loved the way he'd turned his life around, determined to be the best man he could be. And the way he quietly lent a helping hand whenever it was needed. Lexie was also pretty great. I admired how she put her life back together after her loss. Together they made a cute if a bit unconventional couple. I liked how Lexie judged Adam on the man he was now rather than who he'd been.
I also enjoyed the story of finding the vandals and everything that that entailed. I won't spoil anything though!
Basically everything about this book was well-done and I loved it. I couldn't wait to come back to it every time I had to set it down!

Meet the Author
Irene Hannon is the bestselling author of more than fifty novels, including One Perfect Spring, Hope Harbor, and Sea Rose Lane, as well as the Private Justice and Men of Valor suspense series. Her books have been honored with three coveted RITA Awards from Romance Writers of America, two Carol Awards, two Reviewers' Choice Awards from RT Book Reviews magazine, a Retailers' Choice Award, three HOLT Medallions, two Booksellers' Best Awards, and a National Readers' Choice Award. She is also a two-time Christy Award finalist. Learn more at www.irenehannon.com

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Sunday, April 09, 2017

Sins of the Past Novella Collection

About the Book
In Dee Henderson's Missing a Wyoming sheriff is called to Chicago when his elderly mother goes missing. Paired with a savvy Chicago cop, the two realize her disappearance is no accident, and a race against the clock begins.

Dani Pettrey returns to Alaska with Shadowed introducing readers to the parents of her beloved McKenna clan. Adventure, romance, and danger collide when a young fisherman nets the body of an open-water swimming competitor who may actually be a possible Russian defector.


Lynette Eason's Blackout delivers the story of a woman once implicated in a robbery gone wrong. The loot has never been found--but her memory of that night has always been unreliable. Can she remember enough to find her way to safety when the true culprit comes after her?

My Thoughts
Missing
I absolutely love this author's early work but ever since she started writing again after her long hiatus I'm honestly not a fan. That being said I was a little wary of this novella, though that didn't stop me. It felt very much like an episode of a crime drama which was kinda fun and different. I would have enjoyed a bit more romance but at the same time I was glad that they didn't suddenly make it a big thing which would have just felt way too fake. Overall it wasn't a bad read but it definitely wasn't a favorite.

Shadowed
Honestly this story is the main reason I wanted to get my hands on this collection. I adore Dani's Alaskan Courage series and I was so excited to get the story of the McKenna's parents! Thankfully it was everything I was hoping for and more! From their amusing first meeting, to when they visited the site of the future McKenna home, to them discussing what they hoped their family would look like, was absolutely adorable and perfect! I loved how it was set during the Cold War since I don't think I've ever read a book set during that time. And the mystery kept me on my toes! It was definitely easy to see where their kids got their adventurous natures from!

Blackout
This was an action-packed novella and was quite fun to read! I was totally drawn into figuring out the mystery of what had happened the night of the robbery years ago and who was involved. Chad and Macey were great characters and I liked them together. All in all it was a great short story!

Meet the Authors
Dee Henderson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels including Full Disclosure and Taken. She is a lifelong resident of Illinois. Visit her online at www.deehenderson.com.
Dani Pettrey is the award-winning author of the acclaimed Alaskan Courage series as well as Cold Shot, the first in her Chesapeake Valor series. She lives with her family in Maryland. Find her online at www.danipettrey.com.

Lynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and Always Watching from her new Elite Guardians series. She resides in South Carolina and can be found online at www.lynetteeason.com.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Friday Memes 4/7

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
If you could meet one author, dead or alive, who would it be?

My Answer:
Julie Lessman and Melissa Tagg! I couldn't pick just one! I really want to meet both of these awesome ladies!


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Not again.
Adam Stone slammed the door on his decrepit Kia, expelled a breath, and surveyed the damage.
Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon 

My Thoughts
Great beginning! I love how it immediately grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading to find the answers to all the questions it raises!

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Top Ten Fandoms I Enjoy

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

#1. Marvel

#2. Doctor Who 

#3. Supernatural

#4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

#5. Firefly


#6. Lord of the Rings

#7. Narnia

#8. Sherlock

#9. Friends

#10. Harry Potter

Monday, April 03, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #259

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Didn't get anything finished this week, sadly.

What I am currently reading:
Still loving this one!

What I hope to read this week:
Excited to read this book! Irene Hannon's books are always great reads!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #258

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Really fun read!

What I am currently reading:
Loving this!

What I hope to read this week:
I currently am review book free so I may try to sneak this one in!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday Memes 3/24

Book Blogger Hop

The Question:
How do you handle negative comments left on your blog?

My Answer:
I haven't really gotten any but if I did I would try to reply respectively. Though if they used language I don't agree with I'd have to delete it since this is a Christian blog.


Hosted by: Rose City Reader

"Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name."

Javier laughed and shook his head as we reached the top of the sand dune, Centinela loping in a wide circle around us. "I do not know if I can court a girl from the future and have a pet wolf," he said in Spanish. "That is a lot to ask of one man."
Four Winds by Lisa T. Bergren

My Thoughts
Nice way to sweep you into the story!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin

About the Book
When fun-loving glamour girl Quintessa Beaumont learns the Navy has established the WAVES program for women, she enlists, determined to throw off her frivolous ways and contribute to the war effort. No-nonsense and hoping to make admiral, Lt. Dan Avery has been using his skills to fight German U-boats. The last thing he wants to see on his radar is a girl like Tess. For her part, Tess works hard to prove her worth in the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit in Boston--both to her commanding officers and to the man with whom she is smitten. When Dan is assigned to a new escort carrier at the peak of the Battle of the Atlantic, he's torn between his lifelong career goals and his desire to help Tess root out a possible spy on shore. The Germans put up quite a fight, but he wages a deeper battle within his heart. Could Tess be the one for him?
With precision and pizzazz, fan favorite Sarah Sundin carries readers through the rough waters of love in a time when every action might have unforeseen world-changing consequences.

My Thoughts
Sarah did it again! From the very first pages of her first novel this author catapulted herself onto my favorite authors list and with each following book she only cements her position there more firmly. WWII is my favorite time period and Sarah brings it to life like no one else with her vivid descriptions and attention to every little detail.
I've been so excited for this story ever since we were told it was going to be about by-the-book-no-nonsense Dan Avery and full-of-color-bubbly Quintessa (Tess) Beaumont. At first glance they seem to be the worlds least likely couple but as you get to know them you come to see how they're different in all the right ways. Their strengths and weaknesses compliment each other. She brings color to his black and white world and he grounds her. I absolutely adored both of their characters and their romance had me melting. I loved Dan's integrity. Even when he was treated unfairly he took the high road in a humble way even when given opportunities to strike back. It was great fun to watch Tess uncover Dan's playful smiling side that he'd kept buried since his childhood when he had to grow-up too early.
Everyone seems to view Tess as just a pretty face but there was so much more to her than that. She was always trying to help others, giving selflessly, and I admired her determination to not give up even when things got hard.
The mystery Tess was trying to unravel kept me guessing and I was attempting to figure it along with her. I loved all the details of Dan's work in the Navy, getting a glimpse of what the brave men who fought for our country's freedom experienced.
In short there wasn't a single part of this book I did totally love though I am sad to say goodbye to these amazing characters! I can't wait to see what's coming next!

Meet the Author
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the author of nine novels, including the Waves of Freedom series.
A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Her novel Through Waters Deep was a 2016 Carol Award Finalist, won the INSPY Award, and Booklist named it to the 101 Best Romance Novels of the Past 10 Years and the Top 10 Inspirational Fiction: 2015. Her novella in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist in the 2015 Carol Awards, and in 2011 she received the Writer of the Year Award from the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. Please visit Sarah at www.sarahsundin.com, on Facebook at SarahSundinAuthor, and on Twitter at @sarahsundin.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Worship Changes Everything by Darlene Zschech

About the Book
What Does Worship Look Like the Other Six Days of the Week?

With wisdom and joy, Darlene Zschech shares her thoughts on what worship truly is and what it looks like in real life--during your weekday commute, when the laundry's piling up, even while you're out for coffee with a friend. In Worship Changes Everything, you'll discover how to let praise and wonder invade every facet of your being and experience God in every moment of life. Get ready to be transformed by the purpose and freedom that come from living a life of worship.

My Thoughts
First of all, my apologies for how long it took me to get this review up! I started this ages ago but it wasn't really resonating with me and life got in the way so it just sat on the shelf. I decided to pick it back up but sadly I didn't enjoy it anymore this time around. Honestly there were just so many disconnects for me that I had a hard time really sinking my teeth into it. The main problems for me were the extensive use of quotes instead of original content and the fact the Message paraphrase was used most frequently instead of a translation of the Bible. Honestly it isn't a bad book, it just wasn't for me! So please don't take my word for it and check out some more reviews!

Meet the Author
Darlene Zschech and her husband, Mark, are pastors of Hope Unlimited Church (hopeuc.com), which meets in various campuses across the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Acclaimed worldwide as a singer, songwriter, worship leader, author, and speaker, she is perhaps most famous for the chorus “Shout to the Lord,” a song that is sung by millions of churchgoers every week and has been covered by many other artists
Many years ago, the Zschech family made a life commitment to do everything they could to bring the message of Jesus Christ and to bring relief to human suffering. One of their great joys in life has been to work with Hope Global (hope-global.org), serving the world’s poorest of the poor, offering many different projects in many different developing nations.
Darlene and her husband and their family live on the Central Coast of New South Wales, Australia.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Top Ten Novellas

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

This week's topic was all about one-sitting reads so I decided to feature some of my favorite novellas! All of these are either prequels to or continuations of one of the author's series but they can be read on their own. Though reading any of these will probably make you want to read the rest of the series!

Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg

Grace Like Rain by Julie Lessman

I Really Do Miss Your Smile by Susan May Warren

A Lady of Esteem by Kristi Ann Hunter

Gentleman of Her Dreams by Jen Turano

Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund

Sophie's Other Daughter by Mary Connealy


The Husband Maneuver by Karen Witemeyer

Fairchild's Lady by Roseanna M. White

Love by the Letter by Melissa Jagears

Monday, March 20, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? #257

Hosted by: The Book Date

Here is what I finished last week:
Loved this one so much!

What I am currently reading:
This one is so good so far!

What I hope to read this week:
Not really sure what is next up for me!

Blog Posts
It's Monday! What Are You Reading?
Top Ten
Waiting on Wednesday #
Friday Memes

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