Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon #10)

Title:  Deeds of Darkness (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, surgeon #10)

Author:  Mel Starr

Pages:  234

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Lion Fiction

My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.

Master Hugh de Singleton now narrates his tenth chronicle for readers.  Once again, readers are transported to the village of Brampton, England in the 14th century.  Hugh is tasked once again with solving a murder in his role as bailiff for Lord Gilbert.  This time murder visits someone Hugh knows from the village, someone he has worked with before.

In searching for clues, Hugh must make many trips to Oxford as well as a local abbey.  More and more thefts are begin committed in the area, as well as murder.  Hugh chases down clues related to a group of well-dressed young gentlemen as well as a group of poorly clad scholars or priests in ragged black robes.  Are either group connected to the crimes, or is there another criminal at work yet to be discovered?

In addition, Hugh visits his father-in-law while in Oxford and discovers him close to death and his shop making no money.  He has also recently been robbed of the few books he might have sold.  Hugh decides to bring his father-in-law to Galen House where he might live his last days.  Once under Hugh’s roof and Kate’s good cooking, his father-in-law sees an immediate improvement in his health.  The three of them hash out the information related to the various crimes, which helps Hugh’s thinking process.

I so enjoy visiting Hugh and the familiar cast of characters who aid in his crime solving.  I like reading about the food eaten and clothes worn during that time as well as how difficult it was to survive in that time.  The observations of human nature, subtle humorous jabs, and words of wisdom were quite often true. The glossary and map at the beginning of the story was also helpful.  Hugh has matured since his first chronicle.  He has learned to hold his temper better and control his tongue more.  The next book in the series is titled, Prince Edward’s Warrant.  I am already anxiously awaiting a trip to the 1300s English countryside!

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Plummet

 

Title:  Plummet

Author:  Brandilyn Collins

Pages:  320

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Stonewater Books

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

In this fictional story, a single mother with a 13-year-old daughter moves to a small town to begin their lives over after being shattered by divorce.  Cara begins working for a man who owns his own business, making investments for them, preparing taxes and more.  Barely there two weeks and Cara’s life is about to take a twist that boggles the mind as the man she works for will intimidate her to do his bidding.  The man is J. L. Larrett.  The town believes is an upstanding citizen and wonderful family man.  J. L. knows everyone in town and therefore he begins to bully Cara into doing his underhanded actions or face the consequences.

What Cara never sees coming is the cunning and deceiving way her boss soon entraps not just her but also her 13-year-old daughter Riley.  So begins the rollercoaster ride for Cara, feeling more and more of her life coming under her the control of her boss without any hope for escape.  Cara thought this new job and town would be the place to start anew without her past of being abused repeating itself.

The author does an amazing job at keeping the story moving at a good clip without losing the reader.  I loved the way the tension slowly built in the tale and the ending was just outstanding and filled with hope!  Put this book on your to read list or grab a copy, a warm drink for a cold night, and plan to spend some time in a truly heart-pounding novel that will leave you breathless at the end!

Many Sparrows

Title: Many Sparrows
Author: Lori Benton
Pages: 400
Year: 2017
Publisher: WaterBrook
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
If you have never read any of Lori Benton’s novels, now is a great time to start! Her newest novel grabbed my heart and attention from the first words all the way through till the very climactic conclusion! Lori Benton brings together threads of Scripture, faith, romance, action and adventure plus more to weave a masterpiece that was worth waiting for!
Set in the prerevolutionary times in the Ohio and Kentucky lands, readers will be instantly drawn into a story when a family enters territory that is set to explode with an Indian uprising. There is palpable tension between the wife and her husband which only escalates when he leaves to find help after their wagon breaks down. Soon, it becomes apparent that Philip isn’t coming back to Clare, who is near her birthing time, and their small son Jacob.
When the pangs of birth begin, much sooner than she thought, she goes to a place to give birth away from her small son to spare him the sight. What Clare didn’t count on was Jacob disappearing and a stranger appearing to help her in her greatest hour of need! Readers are quickly set on a heart-pounding path of discovering what happens to Clare, Philip, and Jacob along with the new baby that is very hard to put down!
Lori does a masterful job of placing before us the truth of how hard at times trusting in God is especially when there is nothing anyone can do to change the circumstances. Her characters reflect the sorrow of soul, tears of pain, and those moments of the glorious hope and peace that God alone can give to those who release their hearts and problems completely to the Lord.
For me, I could relate to Clare in her struggles, tears and learning that God hears the cry of His children. We also learn the truth of Matthew 10:29-31 (NASB): “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Seaside Secrets (Pacific Coast Private Eyes)

Title:  Seaside Secrets (Pacific Coast Private Eyes)

Author:  Dana Mentink

Pages:  219         

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Love Inspired Suspense

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

As a reader, do you ever look for something to read that is quick but exciting to read?  I enjoy the many different stories and authors in the Love Inspired Suspense books.  These books include romance, action, adventure and more.  They are small enough to carry around and short enough for when a quick read is all one desires.  I picked up Dana’s book recently from my personal library collection as the picture and the series, Pacific Coast Private Eyes, is about a diverse family who endured tragedy and came from various careers to keep their father’s company operating.

In this installment, we read Navy Chaplain Angela Gallaher’s story about serving overseas and coming home on leave to see if her shattered life and faith can be restored.  While in the town of Cobalt Cove, taking time to face her personal struggle with PTSD, she meets Dr. Dan Blackwell who also served overseas in the same area.  He is recovering from a serious hand injury and unsure if he will ever return to the operating room, because all he can remember are the names of those whom he couldn’t save.

Now, with two threads of the tale going on, another one is added when Abigail’s twin brother nicknamed Tank, contacts her for reasons she has yet to understand.  While she understands her family business is being private eyes, she also knows she isn’t ready to enter that world until she can face her own demons.  Soon, the mystery of Tank’s contact turns into a deeper mystery involving many more characters in the story and discovering nefarious actions going on in the local hospital.  Along with a couple of antagonistic brothers who appear to people as one thing, but might be something altogether darker once the layers are peeled back from their lives.  What else is happening in the shadows of the beauty of Cobalt Cove?  Grab a copy and discover for yourself.

I highly recommend the whole series as Dana Mentink does a fabulous job of weaving a gripping story right from the first page!

Generous Lies (Hidden Truth #3)

Title:  Generous Lies (Hidden Truth #3)

Author:  Robin Patchen

Pages:  386

Year:  2017

Publisher:  CreateSpace

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Generous Lies is the third installment in the Hidden Truth series.  The first two novels are Convenient Lies and Twisted Lies.  Robin Patchen’s stories are very riveting with a mixture of adventure, danger, mystery and a touch of romance.  Here, a former FBI agent, Garrison, and his son are in a small town while his son recovers from a mixture of drugs he took at a party.  At the same time, a young man’s father has given him a mysterious package to hide until the time for delivery.

When these two events collide, the party and hiding the package, tension ramps up when undesirable repercussions occur.  Aiden, who is recovering from his drug affects, now faces the only real choice he has, which is rehab.  Garrison, who has been talking with Samantha, who owns the cabins on the lake where they are staying, are falling hard for each other, but their pasts are causing some obstacles they must decide to be honest about or let the possible future together go.

Each tale in the series is riveting and grabs not just the attention of readers like myself but the heart too.  The perfect balance of real life issues, with a climatic ending makes for very exciting reading for me! There will soon be another novel in the series to be released by the author, so if you want to catch up in the story make these books a part of your holiday wish list.  Maybe you know readers who would enjoy the series and give them a book or two to start their journey of adventure!

Don’t pass up Robin’s wonderful Hidden Truth series; it is the best with more to come!

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.  Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Giver of Wonders

Title: Giver of Wonders
Author: Roseanna M. White
Pages: 321
Year: 2017
Publisher: WhiteFire
My rating 5+ stars out of 5.
I read the synopsis of the novel when trying to decide which novel to pick up and read after just completing a book. Before reading Giver of Wonders, I went to the back of the book to read the author’s note, which I like to do to see why the story was written. With the holidays right around the corner, it’s the perfect time for this book to be published and read by many people. Some are tired of the commercialism of the times, which the author is as well and that propelled her to look for a fresh perspective. Giver of Wonders is the result of her search, and I thank her for sharing this wonderful and inspiring tale with audiences.
The tale was written to share the truth, set in fiction, of a man known by many as Saint Nickolas or Santa Claus. Readers are propelled back in time to a faraway place where tension between the Jewish people and Hellenists was real where living as a believer unashamed and vocal could be costly. This is the story about the Visibullis family with three grown daughters whose father has put forth a façade. Only the truth is known by his wife for a time. Dorus was a man who lived well beyond his means. To have the money for his daughters’ dowries, he sends his wife begging to her father for her inheritance when tragedy strikes.
From that point forward, readers will become more engaged with each page turned to see what will befall the family the townspeople despise. The only hope for the three daughters is the faith they put in Christ alone and that faith becomes sorely tested. I loved the book; it really was inspiring and challenging. The characters’ faith standing or falling, depending on what was happening in the household, or whether each man who agreed to marry each daughter would stay true to his word despite pressure from family or others.
Watching the slowly revealing faith of Nickolas, learning his true calling in life and whether he would trust and obey the Lord above all else. Here is a book that can be given to readers that will touch hearts, minds and souls with the message of God’s love, His gift of sending Jesus and remaining faithful in the face of intense trials. For me, the lasting impression was how important it is to share the testimony of our faith with generations that follow us, and tell and retell the true history of people like Nickolas to inspire the next generation to carry that Light forth!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. A positive review was not required.

Rescued Hearts

Title: Rescued Hearts
Author: Hope Toler Dougherty
Pages: 320
Year: 2017
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing
My rating 5 out of 5 stars.
What an exciting story! First, readers meet a woman out on a bike ride named Mary Wade. The next thing you know she is kidnapped. From that point on, Mary tries to start a business, heal from her encounter, try not to like the detective who rescued her and so much more! Believe me, at the end of the book, I thought the story was over only to find out there was a touch of genius I had yet to discover in the plot!
Mary is trying to find her way in a world where parents are encouraging her. She is danger or pain, needing to learn to rely on God more and that’s hard for Mary. Plus, when the man she is smitten with can’t make up his mind as he argues within himself for and against a relationship with her, well that sure doesn’t help quiet the insecurity in Mary’s heart.
Add to that an experience with a hurricane, a teenager asking Mary hard questions about God, and more and what do you find? A story that is intriguing to read, and enjoyable along with a few serious and funny moments. Mary has such a hard time when it seems like all her friends are married. She just isn’t someone who grabs the attention of a man worth spending time with until danger is right in her face!
However, don’t take my word for it. Grab a copy, enjoy the adventure and tension in the plot along with learning to believe in God in good times and in bad. I hope you really make time to soak up the tale and share the book with readers you know because it is one nobody should pass up!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”