An Amish Summer

Title: An Amish Summer
Author: Shelley Shephard Gray, Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelley Irvin
Pages: 400
Year: 2017
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
My rating 4 out of 5 stars.
An Amish Summer is a collection of four novellas written by some of my favorite authors. Each story is its own individual story. The titles of the novellas are A Reunion in Pinecraft, Summer Storms, Lakeside Love, and One Sweet Kiss.
The reunion is where four Amish young people go to Pinecraft on vacation after originally meeting at a wedding six months prior in Pinecraft. The neat twist in the story is that Sherry and Graham’s idea of a reunion might come with a huge surprise for the whole group! The second tale is about Arianna’s courting with Jesse, but her brother Tobias’ action may just cost her the future for which she has been preparing. In the third story, two sisters, Esther and Sarah, are in turmoil with each other over a young man who has been working for their father. In the last novella, Jacob and Martha have been best friends for ages, but because of Jacob’s recent choices their future happiness may now be no longer!
I enjoyed each novella by the authors. There are a couple of the stories I could understand the characters better having read the novels. The last novella written by Kelly Irvin was unfamiliar to me so it took me a little bit to get into what was occurring in the book. I love collections of novellas as they allow me time to read a story and then put the book down when having to attend to life. Then, I can easily pick up the book right where I left off and enjoy the next story. The four novellas are a great read while on vacation or at the beach! May you have fun reading them as much as I and share them with someone who loves to read!
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.”

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Twisted Justice (The Hunt for Justice #2)

Title: Twisted Justice (The Hunt for Justice #2)
Author: Diane Capri
Pages: 528
Year: 2016
Publisher: AugustBooks
My rating 4 ½ out of 5 stars.
Willa Carson is the main character in this story. She is a federal judge and married to an entrepreneur who runs a 5-star restaurant in Tampa, Florida. The story is quite interesting as it deals with a Supreme Court nomination, a retired general, murder and her court caseload. The intricacies of the novel really kept me in suspense as Willa’s husband is accused of murdering the general for political reasons. George’s personality is really different than Willa’s; yet, they have a strong marriage and strong friendship. Willa knows she cannot get involved or she puts her job as a judge in jeopardy, but she also thinks like a lawyer who wants to advocate heartily for her client.
George’s nickname for his wife is Mighty Mouse, which I just love because Willa always wants to come in and save the day. Willa has very little patience for her boss or for people who seem to run roughshod over others. Willa wants to save her husband from having to go through an indictment and a long trial, but George advocates she let him handle it his way. What ensues is definitely a clash of personalities and problem-solving methods that tests their marriage’s strength and endurance.
One of the issues talked about in the story is the military policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell”. If this is something that bothers you as a reader, just know it’s part of the tale. The author handles the delicate subject of sexual choices without going into detail or advocating one side or another. She does an awesome job of helping readers stay tuned to the mystery of finding out who killed the general and why along with a couple other cases Willa is handling in her courtroom.
The author also does a great job of showing how hard lawyers and judges work, and how hard it can be to maintain an unbiased attitude when handing down decisions in a case. Look for more novels coming from the pen of Diane Capri as she has a couple of different series for readers to enjoy.

Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force #2)

Title:  Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force #2)

Author:  DiAnn Mills

Pages:  416

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

My rating is 5 out of 5 stars.

Tori Templeton is a special agent with the FBI.  She has recently lost her young brother to cancer.  Her brother had a deep faith in God, but Tori is struggling with grief and God.  Now, she is called upon to investigate a murder with a possible terrorist link.  She may have a conflict of interest as the victim is her best friend’s husband, Nathan Moore.  Her partner, Max, isn’t sure if she can do her job professionally without letting her feelings skew her viewpoint.  Tori is determined to maintain her focus and do her job, but she must also deal with her best friend’s grief over losing her husband.  The handsome landscaper, who is a friend of the victim and his family, might just be able to help her solve the case.

Cole Jeffers has left law enforcement after a traumatic event.  He now owns his own successful landscaping business.  With this friend murdered, Cole feels God’s nudging to pick up his badge again.  His friendship demands he use his experience and skill to help find Nathan’s killer and free Nathan’s wife from suspicion as a prime suspect in his death.  However, Cole doesn’t expect that he will also be looked at as a suspect as the investigation gets underway.

This story has plenty of suspense, mystery and intrigue.  There was more than one suspect and motive, which kept me thinking and trying to decide the culprit for quite some time.  There is also a good sense of humor brought to the mix through the character of Cole.  He obeys God’s call to return to law enforcement to help Tori solve a murder.  He coaxes Tori into trusting him with his smile, humor and faith that leads to the beginning of a romance.  Tori must deal with the recent death of her brother as well as prove her best friend didn’t kill her husband.  I enjoyed reading about how these characters worked out their problems.  I can’t wait for what comes next from the pen of this author!

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.”

Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)

Title: Deadly Encounter (FBI Task Force #1)
Author: DiAnn Mills
Pages: 390
Year: 2016
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
My rating is 4 out of 5 stars.
FBI Agent Alex LeBlanc is called to the scene of a murder at a small private airport near Houston, involving a downed quadcopter stolen from the U.S. Army. Quadcopters have been used by terrorists to bring down planes. Alex must find out who the dead man is, how the quadcopter is involved and exactly why a volunteer airport ranger, Stacy Broussard, has blood on her shirt. As Alex gathers clues and asks endless questions in his quest for information, he begins to see Stacy as more than a volunteer airport ranger and full-time veterinarian. Before he knows it, she has crept into his heart. However, she comes to a relationship with an adopted 12-year-old son. Is Alex ready for this kind of relationship?
Stacy Broussard is 35 years old, works a lot and volunteers in the few spare hours she has. She also has come to love her next-door neighbor, Whitt. She plans to adopt him as soon as possible, but first must jump through all the legal hoops. One morning as she patrols the airport, she discovers a dead body. She calls in the crime and checks over the bloody dog found next to the body for injuries. The agent who responds to the call is handsome, but rude. Stacy wants nothing more to do with him, but her wish is not to be granted. Soon her very life will be on the line as there is more going on than solving a murder and adopting a 12-year-old boy.
I absolutely loved the character of Whitt in this story! He is a genius in his mind, but still has the insecurities of a 12-year-old boy who has endured a very tough life thus far. My heart went out to him. Stacy’s love and compassion for Whitt and others in her neighborhood shine throughout the story. Her dedication to make her neighborhood a better place to live is admirable. I also liked the Cajun influence and faith aspect of the story very much. I would have liked there to be more action in the story as it moved a little too slow for me, but it was a good read. I look forward to book two in the series, Deep Extraction, so look for my review soon.

With This Peace

Title:  With This Peace

Author:  Karen Campbell Prough

Pages:  346

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Firefly Southern Fiction

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Ella Dessa is a woman whose story we learn in Karen’s first book, The Girl Called Ella Dessa followed by Within the Candle’s Glow.  I highly recommend you read each book in order as Ella’s character goes through many experiences that change her heart and life before we read about her again in this novel set in the year 1847.

Ella has a tender heart and her life has been rough.  Life during this time is harsh, especially as she moves from Georgia to Florida with her husband and two children.  Indians are but one obstacle to avoid, along with alligators and rattlesnakes.  Ella must carefully navigate new waters of various encounters with people in a land where people aren’t physically close but danger lurks with the wildlife coming close to the ones she loves.

In the novel, Ella must decide if she can endure one more heartache.  Her friend Luke helps her navigate the way to at least a temporary safe place until Ella’s husband can return to her.  All three of Karen’s novels about Ella Dessa are heart-grabbing and one never wants to stop reading the story!  Karen has a way for drawing her readers in and keep them turning the pages for hours to see what is just around the bend for Ella to experience.  I can say one better be prepared for surprise twists and turns in a novel that is just exceptional.

I don’t know if this is where Karen will leave her character, Ella Dessa, but I sure have enjoyed reading each novel in the series.  These are very moving tales that I will read again sometime in the future and hope you want to read them today!

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.”

Due Justice (The Hunt for Justice Series #1)

Title:  Due Justice (The Hunt for Justice Series #1)

Author:  Diane Capri

Pages:  316

Year:  2014

Publisher:  AugustBooks

My rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Due Justice introduces to audiences the main character of Judge Wilhelmina (Willa) Carson as a federal judge in the Tampa Bay area.  We get bits and pieces of Willa’s past throughout the novel.  She is married to a man named George who owns and runs a very famous restaurant on the first floor of the building where they live.  On the second floor, the judge and her husband reside with two dogs who are supposed to be guard dogs, but are more like fun-loving puppies to all who come in the door.

Willa, at least to me, is a unique character with strong convictions and a Mighty Mouse complex.  Her husband attached that Mighty Mouse name to her because she always wants to rush in where fools shouldn’t because she wants to fix a problem.  However, in this story, Willa is beginning to see that she cannot save all even though she tries very hard.  I like her ability to read most of the other characters’ actions, words and body language whether they are in her court or elsewhere.

Willa especially tries to save her sister Carly from her own self-destruction and the multiple situations she seems to create in her life.  Carly is the youngest and her insecurities and strong-willed nature tend to put her in tough spots.  She also has a problem of not telling the truth even to Willa.  Willa begins to try and figure out what Carly shared with her, including knowing the identity of a recent murder victim before the police!  With Willa’s job and oath to office, she comes very close to being impeached as a federal judge.

Now Willa is not a saint; she is a cigar-toting woman in her private home and sometimes her actions put her in danger.  In the novel, there are a couple uses of foul language, but overall the author does an excellent job of keeping readers engrossed in the mystery while at the same time building suspense.  There were a couple of times I found myself laughing just imaging a scene in the book or reading Willa’s thoughts about some people in the higher echelons of society.  I plan on reading the next novel in the series soon titled, Twisted Justice.  Watch for a review coming soon!

The Most Misused Stories in the Bible

Title:  The Most Misused Stories in the Bible

Author:  Eric J. Bargerhuff

Pages:  176

Year:  2017

Publisher:  Bethany

My rating 4 out of 5.

I read the book in a couple of sittings so I could digest what the author was presenting.  There are some very good points the author makes to correct misapplied or misunderstood parts of the Bible.  I agree with the author who states that context determines the meaning along with using the whole counsel of God.

Most of what is presented is definitely food for thought.  There are a few chapters though where I disagreed with the author mainly because it promotes Church to the exclusion of the Jewish people.  In other words, he leaves out the need for a historical, ethnic and understanding of the times when these events took place.  The other problem was where I felt he was encouraging people to the New Testament while downplaying or ignoring The Old Testament.

So regardless of what I think, if you read the book please read discerningly.

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.”

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