Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Whatever After/E.M. Tippetts

Synopsis:

    "Chloe’s got it all: a happy marriage to Hollywood A-lister, Jason Vanderholt, her first child on the way, and the chance to be the maid-of-honor in her best friend, Lori’s, upcoming wedding. The stresses of the past year are behind her… almost.

    Chris Winters, Chloe’s half-brother, still isn’t in jail, even though he’s the main suspect in a double homicide. The police don’t have enough hard evidence to charge him with the crime, but Chloe is certain it was him. After all, he tried to kill her when she was a child.

    When Chris begins to stalk Lori, Chloe is furious and decides it is past time he was locked up for good. She has the best security team money can buy, yet she knows they’re missing something, and mistakes in this business can be deadly. The deeper she digs, though, the less the facts add up.

    Chloe’s got mere weeks to figure out how to keep her best friend safe, save the wedding from disaster, and get Chris back in jail where he belongs. That is, if she can gather enough evidence before he strikes again."


Review: 

    This being the 5th book in it's series, answers questions we have been waiting for, yet leaves us with a new round of questions by the end. Which leaves us with hopefully book number 6 in the wings.
    Still the main focus is on keeping Chloe safe from her brother Chris who now is the focus of murder and stalking.
    Chloe is still as tough as ever, and will put her life and her unborn baby's life in a bit of peril by the end of this book.
    Friendship is the root of this story. How far will Chloe go to keep her best friend and her wedding safe?
    All of the characters are strong in their own right. I know I want their a happily ever after. I'm ready!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Condemn Me Not/Heather B. Moore


Synopsis:

    "Susannah North Martin, accused of witchcraft in 1692, joins five women in the Salem Jail, all sentenced to death for their crimes. Amidst tragedy, Susannah finds hope and compassion as she remembers a well-loved life, and readers discover that love reaches far beyond the grave as Susannah faces the magistrates in Salem."

Review: 

     Susannah in her old age has been condemned of Witch Craft. This book takes you from her early years, where she meets and falls in love with her new neighbor George. Then you find her in a prison cell at an old age, being put on trial for crimes she would not/could not commit.
     A love story is where Susannah's life begins, and that love stays with her even through her last days. That is what gets her through the trials she finds herself in.
     A truly real look into the life of a woman who had the courage to go to her death with her head held high, her thoughts on her family, and the peace that awaited her.
     Another great story taken from history!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

For Sale By Owner/Marlene Bateman

Synopsis:

    "McKenzie Forsberg is headed home. She’s quit her big-city job to return to her roots in the small town of Lake Forest. Kenzi hopes to buy her childhood home from her brother, Tom, as a way of revisiting the peace and security she’s been missing in her life. But soon she is shocked to discover that the house has a pending sale, and Tom won’t budge from the sale—not even for his sister.
    Handsome widower Jared Rawlins catches Kenzie’s eye until she realizes that he’s the one who is buying her house—but he can only close the deal if he sells his own house by Christmas Eve. Jared is more than a little interested in Kenzie but has second thoughts when it seems that she may be sabotaging the sale of his home. Slippery feelings of animosity and distrust ensue, with both Jared and Kenzie denying the chemistry between them. But then an unexpected discovery about their connected past puts a new twist in the dynamic. Now, can they set their differences aside and come to terms on a relationship that could last forever?"

Review:

    A boy and girl, friendship is forever right? Until the boy moves away and life takes them both in two different directions. Years later Kenzie and her daughter make a surprise move home with intentions of buying her childhood home.
    Enter Jared and his son, who have already made a deal on the home. When Kenzie finds out, she will do what she needs to, to find a loophole and finally get her home. Meeting each other for the first time, sparks fly (attraction) but must fight it, and let the battle (for home) begin.
    A fun romance with a bit of mystery. If you want a home town feel for your reading pleasure, then this is a great one.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The Moses Chronicles Vol: 3, Exodus/H.B. Moore

Synopsis:

    "Let my people go . . .
A plea has been made in behalf of the children of Israel. Now comes the epic climax years in the making—the final showdown between two of the most powerful men in history—one fueled by pride, the other guided by the word of God. Moses has received an extraordinary call from the Lord: he is to lead the exodus of the Hebrew people out of Egypt, ending generations of bondage. And he must return to the land of his birth to boldly petition a man he does not want to challenge . . . or lose to: Ramses—pharaoh of Egypt. Ramses, harboring years of feeling betrayed by his best friend, is determined to stop Moses no matter the cost. He will not yield, even as a dark veil of plagues and pestilence descends over the land of Egypt.
What follows is a powerful chronicle of the struggles of the children of Israel as they traverse uncharted territory, both physically and spiritually. Amid the horrific catastrophes devastating their land and through the dramatic events that follow, the Hebrews must face their fears and their faltering faith. For even in the darkest of times, there are manifestations of the Lord's constant care to inspire their hope for a bright future."

Review:

    This is the last installment of the Moses Chronicles. Finishing this series is bitter sweet. I know the story from the Bible, as do most people, but Heather has taken another historical event and expanded it making those past events come to life.
    Moses is now reunited, not just with his biological family, but the mother who raised him. He has brought his own little family out of the wilderness to do the Lords work. Trials and tribulations run rampant effecting not just the Egyptians, but the Hebrews.
    Moses needs to find his strength and courage to lead his people out of the grip of Ramses. Thank goodness for his brother Aaron and those close to him. Family is a powerful influence.
    Read all the Moses Chronicles, follow the Prophet who led the children of Israel out of bondage and on the path to freedom.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

The Soldier's Bride/Rachelle J. Christensen

Synopsis:

    "As WWII ration cards and battle scars become commonplace across America, it seems to Evelyn that even love is rationed out. When she finds a message from her late husband tucked inside a music box, Jim’s words have the power to change her life: Don't die with me.
    Words written out of love, long-lost but never forgotten.
    Grief stricken, Evelyn is unsure of how to honor his request, but she finds the courage to keep on living. Jim’s note urges her to give the music box away to unlock the secret within, and although it breaks her heart again, Evelyn trades the music box for a cradle to hold her infant son. Thus begins the decades-long journey of the music box, mending broken hearts, reuniting lost loves, and giving people the courage to heal themselves along the way.
    This romance crosses battlefields and time as the music box touches the lives of two soldiers, a broken father, a crippled child, a struggling farmer, and a woman once called the soldier's bride."

Review:

    I don't know what to really say about this book......I liked it, but didn't love it. I am not a fan of love triangles, so that was a mark off. I don't enjoy having many points of view and trying to keep up with who's talking and where they were left off. She did space them out and had the chapter marked with the name of who the chapter was focusing on.
    I did love the music box and how it meant something to each person that it was in the hands of. Especially the little messages they left with it before it passed off to the next. This book spanned, I would say about 27 years, most of it in the first few years.
    This book took me through most emotions you could think of. One of my favorite parts was the appearance of the gravestone. Can you guess who's side I was on??!! The story was well thought out and written. Just because I am not a fan of some of the details of the book, doesn't mean I had to hate it. I liked it! I was rooting for the happiness of all, and the joy those received from one little music box, that was made with love right from the start.
    I was given this book for an honest review. I have read other books from Rachelle and plan to continue with many more!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

The Magnificent World of Spirits/Marlene Sullivan

Synopsis:

          "Life. Death. Life.
Not everyone who visits the spirit world stays there. The Magnificent World of Spirits: Eyewitness Accounts of Where We Go When We Die, gives fascinating glimpses of life beyond the veil by people who visited the spirit world during the early years of the LDS Church.
Filled with stories of insight and inspiration, The Magnificent World of Spirits is a stirring book that combines documented personal experiences with scripture, commentary, and quotes from latter-day prophets and other leaders. This book will bring you peace as you come to understand what awaits on the other side of the veil. After reading this book, you will never think of life—or death—in the same way."

Review:

    Another look into near-death experiences and a look into the past. If you haven't read the book Gaze Into Heaven, that is fine, this just expands on more experiences. But I would recommend that book as well.
    These experiences were had by people early on in LDS church history. Back then (even today) people have been looked down upon and are called crazy for having dreams, visions, and near death experiences. How do we know that what they saw is worth believing? For me it's what the spirit speaks to me.
    What happens when we die? Well we will all find out when that time comes. These stories shared are personal experiences. They are all different, yet give hope for a life with peace, love, and forever families.

Here is Marlene's Website:   www.marlenebateman.info
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Deliverance/H.B. Moore

Synopsis:

     "Moses’s life as he knew it is over. He has chosen to stand for his beliefs at the cost of being cast out of his royal home and family. He is free of the wickedness of Egypt, but peace is not to be found, for Moses is as much an aimless wanderer as those in the nomadic tribe he encounters in the wilderness. Exhausted by long weeks of travel, he nevertheless jumps to action when he observes a group of young women accosted by a band of Bedrayan men at a communal well. These lovely daughters of Jethro are grateful for his help, and their Midianite tribe welcomes Moses with open arms. As he learns the ways of the Midianites, his kinship with Jethro grows—as does his admiration of one of Jethro’s daughters, Zipporah. But when Moses suddenly receives a burning call to free the very people he has long oppressed, will he have the courage to return to the land from which he has been exiled?"

Review:

     This is the second book in the Moses Chronicles. In the first book we left Moses heading for the wilderness. We meet up with him again after he has wandered a few weeks into his journey, which he still doesn't know where he is going to end up.
    Zipporah has lived in the wilderness all her life. That's all she knows. When Moses and her meet, they don't speak each others language, but actions speak louder then words.
    This is a sweet love story, and that is what takes up most of this book (no complaints from me!). Towards the end is when he learns of his great calling, to lead the children of Egypt out of bondage. I am excited to read about the plagues and such in the next book. The end of this one leaves you hanging and wanting more.
    If you love the story of Moses in the Bible I am pretty sure you will enjoy these books, that delve into the truth of one of our most beloved Prophets.