Book Review, “Breach of Trust,” Rachel Dylan author

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Breach of Trust, by Rachel Dylan, is the third book in the Atlanta Justice series. It follows Deadly Proof and Lone Witness. It tracks the third of a group of women who met in college and have remained friends.

Mia Shaw only wants to help her friend Chase celebrate his first year as a partner when she finds him brutally murdered instead. An attorney in the same firm, Mia is given his case to complete. Noah Ramirez’s friend is arrested for Chase’s murder. Sure that his friend is innocent, Noah ends up working closely with Mia to find the truth. As they find more and more evidence, the dangers that powerful people present great danger to Mia, who realizes that she saw the murderer on her way to Chase’s apartment the night he was killed. The two draw closer throughout the case, and just when they think they are safe, another danger arises.

I enjoyed this book. It was well-written, and I could relate to many of the characters. I especially like the twist at the end. I also found it encouraging that such a close-knit group of friends attended different churches.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Daughter of Joy,” Kathleen Morgan author

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Daughter of Joy, by Kathleen Morgan, is the first book in the Brides of Culdee Creek series.  Its inspiration was found in a condolence card that Morgan received after her son passed away, “For every joy that passes, something beautiful remains.” In addition, the main character’s name, Abigail, means “source of joy.” The primary scripture base for the story is found in Psalm 51:12, “Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation, and uphold me with thy free spirit.”

Abigail Stanton accepts a position as housekeeper and cook at Culdee Creek for Conor MacKay, a widower with a daughter. Although Conor has a terrible reputation in the nearest town, Colorado Springs, Abby feels the Lord leading her to accept the position. Things get off to a rocky start, then begin to improve. But when one of the hired men attacks Abby, Conor responds by assuming Abby invited the attention. Abby leaves the ranch, leaving a large hole in everyone’s heart.

I enjoyed this book. The characters were very realistic, with flaws that are common in many around me. I especially liked Abby’s determination to succeed, even in extremely difficult circumstances. Ella was a refreshing and devoted friend, adding much to the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially set in the Old West.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Louder Song,” Aubrey Sampson author

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The Louder Song, by Aubrey Sampson, is a book that leads us to a place of hope. It presents a pathway through suffering with lament. According to the author, lament “minds the gap between current hopelessness and coming hope.”

The book begins with a forward from Shannon Etheridge. It goes on to offer “An Invitation to Lament and Hope.” Other chapters include: It’s Okay to Be Honest, When Pain is Chronic, When You Just Need to Do Something, and What Kind of God do We Have?  After this Sampson includes an appendix offering advice. Another appendix offers Bible verses to read during pain, after which is a study guide to use with one’s own lament journey.

I found this book very informative. The personal stories from the author’s own life enhance the facts presented. The idea of lament leading to hope and a pathway to the future is something everyone needs at some point in his or her life.

I would recommend this book to anyone going through a difficult time in life or trying to assist someone else going through such a time.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “Delayed Justice,” Cara Putman author

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Delayed Justice, by Cara Putman, is the third book in the Hidden Justice series and follows her two previous books, Beyond Justice and Imperfect Justice. It tells the story of a woman abused as a child who is finally ready to seek justice.

Jaime Nichols was eight-years-old when her uncle began abusing her. Now a successful criminal defense attorney, she decides to press charges against him. When she discovers that her uncle is being considered as a one-star general, she realizes that the timing makes her case suddenly very public. Chandler Bolton works with veterans returning home from combat, helping them adjust. He also has a therapy dog, Aslan. When he and Jaime are called to assist a young girl who has been abused and needs support in and out of the courtroom, they begin to support each other as well. When both begin to experience dangerous situations, they seek protection in each other’s company.

I enjoyed this book. Its plot kept my attention from beginning to end. I loved the characters and could relate to them. I especially liked Jaime’s parents, who felt guilty but tried to be supportive when they found out what had happened. I also liked Jaime’s friends, who were a wonderful support system for her. Everyone should have such friends.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.

Kara

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Book Review, “Inspire Catholic Bible,” NLT

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The Inspire Catholic Bible, New Living Translation, is a wonderful Bible designed for all ages and skill levels.

This Bible is the newest addition to the Inspire line. It is the first Catholic coloring Bible. It features over 450 beautiful Scripture line-art illustrations to color plus two-inch-wide lightly ruled margins with extra space to write notes and reflections or to draw and create original art. It also features 8.65-point font that is larger and easy to read. It is printed on high-quality white Bible paper that is perfect for coloring or drawing.

The text included in this Bible has been approved by the Catholic Church for personal reading. It contains the official Imprimatur.

This Bible is made with high-quality and is recommended for anyone who is looking for a Catholic coloring Bible.

Kara

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Book Review, “Lethal Target,” Janice Cantore author

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Lethal Target, by Janice Cantore, is the second book in the Line of Duty series. It follows Crisis Shot. Set in the present day, it continues the story of Tess O’Rourke, police officer who began the first book in Long Beach, California.

Tess, now police chief of Rogue’s Hollow, Oregon, begins investigating the suspicious death of an eighteen-year-old. While the death was staged as an overdose, the boy was not a known drug user, and Tess attempts to find the truth. Meanwhile, there are suspicious things happening at the new pot farm nearby, as well as with many of the people who work there. When her nemesis from Long Beach, Hector Connor-Ruiz shows up in town to stir up trouble for Tess, things begin to escalate. Other victims are found dead, and three people are missing. One of the dead bodies is found on Tess’s porch, and she is asked to take vacation time during the investigation. But Tess is determined to continue looking into leads as they present themselves, regardless of the danger involved.

This was a marvelous book. I enjoyed the fast-pace and constant action in this story. I especially liked Oliver’s interaction with Cherry and the inclusion of Tilly’s continued recovery.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.

Kara

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Book Review, “When the Heart Sings,” Liz Tolsma author

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When the Heart Sings #2  -     By: Liz Tolsma

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: When the Heart Sings
Series: Music of Hope #2
Author: Liz Tolsma
Publisher: Gilead Publishing
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Natia has a secret, and she’s hiding him right beneath her captor’s nose…

The Nazis have forced Natia and Teodor from their Polish farm to a labor camp. When the couple is separated, Natia is chosen to be the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer, and Teodor is sent to work in the factory. Despite the strict camp rules—and the consequences for disobeying them—Natia finds a way to communicate with Teodor by sending messages through song as she passes Teodor’s dormitory.

The stakes get higher when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep. She is determined to protect the boy and raise him as the child she and her husband were unable to bear— but if her German captors discover how much she’s hiding, both she and Teodor may pay the ultimate price.

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Review:

When the Heart Sings, by Liz Tolsma, is a marvelous book. It is the second book in the Music of Hope series.  Set in Poland in 1943 during World War II, it tells the story of a couple sent to a work camp.

Natia and Teodor Palinska have are still mourning the loss of another baby when they receive orders to report to a work camp. They leave their peaceful farm, only to be separated later. Teodor is sent to work in a factory, while Natia is chosen to by the housekeeper for the camp’s overseer. Natia takes a great risk in attempting communication with Teodor by singing as she passes his dormitory.  Then, when Natia finds a Jewish orphan on the overseer’s doorstep, she risks even more. She decides to protect the child and raise him as her own, the child she and her husband were unable to have.

This was a wonderful book. I enjoyed the story immensely. I especially like the way their love endured all of the harsh realities of the war.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, especially set during World War II.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

Passionate might best describe Liz Tolsma. She loves writing, research, and editing. Her passion shone through in her first novel which was a double award finalist. On any given day, you might find her pulling weeds in her perennial garden, walking her hyperactive dog, or curled up with a good book. Nothing means more to her than her family. She’s married her high-school sweetheart twenty-eight years ago. Get her talking about international adoption, and you might never get her to stop. She and her husband adopted three children, including a son who is a U.S. Marine, and two daughters.

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