Book Review, “Long Time Gone,” Mary Connealy author

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Long Time Gone, by Mary Connealy, is the second book in The Cimarron Legacy series.  It continues the story of the Boden family’s fight to save both their ranch and their family.  With Chance and Veronica in Denver struggling to save Chance’s leg, their children are left to continue the battle in New Mexico.

When Cole is shot, Angie Dupree arrives to assist the doctor at the Boden ranch. But as Cole begins to heal, the remainder of the family continue to investigate the attacks on their family. As they uncover more evidence that the man who died is just the beginning of their problems, they find that the evidence may lead back decades. Justin tries to protect his family and root out those responsible, but he finds himself continually distracted by Angie. When she refuses to marry him, stating her need to prove her own strength alone, he finds himself in a difficult situation. If their enemies realize his attraction to Angie, they may target her in order to get to him.

I enjoyed this book very much.  It was fast-paced and easy to follow, even if one had not read the first book in the series. I especially liked Rosita, who quietly served the family in the background in whatever way was necessary, a loyal friend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian historical fiction.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “If I’m Found,” Terri Blackstock author

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If I’m Found, by Terri Blackstock, is the second book in the If I Run series.  This book, written in first person, begins where the first book left off. It is full of action and includes the emotions of the characters.

Casey Cox is running from the law, trying to hide while she proves her innocence in the murder of her friend, Brent. Dylan Roberts is a private investigator hired by Brent’s parents, trying to find Casey and allegedly bring her to justice. Dylan, however, knows the Casey is not guilty, so he keeps her secret, continuing to work with the local police—the actual murderers—to prove her innocence and their guilt. Meanwhile, Casey meets a man falsely accused of a crime and a little girl in an abusive situation. She struggles with balancing her attempts at proving her innocence while helping right the other situation.

This was a riveting book.  I do not usually enjoy reading books written in first person and honestly did not expect to like this one, but I must admit that I could not put it down.  Even though I had not read the first book, I did not have any trouble understanding the action in this one. Casey has a kind heart and insists on helping those she encounters in spite of her personal situation. Dylan is a man of integrity, trying to bring the true criminals to justice.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “NIV Faithlife Study Bible,” Zondervan publishers

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The NIV Faithlife Study Bible: Intriguing Insights to Inform Your Faith, published by Zondervan, strives to reach and prove its usefulness to everyone, regardless of the level of their faith or experience with Christianity. It is put together in order to show that there is always more to learn about the Bible.

This Bible is filled with ways to assist many types of learners. Many aspects are adapted from the Faithlife Study Bible app. The individual book introductions include outlines and information about background culture, themes, and maps and timelines. The verse-by-verse study notes reveal information from the original Biblical languages. There are contributions from respected scholars such as Charles Stanley and Randy Alcorn. There are over one hundred full-color graphics, timelines, and tables. There are three detailed timelines regarding the life of Jesus. Also included are twenty-seven family trees and people diagrams to illustrate the manner in which people in the Bible are related to one another.

This hardback study Bible is amazing. It’s many tools for in-depth study would be an asset to any Bible scholar, whether just beginning to read the scriptures or already well-informed. I especially appreciated the many tables and timelines, as well as the family trees.

I would recommend this Bible to anyone studying God’s Word.

Kara

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Book Review, “When God Made You,” Matthew Paul Turner author

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When God Made You, written by Matthew Paul Turner and illustrated by David Catrow, is a delightful children’s book. With its colorful pictures and catchy rhyme and rhythm, it is sure to be a favorite in any home with young children.

This book strives to inform children that they are loved. In fact, God not only loved them before they were born, but He planned and created every aspect of their being. The book tells little ones that God knew such things as their physical traits, personalities, and talents before they were even thought of here on earth. It encourages them to use their gifts for God’s glory from a young age.

I enjoyed this book.  It was charming and held my attention to the very end. The illustrations were interesting and appropriate for young children. I liked the idea that children can be taught about their importance and usefulness to God early in their development.

I would recommend this book to anyone with young children in their lives.

Kara

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Book Review, “An Uncommon Protector,” Shelley Shepard Gray author

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An Uncommon Protector, by Shelley Shepard Gray, is the first book in the Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series. It is set near Sweetwater, Texas, in 1867. In addition, there are flashbacks to Johnson’s Island, Ohio in 1865.

Laurel Tracey is the owner of the Red Roan Ranch, having lost her family during the Civil War and just after. In desperate need of help, she takes a chance and pays to free a man she does not know, Thomas Baker, from jail. Thomas, jailed because he could not pay his gambling debts, agrees to work for Laurel for one year in return. When strange and dangerous events begin to take place on the ranch, Laurel and Thomas are unsure exactly how to protect it and keep it running. As they fight the unknown enemy, they begin to feel more than the need to protect each other. In the end, Laurel and Thomas must decide if it is worth the danger to remain.

I enjoyed this book very much.  Both Laurel and Thomas had a level of integrity that one does not often see today. I admired Laurel’s strength in making tough decisions, even when others did agree with her. I appreciated that Thomas did not use his past troubles as an excuse for his current situation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance novels or stories about the old west.

Kara

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Book Review, “Maybe It’s You,” Candace Calvert author

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Maybe It’s You, by Candace Calvert, is the third book in the Crisis Team series.  Set in Los Angeles, it tells the story of a woman attempting to begin a new life after a series of tough circumstances and poor life choices.

Sloane Ferrell, formerly Sloane Wilder, has created a new life in Los Angeles after leaving a man connected to serious crime and a personal battle with alcoholism. Micah Prescott’s job is to improve the hospital’s image, but he also volunteers as a crisis responder. Drawn to Sloane, he is puzzled by her passion for privacy. But as the two begin a new relationship, several crimes in the area expose details of Sloane’s past that endanger her. When Micah learns of her alcoholism, he hesitates to continue their relationship due to his prejudice against alcoholics, even though she is no longer drinking.

I enjoyed this book.  The characters were realistic, with real life problems and mindsets. I especially liked Celeste and Piper, with their down to earth love for the Lord and practical descriptions of His love for us. Also, the author’s experience as a former ER nurse was obvious in the details of the story.

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

Kara

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Book Review, “The Angel of Forest Hill,” Cindy Woodsmall author

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The Angel of Forest Hill, by Cindy Woodsmall, is An Amish Christmas Romance. It is a beautiful story filled with sacrifice, devotion, and love.

Rose Kurtz, Old Order Amish, is asked to leave her family in Pennsylvania—including all eleven brothers—and travel to West Virginia to help Joel Dienner with his three young children when his wife dies shortly after childbirth. For practical reasons, she agrees to marry Joel, in name only, and care for them. Years later, as Joel finally moves past grieving his first wife, the two of them begin to grow closer. But when those around them discover the state of their marriage, pressure comes to annul it and go their separate ways.  They must decide whether or not that’s what they truly want.

I enjoyed this book.  Rose’s sacrifice to stay with the children seems incredible, but it also helps her escape a difficult home life. Joel’s pain at his wife’s sudden death is unbearable, but he eventually works through it. I especially liked the way Rose and her mother death with their issues together toward the end of the story.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.

Kara

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