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Book Review, “Bringing Maggie Home,” Kim Vogel Sawyer author

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Bringing Maggie Home, by Kim Vogel Sawyer, is a marvelous novel.  It tells the story of a woman with a problem that occurred when she was a child and affected her entire life.

Hazel DeFord was 10-years-old when she left her 3-year-old sister for a few moments to chase a snake away from some baby bunnies and her sister disappeared. After this, Hazel’s father returned to his alcoholic ways and her family fell apart. Hazel later smothers her own daughter in an effort to protect her, but she never speaks of her sister. When Her granddaughter Meghan, a Cold Case detective, comes to visit while recovering from an accident, and Hazel’s daughter arrives at the same time, they decide to make a scrapbook together of Hazel’s life. Meghan accidentally discovers a picture of Hazel’s sister, and the secret comes out. Meghan asks her partner to investigate Maggie’s disappearance. When he discovers that several other children also went missing during the same time period, the investigation deepens.

This was an incredible book. I did not want to put it down. I especially liked Hazel and her steady faith. I liked the manner in which Diane and Meghan slowly began to accept Christ, even though they originally had no interest. I also appreciated the fact that Sean would not date Meghan until after she became a Christian.

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, “The Promise of Dawn,” Lauraine Snelling author

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The Promise of Dawn, by Lauraine Snelling, is the first book in the Under Northern Skies series. It is a branch off the Red River series, connecting cousins Ingeborg and Gunlaug of Norway. The many social issues addressed in this novel include loyalty, slavery, taking advantage of loved ones, and the importance of education.

Rune and Signe Carlson accept an offer from Rune’s uncle, Einar Strand, to pay their family’s passage to America. In exchange for this, they agree to work on his farm to repay their debt. With their limited English and Signe expecting their fourth child, they sail for America, only to find that Uncle Einar and Aunt Gerd are hard hearted people who expect constant hard work. As Signe helps restore Gerd to health, the woman begins to change. Einar, on the other hand, becomes more and more difficult to live with. Rune and Signe struggle to find a way to respectfully repay their debt and yet demand fair treatment.

I enjoyed this book very much. Having read many books by this author, I had great expectations and was not disappointed! I certainly appreciate modern conveniences much more after reading about the hard work in this story just to survive. I found myself sympathetic to Rune and Signe’s plight, standing up for their children and yet remaining respectful to another adult.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys 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, “31 Proverbs to Light Your Path,” Liz Curtis Higgs author

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31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, by Liz Curtis Higgs, is a beautifully written devotional. Filled with stories and eloquent descriptions of God’s Word, this book presents the scriptures in a loving and easy to understand way.

The book includes many features to assist the readers in their walk with God. As the title indicates, there are thirty-one devotions, each centered around a different proverb. Each includes a scripture, a word by word study of that scripture, a prayer, and a “One Minute, One Step” challenge to help brighten one’s own path. Liz also includes an introduction explaining the devotional, a list of different versions of the Bible, and notes with specific verses divided into lists by topic. The study guide at the end provides the opportunity for personal or group study for those wishing to dive deeper into the Word.

I found this to be a delightful book. As always, Liz Curtis Higgs presents God’s Word in a simple and down to earth manner that would brighten anyone’s day and encourage him to desire a deeper relationship with Christ.  I especially appreciate the one-minute ideas at the end of each entry that provide opportunities to take action.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to deepen a relationship with Christ.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Heart on the Line,” Karen Witemeyer author

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Heart on the Line, by Karen Witemeyer, is the second installment of the Ladies of Harper’s Station series. It follows No Other Will Do. Harper’s Station is located in the old west, with mainly female residents.

Grace Mallory relocates to Harper’s Station after witnessing her father’s murder. She brings with her, however, evidence of a crime that her father was attempting to turn over to a Pinkerton agent. When those implicated located her, sending a threatening message, Amos Bledsoe rushes to the rescue.  He and Grace, both telegraph operators, have been developing a relationship over the wires. He hopes to save her from danger and become her hero, but upon arrival Amos discovers that Grace and the other residents of Harper’s Station are not as helpless as he originally thought.

Even though I had not read the first book in this series, I enjoyed this book. Though some events from the first book are referenced, one does not need it to understand this one.  I liked the independent nature of the women in this book. I especially appreciated Amos’s sense of humor and the nicknames he gave people, such as Revolver Granny.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading western or 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, “Gathering the Threads,” Cindy Woodsmall author

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Gathering the Threads, by Cindy Woodsmall, is the third book in the Amish of Summer Grove series. In this book, Ariana Brenneman returns to her Amish family after being forced to spend time with her English birth parents for several months.

Ariana’s simple world has been torn apart. Finding out she was not truly a Brenneman, but having been raised Amish only to be immersed in the English world, has been confusing and heartbreaking. When Ariana returns home, she finds that it is not as simple as she thought it would be. She begins to question Amish ways and beliefs that she previously followed blindly. She loves her family, but desperately needs some space from them. Her Amish family does not understand, and her English family wants her to return to them. Ariana’s friend, Quill Schlabach attempts to help her, but only Ariana can pick up the threads of both worlds and weave them together.

This was a wonderful book.  I did not want to put it down. I appreciated the way that each character’s situation was given ample attention in the book. I especially liked that Ariana’s brothers and sisters were involved in trying to help her navigate her new situation.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish 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, “Just Look Up,” Courtney Walsh author

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Just Look Up, by Courtney Walsh, is a charming novel.  Set in the present day, it tells a story of love and forgiveness not just with friends and coworkers, but also within one’s own family.

Lane Kelly is a busy interior designer climbing to the top of her Chicago-based firm. When she receives a call with news that her brother has been involved in an accident and is in a coma, the last thing she wants to do is return home to Harbor Point, Michigan, to help.  She left her family behind years ago and has no interest in returning to them.  Ryan Brooks never thought he would settle in Harbor Point. But after returning from fighting overseas with the army, he found himself drawn to the place that brought him peace as a child.  When the two reunite over Nate, Lane’s brother and Ryan’s best friend, Ryan realizes that he has always loved Lane and sets about building a relationship with her.

This was a wonderful story. The many examples of patience and love, not just with Lane and Ryan but with the entire family, are inspiring. I especially liked the contrast between the busy city life and the peaceful life of a small town. I also was drawn to Betsy, the patient and loyal friend.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian romance 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, “The Essential Guide to Prayer,” Dutch Sheets author

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The Essential Guide to Prayer: How to Pray with Power and Effectiveness, by Dutch Sheets, is a wonderful book. It encourages the reader to develop a stronger prayer life by developing a “solid relationship with God as Father and friend.”

The many chapters in this book cover several different aspects of prayer. Some of these are priority, plan, person, purpose, prize, place, protection, power, perseverance, pain, and pleasure. Each chapter closes with Did You Understand?  This lists questions to direct the reader toward the main message of the chapter. Before each list of questions is a sample prayer. The book includes many stories of real-life people and situations.

This book would be a great asset for new Christians or those just beginning their walk with Christ. It could also be useful for those wishing to enhance their current prayer lives. The author shares many personal examples from his own family to illustrate each point. My only criticism is the fact that he uses the word intercession instead of prayer, leaving out the fact that there are other types of prayer to consider.

I would recommend this book to anyone attempting to have a deeper and more consistent prayer life.

Kara

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

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