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Book Review, “High Treason,” DiAnn Mills author

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High Treason, by DiAnn Mills, is the third book in the FBI Task Force series.  Set in Houston, Texas, it tells the story of an FBI/CIA task force put in place to protect a Saudi prince and his family.

FBI Special Agent Kord Davidson is with Prince Omar and his look alike body guard when the body guard and friend is killed. When a task force is formed and Monica Alden is assigned to team up with Kord, he is skeptical. But he soon learns that Monica is an asset to him and an essential for keeping the prince safe. With more attempts on the prince’s life and more people killed, Kord and Monica piece together every bit of information to find the person responsible. Monica befriends the prince’s sisters in an attempt to find out what they may know and keep them safe. When she finds the youngest sister secretly meeting with one of the prince’s staff, pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place.

I enjoyed this book. I especially liked the was Monica was respectful to the Prince and his family and their beliefs while remaining true to her Christian faith. I also found myself fond of Fatima, even though she was originally very gruff and unfriendly.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading 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 Woman’s Study Bible,” Thomas Nelson publishers

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The Woman’s Study Bible, published by Thomas Nelson in the New International Version, promises “God’s Truth for Balance, Hope, and Transformation.” It is specifically designed to assist women strengthen both their Biblical knowledge and their relationships with Christ.

This Bible features special notes and features appealing to women and highlights women throughout the scriptures. It includes contributions from more than eighty women, varied by denomination, education, occupation, and ethnicity in order to encourage mentorship. Special features include a full-color design, readable 10.5 font, biographical portraits of over 100 Biblical women, verse by verse study notes, over 300 in-text topical articles, essays from women who are experts in various fields, book introductions and outlines, full-color maps, charts, timelines, family trees, quotes from Godly women of history, a topical index, and a concordance.

This is an incredible Bible. The large type makes it easy to read, and the use of color adds to the reading experience. I especially like the family trees. I also appreciate the introductions, which specifically include the audience and the literary characteristics.

I would recommend this Bible to any woman who wishes to expand her Bible knowledge and Christian life.

Kara

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

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Book Review, “Out of the Ordinary,” Jen Turano author

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Out of the Ordinary, by Jen Turano, is the second book in the Apart From the Crowd series.  It follows Behind the Scenes. The story is set in New York in 1883 and tells the story of a young woman working as a paid companion to an elderly woman.

Gertrude Cadwalader’s employer is challenging, as she tends to steal items from others and then send Gertrude to return them unnoticed. When this occurs at a friend’s engagement party, Gertrude is furious and gives her notice. Upon attempting to return the items, she is caught and taken to the police station. Her friend, Harrison Sinclair, is caught between his sister, who caught Gertrude and called the police, and his dear friend, Gertrude herself.  As the truth comes out, Gertrude and Harrison find themselves attracted to each other and working together to set things right.

This was a wonderful story.  While I found the wording in the book somewhat difficult to maneuver, especially the first half, I also found myself glued to the story line. Gertrude was honest and intelligent. Harrison was unique and confident. But I found Mrs. Davenport a most interesting character, with her flaws and repentant nature.

I would recommend this story 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, “A Prairie Girl’s Faith,” Stephen W. Hines author

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A Prairie Girl’s Faith, by Stephen W. Hines, presents a thorough look at the faith of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the author of the famous Little House book series and a true pioneer woman. Hines has combined information from years of research into this book.

Hines begins the book with an introduction explaining that his fascination with Laura Ingalls Wilder began with his reading the books as a child. He then explains how Laura was introduced to faith as a child and would have leaned heavily upon it in her pioneer family, often with absolutely no neighbors nearby for assistance or companionship. He describes Laura’s relationship with her daughter and its possible affect on her writings. He discusses Laura’s relationship with her husband, Almanzo, and their reliance upon faith as they struggled to find a home. The book also includes an interview with Laura’s friend, Neta Seal, who knew Laura quite well.

I enjoyed this book very much. I did not realize that Laura began writing the Little House books in her sixties, or that her daughter edited them for her. I also did not know that Laura had written in many other publications before she even thought about the books. I was surprised to discover that Rose did not share in her parents’ faith.

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

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Book Review, “Love Held Captive,” Shelley Shepard Gray author

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Love Held Captive, by Shelley Shepard Gray, is the third book in the Lone Star Hero’s Love Story series.  This series tells the stories of several men that were held captive on Johnson’s Island, Ohio, during the Civil War.  This novel presents two men, Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe.

When Lizbeth Barclay runs into Ethan’s hotel suite to hide from her would be attacker, she doesn’t realize that Ethan in present. Horrified to find herself alone in a man’s room, she tells him of her plight. When she is fired from her position as a maid at the hotel for her indiscretion, Ethan makes plans to protect her and hunt down the man who caused the trouble.  He is haunted by the memory of raiding her ranch during the war. Devin Monr0e thinks he has met the woman of his dreams until she tells him that she was the “ladybird” of an officer with which Devin was imprisoned. Horrified, he struggles with his plight, not knowing how he can possibly love such a woman, even though the man is still a threat to her.  When the two friends discover that the same man is threatening both of the women they have come to love, Ethan and Devin set out to find him and eliminate the threat.

I enjoyed this book very much.  I loved the fact that Ethan and Devin could love Lizbeth and Julianne in spite of the abusive pasts and bad decisions they made.  I also loved the idea that true friends will come to your aid whenever you need them, even if it means interrupting their own lives to do so.

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, “The Most Important Women of the Bible,” Aaron and Elaina Sharp authors

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The Most Important Women of the Bible: Remarkable Stories of God’s Love and Redemption, by Aaron and Elaina Sharp, is packed full of information about women in scripture.  Published by Bethany House, this book’s authors are both graduates of Dallas Theological Seminary and reside in Texas.

This book strives to reveal to the reader how each of the women included fits into the overall story of the Bible. The objective is to remind readers of how each woman’s story reveals God’s love for people today. Each chapter discusses a different woman of the Bible, including Scripture References, Biography, Role in Redemption, By the Numbers, and Things We Wondered. Some of the women included are: Eve, Sarah, Zipporah, Ruth, Hannah, Bathsheba, Gomer, Mary, Tabitha, Phoebe, and Lydia.

This is a marvelous book. It is well-written and included much information about each woman discussed. I found it truthful and to the point. It would be useful for both individual or group Bible studies.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to know more about women of the Bible.

Kara

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

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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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