Connecting with other people of faith is important for encouragement and sharing life lessons and experiences. Krauss’s book is like a virtual visit wConnecting with other people of faith is important for encouragement and sharing life lessons and experiences. Krauss’s book is like a virtual visit with this uplifting author. The chapters vary a bit in length, but each is a deeply personal and honest reflection on one Christian’s faith walk. Scripture comes alive to me when I see it interpreted through the eyes and practice of others, role models, so to speak. Krauss shares honestly where she came from as a youth, how she gave her life to Christ, and the continued sometimes difficult but joyful walk as a wife and mother and daughter of the king.
The personal reflection questions are great, intentional, and made me think about how I want to be seen as a person of faith to my neighbors and what practicing m faith really means to me. It’s a short book but shouldn’t be read all in one gulp. I’ll be going back to it. ...more
Dedicated detectives spending the summer with their grandfather, Abby and her younger brother Jamie, along with Pop-pop’s neighbors who have returnedDedicated detectives spending the summer with their grandfather, Abby and her younger brother Jamie, along with Pop-pop’s neighbors who have returned from vacation, try to uncover the secret behind the mysterious howling at the Beaver Valley Cave. The wooden knife Jamie had found in the last adventure has some kind of writing on it that Abby eventually interprets. Does the warning mean danger? Could this have anything to do with the potential commercialization of once beautiful land?
Join the Delaware Detectives to find out. Abby narrates the quickly paced story as the four adventurers peel away each clue. The author discretely footnotes vocabulary words and includes local native history as an added bonus. ...more
It's always creepy to start reading in the head of a child--you just know something really bad is going to happen. Going on that journey to the depthsIt's always creepy to start reading in the head of a child--you just know something really bad is going to happen. Going on that journey to the depths of evil and back again is the fun part.
Hackensmith's second boo, in the series is a good mystery full of nasties and nice guys--sometimes they're even in the same body. Not sure who to trust makes for great suspense. This is the second book in a series with the same PI. I hadn't read the first one and didn't need to, but I would go back and read it. Good for those readers of crime and PI books, though it's not quite a procedural. Sometimes it's nice to read story between action and striving to prove the author did her research....more
The girl who has everything gets more than she bargained for. The last year of high school is fraught with nerves and romantic tension as one girl becThe girl who has everything gets more than she bargained for. The last year of high school is fraught with nerves and romantic tension as one girl becomes a young woman with all the responsibilities and choices involved.
Cora is the girl with it all—looks, car, money, captain of the football team boyfriend, and two parents intact who love her and her boyfriend. Those who aren’t friends, well…they have their own cliques, and those who are friends get to have lunch together, plan prom, parties, and dates. And one of those so-called friends wants something Cora has, and does her best to grab it.
At the start of the school year in which Cora has it all arranged to share every moment with her boyfriend Jeff, an unusual creepy feeling and some out of the ordinary actions cause her to wonder at the underlying tension. When the tension becomes an act of betrayal, Cora’s real friends rally around her, helping her learn who to trust, who to rely on, and how to read the signs of true love and respect. When betrayal turns criminally dangerous, Cora and her friends and parents walk in faith to try to save her.
The story of developing relationships and practical friendship, even some lessons on parenting thrown in, Skeen’s debut novel for the young adult set is a good read. Told in southern belle charm from Cora’s side, Magnolia Lake is a charming story for readers both looking forward to the end of high school and those looking back. ...more
The second book in best-selling author Kim McMahill’s Risky Research series brings FBI Agents Devyn Nash and Nick Melonis a little closer to their hunThe second book in best-selling author Kim McMahill’s Risky Research series brings FBI Agents Devyn Nash and Nick Melonis a little closer to their hunt for a mysterious corporation trying to manipulate American food and eating habits through the use of dangerous uncontrolled substances. In this story, a southwestern corporation making pre-packaged frozen foods for sale is under suspicion when a new division manager, Morgan Hunter, comes on the scene. Only the job is not what is appears to be and as Morgan searches for elusive information too carefully guarded by a micro-managing corporate head and the creepy assistant assigned to her, she stirs up a whole lot of danger. Unsure how to proceed when she finds a mysterious message, she calls on her former husband for help. Learning her predecessor died triggers the attention of the FBI who move in to tie this case to their own hunt for corporate greed stopping at nothing for their own nefarious purpose.
While this story can stand alone, readers will want to have read or read A Dose of Danger, the first book in the series, to be better acquainted with the FBI case and some of the characters introduced then. There is a large cast to get to know, and while they are so well drawn it’s easy to keep them apart, there is some back story that makes it a smoother transition to this new part of the series. Told in multiple character viewpoints, the pace keeps readers turning pages. For those who like clean-reading romantic suspense with lots of twists and angles to explore and ruthless characters, A Taste of Tragedy will satisfy. I look forward to reading more. ...more
Entrepreneurialism and greed is killing Americans from the inside out, and dedicated FBI Agents Devyn Nash and Nick Melonis are on the hunt in this neEntrepreneurialism and greed is killing Americans from the inside out, and dedicated FBI Agents Devyn Nash and Nick Melonis are on the hunt in this new series from best-selling author Kim McMahill.
Using her home territory of the US West, readers go along on what becomes more than a manhunt, but a mysterious corporation with far-reaching tentacles infiltrating the food we eat from the farm animals up. In Dose of Danger, McMahill explores what we hope is a fictional scenario in which the testing process of controlled substances used for human diet medications come under suspicion. The story opens with corporate researcher Grace Talbot on her way home to the family farm which she’s been informed has suffered a suspicious fire that killed long-time family farmhand Butch and severely injured her uncle, the man who raised her from childhood. Grace has an ulterior motive for rushing to the scene, however, as the reader soon learns of her own mistrust in the system she works for. She is met at the ranch by Deputy Logan Carlson, and the two of them struggle against the elements and desperate thugs to stay alive and salvage the research that holds the truth about project Grace is working on.
Well into the story we meet the FBI Agents Nash and Melonis who have been working the cases of mysterious deaths in various aspects of the food industry. When Grace’s colleagues start dropping like flies or running for their lives, Nash and Melonis wonder if this situation is another piece of the puzzle they are working on, and get involved. Grace must decide how much to trust Logan as the too-good-to-be-true deputy works out his own past issues in order to help keep her alive.
This is a stand-alone story, however, the FBI Agents carry on their work in the next book in which they attempt to get closer to the mysterious corporation trying to affect our eating habits. The suspense kept me coming back to read in every spare moment, and I bonded with the characters and their dilemmas. I expected a shoot out to be typical and was prepared to skim through it but ended up reading every word. Those who enjoy romantic suspense with several twists, large casts telling the story from several viewpoints, and with more than one side story going on will eat up this series. ...more