It happened again – I read another great Christian mystery! I received a copy of THE RELUCTANT DETECTIVE by Martha Ockley from Lion Fiction via Kregel...moreIt happened again – I read another great Christian mystery! I received a copy of THE RELUCTANT DETECTIVE by Martha Ockley from Lion Fiction via Kregel. It is part of the Faith Morgan mystery series, the first in the series actually. Martha Ockley has a smooth way of creating pictures with her imagination and words. It is almost like watching television, and this book would make a great television series.
I did read the second book in the series and loved it, so I was eager to dive into this one. It did not, of course, disappoint. At all. Faith is still an adorable, lovable character who will have the reader rooting for her.
I’m the type of person who always wants to guess who committed the crime – a murder in this case – but then gets caught up in the story or is just too mind-tangled to figure it out. This was another of those books. I was baffled, in a good way, right up until the end. I’m sure other readers will be more adept at uncovering the truth.
I highly recommend this book to fans of Christian literature and mysteries. This has a sound plot and believable characters. Never once did I shake my head in disbelief. (less)
I received a copy of THE HEALING QUILT: RETURN OF THE HALF-STITCHED AMISH QUILTING CLUB by Wanda E. Brunstetter from Shiloh. I love Amish fiction, as...moreI received a copy of THE HEALING QUILT: RETURN OF THE HALF-STITCHED AMISH QUILTING CLUB by Wanda E. Brunstetter from Shiloh. I love Amish fiction, as does my mother, so I was thrilled with this book. I read it and have passed it on to her. She’s a slow reader and a few Amish books behind, but she was just as thrilled to receive it.
We were even more excited because we recently stayed at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn. They have a restaurant on the property with a stage. The theater was showing a production of the HALF-STITCHED AMISH QUILTING CLUB! We haven’t gotten to read that novel, or the other installment in the series (this is the third book), but we were jumping for joy at having this one. What a coincidence it arrived right after we returned from vacation!
THE HEALING QUILT continues the story of Emma and Lamar, an Amish couple. The story follows people who take quilting classes. Their individual tales are heart breaking and humorous. You don’t need to be familiar with the other books to enjoy this one. For those who love Amish fiction or quilting, this one is a must. (less)
I received a copy of DIRTY FAITH: BRINGING THE LOVE OF CHRIST TO THE LEAST OF THESE by David Z. Nowell from Bethany House. I love diving into religiou...moreI received a copy of DIRTY FAITH: BRINGING THE LOVE OF CHRIST TO THE LEAST OF THESE by David Z. Nowell from Bethany House. I love diving into religious books and being able to share them with my family, in particular my mother and devout uncle. In this book of nonfiction, categorized as Christian Living, David Nowell shared stories about faith in action as he ministered to the “least of these” in society, and who are treasured by God. I loved how it showed that many Christians stay “safe” in their pews while others actually do something to help the world. It was great to read about those touching stories. We need to follow the advancement of the Bible and actually help the misfortunate.
This has inspired me to help others. Recently I’ve been more involved in my community via writing programs to help authors polish their craft. I hope to do more with that. The greatest feeling was the thanks that came from a 6th grade girl after one of my classes. I realize this doesn’t compare to the work done by those mentioned in the book.
DIRTY FAITH analyzes passages of scripture and David Nowell also takes a look at the individual to scrutinize tendencies many people have. This is another book I highly recommend. (less)
I received a copy of THE TRAITOR’S HEIR by Anna Thayer from Lion Fiction via Kregel. It is the first installment of the Knight of Eldaran series. Firs...moreI received a copy of THE TRAITOR’S HEIR by Anna Thayer from Lion Fiction via Kregel. It is the first installment of the Knight of Eldaran series. First off, I fell in love with the cover. There is so much going on – cloaked figures in the background, flames a-flying. Plus, the guy looks like the Arrow, aka Oliver Queen, from the television series and also a lot like my boyfriend.
Now for the book. It was good, but it wasn’t great. There was a lot going on inside the cover, so I loved that. Intrigue, danger… I was excited to see what happened next. Yet, the writing fell a little flat. At times it seemed too wordy, as if the author was trying too hard to make it epic. As an author myself, I noticed problems in the text that editors have steered me away from. There were many passive phrases and adverbs. For example, on page 63, “closely” and “carefully” are in the same sentence, right next to each other in fact. It seemed like too much Telling rather than Showing.
I do recommend this for fans of action and fantasy stories. The storyline was great; I just couldn’t get into the writing. (less)