A new series (Sunset Cove novels) by Colleen Coble begins with "The Inn at Ocean's Edge." An Inn - a name that makes us picture peacful relaxation, saA new series (Sunset Cove novels) by Colleen Coble begins with "The Inn at Ocean's Edge." An Inn - a name that makes us picture peacful relaxation, safety, and nostalgia. That is what Claire Dellamare was looking for when she went to the Inn at Ocean's Edge. What she found made her think she was losing her mind.
As Claire looked back on her life, her childhood seemed like a fairy tale, perfect in every way. Now it was time for a little time away and she settled on the Inn at Ocean's Edge. It was a celebration and she had the perfect place. BUT, once inside the Inn, Claire is uncomfortable and full of dread. She knew something was wrong, but not what. Then she witnessed what she thought was a murder, but there was no evidence. Was she going crazy? Was this all a product of her mind? Luke Elwell was on leave and heard the story. It connected with him because his mother had gone missing years ago and no one ever found out what happened. Was it connected to what Claire had "seen?" Together, Claire and Luke work to unravel the mysteries and remain safe at the same time. Come follow the twists and turns of Colleen Coble's newest novel and discover the answers to what, if anything, happened at the Inn at Ocean's Edge!
I love Colleen Coble's writing. Her books immediately draw me in with interesting stories and well developed characters. This book was no different. Just when you think you have it figured out, something else comes along to provide that extra twist or turn. If you enjoy novels that contain mystery, suspense, and a love story, then this book is for you. I received my review copy for participation in the Litfuse Blog Tour. ...more
Devotionals are wonderful companion books for your Bible, or wonderful to have available for the times you are waiting. In her new devotional, "God, MDevotionals are wonderful companion books for your Bible, or wonderful to have available for the times you are waiting. In her new devotional, "God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea," Rose Chandler Johnson helps her readers to "experience God in the midst of everyday moments."
This book has a great title. It lets readers have a glimpse of what is inside. The book is about each person's relationship with God in everyday settings. Just as an iced cold glass of iced tea quenches thirst, studying God's Word quenches our thirst for more of Him. This devotional contains many wonderful topics with Scripture readings, questions, journaling ideas, a prayer with a prayer focus, and "a sweet iced tea moment." An example of that is, "Don't give up, your labor is not in vain." Examples of the devotions are: "Stop Complaining," Your Adversary the Devil," and "Train the Children."These short, thoughtful, and encouraging devotions will become welcome refreshment for readers everywhere.
I wanted to read this book simply because of the title, and then it came! My book came gift wrapped with a hand-written note from Mrs. Johnson. What a joy those touches brought and then I started to read and study. I love that Mrs. Johnson uses different versions of the Bible (labeling each) and is thoughtful with the devotions. They truly are for the everyday moments. I think my favorite is "Reality of the Indwelling Christ." If you are looking for a new devotional, or simply enjoy reading new ones, this book is for you. It will also make a wonderful gift. I was privileged to receive my review copy for participation in the LItfuse Blog Tour....more
This was a book I read when I was about twelve - a Christmas present. It took me back! It's a story of two classes of people, those who live by and woThis was a book I read when I was about twelve - a Christmas present. It took me back! It's a story of two classes of people, those who live by and work on Lake Superior, and those who lived 100 steps above thmm. Marcy is 16, and her father works on a ship on the Lake, and she must reconcile her desire to be with the "in" crowd, or stick to her roots. What will be her final choice? What is really important to her? If you can find a copy, it is a great one for young people, as well as others, to read....more
I absolutely love Agatha Christie, and her character of Hercule Poirot is probably my favorite. Looking for a good detective? a good detective story?I absolutely love Agatha Christie, and her character of Hercule Poirot is probably my favorite. Looking for a good detective? a good detective story? Try this one. ...more
This new book by Liz Tolsma is set in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp, which was set up by the Japanese after Pearl Harbor was bombed. The story folloThis new book by Liz Tolsma is set in the Santo Tomas Internment Camp, which was set up by the Japanese after Pearl Harbor was bombed. The story follows Irene Reynolds and Rand Sterling, and shows a glimpse of what it was like inside the camp.
Irene Reynolds had been a missionary, but was now interred in Santo Tomas Internment Camp, a prisoner of war. But, she was given a job that gave her access to many of the other prisoners, that of censoring their mail. One of the other prisoners was Rand Sterling. He had nightclubs on the outside and wanted to get back to running them. What to do? Plan an escape, of course. Failure was not an option as torture would be in his future if he did. He didn't plan on anyone "doctoring" his mail, but Irene did. How did her changes affect his plan? What would happen if she were found out for removing the information and Rand's plan was exposed? Open this book and enter a world where prisoners fought hard to stay alive and sane.
This book is really good. Ms.Tolsma certainly knows how to weave her story, bringing actual events to life with a story line that makes sense. It is not a fun, beach-read, but rather a book to make you think. If you like stories based on history, you will definitely like the book. I also think it would make a good book for discussion groups. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review....more
Interesting book by Stephen King, which seems very much like his early writings. The book deals with faith, personal demons, hero worship, and evil. IInteresting book by Stephen King, which seems very much like his early writings. The book deals with faith, personal demons, hero worship, and evil. I found the story interesting, yet odd at points, with an ending that was terrifying. If you like Stephen King, you will enjoy this book....more
The Isle of Patmos is rich in history and tradition. In this new book, three people come together to discover who is stealing Greek antiquities and whThe Isle of Patmos is rich in history and tradition. In this new book, three people come together to discover who is stealing Greek antiquities and what is happening to them. Come join Nick, Carey, and Dimitri as they strive to find the answers.
Nick Hennessey is a journalist trying to make a name for himself, when he is assigned a story in Europe dealing with stolen art and treasures. Carey Mathers is a new forensic anthropologist at the Athens Institute of Antiquities, something she has always thought to be her perfect job. Having met up with her old, dear friend, Elena, Carey finds spiritual help and guidance. Dimitri Rubinos runs his family's business of charter boats, but he is struggling. The financial crisis in Greece is wrecking havoc for not only Dimitri, but for all the Greek people. So, who is stealing the art? Does he really sell out his countrymen by transporting stolen goods? How far does the economic cisis push Nick, Carey, or Dimitri? Come follow these three as they travel to places like Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Patmos, and the Cave of Revelation.
I enjoyed this book and got into the mystery quickly. The places mentioned are some of the ones I want to travel to. The characters were well strucured and the settings well done and breathtaking at times. The love triangle really didn't matter to the story much and could have been left our. All in all, a book I recommend if you enjoy historical Christian fiction. I received my review copy from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review....more
What a wonderful book! Atticus M. Finch is a miniture schnauzer who accompanies Tom Ryan on a quest to climb all fourty eight of the four thousand fooWhat a wonderful book! Atticus M. Finch is a miniture schnauzer who accompanies Tom Ryan on a quest to climb all fourty eight of the four thousand foot peaks of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. They are companions, not a simple pair of man and dog, and this was a quest to pay honor to a friend who had died of cancer. This story will inspire you and teach you. The journey has just begun.......more
I love "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. The characters and stories are wonderfully written and developed. This one did not disappoint. I hI love "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series. The characters and stories are wonderfully written and developed. This one did not disappoint. I hope they continue on!...more
This is the third book in the "Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper" series by Ms. Vincent. This case involves a mysterious box and finding the ownerThis is the third book in the "Buckley and Bogey Cat Detective Caper" series by Ms. Vincent. This case involves a mysterious box and finding the owner. Why are so many people looking for it?
Buckley and Bogey believe that their home (and family) is their territory to protect. Each night they patrol the house, looking and listening for suspicious activity. When a package is left at their mom's antique store AFTER a break-in, the two work to keep the package hidden until they can determine its owner. At the same time, a beautiful exhibit of cat statues goes on display with two missing! Where are they? Who are all the people coming into town now trying to get the package? Can Buckley and Bogey figure it out in time? Mystery solvers aged 8 -12 will enjoy solving this case!
This is a fun mystery written for children in the 8 - 12 year old age range. It is my first in the series, but won't be my last. It has themes of teamwork and friendship, and works on recognizing the strengths of each member of a team (Bogey likes to follow clues and work like a detective and Buckley goes more on his instincts.) I think this would make a fun family read as well as an individual one. I received my review copy from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review....more
Anna O'Brien has a wonderful job as a map librarian in the Library of Congress. Luke Callahan is a congressman whose reputation has been marred by scaAnna O'Brien has a wonderful job as a map librarian in the Library of Congress. Luke Callahan is a congressman whose reputation has been marred by scandal. Will Anna's request for help bring Luke to her side? Will the relationship become more than that of investigators?
As Anna was doing her job, she happened upon a mystery - a missing ship. While she looks for clues and answers, her job in the Library of Congress only gets her so far and she needs help. Though Anna is shy, she contacts Congressman Callahan for help. He is definitely looking for something to think about other than the scandal, but a missing ship? Is this librarian really on to something? Luke decides to help, and the two work to solve the mystery. Will they find what happened to the ship? Will they be able to follow the rules and not become involved with each other? Come, join Anna and Luke in Washington D.C. and see if you can solve the mystery with them.
I really enjoyed this book! The characters of Anna and Luke are wonderfully constructed and the storyline one that drew me right in. I loved the historical aspect and the setting in Washington D.C. was perfect. If you enjoy historical mysteries with some romance thrown in, this book is for you. It is the perfect book for a snowy afternoon or a day at the beach....more
Abraham, beloved patriarch of the Old Testament, loved and followed God. What were the times like when he lived? How could his faith stand during thosAbraham, beloved patriarch of the Old Testament, loved and followed God. What were the times like when he lived? How could his faith stand during those difficult times? In this new book, Charles Swindoll opens up the life of Abraham to his readers, letting them see in depth the life of this man who would become the "father of a great nation."
Abram was a man who lived during a time that was difficult to live for, and trust in, God. All around him were people who made up superstitions to explain what was happening. They build pyramids to achieve immortality. Their were many immoral practices and the pressure was to be like them. But, Abram trusted God through it all, even when God told him to move from his home and go to a new land he had never seen, a promised land. There were tests, and he didn't always pass, but he did try to do what he was asked. Later, God changed his name to Abraham and his wife's name went from Sarai to Sarah, and God blessed them with a son in their old age. How did Abraham keep his faith? How did he live a godly life in those times? This book will not only answer those questions, but also give you a much deeper understanding of this nomad named Abraham.
I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the times of Abraham. I have always loved the story of the beginning of the Jewish nation, and this book gave me more insight into the depth of the faith and trust Abraham had in God. If you enjoy studying Bible characters and learning about the background of their lives, this book is definitely for you. It will make a great addition to personal and church libraries. I received my review copy from Tyndale House in exchange for an honest review....more
It's time to step back into the world of the Waverly women, Claire, Sydney, and Bay to find out what has been happening since we left them in "GardenIt's time to step back into the world of the Waverly women, Claire, Sydney, and Bay to find out what has been happening since we left them in "Garden Spells." This new story takes place ten years after the first, and it is just about time for First Frost....
Claire is a wonderful caterer, however, we find her making candies instead this time. Her catering took the back seat to the "medicinal" candies she has been making. Is she happy doing that? She has married Trey and they have a daughter, Mariah, and they are very happy. Sydney runs her own beauty salon, continuing to know just how to fix hair. She has married Harry, and he has adopted her daughter, Bay. Sydney would love to have another child with Harry, but that hasn't happened. Bay has the magical ability to know where things belong, which can be a good and a bad thing sometimes. The magical parts of each woman fill the story with warmth, problems, and interesting situations. The biggest interruption in their lives comes by way of a mysterious man (Russell Zahler) who seems to pop up all over the place and disappear quickly leaving behind no clues. They are hoping that First Frost will come without any problems or situations. Will it? What is this man doing here and what is his connection to Claire? What will happen if/when Bay goes to the prom? Who is Mariah's mysterious friend? All these questions and many more will be answered when you open the book.
I love Sarah Addison Allen's books and was thrilled to get to go back to Waverly and read about my friends again. The book is well written and it drew me in right away. If you enjoy a good "magical" story, this book, as well as all of Sarah Addison Allen's books, is for you. Many thanks to the publisher who let me read it through NetGalley....more
Taryn Young is at the top of her game. She has just created some exciting new software for her company and had a wonderful whirlwind romance. Now sheTaryn Young is at the top of her game. She has just created some exciting new software for her company and had a wonderful whirlwind romance. Now she and her new husband (Step) are ready to take off for their honeymoon. But, when the unthinkable happens, will she be able to prove her innocence?
Taryn was so excited to leave on her honeymoon; to share some quiet time with her new husband. But, before they boarded their plane, a bomb went off, destroying most everything in its path. Taryn sustained some injuries but was well enough to look for her husband. Step is missing! Of course, everyone in the terminal is questioned by the FBI. Taryn finds that she and her husband are prime suspects! She can't believe that they think she did something wrong and that they can't find her husband. As she continues to beg Agent Grayson Hall to believe her, he finds that something in her story rings true to him. Was her husband the mastermind looking for a cover, making Taryn an innocent bystander? Does the software Taryn created have anything to do with the bombing? Who blew up the terminal? Is Taryn in danger?
What a great read! I was interested in the story from beginning to end. Diann Mills writes in such a way that her readers feel connected to the story and characters. I also liked that it is something that was realistically handled with thought and research. If you enjoy intrigue and suspense, you will enjoy this book. I received my review copy from Tyndale Books in exchange for an honest review....more