Title: Vow Unbroken Author: Caryl McAdoo Pages: 368 Year: 2014 Publisher: Howard Books Sue was a young impetuous girl who ran away to marry the young man s...moreTitle: Vow Unbroken Author: Caryl McAdoo Pages: 368 Year: 2014 Publisher: Howard Books Sue was a young impetuous girl who ran away to marry the young man she loved without the blessing of her father. Hardly married a year, she lost her husband in an accident, unknowingly pregnant and facing an unknown future. As a result, Sue makes a vow to never marry again without her father’s blessing. The reason behind making the vow readers will learn about in the pages of the book. Though widowed for four years, Sue now decides that instead of selling her cotton to a man who proved himself a liar and thief, she believes herself capable of traveling a hundred miles to sell for higher profit elsewhere. Heeding wise counsel, she recruits a worker to go along with her that being Rebecca, her 9-year-old daughter and her nephew Levi. Throughout the story, the main characters of Sue, Rebecca and Levi along with Henry, the man she hires, encounter danger, romance, and many challenges on the route that bring Sue to a new place of understanding what the Lord desires to change in her heart. While some of the hardships humble Sue, it is encouraging to see the female character examine her thoughts, words and actions toward others. Sue’s main focus, other than receiving her father’s blessing for an upcoming marriage, is that she not be unequally yoked. The hardest part is waiting for the Lord’s timing, along with the right words and ways to share the gospel message with the man she loves so deeply. As I continued reading the book, I fell more in love with the development of the characters, seeing their faults, confessing sins as well as asking forgiveness. While it is a fictional piece, I was reflecting how much Sue’s greatest desire was to focus on keeping the Lord always before her. Her spontaneous prayers and supplications reminded me that we all can bring our hearts before the Lord any time. I was also reminded that knowing the word and living out the word can be two totally different things. Our flesh and spirit are always in battle against each other, which is reflected in what Paul writes in his letters regarding the same battle. I loved this novel a bunch. The gospel message was always a part of the story. It was as natural to the tale as breathing is to mankind. I sure hope the audience reads, enjoys and shares this novel from a new author. Personally, I hope to see more from this author soon. My rating is 5 stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson... (less)
Title: When Mountains Move Author: Julie Cantrell Pages: 416 Year: 2013 Publisher: David C Cook Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review...moreTitle: When Mountains Move Author: Julie Cantrell Pages: 416 Year: 2013 Publisher: David C Cook Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org In this sequel to Into the Free, the main character’s story continues filled with so much action, romance and faith. Most of the action/story takes place in Colorado. When Millie is accosted, she keeps the life-changing event a secret, letting her fears determine her path. For months she is helping her husband begin building the ranch they started in Colorado until months later she is told she is pregnant. Bump, which is Millie’s husband’s nickname, is a veterinarian who loves Millie with all his heart. When he finds out she is pregnant, he is thrilled at first. Then, days later, he is thinking otherwise. When the baby is born healthy, Millie still believes her secret past can be kept from becoming known. Millie’s character faces many choices as she is growing up, some of which children at the tender age of 16 shouldn’t have to face. When Millie loses both her parents, then other experiences happen, she finds a job as rodeo trick rider. Shortly thereafter, she chooses to marry Bump and start a new life, hoping the past will be left behind in the dust. As Millie learns years later, secrets can hurt more than telling the truth. Millie’s parentage also causes her to find out who she is and not be defined by society. Though her past is lettered with abuse, abandonment and more, Millie wants more for her child. This forces her to make different choices than what was shown to her growing up. It takes a lot of courage to tell the truth, knowing it will hurt people, but Millie also learns that some people figured out the truth long ago and were waiting for her to be ready to share. The main theme throughout all the scenarios is that we all have the freedom to choose to forgive or harbor in our hearts unforgiveness. One choice brings freedom, the other bondage. The tale told here is a gripping one with an exciting and touching ending. This is a must read! My rating is 5 stars! Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson... (less)
Title: Greater Than Rubies Author: Hallee Bridgeman Pages: 198 Year: 2012 Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press Note: I received a complimentary copy for an ho...moreTitle: Greater Than Rubies Author: Hallee Bridgeman Pages: 198 Year: 2012 Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org Greater Than Rubies is a novella that continues the storyline started in Sapphire Ice, both authored by Hallee Bridgeman. First, let me share about the author. Hallee Bridgeman has two websites that share her passions, http://www.bridgemanfamily.com/hallee/ (shares about her novels and cooking); the other site is http://www.halleethehomemaker.com/ (of course the title of the site helps you understand her second passion). Hallee Bridgeman is a very personal author, writer and homemaker whose passion is for others to meet Christ personally. To learn more about this wonderful woman whom I have had the pleasure of recently meeting via the Book Club Network, Inc., visit her websites and connect with her, perhaps even send her a message! Now, let me tell you about the novella. Robin and Tony are preparing for their wedding while continuing to keep their lives focused on Christ. Prayer is the instant lifeline used as well as reaching out to other people and helping them establish new lives in Christ; it also provides employment to pay for their living expenses. Robin is helping her dad, whom she just met, get employment until his sentencing hearing in a few months. Tony has reached out to a youth from his old stomping grounds, inviting him to live with Tony, work and become established in a new life rather than living on the streets. There is so much more to the story to accompany a wonderfully written theme about redemption and God’s eternal love. As I read, I thought of the Song of Solomon and Hosea, both of which share a unique aspect of the character and heart of God. I loved how the novel shares the sacrifice each man and woman make when they come to the altar and become one in Christ. The novels are written with the truth of the Word, and the reality that we all come to Christ broken. Another truth shared is that while we may not meet our own standards in life or others’, it reminds us that the only One we need to please is God. Redemption is major thread woven in each page as well as the characters created and portrayed in both Sapphire Ice followed by Greater Then Rubies. The depth, width and breath of God’s amazing, unconditional and everlasting love can be found in these stories written to encourage readers as they turn each page. Perhaps after you read the aforementioned books, God will bring someone to mind that may need to read and know about God. If the Lord does that, please obey the Spirit and share His truth with that person. My rating is 5+ stars. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson... (less)
Title: Sapphire Ice (The Jewel Series Book #1) Author: Hallee Bridgeman Pages: 212 Year: 2013 Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press Note: I received a complimen...moreTitle: Sapphire Ice (The Jewel Series Book #1) Author: Hallee Bridgeman Pages: 212 Year: 2013 Publisher: Olivia Kimbrell Press Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org There are many novels I have read already this year, with the majority being most enjoyable. Here is an exceptional novel, in fact when communicating with the author I expressed the totality of my review in one word, WOW! Fully aware that the word doesn’t help anyone to grasp the contents or various aspects of the novel here is a little teaser to whet your appetite. Three women who live together, and are half-sisters with a background that is very distinct. Not only is each one’s background dissimilar so is their heritage, and ancestry. The actions taken on one night alter the future for all three in the years growing up. Robin is the eldest and has an overwhelming sense of being responsible for Maxine and Sarah. Robin works hard to put her sisters through college, now when they are grown with Sarah having just a couple years left, Robin feels she can rest then. However, two men are going to come in her life each for a different reason. One wants to show her how Christ makes all the difference in the world. The other man, well let’s just say you got to read the book to believe it. Robins who life is about to be turned upside down and her sisters couldn’t be happier but what does Robin feel about all this, can she trust anybody ever again? Sapphire Ice is the first book in the Jewel Trilogy Bundle #1 which includes a novella Greater Then Rubies, which I will share in another review. I just was so overwhelmed with the way author Hallee Bridgeman has her characters in situations that are very life like. The emotional tension I felt as the characters interacted was something I will not forget, whether the players were praying or arguing. All I kept thinking was how much a story such as this reflects what real human beings feel. Another aspect is how some of the characters were in accountability relationships in their walk with Christ. Truth spoken from one to another, praying with and for others, and being a conduit of the love God has for each of us regardless of where or who we are today. As Iron sharpens iron was a phrase I kept thinking when sparks would fly in the plot. Repentance, taking time out to be alone with the Lord is just a part of the strong message in the plot. Well, that gets you started, go have fun discovering what else lies between the covers of the book! My rating is 5+ stars! Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...
Title: Deadly Devotion (Port Aster Secrets #1) Author: Sandra Orchard Pages: 384 Year: 2013 Publisher: Revell Sandra Orchard has written a truly intriguin...moreTitle: Deadly Devotion (Port Aster Secrets #1) Author: Sandra Orchard Pages: 384 Year: 2013 Publisher: Revell Sandra Orchard has written a truly intriguing novel that begins a series called “Port Aster Secrets”. Tom, formerly with the FBI, has returned home to be with his recently widowed father. Is there more to his past than anyone knows? Edward, if he really is named Edward, is supposed to be a victim’s nephew. Daisy is a special lady who has lived her whole life in Post Aster, who takes a special interest in Kate bringing her under her wing to learn about herbs and the Lord. Daisy is the victim who though knowing much about herbs, is supposed to have died from drinking the wrong herbal tea. The case was closed by the town’s Chief of Police who has a father with a soiled past, but Kate just can’t accept the coroner’s ruling. Kate decides she will do her own sleuthing to ferret out the killer while being maid of honor for her roommate. These are just a few of the ingredients Sandra places to the captures reader’s imagination and interest right from the start. On top of that, Daisy’s choice of who is to inherit her estate leads the police to focus on just two people. Hank, the town Chief of Police isn’t exactly acting like he wants to dig up the truth. Tom and Hank are constantly wondering about the other’s guilt or innocence even though they grew up together. Sometimes mysteries can seem like they follow the same formula, but here is a new series that draws questions as to how the mystery will be solved. There are a plethora of turns along with suspicions regarding the real cause of Daisy’s death plastered on the front page news in the small town where everybody knows everybody else’s life story. It was so enjoyable to watch the chemistry between Kate and Tom grows plus the constant tension of whether to trust each other or not. The other characters in the novel add more color to the story some of whom make figuring out the real culprit interesting. I really enjoyed reading this novel as it used a different method to do away with the victim than I had ever read of before. Most people are aware of herbs around that are sold in various places in different consistencies. People appreciate flowers that are nice to look at, but some can be deadly. I couldn’t put the novel down and I await with eager anticipation the next installment in this series! Pick this novel up and enjoy it. The story was fun to read, exciting and challenging to figure out! My rating is 5 stars. Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson... (less)
Title: Facing Justice Author: Diane and David Munson Pages: 342 Year: 2005 Publisher: Micah House This is my first book to read by the Munsons and it won’t...moreTitle: Facing Justice Author: Diane and David Munson Pages: 342 Year: 2005 Publisher: Micah House This is my first book to read by the Munsons and it won’t be the last! With new authors, I try to read, if possible, their first or earlier work to try to get a flavor for their style and to see how they develop as authors with later books. With that thought in mind, I went back to this novel. There are many characters in this story, but the main one is Eva Montanna, who is a Special Agent for the federal government. She normally investigates white collar crime, following the dirty money to catch criminals. Now, she has been placed on an active task force whose goal is to bring down the world’s most wanted terrorist. After the death of her twin sister at the Pentagon on 9/11, Eva is determined to bring this criminal to justice. She spends long hours on the job away from her husband and two children. As the search intensifies, so does the danger and the stress. Eva finally begins to understand that she cannot continue in her own strength if she is going to survive. She must place her faith in the One who controls all. There is also another story going on that connects to Eva’s, but also has its’ own tension and suspense. I don’t want to share too much of the storyline to prevent any spoilers. Suffice it to say that this novel will keep you reading well past your bedtime! There is action, suspense, tension and more in this plot centered on terrorism and the fight to bring guilty terrorists to face justice. There is also the aspect of one who makes wrong choices also facing justice. Readers see the support of one true Christian friend to another when she fears all condemn her. Also, depicted is the attitude of judging someone by their looks or rumors and the resultant hurt and isolation. Two different families show their support of their loved one(s) by word and action is another aspect I enjoyed seeing in the story. The danger faced by some of our federal agents was something also brought home as well as some of the politics that are encountered in law enforcement. Don’t miss a very entertaining story! My rating is 5 stars. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson... (less)
Title: Confirming Justice Author: Diane and David Munson Pages: 344 Year: 2006 Publisher: FaithWalk Publishers Griff Topping is the main character in this...moreTitle: Confirming Justice Author: Diane and David Munson Pages: 344 Year: 2006 Publisher: FaithWalk Publishers Griff Topping is the main character in this political/spy/government agent thriller. The story is set in Florida and Virginia/Washington, D.C. area. Griff is an FBI agent who is asked to take over a case for an agent with one month to go before trial. Then, that agent disappears and with the case hinging on his testimony the case is dismissed. The accused is the son of a presidential cabinet member. Griff was given a weekend to find the missing agent. He was successful in finding the agent, but not in getting him to court in time to testify. The judge presiding over the case is one with a no-nonsense, but fair demeanor. After the dismissal of the case, the judge asks for Griff’s help in a personal matter. Griff agrees to begin searching for answers for the judge, which leads him to Skeeter, a recently released prisoner and his parole agent, Dawn Ahern. So the story centers around two main events. The first one is the aforementioned judge’s appointment to the Supreme Court after a hasty exit from the prior candidate for the position after a smear campaign. There is a nasty senator who has his eye on the White House and will do whatever necessary to eliminate anyone blocking his path to get there. Then, there is the personal investigation the judge as requested Griff to perform, the one trying to find his long lost brother. Through both investigations, readers get lots of action, intrigue and maybe a little romance for Griff. Griff has not wanted to enter a relationship for eight years after the death of his wife from cancer at a very young age. Now, he meets Dawn Ahern and they have many things in common and he is attracted to her, wanting more than friendship. She is a Christian and Griff is not. Will this pose a problem for their future? While there was plenty of action, suspense and thrills, I thought there were too many character names and relationships to remember. I had to concentrate to keep everyone’s name and relationships straight. That being said, this was still a terrific book! I loved seeing several characters begin to recognize God at work in their lives or even some begin to pray to God and see the results of their prayers so as to strengthen their faith. I thought that was a great thing to showcase in the story. I’m excited to see if Griff and Dawn are still together in the next book and how Griff is dealing with the idea of God being interested in his life and how he lives it. I look forward to reading The Camelot Conspiracy, which I will review here soon. My rating is 5 stars. Note: The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo.... Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson... (less)
Title: The Sons of Jude Author: Brandt Dodson Pages: 319 Year: 2012 Publisher: Monarch The Sons of Jude is a fast-paced work of fiction that keeps the r...moreTitle: The Sons of Jude Author: Brandt Dodson Pages: 319 Year: 2012 Publisher: Monarch The Sons of Jude is a fast-paced work of fiction that keeps the readers turning pages to the very end. Brandt Dodson comes from a long line of police officers, which brings depth and realism to the first of what I am sure will become a sensational series. There are many layers in the novel that include politics, police department, police officers in certain districts, and journalism. Yet, even with these known elements woven in the fabric of fiction, there are even more characters and action all with an element of faith. What keeps someone anchored when all “hell” seems to come full force and from all sides into their lives? One character knows; his name is Andy Polanski and he has faith that Christ alone has everything under control. Investigators know that Paulie Vincent was the head of a major crime family who had Delgado act as an enforcer. Delgado, being a smart man, believed in being more than mere muscle. He wanted to ascend to the head of the crime family when Paulie passed away. In order to become the head, Delgado knows he has to have brains more than brawn to keep certain parties under his rulership. The 28th district is the receiver of Andy Polanski when Andy blew the whistle on two cops who were dirty, and that doesn’t sit well with any detective. However, the 31st has to send him to hopefully squelch the riots that are swelling out of control damaging property and people alike. Frank Campello, who recently lost his partner, inherits Andy. He looks for any way to work his cases without inviting or revealing anything to his new partner. The only thing Frank Campello is able to communicate is his ultimate dislike for this detective, so he does everything he can to distance himself from Andy until one incident changes Franks view. The Alderman is controlled by the powerful crime lord and everyone knows, but can’t prove it. When different accomplices to crimes committed by Peter, the Alderman’s son, are caught, arrangements are made to make sure charges are dropped. Since many in the 28th precinct are under suspicion for being part of the crime family, many feel they can no longer trust the CPD. I grew up in the south suburbs of Chicago so this story was such a delight, especially when scenes were described; I knew right where it was located. It was fun reading about politics, police departments, characters, and the war to make life safe for all. Andy and his wife share a faith that sees them through rough times, and it is the glue that does hold marriages together. Learning to believe the truth, be a true friend, trust the Lord and do what is right is choice we all have to make. I liked how Brandt showed just how hard it can get, but also what a treasure real friends are. My rating is 5 stars, and I can’t wait for the next book! Note: I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book. The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility. Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...