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January 15, 2017

Review of I AM: A 60-Day Journey by Michele Cushatt

Publisher: Zondervan | Publishing: January 24, 2017 | Format: eBook and Paperback (288 pages) | ASIN: B01CXDN5LM and ISBN: 9780310339809 | Origin: NetGalley


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I AM: A 60-Day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is by Michele Cushatt cuts to the heart of the problems facing today's woman. When everything from looks to likes and popularity to education is being looked at, compared to, and struggled toward, this author shows us that we are enough as we are, where we are, and how we are through Him!

As we try to please everyone else, we deny ourselves the opportunities to be who He created us to be through Him.

We point to the many ways this is better, that is better, and there is better than whom, what, and where, but we place our hope in things that are overlooked by Him. He sees inside. We compare ourselves to others, and we are forgetting a simple fact. There is no one else like us in this world. Michele Cushatt makes it easy to see that you are you, I am I, and He loves us just the way we are. Worthy describes us already. In this world, laudability is forever changing because there is always someone more than the last. However, in His eyes, we are beautifully the way He designed us to be.

We will begin to see ourselves as we are known to Him to reverse our own negative self-talk, views, and judgments using Scriptures, prayers, and personal stories to remember that we are enough!

***This opinion is my own.***

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No matter what we do, how we do it, or why it is needed, a woman will question themselves, their capabilities, and their strength to get it done.

She will compare herself to her counterparts using society’s barometer in every comparison as she questions her worthiness. In today’s world where more is never enough and where there is always more to do, a woman struggles to be better than what is seen, shown, or lauded as she questions herself every step of the way. Am I enough?

However, the brutality of cancer changed Michele Cushatt in all the ways she could think of and then some while casting a soul-searching discovery of herself, despite pitfalls of everyday life with this changed woman. Forced to unlearn her own negative self-talk, multi-societal opinions, and her actual old life, she begins to believe what God sees and forgive herself too. Her faith is tested only to rebound, and she becomes even more faithful and forever closer to Him.

Michele Cushatt stopped her roller-coaster ride to realize her value is not found in talents, goals, marriages, motherhood, or looks. It is found in His creation and as He chooses us to be.

His promises are real and all around us!


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January 8, 2017

Review of BECAUSE YOU'RE MINE by Colleen Coble

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: January 10, 2017 | Formats: eBook (336 pages), Paperback, Hardcover, and Audio | ASIN: B01CXE9T7U, ISBN: 9780718083809, ISBN: 9780718090418, Audio CD ISBN: 9781531833718 | Origin: NetGalley


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In BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE by Colleen Coble, we are on tour with a band from Ireland called Ceol, and in spite of the perils of fame, we visit romance at its finest until danger’s explosion changes everything!

Alanna Connolly is a young, pregnant widow lost without a connection in this world to call her own besides her band mates. With Liam gone, her grief is all encompassing, but she is carrying their baby. He is her anchor. Trying to patch together a family from Liam’s side, she tries to lighten their grief by telling them of the baby. However, this development is just what this powerful family uses to keep her latched. Her Irish past wasn’t the norm in the nation, and they plan to use it against her, but she will not let them take her baby.

Her band manager steps up and offers her a business proposal. He’ll marry her to help get her a U. S. citizenship to keep herself out of their clutches while she takes her time to grieve and begin again.

While this marriage of convenience seems to be the answer, Alanna is a vulnerable foreigner in Charleston, SC with doubts about many things, and her grief is playing havoc with her heart, mind, and sensibility. Her band mates help to keep her grounded, but with everything from gators to human screams, these pages keep turning as we wonder about those close to home!

***This opinion is my own.***

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Colleen Coble shadows Charleston, South Carolina in danger throughout BECAUSE YOU’RE MINE.

A foreigner in the United States is grief-stricken by the loss of her husband. The light was just beginning to shine brightly on Ceol, a Celtic band, under new management. A powerful explosion makes Alanna Connolly a pregnant, widow with no family and few friends. Alanna is longing to be in Ireland to raise her child, but her husband’s family is powerful with connections. Not waiting to see her father-in-law carry out his threat, she runs.

Her band manager makes a deal that will protect her and the baby, but she has doubts before she signs. Unfortunately, she’s out of options.

This man extends a helping hand to her complete with his home and his name to get Alanna out of harm’s way from Liam’s family.

Is this all there is to the story?

Although she had met her husband through his best friend, she dislikes the man. Jesse is the only survivor of one fateful night so that he is not a friend to Alanna. A man with his reputation is still walking the earth while the good man that was her husband is gone. He is her enemy. Wanting nothing to do with Jesse Hawthorne, she keeps her distance, but he does not follow her lead.

Is guilt eating at him or is there more manipulation in Jesse than anyone really knows?

He wants to be a band member, and Alanna will not accept this. However, she does not have the sole decision, and the manager isn’t forbidding his inclusion. Why? Stuck in a horrid situation with all the pain it brings she slides backward into grief and loses some of her reality in the process. Then it all becomes clear to her.

She’s in danger, and the spotlight is shining brightly in Charleston instead of Ireland!

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January 2, 2017

Review of FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) by Jen Turano

Publisher: Gilead Publishing | Published: November 15, 2016 | Formats: eBook (320 pages), Paperback (320 pages), and Hardcover Large Print (releasing March 2017) 500 pages | ASIN: B01KIRR2JG, ISBN: 9781683700050, and ISBN: 9781683242710 | Series: Finding Home | Origin: NetGalley


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FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) is first in a series by Jen Turano, and I'm looking forward to Book 2!

This read is a best-selling, historical author's first published title inside the contemporary market. With a hard act to follow from her previous quirky characters, she meets that challenge and surpasses the goal all the while adding mystery to her contemporary repertoire.

Margo Hartman is an international Pop Star on the lam. She is finding her celebrity, burnout inducing lifestyle trying and exhausting, and her tyrant stage mother is excessive and burdensome. Margo needs a change to recharge, to review, and to rediscover her. Somewhere under all the glitz that is glamor, Margo hides. She is young and vibrant but not ready for another tour. She loves singing, but she does not enjoy the theatrics of the press.

Outrunning family, paid help, bodyguards, and paparazzi, she manages to get herself in a country living experiment. A city-bred well to do should not be enjoying the ride, but Margo can breathe here. Despite this enjoyment, her lack of recent driving experience catches her in some trouble. On an Amish county road, she hits a duck, makes a friend, and uncovers the dangers of being without a bodyguard!

If a camera shot appears in the tabloids or a press hound is her only problem, she would be safe, but she wouldn't have met a Sheriff’s deputy. However, he doesn't seem to believe a word she says.

Brock Moore is a temporary deputy pursuing a case that means too much to let go. The tricky part of this undercover, FBI assignment comes once a woman walks in wearing a laundry list of high-priced merchandise while trying to portray herself as just passing by. However, her name is something she will not reveal, but then she matches a famed cartoon character. How does she not understand this alone would make anyone suspicious?

Cute and funny only go so far when a car accident leaves a victim and a shooter targets this same person. A stalled case and a new crime meet up in a town where secrets are still hiding!

***This opinion is my own.***

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FINDING MARGO (Finding Home Book 1) by Jen Turano reveals the price of fame, the penalty of a media spotlight, and pondering if it's all even worth it.

When Margo Hartman takes an unscheduled vacation, she does it with her telephone off and a little planning. Her tour is over, and the handler of this International Pop Star is abusing her privilege. Unfortunately, Margo can fire talent, but she can't terminate a mother status. Carolyn Hartman does not understand the meaning of no in money, interviews, concerts, tours, and Margo's time. She's relentless and will buy off anyone in her way. Since Margo is making the money, she can't buy her, but she does pay her staff to do her "favors". This last debacle was a road never taken before, and it won't be taken now.

All is going along fine, until an accident, a duck, and a police deputy run into Margo. It happens when doing right can bring out something wrong and life can go crazy fast.

Brock Moore finds the newest visitor attractive, but her mode of dress and her comic strip name lends plenty of suspicions. However, it is the town stories that really seal the deal, and he begins to follow her. His being around tends to make her nervous, but once the sound of a bullet explodes, this case comes dangerously close.

From strangers to inseparable, the mystery deepens as these two get closer to the secrets hidden in this small town.

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December 26, 2016

TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED ... FOR EVERY DAY by Debora M. Coty

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | eBook Published: November 1, 2016 and Hardcover Publishing: January 1, 2017 | Format: eBook (384 pages), Hardcover (384 pages) | ASIN: B01LZPOCKP and ISBN: 9781634098106 | Origin: NetGalley


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In TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED ... INSPIRATION FOR EVERY DAY: 365 Devotions for Women, Debora M. Coty provides humor, worship, praise, readings, prayer, and Scripture encouragement inside today's go fast world.

You'll find chuckles along with belly laughs as you walk with Debora for your quick dose of "Papa" God time. The pages turn as you connect in such a family way, and you will relate to the stories of everyday life and bring praise to our Creator of Life! As fun as it is different plus heartwarming to boot, you will worship Him as you are refreshing you.

***This opinion is my own.***

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TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED ... INSPIRATION FOR EVERY DAY: 365 Devotions for Women by Debora M. Coty brings into focus many situations arising within Christian living. From family and work issues to what about us needs His correction as we are going about something all wrong to find hope, humor, and faith in short bursts of devotion, worship, prayer, Scripture, and truth.

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December 18, 2016

Review of TITUS RETURNS by Amy Lillard

Publisher: Zebra | Publishing: December 27, 2016 | Formats: eBook and Mass Market Paperback (352 pages) | ASIN: B01DRXCGBW and ISBN: 9781420139754 | Series: A Wells Landing Romance | Origin: NetGalley


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Inside TITUS RETURNS (A Wells Landing Romance) by Amy Lillard, we re-enter the Amish life inside Wells Landing, Oklahoma. This homecoming tale is raising enough doubts from all, especially from Titus Lambert!

Throughout these long five years, Titus longs to be here, and his past only intensifies this wish. His dreams of going home did not prepare him for the reality. Those pitfalls iconic dreams ignore snag at him through every place, every resident, every incident, and from the inside every stall. Temptations seem to find him while he hobbles back into faith when he is both battered and broken.

Happiness is elusive through a hardened heart and jaded view and making amends doesn't change the past, present, or future.

Titus owes many people many things, but Abbie King and her family lost most of everything. On the King farm, he's not welcome, but shock at what he finds there will bring his good intentions into the ashes. He will pay this debt without regard to the cost.

Meanwhile, honest work may change appearances, but it is true that love and resentment can go hand in hand.

Not everyone's future takes to changing the past, but Titus is seeking a fresh start, a new life, and forgiveness. Inside the Amish community confusion piles on, crimes follow along, and secrets escape. Can Titus find the forgiveness of a whole community? Alternatively, will he live inside the past that will forever haunt him?

Finding love within the Amish could bring an Englischer into his destiny, but will having a future equal having happiness?

You will fall in love with Titus Lambert and a way of life in this heartwarming read where honesty is the best policy!

***This opinion is my own.***

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TITUS RETURNS (Wells Landing Romance) by Amy Lillard introduces a different Titus Lambert. While he left as an Amish young man, he returns from Englischer prison walls now emotionally challenged but resilient and still lugging mental, faith, and emotional scars.

His former girlfriend belongs to another, one friend's death is by his hand, and another will never be able to use his legs because of Titus Lambert’s poor choices. His family strains with him under the roof and his dream to return to a normal life in Wells Landing, Oklahoma shatters before his eyes. Looks and whispers take a toll on Titus while his jailers hold still clings. Despite shows of forgiveness, he realizes things will never be the same.

Where could he even begin?

It is time to make amends despite knowing damages will not fully heal. On the King’s farm, he is warned without regard that he is not wanted on this land. However, Titus will come back because he has to do this. Through hard work and time, he will set right the little he can because this family lost a brother, a son, and are close to losing their farm due to grief, depression, and pain.

In Wells Landing, Oklahoma inside an Amish community, second chances are a fresh start. However, roof leaks and painted walls may help, but the crushing pain of death ends hope before it ever really begins.

Titus Lambert does not get a do-over, but he does find more of himself along the way. Despite guilt, self-loathing, questionings of faith, lack of plans, and that daunting definition of happiness, a real life goes missing but returns as long as honesty remains.

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O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay
originally posted: December 11, 2016

Publisher: Serenade Books | Published: December 6, 2015 | Formats: eBook (136 pages) | ASIN: B0192AEF2M | Origin: Publisher


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In O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay, we are moving into Holly Truesdale’s life or lack thereof!

She comes from a household where wealth is the norm and their life revolves around a business. She’s living apart from her family but is far from being a part of them. In fact, Holly’s treatment as an employee at her father’s company and as a child in the other venues is shocking. Some family servants want what is best for her, but she does not really know what that is because the best for her means worse for others.

However, during what should be the happiest time in her life, Holly reaches the last straw. All she wants is out. No longer caring about the damage she leaves behind, like a rebellious teen, she is a runaway without a forwarding address.

Holly is on the road to find a new life with only childlike images and a name to find the place, but she sets out for her freedom inside Bethany.

Meeting new people and some familiar faces, she is on track to gain a life, but she’s not ready for love. Fortunately, the handsome bed and breakfast owner is not either. When things change, the past rears its head, and Holly needs the strength she could never find.

In the meantime, secrets are coming alive, people are leaving as some are arriving, and this perfect holiday is going under and so is her life!

***This opinion is my own.***

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O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHANY by Rene Gutteridge and Cheryl McKay begins inside Holly Truesdale’s reality.

Dreams beginning in childhood turn to ashes not long afterward. Many years later, Christmas time is here again and those ashes still lay in decay as life conditions deteriorate.

Holly reconstitutes the dream. She gives up her family and their wealth to move on. As part of a new community, Holly’s career and wonderful Christmas holiday are at hand. The quaint town of Bethany with all its amazing residents is her launching pad. Her miracle in the making is giving the very best of what she never had, but it brings her immense joy to be part of this iconic scene. A suitor is not on the horizon, and although Liam is near, she want’s all that he does too.

Now is not the time for anything in the romance department.

Things seem to be changing and while she’s trying to make her own way, the problems with her past resurface, this town’s Grande Dame disappears and returns, and everyone is on edge. Moreover, her dream is beginning to crash, but Holly has some things and some people on her side.

Will she lose everything or will she survive this collision course with history?


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Review of CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION by Lynette Eason
originally posted: December 4, 2016

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense | eBook Published: December 1, 2016 and Paperback Published: December 6, 2016 | Format: eBook (224 pages), Paperback (224 pages), and Paperback Large Print (224 pages) | ASIN: B01F1R4XKE, ISBN: 9780373447831, and ISBN: 9780373677924 | Series: Wrangler's Corner | Origin: NetGalley


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CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION (Wrangler's Corner) by Lynette Eason brings us into the collision of life and death, as we dodge bullets before tumbling down the embankment.

Suspense lingers from page one, even as a child naps, and climbs higher within each chapter.

Amber Starke is on the run needing to get home by Christmas, but her destination is not for a holiday celebration. Her home base is even more dangerous in this CIA agent's world. The items she needs await her, but the danger she's about to bring upon her family means anyone in her path becomes collateral damage. Amber must get her new son to safety. Number two Mom stands in forever for Mom number one, as this autistic child's world is changing. Her heart aches for Sam as they run from his biological father. However, Amber's time is too limited, and she must keep moving.

Once lights appear on the dark and snow covered road, we prepare to move from running to fighting, but we do not expect the result of this battle.

There is a leak. Her cover will no longer help, and her handler may be to blame. Amber doesn't know whom she trusts, but the last thing she and Sam need is someone approaching their vehicle.

Slumping over the steering wheel, Amber sees a shadow move closer. Awake enough for understanding to be at capacity, she has her weapon at the ready.

Meanwhile, the holiday trappings are all around, but this can be deadly to many. Between dangerous weather conditions and careless drivers, Deputy Lance Goode is trying to keep plans with the people who are like family to him. Even with chains on his tires, it is slow going for his vehicle. Two other cars are on this same road, but one moves at an excessive speed. Metal crunching metal will happen if it keeps moving like this.

Before he is able to respond, shots ring out to bring one vehicle into a life-endangering crash.

Lance knows the other driver could return. With his own weapon drawn, he throws his heart over the side of the road as he takes the flight to save a life. His heart breaks when he sees a young child in the back, but it thunders once he realizes who is behind the wheel.

Amber Starke is the black sheep travel writer from a close family, but he already knows there is more to her story. In fact, she is no longer the girl tag along she used to be. Her life is obviously different and his heart will not mend.

Nevertheless, their real story only just begins once more shots explode!

***This opinion is my own.***

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Inside CLASSIFIED CHRISTMAS MISSION (Wrangler's Corner) by Lynette Eason, Christmas is near, and Amber Starke is on the run from family connections. They do not know her chosen career or the danger in her being around them. As a CIA agent over the years, Amber has made dear friends within the organization and outside of it. Her last informant paid with her life, and her agency is to blame.

Her special needs charge understands that Amber is his new mom, but he doesn't know that his father's game of hiding and seek is deadly to all involved, especially to him. Somebody is a leak to this child's father, and Agent Starke is almost sure it's her handler and previous friend. However, their up-to-date information is putting her right where she does not want to be.

Amber is home for the holidays, but she is not home to meet with family or celebrate Christmas. In fact, she's hiding until she obtains all she needs to disappear with Sam for good.

She will lose her own life trying defending her son, even if she has to do it solo.

Deputy Lance Goode is going to spend time with friends until a traffic hazard turns into shots splitting the quiet around him. He sees the result as one car topples off the road and under it. So much for making plans. However, Lance comes face to face with an old friend, a kidnapping victim, and a Federal Agent trying to evade the law.

There is much more to this story, and he would love to understand why this agent turns to crime, but dodging bullets are higher on his list right now. He can not allow this woman and child go to his department.

Now, all of them may need protection from her agency? How many others are on the outside getting her information?

Even crimes by law enforcement officials have consequences, but someone else is after this boy. This autistic child knows information that these people want. However, once they know what he does, they will have no use for him.


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