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October 15, 2017

Review of A LIFE BEYOND AMAZING by David Jeremiah

A LIFE BEYOND AMAZING: 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today by David Jeremiah

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: October 3, 2017 | Formats: eBook (256 pages), Hardcover (256 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B06Y4TNZDZ, ISBN: 9780718079901, and AUDIO ISBN: 9781543637298 | Origin: NetGalley


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A LIFE BEYOND AMAZING: 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today by David Jeremiah brings an amazing way to understand our own part in this life.

Distraction through pain and sometimes feeling we are alone in prayer do not dictate the path of our lives, and the absence of these problems cannot provide peace or strengthen faith. In fact, these will happen to all at many points on the journey. However, it is our own heart which can take us from panic to peace and from weary to rest through the fruits of the Holy Spirit and our relationship with God inside our daily transformation.

From those who we surround ourselves with and our own awareness about why and how we fit into this picture will certainly shed much-needed light into some of those places we have yet dared to examine.

Using Scripture and faith stories of those inside the Bible and others Dr. David Jeremiah advances our faith maturity through self-awareness, application, character, endurance, and challenges. He teaches and shares the nine virtues we need to enhance faith from grace.

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

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In A LIFE BEYOND AMAZING: 9 Decisions That Will Transform Your Life Today, David Jeremiah introduces the challenges of becoming the person God calls each to be, and it all begins inside the heart.

Scripture guides the examination of stories teaching character traits necessary to transform this life. Through God’s calling, through Christ, and the Holy Spirit, all can access the virtues, joy, peace, and divine wisdom every day.


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October 8, 2017

Review of LOVE HELD CAPTIVE by Shelley Shepard Gray

Publisher: Zondervan | Published: October 10, 2017 | Formats: eBook (320 pages), Paperback (320 pages), Large Print (Publishing: November 2017), and Audio | ASIN: B06XFR5VYR, ISBN: 9780310345473, ISBN: 9781683245766, and AUDIO ISBN: 9781543638196 | Series: A Lone Star Hero's Love Story | Origin: NetGalley 


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In LOVE HELD CAPTIVE by Shelley Shepard Gray, we travel back to 1867 where we make a crash landing in Texas.

The war is over and residents of these States attempt to settle into a new routine, but the ravages of the bloodshed still linger. People suffered and died, families are broken, memories battle with the conscience, minds thirst for peace, bodies bear many scars, and some wrongs become righted but not all. The nightmares for some are far from over, and many are not ready to pursue the dreams they held before it all began.

Ethan Kelly is often called by his former rank. However, this major is not able to focus on tomorrow as yesterday still haunts him. All of his wrongs in life seem alive, and his guilt creates its fresh wound. His problems worsen once he realizes that the woman in front of him is the same woman he hurt not long ago. Somehow, he must make his past toward her right. His identity to her remains a mystery. How much longer will it remain so? Can a battle-scarred man become a hero in her eyes?

Meanwhile, Devin Monroe is a former captain and Prisoner of War. His life, since his return home, remains quiet. He is not seeking out companionship while confronting his postwar demons head-on–until a chance meeting transports his emotions back to when he considers marriage in his future. This brief encounter brings Devin inside the challenges of courting a woman. It doesn’t take long for his lack of recent experience to cause awkward moments as he seeks out Julianne VanFleet.

Her demeanor proves that she is an honorable woman, but Julianne seems almost intimidated by her beauty. The shocking, brutal honesty she oozes brings memories back for Devin causing him much pain. While her revelations unveil a lack of his honesty to himself, she brings Devin to know he is familiar with a monster from the war.

Is it possible for him to approach any relationship without secretly judging another? Alternatively, could Miss VanFleet forgive his lack of backbone in admitting to his own faults?

After this war, trust needs to be re-earned by both men and women. Their broken hearts require mending as their past craves forgiveness but understanding must remain a constant companion to all as the engagement to right these wrongs still rage.

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

Preview:

Texas, in the year 1867, is where LOVE HELD CAPTIVE by Shelley Shepard Gray brings Major Ethan Kelly and Captain Devin Monroe from the Prisoner of War encampment back home.

The horrors of this battle and the wrongs that lead to it and that happened during it weigh heavily upon each man. While trying to rediscover life from these ruins, the nightmares and guilt strain them on a daily basis as they uncover some of the faces which match the wrongs, including Daniel Bushnell, one of their comrades. However, his reputation was evil inside war and worsens in its aftermath.

Each man faces the pains he has caused others by trying to right their wrongs. Once Bushnell causes more hurt on the innocent, these men struggle with what to do next!

However, the women these two meet on their way to forgiveness have had their own hard times and find trust of limited value. Their living conditions during the war were harsh, and they’ve met the worst of people in uniform. How can either dare be around a former officer, now?


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October 1, 2017

Review of COLORS OF CHRISTMAS by Olivia Newport

Publisher: Shiloh Run Press | Published: September 20, 2017 | Formats: eBook (320 pages) and Paperback (320 pages) | ASIN: B071HB3VQJ and ISBN: 9781683223351 | Origin: NetGalley


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Through COLORS OF CHRISTMAS, Olivia Newport moves us out of one life and into another during difficult Christmas seasons. We’ll find things in disarray and situations rife with pain.

How can the beauty of this Christmas be still appreciated when nothing is as the season before?

Inside Christmas in Gold, Astrid’s life changes are due to advanced age. She hadn’t wanted to move, but her fall is the reason her children insist. At this tender life stage, it’s hard to be under the rule of the children you raised when you still have the ability to do as you please. Well, that is only until you injure yourself and no longer have that ability, and thus the move to Sycamore Hills Community Living is upon her.

However, they both were right, she did need to relocate, or at least her body did. Her mind wants independence, and maybe that is still possible. It is just hard to give up all that you built, and it is something that she’s had to do before. Those fearsome memories return in vivid color after all these years.

Having something in common tends to bring people together. Will friendships grow even in the darkest of times?

In Christmas in Blue, we meet Angela who is facing the first Christmas after her close friend’s death.

The funny thing about bemoaning this holiday is that Carole was all Christmas and almost all the time, thus making this first even more painful. If she allowed it, every song, movie, and decoration would reduce Angela to tears. No, this year, she is going to this holiday in quiet. Unfortunately, no one told the committee this decision. Angela would not think she even had to. Yes, she assisted Carole on the town’s celebrations, but everyone knew it was Carole’s baby. Angela was just a helper and friend.

However, to honor Carole, the committee decided to give Angela the celebration duties so that she could run it the same way her friend would. Without the benefit of time to change things, this agenda is set almost in secret, and Angela needs help.

When does one’s assistance turn into a disaster? When could a mystery turn to merriment? Is sabotage underfoot or is a new tradition being born?

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

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COLORS OF CHRISTMAS by Olivia Newport begins inside the stark realities of life changes where hope could not stay buried but lives on to become the beacon of light for others to follow.

Two novellas showcase a death of life as it previously exists only to have it blossom into the rays of hope inside a new Christmas season.


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September 24, 2017

Review of HOME ALL ALONG by Beth Wiseman

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: September 26, 2017 | Formats: eBook (320 pages), Paperback (320 pages), Hardcover (Publishing: October 4, 2017), and Audio | ASIN: B01N0CS9YX, ISBN: 9781401685973, ISBN: 9781432842161, and Audio ISBN: 9781536693386 | Series: An Amish Secrets Novel | Origin: NetGalley


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HOME ALL ALONG (An Amish Secrets Novel) by Beth Wiseman captures life inside the Amish and Englisch worlds as well as the pain that occupies each.

The pull of today’s heavy topics seizes its hold on us as we turn the page….

Charlotte Dolinsky walks a path where love grows, but the pain will follow when the death of a family member makes things difficult for a fragile relationship.

Charlotte’s younger years were far from average and dysfunction looms mightily inside her past, but she makes her home in the most unexpected place. The Amish world in Lancaster County becomes her refuge, and these residents have become a foster family of sorts by allowing her into their circles and into their lives. However, living among the Plain People is much different than living as they live.

Is she finally reaching the critical stage of a decision?

While she digs her way through the grief and uncertainty, Charlotte uncovers another family secret once this secret discovers her!

Meanwhile, Daniel Byler is baptized Amish and stands by Charlotte in her time of need, but he has his worries about their future. He’s in love with her, but at the same time, he woes her indecision. Daniel’s been hurt before and fears his heart will be broken again.

Family life for Daniel has its problems as other issues within his district weigh upon him.

How can he console anyone if his life falls apart?

Are these problems too burdensome to overcome for this opposite attracts relationship? Even if love survives, will someone in this district fall under the shunning?

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

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Inside HOME ALL ALONG (An Amish Secrets Novel) by Beth Wiseman, Charlotte Dolinsky questions her life, her decisions, her history, and even her faith. Death makes her doubt all that she believes in and everything that’s happened before. Charlotte enters into this crossroad between the Amish world and her Englisch ties as a visitor comes to call bringing more problems to this community.

Daniel stands by Charlotte through it all as a steadfast force for her to lean on, and they’ve fallen in love. There is just one problem. He is Amish, and she is not.

As Daniel Byler is amazed at the journey Charlotte has made, he’s just as often reminded of her hesitancy to belong to his community. She’s living between two different worlds and seems to stay with one foot planted in each. The Amish community loves her, but they cannot accept a baptized man marrying an Englisch woman.

The Bishop is questioning, his parents are pushing, and his family life is falling apart as they become entangled in a major health crisis.

Death and illness heaps much stress on their shoulders and pain is coming from many directions. Will these two end up stronger together or better apart? Have both Daniel and Charlotte been moving in the wrong direction?

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September 17, 2017

Review of DEADLY PROOF by Rachel Dylan

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers | Published: September 5, 2017 | Formats: eBook (322 pages), Paperback (320 pages), Hardcover (322 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B0713TL43H, ISBN: 978-0764219801, ISBN: 978-0764231100, and Audio ASIN: B075DHKVFX | Series: Atlanta Justice | Origin: NetGalley


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Inside DEADLY PROOF by Rachel Dylan, we step onto a tightrope between suspense and mystery!

Danger skulks in a case that is as big as any headliner today. Big Pharma and Big Law plan to take down a multidistrict litigation where the cost is plentiful, the clock ticks, the facts are the problem, and the peril of failure thrives within a landmark case.

Meanwhile, Kate Sullivan’s days get longer while her career is reaching new heights as lead counsel undertaking the Mason Pharmaceutical bellwether trials. Kate seeks justice for the victims of a dangerous drug, which this company unleashed, but as more victims are coming forward, a whistleblower enters the picture.

Elle Procter is anxious, scared, and seems to be fighting her own demons, but she is a researcher that holds the frightening facts about more than one drug and the problems. Now, Kate needs the discretion of a private investigator to find out more.

Landon James is still picking up the pieces from his service overseas as an Army Ranger, but he is finding his niche in private investigations. Although he had previous dealings with legal cases, where the priority is about money, he comes a bit wary meeting his newest potential client. However, it doesn’t take Landon long to realize that she lives up to the profile his research projects, and her compassion brings her version of justice from the heart.

As we are falling in love with Landon, he is gathering the facts, and he uncovers that death can be outsourced.

He worries about Kate as his protective instinct locks into gear. She knows enough to be in danger but just not enough to bring in the police, and things are shaping up to where the hunter becomes the prey. His battlefield past is coming back to haunt him as he fears a costly mistake could leave this attorney at death’s door.

Will wrongful death follow them to the courtroom or will this case die before it hits the docket?

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

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DEADLY PROOF by Rachel Dylan places attorney Kate Sullivan into the hardest case of her career.

In the Mason Pharmaceutical case, the plaintiffs need justice for a wrongful death and a damaging drug, but this one medicine is still on the market. Its growth is on target to reach more patients, but she needs to stop a powerful company from hurting more for the sake of a bulging bottom line. The death of a whistleblower takes this case in another direction and into the company's research and development capabilities. 

While Landon James hasn't been a PI for long, his experience as an Army Ranger makes this job the perfect fit. He's hired by a plaintiff's law firm and starts to dig up the buried bits of a Big Pharma player.

Do profits matter much more than patients do within Mason Pharmaceutical? If this is the case, how far will they go to ensure their piece of the pie?

For the sake of this lawyer in his life, he must avoid any appearance of impropriety, but his heart is gathering steam in the wrong direction when she becomes the target!

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Review of AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE: Four Novellas
originally posted: September 10, 2017

by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin

Publisher: Thomas Nelson | Published: September 12, 2017 | Formats: eBook (385 pages), Paperback (400 pages), and Large Print (Publishing November 1, 2017) | ASIN: B01N04ILCK, ISBN: 9780529118707, and 9781432844523 | Origin: NetGalley


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AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Ruth Reid, and Kelly Irvin uncovers Amish Christmases with affections blooming within each community to make our holiday hearts even warmer as the light shines even brighter!

Falling in love with the Amish, we’ll learn more about their traditions, their history, and their healing hearts, but we will glow with the embers of love as we follow their forever-changing lives.

These four stories will bring us from marriage to death, from pain to healing and from state to state with merry themes plus heartwarming reminders. Could love be found during the most painful of times in life—while traveling on a completely different path than expected or while struggling with grief or fear of the unknown?

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

Preview:

Within AN AMISH CHRISTMAS LOVE: Four Novellas, the high regard inside the communities show through in WINTER KISSES by Beth Wiseman, THE CHRISTMAS CAT by Amy Clipston, SNOW ANGELS by Kelly Irvin, and HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Ruth Reid!

Christmas is inside each story as the celebration of the holiday is already there or it is on the way. When hope is hard to find or when the sad times of life come to stay, how will all fare?

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Review of A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT by Melanie Dickerson
originally posted: September 3, 2017

Publisher: Waterfall Press | Published: September 12, 2017 | Formats: eBook (306 pages), Paperback (304 pages), and Audio | ASIN: B06Y59J2SZ, ISBN: 9781503938656, and Audio ISBN: 9781543618204 | Series: The Regency Spies of London | Origin: NetGalley


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In A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT (The Regency Spies of London Book 3), Melanie Dickerson transports her readers back to the Regency Era in London and douses us with mystery, intrigue, and suspense!

This time in history encompasses war and tumult, from the Civil War in America to the French Revolution, but England is just beginning to face its own dangerous unrest!

The calls sound for revolution from many sites near and far and the streets of London show poverty surrounding wealth as the Season begins. Felicity Mayson is used to being overlooked for both dances and marriage. She’s from a family with thirteen children and would have a little dowry. The young men during this time want a marriage of money, leaving her and others nearly excluded from the competition. Felicity studies another language to become a Missionary, but an invitation arrives requesting her presence at a distant relative’s estate. Apparently, she thinks, they do not have enough women to turn down. However, this is far from the case upon her arrival as the meetings with those of means are far from difficult.

In fact, one already is showing interest despite her dismal financing. Being viewed as other than flawed is a heady experience, and Felicity soon swoons from romance while a new arrival is bringing back memories of her home in London.

Philip McDowell implants himself into a group of well-financed and well-stocked revolutionaries. Although he is an undercover government agent, he arrives with a problem. One beautiful woman who is here is someone he has seen in London. In fact, she is a friend to people higher up in both military and Parliament. With fighters planning to take control of the monarchy, he needs to know if she is friend or foe to the Crown. Between his portraying to be one of the henchmen and learning all he can about the others, he may have to find a way to alert the Home Office about Miss Mayson.

Her access to these friends puts them in jeopardy, but it doesn’t take him long to understand that Felicity Mayson is the one in danger. It is easy to understand she knew nothing about these things before coming here, and she is now considered a problem if she does not go along with their marriage plans.

How can he follow leads, keep her safe, and contact Home Office when more are due to arrive? Philip’s only choice is to come clean about his identity, and this will triple her chances for being caught.

Behind these scenes, we readers are falling for Philip McDowell, but we are wondering about how these two can survive.

More than one person may nurse a broken heart.

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

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A DANGEROUS ENGAGEMENT (The Regency Spies of London Book 3) by Melanie Dickerson brings Felicity Mayson an invitation to Doverton Hall. As it is often in the Season, Felicity receives dismissal at such events due to her family situation and little dowry. Though she is dubious of the invite, she accepts it as it comes from distant family.

After meeting wealthy gentlemen not objecting about her, she is being seen by Mr. Oliver Ratley.

His over-the-top pursuit brings her flattery that none other has before, and she is enjoying herself. His quick marriage proposal delights her until she sees someone from London. Will everyone know more about her depressing money situation? Are these men actually this wealthy?

Meanwhile, Philip McDowell arrives later than most in part due to happenstance and partly not. Philip knows these faces and these traitorous hearts as those out to overthrow the government. His career as a government agent takes him into situations, but this is dangerous indeed. He intends to take down this band of revolutionaries, but he runs into an unexpected reunion of sorts supplying even more problems.

Their soft touch has high-reaching friends, and while he has been around Felicity Mayson, he does not know her well. The implications of her presence here are magnifying all factors of which she is a danger to, to whom poses a threat to her, and for that matter to him.

The likelihood that she knows more about him than most of these people do is great, as he is undercover on this assignment. Out of options and with more to lose, he must reach out to Felicity, as it seems clear that she is in more danger than he is!

However, he will put her in an even more dire position because he is duty bound to his assignment despite needing her trust.

What is he to do?

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Paula Rose reviews what she loves to read on Publishers Marketplace. She's an Inspy writer who enjoys bringing an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushing with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coating with suspense.


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