Sunday, February 19, 2012

A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH, by Donna Fletcher Crow

2nd in the series, The Monastery Murders
Published by Monarch Books

I received this book from Kregel publications to read and review.  No other compensation was given.
All opinions expressed here are my own,  I'm not required to give a positive review.

Felicity receives a message from her mother, her parents are divorcing, and mom is on her way to visit.  So she decides to go on retreat, to avoid her mother, who she feels has been distant and career orientated during Felicity's childhood.

Religious Icons are disappearing from several monasteries, and Antony, who she has helped solve a murder with before, wants her help.  He shows up with her mother in tow .  Of course they get into trouble, and even think they are about to be killed. .

I enjoyed the story,  my only complaint is the extensive descriptions of religious history at the various monasteries.  Anyone who is more a history buff of this era, than I am, probably would really enjoy the story more.

Friday, February 17, 2012

DOWNFALL by Terri Blackstock

Where oh where is the stars button, this book deserves at least 5.
Published by  Zondervan publishing

Emily Covington has been a drug addict, liar, and about everything else.  She's turned her life around, and moved with her mother and brother to Atlanta, started college, and is working at Haven House, a drug rehab where people are 'sentenced' to spend some time, to get off drugs.

Someone plants a bomb under her car, then 2 wives of former Haven House patients are killed, and suddenly she is accused of murder.  Who is trying to get her arrested? And why?

Arrested and transferred to Alabama, Emily is attacked by a mentally ill woman, and breaks her ankle.  Why is God giving her these obstacles, now, when she has turned her life around.

I was given a copy of this book to read and review by Zondervan, no other compensation was given.  All opinions expressed here are my own, I am not required to give a positive review.

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

He fired them

JD, my grandson, broke his leg on Dec 12th.  His friends who were with him at the time, offered to carry his books, get his lunch tray, and stay with him inside, during his recovery....Well, Jeb didn't keep up his part, so Jd fired him...And another or 2 friends stepped in, but didn't meet his expectations, so they also got fired.
Sidney is the only one who hasn't been fired, leave it to a girl to do what she has promised.
On Friday, I told Sidney that when he is able to walk without crutches, that Jd owed her lunch.  Jd, being a stinker, said no, she is the one who told me to jump, when I broke my leg.  His mom told him that he should buy her a CandyGram at school for Valentines Day...No, wouldn't do that either...If I were Sidney, I'd smile sweetly and tell him to carry his own books, wouldn't you?

Sunday, February 05, 2012

The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy

15 years ago, Liesl Bower saw her mentor shot down.  Now, as she starts toward the piano to give a concert for the President and First Lady, looking out into the audience, she sees a familiar face in the 2nd row, the man killed him.  As she leaves to go to her hotel, her driver tells her they are being followed.  And again, a few days later, she barely escapes being snatched, why are they after her?

I love the suspense in this book, and how it keeps building.  Sue Duffy makes you feel you are right there in the dark, trying to escape the danger.

I received this book to read and review, from Litfuse.  No other compensation was given.  I am not required to give a positive review.  All opinions expressed here are my own.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Princess Stories, Real Bible Stories of God's Princesses by Carolyn Larson

The day this book arrived, my 8 1/2 year old granddaughter was visiting. I told her the book would be hers as soon as I reviewed it online. She misunderstood, and packed the book in her bag, and took it home. She read it before I had a chance to do my review, but she did give it back, only long enough for me to review.

This book tells the story of God's Princesses. Eve is the first one listed, and #30 is You. Every chapter tells a story of a woman in the Bible in words that young children can understand. I highly recommend this for every little girl. It is easy to read, well written, and makes little girls feel like a real princess.

I was given a copy of this book to read and review, by Tyndale House Publishers. No other compensation was given. I am not required to give a positive review, all opinions expressed here are my own.

The Road Trip, Sidecar adventures with God, by Jo Lynn Crozier

We've all awakened with a headache, but nothing like Liz woke with, one morning. The next minute, she's talking with God himself.
And her conversation with God is amazing. He wants her to take a trip with him, not in a car, but in sidecar on a motorcycle.
 The Road Trip is a great book, very interesting, funny at times, and makes you think about what God really wants us to do in our lives.  It is a quick read and keeps your attention.

I was given a copy of this book to read and review, no other compensation was given.
All opinions expressed here are my own, I'm not required to give a favorable review.

The Christmas Singing by Cindy Woodsmall

Mattie bakes cakes, she does wonderful work, and she owns her on shop.    Sol, her boyfriend, hunts, when he isn't making pallets for his family business.  When the cake shop catches fire, Mattie runs back inside, thinking she saw her niece in the shop.  Someone contacts Gideon Beiler, her former fiance, and he goes to the hospital, only to run into Sol.
During the holidays, Mattie goes home to see her parents, while waiting on the insurance money, to rebuild her shop.  There she is thrown in constant contact with Gideon, who she feels dumped her to date an Englisher lady.
I think that Cindy Woodsmall is one of the best writers of Amish fiction I've ever read.  I highly recommend this book.

I was given a copy of this book to read and review, no other compensation was given.  All opinions expressed are my own, I'm not required to give a favorable review.