Missing by Lisa Harris

Missing (The Nikki Boyd Files #2)Missing by Lisa Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is going to become one of my favorite investigative characters. Nikki Boyd comes across as intelligent, resourceful, wise, and determined. I love the way Harris describes her and her surroundings, making everything feel realistic and authentic. The writing is strong and well-edited with no dips across the moral avenues. It’s refreshing to read something without worrying about what the characters are going to do behind closed doors, or out in the open as some novels present them. The plot has good flow and the strings are well thought through. This is one I can easily recommend to other readers. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert

What Matters Most (Texas Gold #4)What Matters Most by Kellie Coates Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Review by Sarah: “I absolutely loved reading What Matters Most! I didn’t realize it was a numbered book at first, but that really doesn’t matter since it’s not a story line that goes from book to book to book. Each book is its own story. I don’t think they should have added Texas Gold #’s to make it seem like a series. Anyway, the story was exciting in all the right places and I really like that there’s no preaching between the covers. I really like the strong central female character and how she sticks to her morals and roots. I love that she cares for family and tries to do what is right. I like the way things work out in the end.” We received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Honor Redeemed (Keys of Promise #2) by Christine Johnson

Honor Redeemed (Keys of Promise #2)Honor Redeemed by Christine Johnson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As with Johnson’s first book in this series, the book starts out with plenty of promise. The main characters have a general fleshing out without going through too many layers. This gives places a bit of distance between the characters and the reader and makes it difficult to fully connect. Keeping the entire read light works for some readers but not others. The writing is clean and well-edited with no surprises in the form of low morals or extensive preaching. I like how the first book ties into the second although I’m not sure if reading the first book is a requirement or simply a recommendation. In any case, I feel the majority of Christian Fiction readers will enjoy this book. I received an ARC through the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams, #1)The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Johnson does a remarkable job with describing the location, emotions, body language, and moving a will conceived plot forward. The characters have a realistic, well-fleshed out depth to them which makes them easy to connect with and to cherish as you read about them. The overall plot was entertaining while not being thick or preachy. I like the undertones and plot threads as I felt they added to the main plot as a whole. The entire experience was believable and enjoyable. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan

A Sweet Misfortune (Virtues and Vices of the Old West, #2)A Sweet Misfortune by Maggie Brendan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a very simple, easy, lighthearted read. There are no mysterious plot threads to keep track of, no gasps or breath-holding moments, no pulling for your dearest character to conquer the challenge. It is just the basic story of love at first sight, or nearly first, and being too stubborn to acknowledge how you feel. It’s written cleanly and with a good grasp of the English language. While not a scholar, it also feels as though Brendan has captured a part of the essence of the old West. Overall this is a quick entertaining read worth adding to the library. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review through Revell Reads. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Always Watching (Elite Guardians, #1)Always Watching by Lynette Eason

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Having read previous books by Eason I expected this one to deliver a top notch read. Thankfully I was not left disappointed by any means. The story starts out with a good pace and easily draws the reader in and manages to keep the hooks throughout the book. The characters come across as real people, fleshed out with quirks and flaws. For a suspense book there is a requirement of enough forward movement and action that is both believable and fits the plot and the characters. Eason is able to deliver a near perfect blend of suspense while drawing out the result with great timing and flow. Whether you figure out who it is, or you guess incorrectly, you’ll enjoy the reveal. I received an ARC through the publisher, Revell, in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Luther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund

Luther and KatharinaLuther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Setting aside the inaccuracies surrounding Martin Luther and the relationship he had with Katharina… this is a well written engaging book. If you are Lutheran or familiar with Martin Luther and his life you’ll have to either avoid this read or set aside what you know and just enjoy this version. There are some historical aspects that are well researched and come across well so it’s not a complete loss. Taken as just a historical romance with the fight against the tyrannical Roman Catholic Church of the time, this is accurate and very well presented. The read is entertaining and flows nicely. I’m quite happy to finally have a book written with Martin Luther and his struggles. I received an ARC through Penguin Random House LLC in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson

Every Girl Gets Confused (Brides With Style, #2)Every Girl Gets Confused by Janice Thompson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a continuation of the story with Katie and Brady. The first book was refreshing and enjoyable so I expected the same with the second. I feel it is also refreshing in the way the female character stands strong and isn’t weepy or overly dependent on others.The story flows nicely with an upbeat tone and a well weaved plot. There were moments I laughed out loud; through most of it I smiled. If you love those perfectly happy endings you’ll love this book too. Overall this is an easy entertaining read with plenty of humor and romance to lift your spirits. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Taming the To-Do List by Glynnis Whitwer

Taming the To-Do ListTaming the To-Do List by Glynnis Whitwer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

If you are a Christian and you feel you have a hectic life then this book just may help you out in ways you may not have considered. The book is easy to read and understand with a wealth of information. Several points I found myself nodding and feeling like it was written about me. Other points I could see how a person could get that way or feel that way and I was thankful to have a path towards less chaos. Anyone who relies on To-Do lists or tries to, will understand the point of this book. I like that it has a Christian theme without being preachy. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr

The Shock of Night (The Darkwater Saga, #1)The Shock of Night by Patrick W. Carr
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a well written fantasy without the explicit sex and gory details. I like that although it’s published by Bethany House, it’s not preachy in any way. The writing flows nicely with a good pace. I like the descriptions and the world building is nicely handled. The world is rich and full of depth and detail. The characters are very well fleshed out and remain true to their design. Overall this new fantasy series holds considerable potential. I’m looking forward to reading future books authored by Carr. I received an ARC through Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)Chivalrous by Dina L. Sleiman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My son (22) read this one in the course of one weekend. He said there was a great deal of praying or discussion related to God and the scriptures that tipped towards a bit too much. There isn’t anything I’d worry about any of my kids reading when it comes to word choices, violence and sexual content. I can see this being very popular to the teen readers or those who enjoy YA novels. He likes that the female, Gwendolyn, remains strong and true to herself and others. The focus in this novel is on Gwendolyn but he hopes there is more about some of the other characters in the next books. Overall the read is intriguing, interesting and entertaining and well worth picking up to read. We received an ARC through Bethany House Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinions.

The Chase: Trusting God with Your Happily Ever After by Kyle Kupecky

The Chase: Trusting God with Your Happily Ever AfterThe Chase: Trusting God with Your Happily Ever After by Kyle Kupecky
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book reads well enough, it’s understandable and easy to follow. It is geared more towards the younger group such as high schoolers so it missed hitting the mark for me on several levels. I am not sure I’d take everything that is delivered in the book to heart even if I were younger. This is great for the stricter type of faith and for using with youth groups. Overall it’s a good book definitely aimed for a specific audience. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Keeping Christmas by Dan Walsh

Keeping ChristmasKeeping Christmas by Dan Walsh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Walsh delivers a fine display of experienced writing as has come to be expected when you see his name as the author. Keeping Christmas has a nice comfortable, familiar feel to it. It’s adorable and nostalgic and feels like a Hallmark movie.The characters feel genuine and deeply fleshed out, as though you might know them in life. The story has a wonderful feel and great flow from start to finish. If you’re looking for a warm hug of a story this one will fit that spot perfectly. I received an ARC through Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin

Through Waters Deep (Waves of Freedom, #1)Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review by Christina: “I absolutely adored reading this book! I have never read any of Sundin’s book before but you can bet I’ll be looking for her books from now on. The first bit of the book was a little bit sluggish getting started but not enough to make me turn away. Once it got going it never slowed down again, right up the the amazing ending. I felt like I was right there! I can’t wait to read the next installment.” We received an ARC through Revell publishing in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced our opinion.

Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home by Amber C. Haines

Wild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way HomeWild in the Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home by Amber C. Haines
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I am not a fan of memoir or memoir type books so I handed this one over to my good friend and fellow book enthusiast to read. She came back to me with the book the next day and placed it in my hands, “You’ve got to read this one.” I placed it aside as I was in the middle of another book. A few hours later the phone rang and it was her, “You’ve got to read that book.” I finally wrapped up the book I was reading and picked up this one just to be able to tell her I read it. Several hours later I’m still reading this book and thinking how nicely Haines has written this. It’s not like a typical memoir, it doesn’t preach down to you or tell you to aim for lofty goals. There’s no begging for sympathy or demands for understanding. It is in fact, a wonderful poignant story told as though Haines is your best friend sharing something very personal and in doing so shows you that it’s ok that you’re not perfect. From Christina and I, this book is well worth the read. Pick it up and clear your mind. We received an ARC through Revell publishing in exchange for an honest review.