Missing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

Missing IsaacMissing Isaac by Valerie Fraser Luesse

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a good choice if you are looking for a clean, slow, light, and easy read. The Christian elements are not overly thick and there’s no preaching to the reader. The writing and content is clean with no curses or fade-to-black scenes. The overall read is very slow and light. Things seem to mosey along with no hurry or urgency to find anything out. I found the characters, while developed initially, to lose their charm along the way. This is related to a lack of depth in their relationships and reasons for their choices. This is fine for a light slow read but it can become boring for some readers. I found the wrap-up and ending a bit too convenient and felt there was a lack of content related to the historical aspects and setting. Even so, there is promise in the writing for future books and I feel there is a place for this book on the shelf of those who enjoy Christian Fiction. Overall, this is a decent read. I received an ARC through Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. This is my opinion and it belongs to me.


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.

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.