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.

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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.