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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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 Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories by Jimmy Olsen

The Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island StoriesThe Hero of Blind Pig Island and Other Island Stories by Jimmy Olsen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

As with most collections of stories some are wonderful and really enjoyable to read and some are just so-so. I enjoyed the read overall and I don’t have any specific complaints. Some just felt like more time was taken in their development than the rest. Sometimes, with short stories, it’s difficult to convey the entire character within the page constraint. Overall this is an enjoyable book that can be considered well written and is certainly enjoyable to read. I received an ARC through the author in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which may or may not reflect your own.

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.

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.

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.

Living A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette by David M Weitzman

Living A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de LafayetteLiving A Life That Matters: A Memoir of the Marquis de Lafayette by David M Weitzman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is highly entertaining if you enjoy reading about historical figures as I do. The writing is imaginative and is also intelligently written. While I cannot attest to the accuracy of everything contained within this book I can say much of it resonates as truth. It’s amazing how much our country depended upon people from other countries, especially the French. Without them we likely would have lost. Overall I enjoyed reading this book and found it a wonderful escape during stressful days and I found nothing to gripe about inside. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

The Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna

The Cherry HarvestThe Cherry Harvest by Lucy Sanna
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

While the writing is nicely done and Sanna is certainly skilled in painting scenery and vivid images I just could not connect with any of the characters. They seem generally well fleshed out but I just did not like them. When you don’t like the characters you’re reading about it makes it very difficult to like the rest of the book. I’m not so certain about any of the historical accuracy so I’ll leave that part silent. The writing is good and I do like the idea for the main plot thread but it just didn’t do anything for me. Overall it reads more like a rough draft with a few high points and a lot of low points. I received an ARC through The Reading Room in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion, which is my own and may differ from yours.

Isthmus: Widow Walk Saga Book 2 by Gerard Lasalle

Isthmus: A Novel (Widow Walk Saga Book 2)Isthmus: A Widow Walk Novel by Gerard Lasalle
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Before you read this you might want to pick up the first book in the series, Widow Walk, although it’s not entirely necessary. Isthmus is the second in the series and shows the growth of LaSalle’s writing style. The read is smooth and intriguing with plenty of historical research bringing the time period to life. The characters are wonderfully fleshed out and easy to connect with and read about. The story is elegant in form and a very solid example of a well constructed historical fiction novel. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

Widow Walk by Gerard Lasalle

Widow WalkWidow Walk by Gerard Lasalle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Widow Walk is a wonderfully told historical fiction/romance story. It weaves through the various characters while describing the countryside during the time-period it is set in rich well researched detail. While not an adventure story with excitement at every turn, Widow Walk is engaging and interesting to read. I like the various characters and their viewpoints. A few times I paused to wonder why the author included something but never long enough to be pulled out of the story. I received an ARC through Smith Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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.

The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Hiding PlaceThe Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So much is lost over the years and even more is cut from what schools teach our children compared to what we were taught or our parents or grandparents. Why cut out teaching the holocaust? This is a very well compiled rendition of what Corrie and her family endured and how the strength of their faith kept them going no matter the odds. I feel this story, and a few others, need to be told and taught to each generation. I received an ARC through Chosen books in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Friends of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury

The Friends of JesusThe Friends of Jesus by Karen Kingsbury
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It doesn’t matter if you’ve never read the Bible or if you read it several times a day, or somewhere in-between. Kingsbury has taken those much loved stories from the Bible and woven endearing tales much the way she writes her fiction stories. They are easy to follow and understand with characters we can’t help but adore. This book makes an excellent addition to your library or the perfect gift. Either way it’ll be cherished and well-read. I received this book in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway with no expectation of a review. This in no way influenced my opinion.

The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

The Journeyman (The Commons, #1)The Journeyman by Michael Alan Peck

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This read is unlike anything I’ve read in a long time. It starts out like many stories but where those take a well worn path from the point of peril, this one takes its own path which for some readers may seem a touch too out there but if you stick with it you’ll enjoy the journey. This is a fun active read with little down time for distractions. Take a chance and try it for yourself. Who knows, you might just find your next favorite book. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review which in no way influenced my opinion.