Monday, July 6, 2015

Good luck puttin' this one down! "No Place to Hide" by Lynette Eason

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about the book....


She'll defend her friend until the bitter end--but is she in over her head?

It's not every day you see your childhood friend and onetime crush on national news. Jackie Sellers just wishes it were under different circumstances. She can't believe that Ian Lockwood is wanted in connection with a terrorist plot, and she's determined to find him and help him clear his name. Unfortunately, she's not the only one looking for him. The FBI wants him captured. The bad guys want him dead. Ian just wants to stay alive long enough to prove his innocence and prevent a catastrophe. 

Jackie and Ian travel a dangerous road--one that may lead straight to destruction.



my review....


The third book in the "Hidden Identity" series, "No Place to Hide", is one of the best romantic suspense books I've read this year! The words simply explode off the page, with gripping action from start to finish. When I cracked open the cover, I knew I'd be in for a good ride - but I didn't expect to be up quite so late at night! The scenes are tautly written, the characters developed enough to connect with them while not taking away from the pace of the story, and the underlying plot kept me intrigued from start to finish. I think my only moment of questioning the plot was at the beginning when Jackie chooses to break into Ian's house as she's worried about him and wants to find out how he is. Since she hasn't seen him in years, I questioned whether someone would actually do this. But as I got into the story, I totally got how Jackie does what she needs to do to keep those she loves safe (and is able to kick some serious butt while doing so!) And can I just say that Eason does a tremendous job at crafting romance in her stories, as it is totally accessible to readers of all shapes and sizes, male and female alike. There is nothing over the top in her stories, nothing that would make the most unromantic type of reader roll their eyes. Rather, the dialogue is witty and the love that is in the air unfolds in a totally believable way that will have you cheering the characters on.

All in all, "No Place to Hide" is a wonderfully entertaining, suspenseful book filled with lots of plot twists. Do the characters get themselves out of their tight spots a tad too easily? Well, maybe, but who doesn't want to see the good guys win? I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and award it a rating of 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



 about the author....



Lynette EasonLynette Eason is the bestselling author of the Women of Justice series and the Deadly Reunions series, as well as No One to Trust,Nowhere to Turn, and No Place to Hide in the Hidden Identity series. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She has a master's degree in education from Converse College and she lives in South Carolina. Learn more at www.lynetteeason.com.





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Friday, July 3, 2015

A pleasant read: Summer's List by Anita Higman

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about the book...


A dying wish alters the course of a young woman’s life.

Life hadn’t been easy for Summer Snow. In acts of selflessness-caring for her ailing parents and running her grandmother’s bookstore-she had forfeited her youth and dreams for the needs of others. And the only tries she had at love… didn’t turn out. She had the bookstore, she had her beloved granny, but she was missing something-or someone.

Opportunity strikes when Granny sends Summer on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree, a kind but gangly young man from Summer’s past. A childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?


my review...


Summer's List is a pleasant read filled with unique, quirky characters who encounter the beauty of forgiveness, second chances, and love. Summer is a sweet soul, and she is sure to endear herself to readers with her loyalty to her grandmother, her servant's heart, and her tragic past. I enjoyed the underlying plot of the story where her grandmother sends her off on a life changing adventure, with lots of unexpected encounters along the way. Like Summer, Granny Snow is also such a loveable person, as she embodies what it means to put others first, and her words and her life are full of wisdom and a love for God. I can just see the twinkle in her eye as she sends Summer down a path to find love with her childhood friend Martin! Now, I must say that I bogged down a bit in places, such as the scenes where we are introduced to Martin's very dysfunctional brothers and things just got plain weird with them. Also, the ease with which Summer breaks her engagement seems a bit too unrealistic, even if her former fiance appeared to be an empty-hearted cad. However, despite these story elements, there is much to enjoy in the mysteries and secrets of this story, and the way that Summer is allowed to find real love with someone who appreciates her just the way that God has made her. May we all blessed to discover that person in our lives!

Readers who are looking for a book to bring to the beach with them on a hot summer's day should grab a copy of Anita Higman's latest novel. This sweet story may be just what you were looking for! I award this novel 3 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher, River North, and the Litfuse Publicity Group, for the purposes of this unbiased review.


about the author...


Anita Higman
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.


Find out more about Anita athttp://anitahigman.com.









 

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Monday, June 29, 2015

40 Days in the Man Cave: Men's Devotional by Todd Stahl


40 Days in the Man Cave


about the book....


Guys, we all know life is crazy busy. We can be inundated with tasks, jobs, commitments, and activities. The truth is, men need to find a place to get away, chill out, and reenergize. Wherever your man cave may be, carve out a few minutes each day to refuel in it. 

To be healthy both emotionally and spiritually, we need food. Guys love to eat! Spiritual food for our mind and soul is as vital as food for our body. If Joe “Jaws” Chestnut can eat sixty-six hot dogs in twelve minutes to win a hot dog eating contest, I challenge you to give God the same amount of time to read one of these devotions each day in your man cave. 

Are you ready for the 40 Day Challenge? Sign up at takethe40daychallenge.com! 


my review....


If you are anything like me then you know how challenging it can be to step away from the busyness of life and carve out time to spend in God's word and connecting with Jesus. Todd Stahl has created a resource just for such men, men who may have the best of intentions but are struggling to make spending time with God a priority in their lives. This men's devotional is easy to read, with each devotion taking up about a page and a half. Even someone who doesn't love reading can't complain about that! I found each devotion to be just the kind of thing I needed to inspire and challenge me, to refresh and encourage me, to remind me about the things that matter in life. Each devotional is accompanied by 2-4 Bible passages under the headline of "Cave Time Reading", designed to get men deeper into the word. The daily passage then ends with a question that will lead you to examine where you are at in life, such as asking "What steps are you taking towards spiritual fitness?" or "Are you taking a stand or sitting down on the job as a follower of Christ?" I think that this devotional would be a blessing no matter where you are in your spiritual journey, whether you are a new believer or a long-time Christian who just needs to try something different in their devotional life. But no matter where you are at in your walk with God, you will be blessed by taking the time to retreat to your man cave and fix your eyes on God.

I encourage all men to pick up a copy of "40 Days in the Man Cave", and then challenge their friends to join them on a 40-day journey to reconnect with God's word using this devotional. The church needs men who will base their lives on the truth of scripture, who will admit their mistakes and turn to the One who can calm their fears and give them the courage to stand strong. Let this devotional help you be that man!

4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. 



 about the author....


Todd Stahl


Todd was involved with a family-run business for over 20 years, but felt the desire to do something more directly related to his gifting. In 2004, he decided to become a firefighter for the Municipality of Leamington.

Todd has recently rekindled his passion for art. He’s completed a number of commissioned projects and recently had his art published in collaboration with his wife Sherry, providing the illustrations within her devotional and study guide Water in the Desert. Todd is an avid sports fan, and especially enjoys hockey and of course, Tim Hortons coffee! Todd and Sherry live in Leamington, Ontario.

To learn more, visit www.toddstahl.com






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