Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Free ebook: "Glastonbury" by Donna Fletcher Crow

Glastonbury: The Novel of Christian England by [Fletcher Crow, Donna]

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

A great start to the series: "In the Shadow of Denali" by Peterson & Woodhouse

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Their Future Depends on Unlocking the Secrets the Mountain Holds From the PastCassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel near the foot of Mount McKinley--Denali as it's still called by the natives. John is the wilderness and exploration guide for the wealthy tourists while Cassidy works in the kitchen as Cook's assistant. The entire staff buzzes with excitement during the busy days preparing for the President's imminent visit. His historic trip to dedicate the new national park on his way to driving in the golden spike to officially complete the Alaska Railroad will be the beginning of a new era for all of them and place The Curry at the heart of Alaska.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice to the seasoned Alaska mountain guide, with hopes of discovering the truth about his father's death on the mountain years earlier. His father's business partner blames the guide for Henry Brennan's untimely death, but Allan cannot be at peace until he knows for sure. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

my review....

Set in a stunning locale and featuring interesting characters and intrigue aplenty, "In The Shadow of Denali" provides some solid entertainment for fans of historical fiction. I greatly enjoyed how the authors wove in unique historical details, bringing Alaska to life for me as a reader. In fact, by the time I closed the pages of this story, I found myself longing to drop everything and make a trip to Alaska myself, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and experience the majestic Denali mountain up close and person! And I quite liked the main characters of Cassidy and Allan, each growing in their understanding of who they are and how God is at work in their lives. The relationship that unfolds between them is sweet to behold, making for both tender and light-hearted moments. And speaking of light-hearted, the orphan teen Thomas made for some truly funny moments that I quite appreciated, as I am also quite a clumsy person and could picture myself in the exact same sort of predicaments that Thomas encountered!

As someone who enjoys mystery and suspense, I thought the authors did a great job at weaving such elements into the story as well. As a reader, I was left on the edge of my seat wondering at how the truth would unfold and what twist the authors had up their sleeves. The great characterization and the action-filled pages kept me glued to the pages from start to finish. By the time I turned the final pages of the book, I was left with the thought that I am glad that this is not the last time I will meet these characters.

Peterson and Woodhouse's collaboration, "In The Shadow of Denali", is a fine start to the series indeed. I look forward to seeing where things are headed next in the Heart of Alaska! I award this novel a solid 4 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the authors....

Tracie Peterson
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

Kimberley Woodhouse

 Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she's shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado. Connect with Kim at www.kimberleywoodhouse.com.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Fabulous historical fiction: "The Mark of the King" by Jocelyn Green

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Life in This New World Requires More Strength Than She Ever Imagined

After the death of her client, midwife Julianne Chevalier is imprisoned and branded, marking her as a criminal beyond redemption. Hoping to reunite with her brother, a soldier, she trades her life sentence for exile to the fledgling French colony of Louisiana. The price of her transport, however, is a forced marriage to a fellow convict. 

New Orleans is nothing like Julianne expects. The settlement is steeped in mud and mosquitoes, and there is no news of her brother, Benjamin. When tragedy strikes, she turns to military officer Marc-Paul Girard for help, but does he know more about her brother than he will admit? 

With her dreams shattered, Julianne must find her way in this dangerous land, where only grace--and love--can overcome the stigma of the king's mark upon her shoulder.

my review....

I knew I was going to encounter a good read when my wife stole this book from me before I could crack the cover, and then proceeded to read into the wee hours of the morning, proclaiming "this book is so good!"
After having devoured this book myself, I can fully agree that this book is fabulous in every way.

"The Mark of the King" is the first book by Jocelyn Green that I have read, and I greatly enjoyed her gift with words, how she transported me back in time to the setting of this novel in New Orleans when it was first being established. Sometimes I can find historical novels to drag a bit, but such is not the case here. Rather, the plot unfolds at a breakneck pace, with drama and action and unexpected moments throughout the book. The characters are filled with life, and you will soon find yourself rooting for Julianne as she encounters injustice of an unbelievable kind, and somehow manages to rise above her circumstances by God's grace. Readers who enjoy romance will appreciate the complex relationships that Jocelyn encounters; while this book is not of the romance genre per se, Julianne finds a love she wasn't expecting but that is all the sweeter for the tragedy it unfolds in the midst of.  Themes of faith and forgiveness add a depth to this story that I wasn't even expecting, and a result I closed this book feeling like my own faith had been bolstered as a result of spending time with these characters.

 I cannot recommend this book highly enough not only for readers who typically enjoy historical fiction, but also for those who usually steer clear. "The Mark of the King" is a powerful novel, and I award this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Jocelyn Green
Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning author of ten books to date, including Wedded to War, a Christy Award finalist in 2013; Widow of GettysburgYankee in Atlanta; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. A former military wife herself, her passion for military families informs all of her writing as well as her numerous speaking opportunities. Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University with a BA in English and now lives with her husband and two children in Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Enthralling: "A Harvest of Thorns" by Corban Addison

9780718042387, A Harvest of Thorns, Corban Addison

Cameron Alexander. the in-house general counsel of multi-billion dollar company Presto Omnishops Corporation, is horrified when a garment factory in Bangladesh burns to the ground and a photo of a young woman who leapt from the burning building is splashed across the media worldwide. As a public outcry ensues about the working conditions of the factory, Cameron launches an investigation into Presto's culpability. But when his search for the truth and his efforts to bring about change run up against corporate greed, he finds himself facing choices that threatens his very livelihood.

Corban Addison's latest work is a masterpiece, at once engrossing and disturbing at the same time. You will be unable to read this novel and look at your clothing and the products you buy the same way, as you will consider the possible suffering of the people who pieced your purchases together. The plot raced along and I found it difficult to put down. Although published by a Christian publishing division, I will warn you that there are some mild curse words sprinkled throughout the pages, and the tone of the novel is not overtly Christian. But the injustice that the characters fight against is surely something that grieves Jesus' heart. Although Presto is a fictionalized corporation, the stories behind this novel are based on real types of situations that have occurred, situations where workers have suffered unimaginable abuse and suffering all in order to offer cheap products to North Americans who don't stop to think about the type of abuses factory workers are experiencing. Don't get me wrong - in no way is this novel a preachy novel solely written for the purposes of raising awareness about this important issue. Rather, you will find yourself caring deeply about these characters, rooting for them to do good in the face of evil, and you will find yourself celebrating the final chapters, ones woven with scenes that brought tears to my eyes.

I greatly enjoyed this powerful novel and encourage you to pick up a copy for yourself. You will find a story worth reading, not only to satisfy your hunger for a good book, but to awaken your desire for justice. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the Booklook Bloggers review program. Available from your favorite book retailer from Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins.

 about the author...

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Corban Addison is the international bestselling author of A Walk Across the SunThe Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water,which won the 2016 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Award. His novels have been published in over 25 countries. An attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of humanitarian and social justice causes around the world. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia. Learn more at his website corbanaddison.com Facebook: CorbanAddison Twitter: @CorbanAddison

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Monday, February 6, 2017

A unique suspense novel: "Purgatory Road" by Samuel Parker

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When a day trip out of Las Vegas with his wife takes a turn for the worse, Jack is sure he has the ability to get them home. But he has driven into something far beyond reason.

Rescue comes in the form of a desert hermit, but hope fades as the couple comes to realize that the nomad has no intention of letting them leave. A chance encounter with a kidnapped runaway and her crazed abductor leads them all farther into the wilderness--and closer to the cold brutality that isolation brings.

At the edge of his sanity, Jack begins to learn that playing by another's rules may be the only way to survive.

In a voice that is as hypnotizing as a desert mirage, debut novelist Samuel Parker entices you down a treacherous road, where the forces of good and evil are as crushing as the Mojave heat. 

my review....

Fans of Frank Peretti and Ted Dekker, rejoice! There is a new suspense author on the scene, one who hearkens back to the glory days of when Peretti and Dekker's latest release would be met by salivating suspense readers everywhere. Parker has offered up a novel equal parts addictive as eerie, a book where you aren't sure who is good and who is evil (at least until the end), and where the confrontation between good and evil takes unexpected turns. Now, readers who get squeamish reading about killers should be cautious with this novel. That said, if you like a good suspense read already, then you won't find anything here that frightens you away (unless you read this book well past midnight, in the dark, and your floors are really creaky...)

"Purgatory Road" works as a purely entertaining novel, but also one that peers into the darkness of the human soul, a parable if you will that may lead you into the own dark corners of your heart to see if there is anything there you need to bring to Jesus. Indeed, at first I found myself looking at Jack and thoroughly judging him, for his behaviour to his wife and his horrible actions towards the character Boots (you will see what I mean). And then I remembered that we are most quick to judge people for the sinful tendencies and thoughts that can cross our own minds! So I found myself shifting uncomfortably in my seat as I judged the selfish and therefore unlikable character of Jack because I realized that perhaps his flaws are my own (though hopefully I'm not quite as self-absorbed as he is).I am thankful that God has not seen fit to send ME to a "purgatory" road, but has sought to teach me in other ways. I am reminded of the Bible verse that the Lord disciplines those he loves, and thus allows hardships for our good. So I closed the covers of this book and just paused to thank God for a good story and also for a reminder that, there but for the grace of God go I.

If you like suspense, read this book. And, if you enjoy books that not only entertain you but also sneakily teach you along the way, then this is definitely the book for you! I award this novel a very solid rating of 4 out of 5 stars, and look forward to what Parker is going to bring his new fans next.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

 about the author....

Samuel Parker
Samuel Parker was born in the Michigan boondocks but was raised on a never-ending road trip through the US. Besides writing, he is a process junkie and the ex-guitarist for several metal bands you've never heard of. He lives in West Michigan with his wife and twin sons.

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