Wednesday, August 27, 2014

New Release - A Cry from the Dust - Carrie Stuart

Dear Readers,

How can something that happened in the 19th century lead to a murder case in the 21st century.  Gwen Marcey is about to find out.  She agrees to work on reconstructing the faces of the victims of the Mountain Meadow Massacre. 

1857 a wagon train in Utah is set upon by a group of militant Mormons and slaughtered.  Unarmed men, women and children were murdered and the controversial remains still today. 

As Gwen works she finds evidence that leads her to a more recent murder, a murder that looks like a ritualistic killing.  She finds herself  at odds with a secret society that is bent on keeping her quiet.

Murder and mayhem, what a great way to spend an afternoon, finding the killer.  I love that we are getting new writers in the mystery genre and Carrie Stuart Parks joins the ranks with A Cry From the Dust of interesting reads.  Ones that are probably best not read while sitting alone in the dark.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New Release - The Desire - Dan Walsh/Gary Smalley

Dear Readers,

Two gentlemen I greatly admire teamed up a couple years ago and started a series with marriage as the focus.  Gary Smalley's ministry is to couples and Dan Walsh writes heart touching fiction, that combination has produced a beautiful series.

In The Dance they tackled the issue what a wife really needs from her husband and in return what a husband needs.  The Promise took on the loss of a job and secrets that husbands and wives keep from each other.  The third book in the Restoration series is the Desire and infertility is at the forefront.

Allan and Michele have been trying to have a baby, she is ready to do anything to make that happen.  It has become an obsession for her.  Allan on the other hand is ready to put all the heartache behind them and support the displaced children in Africa.  Something is going to have to give and it might be their marriage.

All very timely issues and this series has been a great way to remember that marriage is work.  It is not something that happens naturally to us.  But Dan and Gary remind us that we can make it through lots of things with love, forgiveness and most of all God.

Happy Reading,

Monday, August 25, 2014

New Releases - August 18 - 23

Dear Readers,

If you are one of the lucky families that skipped town this week, enjoy the last hours of summer.  Hopefully you have a great book to take along, if not here are a few more great suggestions.

Happy Reading,

The Desire - Dan Walsh/Gary Smalley - #3 the Restoration series - A marriage hangs in the balance.  Michele has become obsessed with having a baby, while Allan is content to support orphaned and displaced kids in Africa.  Something has to give and it might be their marriage.

The StoryKeeper - Lisa Wingate - Jen is drawn into a manuscript that was hiding in the slush file on her desk.  As she starts researching where it comes from it starts to bring her back to a place she thought she would never return to.

An Unexpected Match - Gayle Roper - Rachel's life was all planned, a wonderful match and a good life as an Amish wife and mother.  When Aaron is killed, Rachel once again yearns to learn more.  She enrolls at a local college and starts a double life.  Will her learning lead to a bann from the church?

A Cry from the Dust - Carrie Stuart Parks - What Gwen thinks is going to be a an interesting gig and a break from her hectic schedule turns into a cover-up that goes back through the history of the Mormon church.  She finds herself suddenly in the cross-hairs of a society that is trying to fulfill a prophecy. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Release - Tried and True - Mary Connealy

Dear Readers,

One week to the Labor Day weekend and the one question I get asked more this time of year than any other is, "Do you have a fun, light read for the beach?"  Families are leaving town in droves to enjoy one last week of vacation before the school year starts and moms are looking for something to fill the time spent sitting on the beach.

bakerbookstore.comTried and True by Mary Connealy will fit perfectly.  It is  about cowboys, cowgirls and horses.  Throw in a wonderful sense of humor by the author and you have a book that will find you falling in love with the wild west.

This is the start of a new series for Mary titled Wild at Heart.  In book #1 we meet the Wilde sisters who have just returned from the Civil War, where they fought dressed as "boys."  They are homesteading on land the earned and need to continue their deception.  But Kylie is sick of it and starts to grow her hair back out and wears skirts as often as she can. 

It is all working out well until one day when Kylie's hat falls off in front of Aaron Masterson, the local land agent.  Even though he is interested in her, can he in good conscience not tell the U.S. government of the fraud that happened?

Like I said the perfect book for relaxing and enjoying that last few hours of summer.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Robert Whitlow

Dear Readers,

There is nothing better than sinking into a wonderfully written mystery.  It is my favorite genre by far and the one that, if given a choice, would be the only one I would read.  The trick is to find the good ones, you usually have to wade through a few bad ones before you find the next one you will want to talk about to everyone who asks and a few who don’t ask.  The Confession by Robert Whitlow fits in the category of a book you will want to tell you friends to read, just so you get a chance to compare notes with each other. 

Holt and Trish start investigating a cold case and it gets them both in a huge amount of trouble both in their personal lives and in their work environment.   When the wealthiest man in town is found dead of a gunshot wound to the chest, it is ruled a suicide, but as Holt and Trish dig into it more and more, there are things that just don’t fit together.  Will they find the answers before they are forced to stop looking into it?
I love that it takes me a while to figure out Robert’s mysteries.  He is very good about laying out the little clues you need to see, but he is also good at a few deceptive clues that will lead you down a path that has nothing to do with the answers to the puzzle.  I have found the best way to read a book by Robert is with as few as possible distractions, that way maybe I will know who the killer is before I get to the final pages.

I find it exciting that there are so many readers that now come into the store asking for Robert's newest book.  I have enjoyed his books for years now and am so glad to see that readers are finding him and coming in for more.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

New Release - The Taste of Many Mountains - Bruce Wydick

Dear Readers,

The Taste of Many Mountains by Bruce Wydick is based on an actual research project on the fair trade of coffee.  Which makes a little different for a fiction book. 

We here in America sit in our cafe's and drink our $4.00 and up cups of coffee.  Do we ever give any thought into how that coffee got to our hand and who gains the most from the beans that are used?  4 college students embark on a journey to Guatemala for a summer research project.   What they find is a place where two very different worlds collide. 

One of the students, Angela, is given a challenge by her professor, "Follow a bag of coffee beans from peasant coffee growers in Guatemala to the coffee drinker in the United States." As her professor says, coffee growing countries are still third world countries while the coffee conglomerates' profits have never been higher. 

With a chance to see into the darker side of international trade, The Taste of Many Mountains will take you a journey in to a beautiful land full of people just trying to survive while other make millions off their hard work.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New Release - A Light in the Wilderness - Jane Kirkpatrick

Dear Readers,

Jane Kirkpatrick is another author that look forward to see what she is doing next.  She bases her books on little know facts or people in America's history and develops a story that makes history come alive.  A Light in the Wilderness is the story of three very different woman who embark on a wagon train headed to Oregon territory and this is their story.

Letitia holds the papers that say she is no longer a slave.  Papers she is so very proud of even if she can't read them.  She has begun to trust Davey Carson who has asked her to join him.

Nancy is in love with her husband and will follow him anywhere even on a wagon train west, no matter the cost.

Betsy is one of the last of the Willamette tribe.  She tries to teach her grandson the wisdom and ways of her people.  Soon she may have someone else to teach.

Each woman has a different reason for being on the Oregon Trail, each one has a reason for distrusting the others and each one is going to need the others.  Will they be able to learn to trust soon enough to survive.

Jane is a wordsmith and weaves a story that leaves you thinking you have traveled along side the women on the Oregon Trail.  As you read more of the story, the spirit of human nature comes out, it amazes me that any survived the wagon rides west.  Better attacks, disease, hunger and a million other things that could go wrong, I feel like no one should have made it. 

Enjoy stepping into history with Jane and the women that help settle the west.

Happy Reading,