Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Release - Hidden Blessing - Kim Cash Tate

Dear Readers,

Until you walk along side someone or personally experience it, it would be hard to write a book about cancer. Kim Cash Tate takes on that journey in her newest release, Hidden Blessings

Kendra Woods is blessed beyond her wildest dreams.  Partner at a law firm, engaged to the man she loves, it is just hard to imagine that life will be anything but good.  Then the diagnosis comes in: terminal breast cancer and suddenly everything in life seems dark.  How could God do this to her?

Kendra needs someone to reignite the light in her life and that someone comes from a very unexpected source.  Lance Alexander and young man from her past and one that Kendra only remembers as a trouble maker.  Will he be able to spark that fire once again?

It is not an easy journey to walk, either for yourself or with someone you love, but it is one that can leave you richer for it.  Kim blends that with the choices you have to make if you know that your life is soon over.  How do you act and what do you do or say?  Who do you surround yourself with?  All things we should always think of as we never know, but ones that make for a rich story also.

Happy Reading,

Monday, September 29, 2014

New Releases Sept. 22 - 27

Dear Readers, 

Fall is upon us.  Crisp nights, cooler days and color everywhere.  I do enjoy fall, I actually find it harder to be inside when the sun is shining and the temps are lower.  But a blanket and a comfy chair solves that problem for outdoor reading. 

Happy Reading,

Honor - Lyn Cote - #1 Quaker Brides - Finding herself with no means to support herself after her family fortune is lost, Honor is forced into a marriage to Samuel.  He has been unable to trust since he was a child and lost his hearing.  A move west proves how much they will need each other.

Hidden Blessing - Kim Cash Tate - Of all the roles Kendra has played over the years, cancer patient was not in the plans.  How can God have this in his plans for her life? 

The Color of Justice - Ace Collins - Two racially charge trials decades apart change a family's legacy.  The Lindsay family was forever changed when Coop agreed to take on the case of a young black man accused of killing a white teen.  Can his grandson find the answer their family seeks?

Finding Mercy - Michael Landon Jr. and Cindy Kelley - sequel to Traces of Mercy - Mercy is in the race for her life.  Accused of crimes she didn't commit, but because she can't remember her past, she must find the answers before the bounty hunters catch her.

The Brickmaker's Bride - Judith Miller - #1 Refined by Love - (from the backcover) In the clay-rich hills of the newly founded state of West Virginia, two families tentatively come together to rebuild a war-torn brickmaker's business.

The Last Queen of Sheba - Jill Francis Hudson - Chosen to be the Queen of her land, Makeda knows she is not equipped to run a country.  A visit to the legendary King of Israel will hopefully teach her the tools she needs.

Friday, September 26, 2014

New Release - Farewell, Four Waters - Kate McCord

Dear Readers, 

You maybe familiar with Kate McCord's name.  She wrote a book a couple years ago called the Land of the Blue Burqas.  It is a sensational look at what life is like for woman in an Islamic society.  Kate herself lived and worked among the Afghan people.  Teaching women and girls how to read.  In Farewell, Four Waters she takes us back to Afghanistan and what was it like living there as everything changed.

Marie just need a couple more signatures and stamps to start her school for women in Shektan a small rural town in Afghanistan.  She was so close to seeing her dream come to life.  It all changed in a blink of an eye when an aid worker is killed on the streets of Kabul and suddenly it is no longer safe to be a foreigner in Afghanistan.  Will she leave?  She wants to stay and teach, but will it cost her her life? 

She decides to stay and ends up being a pawn in a local feud.   Based on events that happened to the author and friends of hers, this novel is a gripping glance into a life that most of us would never choose. Kate McCord is not the authors real name so she can protect those that helped her escape. 

We are reminded everyday now of countries torn apart by armies that believe their way is the only way and if you disagree you are dead.  Most of us will never (prayerfully) have to worry about making that choice, but books like Farewell, Four Waters makes you think about it.  They also maybe prepare us a little bit for the future.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jocelyn Green

Dear Readers,

There seems to be a large number of books about WWII and Civil War this year and I think I have read the majority of them.  J  I know each war has significant anniversaries this year and that always seems to generate more fiction books about them.  Jocelyn Green is one of the authors who have set their books during the Civil war, but she has been writing about that topic for a couple of years now.  She has won herself many fans who enjoy reading about the Civil War, but also readers who just enjoy a good book.  I kind of fall into both categories.   I love historical books, but they need to be good and even written from a unique perspective and Jocelyn seem to have that down.

In Yankee in Atlanta, book #3 in the Heroines behind the Lines – Civil War – Jocelyn writes about Caitlin, a woman who is fighting dressed as a man.  She is fighting on the side of the Union when she is wounded. Through a couple of mistakes she is thought to be southern when she is found.   She is not only suffering from a wound, she has typho- malarial fever.  She is now behind enemy lines, but an enemy that thinks she is one of them.   Will she be able to keep her identity a secret until she can either make her way north again or is rescued by an advancing army?

I think the thing that really got my interest in this book is that Caitlin’s storyline is not the only one going on.  Caitlin talks about a Jack and how she worries about him while he is fighting.  You are left for a bit to wonder who Jack is, but it is an important part of the story so I won’t tell you his story.  You will need to read it. 

Each story line could stand as a complete story on its own and yet Jocelyn weaves them together very well.  It means you travel around the war a bit, north and south, but I had no problem keeping the storylines straight.  I really liked how it all was brought together in the end.

Happy Reading.
P.S. She along with 4 other authors will be in our store Oct. 9th at 7:00 p.m.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New Release - Last Family Standing - Jennifer Allee

Dear Readers,

I am not a huge fan of reality TV.  I have a couple of them I watch, but I find myself bored with them or frustrated with the people on them.  I guess I am usually thankful that we as a society don't usually act that way. 

That is probably why Last Family Standing by Jennifer Allee didn't get my attention when the rep first mentioned it to me.  Then I got the gist of the storyline and I thought that is an interesting twist on a reality show.

Ever since Monica gave up her daughter 25 years ago, she has been trying to reconnect with her.  She finally believes she has found a way.  Both her and her daughter are going to be contestants on a reality TV show.  Monica doesn't think this is the best way for them to get to know each other, but agrees to meet just to have time with Jessica. 

Being on a reality show is a different perspective on how a parent and child get along.  It really will make you look at that relationship differently.  I like when a author takes a different perspective on a story, a different angle usually means a fresh story.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Release - A Promise to Protect - Patricia Bradley

Dear Readers,

The Romantic Suspense shelves are getting to be a crowded place.  This is a good thing.  With new authors being added all the time, it can be a nervous time as you can get some really bad books.  Thankfully Baker Publishing is working very hard to make sure that doesn't happen anytime soon.

A Promise to Protect is Patricia Bradley's newest release and second in her Logan Point series.  She wowed readers with book one and they are eagerly awaiting the sequel. 

Sheriff Ben Logan has been put in charge of keeping Leigh Somerall safe.  This should not have been that hard of a job, well except their past together.  They had a quick romance several years ago and she has been avoiding him ever since.  The secret she is keeping is a life changer.

Fast paced with several twist, Patricia keeps you turning pages later into the night than you plan on.  If she is not on your TBR book pile, she should be.

Happy Reading,

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Releases - September 15 - 20

Dear Readers,

A wedding in the family and now a new grandson.  It is a wonder I am getting any reading done.  Maybe that explains why I am so far behind on that TBR pile.  Ah well, I will keep plugging away at it and add a few more titles to it.

Happy Reading,

Last Family Standing - Jennifer Allee - Monica is excited to have her daughter that she gave up for adoption reenter her life.  But the only way to make it happen is on a reality show.  Monica quickly learns that a reality show is not a place to build relationships.  Will she be able to be what her daughter really needs?

Farewell, Four Waters - Kate McCord - One aid worker's sudden escape from Afghanistan - A novel based on true events.  Marie was so close to being able to teach Afghan women to read.  Only a couple of stamps were needed, then an aid worker is killed in Kabul and nothing is the same.

Joyful - Shelley Shepard Gray - #3 Return to Sugarcreek - Randall has given up so much to keep his siblings together including love.  So when his brother offers Elizabeth a job cleaning their house, Randall is furious at first. 

Wonderful Lonesome - Olivia Newport - #1 Amish Turns of Time - Survival in a struggling Amish community in Colorado.  Abbie is trying to save their community, but also the little church that she loves.  Friends are leaving and returning east.  Will she be able to hold them together?

A Matter of the Heart - Tracie Peterson - #1 Lone Star Brides - Jessica's heart was broken when her intended wed another.  Now two very different men are getting her attention. One with similar ambitions and the other with unspoken pain.  Which will she choose?

A Promise to Protect - Patricia Bradley - #2 Logan Point - Ben Logan can't get Leigh off his mind or their broken romance for that matter.  When he is charged with protecting her, it becomes difficult as she is trying to avoid him at all cost.

A Place called Hope - Philip Gulley - When controversy and misunderstands come to Harmony, Pastor Sam begins to think it is time to move on.  Hope IN's Friends meeting is looking for a new pastor and they have a pie committee and Sam likes pie.