Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Reading List part 1

Dear Readers,

Here is my summer reading list for 2015.  Once again I had a hard time narrowing down the list as there has been so many good reads this past 12 months.  They are not in any particular order and are all available at our store or on 

Next week will be the second installment.

Happy Reading.

Summer Reading 2015

Until the Harvest – Sarah Loudin Thomas – Henry's plans for his future are derailed by the death of him father.  He no longer can afford college and his mother needs help around the house.  The only things keeping his spirits up are his fiddle and his friendship with Mayfair Hoffma.  Mayfair's older sister on the other hand is more of annoying...
The Covered Deep – Brandy Vallance - Operation First Novel - Biance is looking for a man who can quote Shakespeare and Jesus equally.  But they are hard to find in her little back water hometown.  So when she wins a trip to London and Palestine she may finally find her true love.  
Mercy’s Rain – Cindy K. Sproles - Mercy only knows a faith under her abusive father.  She takes matters into her own hands and runs away from home and learns about true mercy and the faith that is about love and not anger.
The Third Target – Joel Rosenberg – What if ISIS got a weapon of mass destruction?  J.B. Collins hears rumors that has happened and heads to the Middle East to find out if the rumors are true.
Tiffany Girls – Deeanne Gist - The story of Flossie and the "Tiffany Girls" that were hired to finish the Stained Glass Mosaic Chapel for Louis Tiffany in time for the 1893 World's Fair.  Flossie was handpicked to help complete the task and she is excited to become an independent woman.
Lizzy and Jane – Katherine Reay - Lizzy and Jane have had a difficult relationship. Partly because of their age difference and partly because of what happened when their mother died.  Jane now is fighting breast cancer and Elizabeth, as she is now know by, arrives to help.
Shadow of the Mountain – Exodus – Cliff Graham - Caleb awaits with the nation of Israel to attack the city of giants, Hebron.  As the warriors wait for the weather to clear, Caleb shares is story with a younger officer.  The one of how Yahweh had his hand on Caleb even before he believed.
The Art of Losing Yourself – Katie Ganhert - Carmen looks like a woman who has it all together.  On the inside she struggles with doubt and whether she made a mistake marring her husband.  When her 17 year old sister shows up, maybe Carmen will find the answers to her questions.
By Your Side – Candace Calvert - ER Nurse and foster care survivor, Macy has one motto:  Land on your feet and trust no one.  When she finds the one person she loves like a sister, Macy finds herself butting heads with a cop.   
Maggie Bright – Tracy Groot - Across the Channel the British Army is in full retreat.  Caught between the Blitzkrieg and the ocean, they face certain disaster.  When Churchill recruits the civilian brigade to come to their rescue.
Buried Secrets – Irene Hannon - #1 Men of Valor - Things are supposed to be quiet in a small town.  Lisa Grant, recently from Chicago, was hoping that.  A discovery of a human skeleton puts her on the hunt for a killer who will do anything to keep from being found out, including kill again.
The Love Letters – Beverly Lewis – Marlena did not expect to spend the summer taking care of her sister’s baby.  But she is determined to not let that get her life off track.   But will her hopes for her future become completely altered by what happens this summer?
Reservations for Two – Hillary Manton Lodge - #2 Fresh Flavors and New Horizons novel - Juliette and Neil continue their tour of Provence and Tuscany.  With more answers about her grandmother, they return home to difficulties in their long distance relationship.
Secrets of a Charmed Life – Susan Meissner - The story of two sisters during WWII.  Moved to the country to keep them safe, they are separated and how their lives are transformed.  The story of a American scholar who uncovers their story and the burden it places on her heart.
The Secret of Pembrooke Park – Julie Klassen -  Abigail and her father are offered the use of Pembrooke Park.  They accept the offer before finding out that Pembrooke has a secret.  A secret more than one person is looking to find.  Abigail goes seeking the treasure that is hidden, will she find it before the others?
Checkmate – Steven James - The Bowers File - The final installment of the Bowers File, sad to see this series end.  Patrick is racing to stop an attack on US soil.  One that could prove to be even more deadly than 911.
Beyond all Dreams - Elizabeth Camden - Anna is willing to lead a very quiet life until a mystery catches her attention.  Joining forces with Congressman Luke Callahan to solve the mystery might end up costing both of them their dreams and maybe more.
Spy of Richmond – Jocelyn Green - Heroines Behind the Lines - Civil War #4 - With everything at risk and suspicion growing, Sophie Kent has to decide if it is worth it.  A Unionist living Richmond is not an easy life and being a spy makes it twice as dangerous.
Taken – Dee Henderson - Shannon just wants a normal life.  Kidnapped and used by the Jacoby crime family, Shannon just wants out.  But getting out might cost her her life.  Will Private Investigator Matthew Dane be able to help her find her freedom and keep her life?
The Choosing – Rachelle Dekker - A Seer Novel #1 - When Carrington is chosen for the Lints, the lowest level of society, she believes her life is over.  Hints of a rebellion get her attention and then the promise of being chosen offer a greater hope.  Which is reality and which is just an illusion to secure her loyalty.
The Story Keeper – 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.
A.D.30 – Ted Dekker -The Story of an outcast daughter of a Bedouin sheikh, who goes seeking help from the Roman empire and instead finds a different kind of savior.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New Release - Fatal Trauma - Richard L. Mabry, M.D.

Dear Readers,

Medical mysteries are huge hit.  When the authors write a very real medical mystery all the better.  Richard Mabry is one of the authors that those in the medical field love to read.  I know it is because he himself is part of medical family, but it also because he writes so well.

Fatal Trama is Richard's newest release and I had people in the first week it was out wanting to read it.  I think that lots of readers like to read him even when they really have nothing to do with medicine because he writes mysteries that can keep you guessing all the way to the end.  There are times where the person you think is guilty can go from being the bad guy to being maybe the good guy and back again.  That makes for a great read.

Fatal Trauma
Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson are trapped in the ER with a  gunman and several patients.  When all it comes to a head, 3 men are dead including 2 men from a dangerous drug cartel.  Just when everyone thinks the killing is over, the cartel comes calling in revenge of the death of two of their own. 

Mark finds himself under suspicion of being one of the shooters and to clear him name and stop more innocents from dying, he turns to an old friend for answers.  Answers to question that will save his life.  Will he be able to prove his innocence before the cartel can find him?

Fast paced, entertaining and fun to read, I recommend Richard's books to anyone interested in medicine or a good mystery.

Happy Reading,

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

New Release - Tiffany Girls - Deeanne Gist

Dear Readers,

Deeanne Gist has found her niche in the fiction world.  Romantic historical comedy.  Her settings are interesting, her characters are not only very real they take on issues that were important to the time they live and sometimes are still effecting us now, and her books are just plain fun to read.

Tiffany Girls by Deeanne is the story of Louis Tiffany and how he had a dream to reveal a state of the art stained-glass mosaic chapel at the 1893 World's Fair.  But when the glassworker's go on strike his dream is threatened, so he decides to hire some students from the New York School of Applied Design to work on and finish the project for him.  Each female is hand picked for her talent and each is ready to take on the adventure and see where it leads her.

Tiffany+GirlFlossie Jayne is our main character, she is excited to start working on the chapel and to be truly independent for the first time in her life.  But living on her own proves to have its own set of problems and Flossie finds that her own heart might be one of them. 

I know that I love reading Deeanne's books because of what I learn about the era she is writing about as it is usually set during something we know so little about.  The World's Fair were big deals back in the day.  A chance for a company or individual to show their new ideas to the world.  It is where several of the things we use today got their start like ice cream cones at the 1904 World's Fair, the telephone at the 1876 Fair and the electrical outlet also at the 1904 fair. 

I could list many more, but that is not the idea behind this post, it is to tell you to read Deeanne's newest book and if you haven't read any of her other ones, you should get started.  They are worth it.

Happy Reading,

Monday, May 18, 2015

New Releases - May 11-16

Dear Readers,

I am off exploring other parts of our wonderful planet.  But that does not stop the flow of books to the shelves.  Thank goodness.

Happy Reading,

Fatal Trauma - Richard Mabry - A hostage situation in the ER turn ER Dr. Mark Baker into a potential victim and yet some suspect he may actually be the killer. To prove his innocence he turns to a old friend to find out who the shooter really is and who the next victim will be. 

As Love Blooms - Lorna Seilstad - Tessa won't let a little thing like a no stop her.  She is ready to use any means to get hired at the Como Park conservatory.  Even a little deception.  But then she meets Reese the handsome gardener, who turns into a major distraction or will he be the answer to her dreams?

Fury - Steven James - #2 Blur trilogy - Daniel's vision helped solve one mystery, but now his father has disappeared. The only answer to his disappearance maybe in Daniel's hallucinations.

In Firefly Valley - Amanda Cabot - #2 Texas Crossroads - When Marisa is downsized she has  no choice but to return to the small Texas town she grew up in.  Even though it feels like a giant step backwards, she excepts a job at Rainbow's End resort. 

Two Roads Home - Deborah Raney - #2 A Chicory Inn Novel - Setbacks have made Grant and Audrey's adventure into inn keeper a bit of a journey.  Throw in issues with their daughter and son-in-law and life is now complicated.

Tiffany Girl - Deeanne Gist - The story of Flossie and the "Tiffany Girls" that were hired to finish the Stained Glass Mosaic Chapel for Louis Tiffany in time for the 1893 World's Fair.  Flossie was hand picked to help complete the task and she is excited to become an independent woman.

The Midwife's Tale - Delia Parr - #1 At Home in Trinity - The world of the midwife is changing.  Martha was hoping her daughter would follow in her footsteps, but Victoria runs off instead.  Then when the new doctor arrives in town, Martha isn't sure how her work will continue.

Water from my Heart - Charles Martin - Charlie Finn has made a place for himself on the fringe of privileged society.  Providing something that "if he didn't do it someone else would."  But when tragedy strikes his partner and friends family, Charlie begins to rethink his life.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Author Visits

Dear Readers,

Last nigh at our store we hosted best seller author Tracy Groot.  I could also say local author or even just simply my friend Tracy Groot.  We here at Baker have carried Tracy's books for years now and will proudly continue to do so for years to come. 

I don't know how many author signings you have gone to, but I love listening to the author.  Whether they are talking about the research they do or the reason behind the topic of the book, it just seems to bring the story to life. 

I remember one author we had at the store years ago, she talked about why she wrote such heavy-on-romance books.  Her reason behind it was because she had noticed the type of book that her youth group girls were reading and she was horrified by them.  They were heavy on romance, but the wrong kind of romance.  The kind that said to have a guy fall in love with you, you have to sleep with him. 

Because of that experience she decided that she was going to put her writing classes to good use, she was going to write something that older teen girls would like to read, but still had a wonderful Biblical message.  Little did she know it would lead to her being a best selling author. 

Well until she shared that, I had no idea that is why she wrote the type of books she did and once I found that out, it made selling her books so much easier.  Not only am I selling a good book, I am selling a good book with an author who has a passion for the story.

We have two more fiction authors coming in may and in June.  Lynette Eason will be here on the 27th of May and we have just confirmed Dani Pettrey for the middle of June. June 22nd to be exact.  If you have been reading their books, here is your chance to meet the author behind the stories.

Happy Reading,

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Rachelle Dekker

Dear Readers,

When I first heard Rachelle Dekker, Ted’s daughter, was writing a novel, I was a bit worried what it would be like.  I have seen more than one book from a child of a bestselling author come through the bookstore and they don’t always live up to the hype.  Some can be pretty bad.

The Choosing by Rachelle is a very interesting read.  I wasn’t sure I wanted to read it, but I had so many people ask me about it I thought I should and I am really glad I did.  It is a dystopian novel, set in America after the Ruining.   Washington DC area to be exact in the year of 2257.

The Choosing is a time of great anticipation in a young woman’s life.  From the day she is born a girl child is groomed for the Choosing.  She will be chosen to be a bride of one of the eligible young men and to “not be chosen would yield a cruel fate of your own making.”  If you are not chosen you become a Lint, the lowest level of society.  A person who no longer exists to her family or anyone else for that matter.  Someone who will be trained to a trade and must plan to do that trade until the day she dies, uncared for and unloved. 

When Carrington goes unchosen, she knows her life is over and she is not sure she can live as a Lint.  When she connects with Larkin, a young lady from her school, she is given the chance to meet Aaron.  Aaron and his followers are different, they are loved no matter who they are.  What they believe goes against everything the Authority says and Carrington believes. 

All her life Carrington is taught that the Authority is to be followed without question and now she knows many people who are giving her a different view of life.  When another chance to be Chosen becomes available, Carrington believes she has a second chance at life, but is she stepping into a bigger hell than being a Lint? 

This was quite a thought provoking book for me.  There were several parallels that I saw to established religion and I was worried that Rachelle was trying to show how horrible the church is, but I also saw that she was trying to be sensitive to that and didn’t really attack the church so much as people who run a church and don’t seem to have any grace or forgiveness in them.  Where sometimes they hold onto ‘tradition’ too tightly to be able to find a new way to reach others. 

There is a lot I would like to discuss about this book, but it would take time and I think it would only be fair if you have read it also.  So go get a copy, read it and we can discuss the message or messages you got out of the book.  I will wait.

Happy Reading,

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Release - Taken - Dee Henderson

Dear Readers,

Dee Henderson waited several long years for her to write again.  They were rewarded for their patience with Full Discloser.  Dee once again leapt to the top of the fiction lists and has remained firmly in place since.   Her fans have devoured each new book and are looking for the next one with in days of the release.  Thankfully Dee takes her time writing each book as then we as readers get the best possible books from her.

Taken is the 4th book she has released with Bethany House/Baker Publishing Group.  Each of the books has brought something different to the table.  Whether Dee is taking us on the journey with Submarine officer or someone who collects old coins, she always helps us to understand the characters and what they are experiencing. 

This time we will walk along with Shannon Bliss who was kidnapped at 16 and forced to work with the Jacoby crime family.  She really just longs to live a normal life, but knows getting out could cost her everything because she knows to much about the family and its operation.

When Shannon asks Private Investigator Matthew Dan to help her not only get out, but to bring the family to justice, he knows that she is asking him to save her.  Will he be able to help her escape with her life.

I have heard over and over again, that the reason people like to read Dee is because of how well she writes her characters.  They become like family and each one is special to every reader.  Men and women have enjoyed the mystery part of her stories and each one leaves you guessing as to who-done-it to the end and if everyone is going to escape with their lives.

Happy Reading.