Liz Shoaf lives on a fifty-acre farm with her very own hero. She loves dog training, jogging, and singing in the choir when time permits. She has worked in a bank, medical office, and presently helps her hubby run their lumber business while squeezing in time for her favorite thing: writing.
My Rating: 5 Stars!!!
‘She’d had about enough of this whole mess and she was sick of getting shot at.’
Wow! That’s how I feel right now after just reading the last word of this book. Liz Shoaf has done a bang up job at this one. Her best ever! From the very first sentence to the last word, it was non stop action and the suspense was absolutely powerful. Shoaf has created characters that seemed to jump off the page from the beginning, they were so real. I had seen Ned’s character briefly in the first two books she wrote and I was intrigued by him and so happy she gave him a story. And what a story! I loved how Mary Grace called him Mountain Man.
And there is a dog in this story named Krieger, who I felt deserved being called a main character. I loved Krieger! Actually, I loved everything about this story. Incredibly well done! Bravo! I highly recommend this one. I have it in digital form but I am getting the physical copy for my shelves.
Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist. She sold her first novel at the age of twenty-five, and has had a successful career ever since.
In 1994 Terri was writing for publishers such as HarperCollins, Harlequin, Dell and Silhouette, when a spiritual awakening drew her into the Christian market. As she was praying about her transition, she went on a cruise and noticed that almost everyone on the boat (including her) had a John Grisham novel. It occurred to her that some of Grisham’s readers were Christians, and that if she wrote a fast-paced thriller with an added faith element, she might just find her niche. As God would have it, Christian publishers were showing interest in the suspense genre, so she quickly sold a four-book series to Zondervan. Since that time, she’s written over thirty Christian titles, most of them suspense novels.
Terri has appeared on national television programs such as “The 700 Club” and “Home Life,” and has been a guest on numerous radio programs across the country. The story of her personal journey appears in books such as Touched By the Savior by Mike Yorkey, True Stories of Answered Prayer by Mike Nappa, Faces of Faith by John Hanna, and I Saw Him In Your Eyes by Ace Collins.
My Rating: 4 Stars!
‘God is powerful. He could be my dread champion, my rear guard, the one who fihts for me. But I feel like I’m fighting all alone.’
Terri Blackstock returns with a captivating new novel told in two different POVs. Nate Beckett’s father spent fourteen years in prison for killing Brenna Strickland’s preacher father. Now, Nate’s father has been released and Nate has returned to town to recover from a burn injury he’s gotten on his job as a smokejumper. Brenna has also returned to town, divorced and fighting for her children from a vengeful ex husband who left her for a younger woman. Brenna is coping with alcohol from this devastating turn of events. In the meantime, a wildfire is threatening their town. This is a many-faceted novel that will draw the reader in over and over and interest is held captive until the very end. It moved me greatly. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Terri Blackstock has not lost her ability to keep a reader enthralled with the depth of emotions and suspense she is known for. Recommended.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions stated in this review are completely my own.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publication Date: November 5, 2019 Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Australian author, Dorothy Adamek, writes Displacement Fiction ~ the stories of people upended by trauma and tragedy, and the struggle to belong in their new worlds. Couched in romance, her fiction is set in the late Victorian era.
Author of the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy, she lives at Crabapple House in Melbourne with her Beloved and their three children, twenty fruit trees and Gilbert the Cat.
A graduate of La Trobe University, Dorothy studied Literature, History and Education. She taught secondary school English and English As A Second Language. She loves black and white floors, collects blue and white china, and makes apricot jam every summer.
Her favourite holiday destination is Phillip Island, the real life setting of Carry Me Home, book one in the Blue Wren Shallows trilogy.
My Rating: 4 Stars!
Survival is made of many parts. First, your skin will heal. Then your bones.’
1877. The Black Swallow sinks off the Australian coast, a horrific event that leaves only two survivors, Tom Darley and Ada Carmichael. This deftly written novel details the aftermath of that shipwreck, which is inspired by the true story. Ada has lost her entire family and Tom rescues her. Both of these have been through rough waters, so to speak, with forgotten dreams, feared enemies and old secrets.
Soon the journalists of the day converge and clamor for the story from Tom and Ada. Tom arranges for Ada to go to a friend’s home on Philip Island, a beautiful and quiet, peaceful place. We, lucky readers, get a chance to meet old friends again from Adamek’s first novel, Shadrach and Finella Jones. A novel I enjoyed immensely. However, they are not sheltered as completely as they’d hoped from the world’s woes. They must depend on each other and love to rescue them again.
When I read Dorothy Adamek’s debut novel, I thought it was greatly moving and her style continues through to this novel and she will always, I believe, inspire her readers with her deftness of telling the tale. She has written well of courage, healing, redemption and rescue that will grip the reader, and the poignancy of the love is completely heartfelt. As Tom and Ada endeavor to find their home, you will be captivated by the sweeping beauty of Adamek’s writing skills.
*My thanks to the publisher and author for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Publisher: Crabapple House Publishing Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.
Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle-the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and-you guessed it-reading.
My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘I’d rather look for the best. The worst usually makes itself known soon enough.’
West Virginia. 1930. Two families, the McLeans and the Harpes, feuding with each other for generations, find things are coming to a head quickly after a McLean guns down a Harpe in cold blood and runs off.
Colman Harpe promised his mother he’d not get involved with the feud and so far he’s managed to keep his promise. Colman has felt the call to preach and then he hears God call him to preach to his sworn enemy, and the head of the clan, in particular. Serepta McKlean is a strong, unbending woman and it’s her son who did the killing. Will she listen to the words from God Colman brings? There are many, many secrets that stand to be revealed if she listens.
This book was fascinating. Told in Thomas’s unique style, in the backwoods and hollers of West Virginia, the reader gets a glimpse of a life that is no longer. Her way with words is special indeed and the cadence of her descriptions is perfect! I was entranced the entire time I was reading. The spiritual element here is good, too: sometimes everything that looks bad is not always bad and God can bring about His work no matter what our eyes see. Highly recommended. Bravo!
*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
My world revolves around GIJOE and our three adult (or almost adult) children who keep my life anything but predictable. Our boots hit the ground wherever the Army sends us but home is when we’re all together no matter the zipcode. My passion is writing stories where adventure meets love and share my belief that life rooted in purpose is a story worth telling.
My Rating: 5 Stars!
‘It didn’t matter how much she dressed up on the outside….it wasn’t enough. She wasn’t enough.’
I thought Natalie Walters’ debut novel was good. But she has done an even better job this time around! Seriously, this book is just good. Walters takes us back to Walton, Georgia, and we get to meet up with Deputy Ryan Frost again. The same Deputy Frost who was so geeky in book one. BUT…Ryan has changed. He is a rather swoon worthy hero this go round. And Vivian is so very likeable now. And the banter between her and Ryan is so refreshing and precious. I loved every minute!
The suspense is great. Walters ramps it up with each chapter until you are hanging on, wondering who in the world this culprit is! I never once guessed, either. A cyber criminal is targeting people and no one has any idea what is even going on, or how, much less who this person is. Vivian is determined to find out, being an investigative reporter, no matter if it puts her life in danger. Ryan decides the best way to keep her safe is to let her work with him. That doesn’t stop the bad guys, though.
All through the novel, we see the spiritual theme woven delicately that we are all worthy in God’s eyes. He loves us, plain and simple, and we are worthy of His love. Well done! Highly recommended.
*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Publisher: Revell Publishing Publication Date: November 5, 2019 Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense Buy it here: https://amzn.to/2NUKvIT
By day Liz Johnson works in marketing. She finds time to write late at night and is a Christy Award finalist and a two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist. Liz makes her home in Phoenix, Arizona where she enjoys theater, exploring local history, and doting on her nieces and nephews. She loves stories of true love with happy endings. Find out more about Liz at http://www.LizJohnsonBooks.com.
About Melissa Tagg
Melissa Tagg is the award-winning author of the popular Walker Family series, the Where Love Begins series and the Enchanted Christmas Collection. Her latest release, Now and Then and Always, kicks off a new series set in her beloved-by-readers fictional town of Maple Valley. Melissa is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl.
Melissa’s books include a 2018 ACFW Carol Award Winner (One Enchanted Noel), an RT Book Reviews TOP PICK (All This Time) and a Publishers Weekly Spring Top Ten Pick (Like Never Before).
Melissa has taught at multiple national writing conferences, as well as workshops and women’s retreats. When she’s not writing, she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever (not that she’s biased), bookworming, watching old movies, and spoiling her nieces and nephews. Melissa loves connecting with readers at http://www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
About Ashley Clark
Ashley Clark writes romance with southern grace. She’s dreamed of being a writer ever since the thumbprint-cookie-days of library story hour. Ashley has an M.A. in English and enjoys teaching literature courses as an adjunct. She’s an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not writing, Ashley’s usually busy rescuing stray animals and finding charming new towns.
About Betsy St. Amant
Betsy St. Amant Haddox is the author of more than fifteen romance novels and novellas. She resides in north Louisiana with her newly-wed-ish hubby, two total-opposite young daughters, an impressive stash of Pickle chips, and one furry Schnauzer-baby. Betsy has a B.A. in Communications and a deep-rooted passion for seeing women restored to truth. When she’s not composing her next book or trying to prove unicorns are real, Betsy can be found somewhere in the vicinity of a white-chocolate mocha. She writes frequently for http://www.ibelieve.com, a devotional site for women. Look for her upcoming novel with Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in October 2020
My Rating: 4s Stars!
‘God had called him to do a hard thing. Now, Jonah simply prayed God would help him carry it out.’
I am a royalty fan. Have been for many decades. So this book on my radar excited me. And the authors have done a wonderful job.
The tiny town of Tinsel, Vermont, does Christmas up on a grand scale. They also have a media ban, so celebrities can come there to vacation and not be followed around by reporters. They are safe in Tinsel. In this charming quartet of novellas, royal personages do just that. They come to Tinsel to get away from it all and while they are there, they find something wonderful: love. I love this little town! Sometimes you read about a fictional place and it is done so well, you simply want to go walk its streets and have conversations with its residents. Tinsel is that town for me. Too bad it’s only fictional. I enjoyed every minute of this book and I truly recommend it.
*My thanks to one of the authors for a preview copy of this book. The opinion here is completely my own.
Award-winning, best-selling author, Lynette Eason writes for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line and for Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Her books have hit the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Carol Award, the Selah, the Daphne, the IRCC award and more. Lynette is married, has two children, and lives in Greenville, SC.
My Rating: 4 Stars!
I thoroughly enjoy romantic suspense. Lynette Eason is very good at this genre and I was excited when I saw she had this book coming out. Eason gives us four wonderfully suspenseful novellas AND one of them gives us Derek St. John’s story! I loved her Blue Justice series and the St. John siblings, so I was very happy to read Derek’s story. I recommend this book.
*My thanks to Revell Publishing for a complimentary copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion stated here is my own.
Publisher: Revell Publishing Publication Date: November 5, 2019 Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense Buy it here:https://amzn.to/2Nc4bc0
‘If you would just put your future in God’s hands, you’d find out exactly what God has in store for us.’
This was my first book by Laura Scott to read. It was seriously good and full of suspense. A great hero, a plot overflowing with intrigue, and good secondary characters all make for a great read. This was so suspenseful that I was nearly going crazy trying to figure out what would happen next and just who the villains were! Recommended.
*My thanks to Harlequin Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley. The opinion stated here is entirely my own.
Publisher: Love Inspired Publication Date: November 5, 2019 Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
Dana Mentink is an award winning author of Christian fiction. She’s written more than twenty five mystery and suspense novels. She is honored to have received two ACFW Carol Awards, a Holt Medallion Award, and a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Please visit her on the web at http://www.danamentink.com or find her on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest. Dana hosts monthly contests at http://www.dmentink.wordpress.com and on her YouTube channel.
My Rating: 4 Stars!
‘Stick with me, Miss Lofton. I’m locked, loaded and ready.’
Dana Mentink proves once again she knows how to do suspense and create wonderfully swoon worthy heroes. Liam Pike is a dream cowboy–polite, respectful and has a heart of gold, not to mentnion honorable and trustworthy. I loved this guy. Maybe because he’s a southerner like me. Hmmm.
Maggie Lofton decides to pretend to be her twin sister when she is nearly killed by a driver intent on running her off the road. She has no idea what caused this, but soon finds out. She is rescued by the handsome cowboy Liam and he is determined to help her discover the culprit.
Mentink is good here, as always. Her suspense is top notch and I never tire of digging into one of her books. Recommended.
*My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
Publisher: Love Inspired Publication Date: November 1, 2019 Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense Buy it here: https://amzn.to/336xIZZ