Review: ‘Provenance’ by Carla Laureano

About The Book

From two-time RITA Award–winning author Carla Laureano comes a story of romance, transformation, and the beauty of belonging.
Los Angeles interior designer and former foster kid Kendall Green is in high demand, both for her impeccable eye and for her uncanny ability to uncover the provenance of any piece. But for all her success, skyrocketing costs have put her California home and her business in jeopardy. Then an unexpected inheritance provides a timely solution: a grandmother she never knew has left her a group of historic properties in a tiny Colorado town on the edge of ruin.

To young, untried mayor Gabriel Brandt, Jasper Lake is more than another small town—it’s the place that saved his life. Now, seeing the town slowly wither and die, he’s desperate to restore it to its former glory. Unfortunately, his vision is at odds with a local developer who wants to see the town razed and rebuilt as a summer resort. He’s sure that he can enlist the granddaughter of one of its most prominent former citizens to his cause—until he meets Kendall and realizes that not only does she know nothing of her own history, she has no interest in reviving a place that once abandoned her.

In order to save his beloved town, Gabe must first help Kendall unravel the truth of her own provenance—and Kendall must learn that in order to embrace the future, sometimes you have to start with the past.

About Carla Laureano
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5 Stars!

‘Sometimes no matter how hard you wished for something, you still came up short.’

I just this minute read the last word of this book. I really enjoy Carla Laureano’s wok and have reread several more than once. So I am always excited to see she has a new book coming out. She writes with a depth that I truly enjoy. She doesn’t just craft characters and throw them on a page. No, she delves into their lives and reveals their deepest emotions, their longings and heartbreaks.

‘If you didn’t let anyone in, you couldn’t be hurt by rejection. You couldn’t be disappointed. It was easier to be alone by your own choice than to have someone make that choice for you.’

The characters of Gabe and Kendall are incredibly well formed here and I very much was all in learning their back stories and what brought them to this point in their lives. This was a long story, but never felt forced or long. It moved deeply and the word I believe I’d use is ‘fulfilling’. It was heart-satisfying.

Laureano shows us that there are never any coincidences with God. He is there, waiting patiently, loving His creation. The spiritual thread of this story is so powerful-so much so that I found myself smiling numerous times at how the author played it out. And, even though this book has a very strong story line and wonderful characters, God is the true hero of this story. Psalm 139;16 is one verse that went through my mind during the reading. This one is a winner in every way. I felt so good reading it! Well done!

My thanks to Tyndale House for a copy of this book via Net Galley. I was not expected to leave a positive review and the opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Tyndale
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
Length: 412 pages
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Review and Giveaway: ‘Love and the Silver Lining’ by Tammy L. Gray

About The Book

This disaster may be just what she needed.

Darcy Malone’s dreams of mission work are dashed on the eve of fulfilling them: The Guatemalan school she was going to teach at has closed, and she’s already quit her job and given up her apartment. Stuck in her worst-case scenario, Darcy accepts an unexpected offer to move in with Bryson Katsaros’s little sister, despite the years of distrust between her and Bryson, the lead singer in her best friend Cameron’s band. But as she meets those close to Bryson, Darcy quickly discovers there is more to him than just his bad-boy persona.

Needing to find a purpose for all her sudden free time, Darcy jumps at the chance to care for and train a group of unruly dogs, with the aim of finding each a home before their bereaved owner returns them to animal control. But it’s Darcy herself who will encounter a surprising rescue in the form of love, forgiveness, and learning to let go.

About Tammy L Gray
Tammy L. Gray lives in the Dallas area with her family, and they love all things Texas, even the erratic weather patterns. Her nine modern and true-to-life contemporary romances include 2017 RITA award winning, My Hope Next Door, and show her unending quest to write high quality, culturally relevant stories with relatable and flawed characters.

When not taxiing her three kids to various school and sporting events, Tammy can be spotted crunching numbers as the financial administrator at her hometown church. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry all while sharing the messy, yet remarkable journey that is a faith-filled life.

Tammy L. Gray has lots of projects going on. For all the latest info, visit her website at

4 Stars

When Darcy Malone’s dream of going on the mission field devastates her, she flounders around, wondering why God allowed this and what His will is for her now. It will take a bunch of dogs and learning to let go and let God for Darcy to learn what His will is for her. Along the way, she must listen for sometimes God doesn’t speak the way we want Him to.
Tammy Gray writes with depth here and this is one sure to please Christian fiction fans.

My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
Length: 368 pages
Buy Link: Love and the Silver Lining (State of Grace) – Kindle edition by Gray, Tammy L.. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

I will be giving away a copy of the book to one commenter on my blog. Sorry, due to those pesky shipping costs, only the contiguous United States, please. To enter:
Comment on the blog, leaving me your FULL name and your email in a non spammy formula, such as : susan (at) yahoo (dot) come. Giveaway runs for four days. Winner will be randomly drawn and notified via email. If winner does not respond in 24 hours, another will be chosen.

Review: ‘Burying Daisy Doe’ by Ramona Richards

About The Book

No cold case is more important than the one that destroyed her own family

Every small town has one unsolved case that haunts its memory, festering for generations below the surface with the truth of humanity’s darkness. Star Cavanaugh is obsessed with the one that tore her family apart.

Over sixty years ago, Daisy Doe was murdered and discarded outside Pineville, Alabama, buried without a name or anyone to mourn her loss. When Star’s father tried to solve the case, he was also killed. Now a cold-case detective with resources of her own, Star is determined to get to the bottom of both crimes. But she’ll have to face an entire town locked in corruption, silence, and fear–and the same danger that took two other lives. The only people in town she can trust are her grandmother and the charming Mike Luinetti, and both of them trust a God Star isn’t sure she believes in. Can Christians so focused on the good really help her track down this evil?

With an irresistible combination of sharp suspense, faith, humor, and authentic regional flavor, Burying Daisy Doe will draw fans of Terri Blackstock, Margaret Maron, Jaime Jo Wright, and J. T. Ellison.

About Ramona Richards
I come from a long line of storytellers, and I grew up sitting on the front porch listening to my parents, grandparents, and a wide selection of aunts and uncles spinning yarns that would raise eyebrows and disturb sleep. Naturally, I wanted to do it for a living.

I love stories and books and readers and listeners, and I’m blessed to have been able to spend my life around them. These days, I’m a speaker, writer, and editor, and my latest book is My Mother’s Quilts (Worthy Publishing), which is a devotional written about and around the quilts I inherited from my mother. My latest is a small-town crime novel, Murder in the Family. I’ve written six novels for Love Inspired Suspense, and have devotionals available from Abingdon and Barbour Books.

I’m the associate publisher for Iron Stream Media, although I’ve been an editor for Abingdon Press, Thomas Nelson, Rutledge Hill Press, and Ideals magazine. I’ve freelanced for more than a dozen other publishers and have edited more than 500 publications, including fiction, trade nonfiction, magazines, scripts, poetry, Bibles and biblical reference works, study guides, curriculum, and how-to manuals.

Essentially, I’ll write or edit just about anything. I’m also a speaker for writer’s conferences and women’s groups.

I can be found online at Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, and my blog is at
5 Stars!

‘Do you have any idea what kind of wounds you’re about to rip wide open in this town? Do you know how dangerous this is?

From the moment I saw the cover of this book, I was intrigued. Even more so after reading the synopsis on the back cover. Ramona Richards was an author I’d not yet read and I am always happy to read a new author. Boy, am I glad I did! This was a fantastic read!

Built on a cold case spanning more than sixty years, this is top notch writing. Written in a time slip, the reader gets let in on the earlier parts of the case, then follow along as cold case investigator, Star Cavanaugh, puts the pieces together, stirring up more violence, and pulling things back into the spotlight that had been long buried. Someone is still determined to keep it all quiet, too.

‘You aren’t afraid of death, are you? The way you’re courting it, you should be old friends.’

This is incredibly well written and completely absorbing. Richards is quite adept at her descriptions of small town life in the south. Highly recommended.

Publisher: Kregel
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Buy Link: Burying Daisy Doe: A Star Cavanaugh Cold Case – Kindle edition by Richards, Ramona. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

Review and Giveaway: ‘Missing in the Desert’ by Dana Mentink

About the Book

Book:  Missing in the Desert

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Inspy suspense

Release date: July 27, 2021

Five years ago, her sister disappeared…
Now someone is coming for her.

Who would believe that Mara Castillo’s sister—missing and presumed dead—suddenly sent a one-word text? Now Mara wants answers, even if it means stepping into a killer’s sights with her brother’s best friend, rancher Levi Duke, as her only protection. But with someone who has everything to lose after her, uncovering a long-buried secret could save her life…or claim it.

Click here to get your copy!

About the Author

Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a nationa and Publisher’s Weekly bestselling author of over forty titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Poisoned Pen Press. You can connect with Dana via her website at, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

More from Dana

Hello, readers! Boy am I excited! Since the virus-that-not-shall-be-named is being brought under control, I am cautiously venturing out again and our first vacation spot will be a return to Death Valley. Papa Bear and I love the amazing diversity of Death Valley, from the salt flats, to the sand dunes, mountains, and everything in between. Writing this book allowed me to relive the incredible topography, as well as let my mind run loose imagining a cold case that warms up to fiery levels in this ferocious climate. Part of this story revolves around “Camp Town Days” which was inspired by the Encampment Days, an event held in November by a volunteer group called the Death Valley 49ers that aims to capture the pioneer spirit with their wagon rides, parade, poetry readings, a vendor show, and historical talks. I hope you can feel the desert wind in your face and hear the distant howl of the coyote as you dive into the second book in the Death Valley Justice series.

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4 Stars!

I very much enjoy Dana Mentink’s inspirational suspense books. This in the second book in her new series and is populated with good characters and an especially good plot. Totally surprised me. Great job! And I saw people in this book that I Hope Mentink gives their own story.

My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. I am also part of the Celebrate Lit tour for this book. The review here is my own.


To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away the grand prize of a $50 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!

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Review: ‘The Cowgirl’s Sacrifice’ (Hearts of Oklahoma) by Tina Radcliffe

About The Book

This cowgirl has wandered back home…

Will she choose her past or her future?

Needing time to heal after a rodeo injury, Kate Rainbolt heads to her family ranch to accept the foreman job her brothers offered her months ago. But the position’s already been filled by her ex-boyfriend, Jess McNally, and the only open job reports to him. With Jess as her temporary boss—and turning into something more—might he finally convince Kate to put down roots?

From Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

Hearts of Oklahoma

Book 1: Finding the Road Home
Book 2: Ready to Trust
Book 3: His Holiday Prayer
Book 4: The Cowgirl’s Sacrifice

About Tina Radcliffe

Publishers Weekly bestselling author, Tina Radcliffe has been dreaming and scribbling for years. Originally from Western NY, she left home for a tour of duty with the Army Security Agency stationed in Augsburg, Germany, and ended up in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her past careers include Certified Oncology R.N. and library cataloger.

Tina is a two-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and a four-time Carol Award finalist and three-time ACFW Mentor of the Year finalist. A 2014 ACFW Carol Award winner and a 2018 ACFW Mentor of the Year winner, Tina is also on the RWA and ACFW Honor Roll of Best-Selling Authors. In 2019 she won the Holt Medallion for Christmas with the Cowboy. A short story writer, she has sold over three dozen short stories to Woman’s World Magazine.

She currently resides in Arizona where she writes fun, heartwarming romance. Sign up for her newsletter to be notified of new releases, sales & giveaways!

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘You know, we’re both well educated people. Conversation shouldn’t be this difficult.’

I love this series featuring the Rainbolt family in the little Oklahoma town of Rebel. Tina Radcliffe has created a town I would love to visit. And a wonderful family! I have loved each of the Rainbolt brothers’ stories and was very excited to read sister Kate’s story. And Radcliffe did not disappoint. Kate’s character was a no nonsense, brave, spirited and very special one. And Jess’s character was just great. These two matched perfectly. I loved every minute and read in less than a day. Well done!

My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. I was not expected to leave a positive review. The opinion here is my own.

Publisher: Love Inspired
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Genre: Inspirational romance
Length: 224 pages
Buy Link: The Cowgirl’s Sacrifice (Hearts of Oklahoma Book 4) – Kindle edition by Radcliffe, Tina. Religion & Spirituality Kindle eBooks @

Cover Reveal: ‘The Sword And The Song’ by Carla Laureano

About The Book:

The Shadow of War. Seare is at war. The Red Druid has continued to gain strength and power, and the people of Seare suffer beneath the ravages of the isle’s unbound spirits. The Firein are all that stand between the land and certain disaster.. But there is strife within the Brotherhood as well: Eoghan still refuses to claim his rightful throne, leaving the responsibilities of rule to Conor and creating an uncomfortable distance between the sworn brothers.

When Conor leaves Ard Dhaimin to find the key to defeating the Red Druid, he delves into a world of shadows and danger which will bring him to the brink of madness and back. All the while Eoghan and Aine are left to pursue their own mission to defeat their adversary through her magical gifts.

But as the final battle looms ever closer, they realize that the cost of defeating the Red Druid may be greater than they’re willing to pay…and that nothing–and no one–is as it seems.

About Carla Laureano
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I am so excited to join in the cover reveal of The Sword and the Song by Carla Laureano, releasing from Enclave Publishing in January 2022! This is the final book in the epic Celtic fantasy trilogy, The Song of Seare, and is available to order in Limited Edition Hardcover. These books will make a wonderful addition to a book lover’s shelves. This is a must read series for lovers of Christian fantasy. I have enjoyed all three and I know you will, too. So mark your calendars and get this great ending to this remarkable series! You can even preorder now here:
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Publisher: Enclave Publishing
Publication Date: January 11, 2022
Genre: Inspirational fantasy, speculative

Review: ‘John Eyre’ by Mimi Matthews

About The Book

One of BookBub’s “25 of the Best Books Arriving in 2021”

From USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews comes a supernatural Victorian gothic retelling of Charlotte Brontë’s timeless classic.

Yorkshire, 1843. When disgraced former schoolmaster John Eyre arrives at Thornfield Hall to take up a position as tutor to two peculiar young boys, he enters a world unlike any he’s ever known. Darkness abounds, punctuated by odd bumps in the night, strange creatures on the moor, and a sinister silver mist that never seems to dissipate. And at the center of it all, John’s new employer–a widow as alluring as she is mysterious.

Sixteen months earlier, heiress Bertha Mason embarked on the journey of a lifetime. Marriage wasn’t on her itinerary, but on meeting the enigmatic Edward Rochester, she’s powerless to resist his preternatural charm. In letters and journal entries, she records the story of their rapidly-disintegrating life together, and of her gradual realization that Mr. Rochester isn’t quite the man he appears to be. In fact, he may not be a man at all.

From a cliff-top fortress on the Black Sea coast to an isolated estate in rural England, John and Bertha contend with secrets, danger, and the eternal struggle between light and darkness. Can they help each other vanquish the demons of the past? Or are some evils simply too powerful to conquer?

About Mimi Matthews

USA Today bestselling author Mimi Matthews writes both historical nonfiction and award-winning proper Victorian romances, including Fair as a Star, a Library Journal Best Romance of 2020, and The Work of Art, winner of the 2020 HOLT Medallion. Mimi’s novels have received starred reviews in Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, and Kirkus, and her articles have been featured on the Victorian Web, the Journal of Victorian Culture, and in syndication at BUST Magazine.

In her other life, Mimi is an attorney. She resides in California with her family, which includes a retired Andalusian dressage horse, a Sheltie, and two Siamese cats. Her next romance, The Siren of Sussex, will be out in 2022 from Berkley/Penguin Random House. To learn more, please visit

My Rating: 5 Stars!

‘John felt as old as creation. Weary in body and soul.’

When I read a Mimi Matthews book, I am simply carried away by her words that just flow across the page so smoothly, gliding effortlessly along and completely captivated me until the book is finished.

This book, John Eyre, is quite different from her usual Victorian fare. Oh, it’s Victorian, but it’s dark and broodingly Gothic. Creepily good, I might add. Here, we have a twist of the Bronte story of Jane Eyre . A very good twist, might I add, too.

John Eyre arrives at Thornfield as a tutor to Mrs. Rochester’s two young wards. He immediately notices something quite strange about these boys. Soon after, he meets Mrs. Rochester and following an even stranger conversation with her, he is very mystified. Nothing is as it seems about this entire odd place. I found Bertha’s journal entries to be totally compelling.

‘Suddenly, he felt quite tempted to laugh-or possibly, to weep. Was it madness, what was happening to him?’

Matthews builds this story so well and adds layer after layer until the reader is completely all in. Actually, this reader was all in from the very first page. As time passes in the book, we begin to unravel the mystery a bit and are totally caught up in the drama, desperately riveted to each page. Her prose, in all her books, carries the reader along like water flowing downstream. Quite a compelling read and one I am glad to add to my collection. Well done indeed!

My thanks to Perfectly Proper Press for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. I was not expected to leave a positive review. The opinion here is expressly my own.

Publisher: Perfectly Proper Press
Publication Date: July 20, 2021
Buy Link: John Eyre: A Tale of Darkness and Shadow – Kindle edition by Matthews, Mimi. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @

Review: ‘The Siren’s Captain’ (Grace-By-The-Sea) by Regina Scott

About The Book

Lord of the Smugglers or lord of her heart?

French singer and spy Marie-Louise Fortier has spent her life protecting idealistic men like her father, who died trying to wrest France back from Napoleon. So when the British War Office asks her to safeguard a former naval captain in the little spa village of Grace-by-the-Sea from the emperor’s threats, she doesn’t hesitate, even if it means pretending to be engaged to the legendary Captain St. Claire to remain at his side.

Quillan St. Claire has been taking care of himself since he was a foundling. He’s fought Napoleon in battle and now smuggles the tyrant’s secrets from France to aid England’s cause. He’s certainly not willing to trust the pretty soprano with his life, yet her siren’s voice seems to call to him. As danger draws closer, Marie and Quill must work together to protect the friendly little village that welcomed them, only to discover that protecting each other may mean risking their hearts for a real chance at love. 

If you love sweet, witty Regency romances with a touch of adventure, then you’ll love The Siren’s Captain, the final book in a series by an award-winning author.

“I SO can’t wait for more! Another amazing read and start of a wonderful new series.” Hott Book Reviews of The Matchmaker’s Rogue, book 1 in the series.

Return to Grace-by-the-Sea, where romance and adventure come home, today.

About Regina Scott
Regina Scott started writing novels in the third grade. Thankfully for literature as we know it, she didn’t actually sell her first novel until she’d learned a bit more about writing. Since then, she’s had published more than 50 clean historical romances. Her books have earned praise from reviewers and readers alike. Booklist calls her work “quietly compelling” and “impeccably written.” Huntress Reviews says, “Regina Scott delivers,” and “I will always buy a book with Regina Scott’s name on it.”

Regina Scott is the author of the American Wonders Collection, set in the history of our national parks, and the Frontier Bachelors series set in pioneer Seattle. She is also the author of more than three dozen sweet historical romances set in Regency England in such series as Grace-by-the-Sea, Fortune’s Brides, Uncommon Courtships, and the Lady Emily Capers. She has twice been awarded best book of the year for her type of story from industry favorite RT Book Reviews. A Distance Too Grand in the American Wonders Collection was named one of the top 10 romances of the year by Booklist.

Regina Scott has learned to fence, driven four-in-hand, sailed on a tall ship, and dressed as a Regency dandy, all in the name of research, of course. She makes her home in the Puget Sound area of Washington State with her beloved husband. Find her online at her website, the blog she shares with author Marissa Doyle at, on Facebook at, and on Goodreads at Subscribe to her newsletter at so you’ll always know when a new book is out or on sale.
My Review: 4 stars!

‘He seems rather timid for an assassin.’

Here we go back to the lovely village of Grace-By-The-Sea, which was created by Regina Scott. This is the sixth and maybe last book in the series. I certainly hope Scott changes her mind and gives us more of these folks. This offering features the Lord of the Smugglers himself, Quillan St. Claire. It would appear Napoleon has sent an assassin to kill Quillan to keep him from working to bring Boney down., but old Boney hasn’t figured on the crafty residents of this tiny village, especially the women’s militia. Oh! The War Office has sent a singer, Marie de Fontaine, to protect Quillan, too. Ree intends on sticking to him like glue, vowing to protect him with her life if necessary.

I fell in love with Grace-By-The-Sea with the first book and still enjoy my regular visits there. These dear people worked their way into my heart quickly and have there remained. Regina Scott is a dab hand at a Regency tale and these stories are super good. Well done!

My thanks to the author for a copy of this book. The opinion here is entirely my own.

Publisher: Edwards and Williams
Publiation Date: July 19, 2021
Length: 205 pages
Genre: Regency
Buy Link: The Siren’s Captain (Grace-by-the-Sea Book 6) – Kindle edition by Scott, Regina. Romance Kindle eBooks @

Book Review: ‘Woman In Shadow’ by Carrie Stuart Parks

About The Book:

Carrie Stuart Parks combines her expertise as a forensic artist with her ability to craft a gripping story in this page-turning web of light and shadow.

A woman off the grid.

Darby Graham thinks she’s on a much-needed vacation in remote Idaho to relax. But before she even arrives at the ranch, an earthquake strikes—her first clue that something is amiss. Then when a cabin on the edge of town is engulfed in flames and problems at the ranch escalate, Darby finds herself immersed in a chilling mystery.

A town on fire.

A serial arsonist sends taunting letters to the press after each fire. As a forensic linguist, this is Darby’s area of expertise . . . but the scars it’s caused her also the reason she’s trying to escape from her life.

A growing darkness.

As the shadows continue to move in, the pieces of the town around her come into sharper focus. Can she trust the one man who sees her clearly?

Praise for Woman in Shadow:

“Unique, witty, and hilarious, Carrie’s voice shines throughout Woman in Shadow. The perfect mix of intrigue, mystery and danger, this is most definitely a book for my keeper shelf.” —Dani Pettrey, bestselling author of the Coastal Guardians series

  • Full length, stand-alone suspense novel
  • Award-winning, bestselling author
  • Also by Carrie Stuart Parks: Relative SilenceFragments of FearFormula of Deception, and A Cry from the Dust
  • Includes discussion questions for book clubs
About Carrie Stuart Parks
Carrie Stuart Parks is an award winning artist, writer, speaker, and law enforcement instructor. A Certified Forensic Artist, she met her husband, Rick, in the romantic hallways of the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. Together they formed a dynamic and successful team in their fine and forensic art, working on major national and international cases and creating exquisite watercolors and stone carvings. They travel internationally, teaching forensic art to a variety of participants: from the Secret Service to the FBI, from large law enforcement agencies to the smallest two-man departments in their one-week classes. They are the largest instructors of forensic art in the world. Carrie has won numerous awards for her innovative teaching methods and general career excellence and is a signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society.

Carrie’s Gwen Marcey series chronicles a forensic artist from Montana and is loosely based on Carrie’s forensic cases.She began her fiction writing career while battling breast cancer. Mentored by NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti, Carrie’s debut novel, along with her subsequent novels, have been met with critical acclaim, including:

2021 Kudos Award Winner: fiction (Relative Silence)
2020 Golden Scroll Winner: mystery/suspense/thriller (Fragments of Fear)
2019 Daphne du Maurier finalist: mainstream mystery suspense (Formula of Deception)
2019 Cascade Award finalist: (Formula of Deception)
2018 Carol Award Winner: mystery/suspense/thriller (Portrait of Vengeance)
2018 Inspy Award Winner: mystery/suspense/thriller (Portrait of Vengeance)
2018 Maxwell Award Winner: Fiction (Portrait of Vengeance)
2018 Wright Award Winner: Fiction (Portrait of Vengeance)
2018 RT Reviews Finalist
2017 Christy Winner: mystery/suspense (When Death Draws Near)
2017 Carol Winner: mystery/suspense (When Death Draws Near)
2017 RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Awards for 2016 finalist (When Death Draws Near)
2017 Christian Retailing Best Finalist:mystery/suspense (When Death Draws Near)
2017 Inspy Award Finalist (When Death Draws Near)
2016 Idaho Author Awards: winner: mystery/suspense (When Death Draws Near)
2016 INSPY winner: mystery/suspense (The Bones Will Speak)
2016 Christy Award Finalist: suspense/mystery (The Bones Will Speak)
2016 Christian Retailing Best Finalist: mystery/suspense (The Bones Will Speak)
2016 Family Fiction Readers Choice: 15 Best Books of 2015 (The Bones Will Speak)
2016 Idaho Author Awards Finalist: mystery/suspense (The Bones Will Speak)
2015 Carol Award Winner: mystery/suspense/thriller (A Cry From the Dust)
2015 Christy Award finalist: mystery/suspense/thriller (A Cry From the Dust)
2015 Selah Award finalist: mystery/suspense/thriller (A Cry From the Dust)
My Rating: 4 Stars!

‘So we’re effectively cut off from the world with a badly injured woman and a homicidal maniac on the loose.’

Carrie Stuart Parks always pulls in the reader with her well written stories. As an internationally known forensic artist herself, she is able to always grab my attention every single time, all the while adding multiple layers to each story, crafting believable characters with real problems. I was on the edge of my seat with this one. Well done!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through Net Galley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Length: 336 pages
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Review: Read With Audra Book Tour ‘Mysteries of the Messiah’ by Rabbi Jason Sobel

About The Book

Are you settling for half the story? Highlighting connections that have been hidden from non-Jewish eyes, Rabbi Jason Sobel will connect the dots between the Old and New Testament, helping you see the Bible with clarity as God intended.

Most people—even people of faith—do not understand how the Bible fits together. Too many Christians accept half an inheritance, content to embrace merely the New Testament, while Jewish people may often experience the same by embracing only the Old Testament. But God has an intricate plan and purpose for both the Old and the New.

In Mysteries of the Messiah, Rabbi Jason Sobel reveals the many connections in Scripture hidden in plain sight. Known for his emphatic declaration “but there’s more!” he guides us in seeing the passion and purpose of the Messiah. Mysteries of the Messiah:

  • Uncovers connections between the Old and New Testaments
  • Connects the dots for readers with details about Jesus, the Torah, and biblical characters
  • Written with the unique perspective of a rabbi with an evangelical theological degree

No matter how many times you have read the Bible, Mysteries of the Messiah will bring fresh perspective and insight. God’s Word, written by many people over thousands of years, is not a random selection of people and stories. Rabbi Jason Sobel connects the dots and helps us see with clarity what God intended.

About The Author

Raised in a Jewish home in New Jersey, Rabbi Jason Sobel dedicated much of his life in pursuit of a spiritual connection with God. After years of seeking and studying, he encountered God and found his true destiny as a Jewish follower of Yeshua (Jesus). Suddenly, all the traditions Rabbi Jason grew up with took on new depth and meaning as God connected the ancient wisdom of the Torah with the teachings of the Messiah.

Rabbi Jason received his rabbinic ordination from the UMJC (Union of Messianic Jewish Congregations) in 2005. He has a B.A. in Jewish Studies (Moody) and an M.A. in Intercultural Studies (Southeastern Seminary). He is a sought-after speaker and has made multiple appearances on national television, including the Trinity Broadcasting Network, the Daystar Network, and the Dr. Oz Show. Rabbi Jason is the author of Breakthrough: Living a Life That OverflowsAligning with God’s Appointed Times, and Mysteries of the Messiah and he is also the coauthor of New York Times bestseller The Rock, the Road, and the Rabbi with Kathie Lee Gifford.

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4 Stars

When I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it. Written by a Messianic Jewish rabbi with extensive knowledge of the Torah and much more, the author brings his readers into that into that knowledge as we see God’s divine plan to reveal His Son throughout scripture. Recommended.

My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.

Read an Excerpt

As a young Jewish boy growing up on the streets of New Jersey, I encountered many things that influenced me. My parents and their faith were my heritage, but my friends and their ways were different. It was a little challenging to reconcile everything. But while I became fluent in the culture, even learning how to “rap with my homies,” I remained faithful to our Jewish tradition. Not just because I had to but because I wanted to. Yet I often felt there was something more.

At the age of sixteen I found myself one day in a state of meditation. This was something I did regularly as I attempted to figure out things in the midst of a world that was constantly pulling me away from spiritual things. It was an ordinary day but a truly extraordinary experience in that I had a personal encounter with Yeshua. This was the first time I’d ever felt as though the Lord was speaking directly to me. It was so unbelievable and yet so real, and I will never forget His words. He said, “Many are called, but few are chosen.”

In my innermost being I knew exactly what he was saying, but I needed to ask, “Lord, am I chosen?”

He sweetly smiled and replied, “Yes.”

I was overcome by the peace and presence of God— energized and in awe of the experience. I felt as if I were in a state of euphoria. This filling, which was much like an indwelling, kept me in a state of deep contentment. I ran down the steps and into my front yard. Not caring who was watching, I jumped up and down, screaming at the top of my lungs, “I am called to serve Him! I am called to serve Him!”

At this same moment my mom pulled into the driveway and saw her good little Jewish son running around in circles like a crazy man for all the neighbors to gawk at. Surely she thought I was mashugana (a Yiddish term describing a person who is nonsensical or silly). I didn’t care; I was so elated by the fact that God, the God who created the universe, wanted to use me.

Although she did not understand what was happening to me, my mother did not want to rain on my parade. There was only one problem. I wondered, What does it look like for a nice Jewish boy to begin serving Yeshua? I had no clue.

My best friend was John. I met him as part of a wannabe Filipino gang. We became close, practicing martial arts together and discussing spiritual things. By this time, John had become a believer in Yeshua and talked about it with me as often as possible. One day he called and asked, “You went to Hebrew school as a child, right? Do you think you could tell the difference between the Old and New Testaments if I read you some passages?”

I said, “Sure.”

He read me a passage about this guy dying on a cross and asked if it was from the Old or New Testament.
I said, “Obviously it’s from the New Testament because it’s talking about Jesus.”

He read another passage: “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities. . . . He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.” Then he asked, “Is this from the Old or New Testament?”

I said, “It must be from the New Testament because it sounds like it’s talking about Jesus.”

John paused, then said, “It’s from the Old Testament, from Isaiah 53 (vv. 5, 7 niv). Isaiah was a Jewish prophet who lived seven hundred years before the Messiah was born.”

That got my attention.

After our conversation I agreed to go with John to the messianic synagogue led by Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, who would later write the highly acclaimed and bestselling book The Harbinger.

During the service, Rabbi Cahn talked about being “born anew,” but I didn’t think a good Jewish boy should ever do that. However, when he gave the invitation, I stood up. Rabbi Cahn led me in a prayer to receive Yeshua. My friend had prayed to lead one Jewish person to faith in Messiah Jesus, but he never thought it would be me.

After the service I was given the first New Testament I had ever seen. I took it home, not quite sure what had just happened, and hid it in my room— God forbid my parents should find it. Of course, Mom did find it and confronted me: “What is this? Don’t tell me you’re a Jew thinking about believing in Jesus!”

By then, I had read the New Testament and believed that Jesus was the One that Moses and the prophets had foretold. He was the One who spoke the words of eternal life.

My mom was concerned and called our rabbi to meet with me. I knew I needed to verify for myself that Yeshua was the Messiah of the Hebrew Bible. As I studied in preparation for my meeting with the rabbi, I made a list of all the messianic promises and prophecies in the Hebrew Scriptures that I could find. I wanted to make sure I clearly understood and could articulate what I believed about the Messiah based on the Hebrew Bible and Jewish sources. The rabbi asked me how I had come to believe in Yeshua as the Messiah, and I read all the passages that had impacted me.

I believe that by discovering the connections between the Old Testament and New Testament, your life can be transformed like mine. I liken it to experiencing your faith in high definition. When you “see” Jesus and the Bible in HD, you enjoy greater richness, sharpness, and clarity of details that you would have otherwise missed.

Taken from Mysteries of the Messiah: Unveiling Divine Connections from Genesis to Today by Rabbi Jason Sobel. Copyright 2021 by Rabbi Jason Sobel. Used with permission from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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