‘Evil wouldn’t let her forget that it existed, even for a few hours.’
Elizabeth Goddard is a great voice in inspirational suspense and I have long enjoyed her books. This one is action packed with enough suspense to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. And Goddard throws in a very surprising twist to boot! Recommended.
My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of this book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion here is my own.
When an arsonist destroys Windy Ridge Community Church, Pastor Dan is shaken to the core. He calls on attorney Olivia Murray and her boyfriend Grant Baxter to help secure a place for worship services. Shockingly, the City of Windy Ridge denies the church’s application to use the civic center, and Olivia brings a lawsuit to protect the church’s constitutional rights.
During this already challenging time for the Windy Ridge community, an outside pastor decides to open a place of worship within the city limits. People begin flocking to the young charismatic preacher especially since Windy Ridge Community Church lost its building. Olivia worries that this new and radical approach to faith will lead people astray, but with each passing day, his popularity continues to grow.
When the police make a surprise arrest in the church arson, the battle lines are drawn across Windy Ridge. Alliances are shaken and relationships are tested like they’ve never been before. The forces of darkness are working overtime to shake the faith of the believers. Can Olivia and Grant stand up for their faith and prevail in the battle of good versus evil?
‘The forces of darkness in this town are strong and mighty, but our God is even stronger.’
I have been enjoying this series so much! Spiritual warfare is so real and Rachel Dylan’s books in this series portrays it very well indeed. I was captivated by the first book and continue to be so. As the small town of Windy Ridge faces yet another problem after the church is burned down, a very charismatic preacher comes to town and starts a new church, where he teaches not all paths are the same. Dan, Olivia and Grant know there is something wrong and pray hard and move in the Spirit to find out. Then they are faced with a foe they thought had left town. These three soldiers of Christ must do battle in the Spirit to defeat these foes. Dylan leaves the door open here for another book/books and that makes me very glad indeed.
Which is why she rarely makes the trip home to the Midwest for the holidays. After all, she has plenty to keep her busy—namely, her duties as a set decorator on a TV sitcom.
But this December, Lauren‘s brother and his wife are expecting a baby, so her brother arranges a ride home for her with his good friend, Will.
Unfortunately for Lauren, she’s been trying to forget college baseball coach and childhood crush Will Sinclair for more than ten years.
Now, thanks to her fear of flying, she’s stuck in a car with him from California to Illinois.
She’s circumspect and organized. He’s flirty and spontaneous.
She’s convinced that people don’t change. He’s trying to prove to her (and himself) that he has.
On this cross-country road trip, they’ll both discover that history doesn’t exactly repeat itself. . . but like any good Christmas carol, it does have a second verse.
About Courtney Walsh Courtney Walsh is a novelist, theatre director, and playwright. She writes small town romance and women’s fiction while juggling the performing arts studio and youth theatre she owns and runs with her husband. Her debut, A Sweethaven Summer, hit the New York Times and USA Today e-book bestseller lists. Her novel, Just Let Go, won the Carol Award in 2019 and Just One Kiss was a 2020 Christy Award Finalist.
A creative at heart, Courtney has also written two craft books and several full-length musicals. She lives in Illinois with her husband and three children and a sometimes naughty Bernedoodle named Luna.
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Oh, please let me give this book more than 5 stars! It just ticks all the boxes for a lovely, emotional, and heart fulfilling Christmas tale. I loved every single minute. Just every word. I was caught up from the beginning, and I love when that happens. Walsh has outdone herself with this one, folks. I burst into tears at one point and my poor husband was mystified at my crying. Soon those tears that were rolling down my cheeks were dripping onto my shirt. This one is most precious. So many heart-filling moments, and this one is one you will not soon forget. Destined for a reread every Christmas. If not sooner! Well done!
‘It was Christmastime, after all—-and if there ever was anytime to make a wish, it was now.’
Boy, how I loved this little novella! As the old saying goes, ‘It was short but sweet.’ So very true. This tiny book filled my heart right up to the brim. All the elements for a great read are here: wonderful characters, sweet wit, poignant story line, heart filling and just so incredibly delightful! This one is going on my top reads if the year list. Walter and Violet are two of my favorite characters. Ashley Clark shines here! Bravo!
USA Today bestselling, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of over 50 novels and novellas. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. And yet… they don’t. With over two million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read.
She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October. Ruthy herself is in charge of the kitchen and her very own baked goods, jams and jellies are for sale. The farm gives Ruthy a chance to chat with real people… then turn them into fictional characters during the quiet of mid-winter, so be careful what you say!
She loves chatting with readers through her website blog http://ruthloganherne.com and hanging with readers and writers in Seekerville… http://www.seekerville.blogspot.com where coffee is always hot, fresh and good! She loves playing in the kitchen, too, with a wonderful group of regionally-inspired inspirational authors at the Yankee Belle Cafe http://www.yankeebellecafe.blogspot.com. On Goodreads, she’s (yes, you guessed it!) Ruth Logan Herne, and that’s how to find this prolific author on facebook, too!
‘She’d gotten this far by trusting the Almighty. She’d travel the rest of the way doing the exact same thing.’
Ruth Logan Herne takes us back to the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in this second book of her Kendrick Creek series. And what an absolutely wonderful story it was! I’ve always said that Herne writes with heart and I feel that way about each of her books. It’s just such a unique thing about her work. I really can’t adequately explain it. I just ‘feel’ it. And this one profoundly affected me. I felt it down deep–the situations, the plot, the characters. As soon as I started reading, this book wrapped itself around my heart completely. It felt soooo good. I finished in just hours, could not tear myself away. Well done indeed!
My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinion in this review is completely my own.
The mystery of her sister’s death is about to reveal some deadly answers…
When her sister’s remains are found just before Christmas, cold case agent Poppy Holliday is determined to solve the years-old murder—even if it turns the killer’s sights on her. But her investigation with her straitlaced partner, Rhett Wallace, is stirring up the town’s old memories—and bitter grudges. And this killer will do anything to keep secrets buried…
From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
Cold Case Investigators
Book 1: Cold Case Takedown Book 2: Cold Case Double Cross Book 3: Yuletide Cold Case Cover-Up
‘Was God hugging her? Why would He want to? She’d let Him down.’
I am a huge fan of this author. All her books sit on my shelves, many of them read more than once. She is great at suspense and sometimes has a great dry wit. The idioms situation in this book was so funny. This book reads like Patch put her heart into it. There was so much to love. My favorite genre is suspense and this one ticks all the boxes. Great characters, really good plot, plenty of suspects, loads of danger. I was in from the very first page. I love it when that happens. Purely love it.
Here we have two flawed people, both living under self-imposed guilt from situations in their past. Situations that were truly not their fault, but that’s how minds work. Will they put down the heavy burden of guilt they’ve carried so long and allow God to lift it from their backs? Because that’s what we all tend to do, isn’t it? Not drop something when Christ has freed us from it?
Patch’s hero here, Rhett, is her best since Wilder Flynn in an earlier book. Well, they are kinda tied for greatest hero in my book. (Pun intended) The connection between Rhett and Poppy was nearly tangible. And I don’t mean just a romantic connection. There is a soul deep connection here and it is very well done.
Seriously this book truly did it for me. I loved it so much. There is super great suspense, a wonderful plot that I did not figure out at all, and a surprise element thrown in that caused me many smiles. Patch is at her best here. Well done!
My thanks to the publisher and author for a complimentary copy of this book. I was not pressured to leave a positive review and the opinion here is my own.
‘She’d never deserved lavish love, but Jesus gave it to her freely.’
I love Jill Kemerer’s cowboy stories and her way of describing ranch life in the west. Here she begins a new series and it sure promises to be good! Great storyline, wonderful characters and heart-felt emotions, all in abundance! Well done! I can’t wait for the next in this series.
My thanks to the author and publisher for a copy of this book. My opinion here is my own.
When her estranged uncle attempts to sabotage her family’s reindeer ranch, K-9 team assistant Katie Kapowski heads home to help save it—and becomes his target. With their rocky past, Alaska State Trooper Brayden Ford and his furry partner are the last team Katie wants assigned to protect her. But with the ranch under siege, they must work together…or risk falling victim to a killer.
From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
Alaska K-9 Unit
Book 1: Alaskan Rescue by Terri Reed Book 2: Wilderness Defender by Maggie K. Black Book 3: Undercover Mission by Sharon Dunn Book 4: Tracking Stolen Secrets by Laura Scott Book 5: Deadly Cargo by Jodie Bailey Book 6: Arctic Witness by Heather Woodhaven Book 7: Yukon Justice by Dana Mentink Book 8: Blizzard Showdown by Shirlee McCoy
This book in this series is an exceptional one! Dana Mentink is great here.i really enjoyed reading about the reindeer farm. Fascinating! A relentless bad guy totally committed to his vicious mind and crime makes it a truly compelling read.
My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book
An abandoned little boy is the only clue to a killer’s dangerous holiday plot…
Certain a desperate 911 caller is her presumed-dead sister, emergency dispatcher Brandi Callahan follows the cryptic message to a terrified toddler…and an armed assailant. Now Brandi will do anything to protect the boy—even if it means asking her ex-fiancé, Texas Ranger Rhett Kincaid, for help. But can Brandi and Rhett stop this killer before he exacts his terrible Christmas vengeance?
From Love Inspired Suspense: Courage. Danger. Faith.
When a baby is found abandoned, and a 911 call raises a powerful question, things begin to move along swiftly in this very good suspense book from Connie Queen. Action packed and full of surprises from the get-go, this one will satisfy any fan of inspirational suspense. But remember: nothing is ever what it seems. Good read!
My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.
Patricia Bradley is a new to me author and since suspense is my favorite genre, I decided to give her a try. This is quite good suspense, very detailed with well done characters. I enjoyed the plot and locale of the story very much. And there was a super surprise twist at the end that I did not suspect. Well done.
My thanks to Revell Publishing for a copy of the book via the Net Galley platform. The opinion here is my own.