Colorado native Sharee Stover lives in Nebraska with her real-life-hero husband, three too-good-to-be-true children, and two ridiculously spoiled dogs. A self-proclaimed word nerd, she loves the power of the written word to transform, ignite and restore. She writes Christian romantic suspense combining heart-racing, nail-biting suspense and the delight of falling in love all in one. When she isn’t writing, Sharee enjoys reading, crocheting and long walks with her obnoxiously lovable German Shepherd. Visit her at https://www.shareestover.com/.
I love suspense and this one was an action-packed ride. Sharee Stover has written a wonderful story with believable characters and a very intriguing plot. I enjoy the DNA aspect of the story very much. And the plot twist in that regard was great. Very interesting. Not to mention the best cover! Well done!!
My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. The opinion here is my own.
Publishers Weekly Bestselling author Jessica R. Patch is known for her dry wit and signature twists whether she’s penned a romantic suspense, a cold case thriller, or a small-town romance. When she’s not getting into fictional mischief with her characters, you can find her cozy on the couch in her mid-south home reading books by some of her favorite authors, watching movies with her family, and collecting recipes to amazing dishes she’ll probably never cook. Sign up for her newsletter “Patched In” at http://www.jessicarpatch.com. Jessica is represented by Rachel Kent of Books & Such Literary Management.
Lisa Phillips is a USA Today and top ten Publishers Weekly bestselling author of over 50 books that span Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense line, independently published series romantic suspense, and thriller novels. She’s discovered a penchant for high-stakes stories of mayhem and disaster where you can find made-for-each-other love that always ends in happily ever after.
Lisa is a British ex-pat who grew up an hour outside of London and attended Calvary Chapel Bible College, where she met her husband. He’s from California, but nobody’s perfect. It wasn’t until her Bible College graduation that she figured out she was a writer (someone told her). As a worship leader for Calvary Chapel churches in her local area, Lisa has discovered a love for mentoring new ministry members and youth worship musicians.
Enjoy inspirational suspense? Thus author has one for you that will tick all the boxes. How about running from killers in the woods? Yep. And the action moves on from there. And there is a dog!!! Grab this one.
My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book.
I read. A lot. This past year I’ve read over 250 books. Now, most readers pick their top ten books, maybe a few will do their top twenty-five. Nope. Not me. I can’t pick that few out of the many I’ve read. So, I decided a few years ago to just do my favorites from different genres. That’s what I’m going to do again this year. And let me tell you, it was hard even at that.
Another thing I’ve never done is choose a very favorite book from all the books I’ve read. This year I did pick a BEST! This book was so special, so heart-grabbing and impactful that I read it twice in just a few months. And will again. Keep on reading and you’ll discover it. I’m saving it for the last here in my blog. So…here are my favorites. I hope you will find a few in there that you loved, too. One more thing: I normally do synopses for all the books I read and buy link, along with author photo and bio, but with so many, I’m skipping that. You can look them up if you want. Here we go!
And now for the Best Read of the Year in 2022: It’s The Heart of the Mountains by Pepper Basham. Sometimes you read a book that just touches you so deeply that it’s hard to convey your feelings adequately. This was that book. I’ve read it twice already. I will read it again. It calls to me from my shelves. It takes the reader back to a simpler time in life, but also a much harder time. People were upstanding, loyal, and honest. Their lives crowded into mine, their hurts, their struggles, their joys, all became mine. I settled into this book and didn’t want to leave. Basham is stunning here and her hearts shines through. This book will remain one of my favorite books of all time. I’ll include my original review here:
‘Prayin’ is where we admit we ain’t the lord of our own lives.’
Where do I begin to leave a review adequate enough to convey my thoughts on what a powerful story this was? Pepper Basham is always good; I’ve never read a bad book by her, or even a mediocre one. But this. This wonderful story of the Appalachian people in the time period immediately after the Great War is so full of grace, forgiveness, and the mercies of God, that I found myself crying through parts of it, gasping at others, laughing some, too.
The story takes place in Maple Springs where Basham set another book earlier and this one features some of the same folks but can totally be read as a stand alone. It was so good to read how these folks lived, their way of life, their superstitions and love. There were times the reading hurt, because people don’t always do the right thing, but Basham handles it so well.
The hero of this story, Jebediah McAdams, is perfect. I totally fell in love with his sweet heart and concern for others. And I loved his ‘itchin’ lips’. You’ll have to read the story to get that one. I promise you’ll like it, too. Jeb is totally unprepared for the English woman who literally falls into his arms when she runs away from home to escape an arranged marriage. And Cora is determined to be a help to these precious people as ‘Nurse Woman’. Having served at the Front during the Great War, she is sure she can provide help to them. IF she can get these backward and leery folk to trust her.
Set in a simpler time in a beautiful place, this story will stay with you long after you read the last word. It will be a treasure for any keeper shelf. I know it will mine. Basham’s descriptions of the mountains will have you longing to see them for yourself. This was a powerfully moving book and I adored every minute. It’s the kind of book that, when you read the last word, you want to flip to the beginning and start over again. It’s that good. Well done!
My thanks to the publisher and author for a copy of this book. I was not required to leave a positive review and the opinion expressed here is entirely my own.
Mary Ann Hake has loved learning, reading, and writing for as long as she can remember. She has been scribbling stories and poems since she first learned to write and has published hundreds of stories, articles, poems, puzzles, devotions, and more for both children and adults plus written hundreds of book reviews. She loved working in a bookstore and as a librarian and enjoyed reading to children at story times and conducting summer reading programs. She has also taught writing to children and at writers’ conferences. In addition to writing, she continues to work as a freelance editor. Visit her website, http://www.maryannhake.com, and sign up for activities for children and updates on future books. Also visit her author page on Facebook at Mary A. Hake author.
My Rating: 5 Stars!
An absolutely delightful book about a little blind girl experiencing spring through the smells of the season. A beautifully illustrated story every child should own
My thanks to the author for a copy. I was not expected to leave a review.
Growing up about 50 miles from Harper Lee’s hometown in rural Alabama, Melanie wrote stories in notebooks for her friends, who passed them around in class as soon as she finished a scene. (And no, they didn’t get in trouble—much.) These stories always involved adventure, danger, and a hero and heroine falling in love, with a happily-ever-after ending. She’s been a romantic for as long as she can remember!
Melanie lives in North Alabama with her husband and sometimes her two young adult children, who have (mostly) flown the nest. You’ll find her sprint-writing with her friends on video chat, sipping hot tea at a local coffee shop, hanging out with her handsome husband, watching movies with her oddly calm Jack Russell terrier, or daydreaming about her book-in-progress.
I have always loved Melanie Dickerson’s retelling of fairy tales. A delight to read, they are such wonderful stories with good characters. They never fail to delight me. Fairy tales were a big part of my life as a child and Dickerson brings them all back to life.
My thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishing for a copy of this book via Net Galley.
Carmen Schober writes inspirational romance for the modern woman.
My Rating: 3 Stars I heard the buzz about this book before I decided to read it. I figured with all the good things that were being said about it would make it a great read. I was sadly disappointed. I’m in the minority, I guess. The writing was good, but I could not connect with the characters. I consider that the main point in reading a book if the characters are well fleshed out and believable. This did not ring true to me. I was also disappointed at the beginning when the two characters were living together and the female one drank so much alcohol that she didn’t even remember falling asleep one night. This was a Christian fiction story but that bothered me. I know God redeems and the book ends differently, but it was just a deal breaker for me. As was the swearing and steamy scenes later. I want something different, I guess, from a Christian story. Sadly, this wasn’t it. My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. The opinion is my own.
Jennifer Rodewald/J. Rodes lives on the wide plains somewhere near the middle of Nowhere. A coffee addict, chaser of teenage activities, and storyteller, she also wears the hats of mom, teacher, and friend. Mostly, she loves Jesus and wants to see others fall in love with Him too.
Ah, these Murphy Brothers. I have read these books, each brother has one, and one brother has two, with such heartfelt joy. These seven men whose stories were so impactful. I disappeared into each one and was blessed over and over again. Jennifer Rodewald knows exactly how to plumb the absolute depths of human emotion, which includes heartbreak, pain, joy, praise, and more. It’s like nothing I’ve experienced when I dive into one of her books.
These seven Murphy brothers are amazing men. One reason is because they were raised by amazing parents, Kevin and Helen Murphy. Now, in this powerful book, we get to meet the parents in more depth. These parents who raised seven sons to love God and do the right thing. These parents whose faith was rooted deeply in Jesus Christ. And….we find out that these parents didn’t always have it together. Oh my goodness, this book just did me in. In fact, as I sit here typing this review, I have tears in my eyes. It is so incredibly good. This is one of my most favorite series of all time. Truly it is. Rodewald is a master at what she does. Spiritually impactful seems a mediocre way to describe it, but it is stunning. I very highly recommend not only this book, but this entire series. They are destined to be read over and over again. They will enrich your walk with Christ. Well done!
My thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book. I also bought a copy because it was that important.