Sunday, July 31, 2022

By Way of the Moonlight Review

About the Book

 Two courageous young women, tied together by blood and shared passion, will risk everything to save what they love most.

For as long as she can remember, Allie Massey, a gifted physical therapist, has dreamed of making her grandparents’ ten-acre estate into a trauma recovery center using equine therapy—a dream her grandmother, Nana Dale, embraced wholeheartedly. But when her grandmother’s will is read, Allie is shocked to learn the property has been sold to a developer.

Decades earlier, headstrong Dale Butler’s driving passion is to bring home the prized filly her family lost to the Great Depression, but with World War II looming, she’s called upon in ways she never could have imagined. And while her world expands to include new friends and new love, tragedy strikes close to home one fateful night during the Battle of the Atlantic, changing her life forever.

As Nana Dale’s past comes to light in Allie’s search for answers, Dale’s courage and persistence may be just what Allie needs to carry on her grandmother’s legacy and keep her own dreams alive. (Goodreads)


My Thoughts

I really had no idea what to expect with this novel as I haven't read much by Elizabeth Musser. I was pleasantly surprised when this book managed to keep me up until the wee hours of the morning. I simply could not put it down. I LOVED the dual time line and how everything intertwined together. I learned something from history I didn't know from WWII which was fascinating! Dale Butler is a character all her very own and the author did a fantastic job writing her. There are so many things I enjoyed in this story and it will be one that sticks with me for awhile. Fantastic characters and terrific writing make this book one to remember! 

Five stars. 


"I received this book from the publisher for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review." 


Saturday, July 23, 2022

The Deadly Shallows Review



 About the Book


CGIS Agent Noah Rowley is rocked to the core when several of his valued team members come under fire on his Coast Guard base. He and his remaining team race to the scene and end the attack, but not before innocent lives are lost. Furious and grief-stricken, he vows to do whatever is needed to bring the mastermind behind the attack to justice.

Stunned by the ambush, Coast Guard flight medic Brooke Kesler evacuates in a helicopter carrying the only surviving gunman. The gravely wounded man whispers mysterious information to Brooke that immediately paints a target on her back.

As Brooke and Noah race to uncover answers, emotions between them ignite. Noah struggles to protect Brooke at all costs and to conceal the secret that prevents him from becoming what he longs to be--the right man for her.

Everything is at stake as a horrifying truth emerges. . . .

The attack wasn't the end game. It was only the beginning.

Bestselling author Dani Pettrey again delivers a fast-paced story in an acclaimed style readers have come to love: full of snappy dialogue, thrilling adventure romance, and unexpected plot twists. (Goodreads)






My Thoughts

I have been a long time Dani Pettrey fan ever since her first book came out. I love the cover on this book, Bethany House did an outstanding job! This series takes us into the lives of those in the Coast Guard. I think this book is my favorite in this series so far. I like Noah's character a lot and I thought the overall plot for this book was more intriguing. There is a bit of romance in a couple story lines but my main interest was trying to figure out the mystery of what was happening. I wasn't on the edge of my seat, I didn't find it too suspenseful, but I did want to know what would happen. Fans of Pettrey will be eager to read this new story. You could read these books as stand alone stories pretty easily though I always recommend starting with book one.  


Four Stars.

" I received this book from Bethany House for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review." 

Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip Book Review




About the Book

 Aidyn Kelley is talented, ambitious, and ready for a more serious assignment than the fluff pieces she’s been getting as a cub reporter for the Kansas City Star. In her eagerness, she pushes too hard, earning herself the menial task of writing an obituary for an unremarkable woman who’s just entered hospice care. But there’s more to Clara Kip than meets the eye. The spirited septuagenarian may be dying, but she’s not quite ready to cash it in yet. Never one to shy away from an assignment herself, she can see that God brought the young reporter into her life for a reason. And if it’s a story Aidyn Kelley wants, that’s just what Mrs. Kip will give her—but she’s going to have to work for it. (Goodreads)



My Thoughts

I wasn't sure what to expect with this story but I was intrigued by the title. I have always liked reading books that have a perspective of an elderly person. So many books that are published the main characters are younger folks. I loved Mrs. Kip and her story and she was easily the best part of this book. I appreciated her point of view of being put in a care home and living her final days. She knew what was to come and yet her faith really got her through. I also loved how fervently she was willing to share the Lord with others. It was very convicting because she just shared with people no matter what even when she knew the reaction wouldn't be friendly. 

The other part of this story is about Aidyn Kelley and her writing what she thinks is an obituary for Mrs. Kip. To fully understand this you just need to read the book. I thought this was a very unique take in story telling. This author was thinking out of the box and it was well done. At times this story did drag on just a bit for me but overall this was an enjoyable read. I look forward to more from Sara Brunsvold.

Four Stars.

"I received a copy of this book from Revell for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

Friday, July 15, 2022

The Case for Heaven Movie based on Lee Strobel's Book---My Thoughts




About the Movie

We all want to know what happens after we die. In THE CASE FOR
HEAVEN, best-selling author and investigative journalist Lee Strobel explores the
evidence for the afterlife in order to address man’s biggest fear: death. Inspired by
his own brush with death, Strobel searches for answers to the most profound
questions we all have, about heaven, hell, and Near-Death Experiences. Featuring
interviews with experts and skeptics, THE CASE FOR HEAVEN will challenge,
encourage and inspire as Strobel dares to probe the most important question. If
there is a heaven, can we prove it?

THE CASE FOR HEAVEN is based on the new book by best-selling author Lee
Strobel, who wrote The Case For Christ.


THE CASE FOR HEAVEN will be exclusively on Pure Flix starting July 15th.



3-month subscription to Pure Flix

(Note: This is limited to US winners only.) 

 Pure Flix does have some good movies on it!

My Thoughts

 I have not read the book The Case for Heaven but I have read Lee Strobel's The Case for Christ, The Case for Easter, and The Case for Christmas. I was expecting The Case for Heaven to be backed by solid Biblical truths. I was expecting verses from the Bible where Heaven is actually discussed. Unfortunately that did not happen. This movie is completely based on emotions, feelings, popular opinions by well known individuals, and near death experiences. One of the first things Lee says while being interviewed is the Bible talks about Heaven "BUT". There is no "but". God gave us all we need to know about Heaven in His word. Interviewing famous people to see what they think the afterlife is like doesn't accomplish anything but add confusion to the entire idea of Heaven and Hell. I watched this entire movie and there was very little that was Biblical. There is discussion about Hell and a man who seemingly went to Hell but then while there called out to God and escaped during his near death experience. There is discussion with a well known musician who famously stated he no longer believes. He states how could you believe in a God like that? Clearly a non believer and yet there is no discussion after that to refute anything that he says! 

Clearly there is a fear of death in our world because of the uncertainty surrounding what happens when we die. People do want to be immortal like Lee states at the start of the film. BUT "investigating" near death experiences does not give people a peace or understanding. I have no doubt that people on their death bed or that medically "die and live" again probably do experience something no one can understand. But it is not up to us to try and figure out what Heaven is going to be like. We are told what we are to know this side of Heaven. There is a Heaven and a Hell and yes God is also a God of wrath, which this film also refutes. One interview in this film says that Hell isn't really that bad it is just the people there. I think if you considered what the Bible says about Hell, yes it is actually that bad. 

The first part of this film was the only part that I found myself agreeing with and understanding. Aside from that, I would be very cautious in watching this especially if you are a new believer. I think it is interesting to hear a different point of view. It is eye opening to hear what other people think. But this type of film has to be backed by scripture and it absolutely is not. 

Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own. 

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Sunday, July 10, 2022

Paperback Book Giveaway!!

I have an extra copy of Sarah Eden's Lily of the Valley and also Bargaining the Barrister by Anneka R. Walker! Both are tremendous story tellers so these are books you will enjoy!

The winner will receive both paperback books. USA entries only please.


Saturday, July 9, 2022

The Soldier's Baby Promise Review


 About the Book


 He can’t change the past…
but he can choose his future

Resolved to keep his promise, Lieutenant Nate Marshall returns to Timber Falls to look after his first love—the widow of his best friend, who was killed in the line of duty. Grieving mom Adley Wilson is overwhelmed by her bee farm, her grandfather-in-law who lives with her and her new baby. But accepting Nate’s help may just be the lifeline she needs… (Goodreads)




My Thoughts

I am a huge fan of Gabrielle Meyer so I am always excited to read her new stories. I admit that if I had seen this book and just went off the cover, I probably wouldn't have picked up this book. But since Gabrielle wrote it I knew it would be a good one!

While this isn't my favorite by Meyer, I did still enjoy this sweet story. Newly widowed mother Adley is a strong character and my favorite part of this book. I really liked her attitude and I thought her journey between the first and last pages added more depth than most Love Inspired books. This story holds a lot truths on forgiveness and grace.

Four Stars. 

 Be sure and check out all of Gabrielle Meyers books! You won't be disappointed!

"I received this book from the author for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."  






Monday, July 4, 2022

The Orphan Keeper YA Review




About the Book

 Seven-year-old Chellamuthu’s life—and his destiny—is forever changed when he is kidnapped from his village in Southern India and sold to the Lincoln Home for Homeless Children. His family is desperate to find him, and Chellamuthu anxiously tells the Indian orphanage he is not an orphan, that he has a mother who loves him. But he is told not to worry as he will soon be adopted by a loving family in America.

Chellamuthu is suddenly surrounded by a foreign land and a foreign language. He can’t tell people that he already has a family and becomes consumed by a single, impossible question: How do I get home? But after more than a decade, home becomes a much more complicated idea as the Indian boy eventually sheds his past and receives a new name: Taj Khyber Rowland.

It isn’t until Taj meets an Indian family who helps him rediscover his culture and family history that he begins to discover the truth he has all but forgotten. Taj is determined to return to India and begin the quest to find his birth family. But is it too late? Is it possible that his birth mother is still looking for him? And which family does he belong to now?

The Orphan Keeper is a deeply moving and gripping journey about discovering one’s self and the unbreakable family bonds that connect us forever. (Goodreads)

Pre-Order HERE. Available October 4, 2022

My Thoughts

I had no idea what to expect with this book but I was excited that it was the young adult version of this story. The Orphan Keeper is based on a true story and I was totally engrossed once I got three chapters into the book. I don't know what the other version is like but I really enjoyed this one. It is an amazing tale of a young boy who loses and also finds family in a very unexpected way. I loved reading about a different culture from my own and to see American culture through the eyes of a foreigner.  There is sadness and disbelief. There is humor and romance all tied together between the pages. It is a well written eye opening story that I won't soon forget. 

Highly recommend! Five Stars. 


"I received this book from Shadow Mountain Publishers for free. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. "