In PlacesHidden by Tracie Peterson

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Peterson knows how to keep me on the edge of my seat, while loving every minute of it. I really enjoyed reading this book. I had fun getting to know Camrianne. Growing up privileged gave her a certain view on life. She is also incredibly smart, yet humble enough to realize when she is wrong. I enjoyed seeing her friendships with those that were raised so different from her. She grew into a stronger and better person learning to see life through a different lens. Watching her relationship with Patrick while they were searching for her brother, was a unique experience. Patrick is a great man, even with out the privilege of an education. Brought together in a search for a missing man, can they see past their differences to see the real person underneath?

I am already anxious to read the next book in this series. It was fun visiting San Francisco, even if it was a bit frightening at times. I can easily imagine the love for a sibling causing you to drop everything in order to find them. I can’t imagine some of the horrors that some people go through when wondering what happened to their loved ones. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. There is just the right amount of suspense mixed in and it kept me turning the pages too late into the night. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo

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I immensely enjoyed this book. It was so cool being able to see the heroine Maribel Cordoba both as a child and as a young adult. I easily grew to love her exuberance and excitement. Seeing life as an adventure was such a fun point of view and I had difficulty putting the book down. Jean-Luc Valmont was also easy to love. A stern Capitan, but also a gentle and caring man, what’s not to love? I was whisked away to another time and taken on a great adventure on the sea. Seeing faith through the characters eyes as they lived their lives was a great reminder that He is with His children always. This book was not what I expected, and I loved every minute of it. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Romance. The characters were unique and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to them yet. I would love to see a sequel with the secondary characters (hint hint). I received a complementary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

Why I Hate Green Beans by Lincee Ray

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Before reading this book I had never heard about Lincee Ray. Now that I’ve gotten to know her a little, I feel like I need to find her blog to see what else I’ve been missing out on. Why I Hate Green Beans was such a fun book to read. Lincee had me laughing, and nodding in agreement. She also caused me to tear up a time or two. I found that I would love to have a friend like her, and that if I had one, life would never be boring. I loved seeing the way she looked at life, and was able to find humor in the most uncomfortable situations. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys hearing some truth about life. It helped me to see things from a different perspective, and hopefully not take everything too serious. I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishers and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

 

Oath of Honor By Lynette Eason

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Are you ready to be stuck on the edge of your seat? Oath of Honor is a fast-paced book where you’ll find yourself not only biting your nails nervous, but also dying to turn the page and see what’s next. I found myself playing detective trying to figure out who the major players were and who couldn’t be trusted. I wasn’t even done with the book, and I was already dying to read the next book in the series. The excerpt in the back only accentuated my torture. This story is the first in the Blue Justice Series. In it we follow Isabelle St. John as she tries to find her partners killer with out getting herself killed in the process. Anyone who’s willing to kill a police officer has no problem killing more.

Izzy is living through one of the worst days of her life. Not only was her partner killed, but Kevin was one of her best friends. How life will go on with out him, she doesn’t know, but one thing she knows without doubt is she will stop at nothing to bring his killer to justice. Izzy isn’t alone in her quest, she has her whole family and law enforcement by her side. Kevin’s handsome brother Ryan is a homicide detective, and although he can’t legally work on the case, nothing is going to stop him from investigating alongside them. There is way more going on than anyone can imagine. Will they get to the bottom of this twisted criminal organization? And who else will get hurt or killed before they can be brought to justice?

I absolutely loved getting to know the St. John family. There are a lot of them, and they all love each other without reserve. Their interactions were fun to watch and exactly how I would imagine siblings from a large family. As I stated above I can hardly wait to hear more about them. I enjoyed watching Izzy and Ryan realize that just because you’ve known someone your whole life, doesn’t mean your feelings can’t grow even deeper. Izzy has been through more than most people, and yet still fights for the good. She is far from perfect, but an awesome example of overcoming, the perfect heroine. If you enjoy a great story filled with love, mystery, and family look no further. I received a complementary copy of this book from Revell and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Out of the Ordinary by Jen Turano

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Every book I have read by Jan Turano has literally made me laugh out loud. I love to laugh, and can’t think of many authors that are accomplished at consistently making that happen. The characters are delightful and completely original. I couldn’t wait to dive in. I was blessed to read the first book in this series and couldn’t wait to hear Gertrude’s story. Behind the Scenes was a blast to read, but if you haven’t read it, this book is also a great stand alone. That being said, read the first one if you have the time because it was great. Out of the Ordinary follows Gertrude and Harrison as they end up in the most random and funny situations.

Gertrude has a very big heart. Her employer expects more than what your average paid companion usually does. Gertrude finds herself dressed very different than your average lady, and her hair is sometimes far from normal. But seeing the joy such things brings her employer, she is more than happy to try these supposed new trends. If only that was all her employer Mrs. Davenport required of her. Gertrude quickly learns that being employed by Mrs. Davenport also requires returning items that don’t belong to her. Mrs. Davenport has fun sneaking around and getting into things she shouldn’t. When Gertrude is caught returning something, Harrison comes to her rescue, but can he be the alibi she needs?

I can not tell you to read this book enough. I loved seeing what Gertrude would get into next and how her friends would react in the circumstances. I also enjoyed picturing Harrison’s unique style and how it drove Asher crazy. I can’t wait to see what Turano comes up with next. If this is your first book by her, be prepared to be a fan for life. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading. It was set in a fun historical setting, but I believe contemporary fans would enjoy this book as well. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Picturing Heaven by Randy Alcorn

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I had a lot of fun reading and coloring this book. I enjoyed the variation in what I was coloring, ranging from nature to man made objects and even scripture. I loved meditating on the scripture and devotional I read while coloring the page next to it. It was fun seeing the way Randy Alcorn interpreted the scripture and hearing him describe some of things we have to look forward to in Heaven. I can’t wait to get there to see some of the things the Bible talks about, but I am so thankful to know God while I’m here. I can hardly imagine how amazing life will be, but this book gave me several things to ponder about what it will be like. I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers and was in no way forced to post a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

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This book was a blast. From the very first page I was hooked. Too Far Down is the third book in the Cimarron Legacy series. I have read the first two and loved them both as well. I couldn’t wait to read Cole’s story and find out what was going to happen next. This book is also a great stand alone novel. Connealy drops enough hints in case you haven’t read the first two books, so you’ll know what’s been going on. That being said I would recommend you read the others because they were a lot of fun as well. The Cimarron Legacy is a place where the land was paid for with a steep price. The land is only a part of the legacy though. Family and love are the most important things to the Boden clan. When someone keeps coming after them their loyalties will be tested.

Cole has always been different than his brother and sister. Being the oldest was never easy, and spending time in the city with his grandparents has changed him. Torn between his love for his family and city life, Cole knows he’ll have to make a decision soon. One thing he knows with out a doubt is that he’s not going anywhere while his loved ones are in danger. When his mines become the next target Cole is furious. Knowing the explosion was no accident his family puts plans into motion to find the culprit. In the midst of all the trouble Cole finds himself drawn to Mel. Knowing now is not the time for romance Cole worries for her safety and his sanity. Can they catch the criminal before it’s too late?

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Fiction. It is set in the Historical category, but I really think anyone will enjoy this book. I loved the amount of suspense mixed in with the romance. The family dynamic cracked me up, and I loved seeing them interact. The characters relied on their faith in a real way through out the entire story. I loved the strong female characters and couldn’t get enough of their feistiness. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers and was in no way obligated to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.