A Bride In Store By Melissa Jagears Review

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This is the first book I have read by Melissa Jagears.  I really enjoyed her as an author.  A Bride in Store is the second book in a series called Unexpected Brides.  I obviously have not read the first book in the series called A Bride for Keeps.  After reading a Bride in Store I would be interested in reading the first in the series.  Jagears was great at making me feel like I knew the characters with out having to read the first book, which I know some authors aren’t the best at.  

The story opens up with Eliza Cantrell as a mail-order bride, on a train on the way to meet her fiance.  While on the train some crazy things happen, and Eliza feels like it couldn’t get worse.  That is until she arrives in Salt Flatts, and her fiance is no where in sight.  So much for surprising him by coming a week early.  William Stanton is part owner of the Men’s Emporium, and a doctor in every way except having a license.  He is so kind that he can’t turn anyone down, and rarely gets paid for the calls he goes to and for the people he helps.  And his bedside manner is way better that the county’s current physician.    After finding out that Eliza has no where to go will offers to help find her a place to stay, and keeps her close by having her work in the shop.  All kinds of unexpected things happen along the way, but they both want to deny their feelings.  Can they end up together? 

There were many great things to take from this story.  Never judge someone by how they look, take the time to get to know them.  There are many great people who don’t have friends and don’t feel loved because they look a little different.  You can make such an impact on someones life by just treating them nice, and offering them your friendship.  Another thing to learn is that you shouldn’t blame yourself for the things that happen that are out of your control.  The what ifs of life do nothing but make you sad and hold you back.  We need to learn from our mistakes, and sometimes understand that there is nothing you could have done that would’ve changed the outcome.  Our lives are in God’s hands.  God wants what is best for us and to give us the desires of our hearts. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

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To Everything a Season By Lauraine Snelling Review

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To Everything a Season is the first book I have read by Lauraine Snelling.  It is set to release on October 14, 2014.  After reading this book, I would love to read more of her books.  It is based in a town called Blessing, North Dakota, and also has parts that take place in Chicago, Illinois.  It is a branch off of other series also placed in Blessing.  Because I haven’t read any of Snelling’s books there were relationships that I felt I should have known about but didn’t.  That being said I was drawn into the characters right away.  This book is about the whole town of Blessing, but focuses on Trygve Knutson and Miriam Hastings.

 

Trygve has been out of town and away from family while installing windmills and water wells, but decides with everything that is going on he needs to be home.  While running an errand for his family Trygve meets Miriam, and is immediately interested in her.  Miriam is in Blessing to be trained more thoroughly as a nurse, and doesn’t want to fall in love with someone where she isn’t planning on staying.   

The town of Blessing sounds amazing along with all of the people who are living in it.  I enjoyed learning about how life could have been back then.  I have never read a story where Norwegians were the main characters, and found it very fun.  It was interesting to hear about immigrants and how they lived back then, sometimes in tents until housing could be built.  I loved how if anyone needed help no one would hesitate to jump in.  Almost everyone in Blessing treated each other like family.  And Snelling brought out the fact that a lot of times people can’t speak the same language.  This is something most people might not think about, but is too common where  I live.  When being treated by a doctor it is important to be able to talk the same language and tell them what is going on and for how long it’s been happening.  I liked getting to hear the story from several different points of view, even though it made me cry at times.  This shows how good of a writer Snelling is, even if crying makes it a little harder to read at that moment.  Faith in God is present throughout the whole story.  And there are strong family ties, no matter how far away they are.  I would like to read Snelling’s other books with the Bjorklund family.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.  It’s going to be hard to wait until the next book in this series comes out!

Ronie Kendig is Awesome!

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If you have read any of Ronie Kendig’s books you have no choice but to agree with me.  The first time I picked up one of her books I thought the cover looked great, which caused me to read the back.  I thought it sounded good, and after reading Trinity: Military War Dog I was hooked!  I of course immediately bought Talon: Combat Tracking Team which is the second book in the A Breed Apart series.  After reading Talon, I had to wait for the third of the series Beowulf: Explosives Detection Dog to be released.  I was blessed to be chosen as an influencer for Beowulf, and couldn’t wait to dig in.  Ronie Kendig has an amazing way of drawing you into her stories.  I feel as if I know the characters and couldn’t wait to turn the next page to find out what was going to happen next.   You better get comfortable on the edge of your seat because she keeps you there.  I found myself reading at stop lights and while walking through the grocery store (which is not recommended lol). Kendig is not only super talented with words, but she does the research and knows her stuff.  She knows how to make you feel what the characters are feeling, and she beautifully weaves in our Awesome God through out the entire story.

 

I knew that after reading the A Breed Apart series that I was going to be a fan for life.  I have since purchased the Discarded Heros Series, which includes NightshadeDigitalisWolfsbane, and Firethorn.  This series is about a group of military guys that are discharged from the military after brutal tours of duty.  They become a highly talented, brave heroes who carry out missions that the government doesn’t want people knowing about.  These books are a total must read filled with action, suspense, secrets, and deadly enemies with just the right amount of romance thrown in.  They were awesome!  Kendig’s characters are so easy to relate to.  They aren’t perfect and they all make mistakes, and learn from them the best way they can.

 

Kendig also has another series that branches off of her A Breed Apart series.  They are called the Quiet Professionals.  Only one book in this series has been released so far and it was amazing!  Raptor 6 just like all of her other books keeps you up until way past bedtime unable to put it down. The hero in this story is Captain Dean Watters, the leader of the Quiet Professionals, who we met in the A Breed Apart series.  Kendig takes you to a hot desert miles away on an adventure to protect our military’s highly classified computers.  Some one has stolen one and will stop at nothing to read what is on it.  The heroine in the story Zahrah is a missionary teacher, who just so happens to be an expert in quantum cryptology, which makes her someone the enemy can use.  My jaw had no choice but to drop several times through out this book.  The next book in this series is Hawk, which will be released on November 1, 2014.

 

Kendigs most recent series was done in an episode form.  There are 5 parts to the season, that you download to your Kindle or Nook.  It is called Operation Zulu Redemption.  The first book in the series is free and is called Operation Zulu Redemption: Overkill the Beginning.     I had never read an episode based series but loved it right away.  I couldn’t wait to start this series based on an all women special forces team, and she did amazing as always! I was excited to see Kendig write with women as the main characters.  By just reading this opener I was already invested in the characters and couldn’t wait to see what happened next. The cliff hangers were torturous, but that makes it all the more exciting! The other books in this season are: Operation Zulu Redemption: Collateral DamageOperation Zulu Redemption: Out of NowhereOperation Zulu Redemption: Hazardous Duty, and Operation Zulu Redemption: An Act of Treason.  This series drew me in straight from the start.  Reading this series you will be shocked, excited, scared, sad, inspired, and in awe.  I am blessed beyond measure to be a part of Ronie’s Review Crew and was able to read this series in exchange for my honest opinion.

 

If I haven’t convinced you to read any of Kendig’s books, all I can say is you are probably a lost cause anyways, but thanks for stopping by my blog and taking the time to read this post!