Step by Step by Candace Calvert

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Step by Step

This is the second story in the Crisis Team series.  In the first book, By Your Side, you meet Seth and Taylor, the main characters in this story.  It does give you some back story in how they know each other and some of the things they went through.  That being said you don’t have to read the first book to enjoy this one.  Step by Step takes place in San Diego where Taylor is attempting to start over.  Seth is worried about Taylor and when he has an opportunity to train new volunteers he takes the chance to check up on her.

 

Taylor has plans, and doesn’t like straying from them.  She feels that if her life is planned and she can check off all the items on her survival list that she can finally move on.  It’s been almost 3 years since her husband died, and although she doesn’t have all the answers, Taylor feels it’s time to move on.  When she sees Seth again, her plans seem harder to accomplish.  Stepping away from the Crisis Team seems like a step forward for her, and Seth doesn’t understand why.  In his mind Taylor is the perfect person to be on the Crisis Team, even though it’s far from easy.  Can they both learn to lean on God and wait for what he has in store?  Or will they rush to fight for what they think is best and get in His way.

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys suspense.  I enjoyed getting to know some of the secondary characters, and look forward to reading the next book in this series.  Calvert kept my interest and had me guessing what was going to happen next.  I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.

 

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You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

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Youre the One that I want

If you have read any of the Christiansen Family Series, then you already know how amazing they are.  I have loved every single bit of them.  Susan May Warren is one of my absolute favorite authors, and she never disappoints.  If you haven’t read any of this series, you can totally read this one and love it without reading the previous ones.  That being said, did you miss my opening lines that said how amazing the whole series is?  I was not ready to say goodbye to this wonderful family.  You’re the One That I Want follows Owen as he eventually returns to his hometown and Evergreen Resort.

 

Owen is the hometown hero.  Making it to the big leagues as a hockey player is a big deal in Deep Haven.  After an injury ends his hockey career, Owen feels like his life is over.  He has always felt like the odd man out, and loves a good adventure.  His family doesn’t know where he is, and the last time they saw him was when he fought with his brother.  Not a good memory to dwell on.  He longs to go home and make amends, but it is easier said than done.  Work on a crab boat keeps him busy, and he is trying to be the man he should be.  Scotty the captains daughter sees him as the new man, and he can’t help but feel attracted to her.  Will they get off the ship and say goodbye to each other forever?  Or does God have bigger plans for them?  Will Owen make amends with his family before it’s too late?

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a great Fiction/Romance.  Warren makes her characters so interesting, and relatable that I almost hope to one day run into one.  I have read a bunch of her books, and can’t wait to read more.  She mixes the perfect amount of romance, suspense, and humor for the perfectly imperfect family.  There is so much I would love to discuss with you about this story, but that would take away all the fun of you reading it yourself.  What are you waiting for?  I am so thankful I received a copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.

A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason

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This book took me on a fun adventure with plenty of twists and turns and just the right amount of suspense mixed in.  A Worthy Heart is the second book in the Courage to Dream series.  I have read book one, Irish Meadows, and really enjoyed it.  That being said you don’t have to read the first one in order to enjoy this story.  This story focus’ on Adam and Maggie.  Neither of them were big characters in Irish Meadows, so you aren’t missing out on their stories if you didn’t read the first book.  If you did read Irish Meadows, you will be glad to know that many of the characters are also in this book.

 

Adam has made some mistakes, and he wants nothing more than to learn from them.  While he was in jail Adam learned more about God’s forgiveness, and wants nothing more than to earn back his families trust.  That means a lot of hard work, apologizing, and showing by his actions that he has changed.  Being labeled a criminal makes finding a job nearly impossible, but that won’t stop Adam from trying.  When Adam meets Maggie he can’t help but feel drawn to her.  Knowing he isn’t good enough for her doesn’t stop his heart from dreaming.  Can Adam see his true worth, or will he always see himself as never good enough?

 

Maggie has been excited to come to America and she is finally here!  Not only will she get to see her brother and his family, but she can also have a new start in a land full of dreams.  Maggie misses her mother, but knows that getting away from Neill is the only way she will feel safe.  When Maggie meets Adam, she sees a good man with a big heart.  Little does she know he has a past he isn’t proud of, and it follows him wherever he goes.  Maggie wants love and a chance at a new life here, but will her past hinder her?  And what about Maggie’s brothers who are a little over-protective?

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Historical Fiction.  Susan Anne Mason kept my interest the whole time, and I was anxious to find out what was coming up next.  I enjoyed getting to know all of the characters more.  There was another story within involving Maggie’s bother and I really liked learning about him, and seeing his love story as well.  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own

The Midwife’s Choice by Delia Parr

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The Midwife’s Choice is book two in the At Home in Trinity series.  After reading the first book in this series I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen next.  The Midwife’s Tale is book one in the series, and I would recommend reading it first.   You don’t have to in order to enjoy this story, but it helps you understand and know the characters more.  I enjoyed visiting Trinity, and can’t wait to go again.

 

Martha Cade has been the person women call for help when their babies are coming into this world.  Times are changing, but Martha isn’t ready for them to.  She is used to keeping everyones secrets, and doesn’t want to lose her place in Trinity.   Martha’s job has always kept her busy, and when she is reunited with her daughter, she can’t help but feel torn.  Being a midwife isn’t easy, but she feels that it is her calling.  Can she juggle everything and make everyone happy?

 

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.  Parr did a great job at giving the characters depth, and made it hard to stop reading.  I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.  All opinions expressed are my own.