Thursday, May 18, 2017

Bread of Angels!!

Bread of Angels by [Afshar, Tessa]

Bread of Angels 

by Tessa Afshar

There is a brief passage in the Bible about Lydia the seller of purple, so I jumped at the chance to review this book. Also, I have read another book by Tessa Afshar and I loved it. She does a wonderful job of writing about biblical stories and brings them to life in her books.

Her newest novel takes place during the time of Paul's travels through Roman empire. We find Lydia learning the trade of making purple dye from her father.  Her life is filled with spending her days with her father making the dye that provides for their needs. One  day her father has an accident causing him to be unable to perform his job, Lydia takes over the everyday duties of making the dye. The young man that rescued her dad makes an offer to both of them seems too good to be true.
As time passes by,  Lydia's life is overturned by false accusations against her father, Running from the disgrace, she finds a home in Phillippi. Doing the only thing she knows she chooses to use  her father's secret formulas to provide an income for herself and her ward.

The years pass by with Lydia's purple cloth becoming a very popular item. Still, she longs for more in her life than just selling purple cloth. When Paul and a group of apostles come to Phillippi, they meet up with Lydia and her friends. Upon hearing the gospel, her heart is filled with joy that is met with a struggle. All of her past hurts and secrets catch up with her causing Lydia to choose. Does she stand firm in the faith or succumb to the fears that have chased her all of her life??

I received this book from Tyndale Blogging, this is my honest review and I have not been compensated for it.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Beauty Begins with You!!

Beauty Begins: Making Peace with Your Reflection by [Shook, Chris, Shook Alpha, Megan]

Beauty Begins: 

Making Peace with Your Reflection

by Chris Shook and Megan Shook Alpha

A Mother and daughter team bring to us a fresh look at the struggle girls and women are facing today. Diving into a very hard topic that bombards us everywhere from billboards to magazines in the grocery store checkout line. Exploring the origins of true beauty, while challenging all women to trade the pressure to meet a certain perfect look, for what God has provided for us in perfect love. 

Our culture has taken a precious thing and created it into an obsession that has made us into objects more than humans. It does not matter where we turn we face images that feed us that beauty is all about looks. I, myself have struggled with this issue to the point I could not see the truth in the mirror. 

The mother and daughter team share from their life experiences and struggles with body image and appearance. Drawing from what they have been thru they give us the wisdom to overcome and realise what true beauty is.

I love the fresh take these two women write with, they are very real about life. This is one book I would recommend for women of all ages to read.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review. All opinions are my own

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Behind the Scenes!!

Behind the Scenes (Apart From the Crowd Book #1) by [Turano, Jen]

Behind The Scenes 

"Apart from the Crowd"

by Jen Turano

Here is another delightful read by Jen Turano which delves into a time period where High Society ruled the ballrooms of New York City. We meet Miss Permilla Griswold, the daughter of a very rich mine owner. Introduced to the high society by her Stepmother, while having to be on the outskirts of her stepsisters hunt for a husband. When Permilla was approached with an amazing opportunity to use her position as a wallflower as a way to earn some income. But her position as a wallflower also has put her into a very dangerous situation. 

Upon overhearing a conversation between two men that leaves her fear the for life of a well-known merchant Asher Rutherford. With help of some very unlikely friends, Permilla sets out to keep Asher safe from harm. The more time they spend together, Asher starts to realise there is more to his wallflower than what he sees on the outside.  Will they be able to solve the mystery of who is plotting to kill them? 

The twists and turns that take this story thru the streets of New York city also draw us into the ballrooms of the elite. Intermixed with the excitement and mystery is the humour of the antics of Permilla and her friends. I love the sprinkle of romance with a murder plot that hangs over the main characters heads, The references to the changes in the workforce with women being able to further their education and hold a job. Reading bits of history in books well written like this is something I love. Jen Turano turned out another outstanding story that gives us a glimpse into history. 

I  received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House publishers as part of their blogging program. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

A WWII Romance!!!

The One True Love of Alice Ann 

by Eva Marie Everson

This is the first book I have read by Eva Marie Everson, the thing that drew me to the book was the story line based during WWII. When I picked up the book and started to read it, I was drawn in to the story about a young girl during a time that was in a upheaval. I went thru a time period where like Alice Ann, I had a crush on a guy who had no interest in me. As the story progresses Alice Ann corresponds with her elder brothers friend Mack, that has been shipped overseas to fight the war. Letter writing was one of the ways to share news from home to the guys on the war front during that time period. Which compared to now days we have email, social media, cell phones, where we can just share news at the drop of a hat. The boys on the war front loved getting mail and packages from back home. In this story the letters that passed between Alice Ann and these two young men shared so much news of life on the front and at home. 

As time passes, one of the young men is injured and sent home to recover from his injuries. When Alice Ann's best friend comes to her with a special request; to read to her older brother Carlton the recently returned home war hero. Alice Ann gives in to her best friend's request and starts to spend time reading to Carlton. As the days pass it seems that Carlton slowly regains his strength and vision back. But very bad news comes thru rocking the town to their core. Mack is considered missing in action, by the war officials.  Alice Ann heart is ripped to shreds at the news of her first love being  missing, that she chooses to stop spending time with Carlton.

Carlton reaches out to Alice Ann showing her that her time spent with him means more than just friendship. Alice Ann's family also give her the support and strength she need to pull thru the times ahead of them. When the truth comes to light, Alice Ann is given a chance to choose between two men; one who loves her for who she is and another who has fallen in love with what he thinks is her. Which one will Alice Ann choose Carlton the man she nursed back to health or Mack the boy she had loved as a young girl?

This is a very delightful story of a time of war and love, I will truly read another of Eva Marie Everson books.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Story of Easter!!

The Women of Easter: Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene by [Higgs, Liz Curtis]

An Encounter with the Saviour thru the Women of Easter!!

A Review of Women of Easter by Liz Curtis Higgs.

"This Season of Grace,
Deepen Your Faith in God
Who So Loved the World
that He Gave Us His Son."    A quote from Amazon

 As I read this book it gave me more insight into the Easter story, a very different outlook. Liz breaks down each verse and brings it to life with her writing. We meet the women who followed our Lord thru his journey to the cross.

Mary, mother of Jesus, Mary of Bethany and Mary Magdalene are just a few of the women that are spoken about. Each of these women played a special part in the ministry and journey of Jesus Christ. It amazes me how much women are held highly by our Lord. He cared enough to speak to the women and provide comfort for them even in his time of suffering. He put aside his cares to think of provision for his mother while he was on the cross. Then he chose to appear to a very shaken up  Mary Magdalene after his resurection. 

From page one I was hooked, as I read each chapter it opened my eyes to more of what Jesus was like.  I recommend this book to be read by all women any time of the year. It can be used as a standalone or a bible study over several weeks. It was very interesting to find out how much of a part of the Easter story that the women played. 

This will be a book I will re-read and take time to just delve into the story of Easter.

** I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books to review. This review is my honest opinion of the book.**

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Pursued (The Nikki Boyd Files Book #3) by [Harris, Lisa]


by Lisa Harris

In the third book in the Nikki Boyd Files, finds a very excited Nikki flying home from Nashville. Looking forward to getting to spend time with her dear friend Tyler Grant. When suddenly the plane she is on has to make a sudden crash landing. Nikki instincts are kicked into gear when the passenger beside her disappears.  When Nikki is drawn into assisting the FBI with finding the missing passenger, she starts to see that things don't seem to add up for the investigation. As the time ticks down on the clock, the more rocks are overturned that leaves more questions than answers for Nikki and her TBI Team. Nikki has longed for some quiet family time and it seems that will be on hold for awhile till she can solve this case. It seems someone is determined to keep them from finding Erika Hamilton. Now Nikki is the one who is targeted by the bad guy!

Pursued brings a high action packed story line, that makes you want to not stop till you get to the last page of the book. Lisa Harris writes a story that captures the attention of the reader and takes them along for the ride.  Mysteries are one of my favorite genres to read and I was hooked to this series from day one. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. If you are looking for a new author to read Lisa Harris is the one for you!!!

**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review and I was not compensated in any way.**

Monday, April 10, 2017

Deep Extraction

Deep Extraction (FBI Task Force Book 2) by [Mills, DiAnn]

Deep Extraction: An FBI Task Force Novel

by Diann Mills 

Deep Extraction brings another thrilling read that dives into the deep world of oil drilling. The story follows an FBI agent and US Marshall who are investigating the mysterious death of a businessman and friend. When an oil and gas magnate Nathan Moore is found dead by his wife, she becomes the main suspect in the murder case.  Special Agent Tori  Templeton is torn between choosing to stand by her dear friend Sally's side or focus totally on finding the person who has killed Sally's husband. Joining Tori and her partner is recently reinstated Deputy US Marshall Cole Jeffers, who has just come back from a time away.   As more clues are unearthed that reveal a secret lifestyle that was unknown by victim's family it gets to be more difficult for those investigating the case. The more the team sift thru the clues it seems they are finding that the case may be more of a maze of bad news. The closer Cole and Tori get to finding out who the real killer is, the more danger they are placed in. 

Diann Mills brings another us another intriguing story that at the same time teaches a few life lessons.  She pulls you in on the first page and holds the reader's interest thru to the last page of the book. I love getting to read another of her amazing works that takes a hold of my interest and keeps me wanting more when the book ends. I am looking forward toward the next book in the series.  

** I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher to review. This review is my honest opinion of the book.**