Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Hidden Side!!

The Hidden Side by [Chiavaroli, Heidi]

The Hidden Side

by Heidi Chiavaroli


In her second novel Heidi carries on her split time  story line, the present and the past come together. She has a delightful way of telling a story that intrigues the readers into wanting to find out what happens at the end of the  book.  I truly loved getting to read this story that touches our hearts with history  and real life issues. 

We meet Natalie Abbott in 2016 and Mercy Howard 1776, New York. Both women have been faced with a tragedy that has effected their lives in more ways than they could have ever imagined. Natalie, a mom of twins, a successful DJ and loving wife; Mercy a colonial girl living in the revolutionary time. One day when Natalie is searching for answers to her children's estrangement, she finds the journal of Mercy Howard. Unbeknownst to Natalie this journal is something she was going to need in the days to come.   

Mercy Howard is in love with a special man, but the tide turns as her life is turned upside down at the hanging of her beloved Nathan Hale. When she is asked to join the rebels in defending their beloved  country, she does not hesitate to look back. She sees is as an opportunity to honor her beloved and to help her family become free from the rule of the British. 

Every day Natalie puts on a facade as Sky offering sage advice to all her beloved listeners. One day when her life is turned upside down with the news of a school shooting. Upon her arrival at the school she is met with more harsh news it is her beloved son who was the shooter. Stunned all she can do is be by her daughters side at the hospital. 

In the days to follow, Natalie is at a lost o how to bring healing back to her family, as she reads Mercy's journal it brings her to see what she is truly looking for in her life "God's grace and love"


"I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Tyndale Blog Network. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own."

Under a Cloudless Sky!!




Under a Cloudless Sky

by Chris Fabry


The present and the past meet in this book about a Southern Coal mining town fighting to survive in a time where the big companies rule. We meet several very interesting characters in this storyline. Two of them are  Hollis Beasley, a landowner who is fighting to keep the land that his family had owned for years. Also feisty Ruby Handley Freeman whose children think that she is need of some fresh direction her life. Two very different people both taking a stand for something in their lives, paths that have crossed in the past.

The storyline goes back and forth from 1933 to 2004, telling a story from the childhood of dear 83 yr old Ruby.   A story that has been hidden for years and is now begging to be told to her loved ones. The truth that has been kept quiet of what happened the day of the Massacre of 1933. Hollis's granddaughter has a interest in writing a article for the memorial that is being set up for the victims of the massacre.   When she reaches out with an invitation to Ruby to come to the grand opening of the Company Store Museum. She is turned down with a flat "no", but this has Ruby thinking about her past and going back to where she came from to visit. After some issues with her children, Ruby decides to go back to the mining town of Beulah Mountain. Ruby' s journey is a hard one, with some bumps and bruises on the way. Along the way her children realize they are taking their mother for granted and have forgotten to think of her as a person. 

Hollis is having to make a decision  does he hold onto the land or provide a more comfortable life for his precious wife who was struggling to live thru each day.  As he watches all his neighbors sell out to the big company that has came to rejuvenate his beloved Beulah mountain. His stance is interrupted by a proclaimed savior for the town, who  is looking to make profit off of the coal in the area. 


Unbeknownst to both of these character their lives are going to intersect with each other. The childhood friends Ruby and Bean's story will reveal the truth of that fatal day in 1933.

Chris Fabry has taken a story and presented it in a very amazing way that grabs the readers attention and takes them to the end with a very surprising twist. 


"I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Tyndale Blog Network. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own."



Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The Voice Of God!!




















Whisper

by Mark Batterson 


Have you ever longed to hear the voice of God in your life? In the days of the Bible times, it was something that was part of the lives of the Israelite.  The best-selling author of the book, Circle Maker introduces us to discovering the 7 languages of God.

The voice that spoke the world around us into existence and breathed life into each human being is the same voice that spoke to Joseph in the prison and closed the mouths if the lions for Daniel in the lions den. That voice is the voice of God, who longs to speak love and hope into all of our lives. His voice comes as a whisper, not to make it difficult for us to hear him, but to draw us closer to him.

If you are like many people it is hard to believe that God still speaks in our lives. Mark Batterson truly believes that God does speak to us!! Diving into this book we can open a door to decipher the Seven Languages of God; Scripture, Desires, Doors, Dreams, People, Promptings and Pain.

This book helps us to open our ears to hear what God is wanting to say to us!!!


Please Note: This book was gifted as a part of the Blogging for Books Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Judah's Wife!!

Judah's Wife (The Silent Years Book #2): A Novel of the Maccabees by [Hunt, Angela]

Judah's Wife: The Silent Years #2

By Angela Hunt

In the second installment of "The Silent Years" series we meet a young Leah on the eve of the time for a choice to be made of who is to be her husband. To her surprise the man who had rescued her and her friend from a young group of Hellene's. This man that her father has chosen for her to marry, is her way out of the home of strife and contempt. But then the peace that Leah has longed for is interrupted by Judah's Father's plan resist the King's decree. This resistance leads to a war that costs her father in laws life and put Judah, in charge of the resistance. 

The one thing Leah has longed for is a home that is full of peace is being taken from her by her husbands choice to fulfill his fathers dying wish. She can not understand why her new family has chosen to stand for the One True God. Also, Leah does not understand what kind of God would destroy her chance at peace. 

This story is told thru the eyes of the young wife of Judah, who learns about what love requires..... courage and sacrifice. 


This story is very much well written, Angela Hunt has brought us another biblical novel that will touch all of our hearts. Leah's story speaks of a transformation from seeking peace in our lives to embracing the love that God has for us.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Taking Aim!!!!

Taking Aim: Daring to Be Different, Happier, and Healthier in the Great Outdoors by [Shockey, Eva, Gregory, A. J.]

Taking Aim 

By Eva Shockey and A.J. Gregory


The daughter of a dancer and a hunter, Eva grew up in a very different household than most kids her age. She dreamed of becoming a beautiful ballerina like her mom, until one day she realized her dream was to follow in her father's footsteps. Her families vacations were spent RVing across the countryside with her dad going on hunts. Eva found her passion during these adventures with her family. Eva tells her personal story thru her travels towards a rewarding life in the outdoor pursuits. 


It does not matter if you are a city loving diva or a countrywoman we all have dreams in our lives to follow. Eva urges each of us women to follow our passions by believing ourselves and finding courage. Each of us has a dream deep inside of us that we long to see come forth, we just have to choose to let the arrow fly free and it will hit its mark. 

"I received a complimentary copy of this book from  Blogging for books and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative. 


Habits of the Heart!!

Habits of the Heart: 365 Daily Exercises for Living like Jesus by [Butler, Katherine J.]


Habits of the Heart

5 Daily Exercises for Living like Jesus


Do you have a deep longing inside you to live a life that is fully and deeply engaged in your faith? Do you feel like you are lacking in your prayer life? Is your heart aching to be closer to the one who died on the cross for you? Real change can only happen when we make a choice to train our heart into the habit of practising godliness. The most important thing the bible says we can do is to train our spirit and this book gives guidance on how to do this.

This little book is more than a devotional, it is a way of taking yourself to a deeper level in your walk with Jesus. Each week has a focused exercise that helps you to change your habits or thoughts about your life and walk with the Lord. If one of your New Years resolutions is to deepen your spiritual walk this is the book for you. 


I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Blogging and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Danger is near!!!

Blind Spot (Chesapeake Valor Book #3) by [Pettrey, Dani]



Blind Spot 

by Dani Pettrey


Chesapeake Valor is back with the newest instalment Blind Spot, FBI agent Declan Grey and Tanner Shaw team up to chase down a threat. This is not what Tanner wants when she joins the FBI as a crisis counselor.  But when the best clue to the investigation leads Declan to an immigrant community. He realizes that Tanner may be more of a help than he realized. Her experience with her work for justice for the refugees and the displaced around the world has prepared her this job.  The more they uncover the deeper they get into danger, creating more tension between the two. Racing against time to save the city they love so dearly, will they be able to find who is causing the danger? Also, will Tanner and Declan realize that they have feelings for each other



Dani Pettrey has written another spine-tingling mystery with a side of romance. She takes a storyline and weaves it into a book that grabs you and will not let you go. I recommend this book to all lovers of mystery and romance. 


 Disclosure of material connection: I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.