Sunday, October 15, 2017

Beautifully Written!!!

Isaiah's Daughter

by Mesu Andrews 

The prophet Isaiah is a well-known prophet that is part of the old testament history. This book draws on the history of Israel during a time of division. Israel in the North has bowed to pagan worship, while in Judah a small remnant of Yahweh's faithful is clinging to the one true God. 

In the middle of this war-torn country is a young orphan girl Ishma, who all she has known in her young life is desolation. Her life turns around when she finds a place as a servant in the home of the prophet Isaiah. A  kinship is created between the little servant girl and the young crown prince Hezekiah. As the years pass these two young ones their friendship grows, creating a bond that is forged from the pain in their lives. 

As Isaiah watches the relationship between these two young ones mature over the years, he sees what he needs to do in the time ahead of him. He makes a bold move in adopting Ishma making her his daughter. This adoption gives her a royal pedigree and a new name "Hephzibah." She becomes the wife of Hezekiah and the queen of Judah.

Her love for Hezekiah will require more than she has ever dreamed of her life. Fear rules her life as her people faces the terror at the hands of Assyrians. Will her life in the palace lead to the freedom from her past that she has been longing for? Or will Hephzibah be able to place her trust in the Only One who can free her from her fears? The one true God who can free a captive heart and a desperately lost nation.

Mesu Andrews takes the scripture and brings it to life in each of her books. This story based on the prophet Isaiah during the rule of King Ahaz and the terrifying threat of the Assyrian's. It delves into the culture with a story that reaches into your heart and touches you deeply. We all at one point are captive to something in our lives. Maybe it is a fear like Hephzibah had or it could be just not being willing to let go of the control of your life.

 If you love reading biblical fiction this book will be for you!!

I received this book from Blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any form for this review.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Shine: Stepping into your role!!


by Allison Allen

We all at some point play a role in our lives, we play a character that is not our true self. We walk into a room and put on a mask that hides our true thoughts. We choose the lines we want to say, but not saying what we truly need to say. By becoming someone else, we tell ourselves it is just another version of who we are. Everyone one of us have done this at some point in our life. 

By using fascinating person stories and sharp insight into human nature, former Actress Allison
 Allen calls us to drop the act and step up to the role in front of us. No matter what the critics around us say, we can be our real self that God has created. Allison gives us permission to talk about the things we feel, rather than beating around the bush to say what we feel. Freeing us to step out of the shadows we have hid in, allowing us us to step into the light of God's true calling.

This book is for anyone looking to throw of the the role we are playing and follow the true calling that God has for us. 

*I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for a honest review.*



Becoming Resilient 

by Donna Gibbs

Resilience is something we all long for in our lives, each of us have faced some kind of difficulty at some time. Disappointment, rejection, injustice, loss and grief is part of our lives. This suffering can leave us broken inside, while going thru the motions on the outside. We can remain stuck in negative patterns or choose to move forward toward healing. 

Donna Gibbs brings to the table twenty years of experience as a professional counselor. Drawing from that experience, she shares the secrets of building your resilience to change your experience of suffering. By offering practical tools and effective coping strategies to with whatever life throws at us. Using these tools and coping strategies can help you move through suffering and come out on the other side stronger.

Grief and loss is part of our life, at some point we all have had to face this.  This book helps us deal with all of this in our lives. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for hope to pull thru the struggles that they are facing.

*I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for a honest review.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

To Wager Her Heart!!

 To Wager Her Heart (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel Book 3) by [Alexander, Tamera]

To Wager Her Heart

By Tamera Alexander

In her latest work, Tamera Alexander brings us back to the lovely Belle Meade Plantation. We meet a very strong hearted young woman, Alexander Jamison and a gentleman from the Colorado Territory Sylas Rutledge. Needing someone to help him make his way thru the tangles of the Nashville society, Sylas was willing to ask for help from a beautiful socialite. Dealing with the pressures of being forced to marry a man she does not love. Alexander makes a choice that her father disagrees with causing her to be disowned by her family. With no where to turn for help, she accepts the offer to tutor Sylas in the ways of society. 
As Alexander pursues her passion of teaching others in the only place that will take a chance on a young woman teacher. She finds a place at Fisk University, the first freedman university in the United States. By using her connections in the Nashville Society, Alexander is able to help Sylas find the backing he needs to make the contract for the railroad.

 Both of their lives have been touched by a railroad tragedy, that may tear them apart or help them to heal from their wounds.A Reformed gambler and a Southern Belle, whose fates are bound by tragedy must choose to work together to achieve their dreams.   

I loved getting to read this book, it was so full of historical facts that I learned something new about our history. Tamera Alexander takes our history and weaves a story around it that entertains us while educating us in our history.

I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for a honest review.

Home All Along!!!

Home All Along (An Amish Secrets Novel) by [Wiseman, Beth]

Home All Along

by Beth Wiseman

In the third installment of the An Amish Secrets Novel, we find Charlotte struggling with choosing to commit to a relationship with Daniel. Her desire for a family and home is being threatened by painful memories and fears. Just when she thinks she has found the peace that she has been longing for, chaos is stirred up with the arrival of a long lost sister. Daniel's life is upset when a illness strikes a beloved member of his family and the arrival of a shunned aunt. This combination of an unexpected death, a prodigal relative's return and the grim medical diagnosis enter into the lives of this couple. Will their love for each other and their faith in God pull them thru this time of struggles. 

 Beth Wiseman is an amazing writer who writes a story that touches our hearts. While also giving the message of overcoming difficulties and struggles with the hope of God in our lives. This series tells a story of a young woman searching for love, faith and home to call her own. 

I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and I did not receive any compensation for a honest review.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017


He Calls You Beautiful 

"Hearing the Voice of Jesus in the Song Of Songs"

by Dee Brestin

"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine" a Quote from Song of Solomon. This Quote comes from one of the most misunderstood books of the bible. It seems it gets overlooked by so many in the church. Dee Brestin takes the time to break this book down to help us understand it. God wrote us a love song that shows us how much love He has for us as His children. 

I love that she takes the chapter and breaks it down to where we can understand it. It does not matter if we are single, married or widowed, we are all alike in God's eyes. One of His Beloved!!!   This book can be used as an in depth bible study in a group setting or alone. I would recommend this book for all women to read. 

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

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Crisis Shot

Crisis Shot

by Janice Cantore

This the newest novel from Janice Cantore, a retired Long Beach Police officer now an amazing supsense writer. Her works include the Pacific Coast Justice and Cold  Case Justice series. She now brings us a new series called Line of Duty. In the first book, Crisis Shot we meet Tess O'Rourke a commander of the East Division in Long Beach, California. Her dream of becoming the first female chief of police, turns into a nightmare when she fatally shoots an unarmed teenager. Backed by her fellow officers Tess endures a barrage of media and the public calling for her head on a platter. The only thing she can do is to find a job in the middle of no-where and restart her life.

When she finds an opening for a small town police chief, Tess jumps at the chance to start over in a new town. But winning over the residents of the small, backwater town of Rogue's Hollow, is going to be more difficult than Tess adjusting to her new role. Her first major case as the Police Chief, ends up being a missing person's case. The missing person is the pastor's wife, who has befriended Tess upon her arrival in town. The case gets more complicated when the cousin of the missing woman is found murdered. 

An unlikely ally is found in a sheriff Deputy Steve Logan, who has offered to help the new police chief. Tess and Steve set out to track down Rogue Hollows first murderer. Tess struggles to show she is truly the one suited for this job, while being pushed by the town council to solve this case. 

Janice Cantore brings a storyline that grabs you and keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next. I love reading her works and she has become my newest fave on my authors list. 

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