Wednesday, February 25, 2015

By Your Side By: Candace Calvert

Back of the Book

ER nurse Macy Wynn learned essential, gritty lessons in the California foster care system: land on your feet and trust no one. She’s finally located the fellow foster child she loves like a sister, but the girl’s in deep trouble. Macy’s determined to help, no matter what it takes. Her motto is to “make it happen” in any situation life throws at her—even when she butts heads with an idealistic cop.

Deputy Fletcher Holt believes in a higher plan, the fair outcome—and his ability to handle that by himself if necessary. Now he’s been yanked from Houston, his mother is battling cancer, and he’s attracted to a strong-willed nurse who could be the target of a brutal sniper.

When everything goes wrong, where do they put their trust?

My Thoughts

By Your Side did not grab my interest at first, but then after about the 50th page I could not put it down. The story bounces around between people and that was sometimes hard to follow, as soon as I was really interested in a scene the author switched people and locations. Hence I could not put it down.  I loved the plot of this book, and watching the relationships develop between Macy and Fletcher, and some relationships I hope to see more of in the next book.

This was a great read, and really interesting after your get to know all the characters.

I received this book free from Tyndale Publishing for my honest review.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Where Rivers Part By: Kellie Coates Gilber

Back of the Book

Following in her estranged father's footsteps, Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions--and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and puts lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust--not least of all her own father.

My thoughts

Where Rivers Part was a surprisingly harsh look into the corporate food markets, and corrupt business practices.   This is a well written novel and  has a well balanced plot that kept me reading.    Gilbert put a lot of detail into the story that was both helpful, in some areas, but seemed to suffocate the story in others.  

Where River Part illustrates the realities of depression, addiction and forgiveness.  If you are looking for a sweet christian romance this is not the book for you.  

I was given this book free from Revell Publishing for my honest review.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Sabotaged By: Dani Pettrey

Back of the Boook

Finally Returned Home, Reef McKeena
Finds His Beloved Alaska Facing Its Greatest Threat
Growing up, goody-two-shoes Kirra Jacobs and troublemaker Reef McKenna were always at odds. Now, working together as search-and-rescue for Alaska's arduous Iditarod race, a growing attraction seems to be forcing aside old arguments. Then Reef catches Kirra sneaking from camp in the middle of the night. 

Kirra's uncle, a musher in the race, has disappeared. Kirra and Reef quickly track the man, but what they discover is harrowing: Frank's daughter has been kidnapped. Kirra and Reef, along with the entire McKenna family, are thrown into a race to stop a shadowy villain who is not only threatening a girl's life--but appears willing to unleash one of the largest disasters Alaska has ever seen. 

Pettrey is the Winner of the 2014 Daphne du Maurier Award for Inspirational Romantic Suspense

My Thoughts

What can I say, this book was great!  If you have enjoyed Dani Pettrey's past novels you will love this one.  Sabotaged is definitely an example of saving the best for last.  It was fast paced, suspenseful, and kept me guessing.  Kirra and Reef make such a great couple.  Even though it is the last book in the series, the book doesn't attempt to wrap up everyone's life like so many final novels.  This is hands down my favorite in the Alaskan Courage series.

This is a clean book that I would recommend.

I was given this book free from Bethany House publishing for my honest opinion.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Paper Hearts By: Courtney Walsh

Back of the Book

Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she’s poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park’s tradition of stamping mail with the city’s romantic postmark.

When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn’t come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail’s new landlord, and he’s threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.

As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple. Will uncovering their story confirm Abigail’s doubts about love, or could it rescue her dreams . . . and her heart?

My thought

Oh, I am so in love!  Paper Hearts was a sweet romantic novel that is perfect to curl up with on the couch during the Valentines season.  It's the perfect balance between a hallmark movie and a christian novel that you will not be able to put down.    Abigail and Jacob (her new land lord) are both such wonderful characters and you will find yourself wanting to hang paper hearts all over your house.  I would recommend this book to anyone, it is clean with only kissing and no swearing.

For more about Courtney Walsh check out her facebook page or website.

I was given this book free from Tyndale Publishing for my honest review.