Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese





  • Series: Love in Lenox
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: Waterfall Press (September 12, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1542046688
  • ISBN-13: 978-1542046688

About The Book:

As an artist, Callie Quinn relies on inspiration to guide her wandering soul. This summer she accepts a short-term muralist job in her sister’s charming town to spend some much-needed time with her family. After meeting her nephew’s friend, Brandon, she’s eager to draw out his untapped artistic talents—however, it’s the boy’s straitlaced single father who could use a little color in his life.
Davis Carter may be the town’s favorite animal whisperer, but his experience is limited when it comes to understanding his preteen’s rebellious behavior. Desperate for a breakthrough, he follows the lead of a free spirit who claims to know the way into his son’s closed-off world. Soon, Davis isn’t the only one caught up in the hope of a new beginning.
Just as Callie considers trading her unattached existence for a life rich with promise and permanence, an unexpected visit from the past threatens to send her packing once again. Davis and Callie must learn to surrender their fears so they can find a love that will outlast the summer.

My Thoughts:

Get ready for another amazing trip back to Lenox with Nicole Deese's newest novel, "A New Shade of Summer".  

I fell in love with this series a few months ago, and I've been eagerly waiting for this book!  This is most definitely my new favorite Deese novel...until she writes her next one, I'm sure!

Everyone needs a friend like Callie Quinn in their lives.  She's the ultimate free spirit, and her warmth and whimsy bring an abundance of life to the story. Davis most definitely needs Callie's influence, especially with his son, Brandon. Withdrawn and rebellious, Brandon may end up in a world of hurt if Davis can't get to the bottom of what is troubling his son.

With a fun and loving cast of supporting characters, Nicole Deese once again has me longing for some time in Lenox, the unique little town that boasts some of my favorite imaginary people!  My thanks to my friends at NetGalley for an advance copy of "A New Shade of Summer" with no obligations promised in return.

Make sure you take the time to read 'A New Shade of Summer", if for no other reason than the scene in the botanical gardens!  Naturally, I'm awarding my "Oh, the Feels!" to this one.

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Monday, September 11, 2017

Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan



Series: Atlanta Justice (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (September 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764219804
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764219801

About the Book:

In the biggest case of her career, attorney Kate Sullivan is tapped as lead counsel to take on Mason Pharmaceutical because of a corporate cover-up related to its newest drug. After a whistleblower dies, Kate knows the stakes are much higher than her other lawsuits.

Former Army Ranger turned private investigator Landon James is still haunted by mistakes made while serving overseas. Trying to forget the past, he is hired by Kate to look into the whistleblower's allegation and soon suspects that the company may be engaging in a dangerous game for profit. He also soon finds himself falling for this passionate and earnest young lawyer. 

Determined not to make the same mistakes, he's intent on keeping Kate safe, but as the case deepens, it appears someone is willing to risk everything--even murder--to keep the case from going to trial.

My Thoughts:

This is my first time reading a Rachel Dylan novel, and I guarantee it will not be the last! I'm a HUGE fan of legal suspense, reading every Randy Singer book along with Robert Whitlow's legal thrillers. In my opinion, Dylan has earned a place on my "must read list".

The story kicks into high gear on page one and holds you in its white-knuckle grip until the final page turns. In fact, it's been a very long time since I've devoured a book in one sitting. There's just no way to put this one down. Plus, right when I knew I had it all figured out, Rachel Dylan schooled me in the art of the red herring...also known as the bait and switch.

Which, for me, is not an easy thing to do. Please, don't miss this outstanding novel.
 I'm giving "Deadly Proof" my "Oh, the Feels!" and "Packs a Punch!" stamps of approval.


Until the next page turns,

Deena

Friday, September 8, 2017

Rule of Law by Randy Singer



  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496418166
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496418166

About the Book:

What did the president know? And when did she know it?

For the members of SEAL Team Six, it was a rare mission ordered by the president, monitored in real time from the Situation Room. The Houthi rebels in Yemen had captured an American journalist and a member of the Saudi royal family. Their executions were scheduled for Easter Sunday. The SEAL team would break them out.

But when the mission results in spectacular failure, the finger-pointing goes all the way to the top.

Did the president play political games with the lives of U.S. service members?

Paige Chambers, a determined young lawyer, has a very personal reason for wanting to know the answer. The case she files will polarize the nation and test the resiliency of the Constitution. The stakes are huge, the alliances shaky, and she will be left to wonder if the saying on the Supreme Court building still holds true.

Equal justice under law.

It makes a nice motto. But will it work when one of the most powerful people on the planet is also a defendant?

My thoughts:

How can I tell everything in my heart right now?  I've always had the highest respect for our military and their families.  But, after turning the final page of Rule of Law, I am truly in awe.  Too often we take their sacrifice lightly, and it's too easy to forget the families of those who serve.

Randy Singer is a phenomenal writer.  His legal career gives every novel an authentic voice, and he has the unique ability to write about the legal system in our country and make it easy to understand without diminishing the real life aspect of conducting an investigation, going to trial, and the inner workings of a law office.

Rule of Law is a novel for our time.  Singer raises the singular and most necessary question for today's reader: is anyone permitted to be above the law, even if that someone holds the highest office in our country?

To find the answer to that question, you'll have to read the book.

Randy Singer also has that intangible something that causes the characters to come alive from the moment you meet them.  Patrick, Beef, and the entire cast of characters in Rule of Law are memorable and so real you might find yourself praying for them!

If you only read one novel this year, please make it Rule of Law.  I honestly believe that this was the story Singer was born to write.  And the novel's release is both timely and enlightening.  I thoroughly enjoyed Rule of Law, and I believe you'll enjoy it too.  I'm giving this one my "For Such a Time" stamp of approval.

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Friday, September 1, 2017

Reunited by Danger by Carol J. Post



  • Series: Love Inspired Suspense
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense (September 5, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373457316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373457311

About the Book:

When a former classmate is murdered at Detective Caleb Lyons's ten-year high school reunion, he knows the victim's old group of friends are keeping secrets. That includes Cedar Key, Florida, police officer Amber Kingston. Back in school, Amber was headed for trouble, but now she's as dedicated to the law as he is. As he works overtime to get the pretty cop to open up to him, Amber and her friends receive messages threatening payback for past deeds. And her friends keep dying…one by one. But protecting Amber and unmasking a murderer isn't just the widowed detective's shot at redemption—it's his unexpected second chance at love.

My Thoughts:

Having read a number of Love Inspired Suspense Titles, I can tell you with total confidence that this is one of my top ten favorites.  Carol J. Post has crafted my ideal suspenseful story, filled with excellent characters and a reveal that isn't clear until the final pages.

She's also reminded me why I don't attend class reunions!

Amber Kingston and her posse from the past were up to some not so great things during their high school years, and someone in that crowd has a very good memory and a thirst for justice.  Problem is, everyone has a reason and true justice turns out to be vengeance.  And vigilante justice never ends well...

...for anyone.  Can Caleb dig up the truth?  Will buried secrets come back to life?  And who is the one person that holds all of the answers?  Well, you'll just have to pick up a copy of Post's new release to find out, 'cause I'm a spoiler free reviewer!

My thanks to Carol J. Post for a complimentary advance copy of "Reunited By Danger", with no obligation or services promised in return.  I'm giving this one my "packs a punch" stamp of approval.  "Reunited By Danger" is out now...so go buy a copy!

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Join the Flub by Christy Barritt




  • Series: The Worst Detective Ever
  • Paperback: 302 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 25, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 197581410X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1975814106

About the Book:

There’s no business like show business . . . especially when a killer is involved. Joey Darling’s local movie premiere was supposed to be a win-win for everyone involved. All the proceeds would go to the children’s wing at a local hospital, and the online buzz would create positive press for the area’s tourism. But things go awry when the event is sabotaged and Joey’s stunt double is seriously injured. Suspects seem sparser than quality G-rated movies, and police fear the intended target was actually Joey. Detective Jackson Sullivan and neighbor Zane Oakley—two men competing for Joey’s affection—insist on trading off guard duty until the bad guy is behind bars. To make matters even worse, Joey’s ex shows up right before the release of his tell-all book about his life with the Hollywood sweetheart. Someone seems determined to create real-life drama. But Joey isn’t one to be deterred. Though a movie-worthy villain wants to pull the plug on this production—and maybe even on a few people’s lives—Joey is determined that the show must go on.

My Thoughts:

I didn't think it was possible, but Christy Barritt has breathed life into a heroine that I love just as much (if not a smidge more) that Gabby St. Claire, the Squeaky Clean Mysteries heroine that has over a dozen books worth of my love.

Joey Darling is...well, she's just darling!  And she's back in the best of the Worst Detective Ever series, "Join the Flub."  When a publicity stunt goes horribly wrong, the question on everyone's mind is two fold: who did it, and who was the 'it' intended for?

Surely not America's sweetheart!  Oh, wait a minute...that would be Raven Remington, Joey's Hollywood alter ego that everyone loves.  Turns out, Joey has a few enemies of her own, and one of them wants to do her in.

Or is it really that simple?

Barritt also introduces us to the man we all love to not like (hate is such a strong word, but it would be a better choice--trying to play nice here!), Joey's ex-husband, the icky slimeball.  He shows up and naturally he is cast in the role of the perp, i.e., the one whodunit.

Eric is up to something, Zane is up to something, and Jackson is up to something.  Basically, EVERYONE seems to be up to something in "Join the Flub", and do your best to catch the culprit before Joey figures it out...

...just remember, she used to solve crimes for a living...as Raven Remington, that is.  Can the world's worst detective ever figure out who was the target and who committed the crime?  Can she find her father before it's too late?  And can we stop Eric from publishing his tell-all book?

These are the questions that will keep you turning pages into the wee hours of the night--or keep you from laundry, dishes, dusting, and all of the other fun adult stuff in your life.  Once you meet Joey, she will hold you captive until the last page turns.

Combining hilarity, hijinks, and a healthy handful of faith, Christy Barritt has a new hit series once again, and you're going to want to "Join the Flub"!  I'm giving this one my "oh, the feels!" stamp of approval.

"Join the Flub" is available now...so go get a copy today!

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Friday, August 18, 2017

Out of Darkness by Erynn Newman




  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (May 3, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1544261691
  • ISBN-13: 978-1544261690

About the Book:

A bride and a widow in the same day, Elisabeth's prayers are about to be answered . . . if the CIA, international arms dealers, and her best friend don't stand in the way.

Elisabeth Allen gave her heart to Jesus as a little girl and to Drew Marek as a teenager. When their wedding day finally arrives, it's the happiest day of her life--until a bomb transforms her dream come true into a living nightmare.

As Best Man at the wedding, Gabriel Di Salvo promises Drew--his best friend and CIA partner--he'll look after Elisabeth, but he never dreams it will become necessary so soon. As Elisabeth struggles to put the pieces of her life back together without Drew, Gabe becomes her rock, and as they share their grief and begin to heal, their friendship gradually deepens into something more.

Three years later, Gabe and Elisabeth are planning a future together when he receives a shocking call from the one man who can upend his happiness: Drew. Suspecting someone at the CIA is behind his abduction, Drew refuses to come home. Instead, he asks Gabe to bring Elisabeth to him. Now Gabe just has to figure out how to let her go.

Drew and Elisabeth race across Europe, dodging international arms dealers and attempting to reclaim what was stolen from them. But years of captivity and torture have left their mark on Drew. He is no longer the same boy Elisabeth fell in love with, but he is still Elisabeth's husband, and she is determined to build something new and not allow her relationship with Gabe to come between them.

When their enemies close in and the threat of a terrorist attack escalates, Gabe may be the only person they can trust. Drew, Elisabeth, and Gabe are thrown into a fight for their lives--one that will test their loyalties to God, country . . . and each other.

My Thoughts:

WOW!  What a roller-coaster of a read!  "Out of Darkness" is an outstanding work of suspense from debut author Erynn Newman.  I was angry through most of the pages, and entertained through all of them.  Newman knows how to really pack a fictional punch, and I'm almost jealous of those who've yet to discover her novel!

But this story is more than mere entertainment.  Newman captures the power of a life lived for God, existing in the shadow of the Holy Spirit.  Because, quite honestly, this tale would have been a messy soap opera without God in the picture.

Genuine emotion paints every character in bright, vivid hues, and the drama is the most realistic I've come across in some time.  I mean, c'mon...a story that opens with a wedding and a bomb in the opening pages??  How can you NOT love that?

Erynn Newman is going to be a force in the world of fiction, and I couldn't be happier about that fact. Please, whatever you do, whatever you read, do NOT miss "Out of Darkness".  This stellar debut receives me "Oh, the Feels!" and "Packs a Punch" awards of excellence.  I found my copy on Amazon.com--and "Out of Darkness" is available from booksellers everywhere right now.

Until the next page turns,

Deena

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Strains of Silence by Bethany Kaczmarek




  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Book Group (August 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611169666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611169669

About the Book:

Music was her driving passion and the truest expression of her faith, but three months before her wedding, twenty-year-old Kasia Bernolak can’t even pick up her guitar. Feeling like a fraud who will ruin her dad’s pastoral reputation, she can barely meet his eyes. When Kasia finds the strength to break off her engagement, she still doesn’t realize the dangerous truth: Blake Hamilton isn’t ready to say goodbye. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her.

Alexander “Zan” Maddox has seen what a domineering man can do to an unsuspecting woman, and Zan is sick of injustice. He gave up a college baseball scholarship so he could protect his sister from her abusive husband. When he rescues Kasia from her ex-fiancĂ©, he instinctively appoints himself her personal bodyguard. Now, all he has to do is keep from falling for her himself.

Kasia and Zan become fast friends, but true healing and justice might cost more than either of them is willing to pay.

My Thoughts:

"Strains of Silence"is a very powerful and emotional story. I've been around abuse and have been abused, so this one triggered a LOT of tears. I had moments when I had to put the book down and just sob. Kaczmarek took a huge risk with a very volatile topic and it most definitely paid off. 

The relationships between the characters are rich and deep, and these imaginary people explore the ramifications of relationships, abuse, and assault without fear.  Zan's experiences help draw the poison out of Kasia's soul, and vice versa.

Be warned: the story is VERY realistic.  Some scenes may trigger strong emotions, but trust me when I say that the pain is worth the journey to the end.  I was very satisfied by the end, and I believe you will be as well.  And great healing can come from great fiction, so don't miss out on "Strains of Silence".

My one issue with the book is minute, but the foreign names and some unfamiliar language was different, and I would have loved a glossary page. But the story is exquisite and very well crafted.

I am eager to see what Kaczmarek writes next!  "Strains of Silence" receives my "Oh, the Feels!" and "Packs a Punch" marks of excellence.  My thanks to NetGalley for an advance copy with no obligations promised in return.  

Until the next page turns,

Deena
 

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