REVIEWED...FAITH AND INSPIRATIONAL NOVELS




Restored ... by Tanya Eavenson



Dr. Steven Moore is known nationally for saving lives. If only he could save his own. Unable to deal with his cancer prognosis, he retreats to a happier time in his past—to the woman who once stole his heart.

Four years after the death of her beloved husband, bookstore owner Elizabeth Roberts still struggles to sustain her faith and joy in the Lord as she raises her two sons. She strives to find a way through her family's grief, never suspecting a man from her past might offer hope for her future.

But how can there be a future when he's only come to kiss her and says good-bye?


OUR REVIEW

Author Tanya Eavenson blends life and death in the heartwarming  Christian romantic story Restored. Is it possible that love from the past can ever be forgotten or forgiven? 

Linda      
Eavenson's style of writing has a balanced rhythm to it. She incorporates the feel of heartache with the joy and love that the main characters develop as they find their way around some troublesome past events. As it is in real life, Restored has a nice Christian "flavor" flow to it. The story isn't pounding you over the head with trying to change your view of God, but speaking as we do in everyday life, expecting God has a plan for us.

Trust me, you'll need your tissues, but Eavenson doesn't leave us disappointed.

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Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More (Creek Country Saga Book 4) ... by April Gardner


For those who enjoy saga-length Christian historical romance. Bitter Eyes No More is a single, complete story. It is book four in
the Creek Country Saga.

A man of abiding honor, tested by a woman of ruinous passion. A woman of unspeakable sins, pursued by a God of unquenchable mercy.

Spanish Florida once sheltered Lillian McGirth from her fears. Now, it feeds them. Mercy is for the deserving; for Lillian, an unwed mother accused of treason, there is only battering and defeat, but her fall breaks softly in the arms of an unexpected arrival, a man too beautiful of soul to stain with her lost character.

Captain Marcus Buck sails in on a pledge to save Miss McGirth from herself and from her child's father, a ruthless don. All the while, he's to regard her as virtuous and worthy of protection and to guard said virtue from pilfering. But the terms are flawed since he must first guard her from himself. Regardless, he is determined. He will free her, repair her name--simple labor compared to dodging the army's noose, mending wounds three years deep, and navigating a host of rebel Natives bent on inflicting more.

Through the steady crumble of his pledge, their friendship becomes a consolation, for she knows his pain as no other can or will. Their scars are one; their paths, however, might irrevocably become two... 




OUR REVIEW


Even though I picked this book up out of the series order, it is a stand alone book. Drawn by the Frost Moon: Bitter Eyes No More (Creek Country Saga Book 4)  by April Gardner picks up action with characters that have crossed over from the previous story line, but I quickly learned their backgrounds and personalities thanks to their introduction in the beginning of the book.

Linda       
Author Gardner has richly supplemented the story line with amazing details of the  historical 1817 era, proving that taking time in  researching details turns an average story into an epic book. I have to say, there were some characters that I didn't like and it took a while before I warmed up to them. Is it possible that a passionate woman could reach inside her soul to find the strength and boldness to endure hardships, battles and devious men that ruled her life?

This book could easily be transformed into a mini series or movie, as there are plenty of diverse characters and intense action. If you love historical fiction, this is  a must read series for you.


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Dreams Of Tamar: A Tale of Rejection, Redemption, Restoration, and Faith ... by Darlene Pryor



When single mother of twins Diedra meets and falls in love with James, she assumes that “as long as you both shall live” will be the start of peace, contentment, and blissful motherhood.

Diedra has a full life that often intersects with the lives of three other women: Breanna, the free and flirtatious spirit; Cassandra, Diedra’s childhood friend; and Sharnell, the overachiever. And when Diedra’s brood grows to seven after the birth of triplets, she thinks that surely her saga is fully written.

But when unexpected obstacles suddenly pile on with no end in sight, Diedra must struggle to save her marriage, brave a frightening diagnosis, and untangle mysteriously lucid dreams whose meaning remains just out of reach—but which are increasingly worrisome in their urgency.

On top of it all—she’s pregnant again.

More than a Christian romance, Dreams of Tamar weaves together relevant scripture and riveting storytelling and will resonate with believers of today who have real problems that require real solutions. Dive in to a story of a love that binds people together with unbreakable chains as they work out their salvation and journey toward restoration.




OUR REVIEW


 I was amazed at the love and passion felt between Diedra and her husband James in the book Dreams of Tamar: A Tale of Rejection, Redemption, Restoration, and Faith, by Darlene Pryor. Not all things start off good, but as Diedra's life continues on she fights through the ups and downs and the disappointments of love and life. When James comes into her life, wow...he IS the love that she longs for, but will it last? Being married for a while and having children sometimes isn't always what you might hope it to be.

Linda     
I love how author Pryor brings into the book the Biblical story of Tamar. Well, I had forgotten about those stories, and what a little bible study I got, in fact I loved all the scriptures that Pryor added, each adding to the meaning of where the story was at that time.  This family thrived on Bible principles.

Surprise after surprise came along, and the flow of the story made me happy and sad and in a few places, rejoicing in the Lord! Pryor gives us a big surprise and the end, which you'll have to read to find out.

Love, passion, and Scriptures makes this a fabulous book!


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Amber Alert: Christian Contemporary Romance with Suspense (Dangerous Series Book 1) Kindle Edition   ... by Linda K. Rodante



After a disastrous engagement to an abusive boyfriend, Sharee Jones tells God that she’s not dating anymore. If he has someone for her to marry, he’d better just drop the man in front of her. She’s not thinking of the tall, handsome man who moonlights as the church’s maintenance crew of one—a man she feels sure doesn’t know the Lord.
Since the tragedy in his own life, John Jergenson wants nothing to do with God, but every time he turns around lately, Sharee is in his face—wanting help with her Christmas program, needing help with her car, even threatening him with a pair of stakes—and talking about God. He’s not sure what to do about her, but he doesn’t like the mutilated dolls they’ve found, or the homeless hitchhiker she picked up, or the fact that she never watches out for herself. With someone terrorizing the new mom at the church, and Sharee playing detective, can he keep his past secret and keep her safe long enough to figure out if he’s ready to love again?
Amber Alert is a warm romance, with intrigue, ‪‎mystery‬ and suspense; a ‪‎whodunit‬ with heart and faith. And an ACFW Genesis and First Impressions finalist. Best-Selling author Sandra D. Bicker said, “Amber Alert…takes the reader on a suspenseful ride with unexpected twists…and characters you’ll care about.”
Author E. J. Willis said that, “The characters…pull you into their story… there's just the right mixture of romance and suspense. If you like Karen Kingsbury or Dee Henderson, I believe you'll enjoy Linda's books as well. They're hard to put down!”  


OUR REVIEW

The first sentence in Amber Alert by Linda K. Rodante hooked me immediately, in fact it's the crux of the story. We find the main characters in the opening chapter already filled to the brim with emotions that make us wonder why their feelings are at some kind of breaking point. Sharee Jones with her mass of curly red hair to match her intense stubbornness, and John Jergenson who is the maintenance crew of one in their beloved church.

As the story unfolds, more characters are introduced, all in some way or another ending up in the church fellowship, whether they are believers in God, or on the path to find Him.


Linda     
I loved how Rodante showed the human side of Christians, their flaws, raw emotions and the fear that was building due to terror that was growing among the women of the church. What were the secrets behind those people that made everything finally come to a head?




It was refreshing to see the character of Sharee be strong in her Christian faith, but still had to struggle with the physical aspect that she was feeling towards John.

The pace is fast and descriptions short and sweet, which makes this a perfect suspenseful romance!


                     





The Wager: A Romantic Comedy as Christian Allegory ... by Mike Brister



Sarah Morgan Leigh Dumont is rich, successful and famous. Matthew Ezra Shepherd is none of those things. Sarah, raised in Connecticut, is the oldest child in a prominent family. Matt, raised in Mississippi, is the youngest child in a farming family. Sarah is a winner in life’s lottery and has a home in Malibu. Matt, a former Marine, is putting the pieces of his life back together. Sarah is driven, focused, difficult, and intimidating. Matt is friendly and smiles easily. Sarah is full of herself. Matt is full of mischief.

They meet under false pretenses in New Orleans, the city built on false pretenses. She sees him only as the object of a wager; he sees her as an object to be avoided—and yet.

What happens when love is uninvited, inconvenient, and demanding? When it keeps you up at night and distracts you during the day. When it counsels unreason, folly, and ruin. When it can breach any locked door, scale any high wall, or whisper above any noise. Fortunately, when it happens to someone else, it can be very funny.

The story is told primarily through dialogue which is presented in the style of a play. Descriptions are rarely used to explain how something is said. That is left to the imagination of the reader.

The story includes a Southern, gothic ghost story; an epic poem; a suggested playlist of thirty-five songs; and three recipes: Ruth’s chocolate pie, Matt’s buttermilk biscuits, and Lester’s pound cake.

Buy a book and help buy a goat for a family in Haiti.



OUR REVIEW

I was totally taken off guard at first reading of The Wager by Mike Brister. Thinking that this book was going to be your regular Christian romantic novel with a bit of humor, I was in for an amazing surprise.


Linda         
The story sets the background of two opposite characters, giving vivid descriptions of their personalities, while not using the extra verbiage of when the character speaks, leaving it up to the reader to add our own interpretation or feeling of what we have imagined in our  mind. While the story continues of how these two unlikely characters meet under the unusual circumstances, I found myself actually reading it in a Southern accent, which is a credit to Brister in his style of writing.

I will say, I had that "ah-ha" moment when I connected the title to the story.

The humor is a flow of unbelievably funny and sarcastic banter, making it reminiscent to me of Lauren Bacall in How to Marry a Millionaire. I wondered how the two main characters could even tolerate each other, but found myself actually laughing out loud, especially at their encounter on the plane and dinner at the parents.

As the story progresses, you gain a deeper understanding of why these two act the way they do to each other, and immediately your emotions are racing to find out what happens, in fact I went back to the beginning to re-read about their personalities and whoa, I even had more intense feelings for these two.

Not to give any spoilers, but I will say my heart broke and yes, I needed my tissues since I fell in love with these characters. I appreciated the authors wrap up of the book, and yes...you will understand why buying this book will help a family get a goat in Haiti.

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Notes from the Dog ... by Gary Paulsen

(although this book is for grades 5 -9, I also recommend it for adults)



"Sometimes having company is not all it's cracked up to be." 
Fifteen-year-old Finn is a loner, living with his dad and his amazing dog, Dylan. This summer he's hoping for a job where he doesn't have to talk to anyone except his pal Matthew. Then Johanna moves in next door. She's ten years older, cool, funny, and she treats Finn as an equal. Dylan loves her, too. Johanna's dealing with breast cancer, and Matthew and Finn learn to care for her, emotionally, and physically. When she hires Finn to create a garden, his gardening ideas backfire comically. But Johanna and the garden help Finn discover his talents for connecting with people.


OUR  REVIEW
I picked this book out of the children's section at the school library and after reading it, thought oh dear it doesn't belong there. But the more I thought about it Notes From The Dog by Gary Paulsen is geared towards the AP readers to challenge their comprehension reading skills.

The main character is a fourteen year old boy named Finn and his devoted dog Dylan. Although his household is made up of Dad and Grandpa, he is very shy and sets a few  low goals for his summer vacation. With the new temporary neighbor who moved in next door his whole summer changes. Johanna is a graduate student in her twenties with awesome people skills who just happens to be a  breast cancer survivor trying to live her life to the fullest.

Linda    
 
Finn and Johanna make a deal to create a garden in Finn's backyard and through this adventure they become close friends, actually helping each other out emotionally and physically. Johanna is still going through chemo, but her goal is to raise money for the Cancer Foundation, even training for a race. But as summer comes to an end, all plans are laid aside after Johanna's condition changes.
I have to say, even getting to the middle of this story I was tearing up not knowing what was going to happen. I didn't think the dog has that big of a part, but it was an important piece of the story. I highly recommend this book if your child understands more than just an easy, fluffy read.

To every thing there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun.
A time to be born,
and a time to die.
A time to plant,
and a time to reap.

A time to weep,
and a time to laugh.
A time to mourn,
and a time to dance.
                        Ecclesiastes 3


 

This book is dedicated with all respect and hope to everyone who has ever faced cancer. ~ Gary Paulsen






 

 


  

Mending the Motocross Champion (Team Macachek Book 1) ...by Jean C. Gordon
 
Physical therapist Dana VanAlstyne’s dreams of a family were lost in the dust of a motocross racecourse. Although she’s filled her life with her work and church activities, it hasn’t filled the empty space inside her. Nor has it eased the heartache of being abandoned by a man who wasn’t ready for a wife and children. Now her dream is to open her own private practice. All she needs is the capital to make that happen.

Anton, “Mac,” Macachek may be the top professional motocross racer in the country but he still has one race that matters more to him: winning a championship at Unadilla Raceway and showing the hometown folks the bad boy did amount to something. But when a horrific accident sidelines those plans, he makes a deal with the woman he once loved with all his heart. A woman who abandoned him. If Dana will get him back in racing shape, he’ll fund her new practice. Then an even more dangerous risk is revealed. If Mac races again, he could die.

Does Dana have enough faith to risk her heart again? She loved Mac once, but feared he loved motocross racing more than he loved her. If she helps him mend his broken body, will it also mend her broken heart? Or will it all be lost again in the dust and danger of a motocross racetrack?
 
OUR REVIEW

"The shrill of the phone woke her to her worst nightmare." Oh yeah ... from here on in the reader of Mending the Motocross Champion by Jean C. Gordon keeps you at full speed! Dana is dragged back to the past she thought was over but never really quite forgot, as she moved on to a new life as a physical therapist.

Ex-husband "Mac" Macachek has had a horrific accident, and by some extraordinary events manipulates his way back into Dana's life, to help him recuperate his body and hopefully resuscitate the love that was once between them. 

Linda       
Their past life together is woven through the book and as we put the pieces in order, we find that there is more and more to the story then it seemed at first. Dana's love for God and her dedication to her Church clashes with Mac's love for the speed of the Motocross. Can God's grace and forgiveness bring them back together or does the glamourous life of wealth and fame be the end of a love story?

Just a side note, you don't have to know anything about Motocross to enjoy this electrifying story of two teens, now grown adults sifting through a rough ride of emotions.

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Child of Dust ... by Shoba Sadler


Beautiful but spoilt Vietnamese socialite, Cao Kim Lye, learns of her parents sudden death from the dashing Amerasian family chauffeur, Bryan Nguyen. Kim steps out of a world of crystal and chandelier to enter the dust and chaos of the working-class. She finds herself living under the roof of a shop-cum- living quarters with Bryan and his adoptive family. Ever conscious of the privileged class, Kim struggles against the emotional ties she forms towards Bryan, the reluctant saviour, who considers her an unnecessary hitch to his already complicated life. He still bears the scars of abandonment by his mother and his American GI father when U.S. troops pulled out of Vietnam. Eventually Bryan and Kim's powerful attraction to each other begins to break down the walls between them, but is their attraction enough to blossom into a love that can sustain?
 
Our Review

Shoba Sadler author of Child of Dust, has opened a whole new genre of Christian romance and mystery in this heart wrenching multi-cultural novel. The Dedication...In memory of Amerasians, the least remembered casualties of the Vietnam War, although fiction, sets the tone for an eye-opener of a past to present history life style of the results of a factual event.

When Kim is told of her of her rich parents death, her world as she knows it begins to crumble. She is used to being pampered and spoiled and now left with nothing, surprisingly turns to the Amerasian family chauffeur Bryan, while she figures out what to do next. Family ties are not always what they seem, and secrets never seem to come out in the open...or will they? As Kim tries to function in the strange new life Bryan introduces her to, a new feeling of compassion sparks in the reader for her. We feel the actual flavor and customs of this new place, and understand a different culture that maybe most of us are not familiar with.

Linda       
Social classes are a strong point in this novel, one in which the characters are in constant struggle to overcome. Bryan with his amazingly physical features, reveals quite a few surprises, some tender, some harsh, and here is where we learn the meaning of the title of the book. Christian faith is the main thread running through this novel, keeping hope alive for the characters, even though they might not realize why things happen for any given circumstance.

This novel has a consistent rhythm, adding surprise after surprise, twisting our emotions at each new difficulty Kim faces. I couldn't put this book down, waiting to see if any or all the ends would be tired up. I would actually like to see the novel transcend into a movie. An amazing read.

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Wait for Me ... by Suzanne Sanders Overstreet

It was July 1942. Dorothy Carlin says goodbye to her boyfriend Clyde Justin, as he leaves for boot camp. As she awaits his return, a twist of fate leads her to his best friend, Duane Sanders. Duane’s family has been through many hardships, but somehow manages to get through each setback without bitterness. Now they, along with an entire nation, do their part to bring home their sons and daughters and win the war. But not all of them will be coming home…


A story inspired by true events of hardship, loss, love and hope.

OUR REVIEW

Wait for Me by Susanne Sanders Overstreet grabs your heart within the first chapters. The reader is introduced to a warm and loving young family in which tragedy strikes quickly. Your heart breaks for them, although at the same time the author reassures us that their strong bonds of family love will keep them fighting to stay together to the best of their abilities during any hardships. 

This story continues with the lineage of the Sanders family and how they struggled through hard times and great sadness, but yet they always found a way to go forward and succeed in the best way they could at any given life situation. I felt the heart of the story picked up with Duane, (a few generations later in the story) as his life changes drastically when the War becomes in full swing. Saying any more will be a spoiler to the reader, but as the author puts it..."Now they, along with an entire nation, do their part to bring home their sons and daughters and win the war. But not all of them will be coming home..." 

Linda       
I personally enjoyed this story since it takes place in a neighboring town close to me, in fact one of the characters comes from my home town. The author touches on real life places that are recognizable and still in existence today which added a certain depth to the story. She also gives us interesting details about military life and the way soldiers were treated back then.

The heartfelt letters will bring tears to your eyes, as they reflect on the loneliness of soldiers away from home, missing the love from friends and family.

 A fabulous read about family love.
 
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GMPL
On an added note: Deb and I attended the book launch of Wait For Me, and had a wonderful time. Susanne is a lovely author and very passionate about her book. It was amazing to see some of the family there that she wrote about. Just want to share a couple of pictures...
                                                           
Dorothy
Suzanne    


  





The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines Kindle Edition  ... by Thomas Bruce


 They were left there to die. Six residents of a fledgling elderly care home. They however weren't done living and join together calling themselves Table 21. You're never too old. Never too old to live, to give, to learn, to challenge yourself, to be productive and to share your life perspective. That is what Table 21 learns during their time at The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines. Through their determination they create a home for those that have a life to live. Share this book with family and friends. It's inspirational, heart warming and funny. It’s thought provoking and starts the conversation: There’s got to be a better way to care for our parents.

A published author ravaged by dementia with stories still to be told, a retired detective who can’t turn off his investigative mind, an executive chef with nowhere to cook, a retired nurse who isn’t done caring, the retail executive with nowhere to sell, and a retired delicatessen owner who dreams of teaching his craft.

Thrown together by a simple table rotation at Chelsea Manor the six come together and form Table21. Their new home is soon taken over by Levi Jorgensen, an eighteen-year-old aspiring Olympic skier who, due to drug addiction, accidentally killed his grandmother.

In her will, Levi’s grandmother leaves the facility to him with instructions to renovate it into The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines. Levi however intends to sell the facility to land developers. Table 21, are a handful for Levi and escape on a three hundred mile journey to go and see a real Bristlecone Pine Tree to fulfill one of their dreams. They fight to keep their home, and what follows are the heartwarming hilarious adventures of Table 21 as they set out to prove that Levi is a drug addict who is stealing their medications.

Tragedy, however, touches both sides and causes them to open their hearts and minds to having empathy for their fellow human being.

Bristlecone Pines challenges the way we see and treat our elderly parents. It provokes change by reminding us they have amazing life perspective and can still be productive no matter what their age.
    

 
OUR REVIEW               
 
So ok, now that I've wiped the tears away, let's start on this deeply touching and moving story on not only the main six characters of The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines by Thomas Bruce, but the elderly population in our world.
 
We are introduced to the residents of Chelsea Manor through a new and scared elderly patient, just starting her journey in life with  Lewy Bodies Dementia. Being strong as she faces her new life style, she is embraced by a lively group of diverse people who have found and established a mischievous friendship with each other, and unite themselves as Table 21.
 
As life moves on, we learn that the new owner of Chelsea Manor is woven in the story with a somewhat devious plan of his own. His drug addiction and his physical handicap plays a big part of his mind set of not following through with bringing a fresh start to the Manor as stated in the will by his late Grandmother, Sadie.
 
There is more meaning to the changing of the name to The Lodge at Bristlecone Pines then we at first know. As tragedy hits, the reader is uplifted with  scriptures that have meaning not only to the residents in the story, but a gentle reminder to those of us who have aging, elderly parents. Being old doesn't mean you still can't be productive as we learn through these characters. Mixing love and sadness, keep a box of tissues at hand.

Linda     
 
This story brings a surprising collaboration of all the characters and their problems to an ending that, well, doesn't really end does it? As 
the author puts it..."We don't need to know all the answers, or how the story ends. We just need to pay attention to the chapter that's laid out before us."
 
 

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The Bricks and Sticks of Life... by Lillian Corrigan

This inspiring novel based upon a true story will tug at your heartstrings and renew your faith in true love.

Handyman Mitch Conner personifies the meaning of mentor. Unlocking potential, he builds up both people and structures. Using the proper tools for each job, he shows how simple materials create exquisite results. Some lives become cottages, others estates, yet each is precious in its own way.

After losing his wife and home, Mitch is left haunted and longing. One moment of fate fulfills his dream to be part of a family. But when illness threatens to demolish it, Mitch relies on relationships—the concrete that fortifies our existence—in his battle to save himself once again. Bonds with loved ones deepen as they laugh, labor and learn the meaning of life.

Step into Mitch’s boots. Journey through seasons filled with joy, hardship and tests of will in this touching story about an everyday hero you will never forget.


OUR REVIEW


Lillian Corrigan grabs you right from the start with her catchy title, The Bricks and Sticks of Life. Building upon each character in this lovely story takes the reader through three phases of a family's emotional love and life for a period of time.

The Joyful Mysteries of Life introduces us to Mitch, a beloved father figure who has lost his loving wife whom he misses so deeply. Mitch, or teasingly called big "M", does his best to bring up his only son, affectionately called little "m" in a Godly manner. They are a well respected duo in their Church community.
 
The Sorrowful Mysteries of Life continues to build Lillian's characters in their growth of handling the unknown territory of a growing family that has flourished in love for one another, the respect of their relatives and church families while dealing with an uncertain future.

The Glorious Mysteries of Life explodes with emotions that will finally resolve in the acceptance of family issues that will only strengthen their faith in God.


Linda   
A book that was hard to put down as the reader will most certainly get involved with the love and faithfulness of God and family that was shared. As the author puts it..."Every day we purchase, gather, find, or experience bricks and sticks that build our lives. Each is a gift. Perhaps we're reminded to cherish loved ones, have faith in our higher power, or believe in ourselves."

A special note from the author on the last page will only enhance the reader's involvement of the story.


 








Archie of Outlandish ... by Lynnette Kraft (Author), Abigail Kraft (Illustrator), Jared Kraft (Narrator) 

Archibald Plumby cannot look up … well, at least not very far up. His entire life has been spent underneath the shelter of lowered ceilings and umbrellas, for the slightest glimpse upward sends him into a panic.

Archie has learned to live with his particular set of circumstances. In fact, he has an idyllic life in a picturesque coastal town called Outlandish. He lives with loving and accepting parents, eats fine food at his mother’s cliffside restaurant, and spends his days on the beach and in the town’s quaint streets in search of stories to write for his part-time job at the local newspaper.

On his twentieth birthday, as thoughts of the future begin to weigh on Archie’s mind, photographer Tallie Greenleaf comes to town and is drawn to this curious young man and his ever-present umbrella. She approaches him, hoping to get his permission to photograph him—but destiny has brought Tallie to Outlandish for so much more than a
photograph.  
     


OUR REVIEW


As I started to read Archie of Outlandish by Lynnette Kraft, I had the feeling that I just stepping into a dream world, narrated by a beloved gentle soul, who was setting the scene of a story that I hadn't a clue to what to expect, but knew something unique and unusual was about to happen. The town was called Outlandish, a perfect name for the residents that lived there...especially for a young man name Archibald Plumby, better known as Archie, to his dismay.

 

Archie was born with a fearful condition of not being able to look up without having a panic attack, and carried umbrellas, ate under the tables, and had a most unusual bedroom in which he felt safe. This behavior was accepted with love by his parents and townsfolk, who really never gave it a second thought as they accepted him as he was. He lived a quite life, observing and writing articles for the town paper Stay Afloat.

 
Just about the time of life that Archie was questioning his life, God intervenes and brings a young woman of interest into his life. What happens next is simply amazing, as the story flows with your emotions as the tides of this costal town.

 
I so felt this story was almost a metaphor for our lives that God hands to us, how we stay "Afloat" in our "Outlandish" lives, staying safe under our umbrellas.  Sometimes it takes an outsider to shake up our little perfect world we live in. The beautiful illustrations add so much warmth without overpowering the story line. An added bonus is the beautiful, haunting music that comes with this lovely story of trust, faith and love.
Linda    

 
Make sure you read the acknowledgment, as the credit is based out of love.

I truly see this story turned into a beautiful, faith based film with an exceptional score by this talented composer.




 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Light of Dark: Leah, Tobias, Bethany, Jesse Box Set Kindle Edition  ... By D. Gail Miller                     

All Tobias, Bethany and Jesse Weaver really want to do is marry their Amish sweethearts, settle down in their own homes and raise their (hopefully large) families. (If only it could be that simple.) 

In the Light of Dark, three Amish siblings come face-to-face with a conspiracy of rebellion that has been passed down from generation to generation from ancient times and is about to explode in long-anticipated fulfillment. It's the very last thing the Weavers (or most anyone else) wanted to invade their lives!


OUR REVIEW    






The Light of Dark is a unique twist on the traditional Amish novel. D. Gail Miller introduces her readers to the norms of the quiet, secluded Amish community, while adding the extreme trials and turmoil of the English world that surrounds them.

The progression of the series flows from one character to the next, ultimately leading the family unit back together and renewing the strong bond they once had. Although there are many deep, dark and heavy issues within this story, D. Gail Miller allows all her characters to carry the burden of finding truth and justice. Along the way, each character finds that love prevails, even at the most difficult times.


Debra Sue     
This dystopian novel leaves no stone unturned when delving into the worldly issues we are facing today. D. Gail Miller shows her strong Christian background and beliefs as well as her passion for living for Christ which shines through all of her characters.
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 The Boy Who Walked A Way...By Nancy Janes  6/26/16                                                                                                 



With a deep and gentle meaning that is born of violent circumstances, The Boy Who Walked a Way is a rare young adult novel that appeals to both genders equally. Though born of Christian roots, this profound story is a perfect fit for readers of all backgrounds and faiths that truly inspires with its touching journey of self-discovery, belief, and personal mastery. With a rich and detailed world that has descended into out-of-control chaos, this grand novel is an epic, touching fantasy that will inspire and entertain for years to come.

OUR REVIEW

Debra Sue         
In the story, The Boy Who Walked A Way, youngster Jal Valyhn, desperate to find his parents and uncle, sets off on a remarkable journey with the help of two likable and loving guides. Along the way, many encounters lead Jal to ask questions of this great new country they are traveling through. He learns many new lessons along the way, things he hasn't even learned in his studies. He is highly motivated to reach his final destination in hopes of being reunited with his family.

The story starts out with Jal helpless and searching for his lost family during this time of war. He encounters what appears to be almost supernatural beings along the way that show Jal his sense of troubles will be turned into such great peace if he remains patient. Nancy Janes uses such descriptive language, really allowing the readers to envision what these unique characters and settings look like. Readers who love dystopian adventures will definitely want to pick up this book!


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The Living Miracle (a love story) ... by Donna D. Vaal



Is Izanagi Okamura a monster or just a man afraid to die?

There is a new world without God, sorrow or love for others, only self. One man attempts to control life. Another tries to reintroduce it.

Hiroto Okamura is given a doll, L4-13354, for his birthday. He quickly discovers that she is special. Together, they struggle to hide her secret until it is time to reveal her true existence.

A greedy perfect world; the choice between morality and covetousness; and the created life that will change everything.

This story takes Hiroto on a journey through life, love, passion, death and spiritual growth. The devotion these two innocent children share is both pure and enduring as they fight to remain together. Follow them as they travel the world telling their story and restoring the Christian faith.
  


OUR REVIEW

Donna D. Vaal is the self-published author of The Living Miracle: A Love Story.
Debra Sue       

This is definitely a book for the mature reader. The way the author describes the workings of the human body is very detailed, and the interaction between the characters is unlike most traditional situations that you find in typical novels. Vaal’s Sci-Fi story shows how the characters find faith and understand that God’s purpose will always be found, even in the most unlikely circumstances.



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Missing Piece...by Uzo Okoye

A desperate search for what ‘more’ there is to life, eventually leads John Williams to answers. But tragically, everything falls apart, just as his journey appears to be complete. His picture-perfect life is stripped apart - piece by piece - and lies in a crumpled heap. To make matters worse, a troubling dark secret from his past returns to haunt him.

Will John accept his new reality? Is he brave enough to fight for the truth? Or will the enticement to return to his seeming perfect past prove too much of a temptation to resist?


OUR REVIEW


At first read of Missing Piece by Uzo Okoye, I found myself not liking the opulent lifestyle of John Williams, high powered and most sought after lawyer in a prominent law firm. His son had shut John out of his life, daughter Lola retreated into her own shell, and his wife Amy was in a miserable state. Their marriage hanging on by a thread.


 
Realizing the strong emotions I was feeling while reading this story, reminded me that author Uzo Okeye had excellently penned the right words in such a fashion, that I was actually believing this story was true, and I was taking this family and their troubles to heart.



                                                                                                                                             
Linda     
As serious problems mounted with his firm and a suspicious event from his private life comes back to haunt him,  John's life spiraled into a bottomless pit, and the story unfolded by reveling each family member's past, and why they acted in the manner that they did. John reached out to an old friend, who had a completely different lifestyle from his. Decisions were made but the question remains, could life get any worse then it was, and will this new decision make a change?                                           

This story is as real as it can get. Even though the characters are more affluent then the average everyday person, a life without God is still void.