Saturday, April 23, 2016


MERMAID MOON by COLLEEN COBLE

It is always nice to read the second book in a series. You already know some of the characters, so it feels like catching up with old friends. The author does a great job of reacquainting readers with characters and introducing new ones with ease. Her writing style is smooth and deliberate which keeps you on your toes. I love a great mystery and this  is one of the best.

Mallory is trying to reclaim her life after the loss of her husband. It is hard to move on, but she is doing her best. When she gets a phone call from her dad, she is perplexed. She senses something is not right and returns to Mermaid Point after fifteen years.  When her dad dies, she must come to terms with the past . She runs into Kevin
who  at one point she thought would be her future. Old hurts and memories surface and she must face them head on. Why does Mallory suddenly get death threats on her and her daughter's life? Is there more to her father's death than she has been told?

Mermaid Moon is a very suspenseful book with secrets that could tear a town apart. The web of lies and deceit are so intricately woven, you are on the edge of your seat. It must feel eerie to come back home, only to discover you don't know who to trust. The author has brilliantly given us a rich story filled with mysterious characters and weaves the lives of many together to a story you won't forget. It seems like nothing is as it should be in this quaint little town and Mallory is determined to get answers. We all make mistakes, but will Mallory be able to recover from hers?

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review.

SHAMAN'S FIRE by SANDY CATHCART

I love books about Native Americans and always enjoy reading the history of the different tribes. Being part Native American, I was especially intrigued by this book. The author has done a great job of not only describing the culture, but has brought readers into the vivid accounts of important customs and beliefs. The book is written with great knowledge and you find yourself transformed to the very core of their great respect for land and people.

Sayla is  a singer living in a world where she feels torn. She likes the modern conveniences but is drawn to her heritage. It is a struggle for her to continue when several people close to her die. When she comes across the Shaman's Fire, she will discover things about herself and the heritage she came from. I loved the vivid description the author uses to paint a picture of hope for Sayla. She will have to face several choices that will change her forever. The journey is of self discovery of a young Native American woman who will embrace her heritage while facing pain, loneliness and perhaps restoration. I could not put the book down as the author captured a story that is seldom told from the perspective of Native Americans. It is a mesmerizing story and I hope to read more from this captivating author.

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

WOMAN THOU ART LOOSED ! By T.D. JAKES

This is a great book to encourage you  and start moving past pain. Some of us have gone through tremendous heartache and as we get older, those memories can hold us back. Be of good cheer though, because it is time to be set free from the bondage that the enemy has tried to deceive us with. I loved how the author tackles hard issues and shows you that we can overcome by the power of the Word. It is time to be free and stand tall women.

There are many chapters in the book that give you insight into the trauma of childhood, low self esteem and even hating yourself . I found myself crying for that little girl who was never able to be free. It is painful to think that no one loves you, and you walk around with shame . But we don't have to live like that anymore. The book is powerful, straight forward and so encouraging that I couldn't put it down. As you read the book, let the healing begin as you soak in the words of wisdom and freedom. "The triumphant woman locked inside shall come forth to where she belongs."

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network for an honest review.

Friday, April 22, 2016


THE FEATHERED BONE by JULIE CANTRELL

After reading this gripping novel I can only sit and stare at the wall. The emotional turmoil this book took me through was so powerful that I wanted to scream. Few authors can capture the essence of a feeling and have the reader feel it in their soul. I can say without a doubt this author took me into the depths of hell and showed me ugliness I never want to see again. It is such a powerful story that I could not stop reading it. The caliber of writing is far superior than well seasoned authors on the best sellers list today.

The book centers around a field trip where something very tragic happens. It is every parents worse nightmare. The consequences of that day will set a course for depression , domestic violence, suicide , trafficking and many more unthinkable horrors that is faced by children everyday. The author handles the different subjects with grace, but gives a believable look into a gritty underworld of abuse that only be survived by the grace of God. I loved how the author always focused on hope for the characters and gave a glimpse into the power of faith and determination.

I will without hesitation say this has to be at the top of my list of best books ever written. The author took characters and gave them a face with words that scattered across the pages as they came to life. There were tears shed as I finished the book. It has changed be forever and I won't forget the story of survival and torture that seeps through the pages of a book worthy of the best of the best in fiction.

I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild for an honest review.