Wednesday, October 12, 2016


DYNAMO by ELEANOR GUSTAFSON


I really enjoyed reading this book and I appreciate the knowledge of horses that the author shared. I have always been afraid of horses, but love looking at them. They are quite tall and after reading this story I have come to respect them. As the author described some of the horses as being wild and needing training, I thought about people. Don't some of us kinda live wildly and find ourselves in trouble. Just like a wild or stubborn horse, when we  experience patience and love, we begin to let our guard down and begin  to trust.

Jeth has seen some hard times and really needs a break. He finds himself at a ranch that is run by Rob  and Katie Chilton. They run a place that trains, shows and sells horses. What a perfect place for Jeth to start over. He knows all about horses and hopes this will be a new beginning for him. I really liked how he was hungry to hear the word and how patient Rob was as Jeth asked questions. Jeth really was down on himself because of the trouble he had been in. He just couldn't understand why God would forgive him.

Dynamo is one tough, and hard headed horse. Jeth has a challenge ahead of him when he takes on the role of taming this horse.  As Jeth's faith grows stronger, he finds himself being tested . Will he make the right choices? What lessons will Dynamo teach him? The story is well written and I loved the interaction between Jeth and Dynamo. The story has secrets and surprises that will have you on the edge of your seat. Get ready for a ride that will take you on a journey of forgiveness and faith.

I received a copy of this book from The BookClub Network . The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.



SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE by CHRISTA ALLAN

How to start my review? I guess the best way is to say that the story was riveting, emotional and so powerful that I never put the book down until I finished it. I have  not read a book from this author before, but wow does she have a way to make a story come to life. Her characters were so real, I felt like I was sitting beside Olivia as each painful journey she took was mixed with tears and disappointment.

On the day you are to be married, you realize your groom is not going to show up, so what do you do? For Olivia that day will forever be a painful, and sorrowful day. Why did her fiancé not show up? As you read the story you begin to see the man Wyatt , her fiancé was. He loved Olivia with everything he had, but on their wedding day, a tragedy happens that will bring secrets to the surface.

I loved Olivia instantly and thought her character was someone I would want to be friends with. She is smart, pretty and full of life. There is one thing she is struggling with , though. She has a hard time understanding why her parents believe in God. Her mother is very critical of her and their relationship was difficult at times. I loved the scenes when they argued as it brought realism to the story. Parts of the story really hit home for me and I knew I was going to cry before I finished the book. It is hard to love someone who always says negative things to you.  As their fights became an almost daily thing, Olivia was beginning to distance herself from her mom.

I loved how the story showed us that forgiveness can tear down bitterness and restore relationships. Olivia's journey to trust in God is very well written and I enjoyed reading her transformation. She endures tragedies and feels like God is punishing her. Have you ever felt that way? Throughout the story , Olivia's grandmother is a very gentle person who reminds Olivia that God does not hate her. The story is filled with deep emotions and the ending is one you won't forget. I'm so glad I read this story because it reminded me how fragile life is. Take time everyday to tell those you love how important they are. Remember that God is always there and forgiveness will set you free.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016


MERCY AT MIDNIGHT by SYLVIA BAMBOLA

Oh how I love this author. Her books are so emotional and action packed that I find myself reading into the wee hours to finish it. The author has written a great story that takes readers to the seedier parts of a town. Her description is perfect and I was able to picture the homeless people as they rummaged for food. Don't you ever wonder how someone ends up on living on the streets? It just takes one person to reach out and make a difference. The story reminds me that we all need a helping hand at sometime . Will you be the one to encourage someone and give them hope?

Jonathan  is a pastor who I really liked. He has such a gentle spirit and his compassion and patience was very endearing. He gets a word from God that will take him to a place that he will witness forgiveness and redemption. His journey will lead him to open a shelter that had been closed up for awhile. I really liked how he was determined to get it up and running and ignored those  that thought he was not capable of taking on such a big challenge.

Cynthia is a news reporter who is always looking for the next best story. She definitely has some secrets from her past and she has a hard time trusting. When she finds herself at the shelter, will she allow herself to open up to someone? Why Is she really at the shelter? Her character reminded me of someone that acts really tough, but inside is a hurt and lonely person. I thought the author did a great job of having Cynthia slowly begin to trust and feel like she had found friends at the shelter. She has always been very private , but as her story takes a dangerous turn, will she let her new friends protect her?

Stubby is a homeless man who lives on the dark streets waiting for something good to happen in his life. His character was my favorite because he was so hungry to change his life and all he needed was that one chance . He had always felt like such a loser, going days living on drugs and watching his friends die while living on the streets. Why is a gang trying to kill Stubby? Will he find safety at the shelter ? The part where Stubby cries out to God is an emotional scene and I cried as I could feel his desperation.

Throughout the story I kept thinking about the song "Amazing Grace." Sometimes we think we aren't good enough and no one loves us , but God loved us so much that he sacrificed His  son for us. How many of us are guilty of judging others? Do we turn our backs on the homeless, the weary and desperate people in this world? The story really opened my eyes to the horrible conditions people live in and I thank the author for  writing about a subject that reminds us that we need to be His hands and feet.  We need to show grace and mercy and not turn our bs is on people in need. The scriptures are beautifully placed in the story to draw readers to learn to trust and rely on Him.

The book is action packed with secrets, lies, gangs, drugs, murder, greed, forgiveness and redemption. The ending is a real edge of your seat thrill ride  as the characters face danger. I can't wait till the author has another book coming out. She writes with passion and makes characters come  to life with real problems that people face everyday.

I received a  complimentary copy of this book from The BookClub Network. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.


LOVE BEARS ALL THINGS by BETH WISEMAN

It was so nice to revisit friends in this second installment of An Amish Secrets series. I felt right at home as I began to read the story and loved how the author captured my attention right away. The characters are so well developed  and I once again traveled to Lancaster County to witness healing and forgiveness.

Charlotte is such a likeable character and I love how she goes back to the family she betrayed and was welcomed with open arms. She so desperately wants a family to love and accept her. It's not easy to forgive when someone has hurt you, but the book really does a great job of showing what unconditional love is. As Charlotte is still healing from the death of her brother, she must decide what to do with his house. I really liked how the author brought an unexpected person into her life.

We don't get to chose out families, but we can choose to forgive them. Will Charlotte be able to forgive someone  from her past? I won't give away who it is, but I will say that the author really wrote an emotional scene between Charlotte and this person. Haven't we all made mistakes? My heart really hurt  for this  person who had been defeated by their bad choices. I could feel their pain and as tears fell from my eyes. It made me think of family members that have hurt me . Maybe it's time to let go and forgive so I can heal.

Daniel is starting to grow close to Charlotte but will they make a good match? They come from different backgrounds and Charlotte doesn't seem to want to let go of her English life. Daniel is a good man and is trying to help someone in his family. Will he be able to talk Jacob out his decision? I loved the subtle ways that the author showed the attraction building between Charlotte and Daniel. Daniel is such a patient man and I admired his loyalty to Charlotte.

The story is about redemption, forgiveness , healing, compassion  and unconditional love. We all want to be loved and when you experience unconditional love that is so powerful,  you know you can get through anything.

I received a copy of this book from the author. My review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

Tangled Up in Brew
by Joyce Tremel

This was an amazing book!
~A Date With A Book
Author Joyce Tremel has out done herself with the second book in the Brewing Trouble Mystery series…With twist and turns you will be guessing until the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case
I found myself instantly drawn to many of Max’s family and friends in this book.
~MARIE MCNARY – Grace. Gratitude. Life.
This one caught my attention from the beginning and sucked me right in.
~Melina’s Book Blog
I enjoyed meeting these characters and visiting the town of Three Rivers. Much of it felt like somewhere I visited before and that’s something I always enjoy about cozies. That and the colorful characters that roam the pages.
~FUONLYKNEW
This was a fun addition to a great series. I like that this series takes place with a pub owner as the main character and the pub as the back drop.
~A. Holland Reads
TANGLED UP IN BREW
Tangled Up in Brew (A Brewing Trouble Mystery) 
Cozy Mystery
2nd in Series
Berkley (October 4, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0425277706
E-Book ASIN: B01AHKXIAQ
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Synopsis

Another intoxicating mystery featuring brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara—from the author of To Brew or Not to Brew.
BEER TODAY, GONE TOMORROW…
Brew pub owner Maxine “Max” O’Hara and her chef/boyfriend, Jake Lambert, are excited to be participating in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Max hopes to win the coveted Golden Stein for best craft beer—but even if she doesn’t, the festival will be great publicity for her Allegheny Brew House.
Or will it? When notoriously nasty food and beverage critic Reginald Mobley is drafted as a last-minute replacement judge, Max dreads a punishing review. Her fears are confirmed when Mobley literally spits out her beer, but things get even worse when the cranky critic drops dead right after trying one of Jake’s burgers. Now an ambitious new police detective is determined to pin Mobley’s murder on Max and Jake, who must pore over the clues to protect their freedom and reputations—and to find the self-appointed judge, jury, and executioner.
JOYCE TREMEL

About The Author

Joyce Tremel was a police secretary for ten years and more than once envisioned the demise of certain co-workers, but settled on writing as a way to keep herself out of jail. She is a native Pittsburgher and lives in a suburb of the city with her husband and a spoiled cat.
Her debut mystery, To Brew Or Not To Brew has been nominated for the 2015 Reviewers’ Choice award for best amateur sleuth by RT Book Reviews. The second book in the series,Tangled Up In Brew is scheduled for release in October 2016.

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From the moment I started reading this book, I knew I would be in for a story that would take me on an adventure filled with intrigue and exciting characters. The author does  an amazing job of detailing the ins and outs of brewing. It was very interesting to read how a beer is made from scratch.

Max O'Hara is a pub owner and also brews her own beers. She is excited to be in the Three Rivers Brews and Burgers Festival. Maybe she will win the Golden Stein this year. The festival is something that Max has been looking forward to for a long time. Max is a hard working and feisty woman. She has poured hours into making  pub  successful and the crowing glory would be to win this year.

Oh my what to say about Jake Lambert besides he is tall, handsome , athletic and an ex hockey player. Lucky Max just happens to be his girlfriend. All the women swoon over him and I can image that irritates Max a bit. Jake has entered the burger contest. An ex hockey player turned chef is a great combination that brings excitement to the story.

Ok I'm picturing the festival as it spreads across acres of land. You can hear music blaring , people everywhere , beer is freely flowing and you can smell burgers as they sizzle on the grill.  The author really did a great job of taking readers right into the hustle and bustle of the excitement. Her descriptions of the various beers were so good, I could almost taste them.

Of course there is always that one cranky person who struts around thinking he is the best and will win hands down. Add to the list a much hated judge and you have all the makings for a action packed story. I loved the way the author weaves a story of murder mixed with jealousy and hate.  Who is killed at the festival? Will Max be able to solve the case before suspicion is placed on her and Jake. The list is long and everyone seems to have a reason to want this person dead. I really liked Detective Falk. He is new to the force and really makes enemies fast as he tries  to prove he can solve the murder. His character is cocky and I laughed as he really thought he could intimidate Max and Jake.  The poor man really wants to solve this case . I loved the non stop action and wow was I surprised at the ending. I cannot wait for the next book in this series.


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Monday, October 10, 2016


MOONLIGHT OVER MANHATTEN by CARRIE TURANSKY

What a wonderful story to read to get you in the spirit for the holidays. The writing was sweet and endearing and oh my how I loved the characters. After I read the short novella I though how this story would make a great movie for everyone to watch. The author does a great job of bringing the story to life with her expressive words .

Sarah is a great character who is a professional organizer. She is very sweet but has a sense of not belonging at times. Could it be because her parents are always away when special occasions arise? When Sarah begins to help organize her elderly neighbor's apartment , she meets Justin. Justin is handsome, loves his grandmother and his character is so likeable I wanted to meet him myself. As they begin to  spend  time together, a definite attraction is blooming.  Justin is such a giving and caring person. But Justin senses Sarah holding back. Why does she have a problem with trusting people? Can she overcome her fear of loneliness and being hurt to let Justin in?

The story is written with such warm emotions and I loved how the relationship was not rushed. The setting in New York was perfect as I could see the decorations on stores and people skating with happiness at the ice rink. Sometimes it takes a small gesture, a kind word or maybe a reminder from God that we are important and can trust Him . Sarah has a problem with her faith and as you read the story, you will experience the change in her as she lets go and allows God to direct her path. The author has written a beautiful story that reminds us that faith can get us through anything as we allow Him to show us what unconditional love is.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. The review was my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.







HE KNOWS YOUR NAME by LINDA ZNACHKO with MARGOT STARBUCK

Can you imagine hearing  on the news that a baby had been found in a dumpster and no one knows it's name? That's how Linda's evening started as she listened to the news. How could someone just toss a baby away without any remorse? Linda couldn't get the baby off her mind and felt the voice of God calling her to do something. It can be hard to follow His direction, when it takes you out of your conform  zone, but Linda's life will be changed forever when she says yes to God's calling.

I had a very hard time reading this book because the emotional stories are painful and I think I cried through most of the book. What Linda does to honor the children that lost their life is inspiring and gives them a purpose on this earth. It must have been so hard to talk to parents and arrange burials for children, but with compassion she and others celebrated a child's life and brought meaning to their short lives.

I loved each chapter as I read about others and saw how one person can make a difference. Sometimes  we think what we are doing is not important, but God always has a way to help you see the bigger picture. As Linda sat holding a grieving parents hand, I could feel the overwhelming love she has for  the ministry God placed on her heart. This isn't an easy book to read, but it gives hope,  shows compassion, and a name for those children who died. Have you been called to do something? When will you say yes?

" God is faithful to use whatever you offer to accomplish his divine and holy will."

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My review is my own and I was not compensated for it.

Sunday, October 9, 2016


FROM DEPTHS WE RISE by SARAH RODRIGUEZ

Many of us have gone through tragedies and heartbreak in which we thought we would never survive. We cling to our hope that we will be spared the despair of losing a loved one only to face the grief that hurts us to our soul. After I read this book, I very gently laid it down and sobbed. The book was very emotional as well as filled with faith so strong I could chills running up and down my arms.

Sarah Rodriguez is happily married to Joel. They are deeply in love and long for a child. Many times they have been hopeful that Sarah was pregnant only to be disappointed over and over again. As they go through steps to get pregnant a devastating diagnosis for Joel takes them on a ride that can only be described as devastation. Sarah shared her heart in this book and her emotions and feelings are raw . I loved her openness to share her story that will touch many lives. As it gets closer to the birth of their child, Joel starts to have setbacks with his illness. I admired his fight and positive attitude. He never once complained and took each test, treatment and pain with faith and trust in God.

Sarah's journey is hard to read at times as the hurt is so painful , but she continued to pray without ceasing and trusted God every step of the way, As one life is mourned, another new life is born. Joel always told her she would have a girl and his words came true. But Sarah was just about to start a downward spiral as her baby girl becomes very ill. I know what it feels like to feel hopeless , but Sarah showed strength that even doctors were amazed at. She never gave up, she believed her child would be healed and God had great plans for her.

As you read this emotional story, find comfort in knowing that God is always in control. Never give up, hold on to your faith and believe in miracles.

"No one ever knows what's in store , but I can now face it with confidence-confidence in who I am, confidence in who walks beside me. I am never alone. I was never alone."

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.
WELBY O'BRIEN'S LOVE OUR VETS TOUR AND GIVEAWAY


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Love Our Vets: Restoring Hope for Families of Veterans with PTSD(Deep River Books, April 2015)

Chances are that if your loved one has seen war, he or she has Post-Traumatic
Stress Disorder at some level, and you who love your veteran will also be deeply
and profoundly affected.

Finally, the cries and needs of the loved ones have been addressed in this comprehensive, 
practical book, now newly updated in its second edition!

Love Our Vets answers more than 60 heartfelt questions, providing down-to-earth wisdom
and much-needed tips for taking care of yourself. Sharing as a counselor and from her
personal experience of living with a 100% disabled veteran with PTSD, Welby O'Brien
gives hope, encouragement, and practical help for families and loved ones who are caught
in the wake of the trauma. This book addresses a broad spectrum of issues and concerns
and offers realistic wisdom from a wide variety of individuals who share from real hearts
and lives.

Now newly revised and updated with additional material, the second edition of Love Our Vets
continues to be enthusiastically welcomed by VA and other counselors. This is not just another
book about PTSD; rather, it is a tremendous resource for families and loved ones who struggle
heroically along with their vets to face the day-to-day challenges.
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/2dfzbVA
About the author:




Welby O'Brien holds a Masters Degree in counseling
(Portland State University) and a teaching degree
 (Biola University). Author of Formerly A Wife, and 
  Good-bye for Now (Wingspread); contributing author,
Shepherding Women in Pain (Moody Press), and 
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Divorce and Recovery. 
Founder of Love Our Vets support network' wife 
of veteran with PTSD.


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This is a must read for anyone who is caring for a person with PTSD. I really enjoyed the indepth chapters and resources that the author provided. It is definitely a book that is informative and also encouraging for caregivers. According to the Mayo Clinic , "it is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event." It is not something one gets over quickly and I'm glad that it is being recognized as an illness that needs treatment and support groups for people with  PTSD and their caregivers.

It is not easy to see a loved one going through PTSD and this book gives insight to caregivers that will help ease the emotional pain and  guides  them to answers to better understand PTSD. One of the topics mentioned was to reassure someone with PTSD . They are already suffering with low self-esteem , so saying encouraging words is so important for them to hear. PTSD can cause people to feel unsafe and their ability to trust is very low. What can we do to help them? One way is to show them that they can trust us and feel safe around us. It may take a while for them to let their guard down, but once they have that trust, they will feel more secure.

When you are going through a stressful situation it is nice to have someone to talk to. Be a good listener and not try to fix them. I loved when the author said, God never intended us to be alone." The book is filled with insights that is helpful and suggests that "patience is a big key to living with someone with PTSD." Overall the book is detailed and I loved how people who deal with PTSD on a daily basis shared their stories. Lets help our vets and those who take care of them.

"These men and women are among the greatest there are. They selflessly served in wars and conflicts-popular and unpopular-to ensure freedom, democracy, and the quality of life for all. We owe them love, support , and whatever else we must endure to let them know their sacrifice was not in vain."

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Dandelion Dead
by Chrystle Fiedler

Reading for entertainment is extra beneficial when it is also educational. I love this aspect of cozies, and DANDELION DEAD and its series, NATURAL REMEDIES MYSTERIES, is both educational and entertaining, teaching readers while delivering a compelling and engrossing mystery.
~Mallory Heart’s Cozies
Dandelion Dead is a fun read, both for the mystery and the info on edible plants and natural remedies.
~The Book’s the Thing
DANDELION DEAD
Dandelion Dead: A Natural Remedies Mystery
Cozy Mystery
Pocket Books (September 27, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1476748931
E-Book ASIN: B00WRBQP22
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Synopsis

In a cozy mystery filled with natural cures and edible plants that you will love, an organic winery becomes the backdrop for murder! Fortunately, solving crimes comes naturally to charmingly unconventional amateur sleuth and holistic doctor, Willow McQuade, as she looks for clues that will reveal a killer’s true vintage.
Business is blooming at Nature’s Way Market & Café, and shop owner, holistic doctor, and amateur sleuth, Willow McQuade has never been happier. Her new medicinal herb garden is a hit, so is her new book, she’s in love with ex-cop and animal rescuer Jackson Spade, and enjoying teaching seminars about edible plants and natural remedies.
But everything changes when Willow’s old boyfriend and TV producer, Simon Lewis, winemaker David Farmer, and his wife Ivy, ask her to cater a party at Pure, their new organic vineyard, to kick off North Fork’s Uncorked! week and the competition for Wine Lovers magazine’s $200,000 prize. Pure’s entry, Falling Leaves, is the favorite to win, and the wine flows freely until after Simon’s toast when smiles give way to looks of horror. Ivy’s twin sister, Amy has been murdered! Turns out, the poison that killed her was actually meant for David. But who wants him dead? A rival vintner? Or someone closer to home? This time the truth may be a bitter vintage to swallow.
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About the Author

CHRYSTLE FIEDLER is a freelance journalist specializing in natural remedies, alternative medicine and holistic health and healing, and is the author of the Natural Remedies Mysteries series. Her many consumer magazine articles have appeared in USA Today’s Green LivingNatural HealthRemedyMother Earth Living, Spirituality & Health, and Prevention. She is also the author/co-author of seven non-fiction health titles including the Country Almanac of Home Remedies with herbalist Brigitte Mars, and The Compassionate Chick’s Guide to DIY Beauty with Vegan Beauty Review founder, Sunny Subramanian. Chrystle lives on the East End of Long Island, NY in a cozy cottage by the sea. Visit www.chrystlefiedlerwrites.com.
 Author Links
Twitter: @ChrystleFiedler


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Willow is a very fascinating character and I wanted to follow her around as she picked up wild plants and described how they could be used. The author has really done her research and the details of the  edible plants shows her knowledge and helps the story flow with ease. The story picks up speed as Willow caters a party. There are very distinguished groups at the party all vying for the $200,000.00 prize given by Wine Lovers Magazine. There are verbal fights going on throughout the venue and some are becoming quite heated. As the wine begins to flow , the crowd starts to get antsy and some of the guests are getting out of hand. I loved how the author brought several characters together and showed how jealousy and insecurity can really make for some  heated conversations.

The tension in the room was building and you could feel something was going to happen any minute. Willow tries to step in to quiet the outbursts, but it doesn't do much good. It is time to bring her rugged good looking ex-cop Jackson into the mix to control the crowd. I could picture the room in almost chaos and feel the tension that was so thick as voices became louder and the tension grew stronger.

The scream was one of disbelief and pain as Ivy saw her sister laying on the floor dead. Just minutes before they were arguing, now one of them was dead. Did Ivy kill her sister? The guests were being detained as the police  start their investigation. Willow is warned not to snoop around and try to solve the murder. Of course that doesn't stop her and off she goes with Jackson and her friend Simone on another adventure that will  have them chasing clues, twists and turns  and an unforgettable whodunit l mystery. Was Amy the target of the killer? How did she get poisoned?

Get ready for a great mystery that is action packed, filled with surprises and an ending you don't see coming. The recipes at the back of the book is a great addition along with information about animal rescue. I'm excited that I have found a new and exciting author to read.

I received a copy of this book from The Great Escapes Book Tour.  The review is my own opinion and I was not compensated for it.

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