Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sister Dear by Laura Mcneill

Book Description:  All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start.  But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

My Thoughts:  Laura McNeill is a brand new author to me and I believe this is is her second novel.
The story of Allie Marshall was intriguing and the mystery of why she came to be in prison and serve time for a crime she adamantly declares she didn't commit.  
As she is serving her time she had to leave a small daughter behind for her parents and her sister to raise.  It seems that her sister, Emma. actually has raised her daughter, Caroline for ten years while Allie was behind bars.  And it was Emma who consistently visited Allie while she was in prison.
With that said...I found the novel to be well written and well paced.  However, even though Allie prays to God she doesn't seem to have a relationship with Him and there is a lot of sin in Allie's family.  We all sin but it seems to me that there was never a "closure" or a repentance for Allie and her family.  It was all too trite.
And I understand that people in the world use cuss words but when a christian book has four letter words used by the characters I just don't think that it's necessary.  As Louis L'Amour stated, "I've written all these stories without pornography, without obscenity ..."
This story was just okay; however, I was disappointed in the story.

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718030923
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718030926

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

This is another great recipe I found on Pinterest:


  1. 8 Chai Tea Bags
  2. 8 Cups of Water
  3. Milk (to taste)
    1. Boil your water and add the tea bags.
    2. Let them seep for about 30 minutes.
    3. Remove the bags and let the tea cool before adding it to a pitcher.
    4. Let chill in the fridge overnight.
    5. Pour half a glass of the chai mix and top with your milk.
    6. Add ice, stir and enjoy!
    7. This makes one pitcher of chai tea mix. It will keep in the fridge for up to a week. When you are ready for a latte - simply add your milk and enjoy!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Critical Condition by Dr. Richard L. Maybry, M.D.

Book Description:  Dr. Frasier couldn't save the gunshot victim on her front lawn. Now she's fighting for her own life.

It began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier's colleague, but became a nightmare when a man was shot on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar episode a decade ago. Then a midnight call from her sister, Megan, causes Shannon to fear that her sister is on drugs again.

Her "almost-fiance" Dr. Mark Gilbert's support only adds to Shannon's feelings of guilt, since she can't bring herself to fully commit to him. She turns for help to her pastor-father, only to learn that he's just been diagnosed with leukemia.

Shannon thought it couldn't get any worse. Then the late-night, threatening phone calls begin, the rough voice asking, "What did he say before he died?"

With everything around her in a critical state, simply staying alive will require all the resources and focus Shannon has.

My Thoughts: Oh!Joy! I was so excited to read Dr. Mabry's new book!  He's my new favorite author!  Love. Love. His reads!

This is a fairly fast paced read!  

It begins with Dr. Fraiser hosting a dinner party and a man is shot on her front lawn!  Oh! the horror!  Dr. Fraiser can't save him.  Like a terrible dream! A replay of that night ten years ago! 
And then she learns that her sister is on drugs. Again! 
And her boyfriend, almost fiancee, wants a commitment.
And her father is diagnosed with the dreaded illness. 
And the phone calls!  
The feelings of inadequacy, the emotions, the hospital OR, and the suspense!  
It all seems so overwhelming and so unreal.  However, the way that Dr. Maybry pens this wonderful story makes the reader feel as if she is right there, in the middle, trying to figure out the why of it all.
Of course, faith in God and prayer are intermingled throughout out the read, for Who else can we turn to in times of trouble and tragedy?!?
Sometimes our lives/souls are in critical condition and only trusting in the Savior can "fix" it all.
This is one great read!  Go grab a copy!

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (April 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401687407
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401687403

Monday, June 20, 2016

COTT {Clash of the Titles}

All that Glitters, a Gold Rush historical romance!

"A wonderfully unpredictable plotline!"

"All that Glitters was a beautifully written story that speaks of redemption and forgiveness."

"The author draws you in and keeps you engaged to the last page."

About the book:
The world has gone plum crazy over gold. Men and women alike would do almost anything to make their fortune. Leaving behind her family and a dying father, Ginny Connor follows the cunning Logan Harris up North to strike it rich. Twenty-year old Vivian Connor embarks on a cross-country chase to rescue her sister Ginny and they are both led into the chaos of the Klondike Gold Rush.

Meanwhile, Ben McCormack leaves his farm to retrieve his intended bride from a rowdy, tent town on the Alaskan coastline. Ben’s path inadvertently entwines with Vivian’s and he finds his heart tugging him in a different direction.

Danger and disappointment plague all their journeys to the far North. Will Vivian find her sister in time to return home to see their father? Can Ginny forgive herself for the decisions she's made? Will Ben find the lifelong love he searches for? When the world listens only to the call of gold, redemption and love become scarce treasures.


Chat with the author:

How do you connect with God best? 
I love listening to the Lord speak into my heart during worship. 

Which Christian author has influenced you the most? 
I have been a fan of Allison Pittman’s work for years. Even more amazing, The Christian Communicator assigned my novel All That Glitters to her for editorial. Her encouragement and insight helped me develop as a writer and take the leap toward publication. 

Are your books only for Christians or would other people also enjoy them? 
My books definitely embrace a Christian worldview; however, the settings and characters are memorable enough for anyone who enjoys a good read.

About the author:
Lisa Flickinger lives in the shadow of the Rockies with her husband Matthew and their dog Zeke. When not writing or reading, you will find her combing antique shops, walking in the woods, or sipping a latte with friends. All That Glitters fulfills the lifelong dream of sharing the characters in her head with you, dear reader. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

 photo credit:

Mexican Chicken Casserole with Cheddar Cheese and Tomatoes

  • 1 10 3/4 -ounce can cream of chicken soup
  • 1 10 3/4 -ounce can cheddar cheese soup
  • 1 10 3/4 -ounce can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 10-ounce can tomatoes
  • 1 whole chicken, cooked, boned, and chopped or 4 cups leftover cooked chicken
  • 11 1/2-ounce package flour tortillas
  • 2 cup shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together the three kinds of soup and the tomatoes. Stir in the chicken.
  3. In a greased 13 x 9- inch pan, layer the tortillas and the chicken mixture, beginning and ending with tortillas. Sprinkle the cheese over the casserole and bake for 30 minutes.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Carol Wallace

Book Description:  As one of the bestselling stories of all time, Lew Wallace’s Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ has captivated and enthralled millions around the world―both in print and on the big screen. Now Lew’s great-great-granddaughter has taken the old-fashioned prose of this classic novel and breathed new life into it for today’s audience.

Coming to theaters in August 2016 as Ben-Hur, a major motion picture from MGM and Paramount studios, the story follows Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish nobleman whose childhood friend Messala betrays him. Accused of trying to murder the new Roman governor in Jerusalem, Judah is sentenced to the galley ships and vows to seek revenge against the Romans and Messala. But a chance encounter with a carpenter from Nazareth sets Judah on a different path.

My Thoughts:  The story of Judah Ben Hur is a classic. It's a wonderful telling of the time of Christ.  Judah Ben Hur has a best friend, Messala.  But as the story goes along and the two boys grow up it seems that Messala does not like Judah Ben Hur like he should; intact, he betrays his friend and Judah Ben Hur ends up serving time on a galley ship as a slave.  This ship is terrible!  Then there's a storm and Judah Ben Hur's life changes.
Back at home Judah Ben Hur seeks his mother and sister but cannot find them.
Then one day a Judah Ben Hur learns that the Christ is in town.
Without giving any spoilers I just want to relay that this is one of the BEST books/stories ever!  And there is one place in the book as Jesus is dying on the cross that I always cry.  (*Hint* It has to do with Judah Ben Hur's sister and mother).
Loved, loved this story!
And don't forget it's going to be a movie in theaters in August 2016...don't miss it!

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Hardcover: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.; Revised ed. edition (July 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496411056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496411051