Monday, January 23, 2017

Maybe It's You (Crisis Team) by Candace Calvert

Book Description:  ER nurse Sloane Ferrell escaped her risky past―new name, zip code, job, and a fresh start. She’s finally safe, if she avoids a paper trail and doesn’t let people get too close. Like the hospital’s too-smooth marketing man with his relentless campaign to plaster one “lucky” employee’s face on freeway billboards.

Micah Prescott’s goal is to improve the Hope hospital image, but his role as a volunteer crisis responder is closer to his heart. The selfless work helps fill a void in his life left by family tragedy. So does a tentative new relationship with the compassionate, beautiful, and elusive Sloane Ferrell.

Then a string of brutal crimes makes headlines, summons responders . . . and exposes disturbing details of Sloane’s past.

Can hope spring from crisis?

My Thoughts:  When I read my first book by Candace Calvert a few years ago I was hooked.
I like the Candace incorporates the medical field into a suspense story.
In maybe it's you Sloan Ferrell who is an ER nurse must escape her risky past.  New code, housing, and job.  Sloan must not trust anyone.
Micah Prescott is dealing with a family tragedy but he has a goal to improve Hope hospital's image. Micah likes everything by the book but some things in life just aren't cut and dry.  Some things take time to deal with and then there's forgiveness.
Then there is the smooth talking campaign man who has campaign to plaster an the one lucky employee's all over the interstate billboards.
Interesting read as Sloan tries to work and hide, Micah tries to work and find forgiveness, and then that unrelenting man who tries make Sloan's life somewhat miserable.
I think this is my favorite Crisis Team read!  
I loved the suspense and just a little bit of romance, makes for one wonderful read!

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Series: Crisis Team
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 3, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141439036X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414390369

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Sisters of Sugarcreek by Cathy Liggett

Book Description:  Many lives were changed the day a fire burned down Faith Community Church, devastating the small town of Sugarcreek, Ohio.

Now a young Amish widow, Lydia Gruber faces an uncertain future. Her husband, a craftsman and volunteer firefighter, always took care of everything, keeping her isolated from others in their community. Without anyone or any skills, how will she survive?

With the death of her beloved aunt Rose in the fire, single mom Jessica Holtz inherits Rose’s Knit One Quilt Too cottage. Though determined to keep the shop open in her aunt’s memory, she doesn’t know the first thing about knitting and quilting and begins to see her aunt’s dream slip through her fingers.

When Liz Cannon lost her dear friend Rose, she also lost her partner in the Secret Stitches Society―the name they gave themselves while delivering gifts of hope to troubled folks in the dark of night. Liz convinces Jessica to keep the anonymous society going, despite the younger women’s inadequacy with knitting and sewing needles. But soon Liz has problems of her own as the life she has rebuilt for herself begins to crumble again.

When Liz and Jessica choose Lydia for their first mission, the three women cross paths and form an unlikely friendship in the aftermath of tragedy. As they walk together through triumph and heartbreak―through grief and new chances at love―they begin to discover that with friends by your side, a stitch of hope can be found anywhere.

My Thoughts:  Three women's paths cross after a tragedy.  They become The Sisters of Sugarcreek.
And as they walk the paths of tragedy to heartbreak, they also become each others cheerleaders as they walk from tragedy to  triumph.
Amish widow, Lydia Gruber, single mom, Rose Holtz, and Liz Cannon all have a common thread.  They all lost someone who gave them hope and love.
When the three women cross paths they, too, feel the need to bering hope to others in Sugarcreek.  
Lydia and Rose know next to nothing about quilting and knitting but when they meet Liz, Liz gives them lessons and hope as they begin to quilt and knit.  Not only does this bring hope to these ladies but it brings hope and closeness to the Sugarcreek community as the women share from their labors. I love the camaraderie these three women share.  They care for one another and for those in their community.  Their tragedy turns into a win win for all involved.
A lovely read that crosses the barriers of "blood" family showing that strangers can become sisters.
These sisters of Sugarcreek bring a whole new meaning to love, laughter, and family.

*This book was provided for review byTyndale*

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (February 1, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496404890
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496404893

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

A February Bride (A Year of Weddings Novella Book 3) Kindle Edition by Betsy St. Amant

Book Description:  Allie left the love of her life at the altar - to save him from a lifetime of heartbreak. When a Valentine's Day wedding brings them back together, she struggles against her family's destructive history. Can Allie ever realize that a marriage is so much more than a wedding dress?
History repeats itself when Allie Andrews escapes the church on her wedding day - in the same dress passed down for generations and worn by all the women in her family - women with a long history of failed marriages. Allie loves Marcus but fears she's destined to repeat her family's mistakes. She can't bear to hurt Marcus worse.
Marcus Hall never stopped loving Allie and can only think of one reason she left him at the altar - him. When the two are thrown together for his sister's Valentine's Day wedding, he discovers the truth and realizes their story might be far from over. Can Allie shuck expectation and discover who she is as a bride and in the Bride of Christ? And if she ever walks down the aisle, what dress will she wear?
My Thoughts:  Another novella!  This novella was a quick read for me.  Not only did I love the story line, I loved Allie!  This novella has a bit of a mystery in it. Why did Allie leave her future husband at the alter?  Twice??  This fun read has a bit more of a twist in it.  Allie seems to have some issues that she can't get past.  Hurdles that keep her from loving any man.  And yet, she wants to love and be loved.  Sometimes it just takes that "special" man to see through the facade.  
This novella is a perfect before Valentine's Day read.  It's romantic, fun and yes, a bit over the top but that's the fun of reading a "made up story!"  A definite excuse to escape the cares of life!
  • File Size: 1381 KB
  • Print Length: 80 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Zondervan (January 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
  • Language: English

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Terrifying Bike Ride and a Clue to the Missing Girl #2 in the Pennawawa Series By Greta Kay

Book Description:  A story of intrigue, an unsolved mystery, a warning ignored--draws the reader into the lives of Becca Nelson and Leigh Wilcox, who stumble into the center of a dark plot.
Is Think Tank Axis #1 an undercover organization bent on controlling the minds of teens? Do the points in the survey questions start them down a path of doubting their family life? Becca Nelson surmises this as fact. She confides her suspicion to Logan who listens, but is not alarmed.
My Thoughts:  Over the holidays I was looking for an interesting book for a tween girl who was visiting us.  Since she loves to read and loves mysteries I thought that this book A Terrifying Bike Ride and a Clue to the Missing Girl  would be a good read.
I had the thought to read this story before handing my Kindle over to her to read because I thought this would be a fun mystery read. 
This is suppose to be a read on self esteem which is fine but to be honest I found this story slightly confusing.  Too much information on life just for a simple mystery.
The author, in my opinion, tries to put too many "things" into this read. I understand that preteens/teens need to understand what a testimony means, how to present one's self as a christian and how to treat their friends and family but, just maybe, each of these "issues" should be a separate book and not all in one book.
The tween ended up not wanting to read this story.  So, I'm not sure how the younger generation feels about this story.  But I found it a bit trite. 
*This ebook was provided for review by BookLook*
  • File Size: 231 KB
  • Print Length: 81 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WestBow Press (June 23, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 23, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English

In the Shadow of Denali (The Heart of Alaska) by Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse

Book Description:  Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, work at the new and prestigious Curry Hotel outside Mt. McKinley. While John will be expedition and wilderness exploration guide for the wealthy tourists, Cassidy has signed on as a cook's assistant. Both are busy as the hotel prepares to welcome the president of the United States on his way to drive in the golden spike to officially complete the railroad.

Allan Brennan travels to the Curry Hotel to be an apprentice of a seasoned Alaska mountain guide. Ever since his father's death climbing Mt. McKinley, he's worked to earn enough money to make the trek to the Alaska territory himself. His father's partner blames their guide for the death of his father, but Allan wants to find the truth for himself. He finds an unlikely ally in Cassidy, and as the two begin to look into the mystery, they suddenly find that things are much less clear, and much more dangerous, than either could ever imagine.

My Thoughts:  I've always loved books authored by Tracie Petersen and now she has teamed up with Kimberley Woodhouse to write a great story set in Alaska.
Cassidy Ivanoff and her father, John, are in Alaska to work at the famous Curry Hotel which is within view of Mt. McKinley.
Cassidy is working as a cook's assistant and her father will be a guide in the wilderness for wealthy guests.
Then Allan Brennan comes along to be an apprentice as a mountain guide.
This historical romance was fascinating!  And Cassidy's cooking well as, the mountain guides adventures was a fun lesson for this reader.
There is a bit of a mystery in this read too.  Allan's father's guide blames the death of his father on their guide but Allan is there to be an apprentice so he can to find out the truth concerning his father's death.
Meeting Cassidy and finding that she is a great partner in helping him find out the truth in this somewhat dangerous mystery.
Then the president of the USA is making a stop at the hotel as he travels to drive the golden spike to complete the railroad.
A lot of history and mystery combined with some sweet romance.

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

  • Series: The Heart of Alaska (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (January 3, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764219235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764219238