Friday, March 23, 2018

The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C.Rosenberg

Book Description:  With an American president distracted by growing tensions in North Korea and Iran, an ominous new threat is emerging in Moscow. A czar is rising in the Kremlin, a Russian president feverishly consolidating power, silencing his opposition, and plotting a brazen and lightning-fast military strike that could rupture the NATO alliance and bring Washington and Moscow to the brink of nuclear war. But in his blind spot is the former U.S. Secret Service agent, Marcus Ryker, trained to protect but ready to kill to save his country.

My Thoughts:  Joel C. Rosenberg has become a favorite.  A master of thriller and suspense.
This story did not disappoint!  In fact, I had a terrible time putting this novel down.  So much action and suspense!  
Mr. Rosenberg takes into the culture and country of Russia.  It all seems so real.
The evil lurking behind the scenes is rather nerve racking...almost too real.
The former U.S. Secret Service Agent, Marcus Ryker, has been trained to protect his country but all the things he has been trained to protect he now may use to destroy his country.
A world away in Russia is Oleg who is also in the peak of his profession but as he and Marcus' worlds collide the evil comes to light.
What a political thriller!  What a read!
As a fan of thrillers and suspense reads that incorporate God this read is one of the best of the season!

*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496406176
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496406170

Thursday, March 22, 2018

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} Words from the Heart (An Amish Letters Novel) by Kathleen Fuller

Book Description:  Ivy Yoder hasn’t heard from John King in over a year. She knows it’s time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but she’s humiliated to be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy is grateful for the distraction.
Noah Schlabach isn’t from Birch Creek, or even Ohio. His job as an auctioneer takes him around the country and away from a typical Amish life, but he still remains devoted to his family. So when his aging aunt asks him to help clean out her attic, he agrees. Plus, who knows what curious items he might find up there?
As Noah and Ivy work side by side, they come across a different kind of treasure: a packet of letters written during the Korean War. Soon they are swept up in the story of two young people falling in love—even as they remain determined not to fall in love themselves.

My Thoughts: Kathleen Fuller is another favorite author of mine.  I love the way she pens a story.
In Words from the Heart Ivy Yoder hasn't heard from the man she thought she would marry one day.  And she feels totally embarrassed to be the oldest non married woman in her community.
Then one of the "oddest" women in her community asks Ivy to help her clean out her attic.
Ivy accepts the job, needing the distraction.
It's ironic that some of the "odd" people or those that we deem odd can be the ones who actually see the heart.  I think that Cevilla, the "odd" lady who wants her attic cleaned up, actually sees Ivy's heart and wants to help her.
Now Noah, Cevilla's nephew just happens to be an auctioneer.  So when Cevilla asks Noah to come and auction off her attic things he agrees.
As Noah and Ivy clean out Cevilla's attic they find a packet of letters.  Even though Noah and Ivy are determined not to fall in love it seems that the letters have a different plan.
Love lost, lost gained.  Quite an unusual love story.

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*

  • Series: An Amish Letters Novel (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 13, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718082567
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718082567

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

(Fiction Guild Blog Tour) The Lost Castle: A Split-Time Romance by Kristy Cambron

Book Description:  Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .
Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.
Bridging the past to the present in three time periods—the French Revolution, World War II, and present day—The Lost Castle is a story of loves won and lost, of battles waged in the hearts of men, and of an enchanted castle that stood witness to it all, inspiring a legacy of faith through the generations.

My Thoughts:  Wow! Just wow! 
It's been awhile since I've read a book by Kristy Cambron.  And I do believe this is her best yet.
I loved the "mystery" of the lost castle.  Learning about the French Resistance.  And WWII.  
This story is somewhat like a puzzle as Ellie Carver's dying grandmother slowly but surely unlocks the pieces of the past and of her family's history.
The lost castle, The Sleeping Beauty, named for Charles Perrault's fairy tale holds the secrets.
Ellie embarks on a quest to uncover the secrets of love lost and won.
What does the trip hold for Ellie and her future?
Such an interesting take on three time periods.

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718095464
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718095468

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour) The Man He Never Was: A Modern Reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde by James L. Rubart

Book Description:  Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on—with more than a little relief. Toren was a good man but carried a raging temper that often exploded without warning. So when he shows up on their doorstep out of the blue, they’re shocked to see him alive. But more shocked to see he’s changed. Radically.
His anger is gone. He’s oddly patient. Kind. Fun. The man he always wanted to be. Toren has no clue where he’s been but knows he’s been utterly transformed. He focuses on three things: Finding out where he’s been. Finding out how it happened. And winning back his family.
But then shards of his old self start to rise from deep inside—like the man kicked out of the NFL for his fury—and Toren must face the supreme battle of his life.

My Thoughts:  I wasn't sure what to expect when I began reading this story.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde??  It sounded like science fiction to me but as I began reading I saw that it was more of man vs. himself.  The missing link?  God.
Interesting story on how we need God.  Or we become what is DEEP within us...nothing is hidden.
A radical read.  Makes one think about attitudes and becoming what we're not.
A different kind of story with a different kind of ending.

*This book was provided for review by the Fiction Guild*

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 20, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718099397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718099398

The Pirate Bride: Daughters of the Mayflower (Book 2) by Kathleen Y'Barbo

Book Description:  Pasts Collide in New Orleans when a Treasure Goes Missing
  The last time New Orleans attorney Jean-Luc Valmont saw Maribel Cordoba, a Spanish nobleman’s daughter, she was an eleven-year-old orphan perched in the riggings of his privateering vessel proving herself as the best lookout on his crew. Until the day his infamy caught up with them all and innocent lives were lost. Unsure why he survived but vowing to make something of the chance he was given, Jean-Luc has buried his past life so deep that no living person will ever find it—until a very much alive and very grown up Maribel Cordoba arrives on his doorstep and threatens all he now holds dear. 

My Thoughts:  This is the second book in The Daughter of the  Mayflower series.  I love this series!  History meets fiction!
This is a fabulous read.  The caribbean, pirates, ladies in waiting and adventure.  What a read!
Two families who are intertwined.  
Jean-luc thinks he has buried his past...buried it so deep that no-one can find it but our past has a way pf catching up with our future.
A very grownup Maribel shows up on Jean-luc's doorstep.  What can he do?
And the treasure?!?!  no one knows.
Love a good read with action and adventure?  Then look no further...this is the read for you!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review*

  • Series: Daughters of the Mayflower (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Barbour Books; Gld edition (April 1, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1683224973
  • ISBN-13: 978-1683224976

WOW {Warm Oven Wednesday}

Roll and refrigerate.
Love. love!  this small bites!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

{Fiction Guild Blog Tour} The Forgotten Recipe by Amy Clipston

Book Description: After losing her fiancĂ© in a tragic accident, Veronica Fisher finds solace in the old recipes stored in her mother’s hope chest—and in a special visitor who comes to her bake stand to purchase her old-fashioned raspberry pies.

Veronica Fisher knows how lucky she is to be marrying her best friend. Seth Lapp is kind, hardworking, and handsome—but most importantly, he loves Veronica.
When an accident on the job steals Seth away from her, a heartbroken Veronica is certain she will never love—or be loved—again. Yet when she discovers a batch of forgotten recipes and opens a bake stand to sell her Mammi’s raspberry pies, Veronica picks up a regular customer who gives her heart pause.
Jason Huyard was with Seth when he lost his life—a memory that haunts him still. So when he seeks out the grieving fiancĂ©e to convey his condolences, the last thing he expects—or wants—is to fall in love. Nonetheless, Jason soon finds himself visiting Veronica’s bake stand every week . . . and it’s for more than the raspberry pies.
Now, as Veronica’s heart thaws, Jason can’t bring himself to tell her he was there when Seth died. Can he ever reveal where he was on the day her life derailed? Or will his secret rob them of the second chance at love they both want?

My Thoughts:  Amy Clipston is one of my favorite authors.  She writes with words that makes the reader feel as if she is in the story.  And once again, she writes a sweet love story about an Amish young lady who is dealing with feelings of misgivings as she tries to sort out her love life.  This is also the first book in the Amish heirloom series.
Veronica Fisher knows about pies and she bakes great can almost smell the heavenly aromas arise from the pages of the book.  But Veronica has lost her fiancee and plans to marry another man until that fateful day when she finds her Mammi's forgotten recipes.  Veronica bakes a raspberry pie from one of the forgotten recipes and takes it to the stand to sell.  
Jason Huyard comes to her stand and becomes a regular customer of he loves her raspberry pies.  Jason doesn't want to fall in love but as life would have it he meets Veronica at her stand and love begins to bloom. But he holds a secret...and this secret could destroy their relationship.
This is a story for the reader who enjoys Amish fiction, pies and sweet romance.  Also, don't forget Christmas is right around the corner and this book would make a great for that reader on your list.
A wonderful read!

*This book was provided for review by 
The Thomas Nelson Street Team*

  • Series: An Amish Heirloom Novel
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031034199X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310341994