Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Legend of the Sand Dollar, Newly Illustrated Edition: An Inspirational Story of Hope for Easter by Chris Auer (Author), Richard Cowdrey (Illustrator)

Book Description:  This newly illustrated edition of The Legend of the Sand Dollar renews the wonder and charm of the original and timeless tale written by Chris Auer. With new vibrant artwork from Bad Dog, Marleyillustrator, Richard Cowdrey, this holiday classic is brought to life for a new generation. The Legend of the Sand Dollar tells the story of Kerry, as her cousin Jack reveals to her the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.

My Thoughts:  I love, love children's books!  Especially the books that not only have wonderful illustrations but a great story line, too.
This is the newly illustrated may notice that the front cover is updated and all of the illustrations in the book are different than the original book.  
I love this updated version.  Of course, I've always thought the story was nice and inspirational.
Kerry and her cousin, Jack, and the sweet puppy take a short trip on their "pond" in Jack's small boat.
When they come to the beach they find a sand dollar and Jack tells Kerry "the greatest story of all" about what the sand dollar means.
This is a delightful book.  And the illustrations are so nice and real.
 I especially love the following picture taken directly out of the book:
And children LOVE this story!
The class I read it to, sat in rapt attention.
And it makes a lovely gift for Easter or spring!

*This book was provided for review by BookLook*

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Illustrated edition edition (February 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310749808

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Burning Proof (Cold Case Justice) by Janice Cantore

Book Description:  After months of investigating the brutal homicide of a young girl, Detective Abby Hart finally has the evidence she needs. But when the arrest goes terribly wrong, Abby begins to doubt her future as a police officer. As she wrestles with conflicting emotions, old questions about the fire that took her parents’ lives come back to haunt her.
“There is proof.” PI Luke Murphy can’t stop thinking about what Abby’s former partner, Asa Foster, mumbled just before he died. When he uncovers a clue to the murder of Abby’s parents and his uncle, he’s reluctant to tell Abby, despite his growing feelings for the beautiful detective.
A decade-old abduction case brings Luke and Abby together, but will his secret tear them apart?

My Thoughts:  After reading Janice Cantor's first book, Drawing Fire, in the Cold Case Justice series I was anxiously awaiting this second book, Burning Proof.
I love that the book cover to this book kind.of matches the book cover of the first book . . . Abby is depicted as the same person on both covers but with different scenarios. Oh, and Luke Murphy, PI is in both books too.
Drawing Fire is a different story than Burning Proof . . . stand alone reads.
When Abby becomes discouraged when she arrests the culprit to the homicide that she's been working on for months and then it all goes horribly down hill.  She wonders if the should even be a police officer. 
Ahh, I love Luke.  He encourages Abby to continue and tells her, "There is proof."
Every woman needs a man like Luke to encourage her and help her get going.
There are secrets that come to light as the case begins to unravel.  It seems that Abby and Luke need to trust each other more.
I enjoyed this fast paced, easy to read, not overly complicated story.  

*This book was provided by Tyndale Publishing*

  • Series: Cold Case Justice (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (March 1, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414396694
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414396699

Monday, March 26, 2018

An Amish Market by An Amish Market: Four Novellas by Amy Clipston, Kathleen Fuller, Kelly Irvin, Vannetta Chapman

Book Description:  
All the color and variety of a quaint Amish shop in a charming collection of novellas by four of your favorite authors. Feel free to come in and browse!
Love Birds by Amy Clipston
While Ellie Lapp and her mother are still mourning the loss of her brother, Seth, Ellie starts working at one of the gift shops in town. Seth’s friend Lloyd is talented at carving wooden birds, but his father disapproves and expects him to take over the family farm someday. Ellie sees the beauty in Lloyd’s creations and insists Lloyd sell the birds in the gift shop where she works. As Ellie and Lloyd spend more time together, they begin to develop feelings for one another, but she accidentally betrays his trust. Will she lose any hope of a future with him?
A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller
Every week, Hannah Lynne brings her home-churned butter to the local market. And every week Ezra stops by to purchase some. Hannah Lynne knows not to read too much into it—Ezra is a confirmed bachelor and barely even glances her way, despite any hope to the contrary. But when Ezra bids an exorbitant amount to win the quilt she had her heart set on, Hannah Lynne can’t stop her heart from taking over her mind. Could Ezra finally be in the market for love?
Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin
Shattering a jar of pickled beets wasn’t the impression Isabella hoped to make on her first trip to the local Combination Store of Bee County, Texas. But as embarrassed as she was by the accident, she didn’t think it warranted the frosty reaction from the handsome manager of the store, Will Glick. As she soon learns, though, Will’s heart has been broken one too many times. And now, for some reason, Isabella finds herself determined to be the one to repair that broken heart and renew his faith in love.
Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman
Stella Schrock works at the Old Mill in Nappanee, Indiana, with new employee David Stoltzfus, a recent widower. When strange happenings begin occurring around town, it appears as if someone wants to close the mill. Stella and David have to work together to solve the mystery of what is happening at the Old Amish Mill, and in the process they might just find that God has more in store for their future than they would ever have dreamed possible
My Thoughts:  It's so nice to receive a book that has four novellas.  Sometimes, a reader just wants a short, light read instead of the whole novel.  And this book An Amish Market is all that.

Love Birds by Amy Clipston is the first story.  Ellie and Lloyd have trials but persevere through enduring love.  A sweet romantic story.

A Bid for Love by Kathleen Fuller is a fun story.  It seems that Ezra needs a "light" to go on to see his love for Hannah.  Hannah and Ezra are the sweetest, awkward souls that make a couple.

Sweeter Than Honey by Kelly Irvin is all about Bee County.  This Will's story. It is fun to read how Isabella helps Will adjust and overcome resentments from his past.

Love in Store by Vannetta Chapman is about an "older" couple, David and Stella, as they navigate around a mystery in their workplace.  Stella is not a likable character but Mrs. Chapman does an excellent job of showing the bitterness behind Stella's facade.

Four wonderful stories from four of my favorite authors. 
Any reader who enjoys Amish fiction and short stories will love this book!  

Makes a great gift, too!

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

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (February 2, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0529118688
  • ISBN-13: 978-0529118684

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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 fiancé 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 fiancée 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

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face by Lauren Toyota

Book Description:  In this bold collection of more than 100 recipes, the world of comfort food and vegan cooking collide as Lauren Toyota shares her favorite recipes and creative ways to make Philly cheesesteak, fried chicken, and mac 'n' cheese, all with simple vegan ingredients. Never one to hold back, Lauren piles plates high with cheese sauce, ranch, bacon, and barbecue sauce, all while sharing personal stories and tips in her engaging and hilarious voice. The result is indulgent, craveworthy food - like Southern Fried Cauliflower, The Best Vegan Ramen, and Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts - made for sharing with friends at weeknight dinners, weekend brunches, and beyond.

My Thoughts:  No, I'm not going vegan.  Just in case you were worried, er, wondering.  😊
But on occasion I like to eat lighter.  So, I ordered this interesting cookbook to see what eating vegan would be like.  Of course, we live in an area where beef rules but I'd like to cook slightly healthier and at times I'd like to cook without using any meat.  But I still want my family to get protein and a healthy meal.  And, of course, I am very interested in making the Raspberry Funfetti Pop Tarts.  Because pop tarts should always be healthy.  😬
First of all this cookbook wasn't exactly what I thought it would be...well, it's better.  The recipes are fairly easy.  I posted one recipe so you can see the easiness.  
Wonderful recipe to help us eat rather healthy.  
I was quite impressed with this lovely cookbook.
It would make a wonderful gift for the newlywed couple or for the person who wants to eat less meat and somewhat healthy.
 Just a side note:  This is a better way to eat in any ways but it's not a cheaper way to eat.  So our family is eating two of these meals each week for cost efficiency.  

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

Crabless Cakes

Prep Ahead:

The Horseradish-Dill Aioli

  • 2⁄3 cup vegan mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon vegan horseradish
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh dill
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground pepper
Stir all the ingredients together in a bowl until well combined.

Makes about 2⁄3 cup.
Preparation Time 15 minutes.
  • 2 cups drained marinated artichoke hearts, finely chopped, plus 2 tablespoons liquid
  • 1⁄4 cup finely chopped shallot (about 1 small shallot)
  • 1⁄2 cup finely chopped celery (about 1 stalk)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1⁄2 cup chickpea flour
  • 2 teaspoons coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 to 2 cups vegetable oil, for frying
To make the crabless cakes, place all the ingredients except the oil and aioli in a large bowl. Combine well with a fork. It’s important that the artichokes, shallots, and celery are very small and uniformly chopped so that the cakes will stick together while frying. 
You should have a 1⁄2 inch of vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet or other heavy-bottomed pan for frying. Heat it to a temperature of 350°F to 360°F on a deep-frying thermometer. 
To make the breading, place the chickpea flour in a wide, shallow dish. Use another shallow dish for the bread crumbs and a bowl for the milk.
Take 1⁄4 cup of the crabless cake mixture and press and form it into a thick patty with your hands. Gently place the cake in the chickpea flour and coat all sides evenly. Quickly submerge it in milk and make sure all the flour looks wet. Remove it from the milk and place in the bread crumbs. Using your hands, coat all sides of the cake well in the bread crumbs, then lightly shake off any excess. Set the coated cakes on a plate or baking sheet. Once they’re all assembled, immediately deep-fry in batches. 
Delicately place 2 or 3 cakes in the hot oil. Fry for about 4 minutes until golden brown, flipping halfway through. Gently remove the cakes with a slotted frying spoon and place on paper towels to absorb any excess oil. 
Serve immediately with the aioli. Leftovers can be heated over medium heat in a pan lightly coated with vegetable oil.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Mermaid Moon by Colleen Coble

Book Description:  Mallory’s mother died fifteen years ago. But her father’s last words on the phone were unmistakable: “Find . . . mother.”
Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn’t have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.
Mallory believes her father was murdered and childhood sweetheart Kevin O’Connor, game warden in Downeast Maine, confirms her suspicions. But Kevin is wary of helping Mallory in her search. She broke his heart and left—without a word—years ago.
When Mallory begins receiving threats on her own life—and her beloved teenage daughter, Haylie—their search intensifies. There’s a tangled web within the supposed murder, and it involves much more than what meets the eye.
As answers begin to fall into place, Mallory realizes her search is about more than finding her father’s killer—it is also about finding herself again . . . and possibly about healing what was broken so long ago with Kevin. She just has to stay alive long enough to put all the pieces together.

My Thoughts:  At first I didn't understand the title to this book, Mermaid Moon seemed like it might be a moon with a special meaning but no, Mermaid Moon is named after a place Mermaid Point in Maine.  
This is the second book in the Sunset Cove series.  And packs quite a punch.
As the story begins we find that Mallory has been away from home for fifteen years.  Mallory decides to go back to Mermaid Point because she believes that her father was murdered.  And when she gets home her childhood sweetheart, Kevin O'Connor confirms her fears.
As Mallory begins to search for answers...including the mystery of her father's last words to her, "Find . . . mother."
What a read!  
The cat and mouse game, the twist and turns in this suspense read are all trademarks of Colleen Coble's great writing.  
Even though Mallory went home to find answers to her father's death, she ends up finding out more about herself and the man she left behind.
I loved this read...I hope you will check it out, too!
This is probably one of my most favorite Colleen Coble reads!

*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild of Thomas Nelson*

  • Series: A Sunset Cove Novel
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson 
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401690289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401690281

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

In Places Hidden (Golden Gate Secrets) by Tracie Petersen

Book Description:  On her way to San Francisco to find her brother, Caleb, who went missing three months ago, Camriann Coulter meets Judith and Kenzie, who both have their own mysteries to solve in the booming West Coast city. The women decide to help each other, including rooming together and working at Kenzie's cousin's chocolate factory.
Camri's search for her brother, an attorney, leads her deep into the political corruption of the city--and into the acquaintance of Patrick Murdock, a handsome Irishman who was saved from a false murder charge by Caleb. Patrick challenges all of Camri's privileged beliefs, but he knows more about what happened to her brother than anyone else. Together, they move closer to the truth behind Caleb's disappearance. But as the stakes rise and threats loom, will Patrick be able to protect Camri from the dangers he knows lie in the hidden places of the city?

My Thoughts:  First of all, this is a fantabulous cover.  So beautiful.  It makes one want to delve right into the story of Camriann (Camri), her brother Caleb and Patrick Murdock.
Camri meets two women, Judith and Kenzie, both of whom have mysteries of their own. The three women decide to room together which is probably a good idea considering the people that inhabit the booming town.
Camri is searching for her brother, Caleb.  Caleb is an attorney and which puts Camri right into the path of political corruption.
Camri needs Patrick's help and Patrick seems to know what happened to Caleb.  Camri feels that Patrick brings out all of her ideas and beliefs.  
Camri also finds out that people are selling people/human trafficking.  This is unspeakable and Camri is determined to find justice.
What a read!  

*This book was provided for review by Bethany House*

  • Series: Golden Gate Secrets (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (March 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764218999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764218996