Saturday, May 26, 2018

The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep


Mercy Lytton is a lady like none other. Raised amongst the Mohawks, she straddles two cultures, yet each are united in one cause. . .to defeat the French. Born with a rare gift of unusually keen eyesight, she is chosen as a scout to accompany a team of men on a dangerous mission. Yet it is not her life that is threatened. It is her heart.  Condemned as a traitor, Elias Dubois faces the gallows. At the last minute, he is offered his freedom if he consents to accompany a stolen shipment of French gold to a nearby fort—but he is the one they stole it from in the first place. It turns out that the real thief is the beguiling woman, Mercy Lytton, for she steals his every waking thought.   Can love survive divided loyalties in a backcountry wilderness?

This is the third book in the Bride series by Barbour Publishing.  This series centers around history, romance, adventure and faith and continues here in 1760 during the French and Indian war.

Anyone with a love of historical novels mixed with a tinge of romance will thoroughly enjoy this book as well as the other books in this series.  A very descriptive historical novel, Ms. Griep continues what the other authors have started with riveting adventure and a compelling storyline.  Hang on to your hat as once again we are taken into an exciting time in our country’s history and provided with a fantastic story to share with the author.

Is this a "guy's book"?  Any guy that appreciates history will enjoy the book.  The romance is a “part” of this book, but it isn’t the only part.




Saturday, May 12, 2018

No Less Days by Amanda Stevens



David Galloway is blessed…or cursed. He simply cannot die, or so it seems. Others around him pass away or leave him. Yet David continues to exist in his used bookshop in Michigan, more isolated than ever. Until one day when he stumbles on a story about another like himself. David has at last found community…but at what cost? What David wants to know now is what God requires of him.

I enjoy finding a new author that I haven’t read before.  Especially when this new author has older books that I may have to discover as well.  This new novel by Amanda Stevens is one such new to me author and I think you’ll enjoy her as well.

This book, in my opinion, read like a movie.  The kind where it’s a little slow to get into until you’ve been introduced to all of the characters and learn their backstories and how they figure into the story.  The plot/story was intriguing and caused me to pause as I read the synopsis.  Never dying?  I wasn’t sure where that fit into my religious belief, but that’s the great thing about Fiction, it’s all made up J  Anyway, I think the pace of the story works, I think the characters were believable and I think this book is one that you need to pick up and read.

Is this a "guy's book"?  Yes and yes.  This book is terrific and this is one topic that will allow us years of debate.


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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and I was under no obligation to post a review.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Things I never Knew by Beth Vogt

Peyton Thatcher copes with the loss of her twin sister by keeping busy with her work as a party planner and keeping her family at a distance.  When middle sister Jillian announces her engagement, Peyton dreads working on the wedding with her oldest sister, Johanna.  Then Jillian shocks the family with the report of a frightening diagnosis, and everyone must deal with past losses and present fears.

I'll admit I'm not much of a reader of women's literature, not because there aren't a lot of great authors/storylines out there, just because I already have enough on my plate with my normal genres. I took the opportunity to review this book to stretch my reading thoughts and I'm glad I did. 

To say this subject is heavy would be an understatement. Dealing with death is always hard, but dealing with the death of a sister, a twin sister, makes this even harder. I think the author kept this plot moving well, even though it was a very tough subject to tackle and I think she provides readers with a sense of being totally connected to the characters. 

Is this a man's book? Not really, but I'm not going to give this book any bad marks because it isn't. This book, if read by passionate readers of women's christian fiction, would be one that no one would be able to put down. 

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo



When they first met, Jean-Luc Valmont was a privateer and Maribel Cordoba a mere youth being whisked away to the Caribbean.  Years later, Jean-Luc, now a successful attorney in New Orleans, comes face to face with the grown up Maribel, who is swiftly capturing his heart.  But if she remembers their first encounter, his hidden past could come to light, and all he’s worked for could be lost.
This is the second book in a new series titled “Daughters of the Mayflower” by Barbour Publishing.  This series centers around history, romance, adventure and faith.  While this is book 2 in the series, it is a stand-alone title that can be read in any order.  This book occurs around 1725 in New Orleans.

Adventure and love on the high seas!  Well, mostly adventure, which is good for this guy.  The setup of the story takes a lot of time to develop and causes the wrap up to feel a little rushed.  Thanks to a very descriptive author, though, you do get the feeling that you’re right there with the characters.  I would have liked to have seen a little more character development (and a tad bit older Maribel).  All in all, a nice quick easy read and a great addition to this series
 
Is this a "guy's book"?  With more swashbuckling this would have been a great guy’s book.  There isn’t a lot of romance, so this would be one that any man would want to pick up.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and I was under no obligation to post a review.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Starting From Scratch by Kate Lloyd


At age twenty-nine, that's what Eva Lapp considers herself. And who could argue with her? Finding a good Amish husband at her age will be next to impossible. Plus, Eva's unwarranted bad reputation in Lancaster County precedes her. Maybe living the Englisch life would be better.
Squeezed out of her childhood home by her brother's boisterous family, Eva finds lodging and a new job managing a small café at a local plant nursery. But the challenge of her new position isn't enough to distract from her current predicament.
To Eva's surprise, her first love, Jake Miller, suddenly returns to Lancaster County. Flooded with emotions and filled with questions about Jake's past, can Eva trust what she's feeling?
Jake and Eva face many obstacles in their quest for a fresh start in the community, but perhaps with God's help, they can find the redemption they both desperately need.


There’s something about the simple life of the Amish that is very intriguing.  Here in “Starting From Scratch”, we see Eva leaving her family home to live and work elsewhere and at the ripe old age of 29, start her life from scratch.  Soon after, unbeknownst to Eva, the suitors begin to stack up.  Should she see what she has left in the past or should she venture out to see what new hearts she can find?  A tried and true recipe for romance along with some great twists and turns makes for one book you won’t want to miss.

Is this a "Guys Book"?   Not really, as this genre has romance written all over it.  But you never know, you pick this book up and you might learn a thing or two about romance J

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free for my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Friday, March 16, 2018

Loose Ends by Jennifer Haynie


Hot off her first mission as a Unit 28 contractor agent, Alex Thornton wants nothing more than to focus on building a life with Jabir al-Omri, her best friend and boyfriend of five months.
A secret chains Jabir, one with such dire consequences that seeking freedom from it will cost him dearly. He finds himself caught between honoring those he cares about and being completely truthful with Alex.
Hashim al-Hassan craves vengeance against the woman who deceived him ten years before. The target of his wrath? Alex.
When Alex and Jabir receive an assignment to find the murderers of a shipping executive, their investigation brings them to the attention of Hashim. He begins stalking her. The bodies pile up, and people disappear.
Now, with Alex squarely within Hashim’s crosshairs, Jabir yearns to tell her what he knows. Yet the truth may destroy both her and those she loves the most.






Following up to last year’s novel, “Panama Deception”, Jennifer Haynie brings us the second book in the Unit 28 series, “Loose Ends”.  I would recommend reading them in order so as to keep up with all of the backstory that is brought out in this new book.

The author brings back the characters that you were introduced to in the first novel, so a feeling of familiarity envelopes you as you start into this book.  The characters continue to face adversity based on their chosen vocations but they endure them in believable story arcs.  The transitions from scene to scene is smooth and doesn’t appear forced, almost as if you are being lead down the story rather than pushed through plots.  All of this culminating in a plausible ending that is wrapped up nicely, with all of the questions throughout the book being answered.

Is this a "Guys Book"?   You name any spy/operative/military/espionage novel that you’ve enjoyed and I’ll tell you this one stacks right up there with them.  Do yourself a favor, pick up a copy of this book.


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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Coldwater by Samuel Parker

Having forfeited his youth to the state prison system, Michael moved back to the only home he'd ever known. An empty shell of a man who now lived--if it could be called living--in the still vacant house of his parents in a town with one stoplight. A town that hated him. Had always hated him. And was ready to pick up where the prison system had let off.

Now he's on the run from men who've tried to kill him once; but Michael is more than an ex-con. A powerful, sinister force creeps inside him, threatening and destructive. Who--and what--it will destroy next is the only real question.

From the author that brought you “Purgatory Road”, here’s a new addition to the suspense genre in Christian fiction. 


Ok, I’ll admit that, even though I thoroughly enjoy a great suspense novel (Have enjoyed Stephen King and Dean Koontz for years), I never could totally wrap my hands around this one.  I tried seeing this from a good vs evil viewpoint, but that was even hard to do at times.  The main character is surrounded by hate and evil and the guys in the town that tried killing him weren’t any better.  I kept waiting for that intersection of all of this evil with a redemption plot and an introduction of a “good” character to help Michael weave through all of the anger.  Alas, I never did find that.  From a secular standpoint, this novel is full of all of the normal triggers that would make you enjoy it from start to finish.  From a biblical/spiritual standpoint, I think this is one you should stay away from.  If you want to read it, just keep in mind that there is no battle here, just evil showing that it can win some of the time.

Is this a "guy's book"?  It does have suspense and intrigue but it also has a lot of darkness.  Be careful with this one.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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Samuel Parker  was born in the Michigan boondocks but was raised on a never-ending road trip through the U.S. Besides writing, he is a process junkie and the ex-guitarist for several metal bands you’ve never heard of. He lives in West Michigan with his wife and twin sons.