Vanishing Point by Lisa Harris; Revell ISBN 9780800728489

Vanishing Point, a novel by Lisa Harris, is both a mystery and a love story. Garrett Addison and Jordan Lambert, the two protagonists, are no strangers to each other. They were once in love, but had drifted apart. Both are law enforcement professionals and as the result of a heinous crime they are brought together to try to solve the case. Will they be able to do it and not let what once was get in the way?

The author has crafted an exciting and carefully constructed plot. The well developed characters are complex and deep. The novel brings fine writing, suspense, faith and love to the reader. Vanishing Point is a true page turner and engrossing right up to the very last page. Highly recommended.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Revell. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Advertisements

Leave a comment

Filed under BOOK REVIEW

Home All Along by Beth Wiseman Thomas Nelson ISBN 9781401685973

Life could not get much more complicated for Charlotte, the protagonist in Beth Wiseman’s novel Home All Along. Even though she is not Amish, she lives in and is accepted by an Amish community. She is in love with Daniel, an Amish man, who wants a commitment from her. For reasons of her own, she is not ready to commit to him and a new way of life. Unexpectedly, Charlotte’s life is drastically changed by relatives. In addition, Charlotte’s close friend experiences serious medical issues and she assigns to Charlotte an important responsibility. Daniel’s family, too, is grappling with life changing conditions. Does this close knit community have the strength to make the right decisions and to somehow find peace in these difficult times?

The author deftly presents serious matters. The well drawn characters are placed into realistic life situations that readers can identify with. The lives of the characters are woven together as they deal with loss, the unbreakable bonds of family, love and faith.

I found this to be a beautifully told and absorbing novel. Highly recommended.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

 

Leave a comment

Filed under BOOK REVIEW

A Plain Leaving by Leslie Gould: Bethany House ISBN 978-0-7642-1969-6

It isn’t easy to walk away from everything and everyone you love. Three years ago Jessica did just that when she left her Amish community, family, their property and the man she had hoped to marry. Leaving had been hard enough, but returning for her father’s funeral was difficult, too. Was there any hope of reconciliation?   Over two hundred years ago her ancestor, Ruby, tried to cope with her own upheavals which were not unlike Jessica’s. A Plain Leaving, a novel by Leslie Gould, tells their stories.

 

While Jessica’s story is told in her own voice, Ruby’s story is told by to Jessica by her beloved aunt as a “cautionary tale”. Is there a message for Jessica in the tale?

 

The author brings to the reader the captivating story of two women struggling to understand where they belong and with whom. All the characters are well drawn and believable. Faith, core values and matters of the heart are some of the serious themes presented in the book. A Plain Leaving is well worth reading. Highly recommended.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

Leave a comment

Filed under BOOK REVIEW

The Proving by Beverly Lewis; Bethany House; ISBN 9780764219665

In The Proving, a novel by Beverly Lewis, readers learn that Amanda Dienner left her family and Amish community five years ago because of a betrayal. She is notified that her mother died and that she has inherited her Lancaster County Amish bed-and-breakfast. Stunned and with conflicted feelings, she returns home to learn her inheritance comes with conditions. In addition, she has to face the very reasons she left while living in a house that holds so many memories. She has lived as an Englisher and has become used to modern conveniences that include driving a car. Does she have the skills to be a welcoming Amish hostess? Can she improve her cooking skills? Will the Amish community welcome her return?

The Proving is a beautifully told story that deals with the complexities of family and relationships. It reminds readers of the unbreakable bonds of family. The interesting characters are believable and well drawn. This is an engrossing and heartwarming novel.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under BOOK REVIEW

The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix; Thomas Nelson ISBN 9780718086442

Three centuries separated Adeline and Jessica, but tragedy and an unexpected find brought them together. The Space Between Words, a novel by Michele Phoenix, tells their stories. The book opens in Gatigny, France in 1695 with the writings of Adeline Baillard whose life and that of her family’s was torn apart. She had made a promise to record what had happened to her family. Hundreds of years later, while in Paris with her friends, Jessica was injured during a terrorist attack at a concert venue. Even though she struggled with memories of the horrors she had seen and survivor’s guilt, instead of returning home she continued on with her friend’s original plans to travel to the south of France. While there she comes upon an antique sewing box with Adeline’s papers concealed in it. While in the company of caring and comforting strangers, Jessica and her new friends try to find out what became of Adeline’s family.

This is an emotionally stirring and powerful story. Tragedy casts a shadow and the characters have inner turmoil. Even so, this is a story about resilience and healing. Highly recommended.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under BOOK REVIEW

This Old Café by Marci Boudreaux ISBN 9781386957041

Jenna is tired of struggling to make a go of her café. A disaster with a broken pipe brings Daniel, who has been living in the alley behind her restaurant, to her rescue. If this sounds unusual, read on. This Old Café, a novel by Marci Boudreaux, tells their most unusual story. Jenna is divorced from a man who used and betrayed her. Even now, she still thinks about how he battered her self confidence. Daniel’s history is much different. He was in the military and is now homeless. He has many issues which include anger management. He has been eating food from Jenna’s dumpster and has become familiar with her routine. Unbeknownst to Jenna, he watches over her. Even though they may not seem to have much in common and they deal with different issues, they forge a relationship that is based on reciprocity. Can they find a common ground?

The author has created resilient and believable characters who try to make peace with their pasts in order to reach their goals. Readers are effectively allowed to see through the characters eyes and, as a result, we become immersed in their lives. The plot is beautifully constructed and packed with heart and emotion. This is a special love story about special people. Highly recommended.

Leave a comment

Filed under BOOK REVIEW

The Two of Us by Victoria Bylin; Bethany House Publishers ISBN 9780764217388

The Two of Us, a novel by Victoria Bylin, opens in a Las Vegas coffee shop where Mia Robinson is fascinated by a stranger, Jake Tanner, who is very adept at working a claw machine. He extracts an impressive collection of stuffed animals, one of which he gives to Mia along with an invitation for breakfast. We learn that they are both in town for a wedding. Little do they know, at first, that it is for the same one. What were the chances of this happening? And, this is just the beginning.

Every character in the novel has their own story. Mia has two broken engagements behind her. She struggles with trust issues. Jake Tanner, a former law enforcement officer, struggles with guilt over the death of his partner. His efforts to establish a camp for boys who have lost a parent has created a huge rift in his community. Only he can decide just how important his mission is. Jake’s mother’s Alzheimer’s disease is an important component of the book. Mia’s sister fears she is not strong enough to be a good wife and mother. Somehow, because of all their issues this group of people come together and draw strength from each other. Having met under unusual circumstances, Mia and Jake’s lives intertwine. They share faith and solid values. Will it be enough for them to lead them to a future together?

I found this to be a moving and well written book. The author deftly deals with important real life issues. She writes with clarity and sensitivity. This book is well worth reading. Highly recommended.

 

I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.

 

Leave a comment

Filed under BOOK REVIEW