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Monday, February 10, 2014

Review of Redeeming Grace by George McVey

Times of testing come to everyone, and now it is Grace and Nathan Ryder's time. Nathan's parents have arrived in Redemption. David Ryder begins questioning everything about Nathan's life. How can Nathan be a Pastor, U.S.Marshal and a gunslinger? David also questions Nathan's choice in a wife, Grace. But there are secrets in David's life also.
To complicate matters Strawberry Fields wants to face Nathan and prove who is the better gunslinger. Big Bertha, a woman with connections to Nathan's family in the past arrives in town to set up a Brothel. The Deacons want answers. How much more can Nathan handle?
I love George McVey's tales of Redemption and recommend them to anyone who wants to read good clean westerns.

Review of The Quilted Heart, by Mona Hodgson

You loved Prairie Song by Mona Hodgson...Now read how these folks came to form the Boon's Lick Wagon Train. Previously published as three ebooks, The Quilted Heart is now available in print for the first time. Meet the ladies that stayed behind as well as the folks who decide to seek their fortune in the west. There is happiness and sorrow, as the women in these books move through the seasons of their lives.
I really enjoyed getting to know the characters from Prairie Song better. I loved seeing the hand of G-d working in their lives...even when they are unsure of their beliefs. Most have come through some very traumatic times and are slowly moving on to a new season in their lives. This story shows how G-d will bring us through the tough times.
I was given The Quilted Heart by the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Review of Redeeming Love by Sophie Dawson and George McVey

Redeeming Love by Sophie Dawson and George McVey was just as good as Redeeming Reputation, Redeeming Trail and Redeeming Grace. I did notice the slightly softer story line with the addition of Sophie Dawson's storytelling. This added a nice touch. Nathan is still the Preacher, unsure of his calling. The other characters are also present,Grace, Cindy and Tim, along with a whole town of new folks.
In Redeeming Love we learn more about Nathan's family and background.I hope to see future collaborations between Sophie and George, their style of writing compliments each other and produced a smooth enjoyable story.
While I was given this book by the author for review purposes, the opinions are my own.

Review of Stranded by Dani Pettrey

Stranded, the third book in Dani Pettrey's Alaskan Courage series reunites Darcy St. James with the McKenna family of Yancy Alaska. Do yourself a favor and don't start reading Stranded until you have a few hours of free time...you won't want to put it down!

Darcy is an investigative journalist , who has been covering extreme sports for the last few years. After a call from her former partner Abbey, Darcy joins the crew of the cruise ship Bering. Her job is to photogragh all of the excursions, for publicity.
Last frontier Adventures, the Mckenna family business has been hired to run the excursions. Now Abbey is missing, apparently fallen overboard, and Gage Mckenna is on the Bering as excursion director, Will he blow Darcy's cover before she can find Abbey?

This is a very well written story, with plenty of plot twists and adventure.The Mckenna family is almost as fascinating as Dee Henderson's O'Malley family. Stranded also follows the developing romance of Gage and Darcy, with another Mckenna family member finally becoming aware of a co-workers good points. I have to admit I lost some sleep over this book, and can't wait for the installment, of the Mckenna's.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for review purposes. This is my honest opinion of Stranded.

Review of Emerald Fire by Hallee Bridgeman

I really enjoyed reading Emerald fire. It was a little confusing in the beginning with multiple times, but once I got into the book I thought it was good. Emerald Fire continues the story of three sisters that began in Sapphire Ice and Greater Than Rubies. Robin and Tony are happily married, but Tony's friend Barry is having marital troubles, and even worse has begun to doubt G-d.

Maxine the middle sister cannot trust men. After the first few dates, when a man might want a kiss, she ends the relationship. Now she and Barry are friends and buddies. They enjoy football games and just hanging out while Barry's wife socializes. An unexpected tragedy brings everything to a head.

Hallee Bridgman has done a good job of keeping a person guessing as to what is going to happen next. Once you get into this book you will have a hard time putting it down.I look forward to reading Topaz Heat, the final book in the series.

I was given this book by the author in exchange for my honest review

Review of The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Melanie Dickerson's The Healer's Apprentice reads like a beloved Fairy tale. You have Rose, a woodcutters Daughter, being trained to a job above her normal station in life. You have two brothers,princes, who both desire her, but she is beneath their notice. Assorted townspeople add to the drama, and of course you have the evil one.( It would not be a fairy tale without one)
I really enjoyed Melanie's portrayal of medieval life. I believe she kept her story historically accurate but did not sacrifice the story. I love the way she brought the authority of Jesus Christ into the novel and did not in any way diminish his power.
I would recommend this book to all young ladies as an alternative to most of the books being written for the YA market.

Review of Mattie's Unspoken Vow by Margo Hanson

It was wonderful to visit once again with the Newly family and their friends in Margo Hansen's 'Mattie's Unspoken Vow'. In this the 5th and final book in the Newly wed series Abel Newly the youngest son of Sky and Russ newly comes home from medical school. he is full of plans to marry Delphinia and bring her to Sand Creek. He doesn't count on finding Mattie frozen to the ground. Sometimes G-d changes our plans.
I enjoyed this book very much...read it over the course of 2 evenings and was sad when i finished as this was the last book about the Newly Family. I feel as though I have come to know these people and would love to go visit.
This series will definately go on my keeper shelf so that I can occasionaly visit Sand Creek.
My review of Mona Hodgson's Prairie Song
I have been a fan of Mona Hodgson since I read her Cripple Creek series. She does a wonderful job of developing characters into friends that you don't want to say goodbye too. Her new series, Hearts Seeking Home, has it's own share of delightful characters.
I started reading book 1, Prairie Song expecting a tale of people heading west on a wagon train. I assumed I would be reading of the usual trials and illnesses that were the unfortunate reality of travel west. But I found so much more. This is a story of secrets, everyone has secrets, reasons not to be close to anyone, reasons to head west and leave their lives behind.
Along with the drama of secrets, Mona also created several romances.Among the 48 people traveling together are people of various ethnic groups, several of whom cannot speak English. Slowly all of these people blend into a loose family of sorts. With 5 months of traveling 15 to 20 miles a day they must all learn to depend upon one another. As they let down their guard with one another, they must also open their hearts and share their secrets.
I can sincerely recommend Prairie Song as an enjoyable trip into another time and am looking forward to my next visit in book 2

Topaz Heat, by Hallee Bridgeman

href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14059115-topaz-heat" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img alt="Topaz Heat (The Jewel Trilogy #3)" border="0" src="https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1372899720m/14059115.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14059115-topaz-heat">Topaz Heat</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5815249.Hallee_Bridgeman">Hallee Bridgeman</a><br/>
My rating: <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/705439888">5 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
Sarah, the youngest sister in Hallee Bridgman's Jewels trilogy, is a spoiled young woman. A nurse in the OB ward of a large Boston Hospital, Sarah is happy. she cannot remember her abusive life before age 9. her sisters were not so fortunate.<br>Derrick, a product of the streets of Boston, was rescued by Sarah's brother-in-law Tony. Tony educated and trained Derrick to be the fine, Christian man he is now. But all Sarah can see is the hoodlum he was. Derrick adores Sarah, but spends his time tormenting her to avoid the pain of her rejection.<br>Now through a series of events, they are thrown together, what happens next makes for a wonderful story.<br><br>I love Hallee Bridgeman's stories and I hope she continues to write contemporary, Christian stories. Her stories are so real, I can hear the character's voices in my head.<br>I was given this book by the author for my honest opinion.
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