“Beyond Justice” by Cara Putman

New Love, Danger and Mystery!

Hayden McCarthy is a young, smart lawyer who currently finds herself in dangerous situations, possibly even life threatening ones.  Hayden works for a law firm in Washington, D. C. and is still proving herself there.  She is assigned a case that doesn’t make sense from the start.  At first, the partner Gerard who insisted she take it, said this would make her career at the law firm, but it would require thinking outside the box.  As time goes on, Gerard withdraws from her, and is antagonistic when she tries to ask him basic questions about the case.  Hayden is sure Gerard is holding back information.  The people involved in the lawsuit don’t want to talk to her, or give her much information either.

At the same time that Hayden is dealing with the intrigue and frustration this lawsuit is bringing, her roommate Emilie introduces Hayden to her cousin Andrew Wesley.   Andrew is the son of a congressman and is currently listed as one of the most eligible bachelors in Washington D. C.  That title alone is enough to turn Hayden off, but Andrew is truly a nice guy.  He works with children, avoids the limelight as much as possible and has a strong faith.  On top of that, Hayden is running into him more and more often as she gets deeper into this strange lawsuit Gerard assigned her.

This fast moving story is full of twists and turns, with lots of suspense.  Hayden wonders if she will keep her job, along with her life, before she gets to the bottom of it.  Things get stranger at her law office, especially after a good friend is obviously set up, and then fired.  Suddenly Gerard passes away, and Hayden wonders if it is related to her case.  As Andrew is thrown together with her more, life becomes increasingly dangerous for them both.  At the same time, Hayden wonders if she has a future with a guy from an affluent “mover and shaker” political family.

I really enjoyed this book.   From the first page, the story sweeps the reader up in an interesting plot, with an outcome that is not obvious.  Beyond Justice is Christian fiction that keeps the tale clean, but does not lose the reader’s interest.  This is book one in the Hidden Justice Series.  I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys suspense or thriller type stories.

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“An Uncommon Protector” by Shelley Shepard Gray

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Actions?

Laurel Tracey has survived the Civil War, but she has lost everything except her Texas ranch.  Now someone seems to be trying to take that from her.  With a situation like that going on what is a girl to do?  Laurel decides to march into town and use the last of her meager funds to “buy” a prisoner to work for her for a year.  That action gets the local tongues wagging in gossip about her.   Laurel herself wonders how she could pick out a complete stranger, and sign a contract to have him live on her ranch with her—all because he has an honest way about him.  Has she made a huge mistake?

Her prisoner, Thomas Baker, is a large tough man who had been in jail for not paying debts.  Laurel learns he served as a Sergeant in the Civil War, so decides “Sergeant” will be the name she calls him.  Even though Sergeant has an intimidating size and manner, attacks at the ranch continue, and get so much bolder, that Thomas feels he must enlist more help to protect both Laurel and the ranch.

An Uncommon Protector is a story that is easy to grab the reader’s attention, especially since there is a bit of a mystery about who is behind the ranch attacks.  Thomas, along with his Civil War friends, have very interesting backgrounds.   I enjoyed them so much I would have liked to have seen the time with Sergeant’s friends extended instead of having them leave so quickly.

This is book two in A Lone Star Hero’s Love Story Series, but this story stands alone without the need to read the first book.  The attraction between Laurel and Thomas starts right away, but is written in a clean way with nothing offensive.  I recommend this 4-star book to anyone who enjoys romances, or are fans of historical fiction written from a Christian point of view.

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“Tranquility: A Prayer and Reflection Coloring Journal” by Tyndale House

Coloring Books for Adults?

Have you tried the latest passion, coloring for adults?  More specifically, have you tried one of the coloring books made for grownups?  Whether or not you have already given this latest pastime a try, rush to get a copy of Tranquility.

This amazing volume can be used in many ways.  As the name says, it is a coloring book, but it is so much more than that.  You can write your inner thoughts and reflections using this as a diary.  It can also be used as a prayer journal to keep track of prayer requests and answered prayers.

There are lots of coloring pages to get your creative juices going.  Additionally, there are pages that have scripture and prayer that will put you in a contemplative mood.  Other pages ask you questions or give you something to ponder as you make unique colored pictures.  All of this is featured in a sturdy book with tough chipboard covers.  It is also the perfect size to slip into a backpack, purse or tote to have handy wherever life takes you.

I have seen a good number of coloring books for adults.  Many of them are very over sized making it difficult to take along with you throughout your day.  There are also very few that are done from a Christian perspective.  Tranquility goes the extra mile and not only does it with a Christian point of view, but includes all the lovely extras wrapped up in a durable hardback cover that is easy to bring along.   Coloring for adults is supposed to be a

stress reliever, and a way to be creative.  I think combining those two areas with a spiritual aspect is a home run!  I highly recommend this 5-star book, and think it will deepen your relationship with God, as well as, give you a place to make gorgeous pictures.

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“Spirit-Empowered Theology” by Charles Carrin, D. D.

The Answers to All Your Questions—About Christianity!

Ever question why Easter is on a different Sunday each year, and wondered how the date for Easter Sunday is figured?  Or have you been curious if Christians can be possessed by demons?  For answers to those questions plus 298 more, look no further than this book.  This volume is a real treasure of Christian answers to a wide variety of subjects.

This book contains 18 sections that range from “Who is God?” to “What gifts does the Holy Spirit impart to believers?”  Within each of those divisions are the 300 questions.  After deciding which query to learn about, go to the page number and get your question answered.  The responses are very clear, concise, and written on a layperson’s level. The answers vary in size from just a few paragraphs to a couple of pages.

Spirit-Empowered Theology is easy to use and is a treasure of information.  Couple that with this book’s easy to understand answers and this is a real winner.  You will find yourself looking up one question, and once answered, looking up another that has caught your curiosity.  It is very addicting.  I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who has ever had a question about Christianity.

Charles Carrin is a well respected pastor who has been in the ministry for more than 65 years.  In his formative years, he was taught the gifts of the Holy Spirit were not for today.  He taught that for many years until he experienced a personal crisis and sought out the Holy Spirit for himself.  Since then, he has been a firm believer that the Holy Spirit’s gifts are for today.  This book is written from that viewpoint.

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“Without Warning” by Joel C. Rosenberg

Real Life in the Pages of Fiction?

Terrorists are attacking multiple cities across The United States, and the President is reluctant to launch counter measures against it.  This is despite the Capitol Building being bombed while the President was in it—and a successful kidnapping of the President a short time earlier by this same group.  J. B. Collins, on the other hand, a New York Times reporter, has no qualms about publicly identifying ISIS as the group responsible for all the destruction.  He also attempts to warn the American public that this is only the beginning of attacks, and the worst is yet to come.

In an effort to prevent that, J. B. finds himself talking with the president who once again doesn’t want to escalate anything involving the ISIS group.  While Collins is trying to drum up American attention about the dangers of ISIS, his family is viciously attacked.  Collins himself becomes a wanted man by the terrorists, and he must constantly watch over his shoulder for potential assailants.  If he can’t get the American president to listen to him, he must find someone powerful to hear him out before it is too late.

With the clock ticking before ISIS makes another deadly attack, J.B. attempts to meet with world leaders in the Middle East.  Suddenly he has some unexpected resources open up that just might help him do that.  The question is, if he is able to plead his case with these other countries, will they be willing to work together to stop ISIS?  Because one country alone will not be enough, and everything must happen quickly because there isn’t much time.

This is a fast-paced thriller with lots of twists and turns along with incredible chase scenes—normally I am not a fan of those, but it really works in this tale.  Collins’ discussions with the different country’s heads of state are so realistic they sound like that have been taken straight from today’s headlines.  But what will really surprise the reader is the ending—it is definitely one that I didn’t see coming.  All I can say is, “Wow!”  Without Warning is Book 3 in the J. B. Collins Series, but this tale can be read on its own.  I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys exciting thrillers, fictionalized accounts of today’s world, or Christian fiction.

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“Long Time Gone” by Mary Connealy

Strong Women, Tough Cowboys & Danger!

Angie DuPree is in a very dangerous situation in 1880’s New Mexico.  After agreeing to go to the Boden family ranch to help the doctor treat Cole Boden, Angie discovers the family is under attack by a person or persons unknown.  The family is as shocked to find themselves in this predicament as Angie is.

While the Bodens try to figure out who is behind this, dangerous situations continue to take place that throw Angie together with this family.  The killer has targeted every member of the Boden family.  However, anyone interacting with the family is included, too, which puts Angie in danger, as well.  Before this ends, there will be a kidnapping, the discovery of a spy in their midst, and more gunfights.  The family is further shocked to learn that someone attempted to kill their parents who have been staying in Colorado for a medical treatment.  Who is doing this to them?

Although Angie is fairly new to the community, she has been trying very hard to learn to fit in to life in the West.  Unfortunately she wasn’t taught any life skills, and is pretty clueless about doing anything.  She believes that living in her new hometown will give her the chance to finally stand on her own two feet.  Justin Boden just thinks she is a big stack of trouble!

This is the second installment in The Cimarron Legacy.  Since I have not read the first book, I had a small amount of catch-up time when I began reading.  But it was not hard to do.  This story delivers lots of action, along with twists and turns, while solving this mystery moves on.  It is also fun to watch the relationship between Angie and Justin Boden unfold.  Although this yarn ended at a natural stopping place, the entire tale has many loose ends that need to be finished—including who is behind all of this. I can hardly wait for book three to be released so I can get the answers.  I highly recommend this 5-star book to anyone who enjoys westerns, thrillers or Christian fiction.

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“Written in Love” by Kathleen Fuller

Love is in the Mail!

Without trying, Phoebe Bontrager has a pen pal—a male one named Jalon Chupp!  What started out as a letter delivered to the wrong address has quickly turned into a post office romance.  But the twenty-three year old Amish girl also has a lot of secrets.

First of all there is Malachi, her son, a child she had out of wedlock.  Next, Phoebe and Malachi are living with an aunt who clearly hates the two of them, and never misses a chance to verbally abuse them.  Her parents still do not understand why she left their home.  Both Phoebe and Malachi were well-loved there, and are missed a lot.  Her mother was clearly disappointed when Phoebe announced she was moving out.

But Phoebe’s reason for leaving was because of an even bigger secret, one she hasn’t shared with anyone.  Even though Phoebe longs to return to her parent’s home, she knows she never can.

Jalon has a past with secrets, too.  He has struggled with alcoholism for years.  Jalon also carries the burden of guilt for the accident that left his cousin in a wheelchair.  The letters he has exchanged with Phoebe are the first bright lights in his life in many years.  Despite never meeting her, Jalon is sure he is in love with Phoebe and sets out to meet her in person.  That decision will change not only Jalon and Phoebe’s lives, but that of many of their family members as well.

This is a story of Amish people who have old fashioned values but are faced with modern day problems.  Phoebe finds herself confronted with the question of whose fault is it when bad things happen to good people–do bad things happen because of another person’s sins?  Jesus himself was asked if a man’s blindness was the result of his or his parent’s sins.  Jesus surprised them by saying it wasn’t anyone’s fault rather, “this man was born blind so that God’s power could be shown in him.”https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+9&version=NCV  Could that be Phoebe’s answer, too?

In addition to kind Amish people, this story also features Amish who have let their own human weaknesses cause them to be mean and controlling—they care more about rules than people, or the One who made them.  This is a very interesting tale that will keep you turning the pages to understand the very likeable Phoebe’s behavior.  I also liked the quirky way Phoebe and Jalon “met.”  This is a good book that you will enjoy.  I recommend this 5-star book to those who like Amish tales, or story-lines that address modern problems!

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“Pursued” by Lisa Harris

Heart Pounding Action!

Nikki Boyd, a special agent for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), is flying in to Nashville to reunite with boyfriend, Tyler, when her plane crash lands.  In the chaos that follows Erika, the woman Nikki befriended on the flight, disappears.  Nikki’s feeling that something is wrong is confirmed when the FBI approaches her to help them find Erika.

Despite Tyler’s unhappiness that Nikki is letting herself get entangled in a complicated case, she jumps at the chance to work with the FBI.  This leads her into one dangerous situation after another.  Before it is all over Nikki will be involved in a hostage situation at a prison, rappelling down a mountain to help a crash victim, and following a charming and handsome philanthropist that the public feels can do no wrong.  During this time, she also gets a disturbing medical diagnosis that she fears could end the relationship she has with Tyler.

Will the abduction of Nikki’s sister be resolved, or will the family get some kind of closure?  After a three month absence, has Nikki and Tyler’s relationship suffered, or will they move forward?  Can Nikki continue to do this kind of work without it becoming too personal for her?

This is the third installment in the series, The Nikki Boyd Files, but this story can stand on its own without reading the other books.  Pursued starts with a bang, and never slows down.  It is a story that will capture you from the first page.  There is lots of action along with twists and turns, so this tale will really keep you on the edge of your seat.  The author shows her talent by doing all of this, yet keeping the book clean and including references to God in a very natural way.  I recommend this 5-star book to anyone who likes exciting stories or well-written Christian fiction.

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“The One True Love of Alice-Ann” by Eva Marie Everson

If You Want a Treat, Read this Book!

Farm girl Alice-Ann has been in love with her older brother’s friend, Mack for a long time.  She has decided she will share her heart with him, and tell him her true feelings the night of her sixteenth birthday.  Unfortunately, on that date, December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor is attacked, and from that moment on, everything changes–and her party is cancelled.  As this event pulls the United States into World War II, Alice-Ann is crushed to find Mack has already enlisted, and will be leaving soon.

Although Mack is stunned to learn of Alice-Ann’s feelings, he suggests they write to each other while he is gone.  She promises him her heart, and to wait for him.  Mack makes no promises.

After two years of writing and Alice-Ann sharing her heart, the letters from Mack stop.  Alice-Ann’s feelings for Mack have grown, yet he hasn’t given her any encouragement.  As the time with no news from Mack lengthens, she remains busy working at the bank, helping at the farm, teaching Sunday School, and reading to Carlton–another friend of her brother’s.

Carlton has returned from the war unable to walk or see.  After his steady girlfriend took one look at him, she broke things off with him.  In the beginning, Alice-Ann spends time with Carlton as a favor to his sister.  But as time goes on, she soon finds herself sharing her thoughts about everything, and he actually listens to her.  No one in her life has ever really cared about her hopes and dreams, and Alice-Ann is enjoying it.

“You can’t choose whom you fall in love with, but you can choose whom you marry.”  Does Alice-Ann understand this advice from her aunt?  Has Mack really died in combat?  If he never returns, will Alice-Ann remain single the rest of her life?  Will Alice-Ann change her opinion of Mack when she discovers how often he let others down, and the number of women he has disappointed?

I really liked this book.  This story immediately captured my interest, and I never wanted to put it down.  It gives an insight in to what it might have been like in a small rural community–the home front–during World War II.  Having been raised by a couple of “greatest generation” parents, I enjoy things set in this era.  However, the characters and the problems they are facing are just as relatable to today’s reader.  Alice-Ann is very likable, along with many other interesting people in this tale.  I highly recommend this 5 plus star book to anyone who enjoys non-offensive fiction written from a Christian viewpoint.  If you only read a few books this year, make this one of them!

Tyndale House Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of The One True Love of Alice-Ann for the purpose of review.  All opinions expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

A few questions for the author:

What lessons or truths do you hope readers will take away from The One True Love of Alice-Ann?

That when we take our distresses to God, he not only hears our cries, but he and he alone can wrap us up in his great big arms and show us the right path to take. He alone can ease our pain. You know, he loves us so much . . . he sent his Son to die for us. He won’t let us down now.

How did writing this story influence your perspective on the stateside effects of WWII, and more specifically on women’s roles during the war?

During the writing, I went to see a friend of mine who is in a veterans’ home in South Carolina. As I arrived, a hearse pulled in. After I met my friend in the cafeteria, I learned that one of the veterans living there had passed away. I accompanied my friend to the “graduation” ceremony. I have to tell you . . . since I’d researched the era and I was in the midst of writing the book, I started crying and couldn’t stop! As far as women’s roles, I learned that everyone stepped up to the plate. Everyone. Young. Old. Women. Men. Children. Everyone.

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Book Review “Murder is No Accident” by A. H. Gabhart

Big Mystery in a Small Town

Three kids, a creepy Victorian mansion, along with a body—and it is the second body to be found in that house in less than a week!  How could this be happening in the normally quiet, small southern town of Hidden Springs?  Deputy sheriff Michael Keane is wondering that as he investigates the bodies that keep showing up in the Chandler mansion.

The first death seemed like an accident, but it parallels the death of Audrey Chandler Carlson that took place decades earlier.  Is that just an unhappy coincidence, or is the current one actually murder?  Should the past one be re-opened and investigated again?

Miss Fonda, Audrey’s sister, says it was actually murder, but she suffers from dementia. Teenager Maggie Greene might be the key, but she isn’t talking because someone has scared her to keep her silent.

While Michael has his hands full with the murder investigation, Alex his childhood sweetheart, is in town.  He thinks he is ready to take their relationship to the next level—marriage.  But Alex has it made it clear she doesn’t want the small town life.  She is a successful lawyer in the big city, and loves it.  Lately she has pulled back from him making a wide gulf between them.  Will Michael be able to bridge that if he admits he loves her, and wants an official relationship with her?

Murder is No Accident is the third installment in A Hidden Springs Mystery Series, but this story stands alone.  This is a clean mystery told from a Christian point of view.  There are enough twists and turns to keep you wondering who did it, and keep you turning the page until you discover the guilty party.  A lovely calico cat named Miss Marble makes her way into the story as well!  I recommend this 5-star book to fans of mysteries or Christian fiction.

 

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