“Missing” by Lisa Harris

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Will She Have Enough Time?

Two people are missing, and two people are dead.  Nikki Boyd, part of The Missing Boat at Dock Free Useage - CopyPersons Task Force, has been called in to track down the two that are missing.  Suddenly, the case gets really personal for her.  One of the crime scenes is on a boat, The Isabella, owned by her good friend, Tyler.  After that, things get even more complex when it is revealed that George Brennan, Tyler’s estranged, alcoholic father-in-law, is involved in this case as well.

Tyler and Nikki have a complicated relationship.  Tyler is the husband of Nikki’s best friend, Katie.  But a year earlier, Katie drowned–falling off The Isabella–leaving Tyler, her young son Liam, and Nikki heart-broken.  The three of them have spent a lot of time together this past year trying to cope with their grief.  Lately, Nikki has found herself starting to develop romantic feelings towards Tyler, and has pulled back from him and Liam.  She is torn between happiness and guilt for feeling that way.

Magnifying Glass & Finger Prints Free UseNow, this case is bringing Nikki face to face with Tyler, as well as, Katie’s dad, George.  Following the clues and evidence leads Nikki from the pharmaceutical offices in an expensive office building, to sleazy motels in the worst part of town.  Before this investigation is over, Nikki, Tyler and Liam’s lives will all be in danger.  At the same time, Nikki works hard to unravel just who is behind all this.

The reader will be kept on the edge of their seat, while finding out if Nikki will be able to solve this crime before it is too late.  In the midst of all this turmoil, Nikki can’t stop thinking about her growing feelings for Tyler.  Will she have the courage to tell him how she really feels?  If she does, will it destroy their friendship if he doesn’t feel the same way?Heart Shape in Clouds with Sun Shining Free Use

This book is a real page turner, and I really enjoyed it.  Missing is the second installment in The Nikki Boyd Files, but this story can definitely stand on its own.  It is written from a Christian point of view, which I really appreciate.  I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys well-written suspense stories, with a dash of mystery.  Missing rates five plus stars.

I was provided a complimentary copy of Missing, for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Honor Redeemed” by Christine Johnson

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An Unhappy Surprise!

Prosperity’s world is crashing around her.  She has just discovered her fiancée of two years, David, has married someone else!  Not only is Prosperity heart-broken, David was her only hope for happiness and a secure life. After the recent death of her mother, Prosperity has no one, and is penniless.  She decided to use what little resources she had to book passage from Nantucket Island, to Key West, Florida, in order to marry her fiancée. Soilders on Horseback Free Use

Shocked doesn’t begin to describe how Prosperity feels when she arrives at David’s army post, and discovers he has married someone else.  Her quiet and devoutly religious fiancée has married a local barmaid.  His new wife is course, rough talking and very pregnant!

A single woman without family or money in 1852, has very little prospects if she doesn’t marry.   Broke and alone in an unknown area hundreds of miles from home, Prosperity can only turn to prayer for hope.  Amazingly, rescue arrives when Prosperity has a chance encounter with a woman named Elizabeth.  Her new friend, along with her husband, provide a room Prosperity can live in.

A chance to make money comes when Prosperity is hired to do back-breaking work in the local hospital’s laundry.   Not only is the work hard, she must work under the cruel Miss Stern.  She is a woman who is difficult to please.  She seems to delight in firing anyone who breaks one of her many rules.  Prosperity must keep her job at all costs, and is careful to do everything Miss Stern demands.

From time to time, Prosperity crosses paths with David.  He acts like he hates his wife, and still wants to declare his love for Prosperity.  Everything David has done confuses her, and he seems like a stranger instead of the man she though she knew so well.  Her heart is shattered by his behavior.

Bride - CopyThrough Prosperity’s interest in the medicinal value of local herbs, she strikes up a friendship with a much older man, the local doctor, Clayton Goodenow.  Without her realizing it, Dr. Goodenow  has fallen in love with Prosperity.  He states he knows she doesn’t love him, but he is sure, with time, she will.  He wants to marry her.

What will happen after the shocking discovery that is made after David’s baby is born?  Will Prosperity agree to marry the kind doctor, even though she doesn’t love him, and he doesn’t share her faith?  Despite trying hard, will Prosperity break one of Miss Stern’s many rules, and lose her only way to support herself?

This book will keep you turning the pages.  I really enjoyed Elizabeth and Prosperity’s faith, and the way they used it in their everyday life.  The is the second installment in the Keys of Promise series, but this story stands on its own.  I recommend this 5-star book to those who enjoy historical romances.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Honor Redeemed, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

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“What Matters Most” by Kellie Coates Gilbert

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Love or Money?

Imagine working two jobs, and still drowning in debt.  That is where twenty-six year old Bills & Calculator Free UseLeta finds herself.  For years, Leta’s family only consisted of her mother, Sylvia, and herself.  But because they loved each other so much, just having the two of them was enough.  Suddenly Sylvia develops dementia, and a decent care facility costs so much that Leta left school to go to work.

Even working two jobs hasn’t been enough to keep the bills paid.  Without further education, Leta can’t get a better job.  But because she works so many hours, there isn’t any time for her to return to college.  Now the care facility is threatening to kick Sylvia out because her account is so far past due.

Then, everything turns around for Leta.  She is offered a really good job, that pays so well Sylvia’s bill can be paid in full.  Leta also meets Senator Nathan Emerson, a handsome guy, and a physician.  It also appears he is going to run for governor. The two of them click right away, despite Nathan’s long-time girlfriend.

Vote Button Free UseSuddenly, Leta learns that her new job will be working for Nathan’s opponent.  But the most uncomfortable knowledge is the discovery that her company will stop at nothing to make Nathan look bad politically or personally.  Can Leta live with herself knowing her work is hurting the man she has growing feelings for?  If she leaves this position, how will she keep Leta in her care facility?  Will Leta and Nathan have a relationship despite those who want to keep them apart?

Leta’s story is one of intrigue, suspense, and romance.  This story had moral dilemmas that I enjoyed seeing the characters work through.  Nathan’s domineering mother had strong feelings that were turned around a bit easier than would have been expected.  What Matters Most is the fourth installment in the Texas Gold Series, but this tale stands on its own.  I had not read the others, but did not have a problem following this one.  This 5-star book is recommended for those who enjoy romantic, political stories with lots of twists.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of What Matters Most, through Revell Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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Mom’s Zucchini Relish, Gluten-Free

Zucchini Cartoon Free Use6 large, Fresh Zucchinis, or enough to equal 6 cups, peel or leave the skin on, as desired.

4 large Onions, chopped

1 Large Sweet, Red Bell Pepper, cored and chopped

1 Large Sweet, Green Bell Pepper, cored and chopped

3 1/2 Cups Sugar

3 Cups Vinegar

2 teaspoons Celery Seed

1 teaspoon Dry Mustard

2 teaspoons Cornstarch

1 teaspoon Turmeric

1/2 Cup Sea Salt

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Make sure all your spices are gluten-free, along with the cornstarch and other ingredients.

Grind or grate zucchini into a large bowl.  Mix in 1/2 cup Sea salt.  Then add enough cold water to completely cover the zucchini, stirring well.  Soak for at least 3 hours.  Rinse and drain thoroughly.  After it has drained, put in a colander, and set it in your sink.  Add a couple lawyers of paper towels or cloth tea towels on the top, and press down to squeeze the liquid out.  Continue with more towels until no more liquid comes out.

In a large pan, combine sugar, vinegar, celery seed, ground mustard along with cornstarch, and bring to a boil.  Add zucchini, onions, red and green peppers, and return to boil.  Turn heat down to low, and simmer for 2 hours, stirring often.  Pack immediately into sterile canning jars, leaving about one half inch space between top of relish, and the rim of the jar.  After wiping lids and applying prepared lids and rings, process in boiling water about fifteen minutes.  Make sure all the lids seal and “ping.”

If you haven’t canned in jars before, go to the Ball website for step-by-step instructions:  http://www.freshpreserving.com/home

As Mom always said at the end of this recipe, have fun!

One year, when I was in high school, Dad planted zucchini squash.  Despite planting a very small amount, the plants soon grew to a huge size, almost dwarfing our small backyard.  And each plant was loaded with an immense number of zucchinis!  We had never eaten zucchini before this, but with such a huge harvest, Dad was giving them to everyone we knew, and Mom was experimenting with many ways of fixing them. 

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She made this relish that year, and it soon became a perennial favorite with our family.  We especially loved it in the deviled eggs Mom made, using this in place of regular pickle relish.  Long after Dad no longer gardened, Mom purchased fresh zucchinis yearly to keep us all supplied with this favorite relish.  We didn’t fall in love with any of the many other ways Mom fixed zucchinis “the summer of the never ending zucchini harvest,” but we all fell in love with this relish.

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“No Other Will Do” by Karen Witemeyer

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Leave Town or Die?

It is a great idea.  Women who need homes, jobs, or an escape from danger, could come to Western Town Buildings Free Use - CopyHarper’s Station, and make a fresh start.  Emma Chandler has used her entire inheritance to found a women’s colony.  She has been very successful attracting lots of women who want to build a new life there.  Then the threats begin.

A town full of unarmed women, far from the nearest town–whose sheriff is too involved in other problems to help–has made them the perfect target for danger.  A mysterious enemy starts leaving messages demanding the women leave town, or suffer the consequences.  The writer makes it clear that Texas of the late 1890’s is not ready for independent women.  When the threats start including violence, Emma contacts Malachi Shaw, Mal, for help.

Cowboy on Brown Horse Free Use - CopyUnwanted as a boy, Mal had tried to make it on his own, but was about to succumb to hunger and cold, when Emma’s two aunts took him in.  That was more than a decade ago, when Emma was still a child.  A few years later, when he left the only family he had ever known, he promised he would always be there if they needed him.  Emma is now calling in that promise.

Mal and Emma work together to attempt to figure out who is behind this, before someone is hurt or killed.  Certain events and clues seem to indicate their tormentor has inside information about the colony.  Could one of their own women be in league with their enemy? If so, why would someone be willing to do such a thing?  As Mal and Emma try to find those  answers, they also attempt to ignore the growing attraction between the two of them.

This was a thought-provoking story that did a good job keeping the villain’s identity secret. A lot of the characters in this tale were interesting, especially Emma’s two aunts.  I liked that this story was told from a Christian point-of-view.  Those who like western romances with a hint of mystery will enjoy this 5-star book.

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The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of No Other Will Do, through Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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“Eternity” by Dr. Tony Evans

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The Place We Long To Be

None of us will live forever, but when the end comes, then what?  This little book wants to answer that question and more. Sky Blue & Clouds Free Use

This is a very small volume that can be read in one sitting.  It is Biblically based, and gives lots of answers for life after death.  Dr. Evans addresses such questions as whether or not we will recognize each other in heaven, what we will do there,  and what it will be like.

He makes it clear that Heaven is an actual place.  Most importantly, he also tells us what we need to do to get to Heaven:  Jesus Loves Me Song Free Usetrust Jesus, and ask him into our lives.  There are many pages towards the back of the book devoted to making sure the reader knows how to be sure of going to Heaven.  A portion of the book is also devoted to Hell, and, just like Heaven, it is a very real place.

The author, Dr. Tony Evans is a well-known Christian, and is the pastor and founder of a Tony Evans God Wants To Be Real To You Now10,000 member church in Dallas.  He has a radio ministry heard in over 130 countries, and is the chaplain for the Dallas Mavericks.

Because Eternity is a small book, it is easy to read and re-read, as well as, thumb through looking for a specific topic.  The author backs up his work with Biblical references.  I did not draw the same conclusion as the author about the tree of life.  However, as Dr. Evans states, there is only a “possible answer”  for that question.  This volume is easy to read, and encouraging.  I recommend this 5-star book for anyone who wonders about life after death, has questions about Heaven, or is grieving the loss of someone.

The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of Eternity, through Moody Publishing for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.Tony Evans God Will Give Great Tomorrow - Copy

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“With My Eyes Wide Open” by Brian Head Welch

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Prayers, Jesus & Rock and Roll

What does a meth addicted, well-known rock band member, and Jesus have in common?  Quite a bit, as will be discovered in this true story of Brian Welch, also known by the stage name, Head.  He was a heavy drug user, often staying high for a week or longer.  Brian was one of the co-founders of the metal rock band, KoRn, along with one of the guitarists in that group.  KoRn made him millions of dollars, but it didn’t bring happiness.  Instead he, along with his wife, spent most of their time using meth, along with other drugs, hoping Brian Welch's Daughter When Young - Copytheir next high would bring them the nirvana they were seeking.

After his wife left them, Brian became a single parent to their young daughter, Jennea. With those new responsibilities, and wanting to be a good dad, Brian brought her on the road with him along with KoRn.  But try as he might, he wasn’t able to break free from his destructive lifestyle.

And then one day, he became radically saved by Jesus, and was instantly able to walk away from all the drugs.  Despite a contract that was soon to pay the band millions of dollars, Brian also walked away from KoRn, giving it all up.  He wanted to devote himself to the care and raising of  Jennea, and the worship of God.  This book is the story of what happened to Brian and Jennea since then.

The relationship between Brian and Jennea really thrived, and Brian’s relationship with God deepened.  Traveling for mission work took the place of being on the road with KoRn. He also started various music endeavors on his own, eventually forming the band, Love and Death.  But there were hard times, too, that included being lied to by a trusted friend.  That led to such a loss of Brian’s money, that he and Jennea were forced to search their furniture for lost coins hoping to find enough to buy food.  They lost their home, and Coins American Free Usebankruptcy loomed ahead of them.

Slowly, his finances straightened out.  Then God surprised Brian by leading him to a reconciliation and restoration with his KoRn band members.  Could Brian return to life on the road with KoRn, avoid drugs, and be a light for Jesus at the same time?  Amazingly, all those things, and more, have taken place.  Brian will be the first to say it is happening because he is where God wants him to be.

But just as that part of Brian’s life starting improving, his relationship with Jennea disintegrated.  Their communication consisted of only heated arguments, and Jennea began to hurt herself, too.  That crisis caused Brian to make the hardest decision of his life: get help for Jennea–but possibly at the cost of their relationship.

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I am not a fan of heavy rock music, but Brian’s story will grab your attention whether you are a fan of his type of music or not.  It is easy to identify with his pain as a parent when Jennea pulled away from him, and started making bad choices.  Brian’s financial situation, a result of betrayal by a friend, along with his own unwise decisions, is also something that many will relate to.  Through it all, though, Brian never turned away from God.  His faith is strong, genuine and uplifting to read about.  Pick up this 5-star book, and discover the story of a dad who loves both God, and his daughter, with endearing passion.

 

Thomas Nelson Publishing has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of With My Eyes Wide Open for the purpose of review.   I have not been compensated in any other manner.  All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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