Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Book review: The Fragment by Davis Bunn

About the book:

It’s 1923, and a resilient Paris is starting to recover from the ravages of World War I and the Spanish Flu epidemic.

Enter Muriel Ross, an amateur photographer tasked with documenting the antiques that her employer, U.S. Senator Tom Bryan, has traveled to France to acquire.

Although she’s exhilarated to have escaped her parents and the confines of their stifling Virginia home, Muriel has lingering questions about why the senator has chosen her for this grand adventure. Nevertheless, she blossoms in her new surroundings, soaking up Parisian culture and capturing the sights and sounds of Paris on her camera.

But events take a dangerous turn when she discovers that the senator is on a mission far more momentous—and potentially deadly—than a mere shopping trip.

At the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Senator Bryan asks Muriel to photograph an astonishing artifact: a piece of the True Cross, discovered by Empress Helena—a historical figure familiar to readers of The Pilgrim.

When rumors surface that another fragment has been unearthed, Muriel becomes enmeshed in a covert international alliance dedicated to authenticating the fragment—and protecting it from those who will stop at nothing to steal and discredit it.

The Fragment releases February 19, 2016, from Franciscan Media Books.

My review:

Quiet, unassuming Muriel Ross is thrilled to be able to accompany family friend, U.S. Senator Thomas Ryan, on a trip to Paris.  While there, she delights in discovering the city and photographing its people, who are recovering from the devastating effects of The Great War.  She is moved outside her comfort zone as she accompanies Senator Ryan to state events and meetings.  Her photography skills, education, and research abilities become invaluable to Senator Ryan in his quest to obtain a reliquary containing part of the True Cross.  Their quest takes them to Constantinople, the old city which is in great turmoil.  This is a wonderful story of politics and intrigue, balanced with faith.

Once again, Davis Bunn has taken something totally unknown to me, and crafted an exciting story in which I learned much about the history of that time period.  I give this book a five-star rating.  Those who enjoy history, intrigue, and politics will enjoy this story.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Franciscan Media in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

Davis Bunn is an award-winning novelist with total worldwide sales of seven million copies.

His work has been published in twenty languages, and critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction and his 2014 induction into the Christy Hall of Fame.

Davis divides his time between Florida and England, where he serves as Writer In Residence at Regent’s Park College at The University of Oxford. Visit Davis at

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Book review: Always Watching by Lynette Eason

Radio personality Wade Savage is being stalked, so unbeknownst to him, his father hires the Elite Guardians as bodyguards.  But the bodyguard and Wade are attacked, so security is stepped up by agency owner Olivia Edwards.  As Olivia and her team seek to keep Wade and his family safe, the stalker heightens the frequency of incidents, keeping the suspense and mystery going throughout the story.

This book grabs your attention in the very first chapter and doesn’t let go until the very end, and you never know when you’ll be slammed with a plot twist-it could be at the end of the chapter, forcing you to turn the page and keep reading, or it could rock your world in the middle of a chapter.  I really enjoyed this fast-paced, can’t-put-it-down suspense novel.

Always Watching is billed as Romantic Suspense, but one thing I loved about it was that the romance did not get in the way of the story line.  Olivia and Wade were attracted to each other from the beginning, but the challenge of keeping him and his family safe, and finding the stalker, took precedence over initiating a romantic relationship.  Anyone who enjoys mystery, suspense, or police dramas, men or women, will enjoy this book.  This is the first book of the Elite Guardians series, and the first book I've read by this author.  I am really looking forward to the rest of this series.

I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

About the author:

After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Business Degree she used for a very short time (sorry Mom and Dad), she moved to Spartanburg, SC to attend Converse College where she obtained her Masters degree in Education. During this time, she met the man she would marry—the boy next door!  She is married to Jack Eason, who speaks, leads worship, and consults ministries around the country. They have two children.

Lynette’s books have appeared on the ECPA and CBA bestseller lists and have won several awards.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Book review: At Love’s Bidding by Regina Jennings

One look at the cover of At Love’s Bidding will tell you that this book is going to be fun, and author Regina Jennings does not disappoint.  The contrast from Miranda Wimplegate’s life in an austere auction house in Boston to the hills of the Missouri Ozarks, where her family has purchased a livestock auction, makes for an absurd situation to begin with.  Add to that a colorful cast of locals, and you are in for a delightful read.

Miranda was a very likable heroine, whose loyalty to her family carried her through difficulties she faced and decisions that she made.  Wyatt Ballentine, hardworking and compassionate, struggled with his identity and expectations placed on him.  He always had others’ best interests at heart.  When Miranda and Wyatt finally figured out that each other were not the enemy, their mutual attraction was sweet.  But they both were keeping secrets from each other, which threatened to drive them apart forever.

This is the second book of the Ozark Mountain Romance series, but it stands tall on its own.  A few characters showed up from the previous book in the series, but anyone who hadn’t read that book wouldn’t have noticed.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and recommend it to those who like romance and historical fiction.  It is a lot of fun, and will make you want to read the next one soon!

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.

About the Author:

Regina Jennings is a graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University with a degree in English and a history minor. She has worked at The Mustang News and First Baptist Church of Mustang, along with time at the Oklahoma National Stockyards and various livestock shows. She now lives outside Oklahoma City with her ornery husband and four dangerously charming children.
Visit Regina's website at

Monday, March 14, 2016

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Kelly L.  She has won a paperback copy of A Worthy Heart by Susan Anne Mason.  She'll be hearing from me soon!

Thank you to all who stopped by and left a comment.

Keep reading my posts, because more book reviews with giveaways are coming!