Thursday, December 24, 2020

Book Review With a Giveaway: The Gold Digger by Liz Tolsma

About the  Book

Book:  The Gold Digger

Author: Liz Tolsma

Genre:  Christian/Historical/Suspense

Release Date:  December, 2020

Men Are Disappearing in LaPorte, Indiana

Book 9 in the True Colors series—Fiction Based on Strange-But True History

Fiction Based on Strange, But True, History

In 1907, shy but loyal Ingrid Storset travels from Norway to support her grieving sister, Belle Gunness, who owns a farm in LaPorte, Indiana. Well-to-do widow Belle, who has lost two husbands and several children, provides Ingrid with enough money to start a small business. But Ingrid is confused by the string of men Belle claims to be interviewing for her next husband. When Nils Lindherud comes to town looking for his missing brother, who said he was going to marry Belle, Ingrid has a sinking feeling her sister is up to no good. 

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

These True Colors books really aren't my preferred genre, but I am hooked!  Knowing that they are based on true stories makes them especially creepy!  This one by Liz Tolsma really had me going- "How can they do that?"  "Don't you get it?"  "Why won't someone do something!?"  It took a while to figure it out, because more than one person was suspect.  The crimes were heinous, but the author weaved in tenets of faith and a sweet romance, which gave balance to the story.

The characters developed strength as they went through the arduous process of seeking the truth.  Nils and Ingrid were kind when the other did not want to accept the truth.

I really enjoyed this book and recommend it for those who enjoy true crime novels.  Although part of a series, each novel stands on its own.  The author's note at the end includes her research about the topic and what had been fictionalized.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Liz Tolsma is a popular speaker and an editor and the owner of the Write Direction Editing. An almost-native Wisconsinite, she resides in a quiet corner of the state with her husband and is the mother of three. Her son proudly serves as a U.S. Marine. They adopted all of their children internationally, and one has special needs. When she gets a few spare minutes, she enjoys reading, relaxing on the front porch, walking, working in her large perennial garden, and camping with her family.

 

More from Liz

This story was so much fun to write, and the research was so interesting. It has to rank up there with one of my favorite books to write. That’s what makes my job the best around.

There are a great number of characters in The Gold Digger who are historical. Many of the places I mention are also historical. I had the pleasure of spending a day in LaPorte, Indiana, to research the book and take some pictures they had in the museum there. Research is one of my favorite aspects to writing. I could have spent much, much longer losing myself in the museum and in the archives. Good thing my cousin, who I was staying with, called me to let me know that it was getting dark and she had dinner ready, otherwise who knows how long I would have been there. Probably until they kicked me out!

One thing that the people of LaPorte would want you to know is that they really are nice people and that their town is a nice town. Lots of good people have been born there or have lived there over the years, including Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, William Mayo, who founded Mayo Clinic, and William Scholl, who found Dr. Scholl’s. They kept emphasizing to me while I was there what a great place LaPorte is. Judging by their friendliness and helpfulness, I would have to agree.


To help you better visualize the characters and setting, here are some photographs of the real people and places that appear in The Gold Digger.

 Enjoy the book!

 Liz




Blog Stops

Connie’s History Classroom, December 17
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 17
Genesis 5020, December 17
Pause for Tales, December 17
Artistic Nobody, December 18 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Sodbuster Living, December 18
21st Century Keeper at Home, December 18
Older & Smarter?, December 19
Sara Jane Jacobs, December 19
Blossoms and Blessings, December 19
The Write Escape, December 19
For the Love of Literature, December 20
deb’s Book Review, December 20
Blogging With Carol, December 20
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 21
lakesidelivingsite, December 21
Betti Mace, December 21
Inklings and notions, December 21
Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 22
Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, December 22
All-of-a-kind Mom, December 22
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 23
Mypreciousbitsandmusings, December 23
CarpeDiem, December 23
Hallie Reads, December 23
Remembrancy, December 24
Christian Bookaholic, December 24
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 24
Writing from the Heart Land, December 25
Splashes of Joy, December 25
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 25
Through the Fire Blogs, December 26
Rebecca Tews, December 26
For Him and My Family, December 26
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 27
Bigreadersite, December 27
Southern Gal Loves to Read, December 27
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 27
Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 28
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 28
Mary Hake, December 28
Texas Book-aholic, December 29
Godly Book Reviews, December 29
Daysong Reflections, December 29
Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, December 30
Little Homeschool on the Prairie, December 30

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Liz is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of The Gold Digger!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/104fc/the-gold-digger-celebration-tour-giveaway

Friday, December 11, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: Ghosted at the Altar by Chautona Havig

About the Book

Book: Ghosted at the Altar
Author: Chautona Havig
Genre: Christian fiction, Christmas romance
Release Date: September, 2020

He’s goin’ to the chapel and he’s gonna get… ghosted?

Guys don’t always “get into” the whole wedding thing, but there’s one thing Mitchell Bogaert has been anticipating for the last two years–that first glimpse of Brenna coming to meet him at the altar. So, when the back doors open to reveal a missing bride, he’s shocked, disappointed, hurt, angry–pick your negative emotion. It probably fits.

Brenna Kinsey didn’t know she’d bolt at the last minute, but now she’s trying to figure out what happened and how to prevent it happening again before Mitchell decides she’s not worth the emotional trauma–or the town drama!

Lauren Kinsey, on the other hand, is more than just the kid-sister bridesmaid. She’s a self-proclaimed sleuth and determined to ferret out the problem, arrive at a solution, and get things back on track before broken hearts shatter into more pieces than Humpty Dumpty.

Time’s running out, only the bride and groom don’t realize it. How will Lauren fix this mess before the “clock strikes midnight” and there isn’t a ghost of a chance to save the marriage that never got a chance to be? 

Click here to get your copy! 

My Review

I was thrilled to read Ghosted at the Altar, and my pleasure grew as the book went on.  It is part of a series, and that is what made it so delightful, but it is a wonderful stand-alone book as well.  It is a quick read, which is nice during the busy holiday season.

I read The Bells of New Cheltenham earlier this year, and I was smitten with that book.  Ghosted was amazing in that it took place concurrently with The Bells.  It is an excellent companion book.  Some events crossed over, and for me as a reader, that is a lot of fun.  Also, in The Bells, I met Mitchell, but didn't think too much about him.  Then while reading Ghosted, I realized how much he had going on in his life, with severe deadlines and so much on the line.  He had a right to be distracted, or less personable, and I understand that now.  However, as I read Ghosted, I realized that Mitchell is an amazingly patient, giving, and loving man and he deserves all the kudos for that.

The highlight of this book for me was the relationship between Brenna and Mitchell.  They knew each other so well, and loved each other so well, that the reader easily falls in love with them.  Throw in the kid sister who is devoted to their marital happiness, and you have a family that you can't help but love.

I recommend this book to fans of Havig's work, and also to someone who enjoys a great Christmas romance.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Chautona Havig lives in an oxymoron, escapes into imaginary worlds that look startlingly similar to ours and writes the stories that emerge. An irrepressible optimist, Chautona sees everything through a kaleidoscope of It’s a Wonderful Life sprinkled with fairy tales. Find her at chautona.com and say howdy—if you can remember how to spell her name

 




More from Chautona

How Did One Silly Story Become a Favorite Series?

Dickens and his revival of the “ghost story” at Christmas inspired the kick-off book in a series I’d planned almost twenty years ago. The little village of New Cheltenham first appeared in None So Blind and Thirty Days Hath…. However, the touristy village with its obsession with all things English was actually conceived almost twenty years ago!

That first book… still isn’t in print. I’ve reimagined it, and it will be coming out soon. However, Dickens… well, that guy has a way of getting under your skin, and what better place for a Dickens Ghost Storytelling Contest than in a village that looks ripped from England’s countryside?

The Ghosts of New Cheltenham was born. I actually thought it would be a great way for me to force myself to finish that book I’d started so long ago. But then Amanda Tru sent me a message that said, “We’re going to do one about wedding dresses,” and Something Borrowed, Someone Blue became the second book instead. I wanted more of Mitchell, Brenna, and the lovable Lauren, so I concocted a story that would give me just that.

Is it any wonder, then, when Amanda messaged again with our next collection theme of jilted brides or grooms, I immediately thought, “Oh, dear! What if Mitchell got ghosted at the altar?” That is the fastest title I’ve ever come up with!

Because one more Christmas story in New Cheltenham wasn’t quite enough, I set a third one there this year! The Bells of New Cheltenham. In that one, Mitchell is done with this ghost storytelling stuff and starts a contest of his own!

While you can read these books as stand alones (both mine and the ones within the collections), mine will be a richer reading experience if they are read in the following order

The Ghosts of New Cheltenham (read the companion short story free on Kindle Unlimited HERE)

Something Borrowed, Someone Blue (in The Wedding Dress Yes CrossRoads Collection)

Ghosted at the Altar (in the Five Gold Rings CrossRoads Collection)

The Bells of New Cheltenham. (in the Melodies of Christmas Love Collection)

(note, the last two really can be read in any order.)

How did my silly idea for a plasmaphobic guy who had to tell a ghost story to inherit spark one of my favorite series? All things considered, how could he not?

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 7
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 8
CarpeDiem, December 8
Inklings and notions, December 9
Babbling Becky L’s Book Impressions, December 10
For Him and My Family, December 10
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 11
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 12
deb’s Book Review, December 12
Artistic Nobody, December 13 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Holly Jo Morris, December 13
Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 14
Pause for Tales, December 14
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 15
Blogging With Carol, December 15
Lots of Helpers, December 16
Captive Dreams Window, December 16
Sara Jane Jacobs, December 17
Vicky Sluiter, December 17
lakesidelivingsite, December 18
Rachael’s Inkwell, December 18
She Lives To Read, December 19
Mary Hake, December 19
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 20

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Chautona is giving away  the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/1045d/ghosted-at-the-altar-celebration-tour-giveaway

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: An Ivy Hill Christmas by Julie Klassen

 

About the Book

Book: An Ivy Hill Christmas
Author: Julie Klassen
Genre: Christmas Historical Romance
Release Date: September, 2020

Richard Brockwell, the younger son of Ivy Hill’s most prominent family, hasn’t been home for Christmas in years. He prefers to live in the London townhouse, far away from Brockwell Court, the old family secret that haunts him, and the shadows of his past mistakes. But then his mother threatens to stop funding his carefree life–unless he comes home for Christmas. Out of options, he sets out for Ivy Hill, planning to be back on a coach bound for London and his unencumbered bachelor life as soon as the festivities are over.

But Christmas in the country presents many surprises, including encounters with an orphaned apprentice, the first love he disappointed years ago, and Arabella Awdry, a young lady who is far more appealing than he recalled–and determined to have nothing to do with him.

Will Christmastime in Ivy Hill, with its village charm, kissing boughs, and joyous songs, change his heart . . . and hers as well?

Click here to get your copy!

My Review

This has been a highly-anticipated book, and I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to read it.  An Ivy Hill Christmas is a novella that readers of Klassen's Tales from Ivy Hill series will love, as they visit this lovely English country village again.  This novella does stand alone, and is totally enjoyable for readers who want to immerse themselves in all the glory of a Regency Christmas.  

Most of the characters seem familiar and easy to get along with, and I loved all the charity and concern for others that the Ivy Hill residents exhibited.  But then there's Richard.  A rogue.  A playboy.  A Scrooge.  Klassen didn't waste any time in making me dislike him.  But as he got out of London and spent time in the country with his family and friends at Christmas, there was a transformation.  It was subtle and gradual, which made it meaningful.

I recommend this book for those who enjoy Regency romances, or someone who wants a good Christmas read.  Enjoy!

I received an e-ARC of this book from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author


Julie Klassen loves all things Jane–Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for 16 years and now writes full-time. Her novels have sold over 1 million copies, and three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. The Secret of Pembrooke Park was honored with the Minnesota Book Award for Genre Fiction. Julie has also won the Midwest Book Award and a Christian Retailing’s Best Award, and has been a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s RITA Awards and ACFW’s Carol Awards. Julie and her husband have two sons and live in a suburb of St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

More from Julie

My fascination with England began as a girl when I read The Secret Garden and Jane Eyre, and watched A Christmas Carol. I have now been to Great Britain several times, and my affection for the place has only grown. I love the country villages with their stone buildings and thatched roofs, the narrow, winding roads (though not driving on them), the ancient churches, friendly people, plummy accents, and history. Writing fifteen novels set there has been a real pleasure.

An Ivy Hill Christmas includes all the elements of an idyllic Olde English yuletide: A charming village setting, snowfall, mistletoe, caroling, gifts for less fortunate neighbors, and festive gatherings of friends and family. I thoroughly enjoyed researching 19th century Christmas traditions and weaving them into this novella.

In the story, a confirmed bachelor is determined to remain aloof from the celebrations going on around him—and from his mother’s matchmaking schemes. But divine hope, friendship, and unexpected romance change his heart…and his mind.  I love a transformation story; don’t you?

If you’ve read the TALES FROM IVY HILL series, you will enjoy returning to the village and spending time with favorite characters. But rest assured, the novella is a standalone, meaning you can enjoy it whether or not you’ve read the other books, as these reviews attest:

“[A] standalone novella that not only beautifully captures the kindness, hope, love, and faith of Christmas but also skillfully evokes the period holiday atmosphere of Regency England.”  —Booklist

“This feel-good tale of love and redemption will delight Klassen’s fans and new readers alike.” Publishers Weekly

And if you like the novella, I think you will like the other books as well. An Ivy Hill Christmas would also make a lovely gift for a reading friend.

Finally, if you want to add a British flair to your own modern-day celebrations, buy (or make) mince tarts or Christmas pudding, place Christmas “crackers” (pull-apart gift tubes) on your table and wear the included paper crowns. Refer to Father Christmas instead of Santa; and instead of “Merry,” wish everyone a hearty, “Happy Christmas.”

Happy Christmas!

Blog Stops

Through the Lens of Scripture, November 30
Adventures of a Travelers Wife, November 30
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 30
Christian Bookaholic, November 30
Andrea Christenson, November 30
Texas Book-aholic, December 1
KarenSueHadley, December 1
Robin’s Nest, December 1
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 1
Blessed & Bookish, December 2
Musings of a Sassy Bookish Mama, December 2
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 2
Mia Reads, December 2
Wishful Endings, December 3
lakesidelivingsite, December 3
Through the Fire Blogs, December 3
For Him and My Family, December 3
Just Your Average reviews, December 3
She Lives To Read, December 4
Remembrancy, December 4
deb’s Book Review, December 4
Writing from the Heart Land, December 4
Abba’s Prayer Warrior Princess, December 5
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 5
Quiet Workings, December 5
Blogging With Carol, December 5
Spoken from the Heart, December 5
The Christian Fiction Girl, December 6
Mypreciousbitsandmusings, December 6
Connect in Fiction, December 6
Artistic Nobody, December 6 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Worthy2Read, December 7
Genesis 5020, December 7
Sara Jane Jacobs, December 7
Inklings and notions, December 7
Life of Literature, December 7
For the Love of Literature, December 8
Connie’s History Classroom, December 8
Batya’s Bits, December 8
Labor Not in Vain, December 8
Hallie Reads, December 8
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 9
Older & Smarter?, December 9
The Meanderings of a Bookworm, December 9
Jeanette’s Thoughts, December 9
Betti Mace, December 9
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 10
Faery Tales Are Real, December 10
Melissa Wardwell’s Back Porch Reads, December 10
Mary Hake, December 10
Daysong Reflections, December 11
Bigreadersite, December 11
A Modern Day Fairy Tale, December 11
Splashes of Joy, December 11
Vicky Sluiter, December 12
To Everything There Is A Season, December 12
Jodie Wolfe – Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, December 12
Blossoms and Blessings, December 12
The Write Escape, December 12
A Baker’s Perspective, December 13
Bizwings Blog, December 13
Simple Harvest Reads, December 13 (Guest Review from Mindy Houng)
Pause for Tales, December 13

Giveaway


To celebrate her tour, Julie is giving away the grand prize package of a copy of An Ivy Hill Christmas and the other three books in the Ivy Hill series, plus the winner’s choice of Bingley’s Tea!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/103f5/an-ivy-hill-christmas-celebration-tour-giveaway


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Book Review with a Giveaway: A Home for Her Daughter by Jill Weatherholt

About the Book

Book: A Home for Her Daughter
Author: Jill Weatherholt
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release Date: September 1, 2020

Inheriting a house, money and a camp is the fresh start Janie Edmiston has been praying for. But the will stipulates Janie must work with her childhood friend—and crush—Drew Brenner, to get the camp running…or lose it all. The newly divorced mother and the widower aren’t looking for love, but sometimes it takes a child to show two broken hearts the way forward…together.

Click here to get your copy!


My Review

In this Inspirational Romance from the Love Inspired collection, it's a darling little girl that takes center stage, beginning with the charming cover.  Riley's mom, Janie, and her best friend from high school, Drew, have been named beneficiaries in the will of a woman who had been dear to them.  But there are stipulations before they receive their inheritances, and they must work together to achieve a common goal before the offer expires.  Both Janie and Drew have no romantic interest in each other, because they haven't healed from past hurts.  But their love for Riley, and their shared goal eventually brings them together.

I enjoyed how the story played out.  Drew was very helpful in pursuit of the goal, and Janie began realizing and using her strengths.  Their journey was encouraging to experience, and the story had plenty of great developments.  And even though it was fiction, I enjoyed reading a story that took place geographically close to me.

As Drew and Janie's thoughts were revealed to the reader, they seemed a little emo to me, and it was frustrating how they would cut themselves out of potential happiness because of what had happened in their previous relationships.  Other than that, I enjoyed this story and would read more from this author.

I received an e-ARC from the author, through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.
 

About the Author

By day, Jill Weatherholt works for the City of Charlotte. At night, and on the weekend, she writes contemporary stories about love, faith and forgiveness for Harlequin Love Inspired.

Raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., she now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina, but her heart belongs to Virginia.

She holds a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and Paralegal Studies Certification from Duke University.

She shares her life with her real-life hero and number one supporter. Their relationship grew on the golf course, and now they have one in their backyard.

Jill believes in enjoying every moment of this journey because God has everything under control.

More from Jill

I have a confession. I own a collection of journals. A huge collection. At last count, there were sixty-two beautifully bound books, some with plain covers, others with verses or artistic designs. You could say I’m a hoarder, but I find comfort in knowing I have an unlimited number of blank pages to record my hopes, dreams and prayers. That’s exactly what I did on June 22, 2008. On that day, I wrote the following:

I want to be a writer, not just a writer who keeps a journal or casually writes stories. I want to be a published writer. Lately, I’ve become obsessed with reading author’s websites, their bios, how they got started writing and how difficult or easy it was for them to get published. This is what I want to do with my life. This is what I will do. I can accomplish anything I put my mind to. God has put this dream in my heart and now I will pursue this dream.

Fast forward to March 31, 2015. I made a last-minute decision to enter Harlequin Love Inspired Blurb to Book Contest. I submitted a one sentence blurb, along with one page of the first and only book I’d ever written.

On April 13, 2015, I was stunned to learn I had advanced in the contest. I then submitted a synopsis and the first three chapters.

On May 15th, I was notified I had moved on in the contest. I was required to submit the entire manuscript. At that time, the book was merely a rough draft, so a lot of rewriting was required before my deadline.

On August 17, 2015, I received a call that forever changed my life. While working my day job, my cell phone rang—it was New York calling. An editor from Harlequin had called to offer me a contract on the first book I’d ever written. My first book Second Chance Romance was released on March 1, 2017.

Five published books later, I still fill my journals with my dreams and prayers.

Blog Stops

Through the Lens of Scripture, November 30
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 30
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 1
Britt Reads Fiction, December 1
Texas Book-aholic, December 2
Batya’s Bits, December 2
Vicky Sluiter, December 2
She Lives To Read, December 3
Inklings and notions, December 3
For Him and My Family, December 4
Labor Not in Vain, December 4
deb’s Book Review, December 5
lakesidelivingsite, December 5
Pause for Tales, December 5
Locks, Hooks and Books, December 6
Reviewingbooksplusmore, December 6
Older & Smarter?, December 7
Remembrancy, December 7
Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 8
Artistic Nobody, December 8 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Hallie Reads, December 8
Ashley’s Bookshelf, December 9
Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, December 9
Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 10
Captive Dreams Window, December 10
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 11
Tell Tale Book Reviews, December 11
Lighthouse Academy Blog, December 11 (Guest Review from Marilyn)
Splashes of Joy, December 12
Godly Book Reviews, December 12
Through the Fire Blogs, December 13
EmpowerMoms, December 13

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jill is giving away the grand prize of a $25 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

https://promosimple.com/ps/103f4/a-home-for-her-daughter-celebration-tour-giveaway

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Book Review: To Dwell Among Cedars by Connilyn Cossette

About the Book:

Eight years ago, when the Philistines stole and then surrendered the ark of the covenant back to the Israelites, Eliora left her Philistine homeland to follow the ark to the community of Kiryat Yearim. There, the family she was adopted into has guarded the ark at the top of a mountain in seclusion.

Ronen is a Levite musician determined to secret away the ark to a more fitting resting place, watched over by priests who would restore the Holy of Holies. He never expected that the Philistine girl he rescued years ago would now be part of the very family he's tasked to deceive.

As Ronen's attempts to charm Eliora lead them in unexpected directions, betrayal leaves Eliora with strained family ties and Ronen questioning his own loyalties. Ultimately, Eliora and Ronen are caught up in the battle for the soul of Israel and its future under the leadership of Samuel, the last judge before the era of the kings begins.

You many purchase a copy of this book here.

My Review:

Author Connilyn Cossette always writes a solid story that is a pleasure to read, and that is the case again with To Dwell Among Cedars.  I really enjoyed reading this story, and am looking forward to its sequel!

Cossette immerses her readers in the scenes that take place.  I felt the terror of an earthquake, the horror of a plague, the comfort of love, and the awe inspired by God's presence and judgement.

This book was written in first person from two perspectives.  Cossette manages this format well, and it allows the reader to understand the characters' motivation.   What I enjoyed about the characters was that they were committed to doing what was right, based on what they knew.  And as their knowledge increased, they were willing to make changes in their thought processes, convictions, and actions.  Eliora was brave and committed to taking care of her younger brother.  Ronen was kind, but had lost his first love for Yahweh.  Both are great characters, but the real hero of this story is Azuvah.  Azuvah had been kidnapped from her Hebrew family by Philistines when she was eleven years old.  She continued to pray to God in Hebrew, and recite the Bible passages she had memorized, and remember the historical accounts of her people.  She eventually became the nursemaid to Eliora and her brother Natan, and not only kept them physically safe when they were young, but would recite the prayers, the Tenach, and the teachings to the children so they learned them and learned Hebrew as well.  Eliora's trust in Azuvah and Azuvah's faith in Yahweh saved her life and gave her the direction she needed at critical moments in her life.

There are many life lessons to be learned in this book, naturally as the story unfolds.  I highly recommend it for readers of Biblical fiction.  Readers of Cossette's work will enjoy this as thoroughly as her previous novels.

I received an e-ARC of this book from the publisher, Bethany House, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author:


Connilyn Cossette is a Christy Award and Carol Award winning author whose books have been found on both ECPA and CBA bestseller lists. When she is not engulfed in the happy chaos of homeschooling two teenagers, devouring books whole, or avoiding housework, she can be found digging into the rich ancient world of the Bible to discover gems of grace that point to Jesus and weaving them into an immersive fiction experience. Although she and her husband have lived all over the country in their twenty-plus years of marriage, they currently call a little town south of Dallas, Texas their home.



Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Book Review: Burden of Proof by Davis Bunn

 About the Book


Three weeks after his twenty-third birthday, Ethan missed the chance to save his brother's life when he was murdered on the steps of the courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever since that fateful day, Ethan has sensed a deep disconnect between the man he should have been and the one he has become. His days play out a beat too slow, his mind replaying the scene of his failure again and again.

But when his brother's widow appears, asking for his help in uncovering what was really behind his brother's death, Ethan is stunned to hear that she and her late husband were involved in a much larger case than he knew--one that threatens the global power structure. As Ethan joins the search for answers, he will enter into his own past--and discover a means of redeeming his future.

Bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn invites you into a world of intrigue as a man held captive by his failure learns how to move forward with hope.

You can purchase a copy here.

My Review

What happens when the improbable becomes reality?  Ethan is given the opportunity to go back in time to correct mistakes he had made, and he threw himself into the task, heart and soul.  Already facing his imminent mortality, he works to save and improve the lives of those he loves.  In that quest, there is a mystery to solve, relationships to redeem, and courtroom drama.

I also loved the character of Ethan's brother, Adrian.  A courtroom attorney, he worked for justice, not just to get even.

Those who are interested in the "what ifs" of time travel will certainly enjoy this book, as well as those who thrive on courtroom drama.  Men and women will enjoy this book.

Author Davis Bunn has penned an excellent stand-alone novel in Burden of Proof, and I recommend it.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Revell, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author


Davis Bunn (www.davisbunn.com) is the award-winning author of numerous national bestsellers, with sales totaling more than 8 million copies. His work has been published in 20 languages, and his critical acclaim includes four Christy Awards for excellence in fiction. He and his wife, Isabella, live in England.