Abandoned (Max Revere #5) by: Allison Brennan

Abandoned (Max Revere, #5)Abandoned by Allison Brennan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

She abhorred lies – especially to herself, but when called out, she didn’t realize the deep truth. She was scared. She feared learning the whole truth about her mother because it would in fact change who she was and how she viewed herself in the world. Not knowing had driven her for years, and once the truth came to light, what would she do? Who would she be? But fear was no excuse.

Max Revere brings the truth to light in cold cases. Cold cases that leave families with doubt, fear, that can be paralyzing. Max has a cold case of her own. The disappearance of her mother Martha Revere. Her mother left her with her grandparents when she was a young girl. Grandparents that gave her acceptance, dignity and purpose. Everything that her mother could not give Max. Her mother being a selfish woman, did not have desire to care for her child. Always looking for the next con and she found it with a man named Jimmy. Given new information about her mother, Max heads to Florida.

It is there that she finds Gabriel. Gabriel who has spent his whole life cleaning up the messes that his brother Jimmy has made and is not willing to speak with Max about her mother. He is afraid and Max must discover what he afraid of to find what happened to her mother.

Her pursuit of finding out what happened to her mother, she must battle fear of what she will find and reign in her emotions as she discovers who her mother really was. There are twists and turns in this mystery however, with each turn there is a resolve in the Max’s character. A resolve that truth will indeed set you free.

A Special Thank You to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Lies by: T.M. Logan

LiesLies by T.M. Logan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 Stars

The truth of the battle is whatever the victor deems it to be. Truth can be changeable, malleable, to be shaped in whatever is wanted. To get what you wanted.

One lie leads to another.

One lie can change or destroy a life.

One lie can lead you to fighting for your life.

Joe Lynch is a victim of a lie. So complex that he looses, his job, his reputation and possibly his marriage. A thriller of lies leads him to find the truth, a truth that changes everything he knows. The only thing holding him together is the love of his son. It keeps him fighting to clear his name and that his life can go on.

A thriller that you don’t see coming! Always the best kind

A Special Thank you to St. Martin’s Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite #6) by: Robert Dugoni

A Steep Price (Tracy Crosswhite, #6)A Steep Price by Robert Dugoni
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Each series I read, I get to know Tracy and her co-workers, detectives Del and Faz. In the midst of a drug deal gone wrong and murder, life goes on. Tracy is now pregnant and the fear of her sister’s murder takes on a whole new meaning. Del is going thru a personal crisis of his own, one that he has no control over. Thrown in the mix is a new agent Gonzalez that trust becomes a an issue for the team.

There is an irony in Steep Price with two separate cases and the personal lives of Tracy and Faz. And along with the irony, the issues of the drug and gang related violence you get a feel of what a day might look like for detectives in the front lines.

Tracy is investigating the disappearance of a college student that a had a bright future as a doctor. After upsetting news from her roommate and friend, she has mysteriously disappeared. Speaking with the student’s family, Tracy comes against a cultural wall that she has a hard time understanding.

Del and Faz are investigating the murder of a young mother who was shot in a gang/drug ridden community in Seattle. The investigation becomes who and what can you trust. Along with Faz’s personal life crisis, life comes into perspective.

Dugoni brings real people with real issues into his plot that I find engaging. I am a Dugoni fan.

A Special Thank you to Thomas Mercer and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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Addictive Habits: Changing for God (31-Day Devotionals for Life) by: David R. Dunham

Addictive Habits: Changing for Good (31-Day Devotionals for Life)Addictive Habits: Changing for Good by David R Dunham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Freedom begins with our willingness to accept our own role in cultivating our addictive habits. While addictions turn into bondage, they always begin with choices.

Because we were created to worship, we can easily turn that worship into an addictive habit. We can worship someone, something, and it all begins with a desire. This book does not claim to solve your addictive habits but it does give you a clear picture of why and what causes our addictive habits. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 is just the beginning of cultivating a heart of worship and breaking down those habits that trap and enslave you.

Each day starts with scripture and a question. i.e. What defines you? That question leads you to untangle the mess of addictions. The chapter ends with reflection and action. The text is based on the 4 R’s. Responsibility, Relationships, Restructuring and Remaining. I cannot begin to tell you how helpful this text is in battling addictions as you walk with the Lord. I Highly recommend.

Some helpful quotes:

If we worship our way into the problem of addiction, we must worship our way out too. The bible tells us that worshipping Jesus makes us look more like him. As we increasingly behold the glory of the Lord.

When our addictive habits tell us that we need more, thankfulness reminds us that we already have more than we deserve. There is power in gratitude.

A Special Thank you to P & R Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The House At Saltwater Point by: Colleen Coble

The House at Saltwater Point (Lavender Tides #2)The House at Saltwater Point by Colleen Coble
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It’s not the tragedy that can ruin you- it’s your own attitude toward it. You can let adversity make or break you. It’s up to you.

This is my second read on the Lavender Tides series. The setting is peaceful but deadly, the characters seem simple but are complex. It seems fitting that Shauna and Zack from the first series spark the flame with Ellie and Grayson. Ellie a house flipper with a family tragedy in her past lives with guilt. A guilt that drives her with her current tragedy, the accusations and possible murder of her sister MacKenzie.

Ellie is now flipping her dream home at Saltwater Point when an argument with her sister ensues. When blood is found on her sister’s boat, she will do anything to find the truth. What she does discover is a sister that she didn’t know. With the help of Grayson, she is determined to find out what happened to her sister and why.

Ellie and Grayson in this venture discover who they are and at what cost. A family thriller that keeps family first!

A Special Thank You to Thomas Nelson Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Gift That I Can Give by: Kathy Lee Gifford

The Gift That I Can GiveThe Gift That I Can Give by Kathie Lee Gifford
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Then He’ll help me find ways to give it away. As He lives in my heart. Every moment, every day.

I just absolutely loved this book on the gifts that God gives. What a great teaching tool with diverse illustrations on all the ways we can give the gift away. This book is on the top of my list to give to my grandchildren. Gifts comes in different ways, sizes that only each individual heart can give. It is a prayer and a praise that each child will experience the joy of God. Highly Recommend.

A Special Thank you to Thomas Nelson and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review

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Amish Celebrations by Beth Wiseman

Amish Celebrations: Four NovellasAmish Celebrations: Four Novellas by Beth Wiseman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you live your life based on what-if’s- What if I get divorced? What if I fall out love? and so on, you’re never going to be happy.

A Christmas Miracle- A celebration of Christmas when a little Amish girl Rachel King ends up asking Santa for a Christmas miracle. My mutti needs help. Bruce playing Santa and the mall and his associate Joan playing the elf are surprised when the little Amish girl makes her request. The Amish are not known to be requesting Santa for anything. Bruce is financially able to make miracles come true thinking the Amish girl’s family may be in financial trouble, has a check mailed to the Rachel’s family. The King family know that they cannot accept this gift and do not understand why their daughter would make such a request. Mary, Rachel’s mother has her own insecurities as her own mother died young and raising so many children, keeping the home, she feels inadequate. Taking the check back, the King family unbeknownst to them, have started a relationship with Bruce and Joan. This relationship entails the many miracles only Christmas can bring.

The Gift of Sisters-Rachel and Hannah are twin sisters who look nothing alike and are completely different in personality and characteristics. It is when a boy comes between them, that they both feel that having a sister is a curse and far from being a gift. Rachel has always loved Abraham but when her sister Hannah becomes involved with him, she becomes angry and bitter. Hannah soon finds out that all Amish boys are not who they claim to be. Abraham has been playing fast and hard leaving Hannah hurt and confused. She knows her sister is hurt but she also wants to protect her against the likes of Abraham. A celebration of sisterhood when two sisters climb over the misunderstanding and insecurities that build walls of friendship and love.

A New Beginning- Noah is in the middle of his rumspringa and is currently engaged to be married. However, when he goes to a party with an English friend and meets a girl that he can be totally himself with, he calls of his engagement to Rebecca. A moment decision is never good and he knows he cannot live his life by what if’s. New beginnings show how small are world is and that circumstances are not always what they seem. What seemed like an indiscretion to Noah, becomes a celebration of new beginnings for many.

A Special Thank you to Zondervan Publishing and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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