Shattered (Max Revere, #4) by: Allison Brennan

You want the truth. I understand that drive. I really do. I am always seeking the truth-but more than that, I am looking for answers. I am driven by a much darker force than truth. I need justice, I need to know that killers will be caught, that they will be punished.

Max Revere is on a case for a her show that solves cold cases. It is the most compelling as it deals with human behavior and finding the truth. Her old college friend has called for help. His wife is on trial for the murder of their little boy that was taken and then found several miles from his home. Is this senseless murder connected to a cold case from twenty years ago? Where a killer buried the victims in a place where they played. Three cases that have similarities in the span of 20 years.

Max knows she needs to start with the first victim of Justin Stanton and they only way she can get answers is to have Lucy Kincaid FBI agent partner alongside her. Lucy is also related to the victim and specializes in profiling the serial killers. Where there is tension, character development is prevalent and it is between Lucy and Max. They both want the truth but they need each other to get to the killer. A killer that has methodically killed little boys and left families shattered.

This is the best one that I have read of these series. I loved how the relationship between Lucy and Max became one of respect where there was caution. These two characters were different in many aspects but their strength and weakness brought them together to solve the crime. It also dealt with what makes a mind want to kill children. The why of the crime is what made this such a compelling thriller. I loved it.

A Special Thank You to St. Martins Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to provide an honest review.


The Way of Hope: A Fresh Perspective on Sexual Identity, Same-Sex Marriage, and the Church by: Melissa Fisher

But I am not done, a I? Sigh. No. Sigh. Neither are you, and neither is Jesus. He’s not done until we are free. And we aren’t even close to free. We live enslaved to the prideful voice that tells us to self-protect and self-provide in order to keep the wounded part of us silent. We do and act and perform so that it won’t be seen. We spend our lives feeding our faces and starving our souls.

A journey of young woman who faced her pain and examined her heart. A product of divorce and living a mantra of managing her life by protecting her heart and others. She called herself a protector and performer. A responsibility she put on herself at a young age that spilled into an identity crisis as she went into college and adulthood.

She lays the foundation of what occurred in her life that lead her to a gay lifestyle and the train wreck that occurred to see Jesus. Her hope.

Her account does not bash the gay lifestyle but gives understanding to a freedom and peace that God desires for all who are created in His image. Even though my struggle is different, I desire the same peace Fisher found in the Hope of Jesus.

Some of her quotes that I found encouraging and enlightening.

If you don’t let Scripture offend you, it can’t encourage you. If you won’t let Scripture rebuke you, it can’t reward you either.

The most broken part of me that needed healing wasn’t my sexuality. It was my pride. Drawing me into a healing opportunity for one, he could address the other. I sensed that God’s next step for me was an opportunity to step into the waters of humility in which he wanted to heal me.

Myself a product of divorce, I see some of my own struggles that Fisher overcame and how it has spilled into my relationships. The issue of trust and shame. Knowing the difference of what is my responsibility and what is God’s. A real struggle for all.

I have included her web page. She is a gifted writer and communicator. I highly recommend.

A Special Thank You to Baker Books and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

Egypt’s Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra (The Silent Years #1) by: Angela Elwell Hunt

Egypt's Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra (The Silent Years, #1)Egypt’s Sister: A Novel of Cleopatra by Angela Elwell Hunt
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Could she not comprehend that our faith was an elemental part of who were? A dart of guilt pierced my soul. Had I hidden the essence of my beliefs so completely that she could not see how different we really were?

I am a big fan of Angela Hunt’s writing and her gift of narration. She is poignant with her pen and her words are poetic to the heart. She does well in getting to the heart and bringing humanity to far off places and times such as this time in the reign of Cleopatra. She has taken actual history and weaved in a story of a young Jewish woman who grew up in the palace with Cleopatra. Chava’s father being a tutor of the royal family gave Chava opportunity to develop a friendship with Cleopatra and what that might look like coming from different cultures.

When the Lord gives Chava a word “Your friendship with the queen lies in my hands. You will be with her on her happiest day and her last”, Chava’s fate is sealed. You are now taken to Cleopatra fears, insecurities, and her wit in the eyes of a faithful friend. However, the friendship takes a pivotal turn and now the evils of slavery and the fight for survival are Chava’s way of life. Chava never looses faith of God’s word and remembers from her father’s teaching the names of God and places her faith in his promises.

Chava’s story becomes a great history lesson of the reign of Cleopatra and her struggle to survive in the manipulation of powerful men. It is also a story of faith when circumstances turn from plenty to nothing. How can you trust God in those circumstances? Chava lives what she believes and rests in those promises. A great reminder for us in our turbulent times.

A Special Thank You to Bethany House and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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The Silent Corner (Jane Hawk #1) by: Dean Koontz

The Silent Corner (Jane Hawk, #1)The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Would her family ever be safe? She could only hope that she might be able to understand the nature and intent of the conspiracy behind the country’s escalating suicides and obtain enough evidence to break the story to the public. Even in the darkest darkness, hope was a lifeline, though sometimes as thin as a thread.

After the death of her husband by suicide, Jane Hawk, FBI agent has gone rogue to find the answers to why her husband would go against everything he believed and lived. It didn’t make sense. Her journey has brought to the realization that the suicide rates have jumped drastically. She takes a leave of absence, sells everything she has, and begins to interview those that have been left behind due to a loved ones suicide. As she gets closer to the truth, “they” want her dead.

This is a fast page turner thriller. I loved this character as a wife, rogue, a human, a woman, and the mind set that deals with the reality of evil. She is a contrast of emotions, a walking contradiction, that believes in the humanity of all and the gift of life. She is a bad ass but tender. I can go on and I could say that I do have a girl crush on her. It is her courage that comes alive as she longs for the truth.

The greed for power has met their match in this heroine. I loved it!

A Special Thank you to Random House Publishing Group – Ballantine and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by: Lisa Scottoline

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the PoolI Need a Lifeguard Everywhere But the Pool by Lisa Scottoline
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So what is the moral of the story- or even of this book? Sometimes you do the right thing, even when you have no idea what you’re doing. Even though your brain is saying: You can’t negotiate. You can’t even swim. You need a lifeguard. We really are own life guard in the end.

I love reading Scottoline and you can see her personality – likes and dislikes in her books. I think her characters are very close to the vest after reading this. She is very funny along with her daughter. I am sure they are a hoot to be around. Of course, there are some things I disagree with but the book is not about a debate on issues but how these two have struggled with life with humor and kindness. At times it was very political without giving to which party but referring to her was a strong indication to which party. Sometimes these issues can be so decisive in their own merit but I think that is what they were trying to avoid in sharing their pet peeves, womanhood, marriage, gardening and home improvement. It was a book to connect to her readers in a very real way. To have a little Scottoline in each of our lives.

The above statement does not reflect my own life not that I do not need help. I need plenty. I am the one that usually gets myself in trouble. I am my own worst enemy. I am not qualified to be my own lifeguard. I trust in Jesus and those that he places in my life for that. With that, I still enjoy a little Scottoline on my shelf and I am glad I got to know her a little better.

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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Abiding Mercy (Amish Mercies, #1) Ruth Reid

Abiding Mercy (Amish Mercies, #1)Abiding Mercy by Ruth Reid
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You placed His words upon your heart long ago and committed them to memory. You are not without His promises. He is with you always. His Spirit will lead you with instruction. Lift your hope higher in the One who has called you by name. For it is written: “Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will Hear.” So you see, God’s mercy is abiding. His love is everlasting.

We are not always aware of the mercies of God in our lives even in the most difficult of circumstances. Two families – different but the same. Roslyn and Brandon Colepepper have a busy lifestyle. Brandon is CEO of a successful hotel chain and Roslyn is busy with the social life. They have a 18 month old Adriana who is full of life and when she is abducted from Roslyn at the grocery store, the Colepepper’s life as they know it suddenly changes.

Sixteen year old Faith works with her sister Olivia in their parent’s Amish Restaurant. Faith loves working; making new Amish dishes for others to enjoy and helping her parents. She is looking forward to her baptism. Her sister Olivia has other plans and seems to be pulling away from the Amish lifestyle. Her long time beau Gideon sees the changes in Olivia and knows that he cannot have a future with Olivia and the friendship with Faith deepens into something more.

This Amish story brings the English and the Amish together in the most peculiar way. With mystery as how did Faith end up with an Amish family and the English parents determination to find their lost daughter of 15 years. When the two families come together, what changes will happen and what mercies will come forth from the love of two families and their belief in a sovereign God. A great Amish story!

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

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The Separatists (Newsmakers #3) by Lis Wiehl

The Separatists (Newsmakers, #3)The Separatists by Lis Wiehl
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ericka Sparks mission in life: to find the truth.

Ericka is rising up in the journalism world and her big break comes when she covers the political fight in North Dakota. The state that under the leadership of Mary Bellamy will separate from the union. Bellamy has to win her bid for governor before any separation can happen and she is hoping that Ericka will get her voice heard. Ericka is also dealing with personal separations at home. Not seeing her husband as much as she likes and the tension that it is causing and her daughter’s rebellion that has been taken to higher level. Truth is calling Ericka as she lay aside her personal fears and she aims to find out Bellamy’s agenda for the greater good.

When several people end up dead associated with Bellamy, the truth is the only thing that can save the country. Will Sparks find it in time.

Ok…a lot of tension, this woman is like super woman without the cape, fighting off snakes, going from place to place in record time, and just surviving one thing after another. Pure entertainment. However, North Dakota is not as bleak as it was made out to be. Growing up on a farm in Langdon, North Dakota, and having fond memories of that time, for entertainment’s sake, it is just not true. North Dakota is a great place to raise a family and make a living. The people work hard for a good a living. Well I will get off my horse now and just say if you like a political thriller, you will be turning pages pretty quick with this one.

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


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