BOOK REVIEWS

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A Deadly Game by Virginia Smith
A Deadly Game (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense # 231)
by Virginia Smith(Goodreads Author)

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Mary Robinson‘s review

Aug 14, 12  ·  edit
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Read in August, 2012
An amazing read! Now I know why it was a prize novel winning an ACFW Award this year.This story incorporates a puzzle, a mystery murder and the development of true love. It also shows how God may change someone from a “super self-absorbed” loner to a champion with real relationships.God takes an orphan and gives her a wonderful life. Although in real life, it seems a bit of a stretch that the bio father never gets notified of child’s existence, it makes the story easier to turn out positive.Murder sets off fear in the beginning of the story. One of the main characters depends on and recommends prayer all the way through the story. One missing element of the story I noted is how he came to salvation and a Christian life himself.The descriptions and settings are very good throughout the story and the characters seem very real, making the same human mistakes we all make.  With the action involved, your mate might like this novel also!

“ON DEADLY GROUND”

by Lauren Nichols

and published by Love Inspired, Suspense, 2011

When you are looking for love, you may be looking for God.  Or you may not be looking for love, but it catches you unaware because God has planned it for you.  Our primary character, Rachel, is still in the grieving process as a young widow without children.  While trying to maintain her previous joint business with her husband, she runs into some trouble after getting a glimpse of a prowler.  Jake, new to the community, comes into the story with an aching heart from a lost relationship and pulling away from the Lord.  Will God offer a solution to both of their needs through Him?  Why don’t you f ind out?

“Rocky Point Reunion”

“Rocky Point Reunion”

by Barbara McMahon

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Mary Robinson’s review
Mar 12, 12 · edit

Recommended for: All Women Who Like Clean Romance
Read from March 09 to 11, 2012 — I own a copy, read count: 1

Could you trust someone who broke your heart 10 years ago? Do people really change or does God change them? Marci never married and became a business woman with her own restaurant in her home town. She wasn’t really unhappy, but watching her friends go on to marry and have a family was difficult at times. In the deepest part of her heart, she knew she still loved Zach. When he returns to the place where he left her years before, she tries to figure out if they will ever have another chance.  Zach shows a fatherly side to his personality and character that she had never seen before.  Will this help her see some quality maturity in him?

Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek

Janet hit it on the nail again!  And “Lilac Wedding in Dry Creek” did take place!

How true it is that many times young people look at the mistakes and character traits of their parents and automatically assume that they will be that same way.  Youth doesn’t understand that different circumstances, environment, life lessons, and with the power of Jesus Christ, we are able to turn our lives around and head another direction.

This is what character Jake Stone is to find out after maturing, finding out he is a father, and continuing to love his old friend and mother of his child, Cat Barker.  By caring for her, seeing her qualities again and having paternal love for Lara, Jake is finally able to see that he can be that person and father that he really desires.

Cat never forgot Jake and never tried to replace him as a father which shows a tremendous admiration and love.  She had already lived some of her life through his past and she knew him in vulnerability, which adds a special dimension to a relationship.  Janet Tronstad does a terrific job of showing this connection and conveying a delightful story while imparting some truths that certainly appear in people’s lives.

Jake’s storytelling of his childhood and neighborhood introduced Cat to the lilacs, the family, a Christian lady in his life, and the town where she someday would thrive with Jake Stone.  A wonderful read!

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“Wildflower Bride in Dry Creek, by Janet Tronstad

So many times in real life, the Holy Spirit chooses family members or close friends to show someone visibly how Christ came into their world and accomplished an overhaul on their lives.

Tyler Stone, as did his brothers, went through the first part of his life with low self-esteem based on poverty, lifestyle, a dysfunctional family and without God. He seemed to feel that no matter what he did or how good he did it, he would never be a stable or loving husband or father.

When he finally visits his former hometown, he sees miraculous changes in other people’s lives. He also is at his point of need and begins to note that God does seem reachable.

A young woman whom he served as a body-guard in their teens still shares a special relationship with him. After a family secret is revealed, he begins to understand more about the root of his insecurity and then opens his heart to God’s care and redemption.

It is amazing how so many people have trusted Christ in this small place and how the power and strength of God permeates and continues to reach others.

This story by Janet Tronstad, from the “Return to Dry Creek” series, is again one that could easily be real and in any Montana cowboy town. I recommend this easy and enjoyable read!

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The Maiden of Mayfair
by Lawana Blackwell

recommended for: those that love English historical/romance

read in June, 2012

This is the first book by this author that I have read. I enjoyed it very much, finding her development of characters very good, and never quite giving away the end so that you are never sure if Sarah will end up marrying her childhood friend or lose her inheritance.   A young Rector who doesn’t follow God and almost laughs in His face, gets caught in a scandal and goes to prison.  It seems to be a “good” thing for him as he begins to realize what life is really about and is repentant.  The mystery of her real father is solved and Sarah helps an old lady enjoy the rest of her life.  The scenery and history is English and makes reference to two totally different classes of people.   I am anxious to read another of her books. Donna Fletcher Crow is responsible for my appreciation and enjoyment of English stories.

<a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10797903-undercover-pursuit&#8221; style=”float: left; padding-right: 20px”><img alt=”Undercover Pursuit (Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense #243)” border=”0″ src=”http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1327939569m/10797903.jpg&#8221; /></a><a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10797903-undercover-pursuit”>Undercover Pursuit</a> by <a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/54106.Susan_May_Warren”>Susan May Warren</a><br/>
My rating: <a href=”http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/374835575″>4 of 5 stars</a><br /><br />
I almost rated this wonderful Christian suspense story a 5! The way Susie gets into the character’s heads and mind (and don’t forget their hearts) is incredible! She acknowledges their physical and emotional needs in a subtle and tasteful way, while allowing their relationship to take its highs and lows. <br /><br />The suspense of the wrong person being in the wrong place at the wrong time creates a dilemma of fear, drama of mixed truth and lies, and a fantasy of what might be. While Luke concentrates on doing his job as a security agent, God allows a roller coaster situation to help both main characters to trust God and learn to love.
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