Enclave by Thomas Locke

Enclave

by Thomas Locke

My Thoughts

This is the first Thomas Locke book I’ve read. I was intrigued by the look of the cover. The story sounded like one I would be interested in. I like dystopian novels and this seemed to fit that type. I liked it at the start but quickly became so confused. There seemed to be so many people, so much going on, so many terms used without explanation of what they meant, I felt like I missed a previous book. As a matter of fact, I looked several times to see if this was the 2nd or 3rd book in a series. I really wanted to like this book. The initial premise seemed great. Super unique and interesting… but I had such a hard time following the storyline. I felt like there should be a prologue or a glossary or something. If you’re a fan of Thomas Locke you’ll probably love this book. It just wasn’t for me.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way required to write a review. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

When We Say Father: Unlocking the Power of the Lord’s Prayer

When We Say Father:
Unlocking the Power of the Lord’s Prayer

By Adrian Rogers & Steve Rogers

My Thoughts

Slowly and carefully, this book wades through the Lord’s prayer. Line by line. Explaining and applying every word. The book is a small quick read but packs a punch. It goes through each section covering: The Person of Prayer, The Priority of Prayer, The Provision of Prayer, The Pardon of Prayer, The Protection of Prayer, The Praise of Prayer, and the Promise of Prayer. Every page focuses on scripture. It explains it in such a way that even a new believer can understand but a mature believer can grasp new things and understand the Bible better. There are practical examples and situations presented that help the reader further understand the text. I learned a lot through this book. The best thing the book does is that it encourages application! It’s no good to simply know about prayer if we don’t practice. This is a great little book. I encourage you to pick it up today!

I received a copy of this book as a BH Blogger. I was in no way required to write a review. Nor has this influenced my review in any way. All thoughts are my own.

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In Too Deep

In Too Deep
By Lynn Blackburn

My Thoughts

Talk about a book that you dive into head first from the very first page. Gripping, heart pounding, and one that you will remember for a long time. This story is fast paced and exhilarating. I love the plot and all it’s intricacies. This is the second book in the Dive Team Investigation series but it can definitely be read on its own. I didn’t feel like I was lacking any information for having not read the first book. I think the dive team concept is so interesting and unique. I’ve read a lot of crime and investigation type books and this one stands out as being different than the rest. I definitely want to go back and read book one and find other books by this author. I love her writing style and her voice. The romance thrown in is a cherry on the top of the sundae. Loved it.

I received a copy of this book from Revell. This has in no way influenced my review. I was under no compulsion to write a review. All thoughts are my own.

Silencing Insecurity

Silencing Insecurity
By Donna Gibbs

Everyone struggles with insecurity… but everyone deals with it differently. If I don’t have my beliefs solidly planted in God’s truth I just might find myself free falling off the cliff of defeat, discouragement, and demise. Silencing Insecurity by Donna Gibbs is a great resource. The book moves from Part 1 about Identifying identity thieves to Part 2 which dives deeper into the different things that can cause identity questions and then on further to Part 3 which covers how we can look to God for our security and for defeat of our identity thieves. Each section has an intro which gives the reader a great summation of what they will be learning in that section. I feel like when I am done reading this section I will know all these things… and that is a great addition to this book! Each section finishes with some questions. They start off more focused on past and present thoughts and I wished they would have extended more into application but I found that the questions in Part 2 and 3 were more of those type. There is a great balance of scripture, commentary, personal experience, and the experience of others in this book! I think that is one of the greatest things about it. It’s not condemning at all. I loved the material in Part 3 and the questions were well thought out and very helpful for self-reflection and application of the material. I struggled a little bit with the layout of the book. I kind of wished the 3 sections were mashed together a little bit more so I didn’t have to wait til Part 3 to get to that material. This is just my personal preference though and not something I want to get nitty gritty about. Overall the material is great and pushes the reader towards Christ! The book might be considered geared towards young adults but anyone can read it and glean valuable insights.

I received a copy of this book from Revell. This has in no way influenced my review. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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Wait for Me by Susan May Warren

Wait for Me 
By Susan May Warren

Wait for Me is book 6 in the Montana Rescue series by Susan May Warren. I did not read any of the previous 5 books and I am wondering now if the book would have been better had I read them. The  book can be read without reading the others but there are a lot of seemingly developed characters and backstory that one might need to know. The author does a good job of filling in the questions by adding a lot of pertinent backstory right in the book which is helpful. The story is high energy for sure. Once I got to about 40% in it picked up and was hard to put down. I finished the last half in an afternoon. The beginning started a little rocky for me, but this could have been because I didn’t read the other books. I had trouble keeping all the people straight. The snippets about each character at the beginning were short and kind of quick moving so it was hard to separate them all and remember who was who. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish the book. I started to catch on though and kept going… and I was glad I did. I did have some trouble with some disjointed sections. For example, when the car leaves the wedding and they all of a sudden are getting plowed off the road? Where did that come from? It seemed totally out of left field. It might have been less jarring had there been some kind of bridge into it… maybe the occupants of the car thought they were being followed which led to a little bit of a chase or something. Instead it was so sudden it was a bit unnatural. The other part that I struggled with was when they would jump back in time and tell some backstory. There was no differentiation. I had to go back and reread to find out what was going on. It might have been helpful if there was something there to warn the reader that they were hopping back in time. The Christian references were subtle but timely. Overall the story was great. The details were well written and the characters were developed well. I would love to go back and read the other books in the series when I have time.

I received a copy of this book from Revell. This has in no way influenced my review. I was under no compulsion to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

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Delayed Justice

Delayed Justice

By Cara Putman

 

Synopsis:

She had long given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard.

Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jaime, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood apart.

Chandler Bolton, a retired veteran, is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court—and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he’s up for the task. When he first meets Jaime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can’t help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed—and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.

This thrilling installment of the Hidden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.

My Thoughts

This is the first book by Cara Putman that I’ve read and I wasn’t disappointed at all! I had heard great things about this book and was excited to have a chance to read it. The plot touches on sensitive subjects but doesn’t exploit them. They are handled with great care and the reader knows what happened in the life of Jamie but it’s never spelled out in detail. I think that is the proper way to handle such sensitive subjects. It’s not easy to do but Ms Putman does it beautifully. I loved how the character uses her pain for someone else’s good. There’s great redemption there. The love story lightens the mood of the book and is a welcome addition to the plot line. I loved Chandler’s character. Another thing that Ms Putman does so well is to write characters responses and feelings to life events. She captures it so well. The Christian elements are tastefully added here and there and really add to the story instead of being over the top and distracting. The story starts a tad, not slow but kind of just wasn’t a serious ignore everything else and read type. Until about halfway through. I read the second half of the book in one sitting because it was just that — a book you drop everything to finish! Check this book out! You won’t be disappointed.

I received a copy of this book from BookLookBloggers and the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

Hidden Peril

Hidden Peril
By Irene Hannon

Back of the Book Synopsis

As teenagers, Kristin Dane and her two best friends took a vow to make the world a better place. Twenty years later, she’s fulfilling that pledge through her fair trade shop that features products from around the world. All is well until, one by one, people connected to the shop begin dying

Detective Luke Carter, new to the St. Louis PD, wants to know why. Before he can answer that question, however, the FBI weighs in and Kristin suddenly finds herself in the middle of international intrigue — and in the sights of the ruthless mastermind behind an ingenious and deadly scheme. Can this cold-blooded killer be stopped before more people die… including Kristin?

 

My Thoughts

I was hooked from the first page and the grip didn’t let go! Man, sad to see this book end. The plot and different elements of the story are so well developed, unique and well written. I love the romantic tension between the characters. It lightens the rather heavy story a bit. The suspense with the different elements of the story (both the regular storyline and the romantic thread) are well thought out. I did predict one element but it wasn’t a problem and I didn’t feel like it detracted from the story. Overall this story is amazing. I love Irene Hannon’s books and she has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Can’t wait to read other books by Ms Hannon.

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A Duel for Christmas

About the Book

Book Title: A Duel For Christmas

Author: Rosanne E. Lortz

Genre: Regency Romance, Romantic Suspense

Release date: October 1, 2018

After seven long years in Devon, Lady Maud Worlington returns to London to reclaim life on her own terms, but a nefarious shadow and the prospect of financial ruin dog her steps. An impulsive and unforgettable kiss under the mistletoe creates a connection with Geoffrey, the handsome, young Duke of Tilbury. Yet as pleasant as it is to have a suitor, Maud is not sure how a boy of one-and-twenty can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her.
The Duke of Tilbury considers himself as adept at managing matters as he is at swordplay, but his beautiful new acquaintance Lady Worlington has other ideas about how to manage her complicated life. Intrigued by their stolen kiss, Geoffrey pursues Lady Worlington’s affections, only to be foiled by the lady’s own doubts, by rivals for her hand, and by a sudden death that affects both their families. When Jacob Pevensey, the investigator from Bow Street enters the scene, the duke becomes a prime suspect in the murder case. Truths are unearthed that Geoffrey would rather keep hidden, and the twelve days of Christmas race toward a perilous end.

 

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My Thoughts

This was the first time I had read anything by Rosanne E. Lortz! I was excited to find a new author and was curious to read her work. I was not disappointed. Lack of having read the previous books in the series was not an issue. So don’t let that be a deterrent! Grab this book for a great read while snuggled under a blanket, drinking something warm and yummy. Regency era novels aren’t one of my most read genres but I did thoroughly enjoy this book! There was a little romance and mystery mixed in with the historical content and who doesn’t love a Christmas time story? For me, that makes for a great book. The characters were interesting and the plot moved at a pace that kept me interested and wanting to read more. I did feel this book was a little heavy on character introduction at the beginning before the plot developed in full force. It wasn’t a turn off but it would have just allowed more time for the plot to thicken and develop. I did love the relationship between the main characters. It was well written. There weren’t many spiritual elements so I don’ t know if I would classify this book as Christian fiction. It could probably be considered more clean fiction. I found myself at the end of the book hoping for more. I hope there will be more written about these characters.
I gave this book 3.5/4 out of 5 stars.
I received a digital copy of this book from the author via Celebrate Lit. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Rosanne E. Lortz is a writer, editor, teacher, history-lover, and mom to four boys. She loves to read, sing, draw, compose, write, and create. Education is one of her passions, particularly a classical, liberal arts education. She has taught English composition and grammar, Latin, history, music, and various other subjects for ten years at both the elementary and secondary level and is currently the Director of Academics and Admissions at Paideia Classical Christian School in Gladstone, Oregon.
Rosanne’s first book, I Serve: A Novel of the Black Prince, released in 2009. This book explores the tumultuous landscape surrounding the Hundred Years’ War and the Black Death and is a tale of arms, of death, of love, and of honor. In 2015, Rosanne began her Pevensey mysteries, novels of romantic suspense set during the British Regency (with inspiration from medieval characters and events). The first three titles are: To Wed an Heiress, The Duke’s Last Hunt, and A Duel for Christmas.

 

Guest Post from Roseanne

The year is 1120. The place is the English Channel. A ship puts off from the French port. The passengers have been drinking, far too heavily. A submerged rock shatters the hull of the ship. The vessel goes down into the watery depths, and with it the heir to the English throne.

This incident from Medieval history was the inspiration for my Regency novel, A Duel for Christmas. Set in the early 1800s, the novel has a dash of suspense, a few tablespoons of murder mystery, and a heaping cup of sweet romance all blended together to make the perfect holiday read.

Lady Maud Worlington has just returned to London, determined to reclaim life on her own terms, but when an impulsive and unforgettable kiss creates a connection with Geoffrey, the Duke of Tilbury, she must decide if he can prove an equal partner in life and the equal of all the forces mounted against her. A watery death, financial ruin, and a nefarious shadow from the past dog their steps as the Twelve Days of Christmas race toward a perilous end.

Blog Stops

A Baker’s Perspective, October 13

Just Commonly, October 13

Blogging With Carol, October 14

Remembrancy, October 14

Carpe Diem, October 15

Inklings and Notions, October 15

Locks, Hooks and Books, October 16

Ashley’s Bookshelf, October 16

Where Faith and Books Meet, October 17

Texas Book-aholic, October 17

All-of-a-kind Mom, October 18

Wishful Endings, October 18

Faery Tales Are Real, October 18

More Of Him, October 19

Just the Write Escape, October 19

Bibliophile Reviews, October 20

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, October 20

Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, October 21

Lis Loves Reading, October 21

Stories Where Hope and Quirky Meet, October 22

Mary Hake, October 22

Two Points of Interest, October 22

Simple Harvest Reads, October 23 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)

Book by Book, October 23

proud to be an autism mom, October 23

Reader’s Cozy Corner, October 24

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 24

Janices book reviews, October 25

Bigreadersite, October 25

Godly Book Reviews, October 26

Living Life Free in Christ, October 26

Have A Wonderful DayOctober 26

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rosanne is giving away 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.

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A Sparkle of Silver

 

A Sparkle of Silver
By Liz Johnson

Back of the Book Synopsis

Millie Sullivan plays a 1920’s-era guest during tours of a palatial estate on the shore of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, where her great-grandmother was a real guest ninety years ago. When Millie learns of a lost diary that may contain the location of a hidden treasure on the estate and reveal the identity of her great-grandfather, she sets out to find the truth of her heritage — and the fortune she desperately needs. But it won’t be easy.

When security guard Ben Thornton discovers her snooping in the estate’s private library, he threatens to have her fired. Still, her story seems to ludicrous to be fiction, and her offer to split the treasure is too tempting to pass up.

Get ready for a romantic escapade through dark halls and dusty corners that will have you holding your breath and signing with delight.

My Thoughts

A Sparkle of Silver is a great story of present and past colliding in the most unexpected ways. It is the story of family, broken pasts, forgiveness, love, and new beginnings. The first 1/3 of the book was rather slow for me. I had a hard time staying engaged for some reason. I had some questions that I felt weren’t being answered and that was frustrating. I felt unsure about why the great-grandmother was at the Chateau. I don’t know if I just missed it somehow but I was left confused about it either way. I was still left unsure at the end but it didn’t really matter anymore the farther I got into the story. Someone mentioned that this book has one of the best clean first kiss scenes… I was a bit curious what they meant by that. At first this is what kept me reading when I was feeling disengaged. When would it come? What was so great about it? But as I kept reading I got reengaged and fell in love with the story. Then the scene came and it was spectacular. The last 2/3 of the story flew by and I found myself wanting to know more about the characters after the story ended. I loved the ending. It was unexpected and well written. I gave this book 4 stars out of 5.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

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Renewed by Leigh Powers

About the Book

 

Book Title: Renewed

Author: Leigh Powers

Genre: Devotional

Release date: November, 2017

Ministry is a privilege, but it can also be a painful experience. Unrealistic expectations, church conflict, forced resignations, and our own struggles with burnout, loneliness, and insecurity can make church feel more like a place of wounding than a place of healing. How can wounded leaders find the courage to reject bitterness and keep loving the church?

Renewed is a forty-day devotional for women in ministry, ministry wives, and lay leaders who have been wounded by their congregations. You are not alone. God sees your pain. He knows your hurts. And he is waiting to bind up your broken heart. This forty-day journey into the healing love of Jesus will help you find the courage to stop hiding and start loving the church again.

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My Thoughts

Woah! Have you ever read a book and thought, this was written just for me? You can totally connect with the author and what they’re saying. It resonates on a deep level. She put words where you didn’t have any. This book was like that for me. Growing up as a pastors kid, being the wife of a worship leader, and being on church staff myself means I experienced many of the same things the author writes about in this book. She speaks truth with love and grace. She doesn’t sugar coat it. It comes out raw and ugly at times and many of us are afraid to say such things… we think them but who can we trust to hear our hearts? So we don’t dare say anything out loud! I love that Powers sends the reader to scripture and prayer. She encourages reflection and further contemplation through scripture. It’s not a self-help book. It’s based in the Bible; where all answers can be found! It doesn’t belittle or demean those who think or experience the things written in the book but it encourages full dependence on the Lord to grow and develop as a follower of Christ. It doesn’t encourage one to wallow in the hurt but to see victory through the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. This is a book I will read and reread. I love the detailed table of contents for the times when I need to read something specific. I can easily find the devotional for that particular thing and go right to it. I’m thankful for the author’s willingness to go there. This book is a blessing.

I received a copy of this book as a participant in the Celebrate Lit blogger team. This has in no way influenced my review. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author

Leigh Powers is passionate about helping women find hope and healing in God’s Word. A pastor’s wife and mother of three with fifteen years of full-time ministry experience, she is a freelance writer, Bible study and devotional author, and a graduate of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. She blogs regularly at www.leighpowers.com. You can usually find her with either a book or knitting needles in her hand—and sometimes both.

Guest Post from Leigh

I love ministry life. Several years ago, a young woman from Southeast Asia came to my English as a Second Language class for a year. Her English wasn’t very good, and I had to tug to get a word out of her. She came every week, but I wondered how much she was getting from the Bible stories we did during each class. At the end of the semester, I asked our class to share what they wanted to tell their friends and family when they went home. She looked up at me with big brown eyes. “I want to tell people about Jesus.”

Those are the ministry moments that thrill us. It is a privilege to help people find freedom in Christ, teach God’s word, worship with the congregation, and walk alongside people in their moments of joy or sorrow. On those days I can’t imagine choosing another life. Then there are days that make me want to hang it all up and go work at Wal-Mart. Days when anonymous letters get slipped under the office door. Days when you’re the brunt of gossip, when loneliness is like an ache in your bones, or when you start sending out resumes for new positions because you aren’t sure how much longer you’ll have the one you’ve got.

Ministry can be tough. Over the years I’ve met many women who have experienced the painful side of ministry. Church conflicts, forced resignations, depression, loneliness, feelings of inadequacy, and our own struggles with faith can take a toll. That painful side of ministry can make us start looking for an escape hatch.

I wrote Renewed in the middle of a difficult ministry season. It was a hard season, but it was also a season where Jesus showed up for me in an almost tangible way. At the same time, I was also hearing stories from other ministry wives and women in ministry that sounded all too familiar. I started putting words on the page, hoping that somehow God would use them to bring healing to other women in the same way he had brought healing to me. That outpouring of hurt, healing, and hope eventually became Renewed.

Some of you reading this are nodding along right now because you’ve been there too. You love the church, but you’ve seen how ugly it can be when we get it wrong. You’ve got wounds of your own, and sometimes you wonder if you can ever risk your heart again. If that’s you, I want you to know that there is hope. God has not abandoned you. God sees your hurt, he knows your pain, and he is waiting to bind up your broken spirit. He’s waiting. Turn to him, and may you find your spirit renewed.

Blog Stops

Bibliophile Reviews, October 6

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A Baker’s Perspective, October 7

The Becca Files, October 8

Mary Hake, October 8

Living Life Free In Christ, October 9

Genesis 5020, October 10

A Reader’s Brain, October 11

More Of Him, October 12

proud to be an autism mom, October 12

Godly Book Reviews, October 13

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, October 14

Carpe Diem, October 14

Kelly Harrel, October 15

Texas Book-aholic, October 16

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, October 17

Bigreadersite, October 17

Janices book reviews, October 18

Real World Bible Study, October 19

Little Homeschool on the Prairie, October 19

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Leigh is giving away a grand prize of a $50 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/d4ee/renewed-celebration-tour-giveaway