Posted in Historical, Mystery/Suspense

Roseanna M. White’s Whispers from the Shadows

About

This exciting and adventurous romantic spy novel is the second book in a new series from Roseanna M. White. Whispers from the Shadowscombines fascinating cloak-and-dagger secrets with a tale of love and intrigue during the War of 1812.

Treachery causes Gwyneth Fairchild’s world to crumble. The daughter of a British general, she barely saves her life by fleeing London aboard a ship to America. Her goal is to find refuge with the Lane family in Maryland, having been told by her father she could implicitly trust Winter and Bennet Lane, even though their nations are once again at war. After meeting their son, Thad, she wonders how safe she truly is when she discovers that the Lanes trade in a dangerous commodity–espionage.

Not long after Gwyneth finds refuge in his city, Thad Lane experiences the tug of love, though he fears it may blur lines of loyalty. With family playing the part of enemies and enemies proving themselves friends, a future with Gwyn is uncertain. But at this moment, with the British advancing on Washington and Baltimore, they have only their shared faith in God as a shield about them.

Review

Simply Delightful! I enjoyed the first book in this series and so I knew I had to have the second one. And frankly, I think the second one was even better than the first one. This novel starts off with a bang and manages to stay intriguing the whole way through. First off, the secondary characters were amazing. I once heard that you have great secondary characters if there is a story behind them. Let me tell you, I wanted to read the story behind all of them: Philly, Alain, Emmy, Henry, Rose, and of course, Winter and Bennet. Winter and Bennet play big roles in this book and it was good to see them again and see how their family had turned out. Then there was Thad, who personally, I could find little fault with. I loved his relationship with the Lord. Not only did he hear from God regularly, he obeyed. I liked the way he treated his family and the way he treated Gwyneth. Though he had to learn to let God step in as opposed to himself, you can’t help but like a man who wants to be a hero. I will say, that for the first 20% (Kindle) of the novel, I kept wanting to shake Gwyneth and to tell her to get it together. But once she got it together, she was a joy to read and watch grow. I also found that she was a female character who showed strength (eventually) without stepping out of her time era. Spiritually, I love how the novel showed how she needed to stop depending on man to keep her safe. She needed to depend upon her heavenly father. The romance was really nicely done. It was sweet with a little spice. It didn’t overwhelm the novel and yet it was at the center of the novel. While this book was, to a degree, predictable, about half-way through there was this moment that completely surprised me. Loved it. I found this novel intriguing, fun, and different as it dealt with the War of 1812. If you love historical romance, you will love this book!

**I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Romantic scale: 9.5/10

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Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Ronie Kendig’s Talon

About

Book 2 in the riveting A Breed Apart series from author Ronie Kendig delivers another action-packed story starring military war dogs, our unsung heroes. Aspen Courtland wants her brother back—dead or alive. But only his traumatized combat tracking dog, Talon, knows where to look. Can he muster the courage for one more mission?

Review

Exhilarating. Fast-paced. Action-packed. Romantic. These are just some of the words describe that this book in a nutshell. When you start it, you won’t want to put it down. I’ve been looking forward to this book since Trinity came out and it didn’t disappoint. I admired Aspen’s love and commitment to her brother. She was willing to go through all kinds of lengths to find out what happened. One thing I really appreciated about Aspen was her positive attitude. Sometimes its nice to read about an upbeat heroine. I found her a nice contrast to Dane. Dane is an equally fascinating character with a complex background. You will enjoy diving in and learning more about him. If you’ve read the first book, the whole team makes an appearance in this one and Talon is (clearly) the star of the show (If you noted in my previous review on Trinity, you will realize and understand that I do not comprehend fascinations with animals, but I still enjoy these books!). I will say, though, that there is a LOT that goes down in this book: family problems, different countries, shoot-em-up scenes, kidnapping, etc. Spiritually, you’ve got Dane finding his way back to God and Aspen learning how to trust Him. Great Book! Really anticipating the next one!

**I received this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not effected in any way.**

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Jeanette Windle’s Congo Dawn

About

While former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan is no stranger to corruption or conspiracy, she has always been able to tell the good guys from the bad, and the Congo jungle at first seems no different. But as her security team tries to track down an insurgent killer, Robin has to face a man who broke her trust years ago, and she discovers the gray areas extend farther in this jungle wilderness than she anticipated.
A ruthless global conspiracy begins to surface, run by powerful men who can’t afford to leave any witnesses. Her life at stake, Robin doesn’t know who to trust and wonders how she can help protect innocent people. Why is God silent amid all the pain and injustice? And how do these people of faith continue to rejoice in their suffering?

Review

Reading a novel by Ms. Windle is like taking a trip to another country. In this case, the Congo. The novel  is a bit dense in its knowledge of the country, but to a certain extent that lends authenticity to the story. Though slightly predictable, I found this novel to be a page-turner. I was very interested in the back story of Michael and Robin and I really liked how Michael came across as the compassionate one while Robin was the essence of a Marine. I think this novel also was able to show the dichotomy of countries like this where there are good and bad and sometimes lots of gray. I found the novel captivating and interesting and if you have liked other novels by Ms. Windle you will really enjoy this. Spiritually, this novel deals with suffering and being a follower of Christ and provides an interesting way to think about it. Recommended!

** I recieved this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Mystery/Suspense

Dani Pettrey’s Shattered

About

A Thrilling New Romantic Suspense from the Genre’s Newest Star

Piper
McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned
to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef
appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed–but
despite the evidence, Reef swears he’s innocent. And Piper believes
him.

Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he’s also
sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith,
but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With
his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the
investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon’s
career.

With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada’s
rugged backcountry–and unexpected complications. Not only does their long
friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is
becoming deadlier with each step.

Review

I’ve been waiting to read this novel since I finished the last page of Submerged. And it didn’t disappoint. The novel starts with a bang that carries it through until the end.  This is Landon and Piper’s story which began in the first novel. I enjoyed seeing Landon’s development into a man of God. Piper’s forwardness was endearing as most romance novels play on lack of communication issues. Although I will say, she is more impulsive than she should be, but then again that’s her personality. The romance between them was sweet and came together better than I expected. I enjoyed the siblings working together and I’ve got a feeling we’ll be hearing about Gage pretty soon. The mystery was a good mystery without being overly complicated and will have you guessing at the bad guys. And it’s definitely my kind of mystery. Spiritually, as I said, Landon develops into a man of God and I liked to see how natural faith was to (most of) Piper’s family. Highly Recommended and waiting for the next one!

** I received this copy from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Irene Hannon’s Vanished

About

Reporter Moira Harrisons is lost. In the dark. In a thunderstorm. When a confusing detour places her on a rural, wooded road, she’s startled by the sudden appearance of a lone figure caught in the beam of her headlights. Though Moira jams on her brakes, the car careens across the wet pavement–and the solid thump against the side of the vehicle tells her she hit the person before she crashes into a tree on the far side of the road.
A dazed Moira is relieved when a man opens her door, tells her he saw everything, and promises to call 911. Then everything fades to black. When she comes to an hour later, she is alone. No man. No 911. No injured person lying on the side of the road. But she can’t forget the look of terror she saw on the person’s face in the instant before her headlights swung away. The person she hit had been in trouble. She’s sure of it. But she can’t get anyone to believe her story–except a handsome former police detective, now a private eye, who agrees to take on the case.
From the very first page, readers will be hooked into this fast-paced story full of shocking secrets from fan-favorite Irene Hannon. Vanished is the exciting first book in the Private Justice series: Three justice seekers who got burned playing by the rules now have a second chance to make things right.

Review

Ms. Hannon knows how to pull a reader in from the first page of her novel, and this one is no different. Immediately, I was intrigued by the premise and eager to figure out what had happened. I thought the bad guy in this novel was a kind of twisted Robin Hood which made him really unique. I also really enjoyed Moira’s character because she didn’t play games when it came to her interest in Cal. She read like a real woman. I thought Cal was also a very developed hero, and easy to like. I was concerned midway through the book that it would follow a formula that I have noticed in many of Ms. Hannon’s novels, and while this one did to a certain degree, it was also done very differently. One thing I liked about this book was how she talks about undercover work. That does seem to be one of those areas that’s a bit borderline spiritually, and I’m glad she addressed it. Spiritually, Cal has to learn to forgive himself and I enjoy watching Moira live out her faith. Good Book. I can’t wait until the next one. Highly Recommended!

**I recieved this novel from Netgalley. My opinion was not affected in any way.**

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Steven James’ Placebo

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While covertly investigating a controversial neurological research program, exposé filmmaker Jevin Banks is drawn into a far-reaching conspiracy involving one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical firms. After giving up his career as an escape artist and illusionist in the wake of his wife and sons’ tragic death, Jevin is seeking not only answers about the questionable mind-to-mind communication program, but also answers to why his family suffered as they did.

Review
Well, you already know that I think that Mr. James is a phenomenal writer and this book is only another testament to the fact. I really enjoyed the character of Jevin Banks. Jevin Banks is a magician, which is a pretty unique career choice. It adds for some creative flair throughout this novel. There is also more romance in this novel than in Patrick Bowers, which I enjoyed. The only drawback is that there are a lot of phsyics explanations for things and at times it was like reading chinese (too many flashbacks to phsyics class for me). It had it’s violent moments as well, but that shouldn’t be too surprising. I completely enjoyed the novel and appreciated Mr. James branching out and doing new things. Spiritually, the novel deals with the concept of death and how it is final…except that Jesus conquered death. Very interesting. Highly Recommended.

Posted in Contemporary, Mystery/Suspense

Margaret Daley’s Saving Hope: Men of the Texas Rangers

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When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt’s daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it’s personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

Review
I enjoyed this novel. I thought Kate was a very believable character and certainly very likeable. Wyatt seemed to be a good match for her and somehow fit the role of what you think a Texas Ranger should be. The mystery was interesting without being overwhelming and I was surprised at a particular moment, because it didn’t completely follow the path of predictability. I think the only drawback for me was that the relationship didn’t quite develop into love though I could see that Kate and Wyatt were getting there. Spiritually, Wyatt has to learn to trust God again and Kate continues to trust God with her organization. Solid novel. Good Read. Recommended.