The Love Letter by Rachel Hauk

36576120Title: The Love Letter
Author: Rachel Hauk
Series: None – Standalone
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Date: June 2018

My Personal Rating: 4.1   Star Rating:  4/5 4 Stars

My Thoughts

Books that include letters or journal entries intrigue me so I was excited to read this one.  I wasn’t familiar with the author and didn’t know much about the storyline, but  decided that jumping right in was the way I wanted to start.  I made a good choice.

This is a story within a story going back and forth between two time periods.  Esther and Hamilton’s story takes place in the late 1700’s centering around the Battle of the Cowpens.  Chloe’s story is modern day. She’s an actress known for amazing death scenes, but wants to take her acting image away from death by playing the part of Esther. We read both stories through 4 point of views and 2 different time periods.
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Delayed Justice by Cara Putman

36576098 My Personal Rating:  4.75   Star Rating: 5/5 5 stars

It’s not very often that a book keeps me so engaged that I read it almost in one sitting.  Delayed Justice, the third book in The Hidden Justice series,  by Cara Putman is one of those books. I think it was because our current headlines recently focused on a similar situation. A man is accused of sexual abuse years after the incident may or may not have taken place.  It became public and we followed the testimony of his accuser as well as heard his defense.  Reading Delayed Justice gave me a better understanding of this legal process.

The book begins with eight year old Jaime telling her mom
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2018 Christy Award Finalists

The Christy Award™ was established in 1999 and  is designed to nurture and encourage creativity and quality in the writing and publishing of fiction written from a Christian worldview and showcase the diversity of genres. It was named for the best selling novel, Christy, which was written by Catherine Marshall and  published in 1967.

2018 Christy Award Finalists

Contemporary Romance

The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)
Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren (Revell/Baker Publishing Group)
True to You (Bradford Sister’s Romance series #1) by Becky Wade (Bethany House/Baker                         Publishing Group)
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The Rain Watcher by Tatiana de Rosnay

rain watcherOh my goodness!  Let’s first of all talk about the cover! Isn’t it beautiful?  What reader, especially those of us who love a rainy day, wouldn’t love to pick this book up and devour it? Ok, that aside, let’s talk about what’s inside the book.

Linden Malegarde, a photographer,  is a fascinating character right at the get go. As his family is introduced into the story, it’s no secret that a family drama is about to unfold.  What is unexpected is the circumstances that surround them. Linden’s father is turning 70 and his mother wants the family to celebrate together in Paris.  While in Paris, the rains fall and the water rises. Not only do the Malegardes have to deal with each other, but they do so while experiencing a natural disaster.
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Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure

Edison:mystery MouseTorben Kuhlmann is a modern children’s book author, but it’s his illustrations that capture the imagination. His newest book, Edison: The Mystery of the Missing Mouse Treasure, is another beautiful book.

The story follows Pete, a curious and adventurous mouse, who calls upon an older professor mouse to help him find a treasure which his ancestor lost at sea.  It’s  a charming story that has an element of suspense. Would the two mice  be able to accomplish their goal?

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Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear

#5 The Cumberland BrideThis is another wonderful book in the Mayflower Bride series. I love how the books in this series are written by a variety of authors because it gives me a chance to complete a series and still experience different writing styles by reading new-to-me authors. Shannon McNear was one such author and I’m now looking forward to reading more of her books.  Her contribution to the Mayflower Bride series is book #5, The Cumberland Bride, and it follows in line with the historical path these books take.

Kate and her family, along with others, take a chance on a new life. They pack onley their necessary belongings and begin a journey from Tennessee to Kentucky. They travel the
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Indivisible by Travis Thrasher

IndivisibleA friend of ours was asked how he felt about losing the hearing in his right ear while serving his country. His answer touched us all. He said, “I didn’t lose it, I willingly gave it.”  In spite of the risks, most of those who serve our country do it willingly.

Indivisible by Travis Thrasher  focuses on the life of Army Chaplain, Darren, and his wife, Heather.  Both are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to follow the Lord’s calling and when Darren leaves for Iraq, Heather determines to hold their home together and to serve other Army wives.

Darren’s return home causes great excitement, but another war is brewing. An anticipated reunion soon turns into the unexpected. We get insight
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