Book Review: Blind Betrayal

Blind Betrayal (Defenders of Justice Book #3) by [Mehl, Nancy]Blind Betrayal is the third book in the Defenders of Justice Series by Nancy Mehl.

Casey Sloan has been in the St. Louis U.S. Marshals Office for a couple of years. Now she is assigned the duty of escorting a reporter to Washington. He is to testify about an environmentalist who vanished. In addition to this, Casey discovers that the Marshal’s Office has been under attack and now placed on high alert. Now Casey, the reporter and two other marshals are running while tryingt o keep the reporter safe.

This is the first of the series I have read and it surprised me how quickly I became engrossed in the writing. There is plenty of suspense to keep you reading and the characters were easy to catch up with. Each character has a distinct personality and background which helped make me invested in them.

I will need to pick up the first book in the series so that I can find out what has happened up to now. Excellent book.

I was given this book by Bethany House Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: The Crimson Cord

The Crimson Cord, by Jill Eileen Smith, is the first in Daughters of the Promised Land series.

Rahab was a prostitute who is listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ. But there is more to her story than that. When Joshua sent spies into Jericho, Rahab provided them with a hiding place. She was a believer of God who could have been killed for her actions and her belief.

With so little known of Rahab, the author did have to take some liberties to provide her back story. However, she did such a great job that the novel is easy to believe. Jill Eileen Smith did stay true to the Bible, but allowed the reader to feel like they now can understand more about the main character.

This well-written book, published by Revell Publishing and I would recommend it to any of my friends and families. I will give it the maximum number of stars on all of the sites where I post this.

I was given this book by the author and Revell Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Colleen Coble

Time flew by as I read this lovely book by Colleen Coble.

The View From Rainshadow Bay centers around Shanna. She lost her husband, unexpectedly, has a son and a helicopter charter business. Shanna is trying to handle all of this but it isn’t easy. Then her partner in her business is murdered. His final words make her believe that she could be a target also. She turns to the one person that she blames for her husband’s death, Zach Bannister. Together they learn to deal with the death as he helps Shauna and her son to stay safe.

I saw a friend read one of Colleen Coble’s books last year and she loved it. I have to agree. This is the first that I read but I can see coming back to this one and reading others of hers in the future. I found myself turning pages and not putting this down and the mystery and romance advanced.

I highly recommend this book to lovers of mystery and suspense.

I was given this book by Thomas Nelson publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Shaken

Shaken: Discovering Your True Identity in the Midst of Life's Storms by [Tebow, Tim]Tim Tebow’s story is inspirational to all readers. Here is a man who is willing to wear his faith for others to see. His life has not always been as charmed as it appears on the outside. He has had his share of criticism and scrutiny. However, he has learned from each obstacle that has been placed in his way.

This is the book that shows how this hero has turned into an inspiration and role model for many others. He shares his faith with others not to be proud but to show others that he has also seen difficult time and he shows that God is always with us. God is faithful. He helps us to learn how to live the Christian life.

We can share the behind the scenes events from his younger life. This book is for Tim Tebow fans and for all Christians. I looked forward to reading this book as a fan, but I feel like I have come away from it a stronger Christian.

I was given this book by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Gold Trap

Wanting to teach her students about Mary Kingsley, Megan Jennings scheduled a tour to Africa. While there she finds Vidalia, a psychic, an unusual professor, a prince, a village headman and a witch doctor. Plus she became kidnapped. By the end of the book, and the tour, Mary discovered the vastness of her Divine Appointment.

This book reflects real life adventures by Lilly Maytree, the author. I found this book amusing, breathtaking and exciting. The idea of following her dream intrigued me. I feel this book encourages us to try to do just that. There were areas where I felt it was a little choppy but I enjoyed it overall.

Previously I did read the author’s book “The Pandora’s Box” so I knew what a great writer she is, but this book is a totally different experience. Difference is good.

Overall I would give this book four stars out of five.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Creating Celtic Knotwork

I enjoy Celtic knotwork, plus I am working on keeping a journal this year. So when I came across this book, I fell in love.

The book begins with a basic grid page, to be copied, then continue on with the basics, such as a basic Celtic knot and how to modify it. They also give models of different knots such as the trefoil knot.

Some of the other sections in this book include borders and corners, crosses, spirals, maze and step patterns, zoomorphics, techniques and materials.

I found this book to be just right for me. I am not usually a very good pencil artist, but with this book in my hand, I believe that I can make a start at creating my own Celtic knotwork.

I was given this book by Dover Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: Under a Cloudless Sky

This novel tells how a town’s past can bring it down or save it. Set in Beulah Mountain, West Virginia, in 1933 and in the present. In the past, there are two girls who make a vow. Ruby and Bean come from two different homes. One is the daughter of the mine owner and the other is the daughter of a mine worker. Both girls are looked after by Bean’s mother and they do not know about the conflict that is coming.

In the present, Hollis Beasley has decided he is going to hold onto the legacy which his family left him on Beulah Mountain. His friend Buddy Coleman, however, want to increase the coal production of the town and open a museum. He wants to share the entire history of this town, including the 1933 uprising. He also will do this without care for anyone else.

These two stories come together through an elderly woman who lives miles away. The children of Ruby Handley Freeman want to take away the life she knows, so she disappears. While she is going she discovers a secret which will effect her and those who come across her path.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat clear until the end. It is so well-written that I felt like I was int he midst of the story from beginning to end. There is suspense throughout. I look forward to reading other works by this author in the near future.

I was given this book by Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: The Masterpiece

The Masterpiece by [Rivers, Francine]Roman Velasco is a successful artist in LA. On the outside he appears to be the man who has everything. There is only one person who knows differently, Grace Moore. When he looks out at the view from his mansion, in fact throughout his house, he sees demons. When he gives into these demons he is a graffiti artist, named the Bird. This other side of Roman could end his career and land him in jail.

Grace also has her own secrets. Her former marriage turned her off of love, until she came to know Roman by more than his artistic reputation. This story tells how these two have learned to fit their lives together in spite of difficulties thrown their way.

Francine Rivers has the magic touch to be able to take people and their circumstances and thrown them together in unexpected ways. She does this without sacrificing faith throughout the book. For those who already love her works this will not let you down at all. For those who have not read her books before, try this one, it will leave you wanting to read her other creations as well. This is a fantastic book.

I was given this book by Tyndale in exchange for my honest review.

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Book Review: Ivy in Bloom

This is a beautiful book to share with children. It begins with Ivy brought down by winter. She loves spring and all of the beautiful colors. She goes on a spring hunt in March, and was disappointed, all she sees is snow. However, in April the colors begin to appear.

Their are lines of poetry throughout and some of the lines are familiar.There is a list of the poems and their poets in the back of the book. The lines from the poems used are also highlighted.

Illustrations are simple but beautiful and enhance the text very well. I feel this would be a wonderful book to share with children to open their eyes to the beauty of poetry.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Vanita books in exchange for my honest review.