Monday, June 30, 2014

HIS BROTHER'S WIFE by Charlotte S. Snead

I liked this book from the very beginning chapter.  There was a sadness over the senseless death of a loved one, but there was so much tenderness of heart and love between those left behind that you find great joy in reading this book.  The two main characters, Jonathan Carter and Angelique Carter didn't hit it off right away, mainly because Jonathan thought she was a gold digger and only after the family money.  Angelique (who we will call Angie) had married his twin brother, helped him get rehabilitated after his war injuries and then he was suddenly killed by a gang.  Now Angie is trying to make it on her own, pregnant, with no family.  Jonathan never wanted anything to do with this wife of David, but he made a promise to his twin brother to look after her if anything happened to him, so now he must fulfill that promise.  But Angie is hard not to like.  She is a determined lady, full of spunk, but also full of sorrow.  Together they will attempt to get to know one another, and find a common love in the birth of this little baby.

 I fell in love with both these people and thought the author did a great job of bringing them together in a very natural and lovely way.  Jonathan had some wrong opinions of Angie, but Angie also had some snobbish opinions of all people with money.  Together they will bridge that gap and find something wonderful between them.  Through tragic circumstances you will find "courage, triumph, and lasting love".  I highly recommend this story.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

THE RANSOM by Mary Lu Tyndall

First off, loved the cover of this book.  This is book 4 in the Legacy of the King's Pirates. It takes place in Port Royal, Jamaica in 1692, when pirates were alive and well.  You will find yourself on board the pirate's ship and feel the salty breeze in your face as you try to gain your sea legs.  Mary Lu Tyndall does a great job writing pirate, sea-faring adventures.  As it states at the back of her book, "she makes no excuses for the deep spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures.  Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure."  And to that I heartily agree.

Juliana Dutton is a young woman who works at an orphanage when she is not trying to handle her father's shipping business and take care of her dying father who has never showed her any love.  She has lost her mother and is trying to keep her twin brother from spoiling the family name by his lifestyle.  So it is no wonder she questions where God is in her life.

The Pirate Earl finds himself attracted to this young woman and has to keep rescuing her from the precarious positions she keeps finding herself in. But Juliana doesn't seem to realize to what lengths this pirate will go to help her and when she discovers his secret she may never forgive him or learn to ever trust him.

Get ready for some high seas adventure.  This story can easily be read as a stand alone.  The Pirate Earl's father is the pirate from The Redemption so this story takes place years later.  There is also a very severe disaster at the end of this story, which I thought was a little over the top, but then as a historical side note at the back of the book the author gives the facts of how this really did take place.  If you like high seas adventure, pirates and romance then be prepared to enjoy yourself matey!

Friday, June 20, 2014

FIRETHORN by Ronie Kendig

What a great ending to a great series!  This story will keep you on your toes as you try to figure out what went wrong and who is responsible for it and who can you really trust?  No one if safe and new people will be called in to help get the Nightshade team back together.

One of the team members that needs help getting busted out of prison is former marine Griffin Riddell, aka Legend, and covert operative Kazi Faron has been given the task to reassemble the team and she begins with Legend.  She is very good at what she does, but lacks the trust factor and the ability to work as a team with Legend.  He knows her well and tries hard to break down her defenses, but Kazi has a lot of secrets and one of them could get everyone killed.  Legend and Kazi must work together to help get the team safe once again.

From the very first chapter I was taken by surprise and things just seemed to go from bad to worse for the Nightshade team, but strength and honor and the bond between these men (and women) will get them through.  I learned to appreciate all the people in this series.  They were "discarded heroes" but they turned themselves around and became a "band of brothers".  It will be hard to say goodbye to this series.  I appreciate the way the author also wove into her stories the strong spiritual thread that got these men through some very rough times.

If you are thinking of reading this book as a stand alone I would discourage anyone from doing that.  There is so much you need to know about this team of men that it is really a good idea to start at the beginning and read the whole series.  You won't be disappointed.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

WOLFSBANE by Ronie Kendig

What a great series this has been!  The first two books in this series have been great, but this one so far is my favorite.  The fast-paced, gripping action going on makes you want to stay glued to your story until the very end.  The "Nightshade" team of soldiers are a group of men that live up to a code of honor, but who also all have secrets and tragedies in their lives that they are learning to deal with.

In this story former Green Beret medic Canyon "Midas" Metcalfe is going to have to learn how to handle a feisty Dani Roark, who was with the Army Corps of Engineers when she was captured in Venezuela, taken into captivity into the jungle for 6 months, managed to escape with her life and some secrets and now is being accused of espionage and must return to Venezuela to  prove her innocence.

A lot will go wrong on this Nightshade mission and there is a lot of family issues and heartache to deal with, a broken promise that will need to be resolved and a lot of courage and strength in people will be revealed.  In the midst of all this there is a strong bond of love that will hold together until the very end in this gripping action packed adventure that will leave you wanting to read more.  This series has grown better and better and I anxiously await the next book, "Firethorn".

Jesus Freaks by dc Talk and The Voice of the Martyrs

If you want to be challenged to live the Christian life in spite of those who would disagree with you, then read these stories of people who died for what they believe in. It will give one a whole new perspective on standing for what you believe in.  I have to ask myself if I could be as strong as these people were, and pray that I too would take my stand for Jesus as these people did.  It also causes me to pray for those in countries where the gospel is not allowed to be proclaimed freely.  Be prepared to be challenged!

Monday, June 9, 2014

DIGITALIS by Ronie Kendig

I must agree with another person's description of this book - it is "an action packed thrill ride".  The "Nightshade" special-ops team of men that you met in book one, will continue to band together and get each other through some rough times.  There are surprises throughout this story and it will keep you on the edge of your seat at times.

This story centers around the ex-marine, Colton "Cowboy" Neely.  He is trying to raise his 4 year old daughter, grow in his recent faith in the Lord and try to avoid his flashbacks from his combat-related trauma he experienced while in the military.  Then there is the lady he has his eye on from afar, but not bold enough to ask her out, Piper Blum.  His little daughter getting lost in the store will cause these two to finally meet and start a slow and steady relationship.  But Piper has very deep secrets, which will eventually cause deep hurt and anger in Colton's life.  No relationship can last when it is based on lies and secrets and eventually the truth will come out.  But will it be to late?

You will find yourself traveling overseas into hostile territory and be prepared for some fast-paced heart stopping action as the team encounters much more than they bargained for.  I couldn't put the book down near the end as the fighting was intense and the emotions were high.  Can't wait to begin the next book in this series.  I am hooked!!  If you like military action, faith based drama and a little bit of  romance thrown in then you will be hooked too.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

NIGHTSHADE by Ronie Kendig

This is the first book in the "Discarded Heroes Series" and what a great way to begin a series!  It is all about being a part of a black-ops group of men known as Nightshade.  These men handle rescues that no one else will take and that no one will even know who these men are.

 In this story Max Jacobs, a former Navy SEAL man joins the team while he is trying to come to grips with his war-related PTSD and trying to not fall completely apart while his wife Sydney files for a divorce.  Max must learn to get his anger under control and save his marriage.  When the team goes into the jungle to rescue a missionary family from the rebels you will feel as if you are there.  You will experience the sorrow that happens, the suspense as they flee and hide in the jungle and cheer on the team that watches out for each other.  But in the process of trying to keep their identities unknown, Max's wife Sydney, becomes part of the problem, as she does her job as a reporter and tries to discover who these guys are.  It was one of those stories that was hard to put down and at times I couldn't turn the pages fast enough.  I look forward to reading the next story in this series.  It has a good blend of suspense, action, love and learning how to let go and let God have control.