The Thief of Blackfriars Lane

ABOUT THE BOOK

The Thief of Blackfriars Lane by [Michelle Griep]

Title: The Thief of Blackfriars Lane
Author: Michelle Griep
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date:
January 1, 2021
Genre: Historical Christian Romance

There’s Often a Fine Line Between a Criminal and a Saint
 
Constable Jackson Forge intends to make the world safer, or at least the streets of Victorian London. But that’s Kit Turner’s domain, a swindler who runs a crew that acquires money the old-fashioned way—conning the rich to give to the poor. When a local cab driver goes missing, Jackson is tasked with finding the man, and the only way to do that is by enlisting Kit’s help. If Jackson doesn’t find the cabby, he’ll be fired. If Kit doesn’t help Jackson, he’ll arrest her for thievery. Yet neither of them realize those are the least of their problems.

Book Review:

The Thief at Blackfriars Lane was such a fun book. It’s about a rookie constable and a swindler that have to learn to work together to solve a missing persons case, and it’s set in 1800s London! Jackson Forge is a new constable who has a lot to prove. He is desperate to prove himself and save London from the criminals threatening it. And maybe to help redeem his own past. Kit Turner is not a thief, but no matter what she says no one will believe that. She’s learned to not trust anyone, not Jackson and especially not God. When they are thrown together, to help solve a missing person cases sparks fly. But they will have to work together if they want to solve and get out of this case alive.

This is actually my first book by Ms. Griep, and I really enjoyed the action packed and romantic tale. There were so many twists and turns, and the mystery just kept up until the very end of the book. The depictions of them going into the darker parts of London were exciting and exhilarating without being too scary. And there was another very important shock at the end of the book that I did not expect at all!

Additionally, the slow burn romance and friendship were adorable. Jackson had to learn how to trust that he has not failed and God is still working things out for good. And Kit definitely helped him realize that where he helped her see that she could only rely on God. I also loved how even in the 1800s of London, Jackson appreciated Kit’s strength and determination. It was sweet to see them banter and learn how to work together. The romance was super clean which is nice because those are hard to find.

I also enjoyed the spiritual side of things. It’s one of the hardest things to let go and trust that God will do His work. Kit and Jackson had to learn that. No matter how hard they tried ultimately, they could only trust that God would do His work. I think that it was well woven through the book, so it fit with the plot as well. I would have loved if Ms. Griep had made sure that Kit understood the fact that she could only truly trust God not even Jackson. But, it was still a lovely character growth that was wonderful to read about. I would definitely recommend this romantic, exciting, and encouraging book!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

Redemption

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Redemption
Series: The Baxter Family, Redemption series #1
Author: Karen Kingsburg
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Release Date:
September 1, 2009
Genre: Christian Fiction

A Shocking Betrayal
Kari Baxter Jacobs is furious, hurt, and confused. Her husband, Tim, a respected professor of journalism, is having an affair with a student. Stunned, Kari returns home to the Baxter family to sort things out. But when an old flame comes back into her life, she is more confused than ever.

A Difficult Decision
How can Kari forgive her husband? What could possibly ease the pain? And what about her own revived feelings for Ryan, a man she knows she should avoid?

A Reason to Hope
As Kari searches for answers, an unexpected discovery gives her hope for the future. But when she faces her darkest hour, can she find the faith and strength she needs to move on?

Book Review:

A heart -wrenching and beautiful tale of reconciliation after betrayal, hope after darkness, and redemption. When a tragic betrayal hits Kari, she is shaken in her relationships, in herself, and in her faith. After her life of faith and fidelity, she has no idea how to respond. But she is not the only one with problems, her family is all struggling. 

This was a super emotional book! It was really good, but, oh! I  felt for Kari. She was really seeking to honor God, to be obedient to Him in her response. Yet, she felt so broken and betrayed. Her parents, both who were believers and had trials before, stood by her, tried to bear her burdens, and pointed her to God. However, in the end, she had to trust and obey. It was very encouraging how she did continue and God’s blessing and care for her. 

Redemption is a book that deals with real life problems. It draws the effects of bad decisions, the hardship of following Christ, but also His hand over His people, His peace and love. It is not an easy book and it is definitely an adult book, with discussions of adultery, drug abuse, all addressed from a Biblical perspective. There is definitely an emphasis of Biblical counseling. It is very encouraging and sobering, and a reminder of some of the dangers of sin. If you connect easily to books, then this will likely cause tears. Also, warning, like real life, this book does not have a HEA, but there is peace and hope. God’s hand is clear in this book. However, this is the first in a series. The next few books follow her siblings and God’s work through them.

My Las Vegas Airman

ABOUT THE BOOK

My Las Vegas Airman by [Brittany Fichter]

Title: My Las Vegas Airman
Series: My Airforce Fairytales #3
Author: Brittany Fichter
Release Date:
December 12, 2020
Genre: Clean Romance

Can he afford to gamble with his heart?

Chris:

Staff Sergeant Christopher Daniel Brooking plays life safe. Order, determination, and hard work have served him well in the Air Force, and he’s about to take the next step toward his life-long dream: becoming an officer.

Unfortunately, the experimental officer training program that he’s been accepted to is in Las Vegas, the very epitome of the kind of life Chris detests the most. And even worse, the college student he’s been assigned as his “university guide” might be charming and adorable, but she’s also one of the most scatterbrained people he’s ever had the misfortune of working with. It will be a miracle if he can keep his carefully crafted routine intact while surviving the semester with her by his side.

The more he gets to know the misadventurous, bubbly Skylar, however, the more he begins to realize that there might be more than his strict adherence to rules on the line. He might be in danger of losing his heart as well.

***

Skylar:

Las Vegas native, Skylar, doesn’t mean to get into scrapes. Nor does she mean to leave her homework on the printer at home or lock her keys in her car or blurt out whatever she’s thinking. But it happens, and because of her unfortunate…tendencies, she’s about to flunk out of one of her foundational hospitality courses. So when the chance to earn extra credit by helping a new Air Force student around the city for a semester is offered, Skylar jumps at it with gusto.

She quickly realizes, however, that Chris Brooking is one of the handsomest, biggest squares Skylar has met. Never one to be intimidated by first impressions, though, she soldiers on and does her best to crack his shell to find the amazing person she’s sure is hiding beneath.

In her attempt to unlock his secrets, however, Skylar ends up discovering truths of her own that she’d rather not face. So when the broody airman offers to help, she must decide whether she can bear to let him see the pain and insecurities she tries so hard to hide…or push him out forever.

Book Review:

Ahhh! My Las Vegas Airman is now my favorite book in Brittany Fichter’s Airman series. My Las Vegas Airman was super cute and sweet! Skylar Adamski and Chris Brooking never meant to fall in love, he was just trying to get through his two years in Vegas and she was just trying to finish college. But as they spent time together, they found their friendship growing into something more. Will they be able to overcome their differences and their exes?

I adored Skylar, she was super sweet and she wore her heart on her sleeve. She was super nice and excitable, she had a harder time making friends because she was a little disorganized. She is trying her very best to finish college and make her family proud by getting a degree that hse can use to help run their hotel. However, her disorganization has made things especially hard for her, as she struggles to pass her classes. She is resigned to her life plan, but then she meets Chris and suddenly she wants to be a girl that he could fall in love with. 

I fell in love with Skylar from the beginning, she felt real. She had her troubles and her faults, but she was kind hearted and she really wanted to prove herself. Her family didn’t trust her as much especially because she had made the decision to date the wrong guy. She hated being treated like a child, but she didn’t know how to change the way people saw her. She was resigned to being the type of girl that no guy would like, but then she meets Chris and suddenly she wants to be different. But in order to even have the chance with Chris, she needs to start living life herself and taking the reins of her life. She has let so many lead her, but now she needs to start making decisions. 

Chris was a brooding focused hero, but he was also super nice. He was trying too hard to live up to the expectations of his father, that he wasn’t really enjoying life. He never wanted to end up in Las Vegas, but the Air Force sent him there and so he was kind of stuck. All he wanted to do was study, do well in school, do his job, and then get transferred to a different place but then Skylar comes in and shows him that there is more to Las Vegas then he thought. 

I liked Chris, he was sweet and underneath all of his seriousness he was fun. He had a bad break up and he just wanted a break from the expectations of his family. It was super fun to read about him with Skylar, he fell hard. As he spent more time with Skylar, he saw a girl who was so genuine and kind. However, he had to learn how to stand up for himself and Skylar before a relationship could last. 

I really enjoyed reading about Skylar and Chris, they were such great characters. Their relationship was so sweet to read about. I thought that Skylar’s family was super nice and I really liked her sister, Hailey, and her grandma. Skylar and Chris had to learn to put each other first in their relationship and work out their differences. 

My Las Vegas Airman was amazing! I loved it! It was sweet and clean, and the characters were compelling. I would definitely recommend this book and I am eagerly waiting for the next book to come out. You need to read this!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Deadly Amish Reunion Blog Tour

Welcome to the Blog + Review Tour for Deadly Amish Reunion by Dana R. Lynn, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: Deadly Amish Reunion
Series: Amish Country Justice #9
Author:
Dana R. Lynn
Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense
Release Date:
December 1, 2020
Genre: Inspirational Amish Romantic Suspense

Separated by amnesia…

reunited by a lethal holiday threat.

Jennie Beiler’s husband was supposed to be dead, so she’s shocked when he rescues her from an attacker. Although Luke has no memories of his Englisch wife, it’s up to him to protect her from someone who won’t stop until she’s dead.

Can the peaceful Amish community he returned to after losing his memory shelter them and their son this Christmas when danger strikes again?

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Book Review:

I have read quite a few romantic, suspense books, but I’ve never read an Amish, suspense one. I have to admit that I was a little bit thrown off because while there is crime everywhere, most of the Amish books I’ve read have been quite fluffy. Even though this was a new genre for me, I really enjoyed this book. It’s the first book I’ve read by Ms. Dana R. Lynn, and I will definitely be reading more by her.

Deadly Amish Reunion is the ninth book in the Amish Country Justice series. I’m not sure if this is a standalone series, but I have only read this book. And other than a really strong desire to read Aidan’s (Jennie’s brother’s) book, I was not at all confused. Jennie believed that her husband was dead, so she’s shocked when he saves her and their son. Luke has no memories of his Englischer wife, but he’s determined to protect her and his newfound son.

It was really sweet and hard to watch Jennie and Luke work things out. They did love each other, but they had no idea how to make it work. I loved how Ms. Lynn showed Luke falling in love with Jennie all over again, and Jennie falling for this older, more mature version of Luke. It was especially adorable because they had their son, L.J, to think about. I loved all of L.J.’s parts in the book. He was such a cute character, and it was sweet to see Luke step up to the plate. And while Luke’s family were understandably shocked, they were immediately open to helping Jennie and L.J.

The suspense also kept me guessing until the last minute. There were a lot of different players that I did not at all expect, and there were so many twists and turns in the book. The action never let up until the very end. There are some more mature themes though. Jennie was raped by her stepfather before, but it is not described at all. Also, Jennie sees someone kill another person, and there is quite a bit of shooting at and violence including someone getting beat up. However, the romance side is very clean, and Jennie and Luke really only kiss like twice. All in all just a wonderful, quick read that I would definitely recommend!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dana R. Lynn

Dana R. Lynn is a USA Today bestselling author who believes in the power of God to touch people through stories. She met her husband at a wedding and married him nineteen months later. Today, they live in rural Pennsylvania with their three teenaged children and enough pets to open a petting zoo. She is a teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by day and writes stories of romance and danger at night. Dana is an avid reader, loves cats and thinks chocolate should be a food group. Dana is a Selah Award winner, a Holt Medallion Finalist, and a New England Reader’s Choice Award winner. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency. She enjoys engaging with readers and can be found on social media or contacted via her website www.danarlynn.com.

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Dear Dalia

About the Book:

Dear Dalia (A Simple Love Story Book 6) by [Dana LeCheminant]

Title: Dear Dalia
Author: Dana LeCheminant
Release Date:
November 13th, 2020
Genre: Clean and Wholesome Romance

Outdoor-enthusiast Beck Alvarez is afraid of nothing. As a counselor at an all-girls summer camp, she can handle anything that comes her way, from disputes over who gets what bunk to beating the other cabins in camp competitions.

What she can’t handle is Colin Donovan, the ridiculously rich and handsome widowed dad from San Francisco who decides he needs to spend the whole summer at camp and make sure everything is perfect for his daughter. Despite bad first impressions, the pair of them build a budding friendship, and no matter how many times Beck tells herself the parent of a camper is completely off limits, she finds him hard to resist until the end of summer sends him home.

But when a mysterious letter brings Beck to San Francisco and into Colin’s elite world of the wealthy, Beck suddenly has to choose what she wants more: go back to the comfortable and familiar world of camp, or stay with Colin and hope she’s not the only one who thinks their relationship is more than friendship.

Beck Alvarez is afraid of nothing—except risking her heart for a man who may be too broken to love again.

Book Review:

I was so excited for Dear Dalia! I had read all five of the books before it and I knew that Dear Dalia was going to be good. Dear Dalia is the 6th book in Dana LeCheminant’s Simple Love Stories series. The Simple Love Stories feature the Davenports and their close friends and family as they fall in love and learn to live life. Dear Dalia is about Colin Donovan and Rebecka Alverez. You get a brief glimpse of Colin in As Long As You Love Me the fifth book, but you don’t know much about him.

Revecka Alverez, Beck loves the camp she gets to work at every summer. She adores the girls who are part of her team and is always excited to see new faces. This year however is different, one of the girl’s father, Colin Donovan, makes an appearance and manages to push all of her buttons. But as she gets to know him, she sees a kind man who cared for his daughter. She sees a man who is just trying to figure out how to survive without his wife. Beck knows that although she finds Colin cute, they run in different circles and it will never last. But then she finds herself in San Francisco and closer to Colin than ever.  

I thought that Beck was fun! She was adventurous and cool, she also loved the girls who she worked with. It was fun to read about her and her adventures. Her interactions with Colin gave me Pride and Prejudice vibes. At first they didn’t like each other, but as they got to know each other they started to fall in love. It was sweet to read about Beck with Colin, they really balanced each other out.  But Beck needed to find her way in life before she could be with Colin. 

Colin was amazing. At first he was kind of rude, but then you read about him and his daughter, Macy, and your heart melts. He was just a struggling single dad. I loved reading about him trying new things for Macy, it was cute. Colin was a businessman but he also needed to learn to balance life. He had lost loved ones before and he needed to learn how to love again. 

Colin and Beck were a great couple. I thought that Macy, Colin’s daughter, was sweet. They both really loved her and cared about her. I am so glad that old characters made appearances. It was especially fun to see Molly and Brennon again. Colin and Beck had a sweet relationship and I liked watching their relationship grow. 

Dear Dalia was great! It was a wonderful addition to the series and I can’t wait to see what comes next! I feel like each book just gets better and better. Ms. LeCheminant’s books are amazing and I would definitely recommend them all!

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.

Cold Dawn

About the Book:

Cold Dawn- Cold Harbor Book 7 – Susan Sleeman – Christian Romantic Suspense  Author

Title: Cold Dawn
Author: Susan Sleeman
Publisher: Edge of Your Seat Books, Inc.
Release Date:
January 27, 2019
Genre: Christian Mystery ad Suspense Fiction

An inferno meant to destroy…

Blackwell Tactical operator and former criminalist Samantha Willis discovers forensic evidence to prove her friend has been murdered. But before she can gather the evidence, an explosion erupts and a fiery inferno traps her in a building. She helplessly watches the evidence go up in flames and prays that she can escape before the encroaching flames take her life.

Or an act of revenge…

Firefighter and former Navy SEAL Matt Griffin knew his friend’s death was no accident, and he arrives at the building to gather his own evidence. But he sees the building engulfed in flames and discovers a familiar car parked in the lot. Sam, his former girlfriend, had to be trapped inside. Despite his training, despite his captain’s protest, Griff takes off without a threat assessment, risking his life to enter the building and drag Sam to safety. When he does, he can’t help but wonder if the fire was set to destroy evidence or if it was set to kill Sam. Either way, if Sam survives, he vows to hunt down the answer.

Review:

Susan Sleeman did a great job of wrapping up the Cold Harbor series and bringing in some new faces for her new series. She finished up the Cold Harbor series with a book about their newest member, forensic analyst Sam. Sam’s friend, Andy, has just been murdered, and in order to find the murder she is forced to work with her old boyfriend. Griff, Sam’s ex-boyfriend, is also determined to find Andy’s murderer, but he wants to win Sam back at the same time. Cold Dawn features a will they won’t they story, filled with suspense and romance.

I admired Griff, and I liked how he always respected Sam’s stance while trying to convince her. I think that Sam’s reasons for not wanting a relationship were really sound as well, so it didn’t seem forced. I also loved seeing Sam’s found family again. It’s so cute to me how all the team members are very free in expressing their opinions. I especially love how Hannah is always trying to matchmake everyone. Plus, it was great to see how the different couples’ lives were playing out.

The suspense was definitely on point. I had no idea what was coming or who was going to be the murderer. I think that it really is the kind of book that grabs your attention and makes you want to keep reading. In addition, I really liked how Susan Sleeman’s suspense is never too scary or intense. It’s always hard to find a clean, not scary, Christian, suspense book, but Susan Sleeman balances all these traits. And I can’t wait to read the next book about Blake and Emory! I would definitely recommend this book.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

The Peasants’s Dream

About the Book:

Amazon.com: The Peasant's Dream (9780785228332): Dickerson, Melanie: Books

Title: The Peasant’s Dream
Author: Melanie Dickerson
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date:
July 7th, 2020
Genre: Christian Fantasy Fiction

In this reverse reimagining of the Cinderella story, secrets and dangerous enemies threaten a fairy-tale romance.

Adela, daughter of the Duke of Hagenheim, is rarely allowed outside the castle walls. But one day, longing for freedom, she sneaks away to the market disguised as a peasant. There, she meets a handsome young woodcarver named Frederick.

Frederick, a poor farmer, is the sole provider for his family, and he often has to defend his mother from his father’s drunken rages. He dreams of making a living carving beautiful images into wood, and he is thrilled when the Bishop of Hagenheim commissions him to carve new doors for the cathedral. As Frederick works on the project, he and Adela meet almost daily, and it doesn’t take long for them to fall in love. Yet her true identity remains hidden from him.

When disaster separates them, Adela and Frederick find themselves caught in the midst of deceptions far more dangerous than innocent disguises. As the powerful lords set against them proceed with their villainous plans, secrets emerge that put Frederick and Adela’s future at risk.

Review:

The final book in a beautiful historical fiction series, The Peasant’s Dream is a sweet and engaging story! I have been waiting for this book for months! Ms. Dickerson’s fairytale retellings have been some of my favorite books, and I have read all of her Hagenheim books. 

Finally, we get to Adela, the baby of the family. She has grown up loved and protected. She knows that she has lived a quiet and blessed life. However, after she sneaks out of the castle to go to the market, she meets Frederick. Frederick is a poor farmer and aspiring carpenter. He has a talent for it and upon being noticed by the local cathedral, is asked to carve their doors. At the market, he meets Adela and is charmed by her sweetness and kindness, however he is unaware that she is the duke’s daughter. As they continue to meet and grow in their friendship, their relationship is shaken by an attempt on Adela. In tulmolt, she resigns herself to her noble suitor,while Fredrick must discover who he is and what he will sacrifice for love.

I really enjoyed this book! I was a little nervous, because this is the last book and the others were so good, but it was great!  I loved Frederick, he was so sweet! He was the provider for his family, and he tried so hard to care for them, especially his mother. Even though he loved carving, his priority was always to take care of his family. Frederick was a much gentler hero than most of the ones in this series. He was not a warrior, he was an artist. That connected him and Adela. She was gentle and more introspective. She was aware that she was well-loved and had many privileges, and struggled with the balance of that with her dreams. I loved how they encouraged one another and how knowing each other caused them to try things they might not before and be courageous. 

This book was really engaging, it sucked me back into the world! I loved seeing Adela as a grown lady, though I would have liked to see the rest of her family more. Wilheim and Rose were lovely and noble as always, it is nice to see loving and good parental figures.All in all, this was a pretty satisfying conclusion to the series. I would definitely recommend it to those looking for a clean historical fiction novel, though I would recommend reading the other books in the series as there are mentions of the characters and stories in this book.

To Kill A Mockingbird

ABOUT THE BOOK

To Kill a Mockingbird (Harperperennial Modern Classics) - Kindle edition by  Lee, Harper. Literature & Fiction Kindle eBooks @ Amazon.com.

Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Author: Harper Lee
Release Date:
August 11, 1960
Genre: Classic Literary Fiction

A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

Review:

This was a heart wrenching book, I loved and hated it at the same time. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this book. I read it for school, so I was really surprised that I actually really enjoyed this book. It was really good and it made me think. 

To Kill a Mockingbird follows the adventures of Scout Finch. Scout is the youngest daughter of Atticus Finch, a windower, who is trying to care for his children all the while working as a lawyer. Scout sees things different since she is a child, but she is also more aware than people think. She is quite smart for her age and very fearless. However there is an innocence to this book since we see it through the eyes of Scout.

You read through the eyes of Scout the prejudice that is hidden in Maycomb county but also the good in people. You see the unfairness of a trial, but you see the courage in Atticus. You read how people band together, and you watch Jem and Scout grow up as they watch their father take on a case that will rock their home. 

I loved reading about Atticus Finch, he was the kind of person you want to see in all matters of the world. Atticus made the hard decision to stand up for what was right even though he knew that it could have negative effects on him and his children. He would rather be someone who his children could be proud of, then someone who was well-liked by those around him. Atticus was a true hero.

This book had a variety of different characters. All of these characters played a part in this book big or small, they left an impression on Scout. From Mrs. Dubose who made Jem and Scout miserable, Mr Cunningham who everyone knew wouldn’t take anything from anyone, Mr. Raymond who everyone thought was a drunk, to Boo Radley who everyone feared. Mrs. Dubose taught Scout what true courage was and Mr. Raymond taught Scout that appearances aren’t always true. Mr. Cunningham showed Scout that sometimes being a child is enough. Boo Radley taught the children that they shouldn’t listen to rumors and that people care.

This was a great book. I can see why it is a classic. It has touched my heart deeply and I doubt that I will ever forget it. This is one of my favorite books and it will stay with me for a long time. I recommend this book greatly.