Imperfect Justice by Cara Putman–Book Review

 

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Emilie Wesley is convinced the police have it wrong. The Kaylene she knew would never have hurt her daughters let alone kill one. Her boss has told her to leave the case alone and let the police do their job, but her conscious won’t let her do that. When Reid Billings, Kaylene’s brother comes to her for help in fighting Kaylene’s husband for custody, she quickly agrees. Will they be able to prove Kaylene’s innocence, and keep her remaining daughter safe?

 

This book is gripping! This is the second book in the Hidden Justice Series, and it was amazing! I’ve read a few of Cara Putman’s books, and they are fast becoming some of my favorites! The characters are very well developed, and are easy to fall in love with. I felt pulled into the story, trying to figure out who Emilie’s stalker was, and trying to solve Kaylene’s case right alongside Emilie and Reid. There were definitely some twists I didn’t see coming! I loved how Emilie’s struggle to fully trust God was portrayed, and how it was resolved. Overall, I would definitely recommend this book! If you haven’t read the first in the series, I would recommend starting with Beyond Justice, and then reading this one, just because they go together. You may be able to read this one out of order, but you get the bigger picture and better understand what’s going on by reading them in order.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher as part of the launch team for this book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Mornings with Tozer–Book Review

 

This 365 daily devotional book is full of devotionals taken from some of A. W. Tozer’s sermons. They are a perfect way to start your day.

 

This devotional was great, each day’s devotion was short and to the point. At the beginning is the Scripture the devotion is taken from, then there’s the devotion, and at the end a short prayer. All Scripture in this devotional is from the KJV, which I really appreciate since that’s the version I use, and it’s hard to find devotionals that use it sometimes! I enjoyed learning from the wisdom of Tozer. Overall, I loved the devotional, but to be honest, sometimes I just felt like I needed more, like I didn’t get much from it. (This could just be a personal thing, I just want to be completely honest with you!) I do still recommend this devotional book!

**I received a copy of this book free for review from Moody Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Holly, Ivy, & Intrigue by Joanie Bruce, Alexa Verde, and Denise Weimer–Book Review

About the Book

Christmas Murder Mix-Up by Joanie Bruce

When Paige overhears her husband’s disturbing conversation, she begins to think her husband is plotting to kill her. To add to her growing doubts of her husband, a suspicious Christmas gift, a gas leak, and a break-in make her wonder if her husband really loves her or if he’s behind it all.

Holiday Pursuit by Alexa Verde

Brianna’s troubled brother has a hard time resisting the urge to steal cars, however his latest joyride may have dire consequences when he accidentally finds a murdered corpse in the trunk. After Liam runs for his life three days before Christmas, Brianna is desperate to find him before something happens to him and solve the case with the help of her foster brother Richard. Will they be able to crack the case before she or her brother get into grave danger?

A Holiday Intruder by Denise Weimer

Kelsey Jordan is trying to make ends meet while running her antique store, and bringing old antiques back to life. She is suddenly thrust into the middle of an old family mystery, and two handsome men vying for her affections when her store is broken into and robbed. Will they be able to catch the robber? Will she fall for one of two possible suitors?

Book Review

I am honored to have been a part of the launch team for this collection of Christmas novellas. I absolutely loved it! I couldn’t put it down, and so I read it in one weekend! They are short novellas, but the suspense is gripping. It kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. The characters were well developed, and I fell in love with each one!  I love Christmas, and I love suspense so this collection was perfect for me. For all the suspense lovers on your list this season, this would be a great Christmas gift! You cannot go wrong with this book, I highly recommend it.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Be sure to check out the upcoming blog tour stops for this book starting December 3 through CelebrateLit!

Upcoming Blog Tour Stops!

Texas Book-aholic, December 3

Book Reviews From an Avid Reader, December 3

Reflections From My Bookshelves, December 4

History, Mystery & Faith, December 4

Zerina Blossom’s Books, December 5

proud to be an autism mom, December 5

Mommynificent, December 6

Inklings and notions, December 6

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 6

Allofakindmom, December 7

Blogging With Carol, December 7

Blossoms and Blessings, December 8

Have A Wonderful Day, December 8

Janices book reviews, December 9

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 9

Carpe Diem, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

A Baker’s Perspective, December 11

Daysong Reflections, December 12

Avid Reader Book Reviews, December 12

Reading Is My SuperPower, December 13

Remembrancy, December 13

Multifarious, December 14

Margaret Kazmierczak, December 14

D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, December 15

Pursuing Stacie, December 15

Vicky Sluiter, December 16

Bigreadersite, December 16

 

 

Do you need a great planner, but don’t want to break the bank?

momsbusyyearLast year, I decided I wanted to be a little more organized. Now if you know me, organization is not my strong suit. But at the beginning of last year, I thought I need a place where I can write down appointments, play dates, special occasions, holidays, birthdays, field trips, etc. especially since my oldest started Kindergarten this year. So I set out to find a planner that had a weekly spread so I could write down what I needed to do each day. I went in to the Dollar General just to find a cheap one that would work, what I hit was the jackpot (well at least to me!). I have looked at those beautiful planners that cost $20+, but while I would love to have one of those, I did not want to fork out that much money to write down my appointments and play dates. I found the “Mom’s Busy Year 17-month Planner” for $3! It not only has a weekly spread, it has tear off To-Do Lists, Grocery lists, a Weekly Menu section, and an Activites section for each week. For me, this planner not only helped me keep track of all the appointments and activities I needed, but also helped me to have my weekly menu plan and grocery list all in one place. Plus it fits in my purse! See I told you…JACKPOT! So obviously I wanted to find it again for this coming year, and I thought I was not going to find my dream planner, but I scoured my Dollar General and finally found it on a random shelf in the clearance aisle for $3. So while, yes, I would love to have one of those beautiful expensive planners, my $3 find is exactly what I need! Plus did I mention it has stickers! 😉 So if you’re looking for an excellent planner that won’t break the bank, I highly recommend going to your Dollar General and scouring your shelves for the 2018 “Mom’s Busy Year 17-month Planner.”

Here’s an example of what the pages look like (this is a picture of last year’s, but the 2018 is the same just pink instead of purple):

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The Most Important Women of the Bible by Aaron and Elaina Sharp–Book Review

 

We all know stories of women in the Bible, and are familiar with the more popular ones. There’s so many lessons that can be gleaned from each one. In this book, Aaron and Elaina Sharp take the most important women in the Bible, and share their stories and then point you to their role in the bigger picture–God’s plan of redemption. They don’t just write about the popular ones like Sarah, Ruth, Esther, Mary, etc.; they also write about the more obscure or unpopular women suchas, Rahab, Zipporah, Bathsheba, the Woman Sinner. We can learn from each woman and the choices they made. Because just like we aren’t perfect, neither were the women mentioned in the Bible. They were human just like us, and despite their faults God chose to use them in some way.

 

I really enjoyed this study. I loved how it was laid out in 31 short chapters making it perfect for a devotional. I learned things I never knew before about women I’ve heard of, but may have just passed over before. Each chapter has a short synopsis of the woman’s story in the Bible, the passages where you can find her story, and her role in the plan of redemption. I love how at the end of each chapter there are questions for you to ponder. I loved each and every chapter, and I highly recommend it to all Christian women.

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**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Blind Spot by Dani Pettrey–Book Review

 

Declan Gray knows there’s a terrorist attack coming for U.S. soil, but he needs help figuring out the details. Tanner Shaw has just signed on to the FBI as a crisis counselor, and is assigned to work the case with Declan in his partner’s absence. As they work through the case and get closer and closer to getting the bad guys and stopping the attack, Tanner and Declan are pulled closer and closer to each other. But do they both feel the same way about each other? Will they be able to find all the pieces to the puzzle before anybody else dies or will all their work be in vain?

 

Another page-turning suspense from Dani Pettrey, Blind Spot will keep you on the edge of your seat. I love this series, and I can’t wait to read the next one! If you haven’t read any of the Chesapeake Valor Series books, now is the time to start! This is book three in the series, and you’re going to want to read these in order. I haven’t read the first one yet, but this one closely follows the second book, so you may feel like you’re missing a few details if you haven’t read the book before it. I had a hard time putting this one down! You will quickly fall in love with the characters, they are very relatable and each has his or her own flaws which makes them seem more real.

 

**I received this book free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck–Book Review

After Tenley Roth writes a bestseller, she is challenged to write her next book. However, she is overcome with writer’s block. When her estranged mother asks her to come to Cocoa Beach to help her through her chemotherapy treatments, she thinks this may be what she needs to get her inspiration back. When Tenley arrives at her mother’s house she falls in love with an antique desk and gains inspiration from the desk. Little did Tenley know that years before Birdie Shehorn had sat at the same desk wanting two things, to be a published author and to marry for love. Will Tenley shake her writer’s block and find her inspiration? Will Birdie be able to go against her mother’s wishes and marry for love and finally get her name on a book?

 

This story was very intriguing. I fell in love with both Tenley and Birdie. It kept me wondering how each of their stories would end. I could not put the book down, and when I had to my !Ind kept wondering what was going to happen next. This is another amazing story by Rachel Hauck, and I highly recommend it. I love the way she writes two separate stories of women from two completely different ages and weaves them back together.

**I received this book for free from the publisher for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.