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Way of the Brave by Susan May Warren–Book Review

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Former pararescue jumper Orion Starr is haunted by the memory of a rescue gone wrong. He may be living alone in Alaska now, but the pain of his failure–and his injuries–has followed him there from Afghanistan. He has no desire to join Hamilton Jones’s elite rescue team, but he also can’t shirk his duty when the call comes in to rescue three lost climbers on Denali.

Former CIA profiler and psychiatrist Jenny Calhoun’s yearly extreme challenge with her best friends is her only escape from the guilt that has sunk its claws into her. As a consultant during a top-secret mission to root out the Taliban, she green-lighted an operation that ended in ambush and lives lost. When her cathartic climb on Denali turns deadly, she’ll be forced to trust her life and the lives of her friends to the most dangerous of heroes–the man she nearly killed.

Her skills and his experience are exactly what’s needed to prevent another tragedy–but in order to truly set Orion free from his painful past, Jenny will have to reveal hers. They’ll have to put their wounds behind them to survive, but at what cost?

Leap into action with this high-octane, breakneck new series from bestselling author Susan May Warren.

My Review

Action-packed and full of suspense, this book will leave you wanting to jump right into the next book! I absolutely loved each of the characters, and felt like I was climbing Denali with them. Each character had their own unique back story, and they were all just as easy to love as the rest of them. I found myself gasping and wondering if they were ever going to get off that mountain. Would they be able to rescue their friends in time? Would they ever trust each other again? Would their pasts hinder them from the feelings Orion and Jenny both clearly had for each other, but were denying? As a first book in a series, I’m so glad I can follow the story into the next book when it comes out!! I loved this book, and definitely recommend it! The only thing I think I should warn about is there are a couple points where I thought the romance was getting a bit…shall we say steamier than I would like in a book….nothing ever happens, but it definitely is implied that had something not interrupted it would have happened.

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

Collateral Damage by Lynette Eason–Book Review

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Honorably discharged from the Army after an explosion nearly killed her, former military psychiatrist Brooke Adams has set up shop to help others–but her days of helping military personnel are over. She’s got her own battles to fight from her time overseas, and she’s not equipped to take on more. Former Army Special Ops Sergeant First Class Asher James could handle anything that war sent his way–terrorists, bombs, bullets. The only thing that scares him now is sleep. As the shadows close in, the nightmares begin.

Finally convinced that he needs help, Asher makes an appointment with a counselor, and Brooke is pressed by her boss to take him on. When he arrives at her office she isn’t there–but a dead body is. Brooke is devastated when she walks in, and Asher is a conveniently strong shoulder to cry on. But she can’t take him on as a client after sharing such an intimate and unprofessional moment, can she? And he’s not sure he can handle sharing his deepest fears with such a beautiful woman.

When it becomes clear that Brooke was the real target of the attack–and that her secrets go even deeper than his own–Asher vows to protect her no matter what.

My Review

Another great book by Lynette Eason. This book will keep you on the edge of your seat. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next. I absolutely loved the characters. They were very relatable. Whenever I read Eason’s books I frequently have a hard time putting them down after a few chapters, and this was no different. I am so happy that this is just the first book in this series, because I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book!

**I received this book for review from Revell Reads a division of Baker Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.

On Bended Knee by Crickett Keeth

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Want More From Your Prayer Life?

If you’re dissatisfied in your prayer life, wanting to be more consistent in prayer, or looking to deepen your intimacy with God, then this Bible study was written for you. It examines the prayers of eight biblical characters and teaches you how to pray like the prayer warriors who went before you. You’ll study:

  • Jesus: A Model Prayer
  • Paul: A Prayer of Intercession
  • Job: A Prayer of Despair
  • Hannah: A Prayer of Longing
  • David: A Prayer of Lament
  • Asa: A Prayer of Seeking God
  • Jehoshaphat: A Prayer of Dependence
  • Nehemiah: A Prayer of Boldness

Follow in the footsteps of these spiritual giants and discover anew what our loving God does with a little faith and a whole lot of prayer. You’ll love studying these scriptural prayers, like the prayer of Asa:

Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one besides You to help in the battle between the powerful and those who have no strength; so help us, O Lord our God, for we trust in You, and in Your name have come against this multitude. O Lord, You are our God; let not man prevail against You.” (2 Chron. 14:11)

My Review

This Bible study taught me so much about prayer! I loved every minute of this study! One aspect I love about this study was that it is a workbook. I love that the study and the workbook are all in one. It makes it so much easier than have 2-3 books/notebooks to keep track of. If you want to boost your prayer life and become a better prayer warrior, I definitely recommend this study. You will study the prayers of 8 prominent people in the Bible and learn how we can pray just as they did!

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

God's Hostage by Andrew Brunson–Book Review

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In 1993, Andrew Brunson was asked to travel to Turkey, the largest unevangelized country in the world, to serve as a missionary. Though hesitant because of the daunting and dangerous task that lay ahead, Andrew and his wife, Norine, believed this was God’s plan for them.

What followed was a string of threats and attacks, but also successes in starting new churches in a place where many people had never met a Christian. As their work with refugees from Syria, including Kurds, gained attention and suspicion, Andrew and Norine acknowledged the threat but accepted the risk, determining to stay unless God told them to leave.

In 2016, they were arrested. Though the State eventually released Norine, who remained in Turkey, Andrew was imprisoned. Accused of being a spy and being among the plotters of the attempted coup, he became a political pawn whose story soon became known around the world.

God’s Hostage is the incredible true story of his imprisonment, his brokenness, and his eventual freedom. Anyone with a heart for missions, especially to the Muslim world, will love this tension-laden and faith-laced book.

My Review

Maybe you remember hearing about him in the news. Maybe you prayed diligently for him and his release. Maybe you have never heard about him until now, but I promise you, you need to read this book about Andrew Brunson. This book will open your eyes to what he went through and how he survived even when his faith was shaken and he wanted to give up. It will open your eyes to what some Christians in other countries go through simply for their faith in Jesus, something we as Americans tend to take for granted. I highly recommend for every Christian to read this true account of Andrew Brunson.

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

Stories Behind the Songs & Hymns About Heaven by Ace Collins

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In times of doubt, fear, and loss, we turn to the songs and hymns that remind us that this world is not all there is–that what awaits us as followers of Jesus is a heavenly kingdom. Songs like “Face to Face,” “Amazing Grace,” “Heaven Came Down,” “Victory in Jesus,” and “I’ll Fly Away.” And behind every song about heaven is a story. So many were written amid circumstances of great personal pain on the part of the songwriter. And in sharing their story, we can find even more comfort in our own circumstances.

Award-winning author Ace Collins offers this collection of 30 inspiring stories that provide hope for this world and insight into the next, painting a picture of eternal life filled with joy, peace, and happy reunions. This book is perfect for those who love the stories behind the great hymns of the faith as well as anyone who has experienced loss, and pastors, hospice workers, and counselors will find it the perfect pass-along for the grieving.

My Review

Ever wonder what the story behind a song/hymn you’ve heard is? I love hearing the stories behind the ancient hymns we sing in church! A lot of times the authors have been through a lot of trials and tribulations in their lives. I couldn’t wait to dig into this book when it came. While some of the songs I had never heard of before, I enjoyed learning about each one, new and old. I believe every Christian would benefit from hearing the stories behind these songs. I fully recommend this book!

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

Protecting Tanner Hollow by Lynette Eason

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Lethal Homecoming
Nolan Tanner never got over Kallie Ainsworth’s sudden, unexplained departure. Now when he comes to her rescue after an attempt on her life, all the old feelings come rushing back.

Lethal Conspiracy
When professional fundraiser Lillian Maloney sees her father’s campaign manager commit murder, she goes on the run from the men he hires to kill her. A close call brings firefighter Jason Tanner to the rescue, but the killer is closing in . . .

Lethal Secrets
Someone wants Honor McBride dead. When Eli Murphy helps her change a flat tire and discovers the danger Honor is in, he longs to help–but Eli has secrets of his own that could get them all killed.

Lethal Agenda
When Detective Derek St. John rescues a woman he’s met only once before–and has never been able to forget–he finds himself falling for her. But he’ll have to keep Claire Montgomery alive if they’re to have a future together.

My Review

Four suspense novellas in one book…perfection! I loved each of these stories! All of the characters were extremely well written, and I quickly fell in love with each one! The one thing I love about the novellas is you jump right into the suspense and it continued right up until the end. I loved the fast paced stories, I found they grabbed my attention and held it very well! I highly recommend this book! You’re not going to want to miss this one!

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

Lake Season by Denise Hunter Blog Tour

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About the Book

Book: Lake Season

Author: Denise Hunter

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 12, 2019

Lake Season

A lost letter, a new love, and old secrets beckon this summer at the Bluebell Inn.

When their parents die in a tragic accident, Molly Bennett and her siblings pull together to fulfill their parents’ dream: turning their historic Bluebell, North Carolina home back into an inn. The situation would just be temporary—three years at the most—then they would sell the inn and Molly could get back to chasing her own dreams.

Adam Bradford (aka bestselling author Nathanial Grey) is a reclusive novelist with a bad case of writer’s block. Desperate for inspiration as his deadline approaches, he travels to the setting of his next book, a North Carolina lake town. There he immediately meets his muse, a young innkeeper who fancies herself in love with his alter ego.

Molly and Adam strike up an instant friendship. When Molly finds a long-lost letter in the walls of her inn she embarks on a mission with Adam to find the star-crossed lovers and bring them the closure they deserve. But Adam has secrets of his own. Past and present collide as truths are revealed, and Molly and Adam will have to decide if love is worth trusting.

Click here to get your copy.

My Review

Denise Hunter knocks another one out of the park with this book! I absolutely loved every minute of this book. I loved the characters. Molly and Adam were completely relatable, down-to-earth characters who were easy to love. It did not take long for me to become completely engrossed in the story. I wanted to see if they accomplished their missed to bring closure to the couple in the letter. I loved the surprises sprinkled in. If you love romance, you are not going to want to miss this book! Lake Season has definitely taken the spot as my new favorite Denise Hunter novel. I cannot wait to read the rest of this new series!

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

About the Author

Hunter Denise

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including A December Bride and The Convenient Groom, which have been adapted into original Hallmark Channel movies. She has won The Holt Medallion Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Carol Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist. When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking green tea, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband are rapidly approaching an empty nest. To learn more about Denise, visit her website DeniseHunterBooks.com; Facebook: AuthorDeniseHunter; Twitter: @DeniseAHunter; Instagram: deniseahunter.

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