Category Archives: [Book In Review]

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Gifts From Heaven [A Book In Review]

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This collection of stories compiled by James Stuart Bell is an encouraging read for anyone. There is a wide variety of miracles that range from death defying close encounters to emotional and relational miracles. I would often read this book in the morning or evenings to help encourage my faith in the supernatural. I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter how old as I would sometimes read a story or two to my children as well.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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Murder On The Moor [Book In Review]

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This is the second book I’ve read by Julianna Deering and it was as good as the first. The main characters, Drew and Madaline are the dreamy perfect couple who love adventure and romance. They go together like peanut butter and jelly and it’s a fun way to solve a mystery. In both of the author’s books, I have tried to guess from the beginning of the novel who the culprit is and each time I have been left guessing until the end.
In the book, Murder On The Moor, the author sets you up to suspect several characters and the end is filled with twists. The setting is in a rainy, old town and I happened to read the book over a rainy weekend. Perfect fiction novel for a long read over a holiday weekend! I would allow my preteen daughter to read this book because it is a clean and free from junk and filth.

I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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The Mark of the King [Book In Review]

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This book never slows down! With each chapter, there are twists and turns; surprises and mystery. I never found myself hurrying through a chapter because it was boring. As a doula, I love to read about how Midwives operated in the early centuries. This book intrigued me from the start because of that detail alone, but the setting of a women’s jail was far different than any other fiction midwifery book I’ve read. I found the change pleasantly refreshing, as some midwifery characters seem to be identical in lifestyles and character habits.

This book is based on historical events that laid the foundation for the modern New Orleans in Luisiana. Being populated by France with slaves, convicts and outcasts, the reader gets a glimpse of what it would have been like to try and colonize the regions of the deep south in America. I highly recommend this book and was given a copy in exchange for this review.


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Shadow of the Storm [Book In Review]

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This book had so many suspenseful twists and turns that made it really enjoyable to read. Shira, the main character, has endured much in her short life as a Hebrew slave turned free woman following the cloud of the LORD. The author does a really great job imagining what life would be like from the perspective of a Levite on the journey to the promise land. Living in tents and receiving the ten commandments is only a few of the factual incidents she inserts into this book.
My favorite part of the story is how Shira finds her calling, Midwifery and follows Yahweh in his direction. I would not recommend this book to a pre-teen or teenage girl as there is some mature content.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.


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The Artisian’s Wife [Book In Review]

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my review.

This was a very easy book to read! The main plot was fast enough that the reader did not get bored and there were enough sub plots to also keep it moving. Ainslee, the main character is a woman of virtue and because of that, I can pass this book onto my middle school aged daughter. I loved that fact that she is also a business woman and reflects a confident spirit. A very good role model for young girls.

The end of the book is somewhat predictable because it is a love story after all!


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No Way Up [Book In Review]

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I’ve read other books from Mary Connelly in the past and this one is same caliber as the rest of them. Some romance is usually involved woven within murder or mystery. The main characters are usually trying to protect themselves or solve a crime. If you’ve read any of her other series books, this one fall in line with the rest. Because it is the first in the series, The Cimarron Legacy, the mystery is not fully solved at the end of the book which will keep the reader coming back for more in books 2 & 3. I do predict a romance blossoming between Angie and Justin in the following books or possibly Angie and Cole. If you are looking for an easy, weekend read with very little violence and sexuality, this is a good pick. I can hand this book down to my pre-teen daughter and feel that it’s an appropriate read.


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Delilah Treacherous Beauty [Book In Review]

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The author, Angela Hunt, reignites the story of Samson and Delilah written in the Bible. There is not a lot of details given about these two people in history and Angela expands the readers imagination around the vents that could have taken place. As a side note, she does have a statement in the back of the book explaining some of the research she did prior to writing this book. She also gives her explanation of human nature and why she thinks Delilah sabotaged Samson. It’s very humble while she states that she does not think she is 100% correct, she’s just filling in some of the more human details to an untold story.
This book was very captivating, given the fact that if you’ve read the story in the Bible, you know how it ends. She sticks to the facts, and creates characters that will tug at your heart strings.
I would not recommend this book for a pre-teen as there is some sexual violence not appropriate for young readers.

I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for this review.


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Sins of the Past [Book In Review]

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I have read fiction novels by authors Dee Henderson and Dani Pettrey before and felt confident that I would enjoy this series. This book is actually 3 mini stories in one. I’ve never tried reading a novella before, but it’s actually quite enjoyable. I don’t regularly have a hard time finishing books, but for those that do, this would be a great alternative.
Each plot is thick with suspense, a bit of romance and a lot of action. All three fiction stories consist of a main character trying to solve a mystery. These pages won’t leave you disappointed.


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The Midwife’s Dilemma [Book In Review]

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The Midwife’s Dilemma by Delia Parr is the third book in the At Home in Trinity series. This series needs to be read in order because of the character’s histories and relationships with each other.

As a practicing doula, I enjoy reading fiction novels about Midwives. The first two books in the series had a handful of eventful births that Martha Cade attended as the town’s midwife. For me, that was my motivation in reading the novels. In the the third book however, there was a lack of births. She attended them, but the writer did not go into detail and the reader just knew that she had been at a birth. This was very disappointing and also made the story line go very slowly. This book centers on Martha’s personal dilemma and events surrounding her children and horse. I would have enjoyed the book more if there were a few more eventful births added to the plot.


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Dressed For Death [Book In Review]

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This book is independent of the series meaning you don’t have to have read the first three books in order to understand what’s happening from the beginning of the book. I enjoyed that because so many series books are intertwined and leave the reader feeling lost. After finishing this book, I would go back and read books 1-3 because I enjoyed this one so much.
The book started off very slow. I probably struggled the most with the first two chapters, but once the actual murder occurs, the book picks up pace quickly. I read it over Spring Break and felt as though I was living in the game of Clue. “Mr. Green did it in the Library with the candlestick!”
I actually gifted the book to my mom and she liked it as well. A clean, fiction, suspenseful mystery.