Thursday, August 30, 2018

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

Image of Too Far Down (The Cimarron Legacy)


Connealy opens her third and final installment of the Cimarron Legacy series with a bang — four consecutive explosions to be exact. This final installment ties everything up nicely; not only the mystery in this book but also the ongoing mystery from the prior two books, too. In this page-turner we encounter distrust, contemplation, discovery and a re-awareness of God's blessings. Characters from the past two books make appearances as do characters from the author’s other series. Recommended for those who enjoy a fast, smart historical-set suspense.
Cole is the oldest of the Boden children and is not only in charge of his family's mining company, CR Mining, but he also feels responsible for helping his brother and sister take care of the family ranch while their father is away recovering from a planned "accident." More people die and Cole is determined to finally discover who is behind all the terrors his family has faced. First, he must make sure the mine is covered. Cole's longtime neighbor Melanie Blake has offered to help fill the mine vacancies until the danger has passed. They discover a surprising fact that could put them in even more danger. Will they find the culprit before another "accident" occurs? (BETHANY HOUSE, Oct., 320 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jenny Falcone for RT Book Reviews

Monday, August 27, 2018

Third Strand of the Cord by Catherine Richmond

Third Strand of the Cord

4.8 out of 5 stars
Third Strand of the Cord: A Novel of Love in Liberty by [Richmond, Catherine]An amazingly refreshing, original novel unlike anything I've read. Hilariously entertaining and really sucks you in by giving you the characters thoughts in a way that most Christian authors don't but that in real life, we have even when we shouldn't. We see the struggle to rely on God and how he overcomes all and how God uses other people to shine His light when there is darkness and confusion.

Caroline, a Ford Motors Engineer and single mother, has a difficult, energetic, 7 year old son with Down Syndrome who had left her husband when he attempted to strangle her 2 months after the baby's birth due to his handicap. Mr. Lee is a homeless karate instructor who works with homeless shelters, disabled kids and others and feels that you need to parent with a firm hand, even though he has no children of his own. When the father runs for office, he tries to make Caroline look like a kidnapper and receive custody over the son he never wanted. Will Caroline join forces with Lee before she loses her son and possibly her life or will she shelter herself from further heartbreak?

Reviewed by Jenny Falcone
  • Paperback: 346 pages
  • ISBN-13: 978-0996588713


Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Christmas at Carnton by Tamera Alexander


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Alexander brings us yet another amazing read. If you have read her before, this novel does not disappoint. We are taken back to a time where women struggled to hold their own while their husbands went off fighting in the war. The reader will be sucked into this page-turner and experience the emotion that the characters are feeling. You won't want to miss this novella.
Aletta Prescott recently lost her husband to the war. The sewing company she works for is letting people go due to downsizing. She is left pregnant, with a 6-year-old son to care for and no way to pay for the house they live in. She applies to an advertisement for a cook to help with the Women's Relief Society and is taken in to work for the lady in charge. Captain Jake Winston was wounded and, against his wishes, sent to help with the Relief Society. As Jake and Aletta work together to make the Women's Relief Society event go smoothly, his negative opinions about the event begin to change. Jake and Aletta grow closer, only to have an unexpected occurrence happen, making Aletta rethink everything. (THOMAS NELSON, Oct., 240 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jenny Falcone

Monday, August 20, 2018

Love's Sacrifice by Kelsey Norman


Image of Love's Sacrifice (Mystic Hope Book 2)
Norman begins this sequel with a bang and keeps the fast pace until the end. Heart-pounding violent dreams plague our main character. Norman write great descriptive scenes that come to life, and characterization that leaves you with a clear character voice. Written in the first-person limited point of view with italic thoughts throughout, this is an outstanding Christian paranormal romance. Discretion is advised due to violence. While this book can be read as a stand-alone novel, you get a better experience after having read the first book. Recommended for fans of romance with a paranormal twist.
Nina Anderson is lucky to be alive after the abuse of her boyfriend, who tried to kill her. He was killed at the end of the first book, but Nina is haunted by dreams of him. Nina lives in Despair, Kan., on her grandparents’ farm. Liam had been sent to be Nina's protector, and after his assignment was complete, he is allowed to visit Nina for two hours every day. Nina is not happy with the time limit and begins to think about the future. Strange things begin to occur in Despair, and Liam is released from the time limit to investigate. Will Liam be able to figure it out before it’s too late? (MOUNTAIN BROOK INK, dl $2.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jenny Falcone for RT Book Reviews

An Improper Proposal by Davalynn Spencer

Historical Suspense
An Improper Proposal
Davalynn Spencer
4 stars

When a mail order bride and a rancher who has given up on love are thrown into a
dangerous situation, God makes amazing things happen even in the face of tragedy. Written in the third person limited point-of-view, we follow the two main' characters in this moderate to fast-paced, exciting, page-turning tale of love and heartache, showing the real struggles of what Frontier life in the West was like back in the 1800’s. This is book 1 of 2 in the Front Range Bride series that will stay with you well after the book is over. The author ties everything up but leaves us wanting more, by providing no epilogue, in anticipation of what is to come with book 2. Recommended for those who love a historical romance with a bit of mystery thrown in. 

Mail-order bride Mae Ann Remington has traveled a long way to get married, only to have her intended shot and killed shortly after meeting. Rancher Cade Parker is in the bank during the shooting and offers his assistance with the burial of Mae Ann's intended. Cade offers to pay her way back home since her purse was stolen but she has no family or home to return to and has a “business proposition” she throws at Cade. All she wants is a stable, safe environment to call her own and, if Cade chooses to accept, she will do her best to provide a wonderful home with good food. He feels inclined to accept her "business proposition" but is taken aback when emotions run hot. As it becomes apparent that someone or ones want to harm her, will they figure out what is going on before it is too late?

(WILSON CREEK, Apr, 278 pgs, $7.99)
Reviewed by Jenny Falcone

Series: Front Range Brides
978-0998951201 (Amazon)
April 2,2018

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