Monday, November 7, 2016

The Angel if Forest Hill by Cindy Woodsmall

Cindy Woodsmall
4 stars

Another great Old-Order Amish read by Cindy Woodsmall. If you are looking for a quick afternoon read, this is the one to choose. Written in the third person omniscient point of view, we encounter grief from tragedy, overcoming past hurts and hangups,  forgiveness, God's grace, love, friendship, and more. Makes you reflect on how you speak and act toward others and how hurtful and lasting your words can be. Recommended for all.

SUMMARY: Old Order Amish Rose Kurtz is asked to help Joel Dienner in a far away district with his children wile his wife is ill. After traveling all day, Rose enters to find tragedy, a dazed Joel, and a starving newborn. Joel and Rose marry in a whirlwind to give the kids a stable household. As time goes by, will they learn to love each other or will they let past events interfere?

(Waterbrook, October 2016, 208 pages, $14.99, PB, ISBN: 978-1601427052)
Reviewed by: JENNY FALCONE

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless

Barbara Nickless
4 stars MILD
For her first novel, Nickless, creates in intricate tale. Written in the first person limited point of view, we experience what it is like to live with PTSD as well the life of a police officer working with a canine on the rail system. Don't let the page count turn you off, as the fast pace will have you finished in no time. Nickless seamlessly ties everything together with a shocking ending but leaves a question in case she decides to do a second installment. Recommended for romance fiction readers as well as anyone with a interest in war, PTSD, canine police, and suspense with discretion due to a lightly descriptive intimacy scene in the second half of the book, lots of cursing throughout, violently detailed descriptions of war and the use of Jesus' name as a curse.

SUMMARY: Railroad Police Special Agent, Sydney Rose Parnell is cIt seems to be a set up but the fiancĂ© can't seem to remember anything after walking into the apartment where the victim is found. Parnell and her k9 partner, Clyde, work together with the department homicide unit to discover the true killer.
alled to the scene when a young woman is murdered and her Iraq veteran fiancé is seen fleeing the scene and hops the first railway out of town.

(Thomas & Mercer, October 2016, 414 pages, $10.98, PB, ISBN: 978-1503936867)

Book 1 in the Sydney Rose Parnell series 

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