The Widow of Saunders Creek – Tracy Bateman

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Publication Date: May 8, 2012
A grief that knows no boundary. 
A love without any limit. 
A need that doesn’t end at death. 
Corrie Saunders grew up in a life of privilege. But she gave it all up for Jarrod, her Army husband, a man she knew was a hero when she vowed to spend her life with him. She just didn’t expect her hero to sacrifice his life taking on an Iraqi suicide bomber.  
Six months after Jarrod’s death, Corrie retreats to the family home her husband inherited deep in the Missouri Ozarks. She doesn’t know how to live without Jarrod—she doesn’t want to. By moving to Saunders Creek and living in a house beloved by him, she hopes that somehow her Jarrod will come back to her. 
Something about the house suggests maybe he has. Corrie begins to wonder if she can feel Jarrod’s presence. 
Jarrod’s cousin Eli is helping Corrie with the house’s restoration and he knows that his dead cousin is not what Corrie senses. Eli, as a believing man and at odds with his mystically-oriented family members, thinks friendly visits from beyond are hogwash.  But he takes spirits with dark intentions seriously. Can he convince Corrie that letting go of Jarrod will lead to finding her footing again— and to the One she can truly put her faith into? 

Tracy has done a phenomenal job of taking a controversial subject and dealing with it realistically, and nonjudgemental in this heart warming novel of a woman who lost her husband to the war too soon. Are ghosts real? Do they talk to the living? Can we really communicate with our loved ones who have died? The story is told from two points of view, both in the first person, but it draws in the reader and you feel as if Corrie and Eli are in the room telling you what has happened in the last month. Only it becomes more intimate because you don’t need to stop and say I said, she said, he said or did. And by giving the name at the beginning of section, the reader is not confused as to whose mind we are inside. The characters are all well developed, and we see the carpentergrowth in them, both Corrie and Eli to the secondary characters of Lola (Corrie’s sister) and Joe (carpenter) as well as others in the community. From deep mourning and dispair in Corrie’s case to reaching out to others, and in Eli’s situation from envy to acceptance. I would recommend this to my friends.


I received this ebook free from Waterbrook Press through their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to give a positive review, just an honest one which I have done. The opinions stated are my own.


Tidewater Inn – Colleen Coble

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Welcome to Hope Beach

Where the sea breeze is fresh, sun sparkles on sand . . . and trouble appears with the force of a hurricane.

Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the seaward shore of Hope Island could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

But Libby soon realizes that only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brothers and sisters are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, Libby’s under suspicion for the crime, and her handsome lieutenant clearly doubts her innocence.

Libby’s dream-come-true is becoming a nightmare. Can she find her friend and establish her innocence? Must she sell Tidewater Inn and lose her family again? Or can she find a home for her heart on the beautiful shores of Hope Island?

My Review

 I was just sitting here and reading Tidewater Inn and thinking that this was different from Colleen’s other novels – more a cozy rainy evening read than a romantic suspense, when bam! Out of the blue came the first shot. And no…that’s as far as I am going to go with that except to tell you I read this in one day. I adore Libby and the staunch loyalty she had for her business partner and best friend, Nicole and I loved how she lived out the question “What Would Jesus Do?”. Yes, she messed up in living that motto, but she acknowledged it both in her thoughts and in her journal.

There were a lot of twists and turns and surprises in the novel, just what I have come to anticipate from Colleen and a satisfying way of tying up the ends. A fairly new Christian, with little teaching from her family from what I could gather, yet willing to learn, ready to listen. Alec is a strong individual, fisherman by trade, but Coast Guard all the way. He took in his brother’s son when his brother and wife were killed in a plane crash, and becomes parent to a teenager, Zach who not only is a teenager, but dealing with anger and grief.

This book is definitely a page-turner suspense novel, and I will recommend it to my friends and aquaintances. I received this ebook free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. A positive one was not required. The thoughts and opinions stated in this review are my own.

The Bride Wore Blue – Mona Hodgson

The Bride Wore Blue

The Bride Wore Blue by Mona Hodgson is an intriguing historical novel. The third book in the Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek tells the story of Vivian, the youngest of 4 sisters. The choices she made both before the novel starts and during, are not the best choices, but understandable and definitely a part of the story. This novel is about unconditional love and forgiveness, as well as not judging others.

I loved Vivian with her spunk, and her insecurities, as well as her resourcefulness and desires to not be beholden to her sisters. How she didn’t give up just because the first job she tried for did not work for her and that she did not look to a man to fulfill her.

Carter grows from a man blaming a prostitute for his father’s death, to realizing that all people have reasons for doing what they do, and that it does not mean that God’s Love and Forgiveness is not for them. Vivian’s sisters are great characters, and I would love them for my own. I have not read the other sister’s stories, but would like to go back and read them. Not because they need to be read in order to have this own make sense, but because I have found a great author in Mona and would love to read more of her novels.

I received this book free from Waterbrook Press through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review, which you have here. The opinions stated are my own.

Stand by Me – Neta Jackson

 Stand By Me



Sometimes the person you most need is the one least like you.

Kathryn Davies is a bright young woman from a prominent Phoenix family. But after making a leap of faith at a Christian music fest, dropping out of med school, and moving to inner city Chicago, her family all but disowns her.

When Kat discovers SouledOut Community Church, she longs to become a part of the multicultural church family. But her tendency to immediately say whatever she’s thinking steps on the toes of nearly everyone she meets—especially Avis Douglass.

Avis has a strong faith, is the principal of one of Chicago’s highest performing elementary schools, and is a founding member of SouledOut. But the country’s economic downturn has thrown both her and her husband’s jobs in question. And Avis hasn’t heard from her youngest daughter in months—an estrangement that gnaws at her every day. Where is God in this?

Kat’s flamboyant zeal for living a “radical” Christian life is a stark contrast to Avis’s more reserved faith. But in God’s timing, the two women discover they need each other in ways neither of them expected.




 Although I have read some of Neta Jackson’s children novels, this is the first of her ‘adult’ novels I have read. What an awesome novel, following Katheryn Davies (also know as Kat with a K) from the exhibition tent at the Midwest Music Festival in Central Illinois where she became a born-again Christian, to a few years later when she is in College living out her Christianity. By coming into her life just after her decision to follow Christ, and continuing, we have a good example of her growth in maturity, as well as those time she is too bold. Impetuous, and talkative, she has a tendency to irritate those older than her generation, especially some so ‘together’ as Avis Douglass appears to be. Neta delves directly into many issues – mother and daughter relationships, stepfathers, abusive father, peer relationships (both female and male), reconciliation as well as racism, in a realistic and mind-changing way. I enjoyed the young peoples’ enthusiasm for reaching out to others to spread the gospel. Yet at no point did I feel the novel to be preachy, though church services were included.Strong characters, yet each vulnerable, teachable for the most part, make this a great novel to use as a study book, and there is a study guide included in the book. A super book I will pass on to my friends, and look for other SouledOut Sisters novels in the series.I received this free ebook from ThomasNelson Publishers through their booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review, which I have done. A posititve review was not required. The opinions stated are my own.



To Be Perfectly Honest – Phil Calloway

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Publication Date: May 3, 2011

Would I Lie to You? Not This Year.

Veteran author and speaker Phil Callaway is no stranger to daunting challenges. He has been laughed at—repeatedly—by large crowds of people from Halifax to Hong Kong. He fathered three children in three years, spent much of last year on airplanes built by the lowest bidder, and flipped an out-of-control ATV, which doesn’t mean he sold it for a profit. So who better than Phil Callaway to boldly accept a challenge that would make the average person run and hide?

Phil promised to tell the truth for an entire year, and he wasn’t joking. Twelve months later, his journal was crammed with successes, near-successes, and outright failures. During his year-long experiment with veracity, he made a disastrous financial investment, fielded hundreds of intrusive questions from friends and strangers, attended a thirty-year class reunion, and waded into possibly the most revealing—and hilarious—situations he has ever documented.

Find out what happens when a follower of Jesus does his level best to always tell the truth. There is no doubt you’ll be entertained. But don’t be surprised if you are left with a question: how might your life be changed if you sold out to the truth—with no exceptions?


I will start off by saying that I am familiar with the works of Phil Calloway, having read a few of his previous books – Honey I Dunked the Kids, Who Put the Skunk in the Trunk and Who Put My Life on Fast Forward, as well as others. Phil Calloway brings his unique sense of humor to the subject of honesty as well as he did to the family subjects.

I do not think I have ever in my life critized the title of a book, but this one – To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie has to be Phil’s own humorous one – did he really only Almost live this year, or should it have been One Man’s Year of Living Almost Truthfully? Because, though he took up the challenge to be truthful, he failed. But he failed and having failed, tried again.

Hilarious, insghtful, fabulous. All of this and more is what you get when you read the journal entries for each of the 365 days.

I am eager to introduce my friends and acquantances to Phil’s latest book. In it he challenges us all to think about what we say before we say it, and teaches us to temper to the occasion.

I received this free book from Multnomah Publishers in exchange for my honest review, which I have done. The opinions expressed are my own.

Deception – Lillian Duncan – a review


Twins are supposed to have an unbreakable bond, but Patti and Jamie have serious relationship issues. They haven’t spoken since Jamie ruined Patti’s upcoming nuptials years ago. When a niece she knows nothing about telephones, Patti must unravel the yarn of Jamie’s life and her mysterious disappearance. Detective Carter Caldwell takes his job seriously, and it’s his job to keep Patti and her niece safe. But Patti is determined to help find her sister. As the investigation grows more dangerous, Carter begrudgingly admits the safest place for Patti is at his side. Each step in their journey leads them closer to the truth but pulls them further down a road filled with danger and deception, where each will battle for survival and the lives of countless Americans.


My Review.


i love reading about twins…they have a close bond that most of us have never experienced.  Jamie and Patti are identical twins, which makes them even more unique.  From the very first scene where a phone call introduces an unheard of niece to Patti – right to the epilogue, Lillian drew me into the novel of suspense and intrigue. The imagery she uses as Patti slips into heart stopping situations puts the reader right there.

Patti is a strong individual (and sad to say, I can see myself in this character at times) pushing her way forward. Strong as she is, she is also loveable, believable and vulnerable as she cares for her sister daughter, and searhes for the truth. It is through Patti’s thoughts that we learn of their past history. Carter is also a strong in his convictions, and in his calling, but love bends his path. Together Patti and Carter face a world of unknowns, keeping Sabrina and those around them safe.

I found it extremely difficult to leave this novel to go do things I needed to do, and finished this in one day. Superbly well done, and I will be reading more of her novels and recommending them to you and all other friends. I give this novel 5 stars out of 5.


i received this ebook free from Lillian Duncan. Thank you. These opinions expressed are mine alone.