Friday, July 13, 2012

Touching the Sky

In “Touching the Sky” by Tracie Peterson we meet Laura Marquardt and Brandon Reid. Laura grew up in Texas and has been brought up to be the perfect southern belle, but when the Civil War broke out Laura’s father quickly pledged allegiance to the Union. Now that the war is over Laura and her family must learn to live with those who fought for the Confederacy. Brandon is a captain in the Union Army and his first encounter with Laura was not a pleasant one. When he sees her again he realizes that he misjudged her and soon finds himself drawn to her. Laura also finds herself drawn to Brandon and wonders if this is the man God intends for her to marry. They soon begin a courtship but there are troubles around every corner. Laura’s sister fancies herself in love with a Confederate soldier and soon marries; the problem is that he is a prime suspect in a case that Brandon is working on. When Laura finds out how cruel her sister’s husband is and that he may be plotting to kill the Union soldiers in town, she turns to Brandon and God for help. Will Brandon be able to bring the evil man to justice? Will Laura and Brandon live happily ever after?

“Touching the Sky” is the second book in the Land of the Lone Star series. Tracie Peterson has hit another homerun with this book. Once you start reading you will not want to put it down. This book can be read as a standalone even though characters from the first book make a minor appearance in this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

The Stars Shine Bright

In “The Stars Shine Bright” by Sibella Giorello we are once again caught up in the FBI world of Special Agent Raleigh Harmon. Raleigh is looking for a chance to turn her career around after facing suspension from the force. Raleigh is sent undercover at a thoroughbred race track to find out who is fixing races and harming the horses. Nobody at the track trusts Raleigh so she has a hard time making any headway with the case and then she becomes a prime suspect. She slowly begins to piece the clues together but knows she does not have much time. Not only does she have to work and deal with being undercover but she also has to deal with her fiancĂ©. He does not understand her passion for the FBI and when he flies out to visit her things quickly turn sour. Raleigh feels all alone and cannot talk to any of her family. The worst part of it all is that her mother is paranoid and is in a mental hospital and thinks that Raleigh is the bad person and is out to get her. Will Raleigh solve the case? Will there be a happily ever after in her future?

“The Stars Shine Bright” is the fifth book in the Raleigh Harmon series. You can read these as standalone novels but I would highly recommend that you start at the beginning. You don’t really get Raleigh’s complete background unless you read them all and that makes the stories so much better. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.