Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stress Test

In “Stress Test” by Richard L. Mabry, M.D., we meet Dr. Matt Newman. Matt has a wonderful life. He will soon be starting a new job teaching medicine and has a girlfriend who may be the one. Everything changes for Matt one morning when he leaves the hospital ER. Matt is attacked, kidnapped and almost murdered. He manages to escape the kidnappers but is seriously hurt and ends up in the ICU. When he wakes up he learns that he is a prime suspect in a murder investigation. Matt does not know who is after him but he knows he did not kill anyone. His lawyer, Sandra Murray, believes his story. The two start piecing together what happened and try to investigate, but somebody wants Matt dead. They keep coming after him and framing him for other crimes. Matt turns to God to see him through in his time of need. His girlfriend breaks up with him because she does not want anybody to connect the two. Matt goes through some really tough lows but he knows that God is there with him, and so is Sandra. Who is framing Matt and why? Will he and Sandra have a future relationship other than lawyer/client?

“Stress Test” is a fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing. This is a wonderful book showing us how we need to rely on God when we are at our lowest. No matter how bad life may be or who may walk out of our lives, He will always be there for us. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson.

Friday, March 15, 2013

A Matter of Trust

"A Matter of Trust” by Lis Wiehl opens with Mia Quinn overhearing her colleague and friend, Colleen, being murdered. Mia and Colleen worked together as prosecutors in the King County District Attorney’s office and now Mia is in charge of finding who murdered Colleen. It seems there may be link to another prosecutor that was murdered and everyone is wondering if they may be next. The murder is not the only case she is working on. She is also trying to find justice for a young boy who committed suicide after being bullied. Mia is also a recently widowed mother of two. She must juggle motherhood and her career and sometimes has a hard time of keeping the two separate. Her teenage son has become rebellious and does not like new responsibilities he has to face. Will Mia be able to bring the killer to justice before they harm her? Will she be able to save her son from heading down a troubled path?

This is the first book in the Mia Quinn series and it will not let you down. The book is very fast paced and full of suspense. You may think you have figured out who the killer but it will keep you guessing until the end. Lis Wiehl has done another great job with this mystery. If you are a fan of her Triple Threat books then you will definitely want to read this one as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Firefly Island

In “Firefly Island” by Lisa Wingate we meet Mallory Hale. Mallory lives in Washington D.C. and works on Capitol Hill. When she meets Daniel Everson her life gets turned upside down. She and Daniel have a whirlwind romance and fall hopelessly in love with each other. When Daniel is offered a job in Texas doing what he has always wanted Mallory has a tough choice to make. Within a month’s time she finds herself married to Daniel, a mother to his son and uprooting her life to move Moses Lake, Texas. Life in Texas is not what this city girl thought it would be. Daniel works long days so Mallory must find a way to occupy her time. She soon starts meeting the locals and making friends, but many warn her about Daniel’s new boss, Jack West. Jack’s life is surrounded by mystery ever since his second wife and stepson disappeared. Everybody believes Jack is behind the disappearance. When Jack gets in a terrible accident, Mallory decides to find out who has it out for Jack. What Mallory finds on Firefly Island uncovers a political scandal and she must use her experience on Capitol Hill to stop the culprit.

This is another great book by Lisa Wingate. This is a story of a whirlwind romance that will make you smile and you will experience the highs and lows as two people join their lives. This is the third book set on Moses Lake. You can be read this book as a standalone but I recommend reading "Larkspur Cove" and "Blue Moon Bay" first to get the background story on some of the other characters. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.


In “Clouds” by Robin Jones Gunn, we meet Shelly Graham. Shelly is a flight attendant and due to cuts with the airline she has moved back home to the Seattle area. When Shelly returns to her childhood home she starts remembering Jonathan Renfield. She and Jonathan were best friends since they were babies. They were inseparable. Eventually that friendship led to romance. Jonathan’s dream was for them to get married. Shelly on the other hand wanted to see the world. Five years have passed since the night they ended their relationship and now Shelly regrets the decisions she made in the past. When her sister asks her to travel to Germany with her, Shelly jumps at the chance when she finds out that Jonathan will be close by. Shelly hopes Jonathan will forgive her and they can start fresh. What she did not count on was him to announce his engagement to another woman. Once Shelly returns home and she throws herself into her new job and tries to forget about Jonathan. Several months pass and she and her sister once again strike out on a trip. This time they are travelling to Glenbrooke. Once there Shelly’s sisters finds out that Jonathan has ended his relationship and is living in Glenbrooke and decides to play matchmaker. Will Shelly and Jonathan have another chance at love?

This book is a sweet story of unforgotten love and how two people can make their way back to each other as God has planned. This is the fifth books in the Glenbrooke series but it can be read as a standalone. Some characters from the first books do make an appearance; however, so I would recommend reading them in order if you can. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author's website.