Sunday, July 21, 2013

Blood and Bone

In “Blood and Bone” by Don Hoesel, we are once again swept away on an adventure with Jack Hawthorne. When we first met Jack in “Elisha’s Bones” he was hired to find the prophets bones that have a magical healing power. As Jack and Espy raced around the world to find the bones, they attracted the attention of the secret organization that keeps the bones hidden. They managed to stay alive and find the bones and then they hid them in the Australian desert. Now many years have passed and someone wants the bones again. This time they have kidnapped Jack and Espy’s sons in hopes of making a trade. Jack and Espy travel to Australia to uncover the bones but find that someone else has gotten there first. They soon find their lives in grave danger not only from the kidnappers but also the secret organization that wants them stopped. Will Jack find the bones before it is too late?

“Blood and Bone” is another fast paced thriller that will keep you turning the pages. This is the third book about archeologist Jack Hawthorne. You will want to read “Elisha’s Bones” and “Serpent of Moses” first in order to appreciate the relationship between Jack and Espy and the relationship they have with God. All three books are full of history and intrigue and the gentle reminder that God is in control no matter how bad the situation may be. We only have to trust in Him to see us through. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Rosemary Cottage

In “Rosemary Cottage” by Colleen Coble, we meet Amy Lange. Amy and her brother Ben visit Hope Beach every summer,but when Ben is killed in a tragic accident on Hope Beach Amy believes that he has been murdered. She moves to Hope Beach in order to find out the truth. Curtis Ireland is a Coast Guard officer and he has lost his sister Gina in a tragic accident and has been left to raise his year old niece, Raine. And Curtis is keeping a secret from Amy; Raine is Ben’s daughter. Amy convinces Curtis that Ben and Gina’s accidents were not accidental after all. The two start to investigate to find out who would want them dead. As the two spend time together their feelings for each other deepen and they start to uncover many things that some powerful people want to keep hidden. When Raine is kidnapped they find out that everything is not what it seems. Will Curtis and Amy find Raine before it is too late?

“Rosemary Cottage” is the second Hope Beach novel and it will draw you in from the beginning. You will want to read “Tidewater Inn” first to have the background story of the small island town and characters. This book reminds us once again that God is always in control and we see how Amy and Curtis turn to Him in order to find out the truth. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Thomas Nelson Publishers.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Prairie Song

In “Prairie Song” by Mona Hodgson we meet Anna Goben. Anna lives in St. Charles, Missouri with her mother and grandfather. After her brother was killed in the Civil War, Anna’s mother started drinking to numb the pain. Anna has had to bear the responsibility of her family and she has decided that they need a fresh start in California. Just days before they are set to leave on the wagon train she meets trail hand Caleb Reger. Caleb has many secrets that he is keeping from everyone. One of which is that his former fiancĂ© broke his heart and now he does not believe he can trust another woman. Caleb and Anna have several run-ins before and during the journey but they are both intrigued by each other. As the weeks go by they develop a friendship and it soon turns to something more. When tragedy strikes, it threatens their new relationship. Will Anna and Caleb be able to make a new start?

This is the first book in the Hearts Seeking Home series and it will pull you right into the untamed land with Anna and Caleb. There are also several minor characters and story lines that will keep you turning the pages. This is a story of how love and forgiveness are important in order for us to survive the hardships of life and that we must trust God to see us through. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. Click here to visit the author's website.