Friday, March 25, 2016

A Treasure Concealed

“A Treasure Concealed” by Tracie Peterson takes us to 1895 Montana where we meet Emily Carver and Caeden Thibeault. Emily is a young lady who lives with her parents in a gold mining camp. She has endured a hard life moving all around and dreams of having her own permanent home. She spends her days taking care of her dying mother and doing everything she can to provide for her family. Caeden is a geologist from the New York. He comes to Montana surveying the area for the government. When he meets the Carvers he finds a family that is full of love no matter the hardships they are facing. He is drawn to Emily but has vowed to never marry. His feelings for her deepen through every tragedy she faces and he longs to protect her. Emily tries to distance herself from Caeden as well but he is constantly in her thoughts. She knows that they want two different things in life and does not think there could ever be a future for them together. Will they be able to put their trust in God to bring them together?

This is a wonderfully written book that will bring life in 1890’s Montana to life. Tracie Peterson does an excellent job of painting a vivid picture and keeping the story going. In this book we see the two main characters grow spiritually closer to God and following His path for them even when it’s not what they intended. This is the first book in the Sapphire Brides trilogy and I can’t wait for the next one. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

Saturday, March 5, 2016

The Prophetess

“The Prophetess” by Jill Eileen Smith takes us to 1101 BC Israel and into the world of the prophetess Deborah. The story starts with Deborah as a young lady going about her daily life until her life is forever changed in a big way when the Lord speaks to her. Her life is changed again when her father and brothers are killed and she has to marry a man she does not love. The book then takes us forward several years to an adult Deborah who not only has to deal with being a mother and grandmother but also as the one God has chosen to lead His people back to Him. The Canaanites are an evil people who are out to destroy the Israelites. No one is safe as the Canaanites make their way across the lands killing, raping, and kidnapping. Deborah has the help of a young Israelite man named Barak to finally put an end of the Canaanite terror. What Barak did not count on is dealing with the attentions of Deborah’s young daughter Talya. Will Barak’s past keep him and Talya apart? Will the Canaanites finally be stopped from destroying God’s people?

Jill Eileen Smith does an amazing job of pulling us into a world many of us only know from the Bible. This book is well written and has many different story lines that all tie in together to make for a wonderful read. This book shows us that no one is perfect and we all have doubts but when we listen to God and follow His word He will take care of His children. I received a complimentary copy to review from Revell.

Beyond the Silence

In “Beyond the Silence” by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse we meet Lillian Porter and Woody Colton. Lillian lives in Indianapolis but is determined to head west like her mother always dreamed. She moves to Angels Camp, California to become a nanny to Woody’s son Jimmy. Woody’s wife was killed in a gruesome way and Jimmy has not spoken a word since the day his mother died and only he can identify the man who killed his mother. When Lillian arrives to California she learns that the people of Angels Camp suspect Woody of killing his wife. But the man Lillian comes to know does not match what she has heard. She makes friends with Jimmy and tries everything she can to make the little boy happy again. As time goes by she soon finds herself falling for not only Jimmy but Woody as well. And then tragedy strikes and Woody is once again a suspect of foul play. Will Lillian be able to uncover the truth before it’s too late?

This is a wonderfully written book that will transport you to 1891 California. This book will draw you in from the beginning and keep you turning the pages until the end. We learn early in the book the truth behind the murder but the authors do a great job of keeping the reader engaged as the plot unfolds. This book does a wonderful job of showing that if we put out faith in God he will work things out for us as we go the trials of our daily lives. I received a complimentary copy for review from Bethany House Publishers.