Saturday, May 21, 2016

Her One and Only

“Her One and Only” by Becky Wade takes us to Texas to the Porter family. Dru Porter is the baby and only girl of the family but she is no princess. She is a former Marine who is now a bodyguard. Her new client is NFL star Gray Fowler. Gray has a stalker who is sending him threatening letters. He is not concerned and definitely does not want the beautiful Dru protecting him. Dru has something to prove after her last job went bad. She has no time for starting any kind of relationship with Gray. But neither can deny their attraction for the other especially after spending so much time together. They both start to realize there is more to the other than what they initially thought. However, they both have their reasons for not becoming romantically involved with the other. But when Dru puts her life before Gray’s they both know they can no longer deny their feelings. Will they be able to move from their pasts in order to have a future together before it’s too late?

In this book we see how Dru has put her faith in God and turned her life around for the better. We see how God uses her to help Gray turn his life around as well. Through Gray we are able to see that no matter what has happened to us we all have the power to change who we are with God’s help. This is the fourth book in the Porter Family series and it is another page turner. This book not only gives us Dru’s story but it also brings the other Porter siblings back to continue their stories. This book is wonderfully written and full of action, laughs, and romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.

The Magnolia Duchess

“The Magnolia Duchess” by Beth White continues the story of the Lanier family in Mobile, Alabama. This book takes place in 1814 during the War of 1812. The United States is a war with the British once again and Fiona Lanier brings the enemy to her family’s door without them knowing. Fiona finds Charlie Kincaid washed up on the beach and rescues him. Fiona remembers him from when she visited his family in Great Britain. Charlie however has no memory of anything due to the accident that brought him ashore. Fiona lost her heart to him many years before and never thought she would see him again. She is torn between love for Charlie and loyalty to her family and country. Charlie soon starts to fall for Fiona but her family tries to keep them apart especially when his memory returns and they find out who he really is. Will Fiona and Charlie find their happily ever after with their countries at war with each other and the turmoil going on around them?

This is the third book in the Gulf Coast Chronicles and it is another wonderfully written book. This book will keep you turning the pages and make you wonder what will happen next. You will be transported to the Gulf Coast and feel like you are there in the story. In this book we see how Fiona and Charlie rely on God to bring them through this awful time with the uncertainty of what will happen to America and the uncertainty that they will be with each other again. I highly recommend reading “The Pelican Bride” and “The Creole Princess” to follow the family’s saga from the beginning. I received complimentary copy of this book to review from Revell.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Land of Silence

“Land of Silence” by Tessa Afshar takes us to Jerusalem into the world of young Elianna. Elianna is a young girl with a wonderful future ahead of her. She comes from a good family and will soon marry the man of her dreams. Then in one second her life is forever changed. Her young brother dies while in her care and her father blames her and does not want anything to do with her anymore. She also blames herself and cannot let go of the guilt no matter what her fiancĂ© tells her. She takes over running her father’s business and does quite well. Unfortunately for her when things seem to be going well something bad is lurking around the corner. We see how tragedy after tragedy happens to her and changes her life a little at a time. Until finally she becomes ill and is cast aside by everyone except for a few close friends and relatives. During this time she comes to have a closer relationship with the Lord and continually prays for physical and spiritual healing. Nothing helps until an encounter with the prophet Jesus and she learns that only He alone can heal her and make her clean.

This story brings to life a few scriptures in the Bible and makes you wonder just who the woman who touched Jesus really was. The author does an amazing job of bringing the Bible life in a way that will make you feel you are there with Elianna. This story also shows us that no matter all the bad we encounter we should never give up on God to heal us and make us whole again. Only He has the power to set us free from whatever bondage we are enslaved to. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Tyndale House Publishers.