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: An All-Consuming Fire (Monastery Murders #5)

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Title:  An All-Consuming Fire (Monastery Murders #5) Author:  Donna Fletcher Crow Pages:  294 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Verity Press Antony Sherwood has been pressed into service as a narrator for a mini-series on the early mystics in the church.  The former narrator for the mini-series was killed in book four of this series.  It is two weeks before his wedding and one week before Christmas.  He is filming one scene when the cameraman has an accident, which could have had serious consequences.  Fortunately, the cameraman is only mildly injured.  Antony wonders if this was really an accident or if there is foul play at work. Felicity has her mother to entertain for two weeks until her wedding.  She and her mother have always had a strained relationship, but Felicity really hopes this time together will help mend fences.  Felicity has agreed to help one of the local church-supported outreach for children in putting on an Epiphany Pageant.  She misses Antony when he has to go on location …

A Sweet Misfortune (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #2)

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Title:  A Sweet Misfortune (Virtues and Vices of the Old West #2) Author:  Maggie Brendan Pages:  336 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Revell John McIntyre is intent on increasing the size of his ranch through buying land and cattle.  He has no time to deal with his friend’s wayward sister, but feels compelled to help him out after he receives a letter from his friend.  His friend’s sister, Rachel, is working as a dance hall girl at the town saloon and her brother fears for her reputation.  John rides to town and takes Rachel to his ranch where he lives with his grandmother.  He feels protective of her, but has his eye on a nearby wealthy young lady for courting purposes not a dance hall girl.  He discovers there is much more to Rachel than just a dance hall girl; she is caring, compassionate and puts the needs of others before her own. Rachel Matthews desperately needed a way to support herself after her brother leaves to try to find gold to buy back the family ranch after their parents’ dea…

Now and Always Yours Author: Anita Stansfield

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Title:  Now and Always Yours Author:  Anita Stansfield Pages:  273 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Covenant My rating is 5 stars. In Now and Always Yours, we continue to follow Shannon and Greg in their new lives now that Greg has been paroled.  There is romance in the book and really deep meaningful conversations as various characters talked out their issues, both past and present.  Shannon is now married and has her niece and nephew living with her as well as her own two children.  Phillip is Shannon’s husband who shows Christ like unconditional love and an abundance of patience with teenagers and toddlers in the same house. Now Greg is starting life all over and not sure what the future holds.  His dream of being paroled came early and the newness of being free has an adjustment period.  Shannon’s receptionist and close friend meets Greg and sparks fly!  Celia was raised in a home with two parents and realizes it wasn’t normal or functional the way her father verbally abused and emotional…

Legally and Lawfully Yours (Author: Anita Stansfield)

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Title:  Legally and Lawfully Yours Author:  Anita Stansfield Pages:  256 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Covenant My rating is 5 stars. Legally and Lawfully Yours is a great tale of a brother (Greg) and sister (Shannon) growing up in a dysfunctional home and their experiences through the foster care system.  Afterwards, readers will enjoy reading how each character named above made choices that significantly impacted their lives while they remained close. Shannon comes to a crossroads in her life where she dreams of success being obtained and is startled to find herself restless.  Greg’s two children, Neal and Jeannie, are in desperate need of their aunt’s help, but unable to contact her until Shannon shows up at the front door.  At this point, the novel takes off, climbing in anticipation when Shannon carries out a plan called Operation Freedom. Now I am sure you have questions like why do Greg’s kids need help or what does Operation Freedom have to do with the novel?  You see my reason for …

Robin (Brides of a Feather #1) by Julane Hiebert

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Title:  Robin (Brides of a Feather #1) Author:  Julane Hiebert Pages:  326 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Wings of Hope Publishing, Inc. Robin Wenghold is the oldest of three sisters and feels it is her responsibility to take a job to help make good on the monthly payments toward her father’s debt.  Her father is now deceased and her uncle has asked her to take a job helping around his home in Kansas, a far cry from Chicago.  Robin feels she hasn’t much choice but to accept his offer.  He offers to take her sisters in as well, but after Robin gets settled.  Robin makes the journey only to arrive on a day when a twister touches down right outside town!  She is protected by a handsome cowboy whom she later learns is also the town preacher.  They also rescue a young boy from the disaster who immediately steals Robin’s heart.  Robin arrives at her uncle’s ranch to discover a grumpy old man, but one whom she soon takes a liking to.  Her uncle has never married so having a female around as well a…
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This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingRobin Wings of Hope Publishing Group (November 15, 2015) byJulane Hiebert

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Julane is first of all a child of God. She is also a wife to Bob, mother to two living sons,Kip and Rob, two daughters in heaven, two wonderful daughters-in-law, Becky and Tami, and grandmother to six perfectly wonderful grands, as well as an additional three ‘other grands’. She lives with her husband in a wee cottage by a small lake nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas.

Though encouraged by many to pen the story of raising two daughters with an incurable disease, she has chosen to incorporate the lessons learned into the lives of her not-too-perfect characters. Her passion is to present the promises and hope found in God’s Word in down-to-earth, everyday experiences through her stories.

Julane loves reading, decorating, junking, antiques, and chocolate! No particular order, but one would be safe to insert chocolate between …

End Times & the Secret of the Mahdi by Michael Youssef

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Title:  End Times & the Secret of the Mahdi Author:  Michael Youssef Pages:  272 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Worthy My rating is 4 stars. Revelation is the last book in the New Testament of the Bible and probably one of the most widely written about in nonfiction books.  I wanted to read Michael Youssef’s book that looks at Revelation with the main three religions in the Middle East:  Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Many know the Dome of the Rock is built on the land where the Tabernacle and Solomon’s Temple were built.  I prayed before beginning to read the book so I would know what is true and aligns with the word of God, but also to be aware of new ideas or conclusions drawn by the author regarding Revelation.  The author is someone who I never knew about or read his writing before.  I can say he writes very simply for people to be able to grasp what he is teaching.  I admire people who write like this, inviting readers to learn and converse with the author instead of writing at …

Come to the Garden by Jennifer Wilder Morgan

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Title:  Come to the Garden Author:  Jennifer Wilder Morgan Pages:  240 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Howard My rating is 4 stars. Come to the Garden is an allegory based on the author’s personal experiences in her walk with Lord from childhood to adulthood.  The story reflects how she has felt through various seasons of her life whether they were times of joy or sorrow.  In the novel, the author tells of she felt God revealed Himself to her, spoke to her and walked with her through life. As a reader, I would have preferred a more direct approach from the author such as stating what the life experience was and then sharing what she learned.  I think the author felt safer in beginning her ministry by sharing about herself through a story after she had experienced giving talks about her gifts.  There is neither mention nor scene that shows angel worship at all and for that I am glad.  In fact, the author writes in a way that shows her heart being focused on the Lord. Come to the Garden is in so…

Kissed by a Cowboy (A 4 of Hearts Ranch Romance)

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Title:  Kissed by a Cowboy (A 4 of Hearts Ranch Romance) Author:  Debra Clopton Pages:  320 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson My rating is 5 stars. The series begins with two prior books, Betting on a Cowboy followed by Counting on a Cowboy.  The books center around three brothers in Wishing Springs, Texas named Bo, Tru and Jarrod who after the death of their parents find that they are close to losing the ranch due to their father’s excessive gambling debts.  Their grandfather whom they effectually refer to as Pops began the ranch decades prior when riding the rodeo circuit, building it as a legacy for the Monahan family. Kissed by a Cowboy finds both Bo and Tru married and riding roughshod over their oldest brother to return to the social scene, looking for a mate in which to share his life on the ranch.  Cassidy has a past that carries multiple broken dreams and a marriage along with the home and land she inherited from a beloved aunt whom Cassidy visited many times in her young…

The Newsmakers Authors: Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart

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Title:  The Newsmakers Author:  Lis Wiehl with Sebastian Stuart Pages:  337 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson Erica Sparks has worked very hard to get her life back on track after a rocky divorce and a battle with alcohol.  She has just landed her dream job as a field reporter with an up-and-coming network led by billionaire entrepreneur, Nylan Hastings.  When Erica meets Nylan the first time she gets a weird vibe from him, but shrugs it off.  On her first day, she lands a national story and is off and running to the top of the news reporters heap.  She lands an interview with a presidential hopeful only to have tragedy strike during the interview.  Again, Erica makes the headlines and the network’s ratings soar. While working on one story; however, Erica begins to suspect a sinister plot.  She enlists the aid of one of the IT specialists at the network.  He discovers something big, but wants to tell Erica in person.  They agree to meet somewhere away from the network, but he nev…

On the Lone Star Trail (Texas Crossroads #3)

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Title:  On the Lone Star Trail (Texas Crossroads #3) Author:  Amanda Cabot Pages:  368 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Revell My rating is 5 stars. With Western style romance, countryside, and some suspense, what do you have but an outstanding series!  Amanda Cabot brings a conclusion to the area and characters we met in the first book called, A Bluebonnet Lake followed by book two, In Firefly Valley.  In the conclusion to the stories, we meet once again Gillian Hodge who was at one time a concert pianist.  After her tragedy, change brought an end to the life she had known.  She returns back to her best friend, Kate, to find refuge and unconditional love. On Gillian’s way to get to the retreat area, she witnesses a motorcycle accident.  When she finds the motorcyclist uninjured, Gillian offers a ride to TJ Benjamin.  The friendship begins to blossom into something more with TJ, but Gillian has been spending time with a local man running for mayor in a nearby town.  As I was further progressi…

The Spider and the Sparrow

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Title:  The Spider and the Sparrow Author:  A. L. Sowards Pages:  341 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Covenant Communications Inc. My rating is 5 stars. This author pens a wonderful intriguing tale involving spies, intelligence passing between parties from different nationalities and tension with each page.  I loved how various characters were crafted in a way readers knew whose side they were on while others were harder to know their stance.  There was authenticity in the novel shown not just in the war sequences, but also in how families suffered and how dependent the women were on men to care for them.   There were British, French and some German characters who profited from the war and others who paid a horrible price.  There was a spy whose code name was “spider” and he went into enemy territory in hopes of learning what the enemy was developing in artillery or gas bombs.  The “sparrow” was a girl who was helped to get away from a half-brother who beat her for the fun of it.  When a so…

The Body Under the Bridge (A Father Gilbert Mystery)

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Title:  The Body Under the Bridge (A Father Gilbert Mystery) Author:  Paul McCusker Pages:  313 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Lion Fiction Father Gilbert is called to the scene on the local aristocrat’s property where a body has been discovered under a bridge during revamping of the property.  The aristocrat and the man in charge of the local preservationist group are having a shouting match.  The shouting match is nothing new as these two man and their families have been feuding for centuries.  The body is dressed in clothes from long ago and has been buried for quite some time.  A medallion is discovered with the body and that soon leads to the first death. As Father Gilbert is called in to offer advice or give comfort, as more people are killed, he also is subjected to more strange happenings.  By delving in the pasts of three families, he hopes to discover what is happening in the present and prevent any further murders in his small town.  He also faces temptation as a very attractive …

A Heart Touching New Novel by Kim Vogel Sawyer: Room for Hope

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Title:  Room for Hope Author:  Kim Vogel Sawyer Pages:  352 Year:  2016 Publisher:  WaterBrook Press My rating is 5 stars. Change.  The word alone can bring a host of feeling and thoughts to anyone, and in Kim’s latest novel this is a major theme.  In the novel, readers will go back into the early 1900s where people found daily living a harsh reality.  Some were able to work as well as had homes in the small town of Buffalo Creek, Kansas. Neva Shilling believed she married a good man in Warren and during their years of marriage she bore a set of twins.  Afterwards, Neva could no longer bear children.  Some children without parents went to an orphanage.  Neva had personal experience with living in one.  When three youngsters are deposited on her back door one evening, Neva’s world is rocked! Readers will be drawn in by the emotional turmoil occurring as children and a wife have to come to terms with a harsh, ugly truth.  Not only that now Neva must support five children instead of two…

A New Series! Cold Shot by Dani Pettrey

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Title:  Cold Shot (Chesapeake Valor #1) Author:  Dani Pettrey Pages:  336 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Bethany House Wow!  What an exciting start to this great new suspense series by Dani Pettrey!  Griffin McCray is a former sniper with the Baltimore Police Department SWAT team, but now is serving as a park ranger at Gettysburg.  He is trying to forget a hostage situation a few years ago that he was involved in that went bad.  He holds himself responsible for the outcome and is still struggling with guilt.  While out on patrol in the park he interrupts a couple of men digging for Civil War artifacts.  They make a grisly discovery.  Griffin calls in Finley Scott a forensic anthropologist to investigate. Finley Scott is a forensic pathologist who does her job to seek justice for those victims who can no longer gain it for themselves.  She is also struggling with fear from a prior case that went wrong causing her to be abducted by a psychopathic killer.  She has trouble trusting and has pani…

Running on Empty by C J. Darlington

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Title:  Running on Empty Author:  C. J. Darlington Pages:  348 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Mountainview Books My rating is 5+ stars. C. J. Darlington just keeps getting better!  I have read her other books Jupiter Winds, Thicker than Blood, Bound by Guilt, Ties that Bind and her newest Running on Empty.  Each novel contains a story that will stir your blood, set your imagination running, and leave you wanting more of her stories.  Running on Empty seems like a great candidate for a sequel because I would love to see how a couple of the characters meet with justice! The main characters are two half-sisters Delaware and California, who have nicknames Del and Callie.  These two go through a whole maze of danger, trouble, reprieve and more as they are just trying to live day by day.  Del is the oldest and has lost her job.  She has been black-balled due to a lie people in the small town where she lives believe.  One night in the wee hours Del opens her front door to find a dog and Callie. Th…

The Prophetess: Deborah's Story (Daughters of the Promised Land)

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Title:  The Prophetess Author:  Jill Eileen Smith Pages:  368 Year: 2016 Publisher:  Revell My rating is 5 stars. If you have ever read the book of Judges in the Old Testament, you would notice that the name of one of the judges was Deborah.  Readers can learn what Scripture says about her in Judges Chapters four and five.  Much is left to the imagination of the author and readers when it comes to Deborah.  In that period of Israel’s history, we learn how the Lord would raise a judge to lead His people, and then shortly after the death of that judge we see Israel quickly turning away from God.  In fact, one of the recurring phrases in Judges is “each man did what was right in his own eyes.” Deborah sure bore her responsibility with faithfulness, though I am sure at times it was a burden.  Like any leader, some cases brought before her were easily settled while others were not.  In the novel, Deborah learned the Law of Moses and that was the standard of right and wrong; it brought wis…

Star Struck by Kathi Oram Peterson

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Title:  Star Struck Author:  Kathi Oram Peterson Pages:  288 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Covenant Communications, Inc. Mercedes Grant is a box office smash in her adventure movies.  Both of her parents are also big names in the movie business as well, so she has grown up “in the business”.  They have been married and divorced to and from each other twice and love to call Mercedes to complain about each other.  Mercedes has received a script to perform in a drama and thinks this movie will really show that she has more depth as an actress than can be seen in her action films.  She is on a two-month hiatus after finishing filming her latest action movie and after she received a death threat.  She has retreated to her isolated mountain cabin in hopes of gaining some much needed rest and memorizing lines for her upcoming film.  She has had a cold/flu that just won’t go away so she decides to see the local town doctor.  What he discovers will change her life forever. Luke Parker is a widower …

Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1)

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Title:  Always Watching (Elite Guardians #1) Author:  Lynette Eason Pages:  329 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Revell Lynette Eason delivers again with this new series!  I loved the idea of having a company of all women bodyguards; I thought the idea very original.  This first book is focused on Olivia Edwards and her story. Olivia Edwards used to be a cop, but now she runs a company with her partners of all female bodyguards.  This particular assignment originally has Maddy as the bodyguard for a local widowed psychiatrist, who also does a radio talk show at night.  The psychiatrist, Wade Savage, has a stalker and that is why he has a bodyguard.  The stalker quickly escalates her by taking Maddy out of the picture at the beginning of the story.  So it is Olivia’s turn in the rotation of the security schedule to now be on duty to Wade and his daughter, Amy. The moves quickly along with the stalker becoming more and more bold with her actions.  More and more people are being injured or kille…

Soul’s Prisoner (Portraits of Grace#2)

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Title:  Soul’s Prisoner (Portraits of Grace#2) Author:  Cara Luecht Pages:  300 Year:  2015 Publisher:  White Fire My rating is 5+ stars. The author really writes unique stories that really are beyond describing for me!  The first book in the series is titled, Soul’s Painter where a woman living in her own world away from other people paints their future.  The characters you meet capture your heart along with blood-pumping tension, then throw in a little romance and become involved in a mystery and what more could you ask for?  In order to read Soul’s Prisoner, it is beneficial to read the first book as the story builds in book two. The main female painter is named Miriam.  Her painting gift described in the first novel has changed and it worries her; frankly she is scared.  Her paintings are of things and faces she has never seen before.  It concerns her so deeply Miriam can’t but wonder if she is losing control of her grip on reality. The asylum which is in need of donations from p…
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This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingSoul's Prisoner (WhiteFire Publishing (December 15, 2015)) byCara Luecht

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from the Author:I never planned to be a writer. In fact, it took me a while to finish college. But I did, and here I am. And I now I can’t imagine not being a writer. By day, I am an English Instructor for a local college, mother to four amazing children, and wife to an eternally patient and supportive husband. In the evening, when I can squirrel away some quiet time, I read and write historical fiction. I have a B.A. in English Lit. from UW Whitewater and an M.F.A in Creative Writing from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ. If you have a question for me, or if you are local and would like me to stop by your book club or writer’s group, please drop me a line via the “Ask the Author” tab. I always love the opportunity to meet with others who share my love of books.





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Mermaid Moon (Sunset Cove #2)

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Title:  Mermaid Moon (Sunset Cove #2) Author:  Colleen Coble Pages:  337 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Thomas Nelson I just love the setting for this series on the coastline of Maine!  The author’s vivid descriptions make me want to visit this part of the country.  This is a story that could be read as a standalone.  There are some characters from the first book that make an appearance in this story, but are not really relevant to the plot of this second book. Kevin O’Connor is a game warden for the state of Maine.  He is divorced with an 8-year-old daughter, who has custody of as her mother wanted nothing to do with her.  He had the love of his life, Mallory Davis, break his heart be leaving town after a traumatic event in her life.  His parents always wanted him to be a doctor, but Kevin always wanted to be a game warden.  His parents think Mallory Davis is the reason he didn’t become a doctor, but he knows she is the one who gave him the courage to follow his dream.  After fifteen years…

Beyond the Silence by Authors:Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse

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Title:  Beyond the Silence Author:  Tracie Peterson & Kimberley Woodhouse Pages:  352 Year:  2016 Publisher:  Bethany My rating is 5 stars. The story starts out in the year 1890 in California where a young woman is being attacked and her young son hears her screams and comes upon the scene.  Then, readers are taken to another scene a year later but in a different home where a young woman is saying goodbye to her grandfather.  The young woman is Lillian Porter who was raised by her grandparents after the death of her parents.  However, after the death of her grandmother, her grandfather has become mean and won’t allow Lillian any freedoms.  Yet, Lillian knows she is doing the right thing by leaving the home she was raised in to travel to California to become a nanny. Woody is the father of a young boy Jimmy.  Jimmy is the young boy who witnessed the crime against his mother.  Since that day, Jimmy hasn’t spoken one word and his father is at a loss as to what to do.  Woody is ostra…

New Testament Breakthrough Version review Part 2 conclusion

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Instead of teaching people to study the Bible inductively, beginning with marking words and letting the text speak for itself, the sample of his way in having people study is the like placing the cart before the horse.  How?  By asking application questions before students have had time to mark recurring words or phrases, look up the original word and understand the meaning based on the context of the passage!
There are hard copies of books that every lay person can use to study deeper or some excellent software.  Believers have The Holy Spirit to lead them in all truth as Jesus told us; The Holy spirit is not referred to as the sacred Spirit as it in the Breakthrough version.  John the Baptist is not referred to as John the submerger as he is translated as in the Breakthrough version in Matthew 3:1.  One last point to show the problem with this Bible is in the introduction the author states on page on page iii: “The Breakthrough version also makes a breakthrough in quality by bringi…

New Testament Breakthrough Version review Part 1

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Title:  New Testament Breakthrough Version Author:  Ray Geide Pages:  352 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Breakthrough Version Publishing My rating is 1 star.
Recently I decided to participate in a study based on this Breakthrough Version.  Since I am very passionate about studying the Word and encouraging others to do so, I joined the group.  Now, for the protection of the website and people involved in the study, I will not divulge where this is taking place even though I have withdrawn.  Let me stop and say right here that removing myself from the group was to alleviate the stress I continued to feel when studying this version as well as for other reasons I will share momentarily.  While I commend the author for being diligent in studying, where is the accountability or peer reviews, comments or feedback? Before I got a copy of this Bible, I went to the author’s site:  http://www.breakthroughversion.com/.
At first, it indicates that the Bible Version Report Card shown right on the home pa…

Lady Maybe

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Title:  Lady Maybe Author:  Julie Klassen Pages:  400 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Berkley Books Hannah Rogers is desperate to get her son back.  She was forced to live in a home for unwed mothers and after giving birth, her son was basically held hostage until she could afford to pay for his care.  The landlord, however, keeps raising the rates.  Hannah is forced to go back to the Mayfield home and ask for her job back to earn the necessary money to retrieve her son.  While on a journey to the country with the Mayfields, they are in a carriage accident.  While recovering from injuries, mistakes are made entrapping Hannah.  She knows she is doing wrong, but how else can she get her son back?  While contemplating that situation, she is also trying to sort out her feelings for two men.  She might set one free only to discover the other man holds no love for her. Negatives:  Please be aware that the publisher for this book is not Bethany House, who has previously published some of this autho…

Ashes to Ashes by Mel Starr

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Title:  Ashes to Ashes (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton #8) Author:  Mel Starr Pages:  224 Year:  2015 Publisher:  Lion Fiction Hugh de Singleton, surgeon, bailiff and fourth son of a knight returns in his eighth adventure.  This time a midsummer celebration in the village of Bampton with a huge bonfire is the setting for the beginning of the story.  On the morning after the bonfire has burned out, some village men are gathering up the ashes when they discover a human skeleton.  Hugh is immediately called as is the coroner.  Hugh is given the task of identifying the bones as they are found on Lord Gilbert’s property.  As Lord Gilbert is Hugh’s boss, what Lord Gilbert wants is what Lord Gilbert gets. Hugh begins to investigate, but has trouble identifying the body as no one claims to know of any missing men in the area.  Hugh spreads his search further and thinks he has identified the body only to be proven wrong.  Starting over, he begins his questions in a nearby small village a…