Monthly Archives: January 2016

Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

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26028892Thin Ice by Irene Hannon

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Revell

ISBN: 9780800724535

Genre: Fiction – Romantic Suspense / Mystery

Series: Men of Valor, Book 2

If Ginny Reed is still alive – who is the woman buried in her grave?

Thin Ice is the second book in the Men of Valor series, but would do just fine as a stand alone. Each book features a McGregor brother. This time it’s Lance’s turn.

If you’re looking for a new exciting, fast-paced thriller, you won’t want to miss Thin Ice. Irene Hannon is a masterful storyteller and pulls her readers into a romantic and intriguing read. It’s almost impossible to put it down! Read the rest of this entry

Undaunted Hope by Judy Hedlund

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25891318Undaunted Hope by Judy Hedlund

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Bethany House

ISBN: 9780764212390

Genre: Fiction / Historical Fiction

Series: Beacons of Hope, Book 3

Read my review for the previous book, Hearts Made Whole, here.

Oh my! Where do I even begin? Undaunted Hope is exactly what fans have been waiting for!

We last saw Tessa Taylor in Windmill Point, Michigan with a tarnished reputation. It’s now five years later and we find her living in Eagle Harbor, Michigan, running from the mistakes from her past. Eagle Harbor is the uppermost part of Michigan where Tessa plans to be the new schoolteacher for the children of the miners. Even though they were expecting a male teacher, Percival Updegraff, superintendent and chief mine clerk, allows her to stay through the winter since it’s too late to find someone else to replace her.

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You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

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25911238You’re the One That I Want by Susan May Warren

Release Date: February 1, 2016

Publisher: Tyndale

ISBN: 978-1-4143-7846-6

Genre: Christian / Fiction / Romance

Series: Christiansen Family, Book 6

Click here to find out more about the previous book, The Wonder of You.

You’re the One That I Want is Susan May Warren’s sixth and last novel of the Christiansen family series. This time Owen and his older brother Casper play the starring role.

Owen Christiansen had it all. He was a hockey player in the NHL for the St. Paul Blue Ox until it had all forfeited when he got injured. He leaves his home of Minnesota and moves to Alaska where he lands a job as crab fisherman. In his mind he believes this could be a fresh start and perhaps a shot at romance with Elise “Scotty” McFlynn, who also just so happens to be the captain’s daughter.

Scotty is used to being one of the guys with her tough girl attitude, making everyone respond with “yes, sir”. She doesn’t believe in happily ever after – especially with someone like Owen. When Casper Christiansen drags his brother home and unloading a ton of family drama, Scotty’s opinion of Owen is confirmed. What’s even worse is that Casper is wanted for questioning to a crime back home in Minnesota.

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It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

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25801129It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN-10: 1400205417

ISBN-13: 978-1400205417

Genre: RELIGION / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth

The title is perfect when it comes to describing Jefferson Bethke’s book. It’s Not What You Think! Most of us have heard of the Gospel, but how many of us actually understand what it is and what it means? The Gospel is so much more than just a transaction between us and Jesus Christ. Jesus didn’t just die on the Cross so that we can go to heaven when we die.

Bethke guides his readers from the creation of the universe in Genesis to the celebration in Revelation. When we learn to examine the Bible from the beginning, we see a story so much more beautiful and compelling than how many Christians are telling it today. This was definitely my favorite part that he focused on. When it comes to the Bible, we can’t just take bits and pieces that we like. We need both the New and Old Testament because it shows us the whole story.

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The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

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25290956The Golden Braid by Melanie Dickerson

Release Date: November 17, 2015

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN-10: 0718026268

ISBN-13: 978-0718026264

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Fairy Tale, Romance

Series: Hagenheim / Fairy Tale Romance, Book Six

Most of us are familiar with the fairy tale of Rapunzel. Melanie Dickerson brings the fairy tale to life with a fresh and unique plot. Unlike most retellings, there is no magic or evil powers. We are only dealing with a woman who is twisted and wicked by her past and therefore tries to do it to others.

Seventeen-year-old Rapunzel lives with her mother, Gothel, in medieval Hagenheim. She can throw a knife, paint beautiful flowers and vines, sing beautifully, but there are two things that she’s afraid that her mother will never allow her to do. That is to learn to read and to marry. In fact, every time a man shows interest in Rapunzel, Gothel makes them pack up and move to another place.

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The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

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24734627The Brontë Plot by Katherine Reay

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Release Date: November 3, 2015

ISBN-10: 1401689752

ISBN-13: 9781401689759

Genre: Fiction, Contemporary, Romance, Literature

Here’s a book that will make a fun read for booklovers everywhere. Lucy Alling loves her job. Her boss, Sid, is one of the most respected antique dealers in all of Chicago. She mostly just keeps track of inventory and works with the customers, but she also sells rare books. She grew up loving books and the stories as if they were close personal friends of hers. Some of her ways of obtaining the books are sometimes suspicious. When this factor is discovered, she ruins her relationship with her boss and boyfriend, James. She learns that something has to change. She has to change.

Helen, James’ grandmother, hires Lucy as her companion for a trip to England just as her methods are being discovered. Little does Lucy know, that Helen also has secrets of her own that she must face. In fact, Helen understands the predicament that Lucy is in.

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