Book Review : Called to Protect

Lynette Eason pulls on my heart strings when she writes books with strong sibling bonds.  I just love to read about adult siblings who are close and interact intimately with one another.  I think it is because I have only one sibling, we were not raised together and right now we really don’t have a relationship ship.  In so many ways it breaks my heart.  But I digress….

Lynette’s most recent series is Blue Justice and it centers around a strong family with 5 siblings who do more than just go through life together.  They are closely working with one another as each one has chosen the path to serve, 3 brothers and 2 sisters all working day in and out around each other.  I loved book #1 Oath of Honor and reviewed it HERE.   In book #2 Called to Protect we get to know Chloe, one of the sisters and her K9 partner Hank.  Chloe has a broken heart after being ditched by her beau for another woman.


Chloe and Hank get involved in investigating a Human Trafficking operation going on in their town.  Alongside Chloe, her brother Linc and friend from her past Blake MacCallum get involved as well.  There are a number of twists in this fast paced story and through it all the family bond the St. John family shares is front and center.

Reading this story reminds me of what is really going on in our world today, right here in small town America.  The characters in Ms. Eason’s story are well developed and easily likable.  Their interactions are real and intimate and reflect a family that trusts each other and depends on one another.  While these are just characters in a story they inspire me!  I love reading stories that paint a picture of what relationships can be like!

I honestly read through this book in about 2 days (while camping too) and it was super fast paced, fun despite the heavy subject, and a great read overall.  I love meeting characters in a series like this and getting to connect with them again in future stories in that series!

Lynette Eason writes great stories!!

NOTE : I received a copy of Called To Protect in exchange for an honest review.

lynetterLynette Eason grew up in Greenville, SC. After graduating from the University of South Carolina with a Business Degree she used for a very short time, she moved to Spartanburg, SC to attend Converse College where she obtained her Masters degree in Education. She started her teaching career at the South Carolina School for the deaf and blind. In 1996, she met the man she would marry—the boy next door!

She is married to Jack Eason, who speaks, leads worship, and consults ministries around the country. They have two teenage children.



Book Review : A Rumored Fortune

One of my favorite books of 2017 was by Joanna Davidson Politano : Lady Jayne Disappears.  The story was the first novel by Ms. Politano and I loved every facet of it!  The characters were spectacular and the story kept me wanting more, I could not put it down!


I was so impressed I sent a personal message to Ms. Politano and as a thank you she sent me a copy of her second novel!  So guess what?  I get to give away a copy of my favorite book of this year!!

I cannot articulate all the reasons I love her style of writing, her characters and her stories, but I do!  I just finished A Rumored Fortune and it was just as good as Lady Jayne Disappears.

This story takes place in Victorian England era, and it is about a young heiress who is left almost penniless when her father dies.  Penniless until she finds his fortune!  Tressa is the wonderful main character and you cannot help but fall head over heals in love with her!  She made my heart smile as I read her story!  There are a number of twists and turns as she tries to keep the staff of her castle happy, fends off treasure hunters and navigates the dangers ahead.  

As a garden lover and plant lover in general, I loved that the back drop of the story is in a vineyard.  There is a small story line that delves into the vineyard world and I delighted in that as well.  It was fun reading about the intricacies of a vineyard and its management.

When Ms. Politano writes she takes you into a place that you can more than imagine as you dwell there with her characters.  The imagery, the conversations, everything feels like you are a fly on the wall in the midst of this marvelous tale!

I would define this as a romance, but that description is not even close to a fair assessment – it is a lovely tale about some amazing people – and how through it all they turn to the Lord, rely on his calling in their lives and ultimately trust Him with themselves.

I loved this story and cannot wait for Ms. Politano’s next brilliant piece!!

NOTE: I received a copy of A Rumored Fortune in exchange for an honest review, by Revell Publisher.

Now the giveaway : If you comment below with your name and email, I will pick a winner September 7th and send the winner a copy of this wonderful book!!  In your comment tell me your favorite memory outdoors!!

More about the A Rumored Fortune 

Tressa Harlowe’s father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn’t take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they’re really up to. She’ll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father’s fortune–before someone else finds it first.

Award-winning author Joanna Davidson Politano welcomes readers to Trevelyan Castle, home of the poorest heiress in Victorian England, for a treasure hunt they’ll not soon forget.

Book Review : Storm Front

I love diving into a novel by Susan May Warren.  My favorite thing about there books is  family.  Not necessarily blood family, but God given family.  Those people in your life who love you and you love.  Those people who do the day to day with you and put up with your shenanigans and still love you when you are not so nice!  Those people.  Ms. Warren must have a lot of these people because she writes beautifully about how important they are to our lives!

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The latest novel Storm Front is book 5 in the Montana Rescue series.  I love that too, that she takes a series beyond the typical three people, three books, three stories and done.  I love that I get to keep coming back to the Montana Rescue characters!

Ty is the main character this time around.  Ty is a helicopter pilot who doesn’t fly anymore.  His fierce devotion to his friends and to people in general is inspiring.  Ty comes face to face with a woman who disappeared from his life not too long ago, but he has been unable to forget her.   Brett feels the same way about him, but fear keeps her from opening up about why and more.

Through a series of events you can imagine how things go, but I won’t tell you how they go – you have to read!  There are tornadoes.  There are elopements postponed, rescheduled and more tornadoes.

I have enjoyed each of the books in this series I have read and would love to keep going!  Not sure how long we will be hanging out in Montana, but the characters in these stories are amazing!!

I highly recommend this book by Susan May Warren, a great summer read that will inspire you!

Note : I was offered a copy of Storm Front in exchange for an honest review.

More about Storm Front :

A tornado has destroyed a small Minnesota community and among the missing are not only a group of students but PEAK Rescue team leader Chet King. Ty Remington will stop at nothing to rescue his mentor, not even when the girl he loved–and lost–walks back into his life. But Brette needs his help more than he knows, despite her stubborn determination to push him away. And when he gets a second chance, loving her just might cost him more than he can imagine.

A blogger for Vortex Storm Chasers, Brette Arnold didn’t expect her adventures to land her in the same place as Ty, the guy who she walked–no, ran–from over a year ago. She had her reasons–good ones. The kind that tell her that falling for him again would only lead to heartache. But Ty isn’t the kind of man to give up–not on the missing students, or on her.

Life and love hang in the balance in Susan May Warren’s breathless story of holding on to hope during a deadly summer of storms.

More about Susan May Warren is the USA Today, ECPA, and CBA bestselling author of over fifty novels with more than one million books sold, including Wild Montana Skies and Rescue Me. Winner of a RITA Award and multiple Christy and Carol Awards, as well as the HOLT and numerous Readers’ Choice Awards, Susan has written contemporary and historical romances, romantic suspense, thrillers, romantic comedy, and novellas. She can be found online at, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

Review : Study Bible for Women

I was offered a chance to check out a new Bible.  While I am not in the market for a new Bible, I knew I would enjoy checking this one out and would find a home for it!  I am so excited to be able to take this with me to Malawi.  I needed a Bible for my trip, but now I can leave this beauty there for our hosts to keep or giveaway!!  Yay!


Inside there is a pretty dedication page.  I do love the colors throughout – turquoise and peachy/pink


Then there is a family tree page, which I really like.  There is more space here than what my Bible has.


In each book, there is some extra information, a verse from the book, and then additional information about the book, even a timeline on the bottom of the page so you can put it all in perspective.


In the beginning there are a couple pages dedicated to teaching how to study the Bible for anyone who is new to this or not sure.


Throughout there are word studies where a part of page is highlighted and used to define terms.  These are very helpful, especially for new believers or someone who really wants to dig in a little more.fullsizeoutput_2855

Lastly is my favorite, the real meat for Bible study is the doctrine study, where there is a little more depth and connecting things throughout.  This is my favorite way to study scripture, really digging in to the original meanings of words and intents of statements based on the time period.  fullsizeoutput_2856

I loved this Bible and would buy one as a gift without hesitation.  Might make a great graduation gift for high school or college graduate!  This is a beautiful Bible and one that would make me smile when I am using it!

NOTE: I was offered a copy of this Bible in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : The Theory of Happily Ever After

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Every now and then I love to pick up a light romantic/comedy novel and dig in!  That is exactly what I did with The Theory of Happily Ever After.  Written by Kristin Billerbeck, this story is a great study in personalities and human behavoir.

Maggie is a very successful scientist who has written about her research on happiness, with a best seller.  When she finds her wedding cancelled as she watches her fiancé walk off with a scarf dancer, she is not sure what to do.

Maggie is easy to like and so much fun to watch make a mess of her life.  Her friends are so dedicated to her, but they are real and can reach a breaking point.  When the three of them end up on a Singles Cruise, so Maggie can sell more copies of her book, and start promoting her next one, things get interesting!

I really enjoyed this light hearted book.  It is a sweet tale of a woman who needs to find herself, allow some healing happen in her heart and mind, and how friendship is so very important.  Not only is there some romance, there is some real heart searching in this book from all the characters.  This would be a great summer read, and I suspect my oldest will be grabbing it to read, and yes it is a completely safe book!  I loved the two male characters, Sam and Brent are both incredibly likable and very different.   Jake is the finance and his character is clearly lacking integrity, and those lessons might be good for my son to glean from too!

NOTE : I received a copy of The Theory of Happily Ever After, in exchange for an honest review.

I grew up with a strong sense of justice.  I simply knew the way things should be.  And since I’m not smart enough to be a district attorney, I am a novelist.  My childhood was slightly confusing.  I blame my parents for this.  Oh heck, I’m going to blame them for everything.  I think I would have turned out normal if it weren’t for them.

Okay, probably not.  I am a fourth-generation Californian, and an American mutt, but identify most strongly with my Italian heritage.  My mother’s family, of strong Norwegian/German descent, tried to teach me how to do things right.  How to cook, clean, sew, budget accordingly – all the things a proper young girl should know to be a contributing member of society.  I, however, failed miserably.  I danced, figure skated & cheered through life, thoroughly confusing my practical family. For my 40th birthday, my grandmother gave me a cookie gun, hoping there was something within me — it’s still in the box.

 My dad’s Italian family taught me about the good life.  The indulgent life.  How to eat, shop and be merry.  My Nana had very tiny feet and a penchant for shoes (she worked at the Emporium, no doubt to fund her shoe addiction).  My afternoons at her house had no lessons, other than how to walk in her high heels, drape myself in her mink stole and drip myself with rhinestones.  Tastefully, of course.  I picked up on this lifestyle much quicker.billerbeck

I graduated San Jose State University with a degree in Journalism & Mass Communications (emphasis in Advertising), gave my life to Jesus during college and found my true love in a Christian Singles’ Group, which yes, I skewer in “What a Girl Wants”.  I am still Italian, fluffy and an aficionado of fine shoes, espresso & handbags.

I have four amazing kids. One is an engineer, one is a United States Marine, one is studying physics & the last one, my only girl, is a mini-me who dances through life and may or may not, have a spending problem.