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 http://www.susanmaywarren.com, on Facebook at Susan May Warren Fiction, and on Twitter @susanmaywarren.

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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!

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

Book Review : Beneath the Surface

Sometimes going back home usher us into a place of familiarity and safety, and other times our trouble follows us.  Leigh Weston returns home after facing a stalker as an oncology nurse in her last job.  Returning home meant moving into her childhood home, a welcome return, however it meant dealing with the passing of both parents, head on.  Thinking she left her worries behind, Leigh quickly finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation as well as fearing for her life.

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Lynn H. Blackburn has kicked off a new series, Dive Team Investigations, with book #1 : Beneath the Surface.  A super fast paced novel that introduces some great characters quickly and who are easy to connect with.  The story kept me hooked, trying to figure out who the “bad guy” was and what was going to happen next!

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and as soon as I finished it the book disappeared from my night stand, only to be found in my sons hands!   Jacob gave the book a thumbs up too, he finished in a day or two.  There are threads of romance woven throughout but not enough to offend my teenager!  Just enough to keep you involved and hoping things will work out!  Leigh’s interest is her brother’s  high school friend, who is doing the murder investigation.  Ryan is trying to find out who is behind the murders going on in their town, while trying to keep Leigh safe at the same time.

We will both be looking for book #2!  Lynn writes a fast paced, intriguing book that keeps you going to the last page.  The character interactions are real and not forced, the family ties are always my favorite!

Seeing that sometimes life throws hard things at you and that fears threaten to steal our joy, we know that no matter what we can rely on God to walk us through it all.  That is the main message that I took away from Beneath the Surface.

You can read more about Lynn on her blog, and even read the first chapter of Beneath the Surface!


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Lynn Huggins Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She’s passionate about CrossFit, coffee, and chocolate (don’t make her choose) and experimenting with recipes that feed both body and soul. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her first book, COVERT JUSTICE (Love Inspired Suspense), won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Her second book, HIDDEN LEGACY (Love Inspired Suspense), released in June 2017 and her new Dive Team Investigations series kicks off in March of 2018 with BENEATH THE SURFACE (Revell).


More about Beneath the Surface

Dive into the depths of fear with an exciting new voice in romantic suspense. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn grabs readers by the throat and doesn’t let go until the final heart-pounding page.

After a harrowing experience with an obsessed patient, oncology nurse practitioner Leigh Weston needed a change. She thought she’d left her troubles behind when she moved home to Carrington, North Carolina, and took a job in the emergency department of the local hospital. But when someone tampers with her brakes, she fears the past has chased her into the present. She reaches out to her high school friend turned homicide investigator, Ryan Parker, for help.

Ryan finds satisfaction in his career, but his favorite way to use his skills is as a volunteer underwater investigator with the Carrington County Sheriff’s Office dive team. When the body of a wealthy businessman is discovered in Lake Porter, the investigation uncovers a possible serial killer–one with a terrifying connection to Leigh Weston and deadly implications for them all.


NOTE : I received a copy of Beneath the Surface in exchange for an honest review, from Revell Books.

Book Review : The Melody of the Soul

One of my latest reads is a historic novel titled Melody of the Soul.

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This story takes place in 1943 in Prague while the Nazis are deporting Jewish people.  Liz Tolsma wrote The Melody of the Soul, and she did a fantastic job of taking you into the heart of this time period.  Not only does she describe Europe in a way that makes you want to visit and be a part of it, but she dives deep into her characters as well.

Using music as a bridge to connect disgruntled Natzis, loyal natzis and the people of Prague was fantastic.  No matter who they were they appreciated and valued the music, sadly ignoring the value of the people making it.

I was quickly drawn into this story and at times, my heart broke.  It is such an important truth that we never forget what happened over 50 years ago in Europe, and one way to validate the past and the destruction is to remember and reflect on the people who lost so much and sometimes everything.

I lived in Germany in the late 70’s and early 80’s and this story was especially significant for me, to remember what I saw over there and even the things in museums, and connections them to stories like this one.

There is lots of suspense in this story, a good amount of strong moral characters as well as some romance!  I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by Liz Tolsma.

NOTE: I received a copy of The Melody of the Soul at no cost, in exchange for an honest review.


More about the book:

Anna has one chance for survival—and it lies in the hands of her mortal enemy.

It’s 1943 and Anna Zadok, a Jewish Christian living in Prague, has lost nearly everything. Most of her family has been deported, and the Nazi occupation ended her career as a concert violinist. Now Anna is left to care for her grandmother, and she’ll do anything to keep her safe—a job that gets much harder when Nazi officer Horst Engel is quartered in the flat below them.

Though musical instruments have been declared illegal, Anna defiantly continues to play the violin. But Horst, dissatisfied with German ideology, enjoys her soothing music. When Anna and her grandmother face deportation, Horst risks everything to protect them.

Anna finds herself falling in love with the handsome officer and his brave heart. But what he reveals might stop the music forever.