Book Review : Never Let Go

I’ve met a new author : Elizabeth Goddard. In Never Let Go, she begins a new series called Uncommon Justice. This was a well paced novel that had plenty of twists and turns, action adventure and some romance as well.

The main character Willow Anderson is a forensic pathologist and this was incredibly interesting to learn about her passion for linking the past with the present. After experiencing the loss of her grandfather and going through her own house fire, Willow realizes that a job she and her grandfather were hired to do might be more than they realized.

Before his passing, Willow’s grandfather called in an old friend, past boyfriend of Willow, to consult on their latest case. When tragedy strikes twice Austin is there to help out and offer support to Willow as well as assistance with her new case.

The author dove into several areas that I really enjoyed, the forensic pathology as well as the setting of Wyoming. I enjoyed feeling a part of the western scene and loved tagging along on their back road, harrowing adventures.

I will certainly be looking for other books by Ms. Goddard. I enjoyed her style of writing and her character development.

NOTE : I was offered a copy of Never Let Go in exchange for an honest review by Revell Publisher.

More about Never Let Go :

As a forensic genealogist, Willow Anderson is following in her late grandfather’s footsteps in her quest for answers about a baby abducted from the hospital more than twenty years ago. The case may be cold, but things are about to heat up when someone makes an attempt on her life to keep her from discovering the truth.

Ex-FBI agent–and Willow’s ex-flame–Austin McKade readily offers his help to protect the woman he never should have let get away. Together they’ll follow where the clues lead them, even if it means Austin must face the past he’s spent much of his life trying to forget. And even if it puts Willow’s tender heart at risk.

In this fast-paced and emotional page-turner, bestselling author Elizabeth Goddard keeps the stakes high, the romantic tension sparking, and the outcome uncertain until the very end.

Book Review : The Sky Above Us

Every so often I try to step out of my comfort zone and branch out a bit, if you will. The Sky Above us was not normally a book I would snap up tp review, but I decided that the historical part was worth the extra romance. I am so glad I did grab this book!!

Sarah Sundin did a glorious job researching every little detail for The Sky Above Us, her book about World War II. In this darling story Violet, a young woman determined to become a missionary overseas, signs up to be a Red Cross worker. After arriving in England and being given the task to serve the men of a fighter group at their air base, she finds her self frustrated that she in not serving women and children in need. She, cleverly, is able to work those ministries in to her work, but despite her frustration she quickly realizes that what she is doing is real.

Meanwhile, Adler Paxton has been running from his demons for 3 years now and is not about to slow down or tell anyone about anything. That is until he meets Violet and she manages to get a few insignificant details from him. The cracks appear on the hard wall he has built around his heart, but those he loves, start helping him tear those walls down, and ultimately find a God who can heal our hurts.

I honestly loved every part of this book. The real life wrestles that the characters were dealing with were as authentic as you can get. Violet begins to question her call to ministry, was it God calling her or her wanting it? Adler comes face to face with understanding forgiveness and love in a tender way.

The Sky Above Us is book #2 in the Sunrise at Normandy series and I am on the hunt for book #1 now! I really loved Ms. Sundin’s writing, her characters and every little detail that she weaves in her stories. I will be following her from now on!

NOTE: I received a copy of The Sky Above Us in exchange for an honest review from Revell Publishers.

More about the Sky Above Us :

Secrets as vast . . .

Love as unreachable . . .

As the sky above them.

Numbed by grief and harboring shameful secrets, Lt. Adler Paxton ships to England with the US 357th Fighter Group in late 1943. Determined to become an ace pilot, Adler battles the German Luftwaffe in treacherous dogfights over France as the Allies struggle for control of the air before the D-day invasion.

Violet Lindstrom wants to be a missionary, but for now she serves in the American Red Cross, where she arranges entertainment and refreshments for the men of the 357th in the base Aeroclub and sets up programs for local children. Drawn to the mysterious Adler, she enlists his help with her work and urges him to reconnect with his family after a long estrangement.

Despite himself, Adler finds his defenses crumbling when it comes to Violet. But D-day draws near. And secrets can’t stay buried forever.

Return to the shores of Normandy, this time in the air, as the second Paxton brother faces the past—and the most fearsome battle of his life.

Book Review : It’s not supposed to be this way

Holy cow! I love this book!! Lysa Terkeurst has opened up her heart and her story to everyone in It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way.

This is not just a story for the person who’s life is spiraling out of control. It’s not for the woman wondering WHY. It is for you. It was for me. It can speak to any heart open to hear a message from the Lord!!

I loved this book! I am reading it with a small group of friends and we meet to talk about each chapter. I have a habit of not finishing books when we go through them slowly though, so I just read this one until I was done. I loved each and every chapter. I underlined so many lines – sometimes I felt like underlining the whole page.

One of my favorite things about this book is the format. After each chapter Lysa puts together a discussion section, perfect for a group, or for an individual to dig into more meat. I loved this little section. It helped summarize the points of the chapter as well as gave a few questions to ponder.

One main point that really resonated with me was from chapter 1 : struggling with the distance between what I thought would be and what it is. There are so many areas in my life that I thought would be one way, and sometimes I struggle with it not being that way. She articulates this so well, and demonstrates that we need to run to Jesus when we struggle with this and rest in knowing His best is better for us than our idea of best.

The other main point, also from Chapter 1 was “if the enemy can isolate us he can influence us.” Such an important reminder to have people in your life that you can be open and vulnerable with. That when we feel alone we need to know we are not, and go to those people we trust and share our struggle. When we allow ourselves to be isolated the enemy can be the loudest voice in our head, and that is dangerous!!

This is my favorite book by Lysa Terkeurst, and one of my favorite life-devotion books. This book is one that if I could buy a hundred copies I would give everyone I run into one!

MORE ABOUT THE BOOK :

What do you do when God’s timing seems questionable, His lack of intervention hurtful, and His promises doubtful? Life often looks so very different than we hoped or expected. Some events may simply catch us off guard for a moment, but others shatter us completely. We feel disappointed and disillusioned, and we quietly start to wonder about the reality of God’s goodness. Lysa TerKeurst understands this deeply. But she’s also discovered that our disappointments can be the divine appointments our souls need to radically encounter God. In It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way, Lysa invites us into her own journey of faith and, with grit, vulnerability and honest humor, helps us to: 

  • Stop being pulled into the anxiety of disappointment by discovering how to better process unmet expectations and other painful situations.
  • Train ourselves to recognize the three strategies of the enemy so we can stand strong and persevere through unsettling relationships and uncertain outcomes.
  • Discover the secret of being steadfast and not panicking when God actually does give us more than we can handle.
  • Shift our suspicion that God is cruel or unfair to the biblical assurance that God is protecting and preparing us.
  • Know how to encourage a friend and help her navigate hard realities with real help from God’s truth.Whether we’re dealing with daily disappointments or life-altering loss, we can find unexpected strength as we learn what it is to wrestle well between our faith and our feelings. 

Book Review : Who I am with You

Sometimes books jump right in to a story. Other times they warm up slow and steady. I like both options.

Who I Am With You, by Robin Lee Hatcher, is the latter. The story builds slowly and sweetly with the two main characters, Jessica and Ridley. Both have trouble, hurt and betrayal in their past. As they work through healing they meet each other and open up to one another.

What I loved about this story is the genuine hurt they both face and how they overcome it. So often we are hurt by someone and we can choose one of two paths :guilt and blame for our selves or blame for the other person. I think there is a middle ground that so many of us rarely take where we assume responsibility for our own role and forgive the other for their role. This is what is played out in Ms. Hatcher’s book.

In this story, Jessica has walked away from the Lord despite her past relationship with him. Ridley however remains close to the Lord through his pain. However as the two become friends, they both help each other heal from their past. I loved watching how both of them inspire the other to surrender their pain.

This was a super sweet story, and while it is a romance, it is not a “romance” I honestly think my son would enjoy this story as the main male character was a strong character and likable and easy to relate to.

I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by Ms. Hatcher in the future!!

Read more about this story HERE

NOTE : I received a copy of Who I am With You in exchange for an honest review.

Book Review : Code of Valor

When looking for a good book do you prefer a fast paced thriller that will leave you wondering who is the good guy and who is the bad guy? If so, I have a book for you!

Code of Valor is Lynette Eason’s third book in the Blue Justice Series and it does not disappoint! We reconnect with the St. John Family who has been throughout this series in Oath of Honor and Code to Protect. (reviews HERE and HERE). I love the St. John family – they are a passionate family that, mostly, works together, all throughout the police force and in the local hospital. Their family unity reminds me of Blue Bloods – which is one of my favorite shows! I am a sucker for family meals!

Code of Valor focuses on Brady St. John who is on the police force and is a rescue diver. He comes to the rescue for Emily Chastain when one of the many bad guys kidnaps her and attempts to kill her. She is not sure why they are targeting her or what they think she knows. Emily is a criminal investigator for the bank and thinks she may be on to something suspicious going on at her bank.

This is a super fast paced story that keeps Emily and Brady on the run, while getting to know each other. Many of Brady’s siblings are brought into the fray through injuries (sister Ruthie at the hospital), Linc and Derek (brothers in law enforcement) as they all try to figure out what is going on and who is behind everything.

I love reading Ms. Eason’s books, they grab you and don’t let you go until the last page, and only then leave you waiting for the next book!! She writes about characters with more going on than you first think. Her characters are wrestling with who they are and where they have been, but the best part is that they are walking it out with the Lord, or on their way to finding him.

You could start the series with Code of Valor (book 3), but you will want to go back and check out 1 & 2 once you get into the story! The St. John family is awesome and watching them do life inspires me!

Note: I received a copy of Code of Valor in exchange for an honest review.