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Princess in Peril by Rachelle McCalla

~Review Copy~
Love Inspired Suspense ~ October 2011
About the book:

When insurgents attack the king’s motorcade, scattering the royal family, bodyguard Levi Granaldo has one goal-to protect the princess. Even though he knows Princess Isabelle distrusts him. On the run together, they flee to New York, to the shelter of a sanctuary established by Levi’s father. But their safety can’t last. After a surprise attack divides the pair, Isabelle is forced to face some hard truths. The danger she’s in is getting deadlier by the day.and she’ll never be able to face it without Levi by her side.

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The Royal Family of Lydia was ambushed on their way to a state dinner. With the help of Levi (her new bodyguard), Princess Isabelle manages to survive the attack and escape. But that isn’t the end of the danger – someone wants the power of the throne and will do anything to get it!
From the beginning pages of Princess in Peril, my attention was grabbed. I loved how, at first, Isabelle didn’t trust Levi, but as time went on, she found that he was one of the only people she could trust.
Out of the books I’ve read, Princess in Peril is really unique in that it’s about a princess and it’s set in modern time – I really liked that! 🙂
There are a couple of times that rape is mentioned – once when talking about how Isabelle was almost raped years ago, but she attacked the man and escaped, then again later on in the book. While I didn’t have a problem with this being talked about in the book, I felt I should mention it in case you might.
With lots of suspense, and some romance, I loved Princess in Peril and definitely recommend it! I look forward to reading Protecting the Princess, book two in Rachelle McCalla’s Reclaiming the Crown series, which just released this month.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*
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Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot

Summer of Promise

~Review Copy~

Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot

Revell ~ Jan, 2012
About the book:

Though she had planned to spend the summer in Vermont with her sweetheart, Abigail Harding cannot dismiss her concerns over her older sister. Charlotte’s letters have been uncharacteristically melancholy, and her claims that nothing is wrong ring false, so Abigail heads West to Wyoming. The endless prairie seems monotonous, but when her stagecoach is attacked, Wyoming promises to be anything but boring. Luckily, the heroics of another passenger, Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, save the day.

When circumstances—and perhaps a bit of matchmaking—put Abigail and Ethan together, there’s certainly attraction. But Abigail is planning to marry another man and return to life in Vermont as soon as she is finished attending to her sister. And Ethan loves his life in the Army and the wilds of Wyoming. When summer ends, will Abigail go back East? Or will she fall in love with this rugged land herself?

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My thoughts:
Abigale Harding thought she knew where her life was going – she’d live in Vermont, continue working as a schoolmarm, and marry Woodrow Morgan. But will spending a summer with her sister at Fort Laramie, Wyoming change her plans?
After having no success at finding the pocket of deserters in Cheyenne, Lieutenant Ethan Bowles is heading back to Fort Laramie a day sooner than planned. It turns out to be a great decision because he saves the stagecoach from being robbed. However, that is not the end of his problems – a lot more trouble is coming his way.
Summer of Promise is the first book I’ve read by Amanda Cabot, but I plan on reading the second and third book in the Westward Winds series when they are released.
The story was very adventurous! With stagecoach robberies, snake attacks, deserters, spies, romance, and some mystery, Summer of Promise was an enjoyable read.
Aside from the main characters, which were great, my favorite character was Oliver. He just made me laugh when he declared he was in love and had found the woman he was going to marry (after having just met her).
As can be expected, since this is part of a series, the ending left me with some questions. I’m awaiting the next book, but will have to wait awhile since it’s not supposed to be released until Spring of 2013.
Summer of Promise is a great book that I think fans of Historical romance will enjoy! I know I did!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.” 

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The Sound of Red Returning by Sue Duffy

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Series: Red Returning Trilogy (#1)
About the book:

After losing everyone she loves, concert pianist Liesl Bower has nowhere to go but to escape into her music. Searching for the peace she usually finds in her concertos and sonatas, Liesl can’t shake the feeling that she is being haunted by her past . . . and by someone following her. When she spots a familiar and eerie face in the audience of a concert she’s giving for the president in Washington, DC, the scariest day of her life comes back to her with a flash. It has been fifteen years since Liesl watched her beloved Harvard music mentor assaulted on a dark night in Moscow and just as long since the CIA disclosed to her that he’d been spying for Russia. She had seen that man–that eerie face–the night Professor Devoe was attacked. And now he’s back–and coming for her.

On the run and struggling to rely on the protection of CIA agent Ava Mullins and handsome newspaper reporter Cade O’Brien, Liesl learns she is the prey of an underground cell of Russian KGB agents determined to restore their country to its former Soviet might. But what she doesn’t know is that she is in possession of something–a piece of sheet music–that Russian intelligence is now frantic to find. Inside that music is a secret code, the hidden transcriptions of her deceased mentor, that clearly identify a Russian mole operating inside Israel’s Department of Defense, a mole with enough power and access to execute a daring assassination that no one would see coming.

Caught in a deadly conflict between American and Russian undercover agents, this innocent young pianist is just trying to survive her own personal trauma. Through it all, Liesl must learn that no matter how dark her world grows or how fiercely her enemies pursue her, God is still in control–if only she can yield herself to His grace.

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My thoughts:

When Liesl Bower was 10 years old, she used to hide from her father in the bell tower of a church – wishing him never to find her. Then Professor Devoe, the man who was sort of a father figure to her, turned out to be a Russian spy and was murdered!

Now, fifteen years later, someone seems to think Liesl has the final coded message Devoe was never able to pass on. Trying to stay alive, Liesl must find the message before it’s too late.

The Sound of Red Returning started off with some suspense, but it wasn’t until I was about halfway through that it finally became more enjoyable to read.

In the beginning, it was hard to follow along because it changed time – it would say fifteen years earlier, but then it wouldn’t say present (so I had to assume it was back to present time). This might not annoy others, but it did me.

That said, once Cade got into the story and met Leisl, I found The Sound of Red Returning to be much more entertaining and suspenseful!

I loved Ian (Cade’s grandfather) – he was so funny and one of my favorite characters from this book!

Overall, I liked The Sound of Red Returning – it was a good book that I mostly enjoyed.

*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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H2O the Novel by Austin Boyd & Brannon Hollingsworth

H2O the Novel

AMG Publishers – Nov. 02, 2011
About the book:

H2O is a contemporary crossover women’s novel that tells the story of Kate Pepper, a successful young business woman in Seattle whose life is suddenly—and strangely—turned upside down. Unexplainable visions torment her every time she gets wet. Sinking into despair, frantic to avoid water at any cost, Kate ultimately finds romance and redemption through the advice of simple people who love her for who she is, not what she was.

Kate Pepper has it all . . . a razor-sharp intellect, perfect health, stunning beauty, a wildly successful career, and all the money she can spend. Or rather, she thinks she has it all.

Despite the perfect shell, there’s something dark inside Kate. Terrible visions send her into a deep depression and her world crumbles. All her business savvy and elite connections don’t make a difference; she has lost control.

Who will save her? Xavier, her predatory boyfriend? Or Candice, the Down syndrome waitress at her favorite coffee shop? At the bottom of her dark well, desperate to get out of the water, there’s nowhere to reach but up.

H2O—a fascinating allegorical look at success,
sanity and spiritual redemption in a young woman’s relationship with water.

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My thoughts:

What would you do if you suddenly started having visions when you got wet? Visions so powerful you lost touch with the world for that amount of time. Would you avoid water at all costs – or learn to live with it?

That is exactly what happened to Kate Pepper. She used to love getting wet, but when she suddenly starts having visions whenever she comes in contact with water, she finds herself fearing water and trying to avoid it at all costs. But how can you live without water? Will anything good come out of all this turmoil?

H20 is the first book I’ve read by Austin Boyd or Brannon Hollinsworth. Even though I haven’t read that many fantasy books, I really like the genre and H20 was great!

From the beginning pages of H20 I found myself liking Kate and disliking Xavier (Kate’s boyfriend) – he just seemed like such an uncaring and mean person! I couldn’t understand why Kate stayed with him when he treated her the way he did.

Though some might think Kate’s visions were weird, I actually really liked them (especially the later ones). Most were of Biblical events; like Jesus’ baptism, Peter walking on the water to Jesus, the woman at the well, etc. – I really liked that. They were told really well and even brought to mind some things I never thought about.

While H20 was interesting and enjoyable from the beginning, it was when I got halfway through and Kate started talking to WRKRJC that H20 became really good and the pages went by much faster! I understood the characters more and I started wondering who WRKRJC was and what the letters meant.

Throughout H20, whether through Kate’s visions or actually spoken, there was a story of forgiveness and how Jesus can make you clean!

I think H20 is best suited for ages 16 and older because of some of the things mentioned – although none of it is bad, it might not be appropriate for younger readers.

Overall, I really enjoyed H20 and recommend it if you enjoy fantasy novels with a good message. I look forward to reading O2, the next novel in The Eternal Elements!

*Thanks to Brannon Hollingsworth for my review copies. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.*

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Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer & Mike Yorkey

Revell – January 12, 2012

About the book:

It is August 1944 and Paris is on the cusp of liberation. As the soldiers of the Third Reich flee the Allied advance, they ravage the country, stealing countless pieces of art. Reichsmarschall Hermann Göring will stop at nothing to claim the most valuable one of all, the Mona Lisa, as a post-war bargaining chip to get him to South America. Can Swiss OSS agents Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler rescue DaVinci’s masterpiece before it falls into German hands?

With nonstop action, Chasing Mona Lisa is sure to get readers’ adrenaline pumping as they join the chase to save the most famous painting in the world. From war-ravaged Paris to a posh country chateau, the race is on–and the runners are playing for keeps


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Chasing Mona Lisa is the sequel to The Swiss Courier and is the first book I’ve read by both Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey.

While it took me a while to get into Chasing Mona Lisa, once I finally did, it was a really enjoyable read! I haven’t read The Swiss Courier, so I don’t know the back story to Gabi & Eric, but I found their romance/relationship really sweet.

For some reason, when I started Chasing Mona Lisa I thought it was a suspense novel, but it’s labeled Historical fiction. And while there is some suspense throughout, there is a lot more history – which was nice as well.

The one thing I didn’t like about Chasing Mona Lisa is the foreign language. There wasn’t always an English translation – so at times I found myself wondering what a word/phrase meant.

Overall Chasing Mona Lisa was an enjoyable read, had several twists, and if there is another book with these characters, I’d like to read it! 🙂

* I received a complimentary copy of “Chasing Mona Lisa” from the publisher to review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”
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Corridor (A Mythworks Novel) by Robin Parrish

Corridor (A MythWorks Novel)

StoneHouse Ink – December, 2011
About the book: 

THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO RUN.

On the eve of his seventeenth birthday, Troy Goggin finds himself inexplicably transported to an impossibly huge, miles-long structure called the Corridor. But what is the Corridor, and why was he brought to it?

It’s a place of mystery, wonder, and heart-stopping danger. It will test him and push him both mentally and physically. His only companion is the girl whose voice he hears inside his head, explaining the rules he must follow if he hopes to escape.

But there is much more to this extraordinary place than Troy could ever imagine. The Corridor’s true purpose — the biggest mystery of all — is revealed only to those who make it to the end.

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My thoughts:

First let me say that Robin Parrish is one of my favorite authors! Not including Corridor, I’ve read four of his books – Vigilante (#1 on my top ten books read in 2011), Relentless, Fearless, and Merciless. His other two books, Offworld and Nightmare, are on my wish-list. 🙂

Corridor, from the beginning pages, grabbed my attention. I wasn’t even planning on reading this book yet, just thought I’d read the first few pages and then stop. But I couldn’t stop. I stayed up WAY too late reading, until I finally realized I had to get some sleep. I finished Corridor the next day! It was sooooo good!

Troy, on the eve of his 17th birthday, wakes up to find himself in a bright, white room – so bright that he can’t even keep his eyes open! How he got there and why, he doesn’t know, but that white room is just the beginning of Corridor!

As the story continued, it got better and better – there were a lot of surprises and I loved every minute of the book. While, I guess, Corridor wouldn’t be considered “Christian fiction”, I still really enjoyed it. It was clean and very suspenseful.

I think fans of The Hunger Games will enjoy Corridor because to me it was even better than The Hunger Games, and way less gruesome!

I loved Corridor! It’s now one of my favorite books and definitely one I’ll be rereading. I completely recommend it – as long as you don’t mind reading books with a little sci-fi/futuristic elements. I’m hoping there will be a sequel! 🙂

* I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

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The Keeper (Book One of Stoney Ridge Seasons) by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Revell – January 12, 2012

About the book:

Julia Lapp has planned on marrying Paul Fisher since she was a girl. Now twenty-one, she looks forward to their wedding with giddy anticipation. When Paul tells her he wants to postpone the wedding—again—she knows who is to blame. Perpetual bachelor and spreader of cold feet,

Roman Troyer, the Bee Man.

Roamin’ Roman travels through the Amish communities of Ohio and Pennsylvania with his hives full of bees, renting them out to farmers in need of pollinators. He relishes his nomadic life, which keeps him from thinking about all he has lost. He especially enjoys bringing his bees to Stoney Ridge each year. But with Julia on a mission to punish him for inspiring Paul’s cold feet, the Lapp farm is looking decidedly less pleasant.

Can Julia secure the future she’s always dreamed of? Or does God have something else in mind?

Full of the plot twists and surprises her fans love, The Keeper is the first in a new series by bestselling author Suzanne Woods Fisher. Through touching family relationships and trials of the heart, Fisher’s vivid characters grapple with yielding to God’s will when it doesn’t match their own.

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My Thoughts:
Julie Lapp always thought she knew where her life was headed – to marry Paul Fisher. But after he postpones/cancels the wedding – again – will she eventually wed Paul or are there other plans taking place?The Keeper is the first book I’ve read by Suzanne Woods Fisher, so when I started this book I was a little uncertain about if I would enjoy it, but I’m very pleased to say that I LOVED it!!! I don’t know why I haven’t read any of her books before – if they are as good as this one, I’ve been missing out!

The characters were so endearing and each of the main characters had something unique about them, that made them really interesting to read about.

M.K. (Mary Kate) was probably my favorite character – the way she acted was just so cute and I couldn’t stop myself from laughing (out loud) sometimes – she was that funny! Roman – the Bee Man – and Julie are two other characters that are favorites of mine from this book.

While there is some sadness to The Keeper, I enjoyed the whole book and I’m anxiously awaiting the next book in this series!

I 100% recommend The Keeper – it was great!!!

* I received a complimentary copy of “The Keeper” from the publisher to review. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion – which I’ve done. All opinions expressed are my own. *

“Available January 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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