Face of Betrayal (by Lis Wiehl and April Henry) … fast-paced mystery and adventurous ride

I have become a huge fan of Lis Wiehl. And this book did not disappoint. The three main characters call themselves the Triple Threat. They are normal people with real lives and they are dealing with real issues.

There are a lot of twists and turns. A Christian focus is sprinkled throughout but is not in your face for those who are offended by that type of book. This is a fast paced mystery that will grab you and have you along for the adventurous ride.

A Novel Way to Die (by Tamra Baumann) … relationships with a mystery

This was the first book I’ve read in this series, however, it didn’t affect my enjoyment.  Though I will definitely go back and read the first book in the series.

The characters are well developed and you are drawn into the story and murder mystery from the beginning.  I enjoyed the relationships … family, friends, and romantic.  The mystery will keep you guessing until the end.

This book has lots of positive aspects:  mystery, great characters, good people, bad guys, conflict, and resolution.

Thank you to Booksprout and the author for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.  I am now a fan of this series and look forward to enjoying more books!

Coming Home (by Lisa Scottoline) … great read with twists and turns

This book was an interesting take on family … or ex-family … relationships. There is mystery, intrigue, danger, and action throughout the pages. I loved the main character, Jill Farrow. However, her fiance just irritated me. As the story unfolds, you will develop strong feelings about the characters.

Great read with twists and turns that keep you guessing.

Photos of You (by Tammy Robinson) … heartwrenching story that makes you think

Before you open the cover and read the first word, make sure you have a box … or two boxes … of tissues close by! There are no words to describe how deeply this story touched me emotionally.

This book is a journey through sadness, pain, hope, love, loss, relationships (family, friends, romantic), emotional healing, and grief and even amidst the painful moments, there is still laughter. The author brings the characters to life. They are richly developed and you will respond to them strongly. Their support for each other is amazingly compassionate.

When you are given a number of days left to live, how will you spend that time? What will become important to you? What kind of person will you be.

Thank you to NetGalley and Forever and Grand Central Publishing for an ARC of this beautifully crafted and heartwrenching story that I hope will make you examine yourself and realize how precious life and relationships are. All comments are honest and freely shared. This is a book that needs to go the top of you to-be-read list!

Children of the Stars (by Mario Escobar) … touching story of determination and bravery

What a touching story about two young boys during the Nazi invasion. This saga is full of survival, love, loss, sacrifice, fear, and bravery. While I might question the ability of two boys to travel from Paris to Argentina, the story is still amazing. There were people along the way who were willing to resist the evil Hitler spread during his reign to help these young boys to find their parents.

I love books based during WWII and having read “Auschwitz Lullaby” by the author, I knew this would be a well-researched and heartbreaking book. Though the two boys, Jacob and Moses, are fictional characters, many of the characters and the situations described throughout the pages are based on fact.

The relationship between the brothers was precious. And the connection they shared with so many people was touching.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson Publishers for an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I was honored to have an opportunity to read such an amazing book!