Monday, July 14, 2014

Firewall by DiAnn Mills

book review of Firewall by DiAnn Mills (Tyndale House) by papertapepins

After a whirlwind romance, Taryn Young is preparing to board a plane at Houston International Airport, bound for a dream honeymoon, when a bomb decimates the terminal. Injured but still alive, she awakens to discover her husband is missing and they’re both considered prime suspects in the attack. Further, the FBI is convinced her husband isn’t who he appears to be.

Agent Grayson Hall’s number-one priority is to catch those responsible for the day’s act of terror. All evidence is pointing to Taryn and her new husband. But his instinct tells him her pleas of innocence are genuine. Is her naiveté just for show, or could she truly be another victim of a master scheme, possibly linked to the software she recently developed for her company?

With both their lives and reputations on the line, and the media outcry for justice increasing with each passing minute, Taryn and Grayson have no choice but to trust one another . . . and pray they can uncover the truth before they become two more casualties.

I have been a fan of DiAnn Mills for a few years now and so I had to read this book, even if the synopsis didn't really jump out and grab me. I was pleasantly surprised by this fantastic suspense story! There were a lot of factors that could really have messed it up - i.e. the fact that it starts with Taryn's marriage shattering at the beginning of the story. How would she handle getting over that before moving on with the obvious new love interest. That, and other big questions I had were dealt with expertly. The focus of the story is more so on the mystery, which it should be.

It's not a breezy, quick read by any means, but more of an intense, 'smart' thriller. I didn't fully understand all the tech talk about the software but that just made it a little more realistic for me. That never happened when it really counted, I understood most of it. It's just kind of like when an author pops in the occasional word from another language in a story.

Fantastic, well done, keep them coming! Loved the cover, too!

This book was provided to me by Tyndale Publishers and Netgalley for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Tyndale!

Author Bio
DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five books published.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers' Choice, and Carol award contests. DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; the 2014 president of the Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope, & Love chapter; and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, and International Thriller Writers. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also a craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas. Visit her website at and connect with her on Facebook (, Twitter (@DiAnnMills), Pinterest (, and Goodreads (

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

For Love Or Country by Jennifer Hudson Taylor

book review of For Love Or Country by Jennifer Hudson Taylor (Abingdon Press) by papertapepins

For Love or Country, Book 2, The MacGregor Legacy

One spy. One commission. One Love.
He must risk it all to save everything.

Wilmington, NC, 1781

(During Revolutionary War)

At the height of the Revolutionary War, Tyra MacGregor is successful at thwarting the British Army with her colonial spy efforts. But her sleuthing ways come to a screeching halt when Captain Donahue "Hugh" Morgan puts her under house arrest.

Hugh is intrigued by this courageous spy the natives call "War Woman." She's more daring than most men and is intelligent in defending her convictions. Even more impressive to Hugh is the strength of Tyra's unshakeable faith in God.

When Tyra his life during an attack, Hugh vows to return the favor. Before he can intervene, however, she is caught by his superior officer and imprisoned. Soon Hugh's honor, faith, country, and love are on the line. Can he risk it all to save everything?

For Love Or Country is the second book in the MacGregor Quest Series. The first book follows Tyra's parents as they sail from Scotland and eventually settle in the states to raise a family. The Revolutionary War is now in full swing, and unlike many of their countrymen who have also settled nearby, the MacGregor family joins the fight to keep the freedom they cherish in their new country. Tyra's father and three of her brothers are fighting against the British, and she has secretly joined the rebel patriots as well. All of that becomes far more dangerous when a wounded British soldier is brought to her and she nurses him back to health. He is then stationed in their home to keep an eye on their activities.

Hugh and his brother joined the army to escape the life of poverty they were born into in England. They wanted to make something of themselves and earn respect and a place in society.  He is fighting out of loyalty to his country and because he is a man of his word, not out of any major conviction about the reason for the war and his convictions are sorely tested as he comes to know the MacGregors.

I enjoyed the story, although it wandered a bit from time to time. I appreciated that knowing the right thing to do in the difficult situations that war can put you in required thought and prayer and some amount of struggle for the characters, and things did not always go easily for them. It's a clean historical romance, and the author has obviously done a lot of research into her subject.

This book was provided to me by Upon The Rock Publicist and Abingdon Press for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

About the Author

Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award-winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe and the Carolinas. Her books, which include Path of Freedom, Highland Blessings, and Highland Sanctuary, have been critically acclaimed by publications such as RT Book Reviews and USA Today’s Happy Ever After blog. Visit Jennifer online at

Monday, June 30, 2014

Adventure Bible for Early Readers, NIrV

Ready for Adventure? The Adventure Bible for Early Readers takes you on a fun, exciting journey through God’s Word. Along the way you’ll meet all types of people, see all sorts of places, and learn all kinds of things about the Bible. Most importantly, you’ll grow closer in your relationship with God. Here’s a quick tour through the features:
  • Life in Bible Times - Articles and illustrations describe what life was like in ancient days
  • People in Bible Times - Articles offer close-up looks at amazing people of the Bible
  • Let’s Live It! - Hands-on activities help you apply biblical truths to your life
  • Did You Know? - Interesting facts help you understand God's Word
  • Words to Treasure - Great verses to memorize
  • Twenty special pages - Games and other Bible fun, all with a jungle safari theme
  • Book introductions, a dictionary, and color maps
  • Includes the New International Reader’s Version (NIrV) that is perfect for children learning to read and explore the Bible for the first time on their own.
I am really impressed with the overall quality and visual appeal of this Bible! It's wonderfully illustrated, there's enough colour and pictures interspersed throughout to appeal to younger ages, but not to the point of being extremely juvenile so it can grow with them. This is a full version of the Bible, in the New International Readers Version (NIrV) which is a translation that uses contemporary english. I find it similar to the NIV.

This Bible is hardcover, which is a big plus for durability. We have had one or two other Junior Bibles around here and the soft cover ones do not stand up well to regular use and going back and forth to church. The pages aren't super thin, I don't think they'll be likely to rip and the print doesn't leak right through making it hard to read. That seems to be a problem with some other children's Bibles because they are trying to do things cheap. Not a problem here. The only negative I have about this particular Bible is the lenticular picture on the front of the bible, the ribbed 3D kind of thing. I think it makes it look younger than it's really geared for and the age that would be ready for a full Bible. Besides that, young boys love scratching their nails across it!

Overall, this is a great Bible choice for a boy or girl who is ready for a full Bible instead of a Bible story book. It's already got my 7 year old reading bits and pieces in his new Bible instead of feeling like it's way out of his league. It'll be a while before he's reading whole chapters but he feels grown up having this Bible.

This Bible was provided to me by Zondervan and BookLook for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own.

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