Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Book review of Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey (Bethany House) by papertapepins



The Final Countdown to Stop an Imminent Attack Has Begun.

Burning debris littering the ground . . . smoke pluming in the acrid air . . . this is just the beginning if he fails.

Seven years ago, operative Luke Gallagher vanished to become part of an elite team set on capturing a deadly terrorist. When Luke returns to face those he left behind, their help becomes his only hope of stopping his target's latest threat of an attack that would shake America to its core.

Private investigator Kate Maxwell never stopped loving or looking for Luke after he disappeared. But she also never imagined he left her or his life by choice. Now he's back, and together they must unravel a twisting thread of secrets, lies, and betrayal, all while on the brink of a biological disaster. 

Will they and their love survive, or will Luke and Kate become the terrorist's next mark?


I loved every book in this series, and this is a fantastic ending! I didn't know quite what to expect as to Luke coming back home after being deep undercover for years. It was all done very well, without glossing over the difficulties. I love these books!! Have I said that yet?

Kate Maxwell is a private investigator, probably born out of what she went through with Luke, her boyfriend in college, disappearing into thin air right before they graduated. She's grown into a strong, independent, successful woman, but she's never stopped looking into his disappearance. He reappears. Right at the end of the book before this. And what a reappearance it is. She's left torn, he's alive, he's well ... but he left her of his own free will.

Luke was asked to join an elite CIA team and he left the life he had behind for a grand adventure. He didn't stop to fully consider the implications to others in his life, his girlfriend, friends and family, and he sure didn't expect it to last for more than 8 years. It was important work, bringing down a high level terrorist who was a threat to the entire world pretty much, but the cost to Luke and those who loved him was very high. How do you settle into 'normal' life after that? How do those you left behind come to grips with your return?

This entire series is a must read!!

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.


THE AUTHOR

  1. Dani Pettrey
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    Dani Pettrey

    Praised by New York Times best-selling author Dee Henderson as "a name to look for in romantic suspense," Dani Pettrey has sold more than 400,000 copies of her novels to readers eagerly awaiting the next release. Dani combines the page-turning...
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Sunday, September 9, 2018

The Lady Of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller

Book review of The Lady Of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller (Bethany House) by papertapepins



In 1905 Tarpon Springs, Florida, Zanna Krykos values the independence her career as a lawyer gives her from her very traditional Greek family and the pressure they put on her to find a husband. When a friend inherits a sponging business, Zanna finds herself agreeing to run it for her . . . even though she doubts her legal skills make her qualified.

When offered the chance to lead a team of sponge divers to the United States, experienced Greek diver Nico Kalos can't imagine a better opportunity. But his excitement quickly quells when their team arrives only to discover that a young woman with no experience will be their boss. For the sake of his men and the families they support, he can't let the business fail.

But when both the business and the lives of the employees are threatened, can Zanna and Nico set aside their pride and come together to save what matters most?

I was drawn to this book particularly by the cover. The premise of diving for sponges off the coast of Florida was pretty interesting too. Unfortunately, while the history and setting should make the story unique and fascinating, it was rather ho hum. I think if the author had added a good dose of humor it would have gone a long ways towards making it a more interesting read. 

I always look forward to reading a story in an unfamiliar place or time in history and I certainly learned quite a bit about the sponging business in the early 1900s. I hadn't every really thought about where they come from. I am from the west coast of Canada and love pretty much anything to do with the ocean so this book was interesting in its facts and history but the story didn't really work for me. The characters weren't terribly likeable or exciting in the least and in the end everything wrapped up rather quickly. Bam, it was over. If you're interested because of the sponging or the Florida coast, give it a go but otherwise it might not be worth it.

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



THE AUTHOR

  1. Judith Miller

    Judith Miller

    Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are reflected in her bestselling novels. Judy and her family make their home in Kansas. Learn more at www.judithmccoymiller.com.
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

All My Tomorrows by Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund and Elizabeth Camden

Book review of All My Tomorrows by Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund and Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House) by papertapepins



Stories of Love That Will Last through Every Tomorrow

Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund, and Elizabeth Camden are among the most acclaimed authors in the historical romance genre--their novels have won a RITA award, a Christy Award, a Christian Book Award, and multiple Carol Awards. These beloved writers offer for the first time ever in print three unforgettable historical novellas that celebrate true love:

Karen Witemeyer's "Worth the Wait" takes readers to the Harper's Station women's colony, where a single mother must overcome pain and fears of the past in order to trust a gruff but kind freighter who has helped the women expand their business. 

Jody Hedlund's "An Awakened Heart" follows a young widow into the shadows of New York's tenements, where she and a newly appointed minister spar over the best way to care for the poor and orphaned. 

Elizabeth Camden's "Toward the Sunrise" finds a female medical student trying to overcome the ramifications of a decision that leaves her at the mercy of a stubborn but handsome attorney.

These 3 novellas are rich in content and worth the read! They are written by some of the top names in Christian fiction currently and each one accompanies a series written by that author. 

Worth the Wait takes us for a visit to Harper's Station, a women's only colony in the West. Tori, a shop owner and single mother has reason to distrust men. Benjamin Porter has been nothing but kind over the past year, even helping the women of the colony expand their business through his freight company. Tori and Benjamin are going to visit the neighboring farms with a travelling shop in the back of one of his freight wagons and even though the idea of spending the day with the gentle giant scares her, she's determined to go through with it. This is my favourite of the the three stories!

In An Awakened Heart, Christine is a wealthy spinster who has spent years caring for her ailing mother and now that's she's gone she finds she needs a direction in life. She hears an impassioned minister speak to a women's group on his ministry in the roughest parts of New York's tenements and he issues an invitation for the ladies to attend a service. Christine begins to go and attend the services, but she also has a growing awareness that there's more they could be doing. They could be physically helping these people, not just simply preaching that their lives are immoral. Convincing the preacher of trying a new way to minister is a tall task, however.

Toward The Sunrise is a slightly unconventional story about Julie Broeder, from the Broeder family, who have served the extremely wealthy Vandermark family for nearly forever as groundskeepers at one of their extensive estates. This particular estate, however, has set nearly vacant except for a skeleton staff for 60 years. I can see why the description about this one is so short because there are so many twists packed into this little package. It's a little odd, but very sweet. 

This book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.



THE AUTHORS


  1. Karen Witemeyer
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    Karen Witemeyer

    Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three...
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  2. Jody Hedlund
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    Jody Hedlund

    Jody Hedlund is the author of over a dozen novels, including Love UnexpectedCaptured by LoveUnending DevotionThe Preacher's Bride, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award for historical romance. She received a...
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  3. Elizabeth Camden
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    Elizabeth Camden

    Elizabeth Camden is the author of 11 historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and...
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