Monday, October 5, 2015

Intentional Living ~ John C. Maxwell

    Intentional Living: Choosing a Life That Matters
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455548170
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455548170

John C. Maxwell, #1 New York Times bestselling author, helps readers take the first steps to living a life that matters in INTENTIONAL LIVING.
We all have a longing to be significant. We want to make a contribution, to be a part of something noble and purposeful. But many people wrongly believe significance is unattainable. They worry that it's too big for them to achieve. That they have to have an amazing idea, be a certain age, have a lot of money, or be powerful or famous to make a real difference.

The good news is that none of those things is necessary for you to achieve significance and create a lasting legacy. The only thing you need to achieve significance is to be intentional. And to do that, all you need to do is start. You can't make an impact sitting still and doing nothing. Every major accomplishment that's ever been achieved started with a first step. Sometimes it's hard; other times it's easy, but no matter what, you have to do it if you want to get anywhere in life.

In INTENTIONAL LIVING, John Maxwell will help you take that first step, and the ones that follow, on your personal path through a life that matters.

My take on this book:
Our lives are like a story, there is often the good, the bad and sometimes the ugly that we often want to hide, but overall, the way that we live and what we do is our story. Honestly I had never thought about it in such simple terms until picking up Intentional Living by John C. Maxwell. The great thing is as long as we are alive, we have the ability to shift our story to who we want to be instead of who we might be right now. Instead of living an unintentional life where things just sort of happen, we can begin to live intentionally, and choose to make a difference, then it becomes like a ripple effect where we might just influence someone else. Reading Intentional Living will show the reader the simple steps they need to make to start living life with purpose, and one of the simplest steps is changing ones mindset! 

This is the first book I have read by John C. Maxwell and if I had to describe it in one word it would be POWERFUL!  There is no way to read this book and not be inspired to live the best life you can live. A life without regret, a life where you make a difference. This book motivates and inspires but it also touched a place deep in my heart as I read the stories the author shared. The writing style is so easy to comprehend, and I truly felt like I was listening to Mr. Maxwell speak as I read the book. There were so many favorite passages that i underlined, but the one line that jumped out at me was this " If you give with no expectation of return, you can make a difference and live a life that matters," and honestly isn't that what we all want. Truly a timely book for today's society one that everyone should read. I have found myself rereading certain passages because I truly want to live a life that matters and this book holds the keys to help unlock the potential that lives inside all of us!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

The Daughters of Jim Farrell ~ Sylvia Bambola

  • Paperback: 286 pages
  • Publisher: Heritage Publishing House (July 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989970787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989970785

Pennsylvania 1873: When, in the harsh world of Pennsylvania coal country, Jim Farrell is hanged for murder, his wife and three daughters must turn their beautiful home into a boarding house in order to survive. But struggling beneath the shadow of shame becomes too much for eldest daughter, Kate. She resolves to clear her father’s name in spite of her mother’s admonition to “let it go,” and convinces her sisters to help. All too soon their dangerous quest rips the family apart. Will it also cost them the men they love?

My take on this book:
The Daughters of Jim Farrell takes readers  to the tiny town of Sweet Air, PA during the spring of 1873. We meet the Farrell family who were once a prominent family in good social standing in the town, but reduced to turning their stately home into a boarding house in order to survive when Jim Farrell was hanged for murder!  Thing is his oldest daughter Kate decides she is going to hire a Pinkerton agent to prove her fathers innocence and talks her two younger sisters Virginia and Charlotte into contributing to the cause. Just what will they uncover when the investigation begins? 

The Daughters of Jim Farrell was a page turning mystery that was really so much more. The author paints an amazing portrait of the coal camps that existed during that time, while also including the miners and their families. The Farrell sisters were as different as day and night. Kate was stubborn and wanted answers, Virginia was interested in starting her own newspaper and Charlotte just wanted to marry her boyfriend, a man from a prominent family in town. Each sister finds love in their own way and while I enjoyed the story with each sister and the man that fate seemed to entwine them with it had to be the story between Patrick and Virginia that really touched a chord in me. I found myself cheering this couple on,I could just imagine this gentle giant of a man, and the way that he felt for Virginia.  and my heart truly broke at the end of their story, I even shed a few tears. I will admit the author left me with high hopes for Virginia and I am keeping my fingers crossed that we might get another story revolving around these sisters! 

The One That Got Away ~ Nancy C. Davis

  • File Size: 2029 KB
  • Print Length: 70 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Collins Collective (September 28, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 28, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B015XYM6Y0

In the middle of the big move to a new apartment with her five favorite felines, Millie Holland discovers a mysterious letter in her inbox. She is unaware that when she opens the email, she will be faced with a challenge to solve the sender's riddles within three days or someone is going to lose their life. 

Determined to succeed, she will push herself to solve the puzzling clues to reveal the identity of the sender and save a life. Has Millie met her match? Will she solve the mystery in time, before it's too late? 

Read to find out. 

Millie is back in this exciting new mystery. This is the fourth book in the popular Millie Holland Cozy Mystery Series. 

My take on this book:
I have been on a reading binge since discovering Nancy C. Davis and her cat mystery series! With The One That Got Away we get another story from The Millie Holland  series and this one just might be the best of the series yet!

While reading the emails from her Dear Diane column, Millie opens an email that threatens murder if she can't solve the riddles in three days. Of course Millie loves solving a good mystery, and the riddles certainly aren't so easy to solve, but as the clues start to fall into place she realizes just who the intended victim is. Can she figure it out before it's to late? 

Millie is such an interesting character, and boy does she wind up smack dab in the middle of danger! She doesn't give up, and I find humor in the fact that she is willing to play the "old lady" card when she has to. This book has action, more than a few twists and a even some fun movie trivia. We are also introduced to a new character Officer Kyle Dugan and since he is moving to Ft. Lauderdale I am sure we will see more of him in the future. Anyone who enjoys a good cozy mystery, especially with cats involved will find this a purrfect read. I do recommend reading the entire series, not because I don't think this book couldn't be read as a stand alone, it could because the author provided enough background information, but because its a fun series that provides for interesting story lines, and not so easy to solve mysteries! My only complaint is I have to wait for the next installment.

I Want To Be Just Like Jesus Bible Storybook ~ Stephen Elkins

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Series: Wonder Kids
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 17, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496408217

All parents want their children to model good character. And the best way to do that is to encourage children to want to be just like our ultimate role model―Jesus!

Just Like Jesus Bible Storybook is a collection of stories that will inspire kids to take on the character of Jesus. Each story highlights a lesson that Jesus taught―lessons like giving thanks, treating everyone equally, sharing with others, being patient, being generous, and more. Each lesson features a “Jesus in the Bible” story that shows Jesus’ character and how He acted in particular situations. Flip the page, and children will find a section called “Jesus in Me” that will inspire them to model Jesus’s behavior, conform to His character, and want to be just like Him! Each lesson ends with a short prayer through which children can ask God to help them develop the character of Jesus.

My take on this book:
If we want our children to make good choices then we have to build in them good character traits and with Just Like Jesus by Stephen Elkins you will find  forty character traits of Jesus. Each story opens with a character trait, a lovely illustration and then a Bible verse, each Bible verse comes from either the NIV or the NLT translation. Then on the next page we get the heading Jesus in the Bible and then it goes on to share a Bible story about that particular trait of Jesus. This section is followed by Jesus in me and shares practical information on how young ones can practice being like Jesus in their daily life. Each story closes with a prayer. The illustrations in this little book are very eye catching and paired nicely with the topics. This is a book that parents will want to read with their youngster so that they can answer any questions and also help with some of the harder words. I love that there is a dedication page because this book would make a nice little gift, and honestly I could see this being used in a setting such as Sunday School or even home school. I love that there is a list at the back of the book for the user to check off each  character building chapter that they read. Overall, a wonderful little book to help teach youngsters about the wonderful characteristics of Jesus!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Ties That Bind ~ Cindy Woodsmall

  • Series: The Amish of Summer Grove
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 8, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601426992
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601426994

Ariana’s comfortable Old Order Amish world is about to unravel. Will holding tightly to the cords of family keep them together—or simply tear them apart?
Twenty-year-old Ariana Brenneman loves her family and the Old Ways. She has two aspirations: open a café in historic Summer Grove to help support her family’s ever-expanding brood and to keep any other Amish from being lured into the Englisch life by Quill Schlabach. 
Five years ago Quill, along with her dear friend Frieda, ran off together, and Ariana still carries the wounds of that betrayal. When she unexpectedly encounters him, she soon realizes he has plans to help someone else she loves leave the Amish.  
Despite how things look, Quill’s goal has always been to protect Ariana from anything that may hurt her, including the reasons he left. After returning to Summer Grove on another matter, he unearths secrets about Ariana and her family that she is unaware of. His love and loyalty to her beckons him to try to win her trust and help her find a way to buy the café—because when she learns the truth that connects her and a stranger named Skylar Nash, Quill knows it may upend her life forever.      
Ties That Bind is the first novel in the Amish of Summer Grove series.

My take on this book:
I always look forward to starting a new Amish series, especially when the author is Cindy Woodsmall, and with Ties That Bind we begin the Amish of Summer Grove Series. Ariana Brenneman grew up in the Old Order Amish and has always been quite content, sure she aspires to open a bakery in the town of Summer Grove, that is if she can get the money together to do it, but that's so she can help out with her family. It had been five years since Quill Schlabach had left the Amish community with a teen girl, and if truth be told Ariana hadn't really ever gotten over it, and now he is back, but can they rebuild their friendship? Thing is Quill has always had feelings for Ariana, but he also knows something that would change her life forever and he wants to help her any way he can even if only she will let him.

I found myself struggling to get involved in this book and I think the reason might have been because there were so many characters and their stories to learn,that I felt like I was getting bounced back and forth to much. As the book progressed though I found myself being drawn into the storyline. There was a few plot twists that provided just the right amount of ummph to make me want to read on and I am glad that I did! Overall, I didn't connect to this book right away but I am glad that I continued to read, because I have become hooked and can't wait to read the next book in the series! 
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review. 

Delia and the Drifter ~ Melody Carlson

  • File Size: 2016 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Highway 126 Publishing (August 18, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc

An arranged marriage to save the family from ruin? 

Delia Blackstone knows what her mother is up to—she intends to marry her off to an older man who is all fortune and no future. And Delia’s having none of it. 

When a mysterious visitor appears on the family doorstep and offers an opportunity for Delia to travel from Pennsylvania to Colorado, Delia knows it is time for her to strike out on her own and discover a new life. Along the way she encounters a handsome drifter who captures her heart. But is he interested in trading his exciting life of adventure for love? 

Two murders, a missing will and a number of puzzling relationships are enough to unsettle anyone—even smart, capable Delia. Who can she trust? And can she trust her heart in matters of love?

My take on this book:
Delia and the Drifter is a captivating historical fiction read that wont let you put it down once you start reading it!

  Delia Blackstone is a young lady who knows her own mind. On the verge of turning twenty one she hasn't been home long from college, something that is quite unusual for most women in 1884. She has always been taught to respect her parents but when she learns that her mother has been grooming her to marry a wealthy older man, she isn't sure what she will do. When a stranger shows up at her door, sharing a secret about her past, and offering her a chance to travel west she decides she will take the opportunity, even though her parents forbid it. During her travels she meets Wyatt Davis a confirmed drifter who seems to be looking for his next adventure in Alaska. While Delia is drawn to him, she knows life is steering her to Colorado, but when she finally arrives at her destination she finds the situation changed, and danger seems to lurk around every corner. Will Delia find what she is looking for in Colorado, or will she be forced to return home to Pittsburgh, and what about the love she feels for Wyatt? 

To say that I read a lot of historical fiction is an understatement, actually it's probably my favorite genre to read, and Delia and the Drifter is one of the best stories I have read in awhile. Sure there is threads of romance woven into this story, but there is so much more! Delia is a smart, determined young woman who is also very brave. She finds herself headed west into a situation that is daunting to say the least,and then when she arrives she finds that what she had hoped will never be. While she makes the best of things she is thrown into the midst of a situation where it really is hard to figure out who to trust, and what actually is going on. Shootings, murder, and a squabble over water rights makes for some tense times. The suspense and mystery was well done, and I also enjoyed the day to day living of the ranch. Watching Delia transform from a city girl to a rancher, the authors descriptive writing allows you to visually watch the scenes unfold, while also experiencing the various settings, such as the streets of Pittsburgh, traveling by train, or viewing the wide open spaces of Colorado, through the eyes of the characters!  Once I started reading this story I couldn't wait to find out what would ultimately happen for Delia, and I have to say, that I wasn't disappointed. While I enjoyed the characters of Delia and Wyatt I loved the character of Hank! Fans of historical fiction that provides plenty of twists, and very well developed characters will love this book. I for one can't wait to read the next book in the Westward to Home Series! 

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn ~ Shelley Shepard Gray

  • Series: The Pinecraft Brides
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Avon Inspire; Reprint edition (September 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062337742
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062337740

Beloved bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray returns with the third book in her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series—a story of second chances for two young single parents...and the wedding that brings them together.
Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband Sanford passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. In the years since, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. And it doesn’t hurt that he’s also handsome and kind. Still, Emma is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?

Jay knows that few people his age understand what it’s like to lose a spouse, and Emma’s gentleness with his boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when Jay’s oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.

Jay wants to court Emma in earnest, but Emma’s relatives remain troubled by the prospect of her moving on. Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

My take on this book:
I have enjoyed reading each installment of the Amish Brides of Pinecraft series by Shelley Shepard Gray and this book is no different. Written in a wonderful style that effortlessly pulls me right into the lives of the characters I find myself needing to know what the final outcome of their stories will be. This book is the third book in the series, and the setting of Pinecraft as well as the Orange Blossom Inn is so easy to imagine, and the characters are so easy to connect with. I could easily imagine a dog loving pizza, Frankie was tail wagging adorable, and really made the story for me. Of course the story between Jay and Emma was great. Each one being a widow with children, neither looking for love, but sometimes it's when your least expecting to find love that it finds you.Picking up a book in this series is like visiting with old friends because some of the previous characters from the other books spill over into this one, with that said this I feel like this could be read as a stand alone book, but I highly recommend reading the entire series. Fans of Amish fiction are certainly enjoy this series, but it's the setting of Pinecraft as the well drawn characters that keeps me turning the pages. My only complaint is waiting for the next book in the series!

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Gather Around The Amish Table By Lucy Leid ~ Blog Tour with giveaway



Gather Around the Amish Table(MennoMedia, September 2015)
Straight from Amish kitchens to yours, this cookbook offers favorite family recipes and charming stories from Amish and Mennonite cooks.
Bake the pecan rolls that taste best after an ice-skating party, or try the hoagies that a community sold to help an Amish family with hospital bills. Discover the cocoa cupcakes with instructions to “stir by hand” that one young cook took literally, or whip up the whoopie pies that one Amish woman took to market in her horse and buggy.
These cherished recipes speak of comforting traditions, lively communities, and strong Christian faith. Gather your family around the table to sample the nourishing fare and trademark charm of the plain people. In the words of one cookbook contributor: “Bake someone happy!”

My take on this book:
I always look forward to eating authentic Amish food whenever I take a trip to Amish country, and with Gather Around The Amish Table by Lucy Leid is filled with recipes for so many of these favorite foods. From my favorite Whoopie pies to the many chicken recipes I have already made several of the dishes in this book, and the one thing that stands out is just how quick and easy these foods are to make. I liked the way this recipe book is presented, broken down into various topics with a handy index that makes it easy to find a recipe. I found the extra recipes for household cleaner, baby wipes and even bird treats to be quite useful, and I have already used the pantry plant food recipe on my houseplants and see a noticeable change. While I enjoyed the many recipes, and the pictures that were mouth watering tempting, it was the stories that the author peppered throughout the book that makes this a favorite cook book of mine. I have to admit when I first picked this book up I found myself just flipping through the pages to see the pictures and found myself hooked on reading the many stories that I found inside . Gather Around The Amish Table is more than your average recipe book, sure you get a wonderful collection of recipes, but it's the compilation of stories that really makes this book a keeper for me. Great for gift giving I actually plan on giving a couple of copies to friends.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.
Lucy Leid


Lucy Leid is an Old Order Mennonite wife, mother, and cook in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

NIV Bible For Women

  • Hardcover: 1792 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 22, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310409462
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310409465

What is on your heart today? Struggles at home or with a friend? The miracle and joy of a new birth? A misunderstanding with a boyfriend or spouse? Are you grieving a loss? Are you celebrating a new job? Or anticipating a move? Whatever you face, good or bad, the Bible is relevant to your joys and sorrows, worries, fears, pain and happiness. God loves you and gave you his Word, the Bible, so you could know him more. The NIV Bible for Women contains an inspiring foreword by Shauna Niequist and writings by women who want to share their experiences—their joys and their struggles—with you. Authors such as Naomi Zacharias, Alyssa Joy Bethke, Caryn Rivadeneria, Rachel Held Evans, Katie Davis, Enuma Okoro, Kathy Khang, Laura Ortberg Turner, Kristen Howerton (Rage Against the Minivan), Margaret Feinberg, Tsh Oxenreider (TheArtofSimple), and Annie Downs share their thoughts on topics ranging from cultural issues like social justice, economic inequality, and social media addiction to personal needs like prayer, decision-making, relationships, infertility, career, and calling. These thought-provoking topics are easy to share on social networks to strengthen and inspire your circle of friends while creating meaningful conversation.
The NIV Bible for Women will help your time spent with God grow deeper and richer as you dig into his Word, bask in his love, learn his ways and then in turn share your journey with others in all the situations you face.
In every NIV Bible for Women:
  • Enter into the presence of God through the devotions each weekday and the Myths for each weekend for a full year of readings for your quiet time
  • Apply the "Reflect" questions and the "Pray" prompts so you can take what you have read and become more intimately connected with God
  • Evaluate the culturally accepted myths that are presented in articles that challenge your previous notions with truth from God’s Word.
  • Utilize the topical index to enhance your personal study
  • Easily understand Scripture through the readability of the New International Version Bible (NIV)
My take on this Bible:
The NIV Bible for Women is a good choice for someone looking for a combination devotional/ Bible that will help steer the readers thoughts towards God's words. There are actually 260 devotions one for each weekday of the year. Some of the devotions are written by best selling authors, while others are adapted from blogs or previously composed material. Included at the back of the Bible is mini biographies of the contributing authors. The devotions are relevant to the issues that many women face in their daily lives. The feature titled myths was interesting because it dealt with myths that we are often told are true, there are 52 such articles and they share a story about a woman who believed the myth and how it affected her life. Along with these two helpful features there is a topical index for issues that were discussed in the devotions and myth features. One of the things that I really didn't like about this Bible was the dust jacket, it had a rough feel, and it kept curling up becoming more of a hindrance than a help and if I used this Bible daily I would probably remove the dust jacket because I disliked the texture so much.  Overall, not my favorite Bible but it would be a good choice for someone looking for an encouraging devotional Bible. 

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

NIRV Giant Print Holy Bible

  • Age Range: 8 and up 
  • Hardcover: 2368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (October 6, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310751209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310751205

The Giant Print Holy Bible, NIrV combines ease of reading a single-column text with a simple typeface, making it perfect for comfortable Bible reading and for bringing the Word of God into focus.
Features include:
  • Complete text of the Bible in the NIrV, the stepping stone to the NIV
  • Giant-print 14-point type for easy reading
  • Single-column layout

My take on this Bible:
This Bible is exactly what it says it is a giant print NIRV Bible. The large 14 point print is very easy on the eyes and the single column style makes for an easy reading experience. I actually own a couple NIRV versions of the Bible and the reason I like this one so well is that the cover isn't childish looking, making it a great choice for adults who just want a simpler version of the Bible to read. This edition also includes a small dictionary, along with an index of one hundred fifty famous Bible stories. Another great thing that I noticed about this Bible is that whenever a verse is quoted from another place in the Bible the information such as chapter and verse will follow right after the verse that is quoted. Overall this is a great Bible for anyone looking for a simple, easy to read version that has large print. I do wish that there would have been a presentation page included because I could easily see this being great for gift giving.

A complimentary copy of this Bible was provided for review.

Ghostly Interests ~ Lily Harper Hart

  • Series: A Harper Harlow Mystery
  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 20, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1512215422
  • ISBN-13: 978-1512215427

Harper Harlow lives in a world of ghosts. She sees them. She talks to them. She investigates them. She sends them on their merry way. She’s not embarrassed by her abilities, and she’s not afraid to be who she is. She’s also not looking for a relationship. Enter Jared Monroe, a smooth-talking police detective who sees things in black and white and ignores any shades of gray. He doesn’t believe in ghosts, and while he’s intrigued by the feisty blonde ghost detective, he’s not interested in the paranormal. When twenty-one-year-old Annie Dresden’s body washes up on the beach of Whisper Cove, Harper and Jared collide. Sparks may be flying, but so is confusion and mistrust. Harper calls on her loyal band of ghost hunters to solve the crime, and Jared relies on his training to tackle the same problem. It doesn’t matter what approach they take because all paths are destined to intersect. Can Harper and Jared learn to work together? And, more importantly, can new ghosts let go of the past and give in to an obscure future? It’s anyone’s guess when big personalities go to war and find they might have more in common than they think.

My take on this book:
Harper Harlow started seeing ghosts at the age of eight years old when her grandfather came to visit her one night, thing is her grandfather had just died, and her mother came to tell her just as his ghost was starting to fade away. She uses her talents in her business Ghost Hunters Inc., which she runs with her best friend Zander. The tiny town of Whisper Cove has come to accept her abilities, so when she meets the wandering ghost of Annie Dresden she wants to help solve the mystery of what happened to her so that she can help her cross over, thing is the new police detective Jared Monroe doesn't believe in ghosts and can't help but be suspicious of her. As they both go about solving the mystery their paths cross and the current between them becomes electric. As they come closer to figuring out what happened to Annie, Harper becomes the killers next target! 

Well I think I have found a new favorite author with Lily Harper Hart, because  I loved Ghostly Interests! A plot that zips along with break neck speed with more than a few twists and a cast of laugh out loud zany characters made this a page turning read where actually it wasn't easy to figure out who committed the crime! I love the relationship between Zander and Harper, those two were so funny together! The relationship that developed between Jared and Harper was electric, and left me what might happen in the next installment of this series. My only complaint about this story is that I have to wait until January to read Ghostly Interests the next book in the series, but I think it will be well worth waiting for! 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

The Columbus Code ~ Mike Evans

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Worthy Publishing (September 15, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617954845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617954849

The Columbus Code is just that the true, historical puzzle few could comprehend until today. Consistent with great historical fiction of our time, New York Times best-sell author Mike Evans pens a story replete with intrigue, adventure, and brutal persecution. The story begins with John Winters, an American Secret Service agent, who unravels centuries old truths about Christopher Columbus and the real drama that lay behind those famous voyages to the Americas.

My take on this book:
After the death of his wife several years earlier, John Winter's relationship with his daughter Maria became almost non existent. His job as a Secret Service Agent was all he had and now that he is on paid leave after a botched raid he is sort of at loose ends. When his mother dies unexpectedly, she leaves him a note explaining that she has been doing geological research into the family history and believes that they are direct descendants of Christopher Columbus and asks that John continue her research where she left off. His research will have him traveling to Spain searching for hidden truths, and what he finds just might cost him his life!

The Columbus Code is a page turning read that really left me wanting more! I found myself drawn in by the character of John Winter. I could understand the issues that he was grappling with, and the relationship that he shared with his daughter Maria was also understandable. The plot moves along at a fast pace and it was interesting to see how the different story lines came together. I must admit I was most fascinated with the secret society and their plans for taking over world finances, something that seems very timely for today.  The author also touches on end time prophecy including the blood moons, which added another intriguing element for me. Fans of fast paced, suspense filled reads that deal with end time prophecy will certainly find this story worth reading. 

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review.