"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."--Groucho Marx

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Duke’s Promise: A Forgotten Castles Novel, by Jamie Carle

B&H Publishing

Jamie Carle creates beautiful scenic pictures in her novels, and A Dukes Promise is an excellent example of that. The Duke and Alexandria travel across Europe to locate her parents in an attempt to save them. A Duke’s Promise is the final book in the Forgotten Castle trilogy, wrapping up the story beautifully. Read the three novels in order for the most enjoyment. I recommend this for those who enjoy clean romances with a suspenseful side, along with such beautiful word pictures that I had to keep Google-ing the sites so that I could see if they were correctly described…and they were.

Received Galley from NetGalley.com

Published by B&H Publishing Group on September 1, 2012.

The Treasure of the Celtic Triangle, by Michael Phillips

Barbour Publishing

The is a beautiful novel written in a similar manner to those of Louisa May Alcott in that it creates in the reader the desire to live a better life with a closer walk with the Lord. On his deathbed, Percy Drummond’s uncle requests that Percy attempt to locate his never acknowledged first born child from Ireland. Since the location of the heir will change the current lineage, Percy takes on the task while his wedding plans fall apart, and his cousin threatens Percy’s aunt. This story is heart wrenching and beautiful, running the gamut of emotions. I loved it. This is the first Michael Phillips novel that I have read, and I will definitely look for all his others. I would recommend this for people who enjoy a novel that captures their hearts and strives to lift them up while it weaves a beautiful story.

Received Galley from NetGalley.com

Published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. on August 1, 2012.

Hide and Seek: A Novel, by Major (Ret) Jeff Struecker and Alton Gansky

B&H Publishing

Set in the middle of Kyrgyzstan, a country boiling with turmoil, a foreign affairs office attempts to save the daughter of Kyrgyzstan’s president from terrorists determined on taking over the government. Master Sergeant J.J. Bartley is the leader of the team sent to rescue them, after the Kyrgyzstan government expressly tells the U.S. stay out. Mirroring today’s international tensions and immediate decisions required by our military leaders today, Hide and Seek is a riveting ride as the Special Operations team tracks down the two women who are running for their lives. Struecker uses his military knowledge to create a novel that puts the reader into stressful situations that mirror today’s current events. The inclusion of the characters’ conversations with the Lord creates an added depth to the story. This was definitely one of the best suspenseful novels I have read this year, and I am putting Struecker and Gansky on my list of Top Writers. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys war/ military, and suspense novels.

Received Galley from NetGalley.com

Published by B&H Publishing Group on July 1, 2012.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

The Teavangelicals: The Inside Story of How the Evangelicals and the Tea Party are Taking Back America, by David Brody

As the Chief Polical Correspondent at CBN News, David Brody has a close up and personal view of the makings of the Tea Party and all the players involved. He uses his connections and knowledge to give those of us concerned with the path of the United States today the benefit of his knowledge. He opens the doors to the grassroots beginnings of the Tea Party giving small biographies of the people who helped make the politicians realize that mainstream America will not allow themselves to be taxes into obscurity. If you have wondered how the Tea Party began to have political power in just a few years, you need to read this book.

Received Galley from NetGalley.com

Published by Zondervan, July 1, 2012.

Rebel: A Novel, by Linda Windsor

The Brides of Alba Series

David C. Cook Publishing
Kella O’Toole is a language expert and scribe for Queen Gwenhyfar, and has just discovered that she is pregnant by her fiancĂ©, Lorne. Alyn just returned from his six years of studies in the East. There Alyn learned many new things, but when his teacher was killed during some research, he begins to question his commitment to the priesthood. The court is rife with rumors with the death of Merlin and the arrival of Cassian, the archbishop of the Roman church. When word of a battle that leaves many dead, including Kella’s fiancĂ© as well as her father, a contingent starts out and Kella sneaks into the company. Alyn notices her and immediately puts her under his protection as they move toward their home, not knowing whom to trust.

The setting for Rebel is during the King Arthur era, highly researched by Linda Windsor making the story vivid for readers. She portrays the characters with such depth that the reader easily empathizes with and understands their struggles. The history included creates a complete picture of the era making the reader feel as if they are living there with the other characters. This is the last of the trilogy, but the first one I have read. I will definitely be picking up the others to read, as well as finding other books written by Windsor. If you enjoy history and romance joined with Christian growth, then you definitely need to pick up this novel, as well as the other two.

Received Galley from NetGalley.com

Published by David C. Cook on June 1, 2012.

The Guardian Duke: A Forgotten Castles Novel, by Jamie Carie

B&H Publishing

After the King ordered Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton to be the guardian for Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are missing. Alexandria, who practically raised herself, does not feel the need for a guardian at this point. Alexandria wants to find and save her parents, and she assumes that the Duke is a stuffy old man who will put a stop to her desires. Immediately, Alexandria begins her plans to find her parents while keeping away from Gabriel and walking right into danger.

The Guardian Duke starts this series off on the right foot. Carie weaves an interesting romantic mystery as the main characters deal with personal problems and attempt to strengthen their relationships with the Lord. Carie describes the scenery beautifully, building visual pictures of the travels. This is a great read for historical romantic mystery readers of all ages.

Received Galley from NetGalley.com

Published by B&H Publishing Group, February 1, 2012.


My goodness! It has been so long since I’ve gotten to post, that I have a whole list. I thought my summer was busy, but the beginning of the fall school year is over the top. I have been able to squeeze in several great reads, and I can’t wait to tell you all about them. I’ve loved each one I’ve read, but then the next gets better and better. These writers are really putting out some terrific reads. Hope you enjoy them, too.