A Fool and His Monet, by Sandra Orchard

From the dashing, intriguing cover, to the final denouement, this mystery will have you biting your nails, at the edge of your seat, and turning pages as fast as you can read them. Main character, Serena, has a boatload of secret motives for her dangerous career. She skates the edge of safety in order to […]

A Powerful Secret, by Dr. Kevin Leman & Jeff Nesbit

A family with problems. Sounds so common, not unique, right? But the Worthington family’s problems are major. Two brothers, fighting for their father’s love, working at cross purposes, concealing the truth, and working through a dilemma that could destroy their family…this is what you will find as you journey with protagonist Sean, as he determinedly […]

Salsa and Speedbumps, by Susan Baganz

This review is a pleasure to write. Not only because the author is a friend, but because I am so excited to have read this romantic suspense novel. You’ve seen my review, perhaps, of her last book, Pesto & Potholes, and noticed how I commented on how very romantic the love scenes were…? Well, yes, […]

Catch a Star, by Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings was not someone of my personal radar screen. But, I have a sister and brother-in-law who used to coach women’s basketball, and the subject matter caught my attention for that reason. This is a fascinating autobiography. Pacing through her life, one sees the trials, tears, and triumph of an athlete. She is somebody […]

You’re Already Amazing, by Holly Gerth

This volume is rich with ideas to find one’s strengths, kickstart a becalmed spiritual life, a sidetracked goal-path, and just about anyone’s life could benefit by working through this guide. In a nutshell, it’s a life coach inside two covers. The stories are illustrative, the suggestions do-able, and the text’s personality is encouraging. Invigorating, inspiring, […]

The Red Door Inn, by Liz Johnson

RDI – the letters which appear on some monogrammed, embroidered linens in an antique shop near the inn. The inn which featuers mightily in the setting of this novel. The inn which almost feels like character until itself. The inn is ultimately named Rose’s Red Door Inn — after a tumultuous time of preparation. The […]

Book review: The Prophetess, by Jill Eileen Smith

The Prophetess…by the title, anyone who is biblically literate can guess that this book is about Deborah, the Old Testament prohet — a prophet given to Israel as a judgement against their sin. The book is well-done, dramatic, action-packed and illuminating. The author has fleshed out Deborah’s life, added dimension with well-defined and imaginative characters. […]

“A Sweet Misfortune” by Maggie Brendan

I normally like my historical fiction a little more detailed than this one, BUT it kept me reading — and that means that the story carried the day here. And isn’t that what we read for? The story. Book opens with a rescued damsel. Shocking situation! I don’t want to reveal the type of establishment […]

“An Amish Market” book review

Four novellas together between two covers. I have to say that even though I am often leery of Amish fiction, this collection was a pleasant read. Four quite different tales, all by some of the better authors working in the genre (IMO). First novella: Involves lovelorn Amish girl drawing a scorned man out of his […]

Book Review: “The Bishop’s Son”, by Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is my favorite author in the Amish genre. She brings a needed touch of realism to her tales of Amish life. Not idolizing the Amish, as if they were more holy than mainstream Christians, she yet brings interesting tales off their unusual beliefs and lifestyle. In this offering, a young lady battles her […]