September 8, 2017

Deadly Proof review + giveaway winner!

Deadly Proof (Atlanta Justice #1)Deadly Proof by Rachel Dylan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

**Congrats to giveaway winner Karen G**

This first book in the new Atlanta Justice series by Rachel Dylan is superb. There isn’t a lot of Christian Legal Fiction out there so I was thrilled when Bethany House picked up this author as I’d already grown to love her independent books and Love Inspired Suspense books.

One of the biggest reasons I was excited about this series was the fact that it is a series of three books with female lawyer main characters. So many of our books are centered on the hero in the books so it is nice to have a strong female lead.

Kate is strong and determined and independent and works all the time. But throughout the book we also get to see her personal life where she has two wonderful friends who do their best to keep her from being a work-a-holic. Landon is a former military private investigator who can’t help but go beyond the job to protect Kate. I really liked Kate’s strong work ethic. I also really liked how she wasn’t a lawyer for the money but because she really cares about people.

Both characters had their fair share of personal faults. I really liked that Kate’s were down to earth realistic hardships that many people including myself have dealt with. And while I don’t know a lot about the trials that face military personnel after their deployments I can only imagine that Landon’s struggles were well portrayed as well. One of the things I love about Bethany House books is that there is always a strong sense of faith. Throughout the book Kate was a shining example of faith and was constantly praying. I love how her influence showed through in almost every chapter of the book. I also loved that she wasn’t afraid to be a witness to friends and co-workers.

This book is a strong legal fiction. There is a lot of legal jargon throughout but what I loved most about this book and its legal jargon was how well Dylan explained all of the legalese. I also loved the strong credibility that Dylan’s career as a lawyer lends to this book. It makes it so realistic.

I also loved the action in this book. I definitely never got bored because there was constantly another adventure on each page. And Dylan is a master of surprises. She definitely threw me for a loop toward the end! I love that I can never figure out her endings.

You don’t want to miss this new legal suspense from Rachel Dylan. She does for Christian legal fiction what Janice Cantore does for Christian police fiction and Candace Calvert does for Christian medical fiction.

I received an advanced copy of this book from the author. This review is my honest opinion.


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September 3, 2017

Daring to Hope by Katie Davis Majors

Daring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the BeautifulDaring to Hope: Finding God's Goodness in the Broken and the Beautiful by Katie Davis Majors
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My initial thoughts: What a story! Make sure you have a box of kleenex because you'll need it but the title is truth for this book and it is full of hope as well. In fact some of the times I cried weren't because I was sad but because the story was so moving!

If you haven't read Kisses from Katie I'd highly recommend reading it first so you know the backstory to how she ended up in Uganda and how she came to having all of her beautiful adopted daughters. But even if you don't read it first this book will stand alone.

I was amazed at some of the stories in this book. Of her faith, perseverance, and her willingness to serve. One of my favorite quotes was in chapter 3 where she said "Sometimes you lead with the will and the heart follows." I found that to be so profound so early in the book.

"Sometimes you lead with the will and the heart follows."


Another part I truly loved about this book was her willingness to admit how hard raising all those kids is at times. How she sometimes is short with them. How she has trauma from their pasts that they have to work to overcome. How she has to work to overcome the US cultural way of life to adapt to the culture of Uganda. Sometimes books about adoption and missionary life forget to talk about the struggles. And while Katie doesn't dwell on them she doesn't gloss over them either.

Of course I also loved reading how she met her husband! I am so glad to know she has a partner in ministry. Someone to lead their family. A daddy for all the kids.

But most of all I love how she turns to God in the good times and the hard times. I love how she leans on him for rest. In one part of the book she talks about how she cried out to God about how tired she was and He reminded her that He wasn't weary. That He was there. That really spoke to me.


 

The ONLY downside to reading this book? It makes me long for the two months I spent working at a baby home in Bolivia in South America. I miss those babies. I miss those toddlers. I miss the women that worked at the home.

The publisher sent me an advanced copy of this book to be on the launch team. All opinions in this review are my own.

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September 2, 2017

A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese

A New Shade of Summer (Love in Lenox)A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Callie and Davis! I'm always a sucker for a man with a kid so it really wasn't surprising that I fell in love with Davis pretty quickly. And I loved the relationship that Callie had with her niece and nephew. I don't see mine enough for them to even really know me so I found her bond with hers extra special.

I love Lenox. It is a wonderful little town. I really enjoyed getting back there to see some old friends briefly and of course to make new ones. This book has so many wonderful moments between many different groups of people. I really liked all the different dynamics of this book. I especially was fond of the moments with Callie's sister and brother-in-law.

It is always wonderful to find an author who isn't afraid to tackle difficult conversations between her characters. This book covered quite a few of those including but not necessarily limited to death, divorce, grief, and parent/child relationships. None of those are easy topics but Deese handled them beautifully. I really enjoyed watching relationships blossom in this book. Deese doesn't sugar coat anything and reminds her readers that hard times happen but that they can also be overcome!

And of course the romance was wonderful. There were a few scenes that were quite sizzling! I love her ability to write those scenes but never cross a line to where the book becomes even slightly inappropriate for Christian readers of any age. I love that a teenage girl could read this book and her parents wouldn't have any concerns. But if you love good kissing scenes then definitely pick up this one!

Last but certainally not least. I love that Deese places a strong importance on her character's spiritual lives without coming across as preachy at all. I love Christian books that point readers to God while still leaving room for a great story!

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

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