“Oath of Honor” by Lynette Eason

Lynette Eason’s novels always are great reads.  I am hooked on each book because of the thrilling action with each page turn.  “Oath of Honor” is one of her best ones so far.  Isabelle St. John is a member of a family very much entrenched in the police department as is her partner Kevin’s family.  On a dangerous stake-out, Izzy is unable to prevent Kevin’s death.  What was Kevin so intent on learning from this supposed gang-meeting?  Was it worth his death?  Izzy and Kevin’s brother Ryan, a homicide detective, team up to find the answers.  When they are both targeted because of something they have, they have to keep one step ahead of the killers and there are plenty of thrills along the way.

I loved the book as I do all of Ms. Eason’s writings.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Publishing for a blog tour.

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“My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah” by Angie Dicken

“My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah” by Angie Dicken is another offering in the My Heart Belongs In series. These are delightful books taking place throughout history in various locations in the United States.  This particular story is set in the coal mining town of Castle Gate.  Leanna McKee is a school teacher in the small coal town, widow of a man killed in the mines.  She harbors great resentment against him because of their less than honorable situation.  Among her pupils are two Greek children whose uncle she befriends.  However immigrants who try to better themselves are derided and attacked by the white workers.  Leanna and Alex, the children’s uncle, find themselves attracted to each other, but forces among the workers make their friendship and romance very dangerous.  Follow Leanna and Alex as they try to sort out their differences, both culturally and of the heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

“Imperfect Justice” by Cara Putman

“Imperfect Justice” by Cara Putman is a legal thriller.  Emilie Wesley is a lawyer for Haven, which is an organization that helps abused women and children find the courage and the means to leave their abusers.  Kaylene Adams is ready to leave her sadistic husband and make a new life for her and her two daughters.  The night before she is to leave, a terrible tragedy occurs at the Adams house.  Kaylene is dead, one daughter, Kaydence is dead, and one daughter, Kinley is critically wounded.  The police are calling it a murder, suicide with Kaylene as the perpetrator.

Emilie cannot reconcile that Kaylene, who was so focused on leaving with her girls would all of a sudden turn violent.  Kaylene’s brother Reid also cannot believe that his older sister would do such a thing.  When he finds a hidden letter asking him to care for her girls in case something happened to her, his suspicions are heightened.  He and Emilie work to disabuse the police’s theory.  At least one detective is on their wavelength and helps with the investigation.  Reid is suing Robert Adams for custody of his only remaining daughter, Kinley.  Reid and Emilie fear that Kinley is the only one who can tell what happened that fateful night and that her father may have been the guilty party.  If that is so, then Kinley is not safe with her father.

I thought this story was well thought out and serves to bring us all to awareness, that in some families, all is not what it seems.  The characters are very believable, as is the story line.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book from LitFuse.com in return for posing a review.

“Seeds of Hope” by Barbara Cameron

In “Seeds of Hope”, Barbara Cameron story is one of conflicting life styles.  Miriam Troyer is a young Amish woman who has had a crush on Mark Byler since they were children.  Mark is English since his father left the Amish and brought him up in the English world.  However, Mark is very attached to his Amish grandfather and spends quite a bit of time helping on the farm when on vacation.  John Byler wants his grandson to take over the farm for him to keep it in the family.  Miriam has looked after John for a number of years, seeing that he has food and that he is well.

When Mark finds himself out of a job because of some adverse publicity, he joins his grandfather at harvest time and helps with the harvest and daily chores.  Miriam continues to bring food and to make sure that John and Mark are doing well.  It is no secret that she has eyes only for Mark and has spurned many other Amish suitors because of her love for him.  Mark, however, is deeply entrenched in the English world.  He is a successful lawyer for a prestigious firm, engaged to a socialite, owns a great condo, and drives a BMW.  While he is with his grandfather and living the Amish life, he has time to consider what God has intended for him.  It would be a tremendous upheaval to leave the English world to become Amish.

Ms. Cameron does a wonderful job of comparing the two life styles during the course of the novel.  Can Miriam’s devotion to Mark and his grandfather spur something in Mark that will make him take heed of what God has provided?  “Seeds of Hope” is a very compelling novel.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book from LitFusePublicity.com in return for my honest review.

“Dangerous Illusiions” by Irene Hannon

Trish Baily has just found her mother dead in her bed.  While it looks like death from natural causes, Trish’s accountant has planted a seed of doubt with the local police.  He intimates that Trish has been extremely stressed caring for her mother and may have inadvertently given her mother an overdose.  The detective leading the case, Colin Flynn, is not convinced.  But why would Matt Parker plant that seed?  He has seemed interested in Trish in a romantic way although she does not return his feelings.  As time and investigation go on, disturbing and dangerous things start happening to Trish.  Colin has taken more than a little interest in her and is doing everything he can to make sure she is safe.  This novel, “Dangerous Illusiions” by Irene Hannon, is rife with twists and turns and keeps the reader on edge of the seat throughout.

I enjoyed this book and it was one that I could not put down.  The storyline was just too interesting to forget.  Ms. Hannon always delivers fine writing and intriguing plots.

I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Revell publishers and was under no obligation to post review.

“Plain Jeopardy” by Alison Stone

“Plain Jeopardy” by Alison Stone is a short novel full of suspense and mystery.  Why would a wholesome young man like Jason suddenly ingest drugs and drive, having an accident, killing himself and seriously injuring a young girl?  While recovering from an operation at her sister’s bed and breakfast, Grace Miller, a travelling journalist, decides to write an article about the event and investigates rumors of drinking and drug parties among the Amish and English youth.  While looking into this scenario, she and the local deputy, Conner, lock horns.  Jason is a relative of the deputy and he is trying to shield his mother from further sadness.  Conner is also the son of the retired man who was sheriff when her mother was brutally murdered.  That is now a cold case.  No leads were found and the result of this crime is that Grace, her father and two sisters moved away from the community and left the Amish community.  Now one investigation causes another to begin again.  Grace is prodded to look into her mother’s murder.  The murderer has gotten away with it for over 30 years and is not about to get caught at this late date.  He is bound to get rid of Grace just like he did with her mother.  Together she and Conner solve both mysteries and in the process find each other.

Though the novel was very short, I thought Ms. Stone packed a lot of mystery and intrigue in those few pages.  I enjoyed reading the novel.

I received a complimentary Kindle review copy of this book from NetGalley.com in return for posting a review.

“Christmas at Grey Sage” Phyllis Clark Nichols

I love a good Christmas story.  It doesn’t have to be a long one, or have a pithy statement, but it does need to be a peaceful, gentle reminder of the reason for celebrating Christmas.

In “Christmas at Grey Sage” Phyllis Clark Nichols presents us with such a story.  After over twenty years of avoiding a Christmas in their home, Silas and Maude are persuaded to host a friend’s group of travelling companions for a few days before Christmas.  Their home has become an inn catering to writing and artistic retreats throughout the year.  Silas and Maude are scheduled to fly to Curaçao to celebrate Christmas.  Their trek to other climes is the usual way that they spend Christmas ever since the death of their beloved son many years ago.  However, the “Unlikely Christmas Party” of misfits that Lily brings to them changes things for all.  This group of mis-matched people is also escaping celebrating Christmas in the traditional way by travelling to New Mexico to experience an artistic jaunt.

Mother Nature has a way of changing peoples’ plans to suit herself though.  Finding themselves in the midst of a blizzard, all are unable to leave according to their plans.  The “Unlikely Christmas Party” is stranded as are Silas and Maude and a few neighbors at the Grey Sage Inn.  Things could be worse…the food is wonderful, the company comes around to bonding and Christmas is spent the way it should be, with good people sharing food and fellowship and just enjoying the reason for the season.

I really enjoyed reading gentle reminder of what Christmas is supposed to be.  Even in our sorrows we can count on the Babe to restore us to wholeness again.  Ms. Nichols captured this very nicely in this book.  The characters were varied enough that it was a joy to read about others’ escapades.  I thought that it was a good seasonal read.

I received a complimentary print review copy of this book from Gilead publishers and LitFusePublicity.com in return for posting a review.