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If I Live ~ Review

If I Live
If I Run #3
By Terri Blackstone

In a word, one can sum up both this book and this series with WOW! Casey Cox is still on the run from those who have framed and want her dead. Meanwhile, Dylan Roberts, the man tasked with finding her, is on a search to uncover more evidence that will help clear Casey's name.

But with the years of corruption within the Shreveport Police Department, Dylan doesn't know whom he can trust with the information that he has in hand. And with time against them and Gordon Keegan's determination to bring Casey in and preferable dead-than-alive.

As the pages flip by the suspense and tension build as those hunting the innocent continue adding to their body count. This will be one book the reader will loathe to put down so a word of advice-  give yourself a long weekend in which to read this book.

If you haven't read the first two books If I Run and If I'm Found stop and get them first you have to read this series in order as each book takes up where the previous one ends. As both Casey and Dylan's stories progress and intersect the reader is drawn further into the story to its satisfying conclusion. And be prepared for a few unexpected twists. Of the books that I have read by Terri Blackstone this series is my favorite to date.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher through BookLook Bloggers with no expectations of a positive review ~ All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:

Casey Cox is still on the run after being indicted for murder. The hunt that began with her bloody footprints escalates, and she’s running out of places to hide. Her face is all over the news, and her disguises are no longer enough. It’s only a matter of time before someone recognizes her.

Dylan Roberts, the investigator who once hunted her, is now her only hope. Terrifying attempts on Dylan’s life could force Casey out of hiding. The clock is ticking on both their lives, but exposing the real killers is more complicated than they knew. Amassing the evidence to convict their enemies draws Dylan and Casey together, but their relationship has consequences. Will one life have to be sacrificed to protect the other?

With If I Live, Terri Blackstock takes us on one more heart-stopping chase in the sensational conclusion to the If I Run series.


Imagine...The Ten Plagues

     The Ten Plagues
By Matt Koceich

Kai Wells is in trouble. Vivian Gold has decided that Kai is going to pay for her interference. When a sudden punch connects to her face Kai finds herself no longer in Florida.

Coming to Kai finds herself in a strange place but the truth is even more unbelievable. She is in Egypt at the time of Ramses and Moses! And she has come to the attention of a high-ranking Egyptian official which is not good for Kai or those who have befriended her.

Observing the ten plagues makes it so much more than just words on a page or a story told in Sunday School. As she experiences the plagues and sees how it affects the land and the Egyptians Kai fears she may never return to her home.

Imagine...The Ten Plagues is the second book in the Imagine series. At the end, there is an interesting twist that will be interesting to see where the series will go with this.

This book is 111 pages so a good length for middle-grade readers who aren't yet into longer books. Kids who enjoy adventure will enjoy this book. The common factor in this series is the unexpected trip back in time to a momentous event and this time it is the 10 plagues of Egypt.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
The Second Release in an Epic Bible Adventure Series for Kids

The last thing fourth-grader Kai Wells remembers (before the world as she knew it disappeared) is being surrounded by bullies on her walk home from school. What happens next can't be explained as Kai finds herself on the run for her life in ancient Egypt! 

Imagine. . .The Ten Plagues is the second release in an exciting, brand-new epic adventure series for kids ages 8 to 12 written by schoolteacher Matt Koceich. The Imagine series brings the Bible to life for today's kids as they ponder what it would be like to live through a monumental biblical event.


A Chance at Forever ~ Review

A Chance at Forever
Teaville Moral Society #3
By Melissa Jaegers

Mercy McClain isn't about to be fooled by a name change - she'd know Aaron Firebrook for the school bully he always was all those years ago. Bullies never change and if she has any say about it he'll never get a chance to teach the children of Teaville and leave them with the pain she still carries from his cruelty.

Aaron Firebrook is a changed man and he is determined to make amends for all the pains he caused in the past when he struck out at others in an attempt to make them as miserable as he found himself. His past in his opinion makes him a more than qualified candidate to deal with children who may be similar situations. Unfortunately, Mercy apparently remembers him though it has been more than 10 years since he has seen her. But Aaron is not to be dissuaded he has a desire to right some of the pain he has caused and he is starting in Teaville.

As Aaron awaits the school boards decision he takes a job at the local orphanage as a math tutor and the gardener. But with Marcy working at the orphanage as well he may soon find himself out of a job with her high distrust of him. But Nicholas Loew doesn't feel the past defines a person forever and he is determined to give Aaron the chance he desires.

As Aaron and Mercy work together - Mercy begins to realize that people can change and for the better. Sometimes all it takes is someone taking the time to show that they care, giving them a chance at a better tomorrow, security, and love.

This is a lovely conclusion to this series. It is interesting to see how the attitudes of the different residents of Teaville changed or stayed the same. As with anywhere, there are those who feel that their benevolence should come with strings attached - while others give freely of what they have. Second chances are what we all have need of because no one is perfect and this story beautifully presents this.

Those who love historical fiction will enjoy this latest offering from Melissa Jagears. Reading the previous books in the series is not necessary to enjoy this book but it does provide the backstory for several of the other characters so be sure to at least give them a read through later. This would make an excellent book club selection for those looking for a suggestion. Now get ready for a cozy curl-up in your favorite space and read away the hours - you'll be glad you did.

I was provided a review copy of this book by the publisher Bethany House with no expectations of a positive review ~ all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
Determined to protect the children of Teaville, Kansas, from the bullying she experienced as a child, Mercy McClain finds fulfillment working at the local orphanage and serving on the school board. When Aaron Firebrook, the worst of her childhood bullies, petitions the board for a teaching position, she's dead set against his getting the job.

Aaron knows he deserves every bit of Mercy's mistrust, but he's returned to his hometown a changed man and is seeking the forgiveness of those he wronged. He doesn't expect Mercy to like him, but surely he can prove he now has the children's best interests at heart.

Will resentment and old wounds hold them back, or can Mercy and Aaron overcome the past in time to battle the threats against the future of the town's orphans?


The Innkeeper's Daughter ~ Review

The Innkeeper's Daughter
By Michelle Griep

Johanna Langley is mere days away from entering the workhouse along with her mother and her younger brother. She's desperate for much-needed funds to keep the family's inn going and pay this month's rent and her hearth payment. But most avoid the Blue Hedge Inn and its dilapidated appearance. 

And it is too this less than stellar inn Officer Alexander Moore finds himself staying as he tries to track down potential traitors to the crown. Alex is more than a little put out to find himself working on vague rumor and little more. Worse the assignment finds him at odds with his duty and his heart.

His childhood finds him strangely drawn to the Langley family and their plight and Johanna is a distraction from his mission - one he can ill afford as not only the nation is in danger so are the very lives of those closest to his investigation.

Sometimes when all looks bleakest there is but one course of action remaining - prayer and faith. But can Johanna and Alex discover this truth for themselves before it is too late?

The Innkeeper's Daughter is historical romance fiction set in the early nineteenth century when England was constantly keeping an eye out for French threats. Faith and family are central to the story as is duty. Just have far we allow duty to dictate our actions and at what cost is examined. The range of characters adds layers to the story as one has to determine who one can trust and just how they all fit together in an unfolding and shifting that holds the reader's attention from cover-to-cover. At just 319 pages this would be a perfect weekend read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
A London officer goes undercover to expose a plot against the Crown

Dover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

A Loyal Heart ~ Review

A Loyal Heart
An Uncertain Heart #4
By Jody Hedlund

Sir Aldric has determined to right the wrongs he has committed and has been working for Lord Pitt to pay off the debt he owes him. His latest mission for Lord Pitt is to lay siege to Castle Ludlow and capture the daughters of the Earl of Ulster. But capturing Lady Olivia is a challenge - especially keeping her prisoner until he can present them to Lord Pitt.

Olivia is not some docile maiden given to bouts of swooning when danger comes and she is determined to defend her home and thwart the schemes Lord Pitt seems determined to carry out against her father all in the name of the king. But Sir Aldric is a determined knight and she is willing to use his gallantry against him if it will aid her in escape and fulfilling her father's quest for a relic.

But when Olivia is caught up in her own blind loyalty she must determine what her future holds and where her loyalty truly lies ~ is it duty to her father or to her heart?  Will her answer be the continuation of what she knows or will she embark on a new path? And can she trust Sir Aldric though he is but a lowly soldier in service to the whims of a lord?

Sir Aldric is determined to not repeat the mistakes of the past. With the painful loss of his first wife, he has determined never marry again. But Lady Olivia's feisty personality and beauty have a way of getting to him. And when the only chance of saving her from herself is a betrothal Aldric has to set aside his own fears. But can he truly set aside his fears of the past?

Those who have read the previous books in the An Uncertain Heart series will enjoy this story that follows the story of Sir Bennett's less than happy brother from For Love and Honor. Though intended for a YA audience looking for clean fiction any fan of historical romance fiction will enjoy this clean and entertaining story. This is a story of second chances and redemption.  And if you enjoy a battle scene with some expert sword skills all the better as this has both.

As a note of recommendation, I have purchased a copy of this book for my own use though I was provided a pre-release digital copy from which this review was based.

I was provided with a digital review of this book with no expectation of a positive review - all opinions expressed are my own.


About the Book:
He’s taken her as his prisoner. 
But she’s holding his heart captive. 
In gaining their freedom, will they lose what matters most?

When Lady Olivia’s castle is besieged, she and her sister are taken captive and held for ransom by her father’s enemy, Lord Pitt. Loyalty to family means everything to Olivia. She’ll save her sister at any cost and do whatever her father asks—even if that means obeying his order to steal a sacred relic from her captor.

As Lord Pitt’s commander, Sir Aldric is in charge of the beautiful but feisty new prisoner. He has his hands full attempting to keep Lady Olivia out of trouble. When Lord Pitt throws her in the dungeon and threatens to hang her for stealing, Aldric conceives a plot to save Olivia’s life—betrothal to him.

Can Olivia give up the prestigious match her father has arranged with a wealthy marquess in order to marry a lowly knight like Aldric? And can Aldric move beyond his past mistakes to embrace love again? When loyalties are tested, they’re thrust into danger that could cost them their love and their lives.


Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History ~ Trailer and Giveaway

There is an air of mystery about the man who rules the Catholic Church who takes on the title of Pope. The mystery that has surrounded centuries of this personage is about to be explored in a new upcoming series presented by CNN in POPE: The Most Powerful Man in History.

Here is a little about it:

Synopsis:  POPE: The Most Powerful Man in History explores the truth about the one world leader who is neither politician nor general – but commands the attention of both. For more than 2000 years, the head of the Roman Catholic Church has wielded unimaginable influence – shaping the world and our daily lives in surprising ways. Now, combining never-before-seen footage, exclusive interviews, and dramatic recreations, this upcoming six-part television series focuses on the men who have held this unique and complicated position, and reveals the unexpected true stories from the Vatican’s past.  The series also delves into the important historical moments that forever changed the Catholic Church – from the foundations of the Reformation to the origins of a new religious order within Catholicism – the Jesuits.  The series premieres on Sunday, March 11 on CNN.


Inspired By The Upcoming Television Series, Pope: The Most Powerful Man In
History, One Lucky Winner Will Have The Opportunity To Experience A Roman Holiday And A Rare Private Tour Of The Vatican.

Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History will debut Sunday, March 11 at 10 p.m.ET/PT on CNN.

LOS ANGELES - March 2, 2018 – History buffs, travel enthusiasts, and anyone who has ever dreamed of visiting (or revisiting) one of the most iconic cities in the world will have a chance to win a once-in- a-lifetime trip to Rome. Inspired by the upcoming television premiere of Pope: The Most Powerful Man In History, contestants can vie for the opportunity to win by visiting the website:

Giveaway begins March 8 and ends on April 15.

The winner of the giveaway will receive the following:
* Airfare and five nights of hotel accommodations for two in Rome.
* A $500 gift card.
* A rare and private tour of The Vatican.

The Vatican is home to some of the greatest works of art including The Pieta, Raphael’s Transfiguration, Leonardo Da Vinci’s St. Jerome In The Wilderness, the statue of Apollo Belvedere, and a painting of The Last Judgement by Michelangelo, located inside The Sistine Chapel. The Sistine Chapel is famous throughout the world as the location where The College of Cardinals from The Roman Catholic Church, meet when a new Pope has to be elected.

Narrated by Liam Neeson, Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History, is a six-part CNN Original Series that explores how 12 apostles became 1.2 billion Catholics today, linking recent news events surrounding the Vatican with their unexpected origins.  “Ever since a man, claiming to be the Son of God, was nailed to a wooden cross over 2000 years ago, the Catholic religion has had a huge and profound influence and impact on our society," said Neeson. "As an amateur scholar myself, I was delighted to learn more about this by narrating a series that sheds a detailed light on how the Popes, past and present, and the Catholic Church came to be a prevailing force through fair means and foul, and along the way inspired some of the world’s greatest works of art.”

The series’ debut episode, “The Rise of the Pope,” examines the origins of the papacy and how Catholicism, against all odds, spread throughout Europe. Pope: The Most Powerful Man in History, will premiere Sunday, March 11 on CNN.

Words From the Heart ~ Review

Words From the Heart
An Amish Letters Novel #3
By Kathleen Fuller

Ivy Yoder's life has changed much recently and it is about to once again as her job at Miller's Bookbinding is coming to an end. With her closest friends and sister married and no prospects of marriage in her future Ivy feels a bit adrift.

When an older woman within the community asks for Ivy's help she agrees - after all she has the time. But cleaning up Cevilla Schlabach's attic has a few stipulations attached to it - she has to do it with Cevilla's great-nephew Noah. And even more perplexing is Cevilla's insisting that Ivy and Noah have to be in the attic together working together no solo work, but at her age Cevilla is allowed a few peculiarities.

Noah is hoping to make so finds of importance - he is after all an auctioneer and articles of value intrigue him. Ivy is curious as well but most of the boxes hold little of monetary value though there are a few treasures that with a little TLC might be of note. But when they come to a box of old letters they discover the true treasure that the attic is hiding - but these letters hide a secret one that affect them both.

Those around them are convinced that Ivy and Noah are perfect for one another - but Ivy and Noah aren't convinced. Ivy like her life and the closeness she shares with her family in Birch Creek while Noah like traveling around as an auctioneer and he doesn't even call the state of Ohio home. And Noah has a secret of his own one that could have a last effect on what his future holds.

This is the third book in the Amish Letters series and continues the story of those who call Birch Creek, Ohio, home. If you have not read the two previous books you can still easily follow this story you just won't have the back story of the secondary characters. This is a lovely story about family, friendship and a second chance at love. And fans of Amish fiction will enjoy yet another book from Kathleen Fuller.

I was provided a review copy by the publisher through the BookLook blogger program with no expectations of a positive review ~ all opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
Her fingertips brushed against 
something else in the box of doilies. She lifted a bundle 
of letters, neatly tied with a thin red ribbon . . .

Ivy Yoder hasn’t heard from John King in over a year. She knows it’s time to let go of the idea that they will one day marry, but she’s humiliated to be one of the oldest single women in her Amish community of Birch Creek. When quirky Cevilla Schlabach asks her to help clean out an attic, Ivy is grateful for the distraction.

Noah Schlabach isn’t from Birch Creek, or even Ohio. His job as an auctioneer takes him around the country and away from a typical Amish life, but he still remains devoted to his family. So when his aging aunt asks him to help clean out her attic, he agrees. Plus, who knows what curious items he might find up there?

As Noah and Ivy work side by side, they come across a different kind of treasure: a packet of letters written during the Korean War. Soon they are swept up in the story of two young people falling in love—even as they remain determined not to fall in love themselves.

Words from the Heart is a moving story of lost love letters, fragile fears, and the beauty of taking another step forward.