A Thrill Ride

Well, that was a thrill-ride of a novel! “Kings Falling” is Ronie Kendig’s second story in “The Book of the Wars” series from Bethany House, and I’m certain it was even more exciting and un-put-downable than the first! From page one I was swept by the race against time as Leif Metcalfe and his team try to recover the ancient and world-altering Book of the Wars – but they aren’t the only ones looking for it, and there is so much more going on behind the scenes than anyone could imagine. Continue reading

A New Novel from Janette Oke – What Could Be Better!

It feels like a long time since I’ve read anything by beloved author Janette Oke and her daughter Laurel Oke Logan, so I was delighted to hear that they are once again releasing a new series of books from Bethany House! This time it is the “When Hope Calls” series based on the Hallmark TV show of the same name – and it is distantly connected to the “Return to the Canadian West” / “When Calls the Heart” series as well. But anyway, aside from all the connections this new story makes, “Unyielding Hope” is a lovely story in its own right! Continue reading

A Compassionate New Story from Susie Finkbeiner

Ever since finishing Susie Finkbeiner’s first novel, “All Manner of Things”, I’ve been waiting expectantly for a second story from this amazing debut author. Well, the time has finally come, and “Stories That Bind Us” released from Revell in the late spring of 2020! Just as before, Susie’s new story quickly worked its way into my heart and imagination, until it felt like I, too, was living in the “Godlilocks-sized town” of 1960s LaFontaine, Michigan. (“Not so big that someone could be completely invisible. Not so small that everyone knew the business of everybody else. It was just right.”) Continue reading

A Fabulous Start to the “Misty River Romance” Series

One element that all of Becky Wade’s stories have in common is that I simply never want them to end! “Stay With Me” is her newest release, and the first book in the “Misty River Romance” series from Bethany House Publishers. As soon as I opened to chapter one, I was swept away by this captivating drama filled with vibrant characters and an absorbing storyline. Truly, Becky Wade can write a novel like no other – she is a master of her craft! Continue reading

I Can’t Believe This Is A Debut Novel!

“A Mosaic of Wings” by Kimberly Duffy is one of the most unique and captivating works of historical fiction I’ve read in a long time. . . It is very difficult to believe this is a debut novel! Published by Bethany House, this powerful book leaps into topics I’ve never before encountered in the genre, and the result was utterly enchanting. Continue reading

A Lovely Return Visit to Hope Harbor

Each spring I look forward to warmer weather, more time outdoors, and a new book in Irene Hannon’s “Hope Harbor” saga! “Starfish Pier” is actually the sixth book in this heartwarming series, and it feels like returning to a beloved hometown as we once more walk the streets of this Oregon community, smelling the mouth-watering aroma of Charlie’s fish tacos and waving at old friends from previous stories. I know, it’s just a fictitious story, but it’s also so much more! Continue reading

Sail Away to “Three Sisters Island” – Guest Review by Hayley

“On a Coastal Breeze” by Suzanne Woods Fisher is the second story in the series of “Three Sisters Island”.  It follows the story of the middle sister, Maddie, as she opens her therapy office on the little island that her family now calls home.  We also revisit many other secondary characters from the first story. Continue reading

A Bible Atlas That’s So Easily Accessible! Guest Review by Hayley

“The Basic Bible Atlas: A Fascinating Guide to the Land of the Bible” by John A. Beck is the first book I have read that focuses deeply on the geographical settings of the Bible.  Many readers, including myself, will wonder why geography is really that important to understanding the Bible.  It turns out, however, that it is!

I really like how this book is written.  Personally, I don’t really read atlases for enjoyment, but this one is very interesting, and makes the geography of the Bible understandable and relevant to people today. Continue reading

Diving Into the Encounter Between Jesus and Nicodemus

Whether you are new in your walk as a Christian, have been a follower of Christ for a long time, or are still wondering if you should take the step of professing Jesus as your Savior, a new book from BakerBooks is certain to answer many of your questions.

“New Life in Christ: What Really Happens When You’re Born Again And Why It Matters” was written by Steven J. Lawson and takes an in-depth look at the Scripture passage in John 3, where an encounter between Jesus and a man named Nicodemus lays the foundation for all believers who would follow. . . This exchange defines and explains the nature of spiritual rebirth, and all that this means in the life of a Christian. Continue reading

Great Advice – But Missing A Vital Element

“Don’t Overthink It: Make Easier Decisions, Stop Second-Guessing, and Bring More Joy to Your Life”. Doesn’t this title grab your attention immediately? It did mine, especially when I saw the author was Anne Bogel who also wrote one of my favorite non-fiction books, “Reading People”, a few years ago. Continue reading