Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Friday, July 3, 2015

Exit Strategy by Shirlee McCoy

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Exit Strategy. This is the third book of the Mission Rescue Series; an awesome series as far as I'm concerned. This book is full of action, suspense, and faith. I enjoyed every moment of it but it is a hard book to put down. I love that about Shirlee's work. You need to get your own copy, you won't regret it I promise.

Lark (don't you love that name) Porter is a widow, she returns to their former home to prove that her husband was murdered. The cult Amos Way where they had once lived doesn't want her asking questions and she is quickly taken captive. Fearing for her life she does everything in her power to get lose only to be caught by a mysterious stranger.

HEART Team Member Cyrus Mitchell goes in to rescue Lark as a favor to a friend that had once saved his life. He doesn't take his team in for backup, how hard can it be? He manages to free her and leave the commune but the closer they come to freedom the harder and more dangerous the situation becomes. What are these people hiding? Cyrus needs his team's help as they use begin to use military weapons against them.

Two people who find themselves in desperate circumstances with only each other and God to trust.  God had a plan. God always has a plan, we just need to let go and trust Him. He will bring it to pass. A great story.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Rx Murder by Richard L. Mabry M.D.

I was asked to read and review this novella, Rx Murder. I appreciate the fact that Richard has actually read my blog but what I really appreciate is that Margaret Daily suggested he visit it. What a blessing that was to me. This story is well written, suspenseful, and surprising. I know you will enjoy it too. I liked the characters except for Luke. He reminds me of my ex-husband. Abuse is a hard thing to write  and to read about but it is an epidemic in our world.

Luke Stewart is an abusive husband. the book opens with him using his pregnant wife as a punching bag. Mary Lou does everything she can to make the man she loves happy but she fail constantly. It's her fault, everything is because she knows her husband loves her and does want to hurt her. The morning after her beating she goes to the doctor to make sure the baby is okay.

Dr. Elena Gardner treats Mary Lou and tries to talk her into leaving her husband but Mary Lou is uneducated, unskilled, and still in love with her husband so she refuses. Elena calls her fiancee, Dr. David Merritt who is Mary Lou's OB doctor to let him know what has happened. David is furious and vows to find a way to help Mary Lou.

David has breakfast with his friend Judge Will Kennedy the next morning. He asks for advice but the judge has none. David tells him what he really wants to do is beat the man senseless. The judge gets a call that Luke was found dead that morning by his wife. The judge suggests David talks to the sheriff since the restaurant is full and people had to have heard his statement. The judge gives him the name of a lawyer, Randy Sparling to take with him to talk to the sheriff.

The doctors do all they can to get help for Mary Lou even after she is arrested. Their church comes forward to help. Randy steps up and helps. These people show the true love of God in how they help the victim. A great story. 

I come from a background of abuse and my work is to try to educate women (and men) that there is life after abuse. God's will is never for you to live with someone that is destroying you; that includes emotionally, verbally, or physically. I have been through them all and I think the emotional and verbal is worse. The physical bruises and cuts will eventually go away but the emotional trauma can torment you the rest of your life. God has a plan and He can heal, deliver, and change your life if you can learn to trust Him.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Surviving the Storm by Heather Woodhaven

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Surviving the Storm. I love Heather's books; they are well written and full of adventure. Her characters are complex broken people trying to survive devastating circumstances. I like that; aren't we all broken people trying to survive difficult circumstances? Maybe we don't have murderers chasing after us but we are in a war where the devil is trying to destroy us. God is the only way out, He has a plan and it is greater than anything you could ever dream of.

Aria Zimmerman once dreamed of being an architect but after witnessing her father fall to his death she quit school and turned her back on everything she had held dear even the man she was loved, a construction worker. She wasn't about to watch him fall, now years later she is thrown into a dangerous situation where only he can help her.

David McGuire had loved Aria with all his heart, unable to express his feelings he wrote her a card putting a ring in the envelope. She didn't respond right away so he would ask her about the card but when she told him she needed space he became angry and walked away not know of her father's death. Now God has brought them back together, could he keep her safe from the killers? Could they survive the tsunami that is trying to destroy the Oregon coast?

So starts the journey of these two people after witnessing the murder of their boss. They aren't only being chased by the murderers but by the huge tsunami. The men are ruthless in their pursuit, the police can't get to them and are swamped with rescuing people from the storm. They have no choice but to trust God and His plan for them. It's a great book, I know you'll love it.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Witness Undercover by Debra Cowan

M review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Witness Undercover. I don't believe I have read any of Debra's books before but I really loved this one. I hope she does more on this Enigma, Inc. team. I fell in love with these characters. I want to know why Ghost and Sydney can't stand to be in the same room. What happened to them? I want Boone to find a woman and Joy to find love. I assume you know I enjoyed her characters very much. The story is well written and action packed. I do have a special place in my heart for the Navy Seals so Griffin was an awesome character to me. You really need to get this book.

Laura Prentiss is in witness protection after she put her ex-boyfriend in prison. She lives in constant fear of the man. Her handler brings a bodyguard to protect her to bring her home to help her father. Her father is going through a second bout with cancer and only a bone marrow transplant will save him, Laura is the only match. Her aunt has sent for her sending her best man she has to protect her. As she returns home she is attacked at every turn God and Griffin are her only hope.

Ex-Navy Seal Griffin Devaney lost his whole team in Afghanistan and was severely wounded. Full of pain and guilt volunteer Joy Langston saves him by offering him a job for her agency Enigma Inc. Griffin is determined to keep Laura safe and reunite her with her father. He can't imagine giving up home and family and living in WitSec. Can he keep her safe without losing his heart? His fiancee had left him when he came back wounded and suffering from PTSD, now was he in love only to have Laura forced to leave him too.?

A great story of two broken people forced on a journey that can only end up in heartbreak. God has a plan. He always has a plan and as their lives become more in jeopardy each day Laura shows him how much God loves  him and how to trust Him. I really hated to finish the book I liked it so much.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Payback by Hope White

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Payback. This is the third book in the Echo Mountain Series. I was thrilled to see that at the end of this book Hope writes to look for more books in the Echo Mountain Series later this year. I have loved this series and I liked that she incorporated the characters of the first two books. These stories are all well written, I loved her characters, and the action that filled the books. Faith is a big part of Hope's books. I really like that. I look forward to the next book. I know you will love this book.

Nia Sharpe came from an abusive family. She suffered greatly at the hands of her stepfather and finally escaped to attend college and start a new life. Unfortunately that meant leaving her baby brother to endure the abuse; now years later she still feels the guilt. She never expected to have her past find her at Echo Mountain Resort where she was now the concierge. Two strange men come looking for her boss, feeling something was not right she went out on the mountain trail to find him before the men could reach him. Confronted by the men she takes off around a switchback but slips and falls.

Ex-military Aiden McBride  now is managing the resort while his boss is out of town. He goes on a camping trip but changes his mind. As he returns he hears a scream and watches as Nia falls down the mountain side. He sets off to rescue her, after all he is a member of the search and rescue team. Nia tells him of men following her, they were after him, and he is in danger. Aiden calls for help but before help comes gun shots are heard. Can he protect her?

Thus the adventure begins as FBI men are after Nia and Aiden, her brother shows up needing money, a man named Gus breaks into her house, and dead bodies begin to surface. Two broken people; Aiden unable to forget how he failed his friend in the past and Nia refusing to be a victim any longer but needing to save her fragile boss and her messed up brother. It's a great story, God always has a plan, there might be surprises, twists, and turns but He will always work it out for you if you but trust and believe.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Security Breach by Margaret Daley

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Security Breach. This is the fourth book in the continuity series Capitol K-9 Unit. I have loved this series; six of my favorite authors, K-9 guard dogs, and adventures throughout the nations capitol. What is not to love? This book is much like all of Margaret's books, it is well written, fast paced, and filled with adventure. I love her work. Faith is very much a part of her work and I think that is awesome.

White House Tour Guide Selena Barrow is working on the Easter Egg Roll on the lawn of the White House when one of the Capitol K-9 officers asks her for a copy of the visitors, all thirty thousand plus volunteers. Selena heads to her office when one of the costumed character bumps against her almost knocking her over. At her office the same character pushes her in her office and hits her over the head with a lamp.

Capitol K-9 Officer Nicholas Cole and his dog are working a break in at his boss' office in the White House. As he seeks out Selena to find out who is at the huge event he tells her he'll meet her at her office. When he arrives at Selena's office he finds her unconscious on the floor. Her office has been ransacked. What is going on?

Selena is related to a person of interest in one of Nicholas' case. The K-9 Unit aren't sure whether Selena is involved in their case or not. Nicholas tries to keep open mind as he is drug into the chaos of Selena's life. Why is she under attack? Could it involve a case the senator's son was working on? Were the two cases linked?

A journey of two broken people who have decided that they would never marry or have families after what they had endured. But God has a plan! God always has a plan for our lives and it's always so much more than than we even hope for.All you have to do is trust God and give him control of your life.
Jeremiah 29:11-14 "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord,thoughts of good and not of evil to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you and you will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart. I will be found by you says the Lord."

Friday, June 19, 2015

Desperate Measures by Sandra Orchard

My book review today is on the novel Desperate Measures. This is book two of the Port Aster Secrets Series. I enjoy Sandra's suspense books, she always does an awesome job. This story is well written, action packed, and full of surprises. Faith is woven throughout the book like a tapestry. I love that. Her character are surprisingly complex people you care about but you will find out that there is no way to know which one that you can really trust. I know you will love this book.

Research Scientist Kate Adams lost her father when she was just a child, now she finds he's alive and has been hiding all these years. In the first book he returns but is in an accident so she is unable to connect with him like she hopes for. Not only that but the love of her life took her father and put him into witness protection severing their relationship. Kate's life is in danger as she hides a miracle plant that every one seems to want. Unable to figure out who she can trust she has no choice but to allow Tom to protect her but she can't let him find out her secret.

Detective Tom Parker is in love with Kate but she can't seem to stay out of trouble. His decision to move her father into hiding broke their fragile relationship but he had to protect both of them. Some one was trying to kill Kate for her research, her assistant is being poisoned, and in a dizzy spell falls down the stairs and broke her leg. Kate is bound to help her but who can Tom really trust? His lists of suspects keep growing as things keep blowing up in his face.

The journey of two people that truly are in love but refuse to trust or rely on the other one. Secrets keep them from find the comfort they could find in their love. God has a plan and as He bring it to pass they find they are destined for each other.