Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Monday, April 27, 2015

Huckleberry Harvest by Jennifer Beckstrand

My book  review today is Huckleberry Harvest, the next fifth book in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill. This book is an Advance Readers Copy so it isn't available yet but you can preorder it. I loved this book and the whole series. Jennifer's books are well written, very humorous, but heart warming. They will touch your heart. In this book you see how an honorable Amish man tries to deal with and alcoholic dat. A hard situation in anyone's culture but unthinkable in an Amish community. Jennifer handles the problem in a touching way. I know you will love this book.

Anna and Felty Helmuth are  caught unprepared for their granddaughter's visit. Mandy is coming to stay with them for one month. Anna has no idea who to match Mandy with, Felty thinks Noah Mischler would be a good match but Anna thinks he is to sad for Mandy. Anna devises a plan, she goes throughout the district and invites all the eligible boys to visit, bribing them with knitted potholders. Felty buys a new stove and has Noah come to install it and then fix his roof.

Mandy comes to visit her grandparents because her best friend is brokenhearted because her boyfriend broke up with her through a text. Mandy has to come and fix the problem. No man should break up over a text. What kind of Amish boy texts anyway? He was baptized for heaven sakes. But why does he have to look so good and have all those muscles?

Noah meets the beautiful Mandy when she comes to his door and yells at him for breaking the heart of her best friend, Kristina. Although he slams the door in her face he is intrigued by her freckles. As he works at Felty's he is drawn to the nosy beauty. How can he keep her out of his business when he can't keep her out of his head?

I love this story of two people who are trying to serve God in the only way they no how but God's plan doesn't seem to be working for them. God makes a way where there seems to be no way.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Targeted by Becky Avella

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Targeted. This is the first book I have read by Becky but I really liked it. I'm sure I'll be reading a lot more of her work. The story was well written, full of action, and fast paced. Her characters were regular flawed people just trying to survive until God's plan took over. I like that!

Seattle Police K-9 officer Rick Powell and his partner, Axle are chasing a serial killer. When they break into the killer's house they find two boards one with his victims pictures, three of whom they hadn't known about. What shattered Rick's heart was the pictures on the other board, a picture of his next victim, a woman he recognized and knew well. He tried to get a hold of her and then rushed to the school. Horrified when the man was in the room with her.

Stephanie O`Brien is a teacher at the Lincoln Elementary School. She had won a grant and received new computers and equipment for her fifth grade class. One Saturday, while Stephanie reviews her lesson plan and dreams of the time she can return to Africa as a missionary.  There is a noise as someone unlocked her class room door, her IT guy has shown up. He points to the new boxes in the corner full of more equipment. As she moved around the table she notices Rick standing outside her window with a gun pointing at her, no not her.

These two take the journey of a lifetime as they try to stay on step ahead of the killer. God has a plan and leads them in the way they should go. A great story that you don't want to miss.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Presumed Guilty by Dana R. Lynn

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Presumed Guilty. I don't think I've ever read any of Dana's books but I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more of her work.  This story is well written, action packed, and fast paced. I liked her characters, they were complex broken individuals trying to survive and find a way out of the darkness.

Melanie Swanson is released from prison. She has been incarcerated for four years for a crime she didn't commit. Now the real murderer is trying to kill her and anyone that was involved in the murder trial. As people involved in the case begin to be picked off around her, she  and the officer assigned to protect her search for the killer.

Police Lieutenant Jace Tucker picks up Melanie as she is released from prison and rescues her from the angry mob. The time of her departure has been changed and yet the parking lot is filled with reporters. Jace was the one who gathered the evidence against Melanie and was instrumental in sending her a way. Now as she is attacked and threatened he realizes he may have made a mistake. Can he keep her alive and not lose his heart to this beauty?

This is a great journey of two broken people seeking justice, forgiveness, and love. God always has a plan and if we give Him a chance He will turn your life around. His plan is always much better than anything we ever hoped for.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sealed With a Kiss--With Love, Cowboy by Lacy Williams

This is the last review of the Sealed With a Kiss Novella. This story is With Love, Cowboy by Lacy Williams. I think Lacy does a great job with cowboy and western stories. I come from Nebraska and we have a lot of cowboys (though very few are Christians) and she does really well in her descriptions of them. I love that she does faith throughout her stories. This one is well written, has great characters, and will touch your heart.

Ryan Michaels has been in love with Ashley most of his life. Unfortunately he is two years younger and she won't take him seriously. When Ashley returns home wounded he is determined to make her fall in love with him. He has spent the decade she has been gone caring for her parents, their land, and their business. Her father is suffering from Alzheimer's and her mother is recovering from a heart attack. He has written to Ashley faithfully every week that she has been gone even though she has never answered them. He takes her mother to Walter Reed to be with Ashley as she recovers from an amputation of her arm and other serious injuries.

Ashley Reynolds found out that she was adopted in her teen years. Running a way she joined the Marines and worked with a  Military Working Dog both were blown up by a bomb. Atlas, her dog was injured and unable to return to the military so they let her take him home. Ashley has a hard time readjusting to her new life but is shocked by how much her parents have declined. Ashley wasn't sure what to do with Ryan as he seems to have taken over their lives, she is attracted to him but has always seen him as the kid who had tormented her. She still had his letters although she hasn't opened one of them. How can she trust him when he hasn't let her know about her parents?

A great journey of undying love, trust, and finding God's plans for your life. We all need to find God's plan for our lives. I guarantee it will be much better than the plan you have. Just trust God, He loves you.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Sealed With a Kiss---Unshakeable Pursuit by Camy Tang

My book review today is on the third story in the novella, Sealed With a Kiss. This story is Unshakeable Pursuit. I don't know about you but I love Camy's work. It is always well written and full of action. I also like the way she uses faith throughout her work. God has a plan in her stories and God has a plan in our lives, sometimes finding that plan is difficult but well worth it.

Doctor Geoffrey Whelan went through a terrible experience in Japan during a Tsunami. He is now broken and trying to find his way back. Working in the the Free Children's Clinic a young woman comes up to him and tells him that he and Nurse Maylin Kinley are in terrible danger. Geoff goes in search of Maylin to tell her what the woman had told him. He takes her into the break room and no more than shares this threat when a nurse tells them that two FBI agents are waiting for him in his office. These two men are both rumpled, Asian looking, and speak with Chinese accents. Something wasn't right here.

Maylin Kinley is a nurse at the free clinic. She knew Geoff when he was a resident and although he was very good looking she didn't like him much. Now years later he didn't seem to be the same man. She was still attracted to him but he was to controlling for her taste. Between her parents and an abusive boyfriend she wasn't about to let any man tell her what to do but as they are attacked she finds herself wanting to obey the man.

Two hurt, broken people have a harrowing journey to find out who is after them and why. Both are running from God but discover He is there only hope. A great story.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Sealed With a Kiss--Deadly Intent by Margaret Daley

My book review today is on the Novella, Sealed With a Kiss. This is the second story in the novella. I loved this story but then I love all of Margaret's work. This story is an excellent example of her but to short, of course that is the problem with novella. This story is well written, action packed, and I loved her characters. It's hard to get complex characters in a short story but these are awesome. I like the way she always weaves faith throughout her work like a tapestry.

Texas Ranger Sarah Osborn is called out to the ranch of her former boyfriend. She has been searching for cattle rustlers but when a prize stallion is stolen the sheriff thinks they might be connected. She is shocked when she meets with her ex-boyfriend, even though he had broke her heart and left her, there are still feelings there. As his life becomes threatened, she needs to figure out how to protect Ian and her heart at the same time.

Ian O'Leary had left years ago to join the FBI, now after a disastrous case he has moved home and taken over the ranch. When his prize stallion is stolen the sheriff sends the love of his life to investigate the theft. He had left her to find revenge when his best friend is killed by terrorists. Now he has experience a devastating case and realized it had all been a horrible waste of time when they could have been together. Now someone was trying to destroy them both.

This is an adventurous journey of two broken people trying to stay alive and protect each other. I highly recommend it.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sealed With a Kiss---Mail Order Sunshine Bride

This is a novella so today I'm writing a review on the first story, Mail Order Sunshine Bride by Janet Tronstad. I loved this story. I really like mail order bride stories and Janet's are some of the best. I can't imagine being that desperate that I would be willing to marry a complete stranger. Although people do it everyday with online dating services. I know people who have been truly blessed but some have had real disasters. This story is well written and quite humorous. I enjoyed her characters.

Widow Eleanor O`Reilly is desperate after the death of her uncle. She puts an ad in the newspaper calling herself the Sunshine Bride. She's been told by her family that she isn't pretty but she considers herself with a sunny disposition. She and her young son use their last pennies to board a train and head out to Miles City, Montana but when they arrive her new husband is no where to be found.

Sheriff Patrick MacDonald goes to meet the young widow. He hates this part of his job. He introduces himself and then escorts her and her son to the jail to get them out of the blizzard.The woman doesn't even have a decent coat. They just arrive when her intended shows up along with the mountain man who won her in a poker game.

Shocked she tries to figure out what to do now; alone in a strange city, no way to return even if she had a place to return to, no money to live on, plus she owes her intended the money for the tickets to come. Nellie, as she is called, becomes faint as she hasn't eaten for days. Patrick steps up to protect the woman. A great journey of two lonely people and a plan that God works out for them.