Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Homesteader's Sweetheart by Lacy Williams

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, The Homesteader's Sweetheart. I always enjoy Lacy's books; she tells a great romance, her characters are people you fall in love with, and she weaves her faith like a  tapestry throughout the story. You will love this book.

Jonas White was an orphan. As a young man he was taken as an apprentice to a brick layer back in Philadelphia. As he worked across the street from a finishing school her became enamored by a beautiful girl. Unfortunately he is accused of fathering a child with another girl. Because he had been unwanted he took the baby girl and fled town. Now several years later he has adopted eight boys and his one daughter but the daughter had developed seizures. In a desperate attempt to get medication to help her he goes to the banker's home to ask for a loan. There standing before him is the girl he had adored.

Penny Castlerock was a disappointment to her father when she returned from Philadelphia unmarried. So in an attempt to rectify that situation he promises her hand to his partner, but Penny wants nothing to do with this arranged marriage. When Jonas brings a letter from her grandfather telling them he had been ill she takes her younger brother and flees to the farm. Unfortunately she must ride with the farmer that had interrupted the party the night before. Jonas reveals who he is and she fears for her virtue but fears the situation more so leaves with him.

As Jonas fights his attraction, his children all fall in love with this socialite. Penny is drawn to the handsome farmer and his children. When she tries to cook she almost burned down the house. Now they must go next door to eat until the kitchen can be rebuilt. One of Jonas boys take the spoiled little brother and teaches him how to work and how to become a man. As they struggle to care for the farm and earn enough to get the medication, they experience all kinds of problems, who can be causing the problems and why? A great story of love, trust, and forgiveness. You can purchase the book at the address below.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

A Mother for His Children by Jan Drexler

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, A Mother for His Children. This book is an Amish story and I love the Amish so I really enjoyed it. I think we all would like a simpler way of life but I'm not sure I would like all that extra work and I'm not able to embrace all of their religious traditions. I like being able to walk in victory. This story is well written, it has great characters, and interesting humorous situations.

Ruthy Mummert is humiliated by the man she was courting for eight years. His marriage to her best friend was announced at services and then it was found out she was with child. Ruthy couldn't live with the shame and seeing them all the time so she answers an ad for a housekeeper in another community. When she arrives she finds out her mother was right, she should have asked more questions. The man arrives with four young boys, he was much younger than she expected. He had only mentioned a daughter but had said she would care for his children so she would be caring for five children but as they arrived she soon met more children; finally unable to control her tongue she went out to the barn to demand to know how many children he actually had. Ten children how would she handle that?

Levi Zook had expected an old made not a beautiful young woman, How could someone like her control his children and teach his girls how to care for a home. He didn't expect to be attracted to this woman and now his older sister told him how inappropriate having her here was. His sister wanted to take the younger twin girls and told the elders about Levi's situation when he refused, finally unable to lose this caring woman he offers a marriage but she demands a marriage of convenience, not at all what Levi wants.

A great journey of forgiveness, healing, and restoration. I know you will want to read it. You can purchase this book at the address below. God bless you and have a great weekend.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Keeping Watch by Jane M Choate

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Keeping Watch. I believe this is the first book of Jane's that I've read. I did enjoy it very much and look forward to reading more of her work. This book is well written, action packed, and full of interesting characters.  Faith is interwoven throughout the entire story. I like that.

Deputy District Attorney Danielle Barclay has a stalker. Dani is being followed, is receiving threats, and gifts of dead animals; her father, the Senator, hires a body guard to protect her. Dani doesn't think she needs a body guard but soon finds out that she does need protection.

Jake Rabb was a Delta Force Soldier. After a mission that went wrong and seven of his men had died, Jake left the service and joined his sister's business as a body guard. He wasn't happy to take on the spoiled daughter of a U.S. Senator but soon learned she wasn't anything like he thought she was. Would he be able to keep her safe?

This journey is about a boy who protected his sister from their mother when they were children and kept them fed and clothed, a man who joined the military to save the world, a man that had given everything to his country only to be betrayed by politicians, and now tries to live with the night mares. A girl who's mother deserted her, her father throwing himself into his work, and leaving his daughter to handle her own grief. A woman who is driven and out to prove to her father she has value. These two come together and bring healing and restoration to each other through God's gracious plans. An awesome story! You can buy this book at the address below. 

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Huckleberry Christmas by Jennifer Beckstrand

My book review today is on the book Huckleberry Christmas. This is the third book in The Matchmakers of Huckleberry Hill Series. I have loved this series, and I wish I would have had grandparents that would have helped me when I needed help, maybe I wouldn't be alone now. This book is an advanced reader copy so It's not out until October but you really need to watch for it. It awesome!

Anna and Felty Helmuth are an older couple and Anna has had some success in the matchmaking of two of her grandchildren, so now she wants to try to match up her widowed granddaughter.

Tyler Yoder was once courting Lily who left him at the alter and married his best friend, Aidan Helmuth. (one of Anna's matches) Although he was not totally heartbroken he was humiliated and had made up his mind he wouldn't fall in love again. If he married it would be for companionship not love until he met Beth and Toby Hostetler.

Beth Hostetler was widowed a year ago. She had been married to Amos, an abusive man, when he died Beth was relieved but stayed on to help Amos' mother who was suffering from cancer but also abusive, to the point her own family refused to care for her. Her brother-in-law was determined to marry her so she moved home to Huckleberry Hill where she was loved. She was determined to never marry again but she had underestimated her grandmother.  

This is a humorous story of love, forgiveness and restoration. You will laugh, you will cry, and your heart will be touched. I can't wait for the next book.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Protected by the Warrior by Barbara Phinney

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, Protected by the Warrior. I am always amazed by books about Medieval Times. I'm not sure how you would research their language and how they live, of course I have never tried to do that. Barbara does a great job on this one. Some times you end up with a lot modern day terms or phrases but they were not in this book. I really enjoyed this story.
I loved her characters and the whole concept of the book. I enjoy the way she has woven her faith into the tapestry. Awesome!

Clara is a Saxon midwife; she lived in the village of Colchester, hiding a young Norman slave and her newborn child, she is forced by the village to leave and go to Dunmow. The child's father, a Norman Baron, is searching for the child but Clara has vowed to protect the badly beaten girl, fearing for her life. After a few weeks of caring for Lady Endiva during her child birth, a message is received warning the Lord Adrien that Clara is dangerous and telling of her crime. The Sergeant at Arms is told to guard her and vows to find where the slave is hidden.

Kenneth D`Entremont is a Norman soldier. Once Lord Adrien's squire he is now in charge of the Keep while Lady Endiva recuperates from child birth. When he learns of Clara's sins against the Keep he throws her in the dungeon but is forced to release her when Lady Ediva has problems. Lord Adrien charges Kenneth to protect Clara.

Lord Taurin is determined to have his son and kill the mother and his wife. In producing the child to his in-laws they will give him great wealth, he will rival the king. This is a great story of trust and courage.
Clara vows to do no harm to anyone but Kenneth is a soldier trained to kill. Can these two very different people find a life together?

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Out of Hiding by Rachel Dylan

My book review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Out of Hiding. This is Rachel's first book for LIS but I know it won't be her last. A great suspense; well written, action packed, and it will touch your heart. I enjoyed how she wound her faith into the story and her characters were great.

Sadie Lane is a member of Witness Protection and has been for most of her life. Her family had been destroyed when she was but a child. Now as a Private Detective she has a lead on the man that was responsible. She vows to trust no one but when a F.B.I. agent asks her to work as a consultant on a case against this man she jumps on it.

F.B.I. Agent Kip Moore is leading an investigation to stop a crime boss that has recently moved into human trafficking. When his case involves a case PI Sadie Lane is investigating he asks her to help him. He's unaware that the man he is after is the man that destroyed her life.

These two investigators set out to bring down  the corruption before them but soon find out they haven't got a clue what is really going on. A story of faith, trust and restoration. I know you will want a copy, you can purchase it at the address below.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Montana Reunion by Valerie Hansen

My book review today is on the Love Inspired, Montana Reunion. This story  is a Big Sky Centennial story, and is the prequel of a new series. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to the upcoming ones. Valerie does a great job with her story telling. The story is well written and heartwarming. I know you will love it.

Tony Valdez was the town bad boy but has returned to the town of Jasper Gulch as a respected veterinarian. He's only here for a short period of time to help his friend. He dreads facing the town and trying to live down his reputation. On one of his first calls he runs into the only girl he ever loved. A girl his parents forced him t leave but never heard from again.

Annette Lakey heard that Tony was coming back to town but she had vowed to stay away from him. He had broke her heart when he disappeared without a word right before her prom. Now she ran into him face to face. He had changed but she didn't like that sparkle in his eyes. People just didn't change.

Old Rusty Zidek brings a half frozen puppy to her beauty shop and begs her to keep the pup until the vet could look at her. He calls the vet and then leaves. The vet shows up and shakes up her whole
 world. A really cute story. The address below will get you a free copy.

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