Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Monday, August 31, 2015

Person of Interest by Debby Giusti

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Person of Interest. This is one of the Military Investigations Series. I have enjoyed this series immensely. Debby does an awesome job with suspense stories and this was is no exception. This book is well written, action packed, and almost impossible to put down. I love how she weaves her faith throughout her work.

Natalie Frazier is ex-military; she agrees to watch her friend's baby while she goes to training. Natalie had served with Wanda in Germany now they lived close to each other and were good friends. She's awakened by loud arguing from the duplex next to her. She could hear the voices but not the words that were shouted. When she heard what sounds like someone falling down the steps she called the military police. She didn't know who lived next door but when she stood outside the door she saw the one man she feared and had left the military to get away from. A call from the killer later that night sent her running for her life.

Army Investigator Everett Kohl is about to go on leave when a murder is reported and he promises to stay and help his friend find the killer. He meets the young woman next door to the victim he's immediately drawn to her but the evident begins to stack up against her. He's sitting outside the duplex when she runs and he follows. He had failed to protect a woman years ago and that still haunted him so when his friend told him she was a person of interest and to bring her in he took her to his home to protect her instead.

Two broken people struggling against all odds to survive the attacks of the killer. They soon find out that only God was going to get them through this horror. God always has a plan for you if you can learn to trust in Him. You will find out His plan is far greater than ours.  

Friday, August 28, 2015

Night Rumbles by Nancy Janes

My book review today is on a book that is different from most of the books I read. This book is a fantasy and I loved how Nancy filled it with adventure and mystery. Nancy did a great job of painting the picture in this fantasy world. Everything was so vivid and I could almost feel myself being there. The story is well written and I look forward to reading more of her work.

Brad is a 19 year old student. He is doing research on the things he is interested in. He's studying at the Science Academy and takes his work very seriously. Brad willingly enters the Netherworld knowing when he enters he will change form and will loose his memory. Brad wakes up in a new town two and one half feet tall and everything is different from what he's used to. This world is filled with darkness and his people work only at night. They are involved with humans on a daily basis and appear to only torment them. Brad is so confused by this strange town, the people he works with, and why he's here. As he wonders what has happened to him he finds no one here knows there past.

Brad interact with a mentor and twin students and becomes involved in their lives as he attends school there and studies the human. He takes several journeys into the human world to try to understand them as a part of his studies.

A story of good over evil; light over darkness. A great read! I know you will want to read it.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Cowboy Seeks a Bride by Louise M. Gouge

My review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, Cowboy Seeks a Bride. This is the second book in the Four Stones Ranch Series. I enjoyed this book; it's well written, humorous, and entertaining. Her characters are complex and pull you into the story. I know you will enjoy it also.

Marybeth O'Malley comes from and abused background. Her parents are both dead but somewhere in Colorado is her older brother and she must find him. The church sent her to a finishing school where she met Rosamond Northam and they became good friends. When Rosamond's parents decided she would be a perfect bride for their son, she agreed to go to Colorado to marry him. Marybeth had no intention of ever marrying after what her father had done to her mother but a ticket to Colorado would help her find Jimmy.

Randall Northam had a notorious past and all though he now wanted to settle down with the lovely Marybeth he feared she wouldn't marry him when she learned the truth about him. It was obvious when she arrived that she knew the truth and she didn't want to marry him. He soon learned that her sole purpose for being there was to find her brother so he sets out to find him but a ruthless killer had came to town to kill him and is trying to court Marybeth. Can he find her brother before the man hurt his bride?

A journey of two broken people trying to find love in a world of violence and learning that the only hope they had was to trust in the Lord. God always has a plan and when we trust Him He will make a way where there seems to be no way. God will make a way for you if you can just turn over your mess and let Him work it out.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Smokescreen by Jodie Bailey

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Smokescreen. Jodie's books are awesome suspense stories but I must warn you; Do not start this book if you don't have time to finish it because you won't be able to put it down. This story is well written, fast paced, and full of action. She deals with the terrible facts of PTSD and how it can paralyze a person. She also deals with the fact that only God can deliver you from the fear, panic attacks, and set you free. It is an awesome story.

Ashley Colson had joined the military with the sole desire to go into Intelligence. That dream was stolen from her right before she was to go to the training school years ago when she was shot and almost died. The man that she loved left her on her hospital bed and took her place in the training. He never said a word just left her. Sean their best friend stood beside her but he was like a brother to her
even though they had become engaged. Now Sean had put her right in the middle of terrorist nightmare.

Military Officer Ethan Kincaid is a member of an Intelligence team that is so secret no one even knows they exist. Sean now involved in the operation calls to tell him that Ashley is in danger. Ethan gets to the airport just as a terrorist tries to kidnap her. Ethan's not sure how to get her to trust him after he left her when she was hurt. There was no way to tell her he couldn't stand to stay by her side when she married Sean. He watched Ashley struggle with paralyzing panic attacks that he blamed himself for; how could he lead her back to the faith that been her foundation before she had been shot.

A journey of two broken hearts struggling to survive the terror that seemed two steps ahead of them. They soon learned that only God could save them from the destruction that was overtaking them.  God always has a plan for us and that plan can bring us through any attacks of the enemy.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Fugitive at Large by Sandra Robbins

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Fugitive at Large. This is the second book in the Bounty Hunters Series. This has been a great series, and this book is excellent, I look forward to the next book in the series. Sandra's books are always well written, full of action, and adventure. I love the way she weaves her faith into her stories just like a tapestry. You will enjoy this book.

Jessica Knight is a bounty hunter. She was once a police officer but when her relationship with her partner became personal and he requested another partner she went to work in the family business, Knight Agency. Heartbroken she tried to go on with her life. She is getting a soda when there is a robbery attempt at the convenience store. The man threatens to shoot an innocent bystander and Jessica interrupts the robbery and saves the young man's life. The robber is able to escape but not before threatening Jessica's life. As the police arrive she discovers that Jamie is the younger brother of her ex-partner.

Police Detective Ryan Spencer is informed by the dispatcher that his brother was involved in a robbery attempt and rushes to the scene only to find that Jessica the love of his life saved his brother. As he helps her try to identify the robber they discover that the robbery was just a cover for the fugitive to try to kill his brother.

The killer is a wanted fugitive so Jessica decides to team up with Ryan to try to find him but then Jamie disappears. Can they find him before the killer does? What does all this have to do with the coming elections?

A great story of the journey of two broken individuals trying to survive and rescue Jamie. God always has a plan and when we mess up and miss His will, He will bring us back into his perfect will when we just turn back to Him and trust His plan. It's always a greater plan than we had planned.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Frontier Engagement by Regina Scott

My review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, Frontier Engagement. This is the third book in the  Frontier Bachelors Series. I have enjoyed this series about the Mercer Belles; how came from the East around South America to Seattle. Men paid Mercer to get them brides but  the women that came didn't come to marry, they came to civilize Seattle. These stories are about women who were heartbroken and had no intention of ever marrying. I can't imagine giving up everything that you know and love to travel thousands of miles to an uncivilized world but you have to respect the people that did.

Alexandrina Eugenia Fosgrave grew up believing that she was a princess in exile. She was told that soon someone would come for her family to reinstate them as rulers of Battenburgia. Recently she found out that her parents picked her up somewhere on the trail; all their stories of the homeland were lies to steal from well meaning people. Now that her family has been put in prison she uses her last coins to get to Seattle. When James Wallin comes and asks her come out into the wilderness to teach school she doesn't know whether to believe him or not. She finally goes to his family for an interview. Rina as James calls her, is threatened and decides to accept a different position. James has promised to take her wherever she wants to go if things didn't go well. They make a fake engagement to protect her reputation as they travel across country.

James Wallin blames himself for the death of his father. He was supposed to watch out for problems when they cut down a tree, a tree limb fell and killed his father. It was all his fault, he could never trust himself to be responsible for anyone else. He would never marry but he hadn't planned on spending days in the wilderness with the beautiful Rina.

Two people on a journey to find trust, love, and forgiveness. A great story about faith and redemption. You will love this story, it's well written and full of surprises. God makes a way for us and even though it might not be what we think we want and it will be much greater than anything you had hoped for.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Forgotten Memories by Laura Scott

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Forgotten Memories. This book is the fourth book in the SWAT: Top Cops Series and it's an excellent example of Laura's work. I loved this book; it's well written, action packed, and full of surprises. I know you will enjoy the way she weaves her faith into the story, it will touch your heart.

Dr. Gabriella Fielding is leaving the hospital where she is a trauma surgeon when she is kidnapped. She is rescued by a man she had helped when he had been shot undercover. Gabby can't think of anyone who would do this but it is obvious that someone is trying to kill her.

SWAT Cop Shane Hawkins is going to the hospital when he witnesses the abduction of Gabby Fielding the woman who had saved his life a few years ago, a woman he can't seem to forget. Shane runs for the truck and holds on to the tailgate as the vehicle drives off. After rescuing Gabby they begin a search for the man that is trying to kill her.

A journey of two broken people just trying to survive the terror surrounding them. They soon learn that God has a plan for them and only trusting in Him is going to get them through this. That's the way it is in our lives, once we trust in God, He will get us out the mess we have made of our lives and puts on the path that He provided before the beginning of the world. God has a plan for you and it's wonderful to behold.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Proof of Innocence by Lenora Worth

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Proof of Innocence. This is the last book of the continuity series Capitol K-9 Unit and it was awesome. When I read these six book series I always wonder how they can possibly pull all these books together to make the overall story work but Lenora does an excellent job on this one. This story is well written, full of adventure, and almost impossible to put down. You will love the characters and the faith that is woven into their lives.

Erin Eagleton is on the run. Months ago she witnessed the murder of her boyfriend and the killer set out to frame her for the killing. She was abducted by his accomplice and was supposed to be killed but managed to escape. After all these months she is still trying to survive when her high school sweetheart rescues her. Now she has help trying to find the proof she needs to prove who the killer really is but the killer isn't about to let that happen.

Capitol K-9 Officer Chase Zachary has been searching for Erin ever since the murder months ago. He knows there is no way she could hurt anyone. Chase and his canine partner finally finds her and he vows to protect her and find the true killer. Chase has never stopped loving Erin and will risk everything to save her.

A great journey of two heartbroken people struggling to find proof of the murder and survive the dangers surrounding them. When they learn to trust the Lord, He shows them His awesome plan for their lives. His plan is always far greater than anything we could come up with. Trust God with your own problems and conflicts and He will show you the plans He has for you. God is so good!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Would-Be Wilderness Wife by Regina Scott

My review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, Would-Be Wilderness Wife. This is the second book in the Frontier Bachelors Series. I loved this book, it's a continuation of the Mercer Belles story. The story is well written, humorous, and adventurous. Regina also weaves her faith throughout the story and I love that. Her characters are complex but very loveable, you'll enjoy them.

Catherine Stanway is a nurse; trained by her doctor father. Her father and brother were killed in the war. Brokenhearted Catherine joins the Mercer Belles expedition to come to Seattle (first book) even though she has no intention of getting married. She now works for a doctor and has become invaluable to him. A man comes wanting help for his mother who was to ill to come to the town. The doctor and the nurse explain that they can't leave the many ill in Seattle to treat his mother. Upset he leaves.

Andrew Wallin is responsible for his four brothers, his sister, and mother now that his father died. When his mother comes down  with a deadly fever he goes to town to find someone to help her. Dejected that he can't get the help he needs he takes it out on his young brother. He sends his brother off  and runs errands, when he meets up with his brother he has everything loaded and drives them out of town. Drew learns much later that Levi has kidnapped the nurse so that Drew could marry her and she could heal their mother. Drew is not about to marry, he doesn't have time and he doesn't even know this woman.

So begins a journey of these characters. A story full of adventure, stalked by wild animals, harassed by neighbors, and a matchmaking family. God has a plan for this couple and when they learn to trust Him, He turns everything around for them. Isn't that just like God? He always has a plan for us if we can just get out of His way. It's always much greater than what we had ever planned.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hill Country Courtship by Laurie Kingery

My review today is on the Love Inspired Historical, Hill Country Courtship. This book is one of the Brides of Simpson Creek Series. I enjoy Laurie's books; they are well written, heartwarming, and full of faith. I know you will enjoy reading this book.

Maude Harkey is a spinster. She has resigned herself to the fact that she will never have a home or family. Her father died recently; she had to give up her home to the doctor that came to take his place. Now Maude helped with the boarding house and would probably own it one day. The spinsters club had a party where a Scottish man asked her to come and be a companion to his mother, Maude refused. A few nights later a young girl came to the boarding house looking for her boyfriend who was a regular traveling salesman. Maude helped deliver her child but she later died, now Maude needed a way to care for the baby girl so she agrees to take the companion position if she can bring the baby and her nurse.

Jonas MacLaren and his mother fled from Scotland and had now settled out side of Simpson Creek. His mother is a cantankerous woman and has gone through a number of companions, now the housekeeper is threatening to quit if he didn't find someone to care for his mother. When he meets Maude he knows she will be perfect, he's not about to take no for an answer so when he returns and she agrees but with stipulations, he takes her home with him.

A journey of several headstrong people all with there own agendas. This story is humorous, adventurous, and will touch your heart. God had a plan and even though they had given up hope God made a way. God always has a plan if you can just trust Him and let him be God.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Let go And Let God by Sandra Becker

My review today is an Amish Romance: Let Go And Let God. This is the first book of Sandra's I've read but I enjoyed it. It is well written, heartwarming, and faith filled. Faith is a very important part of this story, I like that.

Ruth Byler just turned into a young woman and it is time for her Rumspringa. As a part of this she goes to visit Ant Sadie to stay a few days and to find out what God has planned for her life. Before she gets to her ant's she encounters an englischer, and is drawn to him she continues her plans to visit her ant. Imagine her shock when he is living next door to Sadie's.

James Townsend is a doctor going through his residency but James has a problem with alcohol. When his instructor finds him working with alcohol on his breath he is sent to Amish country to study the people. James is drawn to the little beauty that is staying next door. He knows she wouldn't fit into his life and he wouldn't fit into hers.

A coming of age story, of temptation, and staying true to your upbringing. It's a great story and I know you will enjoy it. God always has a plan for our lives and if we will just trust Him, He will bring it to pass.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Amish White Christmas--Gingerbread Haus by Samantha Jillian Bayarr

My review today is on the last story in the novella Amish White Christmas. I have really enjoyed this whole book. The stories are well written, lighthearted, and humorous. I love the Amish stories and you will love getting to know these three young couples.

Eden Fisher fell in love with a little vacant cottage when she was but a child. She has wrapped all her hopes and dreams around this haus, she knows exactly how it should look. Now suddenly the haus is condemned is going to be torn down. Her heart is broken does this mean her dreams of happy ever after with Gabriel Miller is condemned too?

Gabriel Miller is madly in love with Eden; he has always planned on buying the gingerbread haus for her. He has saved for years now the haus is condemned, can he convince the owner to let him buy it and get it restored before the end of the month? Can he keep it a secret from Eden in this close community? Will she agree to marry him?

A great story of true love and happy ever after. This story brings all three of the couples together and is a wonderful ending of the book. I know you will enjoy it. God always has a beautiful plan for us and a happy ending if we will just trust Him and let Him work things out for our good.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Amish White Christmas---Snow Angel by Samantha Jillian Bayarr

My review today is on Snow Angel, the second story in the novella, Amish White Christmas. I have really enjoyed this novella and the second story is excellent. It's well written, humorous, and heartwarming. You will laugh and you will cry. I loved her characters.

Priscilla is struggling with the death of the menner of her family. Only her mother is left and she has withdrawn to where Prissy can't reach her. She decides she will go after Jesse Fisher, he is safe for she has no feelings towards him. If he rejects her it won't hurt her broken heart and if they marry it won't devastate her like her mother. So even though her cousin Ruby loves him she goes after him with all her might. She knows she's being unreasonable but she can't seem to stop herself until she finds herself in the middle of a mess.

Tobias Fisher promised his brother Jesse that he would keep Prissy out of the way. At first he didn't really care for her but he soon finds out that not really true any longer. He begin to understand her pain and loss. Now he is drawn to her but all the girls want his brother. Tobias isn't the man his brother is. They share a kiss that curls his toes. Can he get Prissy admit she cares for him?

A strange journey of two young people struggling to find a way out of the mess they are in and find God's will for their lives. Such is our own journey. We struggle to do things our own way but God has a much better way planned if we can just turn things over to God. He always makes a way where there seems to be no way.