Journey to New Heights

Journey to New Heights
We need a heart for the lost

Friday, January 29, 2016

Foul Play by Elisabeth Rees

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Foul Play. This is the second book in the Navy Seal Defenders Series. I don't know about you but I love stories about our special forces in the military. Maybe it's because my son was in the Special Forces in the Air Force but I love these stories. Elisabeth does a great job with this series. I know you'll want to read it.

Deborah Lewis is a pediatric nurse in Harborcreek Community Hospital. Something is going on in her unit. Children are becoming infected with strange symptoms that is causing renal failure. No one seems to believe her accusations of meds being tampered with; but when she continues to cause trouble for the hospital her life is threatened. Locked in one of the compartments in the morgue, she fears her life is over but then she is rescued by the one man she never wanted to see again.

Ex-Navy Seal Cole Strachan has opened his own security agency, Secure It. Cole left the Navy after the death of his baby boy and his divorce. He came home to heal. When he took the security job in the hospital he knew he might run into his ex-fiance` Deborah but he hoped she might come to forgive him.
When he finds her locked in the morgue and then attacked in the parking lot he know he must keep her safe at all cost.

There is no greater loss than to have to bury a child. I lost my youngest and that hole in your life is hard to deal with. Cole's life is shattered. He is a broken man. Deborah lived through the desertion and betrayal of the only man she loved. This is a journey of second chances; learning to trust each other and learning to trust and lean on a God who can put their broken lives back together again. Tragedy comes in our lives, this world is broken and satan is out to destroy us but God has a plan for us. We need give Him control of our lives because He has a plan for us that is far greater than we have ever dreamed of.
God is so good.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Substitute Bride by Carrie Fancett Pagels

My review today is on the book The Substitute Bride. I always like to read Carrie's books they are so interesting. This one is well written, humorous, and will touch your heart. I really enjoy the way she used The Christmas Carol to work out the story.

Sonja Hoeke is the youngest daughter of a family of girls. Her father has told her she must marry or he would throw her out of the house and proceeds to ask all the men in town to marry her. She works as a substitute for her father's mail route but hopes to become full time. Her best friend, Cora has recently died and left a big hole in her world.  She finds a letter for her friend in the post office. The letter is from Cora's pen pal and asks her to marry him as he must have a wife for his promotion. Sonja sends a letter stating Cora's death but that she would be his substitute bride if he was willing.

Louis Smith Penwell left his home at the poor farm and went on to become a prosperous man in the railroad. He is offered a promotion but after he accepts he finds he must return to the one place he never wanted to be. He sends a telegraph to Cora to tell her to stay he is on his way. When he arrives at his home town he finds that Cora is gone but her best friend is the one girl he remembers that he cared about.

A journey of love and trust as a non-angel helps bring them together and restore what had been taken from them. God always has a plan and it is always much greater than we've ever dreamed of. You too should learn to trust God and let Him work at his plan for you.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Secondhand Cowboy by Lacy Williams

My review today is on Second Hand Cowboy by Lacy Williams. I always enjoy Lacy's cowboy stories. Her cowboys are always great, living in Nebraska I have to admit that the cowboys I know aren't that way. Very few cowboys around here are saved, especially the wanna bes. This story is well written, humorous, and heartwarming. I know you will enjoy it.

Callum Stewart is a rodeo cowboy. He fell in love with Iris as a young boy and waited patiently for her to grow up. On her eighteenth birthday they planned to elope. He went and watched her ballet performance and wondered if he should keep her from her destiny as a dancer. On his way to meet her he has an accident and her father threatens to put him in prison. Devastated he leaves. Now years later he arrives with his triplet son in tow to start over, believing she has made it big in New York.

Iris Tatum suffered a severe back injury, her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer, and her uncle died leaving the girls his ranch. They have returned to the ranch to make it work. Her father had bought off her sister's boyfriend and so the girls have little to do with their father.

A journey of two people who love each other trying to do the best they can for the other even though their hearts were broken. BUT God has a plan! God always has a plan for us. If we will allow Him to work in our lives. His plan is far greater than any we have imagined. Trust God, you will never be disappointed.

Friday, January 22, 2016

The Littlest Witness by Jane M. Choate

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, The Littlest Witness. I really enjoyed this book. This is Jane's second book for LIS and I'm really glad she has joined the team. I look forward to reading more of her work. This story is well written, action packed, and I loved the characters. You need to get your copy right away.

Delta Force soldier Caleb Judd was called home when his brother and sister-in-law were brutally murdered. Caleb's young nephew witnessed the murder and was so traumatized he is unable to speak. After Caleb is attacked, he knows he must have help to keep little Tommy alive. Caleb calls a Delta buddy for help but since he is on his honeymoon he sends his sister.

Security Specialist Shelley Rabb is an ex-cop, ex-Secret Service Agent and is now partners with her brother in a security firm. She is well able to protect Caleb and his young nephew. Unfortunately she plans to call the shots. She must be in charge. This rule is very difficult for a Delta to take.

This is a journey of two broken people struggling to keep a young child safe and find out who killed his parents and why. God's plan becomes their only hope. That is the way it is for us. We might not have people trying to shoot us or blow us up but we are in a war and devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Give God your trust and watch Him get you out of the mess you have made of your life.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard

My review today is on the Amish Romance, Promise Lodge. I'm not sure if you have ever read any of Charlotte's book but they are awesome. This book is an excellent example of her work. It is well written, heart warming and full of faith. My only complaint would be that her next book will not be at Promise Lodge. I would like to know how Rosetta, Truman, Mattie and Amos get together. So if you can't tell I loved her characters.

Three sisters purchase an old church camp and are intending to restore it to start a new Amish community. Mattie Bender Swartz is a widow from an abusive marriage, her sister  Christine Bender Hershbeger is a recent widow, and their sister Rosetta Bender is a maidel. They are tired of being told they must marry. They brought with them Mattie's two sons, Christine's two daughters, and Preacher Amos Troyer. The Amish community they behind are very upset about their decision.

Noah Swartz wasn't happy about coming to Promise Lodge. He had been working as an apprentice for Preacher Eli Peterscheim and was engaged to his daughter. Now the engagement was broken and he was working all the time trying to repair this place and build what they needed. He now had no hope of making a living for himself and a family.

Deborah Peterscheim is thrown out of her father's house and has no where to go so she comes to Promise Lodge hoping they will take her in. She's hoping to restore her relationship with Noah and find a family that will care about her.

A journey of this family group and their adventures in starting a new community and the adversities that come against them. It's a great read and I know you will enjoy every minute of it.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Mail Order Bride: Montana Surprise by Linda Bridely

My review today is on the book, Mail Order Bride: Montana Surprise. This book is the ninth book in the Echo Canyon Brides Series. This book is well writer, humorous, and the characters are very interesting, especially Arliss and Andi. I enjoyed the book very much. It's not the
Christian fiction I usually read but it was clean and entertaining.

Gino Terranova is a member of a large Italian family. He really wants to get married but most women only see his wealth. He puts an ad in the paper for a wife. After writing for some time he asks Carrie to come be his bride but when she arrives he is shocked to find that she has a six year old daughter she failed to mention. Not only is this a surprise but the girl is crippled from a bout with polio. Did she just come for his money? This is not what he bargained for but the little girl soon steals his heart and that of his family. Does Carrie have any other secrets that could destroy their relationship?

Carrie Sheenan is an accountant. She is widowed and left with a child. She must escape from her husband's corrupted family. She is desperate when she starts writing to Gino. When he asks her to come she jumps on the first train out of town. She mustn't him know about the family that is trying to force her to marry her husband's brother.

A journey of two desperate people; one seeks love and family while the other needs security. Secrets make it difficult to trust but their hearts are soon involved. They must find a way to become the family they both dreamed of.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Panama Never The Same Mission by Glenda Parker

My post today is a little different because I want you to know that I have a new book out. Panama Never the Same Mission. This is a short story about my opportunity to go on a mission trip in 2012. It is a work of nonfiction and I think it will truly bless you and show you  how God will work in your life. He only wants you to give Him a chance to work things out. God truly blessed this mission trip and I hope you enjoy the inside view of a mission trip and how awesome our God is.

Big World Venture; with Steve Goley and Susie Shellenberger sponsor a mission trip every year for teens. We leave at the end of June for two weeks. We have hundreds of teens come to minister to the people of the country we go to each year. They minister in a drama that reveals God plan of salvation.We have around a hundred leaders and leaders in training(College kids) to train and chaperon these kids. These leaders also get the privilege to pray and minister to the teens. This is an awesome opportunity and a scary responsibility.

This year we will be going to Haiti and I really want to go. All of the proceeds of my book will go to that trip. If you would be interested in going on one of these trips you can find the information at Big World Venture-Never the Same. The name is so true, You will never be the same.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Mountain Hideaway by Christy Barritt

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Mountain Hideaway. I always enjoy Christy's books and this one didn't disappoint. This book is well written, action packed and full of adventure. I like how she weaves her faith into all of the story. This book is an excellent example of Christy's work. I know you will want to get your own copy.

Tessa Jones is on the run. She discovered her ex-boyfriend was smuggling blueprints for weapons. She tried to get evidence to prove it before she ran but it was lost in a vent. She found a mountain cabin where she felt safe but a private detective finds her and leads the criminals right to her doorstep. She must run again.

Trent McCabe, ex-military, ex-detective, and now turned private detective was hired by Theresa's mother to find her but when he arrived so did the enemy. She was suppose to be on the run from massive credit card debts, a lost job, and a broken engagement but now he knows something is off. Men surround them and just keep coming. Can he keep them safe as men come at them from all directions? How does he fight this attraction that overwhelms him?

A journey of chaos trying to find a way out. These two people must learn to trust God and each other if they are going to survive. Our lives might not be filled with gun shots and terrorist but we do have difficult challenges. We too must learn to trust God to see us through those difficulties and come out victorious on the other side. God never promised our lives would be easy but He did promise he would always be with us and He always makes a way. He has a plan for each of you, just give Him control and trust Him to see you through. His plan is far greater than anything we ever dreamed of.

Monday, January 11, 2016

In the Here and Now by Angelica Rose

My review today is on the short story, In the Here and Now. This book is one of the series A Mail Order Bride Romance. I enjoyed the story very much. I had never read any of Angelica's work before but I look forward to reading more. I do love mail order bride books. There's just something about them that touches my heart. This story is well written, humorous, and heart warming.          

Mary Melton lived in Charleston. She lived with her parents who tried to force into a high society mold. Mary wanted none of it. She hated the endless parties and useless life. She wanted freedom so she began a correspondence with a rancher in Texas. Unknown to her she was actually writing to his sister. Mary got on the train and headed west. She was sure that she had found the answer to her prayers until she met her husband to be.

Dale Stamper and his sister Sarah lived in a huge house out on a ranch. They had been orphaned years ago and had never really recovered from that. They forced themselves to attend church and town socials in hopes of healing. Dale met and fell in love with a wonderful woman but just before the wedding she was killed. Now he and his sister lived a life of loneliness and isolation, unable to find a way out of their grief. Sarah in desperation wrote to Mary as her brother and brought her out to the ranch. She told her brother just a week before the arrival and he agreed.

A journey of healing hearts and finding love in the aftermath of extreme grief. This is a great story and I know you will enjoy it. Get a copy right away.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Fatal Reunion by Jessica R. Patch

My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Fatal Reunion. I'm not sure if this is Jessica's first  book for LIS but I think it is. I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading many more. This book is  well written and full of action. I liked her characters although they were quite complex. I liked the twists and turns that we go through in the story. A great read!

Piper Kennedy comes home when her grandmother's home is broken into and her grandmother attacked. Piper was raised by her grandmother; as her mother loved drugs more than her daughter. Piper life long best friend called to tell her that her grandmother was in the hospital. Piper and her friend had been  troubled teens in their youth but they had turned their lives around. Piper had found a new life in martial arts and now owns her own business. The old memories come crashing in around her when she enters the hospital and runs into the only man she ever loved.

Detective Luke Ransom meets her at the hospital. He is investigating the boarder that died in her grandmother's home during the attack. Luke had been undercover all those years ago. Piper had been the love of his life and he was determined to get her out of the life of crime but she betrayed him and left. How could he deal with her now? It soon becomes clear that their past has come back to destroy them as they go from one attack to another. Can Luke keep her alive?

A journey of two broken souls struggling to survive in a world of chaos. Only their trust in God is going to get them through this destruction. God has a plan and it's for them to be together and bring justice to those who are trying to destroy them. God has a plan for your life too. We all have struggles  but God wants us to call upon Him. He has a plan for each of us and if we can just trust Him and give Him control He will turn your lives around. He loves each of you.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Outlaw in Pettycoats by Samantha Jillian Bayarr

My review today is on the third book in the Western Brides of Tombstone Series, Outlaw in Petticoats. I really enjoy Samantha's books. This is a short story and I know you will enjoy it. It is well written, humorous, and heartwarming. I loved her characters especially Sheriff Prewitt.

Kate Barnet is a young recently widowed outlaw with a bounty on her head. She moves to Tombstone to start over. She been on the trail for several months and is exhausted and tired of all the lying and stealing. She has promised God that she won't do either again. The lady at the general store offers her a job with room and board. The first person she meets at the store is the good looking sheriff.

Sheriff Westley Prewitt finds himself drawn to the new young woman. He never planed to marry but is now not so sure but when Kate past comes to town and threatens the beauty, he finds he must give her aid. Even knowing she has a price on her head he sets out to rescues her.

A journey of heartbroken young woman who has lost all hope and a man that God brings into her life to rescue her. God always has a plan for us. If you will just trust Him you will find your dreams do come true, after all God gives you those dreams in the first place.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Grace's Forgiveness by Molly Jebber

My review today is on the second book in the Keepsake Pocket Quilt Series, Grace's Forgiveness. I really enjoy Molly's work. I was thrilled when I received a copy in the mail. This book isn't available until February but you will want to pre-order it right away. This story is well written, heart warming, and humorous. I do enjoy anything Amish and I enjoy reading about how it was in the early 1900's. Her characters are full of faith, love, and a oneness of family and community.

Grace  Blauch is a spinster. She is a skilled quilter, shop owner, and midwife. Unfortunately she was born with disfiguring birthmark on her face. This birthmark caused people to turn away from her and refuse to look her in the eyes. Her father had tried several times to arrange marriages but every man refused. Brokenhearted she had given up hope for her future family. One day a handsome stranger walked into her store and changed her life.

Mark King lost his parents, his good friends, and his brother was shunned. He moves to Berlin to start over, he soon meets a beautiful young woman that makes his heart race. He hardly noticed the birthmark on her face, all he saw was beauty. She was everything he wanted in his fraa. His past follows him to Berlin and he now appears to have lost everything again.

A journey of two people who love one another but the past and Grace's father is bound to keep them apart. Trust in God is the only thing that will save their relationship. God has made a way. God has a plan for you too. Give him control and watch what He has planned for you. It will be far greater than anything you have planned. Look for this book in February, you'll love it.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Small Town Justice by Valerie Hansen

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! My review today is on the Love Inspired Suspense, Small Town Justice. I enjoyed this book very much. The story is well written and deals with some hard circumstances and yet does it in a positive encouraging way. I really liked the characters, although flawed and broken they work together to overcome all this world has done to them.

Jamie Lynn Henderson returns to the town of her youth to find answers to the horror that has destroyed her family. She pulls up to the house she once lived in as a child, her dog runs into the house. Jamie goes after the dog when two men pull up and start searching for her. One of them slashes her tires. She hides until they leave but she is soon taken over by the smoke. She and her dog are rescued by the son of the man her brother's accused of killing.

Shane Colton sees two men in camo run from the old house as the flames burst forth. Shane hears a dog barking and runs to help whoever is in the house. He saves the girl and when she asks about her dog he goes back and save him. He takes her truck in to repair the slashed tires, the dog to the vet and then goes to the hospital. When he learns who she is he is upset but feels like he must keep her alive until she finds her answers.

Two brokenhearted people that are forced to return to an event that had nearly destroyed them. Shane and his mom helps Jamie to return to the God of her youth. Together they investigate; finding that only the grace of God is going to keep them alive and find the answers. God had a plan and it was by far greater than either of them dreamed but they had to come to where they could trust God to work it out. God has a plan for you, if you can trust Him, and allow Him to move in your life it will come to pass.
God bless you in this up coming year. God is so good! I know this year will be awesome!