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Thank you for visiting my Book Review page.  I hope you find some good reads like I have.  Watch for the scale on the coffee cup for their rating.  Am empty cup being the lowest and a full cup being the lowest being the highest.  All of these reviews are items sent to me to try out but NONE of them are paid reviews ever!  All view points are my own.


RAPTOR 6



Raptor 6
The Quiet Professionals series |Raptor 6
His team. His mission. A mission that comes at the highest cost!
Captain Dean Watters keeps his mission and his team in the forefront of his laser-like focus. So when Dean’s mission and team are threatened, his Special Forces training kicks into high gear. Failing to stop hackers from stealing national security secrets from the military’s secure computers and networks isn’t an option.
Zahrah Zarrick is a missionary teacher to Afghan children in Mazar-e Sharif. And a target. When Zahrah is captured because of her expertise in quantum cryptology, compromising the U.S. military, Dean is forced to crack the lockbox around his heart—a move that might come at the highest cost.
Find out more and purchase a copy at Ronie’s website.  This review was done for Litfuse and I received a copy of this book in order to do this review.
My take:  This was different then the books I have been reading and a very nice different.  It was good to have a Christian book that dealt with the reality of war.  I also loved the added adventure while learning more on the psychosocial aspects of warfare and torture.  Not mushy as the background love story builds.  I hope so to continue reading this series.  

The Road to Nyn


I am so proud that my Granddaughter TK is an avid reader.  She turned 10 just this last month and of course one of her gifts from Nonnie and Coppie was a book.  TK knows she will always have at least one book from us for every holiday gift.  This time it was The Road to Nyn by Brian Michaud.  


This is a great adventure story for her.  I was able to read it first, but don't tell her.  You know I wanted to check out where TK would be going...where she would find adventure...where she would meet her new friends.  It was great to see how the story started out with our hero Kay in the middle of a contest to become an squire for a knight.  Where he can be groomed to be a leader.  Of course we know he is a bright smart and talented young man to have gone this far.  What we did not know is that he is also learning the art of magic.  A forbidden art, that is going to help him on his adventures.  I think we all dream of going on a quest to help save our family.  Well the dream has become a nightmare for Kay, but he will be able to hold up to it.  The Road to Nyn was a wonderful adventure that I would highly recommend for the young reader age 9 to 13.



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Brian Michaud's Bio: 



Brian G. Michaud lives in a small town in Massachusetts with his wife, Kim. When he is not reading or writing books, Brian can be found teaching music at a local elementary school or rocking out on guitar with the band, Too Loud.


The Road to Nyn Book Summary:



In a land where magic is outlawed, a young boy is living a double life. Although Kay is training to be a knight, he has been secretly studying the forbidden ways of magic with Alamin, a powerful but eccentric wizard.

After passing of the Trial of the Rings and being raised to squirehood, Kay has decided to tell Alamin that he is going to leave his magical studies behind. And why not? Kay hasn’t ever cast a spell without something going seriously wrong–like the random appearance of frogs or hungry wolves–besides, Kay could be banished from the kingdom just for associating with Alamin.

Kay’s plans are quickly obliterated when a horde of goblins attacks his village and captures his family and friends. Now, with his home lying in ruins, everything has changed. Along with Alamin and Felix, a self-serving kleptomaniac sprite, Kay embarks on an adventure that takes him across the Kingdom of Gaspar and into the dark and treacherous caves of the Goblin Realm. What Kay doesn’t realize is that his journey is leading him on a collision course with the Lord of Nyn – a being so powerful that none dare face him...not even Alamin himself!



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Stealing the Moon & Stars

I am enjoying my time house/pet/people sitting out at the lake today.  But more so right now.  Look around here with me.  I am on the upper deck outside.  Yes, on the second story of the house with the moon and stars above my head.  The lake is spread out before me just at the horizon level.  You can feel the breeze as it just pushes your hair around coming across the water.  A nice temp of mid 70's this evening that is making my glass of wine feel just that bit more chilled.  This is the life!  You see I have the best of jobs.  I am paid to hang out in a beautiful area with friends (both human and furry) for several days at a time.  The other benefit I have is right here on this blog.  Books (my paperback friends) are sent to me for my chance to read them and share with you.  Today's book is the most perfect pairing of my day.  Let me tell you....

Stealing the Moon & Stars is a good read for a private eye novel.  Not too push and thankfully not trite either.  But a good steady book that has the story line being fed out to me sorta like you do the fishing line with a fish.  You give it a lil extra play and then reel it in a little.  Back and forth til you have managed to snag the fish because you made it just too tantalizing to resist.  Sally J. Smith and Jean Steffens are doing just that with me.  I have been reading here on the upper deck this evening, having this being played out bit by bit til now I am hooked and wanna know what is going to happen.  Of course now the moon is out and I can not see to read.  Thus I am going to have to go inside to keep it up....in just a moment.  First I am going to give a lil toast to my good read, look up at the sky and know that it is a good thing to be Stealing the Moon & Stars tonight.



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Stealing the Moon & Stars Book Summary:



Jordan Welsh and Eddie Marino, Scottsdale private eyes, are hired to find out who’s stealing from the Moon & Stars Children’s Foundation. Foundation employees are suspected, but just as the pieces start falling into place, Jordan discovers a hidden agenda that puts her in the crosshairs of a crime lord. Who can she trust?

Everyone has a dangerous secret, and the bodies are piling up. Even her partner, Eddie Marino, has a dark and mysterious past. Does she dare act on their attraction? Will it destroy their partnership?

The two have landed in a hornets’ nest. Nothing to do now but stir it up.

Book One in a new series featuring Jordan Welsh and Eddie Marino.


Sally J. Smith & Jean SteffensBios: 
Arizona native Sally J. Smith lives in Scottsdale with her husband. The rarest of breeds, an adult who was born in Arizona, she has been a writer since she could spell. These days she stays busy at her chosen professions of writing (novels, short stories, and articles) and freelance editing. When a free moment appears on the horizon, she’s out the door to a attend a play, a movie, a concert, or just take a long walk in the desert—if the temperature’s under a hundred. Other works include The Ghost Wore Polyester.

Jean Steffens also lives in Scottsdale with her family. She’s a mother, reader, movie fan, and the Steffens’ family chauffeur. She’s also active in church activities. Like Jordan Welsh, PI, Jean grew up in Chicago near Lake Forest. Jean’s mother, however, was nurturing—baking cookies, carpooling kids to school, kissing boo-boos—unlike Jordan’s mother, who’s allergic to the kitchen and thinks a carpool is a hot tub in a limo. Jean’s published work includes “The Night Before Christmas” in the Desert Sleuths Sisters in Crime Anthology, How Not to Survive the Holidays.

Work sessions between these two ladies generally result in a lot of laughter, noshing, and Internet surfing. Both authors are members of Romance Writers of America and Sisters in Crime.

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The Rainy Day Killer 
by Michael J. McCann


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Michael J. McCann's Bio: 
Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned a B.A. (Hons.) in English from Trent University and an M.A. in English from Queen's University. He has worked as an editor and a project and training consultant and manager with the federal government. He is an author of crime fiction and supernatural thrillers. His Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel series includes Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, The Fregoli Delusion, and The Rainy Day Killer. He is also the author of the supernatural thriller The Ghost Man and is currently working on another supernatural novel.

The Rainy Day Killer  Book Summary:

A man in a business suit offers the protection of his umbrella to an unsuspecting woman, and several days later she turns up dead on a river bank, raped and strangled. The terrifying serial killer known in the press as the Rainy Day Killer is now hunting new victims in the city of Glendale ... whenever it rains.

Homicide Lieutenant Hank Donaghue leads the investigation as the killer begins to communicate directly to him through phone calls and grisly packages containing body parts of his victims. Assisted by FBI profiler Ed Griffin, Donaghue and Detective Karen Stainer pursue an elusive predator who leaves no physical evidence behind.

The timing couldn't be worse, however, as Karen Stainer's attention is divided between the investigation and preparations for her upcoming wedding. Distracted and uncertain about her future, Stainer is furious when she learns that the Rainy Day Killer has followed her to Virginia, where the wedding will take place, and that he intends to make her his next victim!


My Take:
First off I wish to thank Michael J. McCann for sending me an autographed copy.  This is something I greatly treasure and have a shelf for my autographed books.  So  you know your already on my keeper shelf!  Next, Michael how did you know I am such a fan on the psychological thriller?  It has been my favorite genre of books for over 30 years.  Dear Hubby swears I am studying and is afraid he may be my final exam but that is not true.  I just love trying to understand the way the human mind thinks, especially when it is so twisted.  Michael  you could have let me play around in his mind a little.  Instead you kept me going at a break neck speed trying to keep up with him.  Not easy to do but thankfully I am not the Detective, Karen is.  Of course she has her plate full with her own personal life planning her wedding.  This is a page turner that will have you flipping faster than you thought possible.  Quick read but one that holds you there still.    This is the 4th novel in Michael J. McCann's series from Hank Donaghue and Karen Stainer.  Now I want to go and see what happened beforehand.  I give this one an almost full cup.  


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The Painted Table

A beautiful heirloom ingrained with family memory has become a totem of a life Saffee would rather forget---a childhood disrupted by her mother's mental illness.
Saffee does not want the table. By the time she inherits the object of her mother's obsession, the surface is thick with haphazard layers of paint, and heavy with unsettling memories.

After a childhood spent watching her mother slide steadily into insanity, painting and re-painting the ancient table, Saffee has come to fear that seeds of psychosis may lie dormant within her. But as an adult with a family of her own, Saffee must confront her mother's torment if she wants to defend herself against it.

Traversing four generations over the course of a century, The Painted Table is an epic portrait of inherited memory, proclivity, and guilt. It is a sprawling narrative affirmation that a family artifact---like a family member---can bear the marks of one's entire past . . . as well as intimations of one's redemption.

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About the author: Suzanne Field, a graduate of the University of Minnesota, has taught English as a Second Language in China, Ukraine, and Hawaii. She has also been a magazine editor and home-school teacher. She and her husband have five children and divide their time between Kansas and Hawaii where she is a tutor and mentor.



My Take:  This is an epic novel following the life of a mother and her daughter that is intertwined from the wounds of mental illness.   I have to say first of all I loved this book.  It really put into focus how twisted the thinking can be when your mentally ill.  That reality really has nothing to do with your focus at all.  Also it shows clearly how growing up and dealing with a parent who is mentally ill can make it so much harder to deal with life and society.  All of this hits home way too close as I am mentally ill, have had my break downs and they all occurred while my daughter was growing up and had to deal with it.  I am passing this book on to her as I feel she too will feel it is so close to her own feelings.  5 coffee cups is not enough for me!

Devotional for us Gals


Every year people start off the New Year with their hopes of change. Mine started off with the weight loss goals I have. Besides surgery and diet I know that I must have a spiritual strength to make it to my goals. It is mind, body and spirit that helps us keep up with our goals. Thus I have started a new devotional every morning, Take Flight!
This is a Sisterchicks devotional by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan. I have loved the books in the Sisterchicks series so I was really looking forward to starting this devotional. I received it this last holiday season but purposely waited for the New Year to start it.
I like that the uplifting stories are followed up with verse as well as a place to record your own thoughts. Then you continue on to wisdom and fulfilling quotes. Last there are suggestions on how you can complete the lesson in action. There are not 365 devotions here. This is not a year day by day. Instead you can take each one and devour it, chew it up and then ingest the knowledge. After that you will be able to see how you can bring it to fruition. I have to say I give this 5 cups as it has totally filled my cup!

A Marriage in Middlebury


A Marriage in Middlebury
One decision changed both their lives . . . but will love win in the end? Charlotte Rose Hill enjoys a comfortable life serving up country delicacies, uniquely blended teas, and matchmaking advice for her quirky, devoted customers. The only thing lacking is someone to share it with. At eighteen she denied Sam Wilder’s marriage proposal after his family convinced her to walk away from their relationship. They both moved on . . . or so she thought. When Sam walks back into her life more than a decade later, Charlotte is surprised that her heart still quickens. But is it because of his presence? Or because of the presence of Sam’s new fiancée? A second chance at love doesn’t happen often, but their past may keep them apart. Is it too late for Sam and Charlotte?
Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has over thirty books published (several coauthored) for adults and children. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA degree, combining speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, exotic teas, and brunch with her friends.
My Take:  I really enjoyed this one.  The story line was not too predictable yet there is always the happy ending.  We all need that reassurance that there are happy endings.  I am really tired of people having plenty of funds or more than plenty to do what they wish.  A bit more fantasy than I think is needed in life.  But it was good to see that people make bad decisions for whatever reason and are still able to resolve them one way or another.  I give this one 4 coffee cups as a good solid read.

Devotional for Us Gals

Every year people start off the New Year with their hopes of change.  Mine started off with the weight loss goals I have.  Besides surgery and diet I know that I must have a spiritual strength to make it to my goals.  It is mind, body and spirit that helps us keep up with our goals.  Thus I have started a new devotional every morning, Take Flight!


This is a Sisterchicks devotional by Robin Jones Gunn and Cindy Hannan.  I have loved the books in the Sisterchicks series so I was really looking forward to starting this devotional.  I received it this last holiday season but purposely waited for the New Year to start it.  


I like that the uplifting stories are followed up with verse as well as a place to record your own thoughts.  Then you continue on to wisdom and fulfilling quotes.  Last there are suggestions on how you can complete the lesson in action.  There are not 365 devotions here.  This is not a year day by day.  Instead you can take each one and devour it, chew it up and then ingest the knowledge.  After that you will be able to see how you can bring it to fruition.  I have to say I give this 5 cups as it has totally filled my cup!

Ruler of Demons
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Ruler of Demons Book Summary:

Only eleven shopping days till Christmas. And less than a week to save the world.

Three nuns—in Chicago, Paris, and Jerusalem—have been killed in a religious ritual. The choice of victims and the macabre details of their deaths indicate that someone is following a recipe provided on an ancient text—a recipe to unleash the forces of hell on earth. The final sacrifice must occur on the Winter Solstice.

Samuel Roberts, a small-town attorney in Urbana, Illinois, knows a bit about the supernatural, having triumphed at least once over the forces of evil. Thanks to a friend who is aware of Sam’s little known previous efforts on behalf of mankind, Sam is hired by a big Chicago law firm to take on a sensitive case. His mission? Nothing less than halting the impending apocalypse.

Sam and his good buddy Bob travel first to Jerusalem then Paris in a desperate race to save mankind.


Scott A. Lerner's Bio: 
Author and attorney Scott A. Lerner resides in Champaign, Illinois. He obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and went on to obtain his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. He is currently a sole practitioner in Champaign, Illinois. The majority of his law practice focuses on the fields of criminal law and family law. Mr. Lerner lives with his wife, their two children, and their cat Fern. Lerner collects unusual antiques and enjoys gardening, traveling, reading fiction, and going to the movies. His first novel, Cocaine Zombies, won a bronze medal in the mystery/cozy/noir category of the 2013 Independent Publisher (IPPY) Awards.


Dear Hubby's take: 
This was a fun read.  Sam is an unassuming hero who handles the bizarre with aplomb and wry humor.  I am very much looking forward to his next adventure.  I know that Sam and his compatriots will make it an enjoyable journey.  Thanks for sharing with me.  And to my dear wife, you will be up and running again in no time.

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Christmas Quilt

Annie's life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community's minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie's sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.


 Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband.


My Take

Sweet story with the holiday season upon us.  But there is not much depth otherwise.  I would share this one as a light read which many are always in need of.





Aloha Rose



Annie’s life is deliciously full as the Christmas season approaches. She helps her husband, Samuel, attend to the community’s minor medical needs. She occasionally assists Belinda, the local midwife, and most days, she finds herself delivering the buggy to her brother Adam. Annie’s sister-in-law Leah is due to deliver their first child before Christmas morning, and Annie is determined to finish a crib quilt before the boppli arrives. With six weeks to go, she should have no problem . . . but God may have a different plan. Leah is rushed to the English hospital when the infant arrives early, and Annie discovers the Christmas quilt may hold a far greater significance than she ever imagined.
When Laney Carrigan’s adoptive parents encourage her as an adult to seek out her birth family, her only clue is the Lokelani quilt in which she was found wrapped as an infant. Centering her search on the Big Island, she battles fears of rejection from a family that abandoned her once before while her faith struggles to embrace God’s love.
Along the path to her true heritage, she meets Hawaiian cowboy/helicopter pilot, Kai Barnes. Kai is determined to protect the people he’s come to regard as family against a woman he suspects of being nothing more than a gold-digger, but he finds himself drawn to Laney in spite of his reservations. He’s spent his entire life seeking forgiveness from past mistakes and longs for a second chance at happiness. Laney’s painstaking journey to find restoration and a place to belong among the breathtaking allure of the Big Island will lead her closer to her past and maybe even something more.
Chapman & Carter
*Vannetta Chapman* has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving over two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. 
*Lisa Carter* has been published in “MomSense” and “Christian Parenting Today.” Lisa is currently teaching music at a preschool and enjoying the enthusiasm and joy for life for which preschoolers are famous. She and David have two beautiful daughters.
My Take
Now here I enjoyed the storyline.  Learning more about the adventure in learning of her adoption.  There was more depth to this story, or so I felt.  It is a great addition to the Quilt series.



Dear Mr. Knightley


Samantha Moore has always hidden behind the words of others-namely her favorite characters in literature. Now, she will learn to write her own story-by giving that story to a complete stranger.  Growing up orphaned and alone, Sam found her best friends in the works of Austen, Dickens, and the Brontë sisters. The problem is that she now relates to others more comfortably as Elizabeth Bennet and Jane Eyre than as herself.

Sometimes we lose ourselves in the things we care about most.  But life for this twenty-three-year-old is about to get stranger than fiction, when an anonymous benefactor (calling himself "Mr. Knightley") offers to put Sam through the prestigious Medill School of Journalism. There is only one catch: Sam must write frequent letters to the mysterious donor, detailing her progress.

As Sam's program and peers force her to confront her past, she finds safety in her increasingly personal letters to Mr. Knightley. And when Sam meets eligible, best-selling novelist Alex Powell, those letters unfold a story of love and literature that feels as if it's pulled from her favorite books. But when secrets come to light, Sam is --- once again --- made painfully aware of how easily trust can be broken.

Reay's debut novel follows one young woman's journey as she sheds her protective persona and embraces the person she was meant to become.

Katherine Reay has enjoyed a life-long affair with the works of Jane Austen and her contemporaries. After earning degrees in history and marketing from Northwestern University, she worked as a marketer for Proctor & Gamble and Sears before returning to school to earn her MTS. Her works have been published in "Focus on the Family" and the "Upper Room." Katherine currently lives with her husband and three children in Seattle. "Dear Mr. Knightley" is her first novel.



My Take

Oh this became my favorite book this fall.  Every girl needs a diary.  And sometimes we need to know there is someone there to listen to us.  It is even better when you find your family inside of that same path.



Gun Powder Tea


Gunpowder Tea
In a case that could change her career, Miranda uncovers a love that will change her life.
When Miranda Hunt sees the classified ad for an heiress to the legendary Last Chance Ranch, she knows assuming the identity of Annie Beckman is the perfect cover. As one of the finest agents for the Pinkerton Detective Agency, Miranda has been tasked with apprehending the Phantom—an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling ranch.
But she isn’t the only one at the ranch with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggart is working undercover as well. Their true identities may be a secret, but it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the sparks flaring between them.
Neither is about to let romance interfere with such a huge case. Besides, Miranda hasn’t removed Jeremy from her list of suspects yet. The closer they get to uncovering the identity of the Phantom, the more dangerous he gets—and no one on the ranch is safe.
The longer Miranda and Jeremy spend working together, the harder it becomes to keep their feelings in check. Their careers—and their lives—depend on solving this case. Love will just have to wait.

Margaret BrownleyThrills, mystery, suspense, romance: Margaret penned it all. Nothing wrong with this--except Margaret happened to be writing for the church newsletter at the time. After making the church picnic read like a Grisham novel, her former pastor took her aside and said, "Maybe God's calling you to write fiction." So that's what Margaret did. She's now a New York Times bestselling author and a Romance Writers of America RITA finalist with more than 25 novels to her credit. Her first non-fiction book "Grieving God's Way: the Lasting Path to Hope and Healing" has won much critical acclaim. She is currently working on the third book in her "Brides of Last Chance Ranch series." Not bad for someone who flunked 8th grade English. Just don't ask her to diagram a sentence.
My Take
Here is one book that was fun to read.  The story line was interesting with the by play between the two main characters.  And who does not like a happy ending.  I was happy to have this book to curl up with and giggle as I wondered around in it.  


Beloved

Diana is ready to begin a new chapter in her life-until the husband she believed dead reappears at her engagement party.

Diana Brennan came west on the orphan train and was given a home with a loving couple who cherished and spoiled her. At 17, she fell hard for Tyson Applegate, the son of a wealthy mine owner. After a whirlwind courtship and marriage, Tyson took off for adventures around the world, including fighting with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Receiving no word from him in years, Diana's infatuation with her dashing husband died an ugly death, and she is ready to move past the old pain and marry again, just as soon as Tyson is declared legally dead.


But when Tyson returns, claiming to be a changed man, he wants to reunite with his wife and run for the senate. While Diana suspects the election is his real reason for wanting her by his side, she agrees to maintain his home and to campaign with him, but when it is over, win or lose, she wants her freedom.


He agrees with one condition---she must give him a chance to change her mind about him.


Meet the author: Robin is the author of 65+ novels and novellas. Her home is in Idaho, where she spends her time writing stories of faith, courage, and love; pondering the things of God; and loving her family and friends.




My Take

This was delightful.  This book read with a delicacy of fine lace while having the strength of the knots that make it up.  Great interplay.  Good rending of the times gone by.




To Know You


Julia Whittaker's rocky past yielded two daughters, both given up for adoption as infants. Now she must find them to try to save her son.

Julia and Matt Whittaker's son has beaten the odds for thirteen years only to have the odds---and his liver---crash precipitously. The only hope for his survival is a "living liver" transplant, but the transplant list is long and Dillon's time is short. His two older half-sisters, born eighteen months apart to two different fathers, offer his only hope for survival.

But can Julia ask a young woman---someone she surrendered to strangers long ago and has never spoken with---to make such a sacrifice to save a brother she's never known? Can she muster the courage to journey back into a shame-filled season of her life, face her choices and their consequences, and find any hope of healing?
And what if she discovers in her own daughters' lives that a history of foolish choices threatens to repeat itself? Julia knows she's probably embarking on a fool's errand---searching for the daughters she abandoned only now that she needs something from them. But love compels Julia to take this journey. Can grace and forgiveness compel her daughters to join her?

In To Know You, Shannon Ethridge and Kathryn Mackel explore how the past creates the present . . . and how even the most shattered lives can be redeemed.
Shannon Ethridge is a best-selling author, speaker, and certified life coach with a master's degree in counseling/human relations from Liberty University. She has spoken to college students and adults since 1989 and is the author of 21 books, including the million-copy best-selling Every Woman's Battle series. She is a frequent guest on TV and radio programs and mentors aspiring writers and speakers through her BLAST Program (Building Leaders, Authors, Speakers & Teachers.)


Kathryn Mackel is a best-selling author and acclaimed screenwriter for Disney and Fox. She was on the screenwriting team for Left Behind: The Movie, and Frank Peretti's Hangman's Curse. She is the acclaimed author of "The Surrogate", "The Departed", and "The Hidden" and resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with her husband.

My Take

I have made choices in my life that I do not like.  You have to live with them.  Sometimes you have to revisit them and learn from them again.  But if your very very lucky you get to grow from them.  Here we see that life choices are never easy, always leave a scar and may be your one saving grace.  Very good in depth story that teaches from the heart that forgiveness is alway possible.  Especially if you are forgiving yourself.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for your kind words (or in this case your husbands). Hope you feel better.
    Scott A. Lerner author of Ruler of. Demons.

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  2. sounds like a very interesting book

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  3. Thanks Lenore for all of your wonderful, slice of life reviews :)

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