Recently, we were able to travel to an area that was new to us…Brenham, Texas. It’s about an hour east of Austin. Such beautiful countryside. It was Bluebonnet season and I was snapping lots of photos of the flowers in bloom.
I fell in love with the sweet little fellow. He was curious and came closer when I took his picture.
As someone who loves a good mystery, I’m always on the lookout for a good suspense novel and I found just what I was looking for in Rachel Dylan’s newest book Lone Witness, the second book it the Atlanta Justice series.
Lone Witness tells the story of Sophie Dawson, a prosecutor in the city of Atlanta. After presenting closing arguments against a crooked CEO, she wanted to get started on her newest case in the white-collar crimes unit. Though the crimes may be different from the general trial division, what drove Sophie didn’t change. She wanted to seek justice for those who had been victimized. After putting in a long day at work, Sophie wanted to run in to the Quick-Stop for a snack on her way home. That one little decision would impact her in ways she couldn’t have imagined. Instead of being the prosecutor, she would be the lone eye witness against a gang member who brutally murdered two people.
What I liked about Lone Witness, was not only the courtroom drama, suspense and mystery, but also the characters. They had interesting careers and were decent, likable people that I came to care about. Rachel challenges the reader not to automatically categorize a character (defense attorney) as good or bad or assume you know their motives. This book has some surprising twists and turns and it was interesting trying to figure out who done it. I appreciated that the character’s Christian faith was woven into the story.
Not only did I find a good book to read in Lone Witness, but I found an author, Rachel Dylan, whose work I liked and is new to me. I look forward to going back and reading her earlier work and future novels.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Bethany House Publishers for the opportunity to read Lone Witness in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
I love mysteries and suspense novels and that’s what drew me to read Lynn H Blackburn’s newest book Beneath the Surface, the first book in the Dive Team Investigations series.
The story begins with homicide investigators, Ryan Parker and Gabe Chavez, training for underwater crime scene investigations when they discover a body. What started out an exercise has now developed into a murder investigation. To help with the logistics, Ryan reaches out to a neighbor and old friend, Leigh Weston, to see if the police can use her dock for a few days.
Soon, Leigh has some troubles of her own when she’s driving from home from work and her brakes give out. Was it mechanical failure or something more nefarious? Ryan and Gabe’s case load just got busier as they take a closer look in to Leigh’s accident.
What I liked best about this book are the very likable characters. They are people I would like to know, I cared about them and about what happened to them. It’s made all the more interesting as the mystery unfolds with new developments in both cases and unexpected twists. I found the underwater crime scene investigation fascinating and enjoyed trying to figure out “who done it.”
Something the character Ryan said in the first chapter, “No one deserves to die forgotten.”, drew me in and I knew I would like this story.
I appreciated how Lynn wove the Christian faith into the lives of some of the characters and I hope that aspect of the story continues to be developed in the next book in this series. Lynn’s knows how to tell a good story without resorting to filthy language or sexually explicit scenes.
There were times that the story seems to drag a bit as the story unfolded. But it didn’t bother me too much because I liked the characters and interesting storyline.
Lynn Blackburn is an author who is new to me and she’s going on my list of authors whose work I want to read. I look forward to reading her earlier and future novels, especially book two of this series.
I would like to thank Revell Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Lynn H Blackburn’s new novel Beneath the Surface in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Joel C. Rosenberg is one of my favorite authors. If he writes a new book, I want to read it. So glad that I had the opportunity to read his latest book, The Kremlin Conspiracy.
What newspaper can you pick up today where you aren’t reading another article about Russia? Do the headlines about the Russian President, Russian journalists being murdered or former Russian spies being poisoned grab your attention? If so, you will want to read Joel’s newest book, The Kremlin Conspiracy, which seems to have been ripped from today’s headline news.
The Kremlin Conspiracy is a novel about the increasing tensions and threat of a military show down between the United States of America and Russia. Why in the world is Russia making a bold, but irrational, overreach of power? Though set on the world stage, Joel make this story personal by following the lives of Marcus Ryker and Oleg Kraskin through their relationships, work and the people that surround them, some of whom are powerful and influential world leaders. When their lives intersect how will they be changed? The reader comes to know and care about these people as their countries come closer to being on the brink of war.
From page 1 until the very end Joel holds the reader’s attention. One way I can tell if a novel is really good, is when I put the book down I’m still thinking about the characters and wondering what will happen next. There are some surprises in this story and you will be kept on the edge of your seat. I’m already looking forward to the next book in this series. I sure hope that Joel writes it quickly!
Something I especially appreciate about Joel’s books is that he weaves the Christian faith into some of the characters. I like that he is able to write an interesting story that doesn’t include filthy language or details about sexually immorality.
If you like suspense novels or fast-paced political thrillers that keep you up at night, you will want to read Joel C. Rosenberg’s newest novel, The Kremlin Conspiracy. You won’t want to put this one down!
I would like to thank Tyndale House Publishers, Inc for the opportunity to read The Kremlin Conspiracy for free in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
Spring is busting out all over in our little corner of the world. Enjoying the beauty of our Redbud…as are the bees.
So why would a conservative gal who backed Ted Cruz for President want to read Let Trump Be Trump – The Inside Story of His Rise to the Presidency by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie?
If you had told me two years ago that I would read a book about President Trump, I wouldn’t have believed you. When Trump was the Republican Presidential candidate, I was not happy and had to decide, would I rather Hillary be President or Donald Trump. Looking at his time in office I see the President has kept a lot of his campaign promises and has made many conservative choices. That’s why I wanted to read this book, to have some insight into President Trump from the people who worked hard to help elect him President.
I’m glad I took the time to read Let Trump Be Trump. It was interesting to learn how he came to toss his hat in the ring for President. It’s hard to forget the crazy 2016 Presidential election and I found it fascinating to read about what was going during the campaign and behind the scenes with Trump and within his inner circle.
There are times I’d like to have the ability to delete some of Trump’s tweets, unpolished comebacks and offhanded remarks. There are times I like President Trump’s unpretentious communication. I appreciate that he is a fighter and truthteller, albeit unpolished, and he doesn’t take the garbage that the press tries to fling at him.
In Let Trump Be Trump, the reader will learn about episodes during the campaign and from his life that helped make this man who he is or reveal what he’s like. Despite his volatile temper and untamed mouth, Trump has lot of people who have worked for him over the years that are very loyal. In this book you’ll find some insight into why that is.
I give a thumb’s up and recommend Let Trump Be Trump by Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie. It was an interesting and insightful read. There’s some profanity in this book related to conversations by Trump and the people who worked with him, so if that’s something that bothers you, you may want to pass on reading this book.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Hachette Book Group, Inc for the opportunity to read Let Trump Be Trump in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.
I absolutely love finding a good book and I found a real treasure in The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin. Not only did I find a really good book, but an author whose novels I want to read.
I selected The Sea Before Us based on the subject matter, World War II and D-Day. My parents and grandfather were in the military and fought in World War II. They were part of the greatest generation who fought with great courage to defeat Hitler.
The Sea Before Us starts out in 1941 with a young man in Texas, Wyatt Paxton, who’s in middle of circumstances that will change the trajectory of not only own his life, but his family’s as well. Fast forward three years to London, England where readers are introduced to Dorothy Fairfax a Second Officer with the Women’s Royal Naval Service. Wyatt and Dorothy are just two of the British and Allied forces who are working diligently to prepare maps and intelligence for the troops and their upcoming invasion of France to beat back and crush Hitler, the German forces and all those who’ve perpetrated such great evil.
The setting of the novel during World War II and the preparation for the upcoming Allied invasion was fascinating. The author’s research and attention to detail comes through. The characters were well written and I appreciated how their faith and personal growth was developed during the course of the story.
I highly recommend The Sea Before Us by Sarah Sundin, it’s an interesting book with likeable realistic characters you will want to get to know. This author knows how to write historical fiction that will grab you and keep your attention. I look forward to reading Sarah’s earlier work and future novels.
I would like to thank NetGalley and Revell Publishing Group for the opportunity to read The Sea Before Us in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.