Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Cover Story: Branigan Powers Mystery Book 2 By Deb Richardson-Moore

I received this book from Kregel Publications for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own. 

Book Description:

A bizarre hit-and-run brings Branigan Powers back to the crime-solving beat
A fatal crash involving two college students heading home for the holidays seems like an unfortunate accident. But when the surviving girl wakens, she tells a curious story of the vehicle that forced them off the road--an old-fashioned, 1950s-style hearse.
Reporter Branigan Powers delves into the mystery that takes her to the college campus, and leads her into dangerous fraternity and sorority pledge parties.
Reunited with the homeless Malachi Martin, who is so adept at seeing what isn't there rather than what is, Branigan must uncover what is really going on at the college before other students are put in danger.
This second installment in the author's first cozy mystery series delves into the world of newspapers and life on the streets--both of which the author knows well.

My Thoughts: 

 The Cover Story is the second book in Deb Richardson-Moore's Branigan Powers series and I love it! I had the pleasure of reading the first Branigan Powers book, The Cantaloupe Thief, so when this latest book came out I HAD to read it. This is a Christian Mystery Story and it is fantastic. This story definitely grabs you from the start and doesn't let go until the end. Again Branigan is part of an investigation as a reporter and an Aunt. In this book we meet new characters and also read about favorites from the first book. I loved being part of another Branigan Mystery, right there with her as she digs deeper into this latest situation. I absolutely love the character, Branigan Powers. She is a sensitive, strong woman who does everything in her power to find the truth and report the truth. I could NOT put this book down. I love Deb Richardson-Moore's style of writing, she knows how to write an incredible story that keeps readers at the edge of their seats. This book definitely brought out many emotions, I found myself laughing in parts, crying in some, and holding breath in others. All makings of a great mystery. I recommend reading The Cantaloupe Thief first. I cannot say enough good about this book! I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Mystery books, you will not be disappointed in this story or this author. I cannot wait to read more of this series! I definitely give this book and author 5 STARS.

Israel-God's Heart: Landscapes and Legacy By Ron Gafni and Kathleen Barrett

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own. '

Book Description: 

 Many of us only dream of traveling to the Holy Land. Very few, like Israel's top aerial photographer, Ron Gafni, soar above the craggy mountain ranges of Masada, the salty Dead Sea, and the iconic locations where Jesus walked. "Israel - God's Heart - Landscapes and Legacy," beautifully captures the ancient landscapes of this great nation, as well as presents the legacy of God's Redemption plan for the world.

As you slowly turn the pages, you will find unexpected vantage points, such as the Tower of David surrounded by city lights and fast paced cars. And, a hot air balloon floating over a field of cotton. From a bird's eye view, you will also experience a vibrant, bustling, modern Israel. Biblical references and thoughtful narrative, by Author Kathleen Barrett, intertwines with awe inspiring photography to bring you to the Holy Land time and time again.


My Thoughts: 

Israel- God's Heart is a beautiful book filled with breathtaking photographs of modern day Israel and great narrative about the Holy Land. Between the narrative and the photographs I HAD to read this book. I loved seeing Israel through Ron Gafni and Kathleen Barrett's eyes. I attened private school for 8 years and we studied and learned the maps of the Bible so I found myself drawn in to the differences and just how beautiful the Holy Land is. I have always wanted to see the Holy Land myself and now I am even more drawn to see it. This book helped satisfy this desire to go. The photographs of all of this land really puts you there seeing this incredible landscape. The colors are vibrant, showing the very important pieces in our history, God's artwork. I found the scriptures and descriptions enhancing the photographs. I have read through the book at least 20 times, seeing new things each time. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves photographs and wants to see the Holy Land. I give this book 5+ STARS. 

I apologize for the lateness of this review.

The Captain's Daughter: London Beginnings Book 1 By Jennifer Delamere

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are mine.

Book Description: 

When a series of circumstances beyond her control leave Rosalyn Bernay alone and penniless in London, she chances upon a job backstage at a theater which is presenting the most popular show in London. A talented musician and singer, she feels immediately at home and soon becomes enthralled with the idea of pursuing a career on the stage.

An injury during a skirmish in India has forced Nate Moran out of the army until he recovers. Filling his time at a stable of horses for hire in London, he has also spent the past two months working nights as a stagehand, filling in for his injured brother. Although he’s glad he can help his family through a tough time, he is counting the days until he can rejoin his regiment. London holds bitter memories for him that he is anxious to escape. But then he meets the beautiful woman who has found a new lease on life in the very place Nate can’t wait to leave behind.


My Thoughts: 

The Captain's Daughter is the first book in Jennifer Delamere's latest series, London Beginnings, and it is fantastic. This is the first book by Jennifer Delamere I have had the pleasure of reading and I can't wait to read more. Jennifer Delamere writes with authority on England especially London during the Victorian Era, India and the Army at that time, the theater, and actors and actresses. I found myself drawn to the cover of this book, it is beautiful and well done. When I read the description I HAD to read it. As a HUGE fan of Christian Historical Fiction this book was a must read for me.  I found Jennifer Delamere's style of writing inviting, the pace of the story was good, and the story kept me engaged from start to finish. The characters in this book were well written and real people dealing with real life during this time. I really enjoyed the characters in this book but I think my favorite was Rosalyn. She is a strong, kind person whose faith is unbreakable. The circumstances she finds herself in she handles with grace. I enjoyed her story. I found myself unable to put this book down. From start to finish I felt like I was there with Rosalyn on her journey.  I have found a new must read author in Jennifer Delamere and cannot wait to read this next book in this series. I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction especially during the Victorian Era, you will not be disappointed.  I give this book 5 STARS. 

I want to apologize to Jennifer Delamere and Litfuse Publicity for the lateness of this review.