My Review of Danni Girl Mysteries by Debra Sue Brice

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

This is a review of Debra Sue Brice’s Danni Girl Mysteries consisting of the following three novellas.

Running Into Trouble

Danni is just your average college girl; enjoying workouts with hot men and old hangouts with her favorite handsome neighbor. But her life is turned upside down when her best friend is found murdered in her home. With the list of suspects rapidly dwindling, will Danni be able to solve the case before the murderer finds her next?

Sailing Into Trouble

Danni is back in the routine of life after losing her best friend to a crazed murderer. Moving forward, Danni decides to celebrate life on a leisurely cruise around the city with family and friends. With Ryan and Chris both at her side, her feelings become torn between these two extremely good looking men. But all too soon murder strikes again and any hopes at having a romantic evening are dead in the water.

Riding Into Trouble

Danni is finally getting her chance at romance. Unfortunately, not everyone is as lucky. Murder strikes again, and this time it hits home for everyone involved. What could have been a sweet romance turns out to be a deadly nightmare.

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Danni is the typical college student, but seems to have a penchant for getting caught up in murder mysteries. The first book in the series involves her finding her roommate murdered. The detective on the case turns out to be a guy she met at the gym and was interested in. She sets about solving the case. The second story takes place on a boat, and the third is about a romantic interest. There is a romantic thread that runs through the novellas that comes to a satisfying ending in the third book. Danni’s Mysteries are great Young Adult mysteries that are difficult, but not impossible, to solve. I recommend these novels for teenagers and young adults in your lives.

 

My Review of Glimmer of Hope by Julie Lessman

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

A Glimmer of Hope

by Julie Lessman

A novella prequel to Isle of Hope Series

She’s a wounded girl serving up trouble.
He’s a pastor’s kid bent on serving God.
But can they find a glimmer of hope for a future together?

From the moment Jack O’Bryen kissed the sixteen-year-old tomboy next door, he knew he would love her forever. Lacey Carmichael was everything he’d ever wanted—intelligent, warm, and brimming with life, the perfect complement to his serious and sensible self. A girlfriend who not only shared his faith, but he hoped his future as well, the perfect mate for a would-be pastor.

Eighteen-year-old Lacey Carmichael has dreamed of marrying Jack O’Bryen since she was twelve years old, the boy next door who always picked up the pieces after her father shattered her heart. But when her cousin leads her astray while Jack’s away at school and her father’s rejection soars to new heights, Lacey finds herself at odds with the boy that she loves, not only jeopardizing their relationship, but Jack’s faith and heart as well.

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

This tragic romance was difficult to read. Lacey’s distraught relationship with her emotionally abusive father broke my heart. Jack’s desire to live for God and do things the right way conflicting with his desire and passion for the love of his life is torrential and shows how strong temptation can be, and I could feel his struggle. Julie Lessman has done it again in writing this Isle of Hope prequel. worthy of a Shakespearean tale of young love gone wrong. Only with God, there is always a glimmer of hope. I won’t tell you how it all works out, but once your finish the last line, make sure to have Unfailing Love, the next in the Isle of Hope series. You want to read it immediately to know what happens next. I highly recommend this book.

Review of Unfailing Love by Julie Lessman

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Unfailing Love

Isle of Hope Series Book 1

by Julie Lessman

About the Book:

She stole his heart.
He stole her peace.
Can hope steal their pain?

At the age of eighteen, Lacey Carmichael was a wild girl bent on fun, promised to Jack O’Bryen, a straight-and-narrow pastor’s kid bent on the seminary. When her father kicks her out of the house, she runs away from Isle of Hope, turning her back on everything she loves. Now, eight years later, she’s back as a woman of faith, hoping to make amends to the father she defied, the boyfriend she deserted, and the best friend she denied. Only the bridges she’s burned are still smoldering, kindled by an adulterous affair by Jack’s pastor father that damaged his son’s faith. But can a turning of tables—and hearts—lead the way back to “hope” for them all?

My Review:  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

Julie Lessman doesn’t disappoint in this redemption story with a twist.

Lacey was a wild girl who left town and her straight and narrow boyfriend, Jack. He was studying to be a preacher, and she knew she would hurt his career choice, his reputation, and his relationship with God. She was in need of redemption but wasn’t ready to turn to God.

Fast forward a few years, and Lacey returns home with a broken heart and a new relationship with God. She has have redemption and is ready to mend fences. Now it is Jack who needs to get right with God. Between his pastor father’s infidelity and Lacey’s betrayal, he wants nothing to do with God. He is now in need of redemption, but he won’t find it unless he can let go of his anger and extend forgiveness to the woman he’s always loved.

I love how Lessman’s romance novels are never predictable. Her novels are full of passion and faith. At one point, I gasped at a plot twist I didn’t see coming. I highly recommend this novel.

Book Review of 30 AD

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

30 AD

by Ted Dekker

A sweeping epic set in the harsh deserts of Arabia and ancient Palestine.

A war that rages between kingdoms on the earth and in the heart.
The harrowing journey of the woman at the center of it all.
Step back in time to the year of our Lord…A.D. 30.
The outcast daughter of one of the most powerful Bedouin sheikhs in Arabia, Maviah is called on to protect the very people who rejected her. When their enemies launch a sudden attack with devastating consequences, Maviah escapes with the help of two of her father’s warriors–Saba who speaks more with is sword than his voice and Judah, a Jew who comes from a tribe that can read the stars. Their journey will be fraught with terrible danger. If they can survive the vast forbidding sands of a desert that is deadly to most, they will reach a brutal world subjugated by kings and emperors. There Maviah must secure an unlikely alliance with King Herod of the Jews.
But Maviah’s path leads her unexpectedly to another man. An enigmatic teacher who speaks of a way in this life which offers greater power than any kingdom. His name is Yeshua, and his words turn everything known on its head. Though following him may present even greater danger, his may be the only way for Maviah to save her people–and herself.

My Review: ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

This epic Biblical adventure will keep you on the edge of your seat as you follow Maviah, both slave and queen, as she tries to save her father’s kingdom. What makes it more interesting is she encounters the King of Kings who changes her life forever. I love Biblical fiction that focuses on a fictional character who skirts around the Biblical accounts. I highly recommend this book.

The Adventures of Chipper!

by Carole Brown

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If you’re old enough, you’ve read/seen about Dennis the Menace. Nowadays there’s all kinds of books with characters that entertain.

But have you read about CHIPPER?

He’s a fairly new “KID” on the block, and the eight books (so far) in this series are filled with tons of adventures for kids. There are quiet lessons for children to identify with and learn from too: 

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  • the results of childish rebellions,
  • facing up to bullies,
  • knowing when to say no to taunts and dares,
  • being brave when you’re scared,  
  • being loyal and helpful to your friends
  • and even a mystery!

Discussion questions and scripture verses for parents and children to enjoy are in the back of the book. 

Check out Dan Brown’s The Adventures of Chipper Books here: Amazon

Oh, yeah, on Thursday (this week) enjoy the interview with Dan Brown and find out why he’s writing these charming books...

Happy Reading!

Review of Pages of Ireland by Cindy Thomson

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Book #2, Daughter of Ireland

by Cindy Thomson

In sixth-century Ireland, books are rare treasures.

Aine, a young woman unwillingly pledged to marry, believes the book is a talisman with the power to change her circumstances. When she steals it from her betrothed’s clan, desperate to use it to help her mother’s impoverished people, events tumble out of control. She seeks help from Brigid, the woman who rescued her long ago, but doing so puts an entire monastery at risk as the king deploys his army to get the book back.

The formerly banished druid Ardan hopes the book can be traded for revenge, but a mysterious force curses him with a reoccurring mark in the shape of Brigid’s famous reed cross. Is it the power of a vengeful god or the command of the book that is causing his anguish?

While many seek to possess the book, it appears to choose who will hear its words. No one in Ireland will know the power of the words written on its pages if the book does not survive the battle.

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by Tamera Lynn Kraft

Pages of Ireland is the second book in Cindy Thomson’s Ireland Series. Set in the Middle Ages, she continues her tales of how Christianity took root in Ireland. This novel focuses upon Aine, the girl Brigid saved in the last novel Brigid of Ireland. Cindy weaves Ireland legend and folklore into stories about early saints and missionaries in a way no one else has. I enjoyed Pages of Ireland even more than her first book in the series. I highly recommend it.

Review of Brigid of Ireland by Cindy Thomson

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by Cindy Thomson

In 5th-century pagan-dominated Ireland, Brigid is born a slave to her own father and is separated from her mother. Desperately seeking love and acceptance, Brigid becomes a believer in Christ. Knowing how the Irish people cling to superstitions and fears, can Brigid overcome them? Will her hatred for her father and a scheming evil sorcerer destroy her faith? Set in the era of St. Patrick, this fantasy-filled novel will captivate readers as Brigid must choose between God’s will and the desire to save her family.

My Review: ♥  ♥  ♥  ♥

by Tamera Lynn Kraft

I admit I knew nothing about the legend of Saint Brigid of Ireland, so all of this was new to me. I found the story Cindy Thomson weaved about Brigid to be fascinating. In this novel, Brigid was a real girl with longings and temptations just as every other girl has had. She wasn’t some larger than life saint. She was ordinary. What made her extraordinary was that she surrendered her life to God and prayed every time she or someone else needed help. Because of this devotion to God, God used Brigid mightily perform many miracles through her, most to feed those who were hungry and destitute but some for protection. Brigid, in some ways, reminded me of George Mueller who prayed every time he needed food to feed the orphans he was caring for.

Another thing I loved about this novel was the sense of Irish folklore and the element of danger throughout the story. I couldn’t put it down because I need to find out what happened next. I recommend this novel.

I was given a free copy of Brigid of Ireland but was not required to give a favorable review.