Author: First Book Publish:2009 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:6.8 Characters: The Vision (The Publishers) (The Last Publishers Book 1) First published: June 29th 2009Rating: 6.78 stars GoodReads:The Vision (The Publishers) Review: Oh my. I don’t know where to begin on this one. I absolutely adored it. It’s one of those novels you like to go back and reread again numerous times. This was really really really good. I love how so much reality and fact is interwoven with the fiction and non-reality. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the two apart. Not to mention, I just ate the story up like it was coffee ice cream. It hooked me. Asher and Cheyenne’s relationship tore me up, they so belong together. I can’t wait to see what ha
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Author: First Book Publish:1976 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:8.9 Characters: Koheleth: The Man and His World: A Study of Ecclesiastes (Bible Book 1) First published: December 31st 1986Rating: 9.1 stars GoodReads:Koheleth: The Man and His World: A Study of Ecclesiastes Review: Written thousands of years ago but yet so up to date. This book reminds me of the futility of life (who needs reminding of that?) but in the midst of it all there is a God who loves us and has a purpose for us. I never ceased to be amazed and reminded that there is nothing new under the sun and that if it was worth saying and being written down for the ages, then God probably said it first. Judges (Bible Book 2) First published: January 30th 1976Rating: 8.3 stars GoodReads:Judges Review: it’s really saddening to see the Israelites keep going back to the false Gods after the end of a Judge rule. Some of the judges has very interesting story, Gideon and Samson.
Author: First Book Publish:2014 Books in series: 2 Avg. Book Rating:7.8 Characters: The Root of All Evil (Hope Street Church Mysteries Book 1) First published: October 21st 2014Rating: 7.86 stars GoodReads:The Root of All Evil Review: A brand-new book in the terrific Hope Street Church mystery series, by New York Times bestselling author Ellery Adams and Elizabeth Lockard! Welcome to Hope Street Church, where friendships are formed, fresh starts are encouraged, and mysteries are solved. Cooper Lee has never been happier. She has terrific friends at Bible study, a great boyfriend in Nathan, and best of all, a new niece or nephew on the way. But storm clouds are gathering when a string of church robberies comes to Hope Street and an art teacher is found dead in what appears to be a robbery gone wrong. With Halloween approaching, Cooper’s beginning to think there are far more tricks than treats coming her way. No sooner do she and her friends step in to help the police unearth a killer than they discover a con artist among their flock. Lost in a morass of confusing clues—and even more confusing signals from Nathan—Cooper’s not sure which way to turn. With the stakes…
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7 Characters: Faith and Hope in Lancaster 1 (Amish Of Lancaster County Book 1) First published: November 28th 2013Rating: 7 stars GoodReads:Faith and Hope in Lancaster 1 Review: (Part One of the Amish of Lancaster County serial. Please note that while Shelfari calls this a series, it is actually a serial. This novella-length section is the first third of the novel. If you want to read the entire story at once, please click on my author name and look for the complete megabook, titled The Amish of Lancaster County, or feel free to enjoy the installments one by one.) Plain Amish Hannah Stoltzfus of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has her hands full! Her youngest daughter is about to go onrumspringa in New York City, her middle daughter has to choose between the two men vying for her hand in marriage, and her son brings home an English girl. What’s a mother and wife to do? Turn to God’s guidance and her own belief in hope, trust, and love to get her family through, of course. But will it be enough? Read an excerpt below and find out what happens when the…
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.6 Characters: Anna’s Courage (Rose Island Book 1) First published: May 31st 2015Rating: 8.64 stars GoodReads:Anna’s Courage Review: “Anna’s Courage” is a heartwarming love story about having the courage to be brave in spite of your fears. Helicopter pilot Anna Morgan hasn’t flown since her husband’s death several years ago. Instead, the young army widow has sought refuge with her son on peaceful Rose Island. Surrounded by family and friends, Anna vows never to do anything more dangerous than arrive late to a PTA meeting. All that changes when Captain Nick Peterson comes to the island to take custody of his orphaned nieces. Anna feels compelled to help Nick with the girls, but what is she supposed to do about her growing attraction to him? And will the disappointments in Nick’s past prevent him from embracing the power of forgiveness and family? From the author of “A Mother’s Choice,” comes a new series filled with romance, faith, and healing. Told with humor and sincerity, “Anna’s Courage” will have you yearning to visit the peaceful community of Rose Island again and again.
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.5 Characters: Portside Peril (Cruise Ship Christian Cozy Mysteries Book 1) First published: July 20th 2015Rating: 8.48 stars GoodReads:Portside Peril Review: Millie Sanders has settled into her new position as assistant cruise director of the Siren of the Seas and is loving every minute of the adventure and excitement. A fresh wave of passengers have just boarded, and as the deck party gets into full swing, a frantic cry of man overboard is shouted over the loudspeakers. Millie rushes towards the crowd that has gathered on the portside upper deck and watches in horror as the ship’s crew desperately tries to save a young man who has just gone over. Onboard investigators believe it’s a clear cut case of vacation suicide, but Millie isn’t convinced. Her suspicions are confirmed when she discovers the fiancé of the poor deceased man received a threatening note. The mystery deepens and the list of suspects grows when Millie discovers some of the friends who boarded with the young couple may have had reason to push him over, and that is just the beginning!
Author: First Book Publish:2013 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:7.5 Characters: Bride of Paradise (Mail Order Ministers Book 1) First published: September 22nd 2013Rating: 7.5 stars GoodReads:Bride of Paradise Review: Samuel, a lonely pastor in Paradise, Texas, writes to the president of the seminary he recently graduated from expressing his need for companionship. Just weeks later he receives a letter from the president’s wife and a woman he’s never met, informing him a bride has been found. Although uncertain whether he really wants to marry, he agrees, thinking she may be the one God has selected for him. He is hopeful that the woman will be the help-meet God has chosen to lift his lonely heart. When Kristen meets her future husband, Samuel, they both find the other lacking. Will they be able to get past their first impressions of one another and become an effective team serving God together?
Author: First Book Publish:2015 Books in series: 3 Avg. Book Rating:9 Characters: A Discovery of Hope (Coming Home Again Book 1) First published: January 27th 2016Rating: 9.58 stars GoodReads:A Discovery of Hope Review: Do you believe in angels? Willow Carter certainly did not, until Hope showed up and refused to leave. This insistent angel opens Willow’s eyes to a world filled with incredible people in many forms—a purpled-headed artist with a heart lined in pure gold, an autistic young man who sees the world through different eyes, a homeless woman trying to survive. As if they weren’t enough, JP Thorton enters Willow’s life and turns it upside down and around and round. The surfboard-riding photographer needs to understand how to claim hope, too. Willow and JP go on a journey for something we all need and it leads them to a discovery of hope. Such a powerful thing hope can be, and an endless journey of wonder when truly discovered. Hope can change everything. You only need a spark of it to lead to a blazing wonder. Coming Home Again (Coming Home Again Book 2) First published: May 6th 2015Rating: 8.72 stars GoodReads:Coming Home Again Review: From bestselling author, T.I….
Author: First Book Publish:2016 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.9 Characters: Remembering Dresden (Jack Turner Suspense Book 1) First published: April 30th 2016Rating: 8.86 stars GoodReads:Remembering Dresden Review: Book 2 in the Jack Turner Suspense Series Young history professor, Jack Turner, takes a retreat at a lakeside cabin just outside of Culpepper, Georgia to work on his doctoral dissertation. The cabin is owned by an ambitious state senator, an inheritance from his father. Inside, everything is exactly the way it was when the old man died ten years ago. While taking a break from his research, Jack snoops through the father’s books and finds an old photo album filled with black-and-white pictures of orphaned children. Intrigued, he continues searching and finds what appears to be evidence of murder and an old leather journal, handwritten entirely in German. Rachel Cook, Jack’s girlfriend, translates the journal for him. What it reveals instantly puts both of their lives in mortal danger. Besides his bestselling inspirational novels, Dan Walsh is quickly becoming known for “unputdownable” novels of suspense.
Author:Jeanne Marie Leach First Book Publish:2001 Books in series: 1 Avg. Book Rating:8.4 Characters: Angel In The Saloon (Brides Of Glory Gulch Book 1) First published: May 31st 2001Rating: 7.24 stars GoodReads:Angel In The Saloon Review: Set in the 1880s, the book awakens one’s senses to the things beyond man’s control, reminding the reader that as long as there is breath, there is hope for a bright future.