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Monday’s Mention

Gone Fishing by Janice Thompson is novella two of the trilogy Biloxi Brides which was originally published under the title Sugar and Grits.

Sassy Hatchett, widow and owner of Sassy’s Bait Shop, has an acerbic tongue, and most of the time it matches her mood.

Wendell Meeks, a confirmed bachelor and the local mail carrier for Calista, Mississippi, can’t seem to get Sassy out of his mind. His best friend Gus thinks he’s crazy. Could the Lord really be leading Wendell to court Sassy?

As Wendell tries to determine if he should “hook” Sassy as his wife, Sassy cuts the bait (as in making her own).

Gone Fishing, like the other two stories, includes recipes and tips, in this case, Sassy’s Ten Tips for Snagging a Fellow.

Janice Thompson is a master at creating “sassy”, spunky and quirky characters, and true to her craft, she has created another fun character with Sassy Hatchett.

I received this book free from Janice Thompson in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.  As always, Janice, I truly enjoyed the story.

For a sneak peek at Gone Fishing by Janice Thompson, you can read it here:

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Friday’s Fiction

Melanie Dickerson’s newest novel, The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest, will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning pages until you finish the book! An enjoyable story, it is modeled after Robin Hood and Swan Lake according to the author.

Odette Menkels is the adopted daughter of her uncle, Rutger. Orphaned at a young age, she was left to live life on the streets until her uncle rescued her.

Odette remembers being hungry and has vowed to help other orphans. She has become an adept and cunning huntress in the forest of the margrave. She feels justified in her hunting. After all, the margrave’s forest is full of deer, enough to feed many of the city’s poor and starving orphans.

Jorgen Hartman is the margrave’s forester and has been tasked with tracking down a poacher. He takes his assignment seriously because the man who raised him was murdered by a poacher. As he begins to track down the hunter, he notices eerie similarities between the earlier murder and the current hunter’s arrows and hunting style. Could they possibly be the same person, after all this time?

Odette and Jorgen meet at the Midsummer Festival and feel an immediate connection.  As they dance and exchange stories, Odette realizes Jorgen was an orphan too. However, even worse, he is her sworn enemy, as he has vowed to capture the elusive Thornbeck hunter.

As Odette continues with her hunting, she realizes something is wrong, but can she solve the mystery? Will Jorgen realize who she is and turn her in to the margrave? If he turns her in, will the margrave execute her?

The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest is written for the Young Adult (YA) market; however, it will appeal to older readers also.

I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Postponed until further notice due to schedule error & eye procedure.

Friday’s Film

Pure Flix Entertainment, the company that produced God’s Not Dead along with many other Christian themed movies, has written and produced a new movie called, Do You Believe? The movie has a long list of stars, to include Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin, Alexa PenaVega, Ted McGinley, Cybill Shepherd and Lee Majors.

Do You Believe? focuses on the lives of 12 individuals.  How they become intertwined, only God could envision, from the drug dealer seeking refuge in the church to the young mother and daughter living on the street.

A street corner preacher waylays Matthew, a local church pastor, and asks him, “Do YOU Believe?” Matthew stirred and touched by the question, decides to challenge his church with the same question, Do YOU Believe? He realizes that all faith requires action and sets out to put words into action.

A powerful movie, Do You Believe? will challenge your faith and have you seeking to know more about what you believe, too.

Do You Believe? is rated PG-13 due to some violence, a series of accidents and thematic elements. You may want to use caution if taking children. You will definitely want to bring Kleenex.

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Tuesday’s Tale

A String of Murders,  (Christian Cozy Mystery) (A Dressed for Death Mystery Book 2) by Darlene Franklin picks up approximately six months after Gunfight at Grace Gulch (Christian Cozy Mystery) (A Dressed For Death Mystery Book 1).

Cici Wilde, owner of Cici’ s Vintage Clothing in Dry Gulch, Oklahoma, had just returned home from a long day at work when she received a disconcerting call. Audie Howe, her fiancé, had stopped by her store when he saw a light coming from the back of the store. Thinking there was something odd happening, he went inside, and found a body.

Cici is distraught-another murder in her little town. As days go by, it appears the victim was lured to her store.

A series of pithy e-mails seems to be targeting everyone in Grace Gulch. When they first started, the moniker chosen, Jerry Burton, was from an Agatha Christie novel; but then a second series, from Elsie Holland, appeared. Elsie Holland was from Agatha Christie novels, too. Determined to track down the murderer and the real owner sending the e-mails, Cici goes to work.

A String of Murders is another intriguing tale by Darlene Franklin. As an author, Darlene Franklin weaves a story so well into the lives of her characters that you can’t help but fall in love with them, quirks and all. She intertwines mystery and history together into a fascinating tale.

The sequel in A Dressed for Death Mystery Series is an equally hard book to put down.

I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. (Thank you, Darlene Franklin, for a compelling story!)

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Monday’s Mention

Together With You by Victoria Bylin begins with every parent’s nightmare; their child is missing.

Dr. Ryan Tremaine, an ophthalmologist and single father, has custody of all three of his children for the summer.  His oldest son, Kyle, needs equipment for baseball so he takes his children to the mall. After battling with his two younger children, Eric and Penny, and thinking checkout will be quick, he tells Eric to take Penny to the food court for ice cream and wait there for him. As it takes more and more time to finish what should have been a speedy transaction, Dr. Tremaine becomes increasingly worried. Penny suffers from fetal alcohol effects and is a handful for him to handle, not to mention Eric.

Eric becomes bored waiting for his dad so he takes Penny to the arcade. Unknown to him, Penny, overwhelmed by the sights and sounds, left.

Carly Jo Mason, an ex-social worker from Kentucky, now working at The Animal Factory in LA, hears the Code Adam alert for missing children. She quickly locks her register and begins a slow methodical search for the little girl. Relieved, she finds her in The Friendly Forest area playing with stuffed bunnies. Carly Jo realizes something is different about Penny, but doesn’t know what until she talks with Penny’s father.

After the family is reunited, Dr. Tremaine realizes Carly has a unique touch where Penny is concerned. She can quickly calm the little girl down. Carly’s not afraid to speak her mind, either, as she reads him the riot act for leaving Penny with her younger brother. Deciding to lay his cards on the table, he explains to Carly his need for a new nanny and invites her to apply for the job.

Together With You delves into human nature through both the Christian and secular viewpoints. Dr. Tremaine, raised by a humanistic father, has become an agnostic. Carly Jo, raised by a preacher, has become a Christian.

Dr. Tremaine is filled with guilt and remorse over the affair that ended his marriage and produced Penny. Carly Jo is guilt-ridden over “losing” a teenager under her care as a social worker.

Victoria Bylin does a wonderful job of portraying the dynamics of a broken family riddled with anger and guilt. She deftly illustrates the incompleteness inherent in broken families. In addition, she shows how hard it is to connect sometimes, regardless of how hard each member may try.

An insightful book with undertones of faith, Together With You is an interesting and compelling story.

***********There are scenes of violence that may be disturbing to some.**********

I received this book from the author and Bethany House. I was not required to review, however, I am happy to do so.

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Friday’s Fiction

When Grace Sings

When Grace Sings: A Novel (The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy Book 2) by Kim Vogel Sawyer begins with a discussion between reporter Briley Forrester and his boss, Len. After reading a local newspaper article about Amish-Mennonite living and the joy the inhabitants of the community expressed, Briley is challenged by his boss to go to the community and find some “dirt” on its residents. Briley, in a quest to prove his worth, to both new and old acquaintances, takes up the gauntlet and heads from Chicago to Arborville, Kansas.

Alexa Zimmerman recently returned to Arborville to aid her invalid grandmother. As part of her assistance, Alexa has started a Bed and Breakfast, Grace Notes B&B, hoping to add income to her and her grandmother’s meager funds. Alexa is not part of the Amish-Mennonite community, but dresses plain as a sign of respect to her family and community.

Anna-Grace Braun and her fiancé, Steven Brungardt, from near-by Sommerfield, Kansas, are engaged to be married. Steven’s family kindly gifted them an old family farmstead in Arborville, but there are an immense number of repairs to be completed before they can move in.  Ana-Grace receives permission to visit with Alexa and Alexa’s grandmother (who are distant relatives of hers) at the B&B in order to assist Steven in getting the home ready to move into after their marriage. However, as time goes on Anna-Grace gets the impression Steven doesn’t want the farm and Alexa isn’t happy that she is visiting.

All the undercurrents cause Briley’s reporter instincts to kick into high gear after he arrives in Arborville. He observes that things aren’t all they seem on the surface. Will he be able to get the “dirt” he seeks?

When Grace Sings is book two of the series, and in some minor details, you are left wondering. However, as you continue the book, Kim Sawyer does a great job of filling in the details.

I really enjoyed getting to know the characters. The author does an impressive job of describing each character’s thoughts and feelings, thus drawing you into the story and individual’s life. I am genuinely looking forward to the third in the series, When Love Returns(The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy Book 3). I am also going to read the first one, When Mercy Rains (The Zimmerman Restoration Trilogy Book 1).

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

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