Misstep (The Road’s End Series Book 1) by Deborah Dee Harper

Strangest Town on Earth

Pastor Hugh Foster: His heart was in the right place, even if, in hindsight, it appeared he’d clearly taken leave of his senses.

It’s December in Road’s End, Virginia, a tiny town long forgotten by anyone but its residents, where Colonel Hugh Foster and his wife, Melanie, have chosen to live—for better or worse. The jury’s still out on that one!

Road’s End is comprised entirely of senior citizens whose kids have grown and left for greener pastures. Hugh, Melanie, and Bristol (one of the few sane people in town) are faced with a crumbling church in desperate need of repair and renovation, a dwindling congregation of opinionated, ornery senior citizens, and a camel—yes, a camel. And if that’s not enough, the trio and the rest of the Road’s End residents are soon mired in danger and intrigue when a group of gun-toting drug dealers arrive in town, bent on killing the church handyman, and conspiring to ruin the doggonedest record-breaking blizzard the town has ever seen.
Poor drug dealers.

My Review

Misstep, by Deborah Harper, is a cozy mystery. However, it is unlike any cozy mystery I have ever read!

I enjoyed getting to know the seniors of Roads End, Virginia. The city has continued to lose residents until the overwhelming majority are seniors, along with a peep of chickens-which are a set of characters in and of themselves!

I quickly became engrossed in the novel. I held my breath as things started hopping, but then, I was laughing so hard tears were running down my cheeks. I could not believe that in the midst of some dire circumstances, such laughable moments could occur. Nonetheless, they did!!

One of the most touching moments, once a few kinks were worked out, was the Nativity scene. The quietness and breathtaking beauty of a record-breaking blizzard added to the solemnity of the occasion.

The ingenuity of the townspeople, the kindness of the new pastor and his wife and the story behind the reclusive old maid made me wish I could live in Road’s End, or at least visit there.

I am looking forward to reading more stories about Road’s End and the delightfully quirky locals who live there.

I received this book from CelebrateLit. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

About the Author

Deborah Dee Harper writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and specializes in humorous, inspirational Christian books for both children and adults. Her novel, Misstep, is the first book in her Road’s End series for adults (although children are welcome to read them as well). She’s also written a children’s adventure series, Laramie on the Lam, that is inspirational, humorous, and full of fun. (Many of Laramie’s fans are adults!)
Her website is at www.deborahdeeharper.com.
Purchase Link: https://amzn.to/2r0ffwD

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Hank and Sarah- A Love Story by Juliette Duncan

My Review

Hank and Sarah-A Love Story, is about falling in love at first sight-literally.

Sarah Richards, a nurse, lost her husband nine years earlier, leaving her to raise their daughter, Maddy, by herself. She is not looking, nor is she interested in finding love again.

Hank Mitchell, a doctor who had been burned by love, was and wasn’t interested in falling in love again either.

The story, according to Juliette Duncan, is geared more to the YA (young adult, tweenager) group. Nonetheless, it can be enjoyed by almost any aged reader.

One thing I enjoyed, which was also problematic, is how much is packed into the short novella. The other thing is-they fall in love immediately. Now I realize stories must move quickly in a novella, so perhaps the latter could be overlooked.  However, even though this is a prequel to another book, I feel too many plot lines were introduced and not satisfactorily concluded.

I also enjoyed Juliette Duncan’s writing style and look forward to reading the sequel, Rebellion in Riversleigh.

If you are looking for a short, quick read about sweet, Christian love, then Hank and Sarah will fit the bill!

I received the book from the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Sarah is a single mother whose husband died nine years earlier. She is a nurse and is taking a training course. There she meets Dr. Hank Wilson.

Hank is a Doctor that is very close to his family.

Hank and Sarah seem to hit it off immediately. Can they find what they are looking for in each other?

Firestorm by Laura Hilton-On Tour with Celebrate Lit (Spotlight)

About the Book

Title: Firestorm

Author: Laura Hilton

Genre: Christian Amish

Release Date: July, 2018

Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.

Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community
to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.

As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community, or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.

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About the Author

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Guest Post from Laura Hilton

I read a series of books a year or so ago by another Amish author who had set her books in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. As a Michigan native, I was curious, and I researched, but found nothing about Upper Peninsula Amish except a notation that one had tried and failed. So I contacted the author. She told me that she’d never been there, and her research had all been hearsay, so with that lack of firsthand knowledge and no trip to the Upper Peninsula planned, no trip to see for myself would be possible. At least at that time.

Then God intervened. My son who is in the United States Coast Guard was stationed in the Upper Peninsula this past summer (2017.) He saw the Amish driving around in their buggies. And he felt like a stalker as he followed one to see where he went and drove through the area. He even sent pictures. (Shhhh.)

Yes, there are Amish in the Upper Peninsula – at least at the time this book was written.

Okay, as a Michigan native, I used some terms that may not be familiar to non-Michiganders. A Yooper is someone who lives in the Upper Peninsula. A Troll is someone from the Lower Peninsula. A pastie is kind of like a Hot Pocket, except it’s a meat pie made with root vegetables such as carrots, potatoes, and rutabagas. They are so good. And the straits are the area of the Great Lakes connecting Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

As for the wildfire, the earliest wildfire I could find any documentation on in the Upper Peninsula was in April. It is generally a snowy area — trust me. I lived near the Muskegon area and saw snow drifts in May. We sometimes had over six feet of snow on the ground at one time. So, to get the wildfire when I wanted/needed the wildfire I used artistic license. Yes, fires really happened in Michigan’s history. Just not in the month mentioned in the book.

I am attaching a meme about Michigan seasons. We’ll call the fire set in “fool’s spring.”

My son got married during the “third winter” this year. April 21 and there’s snow on the ground. He and his beautiful bride got married at a waterfall (Tahquamenon Falls) very near where the story is set.

Thanks for reading Firestorm!!

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Laura is giving away:

Grand prize: Firefighter Puppet 9 (Melissa & Doug), Copies of Amish Firefighter and Firestorm by Laura Hilton.

First place prize of “I Love You to the Cross & Back” Mug (Gardenfire) & Firestorm by Laura Hilton!!

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More Than Meets the Eye (A Patchwork Family Novel Book #1) by Karen Witemeyer

My Review

The prologue to Karen Witemeyer’s book, More Than Meets the Eye, more than makes you cry as it is so heart-wrenching!  You want to pick the three Hamilton children up, dust them off and bring them home with you to love!

We meet up with the Hamilton children again, after the prologue, 15 years later. They have managed to make a wonderful life for themselves in Pecan Gap, Texas. Zach, the eldest has managed to work hard, save money and provide well for his younger siblings. There are only a couple of problems; Evangeline is an outcast because of a condition called heterochromia, and Seth suffers from severe, sometimes life-threating, asthma. Oh, yea, they also have a stranger camping out right on their property line, too-what’s that all about?

I at once admired and was sometimes frustrated with Evangeline. Nothing seemed to get her down. She was spunky and quirky, but she also took some very foolish and fool-hardy chances.

The novel addresses many Biblical truths and lessons applicable to life. Characters struggled with their thoughts and emotions, causing you to identify with them easily.

I really have no complaints about this story. However, I feel a couple of plot elements were wrapped up a little too quickly and tidily. Overall, though, it was very good-I stayed up all night recently in order to finish it!! I couldn’t wait to see how it ended, and yet, I didn’t want it to end either!

I enjoyed this first book in A Patchwork Family Novel series very much. I was vested in the characters from the beginning. I admired their spunk and hard-working attitudes. I cried, laughed and rejoiced along with them and their friends.

I received the book from Bethany House Publishers and the author. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Publisher’s Summary

Many consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

Army of God by Dennis Bailey (Guest Review )

Written by Bill Pink

Army of God, by Dennis Bailey, is a tale of patient faith and palace intrigue.  It is a tale of romance and suspense.  It is supremely imaginative. It begins and ends with the judgement of God.  The story leaves us with hope…and warning.

The plot opens in an antediluvian world in which the Garden of Eden still exists, although well-guarded against trespass by a lethal angel of God.  Notwithstanding this visible proof of God’s existence and His creative work, men almost universally scoff at the notion of God and certainly at His authority.  Yet they yearn for the garden’s crown jewel – the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, a fruit, they believe, that bestows eternal life.  Sinful men try to invade the garden and plunder its fruit but are effortlessly slaughtered by its angelic sentry.  Thus, primeval man had tangible evidence of God their Creator and had seen the power of His wrath wrought against sin and rebellion.  Yet sin flourished in the primordial world.

I loved coming to intimately know characters all too briefly mentioned in Scripture.  Bailey introduces Noah, nicknamed Preacher, holding forth as an orator of God’s word.  Upright in a wicked world and faithful to the mission God has given him, Noah also wields a mean sword.  Enemies who threaten Noah’s family or the ark they are building are often as not hewn down by his sharp blade.  Over time, love blossoms between Noah’s son, Ham, and a servant girl twenty years his senior (who has saved the Noah family from destruction).  What’s a twenty-year age difference when you are spending two centuries on an ark-building project?  Patriarchs in Noah’s family tree, including his father, Lamech, and the venerable Methuselah hold back the forces of evil in their city in the waning years of their lives. While they buy precious time, Noah builds elsewhere.

Totally fictitious antagonist characters are bittersweet to know.  All unsaved people are not unmitigated, black-hearted villains.  For instance, Shechem, an enemy commander, had loved Noah’s daughter-in-law as an adolescent.  Even as he leads an army to destroy God’s ark, he rescues the daughter-in-law from a rapist and restores her to Noah and her family.  Only days later, he drowns in the deluge.  As we read, we acknowledge the justice of God, but we weep for many nonetheless.

The book’s title and cover illustration are the only spoilers I will allow to foreshadow the climactic battle to save the ark from human destruction.  Some readers may howl with laughter; others may not even be surprised by God’s use of any instrument He chooses to work His will.  The Army of God’s army of God is imaginative, but nothing supernatural should be difficult for Christians to believe possible.  Remember the armies of Egypt, Moses’ staff, and the Red Sea?

Dennis Bailey faced a difficult literary problem in crafting this novel.  He had to show modern readers a world totally bereft of its moral compass, a world that had lost its humanity, utterly.  Creating such a setting was necessary to show the justice of God in drowning every living creature in it, save the remnant with Noah.  Bailey shows us an ancient world in which families are broken by infidelity; a world in which venal rulers lie to and murder their own subjects; a world where whole national populations are slaughtered, raped and enslaved; a world of sexual debauchery and perversion; a world in which innocent babies are killed barbarically.  He accomplishes well his task of painting a picture of a civilization that simply cried out for its own destruction.  But he really needed to paint a worse picture on this canvass than the one in which we live our lives today.  Seemingly, the task was impossible. Perhaps the culture from which Noah was saved cannot be distinguished from 21st-century civilization which, in America alone, murders over one million babies every year.

Contemplating the similarity between Noah’s world and our own brings gratitude toward God for the rainbow’s promise that the flood waters will not return.  It brings thanksgiving for forgiveness through Jesus Christ for the sins in which we knowingly immerse ourselves.  It brings trembling for the next judgement, which is surely imminent. Yet, it brings hope as we repeat with the Apostle John, “Even so, come Lord Jesus.”

Visit Dennis Bailey at /http://www.dennisbaileyauthor.com/

Cowboy Bodyguard by Dana Mentink – On Tour with Celebrate Lit

About the Book

Title: Cowboy Bodyguard

Author: Dana Mentink

Genre: Western, Mystery

Release Date: July 3, 2018

In this Gold Country Cowboys novel, Jack Thorn gets a surprise call from the woman he married in secret years ago. Shannon Livingston needs his protection for herself and the baby she’s hiding from a biker gang targeting the mother. Now Jack must help Shannon, even if shielding her means pretending to be a true husband to the only woman he’s ever loved.

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Guest Post from Dana Mentink

I’ve spent a bit of time in emergency rooms lately. Not to complain, mind you. The asthma related treatments worked like a charm and we were blessed by good care, so I am grateful. There’s a bonus, too. The emergency room is a great place for people watching! Hour upon hour I spent surveying patients, relatives, nurses and doctors. I came away pondering what it must be like to work in the strange bustle that is an emergency room. That’s where character Shannon Livingston was born.

The E.R doc and nurses must be brilliant problem solvers with nerves of steel because they never know what will roll through their doors. Since they are not responsible for follow up care, they have only a short term relationship with their patients. But what would happen, my fictional mind wanted to know, if one emergency room treatment ensnared Shannon in a “run for your life” scenario? And what if her incredible life saving skills weren’t nearly enough to save her own life, or the baby she’s suddenly become responsible for? Ah me! The perfect scenario for a suspense novel, no? I hope you enjoy Cowboy Bodyguard. I can promise it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

About the Author

Dana’s Bio: Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty-five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com, on Facebook, YouTube (Author Dana Mentink) and Instagram (dana_mentink.)

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Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a Mentink Bundle that includes a horse tote book bag, a three-book collection, and a $50 Amazon gift card!!

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