Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Discovery

I was so excited when I got the book The Discovery by Dan Walsh in the mail, and I started to read as soon as it was delivered. Book told the story of the aspiring writer Michael Warner. When his grandfather dies, they inherit his home and actually get so much more than just the house in Charleston. The Warner family never knew about their grandfather’s life before getting married, and the history behind his past becomes more intriguing as Michael finds an old manuscript. As Michael reads the book, he reads about Nazi spies, secret identities, and romance.

I don’t want to tell too much about the story, since I think everyone will love to read this book and read the hidden manuscript for themselves. I really enjoyed this book, as I did the first book I read by Dan Walsh. The characters in the story all care deeply about one another, and I loved the fact that Michael’s grandfather was reaching out to his family even after his death. He truly had deep love for his wife, children, and grandchildren. Although this book wasn’t a true story, I liked the fact that the history behind German Spies entering the US was true. I am going to be giving this book to others to read, and I would recommend it to everyone!

Available April 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Shadows in the Sand

Shadows in the Sand: A Seaside Mystery, by Gayle Roper has all of the elements a good book should have: mystery, romance, a great setting, and compelling characters. The story takes place in “Carrie’s Cafe” which sisters Carrie and Lindsey own. There is a great cast of characters who weave themselves in and out of the story in the idyllic beach town of Seaside. Some strange situations start taking place at the cafe when a dishwasher is found dead and a server is missing. Carrie begins to wonder if her past, which she tried so hard to escape, is finally catching up with her. Mix in some romance between Carrie and local town resident Greg, and you have the perfect romantic mystery.

I really enjoyed this book, and I found myself reading late into the night to learn about all of the residents of Seaside and find out what was in Carrie’s past that she did not want to revisit. I also liked the Christian elements of this book. All of the characters relied heavily upon God to help them get through some of the toughest moments in their life, and I found that faith very refreshing.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for an honest review of my own words and freely expressed opinions.

Atracted to Fire

Since I love anything that has to do with Politics and Presidential figures, I was very excited to read Attracted to Fire by DiAnn Mills. The book follows Agent Meghan Connors’ and her desire to protect the president of the United States. Meghan is assigned to the vice president’s daughter, who is a drug and alcohol addict. Meghan is less than thrilled to be working with the Special Agent in Charge Ash Zinders, who reads as a little sexist since he does not want to have a female agent working with him. The book reads like a mystery as deaths begin to occur as the remote ranch faces a security breach. In addition to the mystery element, a romance begins to grow between Meghan and Ash, despite their differences.

I really enjoyed this book, and I liked reading about a woman in a man’s field. Meghan was very hard-working and had a set of goals in her life. I also liked the relationship between Meghan and Ash. Although they seemed like opposites, this books shows that some of the best romantic relationships are those between people who don’t seem to connect at first. I also liked the mystery behind the book. There were twists that I wasn’t expecting which kept me enthralled from page 1 until the last.

I received this book from the publisher, Tyndale House, in return for a review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.