Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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Sister Dear by Laura McNeill was a book I wasn’t sure if I was going to like but I am glad that I had to review it because in the end I loved the book. This book was a slow start for me but like I said after I was a few chapters in I ended up loving the book. I enjoyed the characters and the setting, but there still were times when I was totally bored and had to walk away. I always have so many books going at once that I just pick up another one and keep reading, so it doesn’t stop me, but I am sure it would bug some people. If you are looking for a fast paced book I don’t think you would enjoy this book. As I have said in the end, I enjoyed the book in the end, but it is one that I will be passing on to someone else who will love it.

Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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Sister Dear (Thomas Nelson, April 2016)

All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?

Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish — time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.

But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.

As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.

Laura McNeill

About The Author

Laura McNeill is a writer, web geek, travel enthusiast, and coffee drinker. In her former life, she was a television news anchor for CBS News affiliates in New York and Alabama. Laura holds a master’s degree in journalism from The Ohio State University and is completing a graduate program in interactive technology at the University of Alabama. When she’s not writing and doing homework, she enjoys running, yoga, and spending time at the beach. She lives in Mobile, AL with her family.

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William Penn-Quote Of The Week

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This week’s quote is by William Penn.

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I agreed with this quote because people who are popular always seem to have more problems and issues because people always want what they have.  I have always been okay to be ignored because I know that people will forget I am around and leave me alone.  I never what to be popular and have lots of friends because I hate all the drama that comes with it all.

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The Berlin Package by Peter Riva

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The Berlin Package by Peter Riva was another great book by this author. I read the first book in this series, and if you missed the review of that book, you could click here to check it out. You don’t have to read the first book to understand what is going on in this book, but if you want to read both books, I would recommend that you read them in order because this book will ruin what happens in the first book if you read it first. I had high hopes for this book, and it was a good book, but I enjoyed the first book more than I did this one. I am not one hundred percent sure why I enjoyed the first book more, but I did like it more than this one. I also hope that he does write more in this series because I love the characters, and I would be sad if this were the last book with them. This book takes place in Berlin, which I enjoyed. I also loved that Mbuno is in this story as well because he was one of my favorite characters from the first book. If you love thrillers, I know you will love this book.

The Berlin Package by Peter Riva

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Film producer Pero Baltazar thought he was taking a Berlin filming assignment. He needed the work, needed to get back in the saddle after fighting off a life-threatening experience in East Africa—alShabaab had attacked his crew, intent on a much larger terrorist attack. Suddenly he finds himself under orders from his part-time employers at the State Department and the CIA when he is handed a mysterious package. It’s an assignment he doesn’t want. The problem is, it’s a job contracted by mysterious patrons who are prepared to kill him if he doesn’t deliver.

Pero—now in far too deep—turns to friends, old and new, to help him unravel the mystery of the package, uncover connections to Nazi concentration camp gold recently sold by the US Treasury, and thwart the ex–Stasi chief, now head of a powerful banking group.

In this fast-paced sequel to Murder on Safari, Pero calls on Mbuno, his friend and East African safari guide, to anticipate the moves of his enemies as if they were animals—dangerous vermin—who have kidnapped both the film star and director. Mbuno’s tracking skills may keep them from getting killed—provided Pero can rope in more help and keep the CIA at bay.

Exhilarating and expertly crafted, The Berlin Package (Yucca Publishing; April 2016) is a gripping, page-turning thriller set in post–German reunification Europe.

Peter Riva

About The Author

Peter Riva has spent many months over 30 years travelling throughout Africa and Europe. Much of this time was spent with the legendary guides for East African hunters and adventurers. He created a TV series in 1995 called Wild Things for Paramount. Passing on the fables, true tales, and insider knowledge of these last reserves of true wildlife is his passion. Nonetheless, his job for over forty years has been working as a literary agent. In his spare time, Riva writes science fiction and African adventure books. He lives in Gila, New Mexico.

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The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

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The Inheritance by Michael Phillips was a super long book. I liked the book for the most part, but it is super long, and the font isn’t the biggest so at times it was hard to me to read. Had I know all of that before I would have requested the ebook version because that way I could have made the font bigger and easier for me to read without straining my eyes. With all that said I loved the story and how it was written. I did feel at times that there were almost too many details, and I found that I got bogged down in all the details. I did enjoy this book for the most part, but I don’t think that I will check out any other books by him. I enjoyed how the author wrote like people from Scotland talk. I did have to read it out loud so that I could figure out what was being said but I enjoyed those parts of the book. It is a book that I would recommend to people, but I would recommend getting a digital version of the book if your eyes get strained easily.

The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

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The death of the clan patriarch has thrown the tiny Shetland Islands community of Whale’s Reef into turmoil. Everyone assumed MacGregor Tulloch’s heir to be his grand-nephew David, a local favorite, but when it is discovered that MacGregor left no will, David’s grasping cousin Hardy submits his own claim to the inheritance, an estate that controls most of the island’s land. And while Hardy doesn’t enjoy much popular support, he has the backing of a shadowy group of North Sea oil investors. The courts have frozen the estate’s assets while the competing claims are investigated, leaving many of the residents in financial limbo. The future of the island–and its traditional way of life–hangs in the balance.

Loni Ford is enjoying her rising career in a large investment firm in Washington, DC. Yet in spite of her outward success, she is privately plagued by questions of identity. Orphaned as a young child, she was raised by her paternal grandparents, and while she loves them dearly, she feels completely detached from her roots. That is until a mysterious letter arrives from a Scottish solicitor. . . .

Past and present collide in master storyteller Phillips’s dramatic new saga of loss and discovery, of grasping and grace, and of the dreams of men and women everywhere.

Michael Phillips

About The Author

Michael Phillips has been writing in the Christian marketplace for 30 years. All told, he has written, co-written, and edited some 110 books. Phillips and his wife live in the U.S., and make their second home in Scotland.

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Dark Money by Larry D. Thompson

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Dark Money by Larry D. Thompson was an interesting book, to say the least.  This book has to do with politics which is very ironic if you ask me.  I liked the premise of the story, but I had a tough time staying interested in the book, and it got hard for me to keep reading it from time to time.  A book like this one will have a particular type of people who will love it but for me, I did find it somewhat boring and hard to get through.  There were times in the book that I was totally into what was going on, but it just wasn’t the right fit for me.  This book is well written, and I could totally see something like this happening in this country.  If you love politics and corrupt politicians than I think this book would be perfect for you.

Dark Money

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Title: DARK MONEY
Author: Larry D. Thompson
Publisher: Story Merchant Books
Pages: 420
Genre: Legal Thriller

DARK MONEY is a thriller, a mystery and an expose’ of the corruption of money in politics.

Jackson Bryant, the millionaire plaintiff lawyer who turned to pro bono work in Dead Peasants, is caught up in the collision of money and politics when he receives a call from his old army buddy, Walt Frazier. Walt needs his assistance in evaluating security for Texas Governor Rob Lardner at a Halloween costume fundraiser thrown by one of the nation’s richest Republican billionaires at his mansion in Fort Worth.

Miriam Van Zandt is the best marksman among The Alamo Defenders, an anti-government militia group in West Texas. She attends the fund raiser dressed as a cat burglar—wounds the governor and murders the host’s brother, another Republican billionaire. She is shot in the leg but manages to escape.

Jack is appointed special prosecutor and must call on the Texas DPS SWAT team to track Van Zandt and attack the Alamo Defenders’ compound in a lonely part of West Texas. Van Zandt’s father, founder of the Defenders, is killed in the attack and Miriam is left in a coma. The authorities declare victory and close the case—but Jack knows better. The person behind the Halloween massacre has yet to be caught. When Walt and the protective detail are sued by the fund raiser host and the widow of the dead man, Jack follows the dark money of political contributions from the Cayman Islands to Washington to Eastern Europe, New York and New Orleans to track the real killer and absolve his friend and the Protective Detail of responsibility for the massacre.

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Larry D. Thompson

About The Author

Larry D. Thompson was first a trial lawyer. He tried more than 300 cases throughout Texas, winning in excess of 95% of them. When his youngest son graduated from college, he decided to write his first novel. Since his mother was an English teacher and his brother, Thomas Thompson, had been a best-selling author, it seemed the natural thing to do.

Larry writes about what he knows best…lawyers, courtrooms and trials. The legal thriller is his genre. DARK MONEY is his fifth story and the second in the Jack Bryant series.

Larry and his wife, Vicki, call Houston home and spend their summers on a mountain top in Vail, Colorado. He has two daughters, two sons and four grandchildren.

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Weekly Wrap-Up

Weekly Wrap-Up

Another week has come to an end, and I am left trying to figure out how it is almost May, and that means we are close to half way through this year, and I am not sure how that is possible.  Anyway here are the links from this past week.

Join Becky Wade for a Facebook Party May 5

Must-Read Books for Harry Potter Fans

Audrey Hepburn-Quote Of The Week

Scar Tissue by MC Domovitch

Song Of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti

Last Light by CJ Lyons

Keeper of The Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado- Update

May’s Book Reviews

Those are all of the posts from last week, and I will be back next week with more reviews & a post about six places I would move to if I could.  I hope you have a great weekend!

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May’s Book Reviews

May Review Books

Here we are at the last day of April which means it is time for me to list all of the book reviews that I have come up in the month of May, so let’s just get straight into it.

May 1st- The Inheritance

May 2nd- The Berlin Package

May 4th- Sister Dear

May 6th- Mars with Venus Rising

May 11th- His Love

May 13th- Kathryn Kelly-Moll Behind

May 14th- Someone Like You

May 16th-Her One & Only

May 17th- Reason To Believe

May 18th-Hunting Hope

May 20th- Through The Shadows

May 23rd- Sister Eve & The Blue Nun

May 24th- Boy Next Door

May 25th- Daughter Of Mine

May 26th- The Beautiful Pretender

May 31st- Rhinestone Cowgirl

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Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado- Update

Pocket Prayers by Max Lucado

Back at the first of April, I reviewed all of these books, and you can check out that review here.  As part of that review campaign, we were asked to give away the books to people who meant something to us and then post a little bit about that person.  I won’t have any pictures in this post because like me the people in my life don’t like pictures being taken of themselves

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So one of the books that I gave away was to one of the guys that I work with.  I  chose to give him the one for someone who is/was in the military.  I decided to give him this book because I thought he would get the most out of it.  I have worked with him for almost nine years, and he is one of my favorite people that I work with.  He served in the Army reserves for years and years, and I know that he will get the most out of it.  Although I have tons of people in my life that have been in the military so this one was easy to find a new home for.

I haven’t found a home for the other ones yet, but I will update this post once I have found them new homes.  Like I said in my review these are great gift idea’s and they are perfect for anyone who wants to take a few minutes re-focus on God.

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Keeper of The Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Keeper of The Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher is the third book in the series.  I am such a sucker for all of the books that I have read by Robin that I hoped that I would love this book as much as I have enjoyed other books by her and I am happy to say that I did enjoy this book.  This is the third book in the series, and I have enjoyed all the books in this series.  I love all of the characters in the books and even though they are all in the same series they are each their story and are so different for each of the other books.  I think that Penny and Trevor are my favorite characters so far from this series of books.  I am a huge fan the setting of this series and just about everything in these books.  They are super easy to read, and I was able to get through the book super quick which I love.  If you love Christian romance novels, then you need to check this one out because it is amazing!

Keeper of The Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher

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She blames him for her brother’s death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love?

Penny Cartwright found it difficult to understand why her younger brother would choose to join a country singer’s band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college . . . and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return.

Trevor Reynolds has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise—and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life.

Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

Robin Lee Hatcher

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Best-selling novelistRobin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

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Last Light by CJ Lyons

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Last Light by CJ Lyons hooked me right from the start. When it comes to thriller/mystery books, it isn’t hard for me to get sucked in right away. I read this book in a day because I had to know what happened and how it all worked out. This is the fourth book in the series and it is the first book I have read but I didn’t feel lost at all when it came to reading and understanding what was going on in this book. If I had to pick a character that I liked the most from this book, I would pick TK. I loved her attitude throughout the entire book. I loved Lucy but if I had to pick it would pick TK. I just loved everything about her personality and how she gave Lucy a run for her money through parts of the book. If you love thrillers, I know you won’t want to miss this book.

 

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From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author CJ Lyons. For fans of Lisa Gardner, Tami Hoag, and Jeffery Deaver:
“Everything a great thriller should be–action packed, authentic, and intense.” ~#1 New York Times bestselling author Lee Child
After leaving the FBI, life should be easy, right? Wrong–not if you’re Lucy Guardino.
Lucy has always seen herself as a normal Pittsburgh soccer mom who happened to have a job chasing the worst of the worst. But after a violent predator targets her family and she’s injured, Lucy sacrifices her career with the FBI to keep her family safe.
What is she now that she’s no longer an FBI Special Agent? She wonders as she begins her new job with the Beacon Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in cold cases and bringing justice to forgotten victims.Lucy fears she’s traded being a kick-ass law enforcement officer for being a civilian mother hen shepherding a team of amateurs.
What is she now that she’s no longer a FBI Special Agent? she wonders as she begins her new job with the Beacon Group, a private consulting firm that specializes in cold cases and bringing justice to forgotten victims.Lucy fears she’s traded being a kick-ass law enforcement officer for being a civilian mother hen shepherding a team of amateurs.
Her fears appear justified when she’s partnered with TK O’Connor, a former Marine MP struggling with her transition to life back home, and sent to rural Texas to investigate a case that’s more than cold, it’s already been closed with the killers behind bars for the past twenty-nine years.
But…who really killed Lily Martin, her infant daughter, and husband? Why was an entire family targeted for annihilation?
What price will Lucy pay when she fights to expose a truth people will kill to keep buried?
LAST LIGHT is the seventh Lucy Guardino novel, but they can be read out of order. If you enjoy captivating suspense, intelligent storytelling,strong and vulnerable characters, and a freight-train pace, then you’ll love this adrenaline rush of a heart-pounding thriller.
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Pediatric ER doctor turned New York Times bestselling thriller writer CJ Lyons has been a storyteller all her life—something that landed her in many time-outs as a kid. She writes her Thrillers with Heart for the same reason that she became a doctor: because she believes we all have the power to change our world.

In the ER she witnessed many acts of courage by her patients and their families, learning that heroes truly are born every day. When not writing, she can be found walking the beaches near her Lowcountry home, listening to the voices in her head and plotting new and devious ways to create mayhem for her characters.
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