A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.
After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother’s death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can’t remember a bit of it.
But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother’s best friend and Lynette’s first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can’t.
But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn’t want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.
As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface—secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.
Wow.... What a story! The Things We Knew had me turning pages late into the night because I JUST HAD to see how this book would end! Lynette is the youngest of 5, and she cares for their father who is suffering from dementia and is also having financial issues. Like most people in this situation, you call in the family, right? Well Lynette did just that, and my oh my, she got way more than she bargained for! On top of that, an old crush of Lynette's also comes back in town and he seems to know more than he's letting on!!
To say this family is "dysfunctional" would be putting it mildly! The secrets, betrayals, and promises broken are enough for you to think the siblings may never find their way back to a healthy and loving relationship!! But Catherine West wrote this story beautifully and watching this family walk out their issues was just incredible! I love it when you see truth setting people free, and in The Things We Knew, that is exactly what happens!
I give this book 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s! Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!
Standing Between Stephanie and Her Dream Is One Hundred Pounds of Lovable Trouble
It should have been so simple for Stephanie Pink: Meet up with Agnes Wharton in a small town in California, retrieve the reclusive author's valuable new manuscript, and be promoted to a full-fledged literary agent.
But Agnes's canine companion, Sweetness, decides to make a break for it before Stephanie can claim her prize. Until Agnes has Sweetness safely back at home in Eagle Cliff, Washington, Stephanie will never set eyes on the manuscript she needs to make her dreams come true.
When Stephanie tracks the runaway mutt to a campground, she meets Rhett Hastings—a man also on the run from a different life and a costly mistake. Rhett agrees to help Stephanie search for the missing dog...thus launching a surprising string of adventures and misadventures.
Once Sweetness gets added to the mix, it's a recipe for love and loss, merriment and mayhem, fun and faith in the backwoods of the Pacific Northwest.
MY THOUGHTS: Fetching Sweetness, book 2 in Love Unleashed series, by Dana Mentink is just the best and sweetest book ever!! Nothing like a dog who brings people together is there!! Stephanie and Rhett are such great characters!! Stephanie is a book addict (among so many other things) so of course I had to love her, right! (I mean really, I am a total book addict! LOL) Rhett is wonderful! He can be strong in one place and then completely vulnerable in another! Seeing a man share his vulnerability is so rare anymore and it just makes you swoon over him! Together these two have such an amazing journey and i just love how the author wrote it in such a way that made me truly laugh out loud and even tear up too! All of us make our own agenda, plan what we "want" to happen, yet God in HIS infinite wisdom steps in and proves HIS way is best! Thank you Dana Metink for sharing your gift of writing with us! Thank you LifFuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review !! This is a DEFINITE 5♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s Fetching Sweetness is a MUST READ!!
Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she’s faced with her own mortality.
Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.
Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the “accidental” deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity—a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren’t the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?
In a thrilling race against time, When Death Draws Near plunges us into cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects.
"When Death Draws Near" is the 3rd book in Carrie Parks, A Gwen Marcey Novel series. Having said that, when reading I didn't feel lost at any point because I haven't read the previous 2 books. If anything, I'm dying to read them and will definitely be downloading them ASAP!!
Gwen is a hoot! Her life is crazy and chaotic and despite kicking cancers bootie once, only to have it return, she doesn't let that stop her...NOT. AT. ALL. She is a forensic artist and while in between jobs she takes a temporary job that brings out some of the craziest things I think I've ever read about in a church and in this town! But like I said, Gwen doesn't let much stop her no matter what the situation, even if the Sherriff doesn't really even want her there, let alone handling the case!! To add to everything, her daughter comes to live with her, and Gwen's determined to close this case, all the while keeping her daughter safe!!
I think this book a AWESOME! I will most definitely be reading the first 2 books in this series and I think I just might have found a new author that I LOVE!! You will NOT be able to put this book down and as far as thinking you have it figured out, she just might surprise you!! She sure did me :)
Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion! It is a DEFINITE ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s FOR SURE!!
Murder Mezzo Forte (Lamplighter Mysteries, June 2016)
He is a reclusive history professor with musical hallucinations. . . .
She a headstrong professor of religion, a converted Wiccan. Earlier, they solved a campus murder, but now police say they formed two-thirds of an illicit love triangle with a newly-murdered female colleague and they're probably guilty of her murder. A leak of the alleged scandal to the college administration threatens their jobs.
Their desperate attempt to prove themselves innocent of the triangle and the murder plunges them into a tangle of unsavory corporate relationships among college trustees. And it puts their lives in danger from a mysterious criminal organization that seems to have tentacles everywhere.
Can this ill-matched pair's stumbling efforts succeed against the entrenched forces of the police, the college's incompetent administration, and that powerful but unseen criminal organization? If not, they may end up unemployed, in prison, or suffering a fate much worse.
This is the 2nd book in the Preston Barclay Mysteries! If you like mysteries, with a little romance, and throw in some pretty good humor then Murder Mezzo Forte is for you! In addition to all that I Loved that Author Donn Taylor pretty much kept me guessing til the end! Not all authors can do that so this was awesome!! Even though this is a 2nd book in the series you can read it as a stand alone however, there are quite a few references to the 1st book so if that would bother you then by all means start at the very first book ... you can get it here! It's called Rhapsody in Red!
Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion!
Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season (Abingdon, June 2016)
Do you long for serenity and refuge, peace and hope? Are you seeking a deeper spiritual life through a closer relationship with God?
If you’re tired of dwelling in busyness and noise, then perhaps one word a day can change your life. Award-winning author Lucinda Secrest McDowell knows that if you spend time each day turning to God’s Word for wisdom and guidance, your faith can flourish and grow.
Through short and inspiring readings, McDowell unpacks a single word—such as mercy, beauty, gratitude, or grace—to reveal a biblical blessing or challenge relevant to where you are. Full of stories and illustrations to empower you to live the word you have just read, each devotional ends with a benediction, written as if God were speaking directly to you.
These “dwelling places” that offer the joy of God’s promise and presence cover four seasons: fall, Advent, Lent, and summer. Whether in the midst of busy holiday schedules, holy days, ordinary moments, or changing seasons, a deeper faith can be as simple as a single word.
There is NOTHING like the peace the Lord provides is there!!! I know for me, I have to seek that Peace and by that I mean setting time aside to be with the Lord through prayer and HIS Word! Dwelling Places: Words to Live in Every Season is a phenomenal devotional! It is broken up into 4 sections...Dwell, Shine, Renew, and Grow each one correlating with Fall, Advent, Lent and Summer. For my review I was to share my thoughts on the Summer readings or Grow.I love working in my yard and seeing Gods beauty and Summertime is my Favorite time of the year and adding this devotional to my morning quiet time was such a blessing!! Thank you Mrs. McDowell for hearing from the Lord and obeying HIS call to share this devotional with countless people!! Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!
Today is the FINAL DAY to enter the Season of Refreshment Giveaway with Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Dr. Richard Mabry is a retired physician who writes “medical suspense with heart.” His novels have won multiple awards: a semifinalist for International Thriller Writers’ debut novel; finalists for the Carol Award, Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, and Romantic Times’ Reader’s Choice Award; and both finalist and winner of the Selah Award. He and his wife live in Frisco, Texas.
Just what the doctor ordered: heart-thumping suspense and intrigue, courtesy of Richard Mabry’s new medical drama, Medical Judgment. Someone is after Dr. Sarah Gordon. They’ve stalked her and set a fire at her home. Trying to recover from the traumatic deaths of her husband and infant daughter is tough enough, but she has no idea what will come next. As the threats on her life continue to escalate, so do the questions: Who is doing this? Why are they after her? And with her only help being unreliable suitors in competition with each other, whom can she really trust?
After losing the two people she loved the most, Sarah Gordon doesn’t think life could get worse. But, after a fire in her garage is ruled an arson, she begins to realize someone is after her—and that person wants to see her dead. But first, they want to see her suffer.
Her late husband’s best friend, Kyle Andrews, and a recovering alcoholic detective, Bill Larson, are trying to solve the mystery before it’s too late, and they’re both trying to win her heart, too. Not only does Sarah feel torn between two men, she also feels as though she cannot trust anyone.
With creepy threats that become more and more sinister, Sarah finds herself in constant fear, but even the best home alarm technology won’t protect her. Who is doing this, and why are they after her?
There are soooo many good things to say about Medical Judgment by Dr. Richard L. Mabry!! For starters, He is one of my favorite authors and I have loved every single book of his! This one is on the top of the list for sure!! Next is that the suspense will keep you turning pages ALL NIGHT LONG!! Another thing is how Dr. Mabry wrote the storyline for Dr. Gordon and allowed her to be "mad" at God after losing her husband, and not just that, but to feel the hope in all of it too! Then there is the "who done it" factor! Despite my thinking I had it all figured out, I will be danged if something didn't happen and show me I was wrong again...and again....and yes, AGAIN!! Gotta love a book that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat!!! I could go on and on but I think it's better if I just say, "This is an ABSOLUTE book to add to your Summer Reading List!!!" You will love it!!!
Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!
In 1970, one small southern town was a powder keg ready to erupt. But it was also on the verge of something incredible.
Eddie Sherlin and Bill Ligon grew up on opposite sides of the tracks in Gallatin, Tennessee. They knew the barriers that divided them--some physical landmarks and some hidden in the heart--but those barriers melted away when the boys were on the basketball court. After years of playing wherever they could find a hoop, Eddie and Bill rose as leaders of their respective high school teams. And at the end of the 1970 season, all-white Gallatin High and all-black Union High faced each other in a once-in-a-lifetime championship game. What happened that night would challenge Eddie and Bill--and transform their town.
A fast-paced true story of courage, determination, and forgiveness, More Than Rivals offers hope and inspiration for our times
What an inspiring story! Two young boys find friendship despite tensions in their home town of Gallatin, Tennessee. Eddie and Bill never saw "black or white," they just played a game they both loved to play and neither allowed the negativity win out. The friendship continued throughout the years and no matter what, they always did what was right! They did not succumb to the hatred and in turn they showed their town how seeing each other as equals and having faith can bring about healing for so many! I was totally cheering these two on and I would highly recommend this book!! It is a 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s FOR SURE!!!!
Thank you Baker Publishing for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest opinion!