Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Murder Mezzo Forte ~ Review

About the book: 

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.

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My Thoughts:

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!

Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Dwelling Places ~ Review AND GIVEAWAY!!!!


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!
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Medical Judgement ~ Review

Richard Mabry


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.
Find out more about Richard at

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!!

Thursday, 16 June 2016

More than Rivals - A True Story ~ Review

More Than Rivals

by Ken Abraham


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

My Thoughts....

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!

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Someone Like You ~ Review

Single mom Julia Dare has a lot on her plate. 
A brand new Christian, Julia is busy trying to run her own business, spend time with her widowed mother, and raise her young son, Max, despite his father’s less-than-ideal influence on him. When a big account from her event-planning business sends her to the Caliente Springs resort, she’s shocked to come face-to-face with Zeke Monroe, the resort’s general manager and her college sweetheart.
With his faith in tatters, Zeke Monroe is determined to keep the historic Caliente Springs resort running despite financial difficulties. But when Julia walks back into his life, he can’t ignore the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client’s dream wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. When Zeke and Julia are pushed to their limits both personally and professionally, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?
Victoria Bylin


Victoria Bylin writes contemporary and historical romances known for their realistic, relatable characters. Her work has finaled in contests such as the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky.
Find out more about Victoria at

This is the first book by Victoria Bylin and I am so excited that I have found yet another author that I LOVE! I am so looking forward to reading her other books but let's not get ahead of myself here.... 
Someone Like You is such a wonderful book! From the first pages to the last I was hooked! I love when people get a 2nd chance at love and Zeke and Julia do just that! But this book isn't all about love, it takes on some serious issues that people deal with! I truly appreciated how the author  didn't shy away from those issues, but in those issues, she shared Gods love and the Hope we all have in HIM. I think so many people will relate with this book and because of that I would highly recommend it!!! Heart of a Bookworm gives Someone Like You 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s

Thank you LitFuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Her One and Only - Review and GIVEAWAY!!

Her One and Only

Her One and Only (Bethany House, May 2016)
After ten years in the NFL, super star Gray Fowler is accustomed to obsessive fans. 
But when Gray starts receiving death threats from a stalker, his team hires an executive protection agency to guard him until the culprit is caught. Dealing with bodyguards 24/7 is a headache, especially when one of them is a young, beautiful woman. How can a female half his size possibly protect him better than he can protect himself?
Dru Porter is a former Marine, an expert markswoman, and a black belt–none of which saved her from disaster on her last assignment. In order to rebuild her tarnished reputation, she’s determined to find Gray’s stalker and, since relationships between agents and clients are forbidden, avoid a romantic attachment between herself and the rugged football player with the mysterious past.
Yet every secret that leads Dru closer to the stalker also draws her closer to Gray. As the danger escalates, they’ll survive only if they can learn to trust their lives—and their hearts—to one another.
The is the final book in the Porter Family Series by Becky Wade and I have to say... "I loved it and am sooo sad to have to say goodbye to Porter's!'
Finally, Dru got her story! I was patiently (well, maybe not completely, but you know) waiting for Dru's story!!! She is one strong lady, yet she isn't over the top at all! She has such a sweet heart, can be vulnerable at times, and I just love her!! She finds herself as Gray Fowler's bodyguard and as time goes by the chemistry between these two..... OH MY!!! It. Is. Awesome!!!!
Gray isn't the slightest bit concerned about his potential stalker, which makes things difficult for Dru! She is ready for the challenge and Gray doesn't mind at all having this beautiful and spunky girl "protect" him!
Her One and Only is such a FANTASTIC book! Definitely one that you will want to read and make time for because you will  DEFINITELY NOT want to put it down!!! Heart of a Bookworm gives  Her One and Only 5 ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥'s
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    Thursday, 5 May 2016

    The Inheritance ~ Rivew

    The Inheritance
    The Inheritance (Bethany House, April 2016)
    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


    Michael Phillips is a bestselling author with more than 70 of his own titles. In addition, he has served as editor/redactor of nearly 30 more books. He is known as the man responsible for the reawakened interest in George MacDonald of the last 30 years. In addition to the MacDonald titles adapted/edited for today’s reader, his publishing efforts in bringing back full-length quality facsimile editions also spawned renewed interest in MacDonald’s original work. Michael and his wife, Judy, spend time each year in Scotland but make their home near Sacramento, California.


    The Inheritance is a great book, despite the fact that it took me quite a while to get "into it!!'   I LOVE how Mr. Phillips went back in time, and then to present!! Meeting the folks in Shepherd Community was such a treat! I would love to go visit but let me just tell you, Mr. Phillips does a phenomenal job at making you feel as if you are right there! 
    If you like historical novels, The Inheritance is for you! Just stay with it :) You'll be glad you did!!
    Thank you Litfuse for allowing me this complimentary book in exchange for my honest review!
    Heart of a bookworm gives The Inheritance 3 1/2 ♥ ♥ ♥'s