Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Outlaw Takes a Bride by Susan Page Davis

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What it’s about:
From the publisher: “Johnny Paynter flees Denver to escape being hanged for a murder he didn’t commit. At his brother’s ranch in Texas, where he thought he could take refuge, he finds his brother, Mark—dead. Taking advantage of his strong resemblance to his brother, Johnny assumes Mark’s identity. Soon Johnny discovers that Mark had been corresponding with a widow named Sally in St. Louis, and she’s en route to be a mail-order bride to Mark. Seeing no other option, Johnny makes a fateful decision to go through with the wedding, posing as his brother. But Sally has secrets she’s hiding, too. How will a marriage survive with so much deception?”

My thoughts:

I love mail order bride/marriage of convenience stories, so of course this book attracted me to it. I loved the beginning of this book; it drew me in and entertained me right away. Ms. Davis has a really easy to read writing style hat makes reading relaxing and fun. There was some mystery and intrigue included and some action towards the end. The mystery was one I figured out fairly early on but did question it as time went by and it just made me want to keep reading. The middle of the book did draw out and get a little repetitive for me, but I am glad I kept reading as the end of full of action and a nice thought-out conclusion. I struggle with books that just wrap it up in the last 10 pages or so, so it was really nice how things worked out and wrapped up in a more believable way towards the mid-end to end.

I give The Outlaw Takes a Bride 3.5/4 stars and will be recommending it to friends that I think will like this type of story.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:
Susan Page Davis writes romantic suspense, historical romance, and mystery. She is a Maine native now living in Kentucky, and a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have won several awards including the Carol Award for her novel The Prisoners Wife; the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for The Prisoner’s Wife and The Lumberjack’s Lady (Maine Brides series); and the 2012 Will Rogers Medallion Award for her novel Captive Trail (Texas Trails series). Visit her website at http://www.susanpagedavis.com

You’re Loved No Matter What by Holley Gerth

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What it’s about:

From the publisher:
“As women, we tend to think that if we could only get our act together, life would be perfect. But you’re not supposed to be perfect. You’re supposed to be human. And humans are messy, flawed, glorious, and deeply loved.

It’s time to lay down those unrealistic expectations that exhaust you.
It’s time to embrace who you are–even the messy parts.
It’s time to start living fully instead of just trying not to fail.

Let’s do this together.

How would your life be different if you truly believed you’re loved just as you are? Bestselling author Holley Gerth shares how God wants to set our hearts free by revealing the lies we believe as well as the scandalous grace and acceptance offered to us instead. She helps us lay down our unrealistic expectations so we can embrace who God created us to be, pursue his purpose for our lives, and offer others the love we’ve been freely given.”
My thoughts:

Holley Gerth never ceases to amaze me and to touch my heart and show me God’s truths that I’ve totally missed before.

I love her definition of ‘excellence’ in this book. “Excellence is doing what you can, with what you have, where you are, as you are.” I think that speaks volumes to the hearts of many and we all can strive for excellence.

You’re Loved No Matter What is a wonderful book on the battle with perfectionism. It has practical advice and steps to start small and train yourself for the big stuff on freeing yourself from your own self-imposed perfectionism.

While reviewing does not give a ton of time to apply the steps and advice listed in this book, it is obvious that Ms. Gerth has done her homework and I plan on taking out the book again to go through it more slowly and work on applying her advice in my daily life.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

I give You’re Loved No Matter What 5 out of 5 stars!
About the author: Holley Gerth is a bestselling writer, certified life coach, and speaker. She loves connecting with the hearts of women through her popular blog and books like You’re Already Amazing, You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream, You’re Going to Be Okay, and more. She’s also cofounder of the popular website (in)courage and a partner with DaySpring. Learn more at http://www.holleygerth.com.

Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl

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What it’s about:
From the publisher:
“After a youth filled with tragedy and upheaval, Sarah Miller’s life is finally settled with all echoes of the past silent at last. She happily calls Sanctuary her home and spends her days teaching at the local school.

Sarah’s joy at her recent reunion with her sister, Hannah, and meeting the niece she didn’t know she had is too soon interrupted when Deputy Sheriff Paul Gleason informs Sarah her sister has been killed.

As she learns more about Hannah’s death, the circumstances are eerily similar to their parents’ murder. Sarah enlists Paul’s help in digging deeper into the murders the police are dismissing as burglaries gone wrong. Paul’s concern encourages Sarah’s growing feelings for him, but as their investigation peels back the layers of lies almost twenty years old, they get close to uncovering the truth one person will do anything to hide–even if that means coming after the last remaining members of the Miller family.”

My thoughts:
I was really excited to get back to Sanctuary, as I really enjoyed Gathering Shadows, the first book in this series. I did enjoy going back, but I did not enjoy this book as much as I hoped I would. I have read many first-person POV lately that I have loved, but I found it to be distracting in Deadly Echoes. The over-use of “I” was distracting and her thoughts made her seem childish and not the most intelligent, when other characters kept commenting on how smart she is and it also just didn’t seem to mesh with her past that would make her grow up fast . I knew who the killer was right away when he was introduced, so it was a bit disappointing on the suspense end for me since I usually never am able to figure that out. He seemed obvious to me, so I was baffled with Sarah’s thoughts and actions with him. The writing style was easy to read and follow and so that makes for a nice enjoyable read. It also allows for me to still be able to recommend this book to others even though it was not my favorite in this series or by this author. I do still look forward to the third book in this series and going back to Sanctuary.

I give Deadly Echoes 3 out of 5 stars.

I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author: You can find out more about Nancy Mehl at http://nancymehl.com/meet-nancy/