Review: Where Rivers Part

Kellie Coates Gilbert - Where Rivers Part (Texas Gold Collection #2)Title: Where Rivers Part

Author: Kellie Coates Gilbert

Series: Texas Gold Collection #2

Pages: 336

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2273-9

Genre: FICT, Contemporary Fiction

Short Book Description:

Success too often comes with a price. Juliet never imagined it could be so high.

Dr. Juliet Ryan has devoted her considerable scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions–and affording her plenty of perks along the way. It’s not the path her estranged father would have her take, but then Juliet finds it difficult to maintain respect for a man she cannot trust. She’s on her way up in the world, and she’s not going to let anything drag her down.

But when a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal, lives are at risk–including those of some of the people closest to her. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with the one who has hurt her most in order to expose a far-reaching conspiracy.

Like a mighty river with twists and turns and hidden rocks, this engrossing story will sweep you relentlessly along as it fearlessly explores the seduction of success, the fear of giving up control, and the redemptive power of learning to forgive.

My Thoughts:

Having read the first book in the series, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book. Sadly, I have to say that this book was a huge disappointment to me.

The first one was able to keep me interested and entertained; I was able to finish it within a few hours. This one, however, I was only able to read the first quarter before I finally gave up on it. All the science and stuff just in the first part of the book was a really big turn off for me.

One thing that did disappoint me though was that each book in the series is a stand-alone novel with no relation to the others. I was really hoping that this book would be a continuation from the previous one.

I am planning on getting the next book in the series just to see how that turns out.

Other books in this series:

1. A Woman of Fortune (May 2014)

3. A Reason to Stay (October 2015)

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Review: The First Principle

Marissa Shrock - The First PrincipleTitle: The First Principle

Author: Marissa Shrock


Pages: 240

ISBN: 978-0-8254-4357-2

Genre: Young Adult, Fiction, Christian, Futuristic

Short Book Description:

In the not-too-distant future, the United Regions of America has formed. Governors hold territories instead of states, and while Washington, DC, is gone, the government has more control than ever before. For fifteen-year-old Vivica Wilkins, the daughter of a governor, this is life as usual. High school seems pretty much the same–until one day, that controlling power steps right through the door during study hall.

When Vivica speaks out to defend her pregnant friend against the harsh treatment of Population Management Officer Marina Ward, she has no idea she’s sowing the seeds of a revolution in her own life. But it isn’t long before she discovers her own illegal pregnancy. Now she has to decide whether to get the mandatory abortion–or follow her heart, try to keep the baby, and possibly ruin her mother’s chances at becoming president.

A rebel group called the Emancipation Warriors, who are fighting to restore freedoms once held unalienable, offer her asylum. Can Vivica trust these rebels to help her or will they bring everything crashing down around her? Accepting their help may come with consequences she isn’t ready to face.

Marissa Shrock’s debut novel crafts a chilling story of what may be to come if we allow the economic and moral crises currently facing our country to change the foundations on which we built our independence–and of the difference one person can make when they choose to trust God’s lead.

My Thoughts:

This has got to be my new favorite futuristic novel. I have actually never read a futuristic novel that is Biblically based. The Christian values and beliefs that were intertwined throughout the book were something that I really enjoyed.

This book really touched on what could happen to Christians around the world when the end times come to pass. It really made me think about if I was ready for end times and if I would be willing and strong enough to stand for what I believe in.

The only thing I really didn’t like about the book was the ending. It gets stopped at quite the cliff hanger. I’m hoping like crazy that there will be a sequel coming out. The way this book had me hooked has me looking forward to more books that Marissa Shrock will publish.

Very touching and heartfelt, I would recommend this book to anyone.

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Review: The Abbot’s Agreement

Mel Starr - The Abbot's Agreement (The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #7)Title: The Abbot’s Agreement

Author: Mel Starr

Series: The Chronicles of Hugh de Singleton, Surgeon #1

Pages: 252

ISBN: 978-1-78264-109-4

Genre: Fiction

Short Book Description:

A new and disturbing puzzle for the medieval surgeon-turned-sleuth

Master Hugh de Singleton is making his way toward Oxford when he discovers the corpse of a young Benedictine not half a mile from the nearby abbey.

The abbey’s novice master confirms the boy’s identity; it is John, one of three novices. He had gone missing four days previous, and yet his corpse is fresh. There has been plague in the area, but this was not the cause of death—the lad has been stabbed in the back. To Hugh’s sinking heart, the abbot has a commission for him.

With realistic medical procedures of the period, droll medieval wit, and a consistent underlying sense of Christian compassion, the seventh in the chronicles of Hugh de Singleton will delight medieval history and crime fiction fans alike.

My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to reading this book when I got the email asking if I wanted to review it. Sad to say I couldn’t make it past the second chapter. Maybe it was because I haven’t read any of the previous books in the series, I have no idea. I just couldn’t get into the book.

Though what I did read was really well written, it wasn’t really my style.

Master Hugh is on his way to purchase a bible and discovers the body of a murdered Benedictine. He is asked to lead the investigation on finding the killer.

Maybe one day I’ll start the series from the beginning and hopefully enjoy this book more, but, as of right now this book is on the unread-and get-rid-of list.

Other books in this series

  1. The Unquiet Bones (April 2009)
  2. A Corpse at St. Andrews Chapel (March 2010)
  3. A Trail of Ink (March 2011)
  4. Unhallowed Ground (December 2011)
  5. The Tainted Coins (December 2012)
  6. Rest Not in Peace (October 2013)

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Review: At Home in Last Chance

Cathleen Armstrong - At Home in Last Chance (A Place to Call Home #3)Title: At Home in Last Chance

Author: Cathleen Armstrong

Series: A Place to Call Home #3

Pages: 304

ISBN: 978-0-8007-2248-7

Genre: FICT, Contemporary Romance

Short Book Description:

What happens when the life you’re running from won’t let go of your heart?

Kaitlyn Reed and Steven Braden have always had a similar philosophy of life: when the going gets tough, they get going–out of town and away from the problem. Now they are both back in Last Chance, New Mexico, and trying to start over.

Kaitlyn is working to re-establish a relationship with the seven-year-old daughter she left behind six months earlier. Steven is trying to prove to his family that he is not the irresponsible charmer they have always known him to be. As Kaitlyn and Steven find themselves drawn to one another, one big question keeps getting in the way: How will they learn to trust each other when they don’t even trust themselves?

With emotional depth and characters who leap off the page and into your heart, Cathleen Armstrong invites you to return once more to the dusty and delightful town of Last Chance.

My Thoughts:

I had a bit of a struggle getting into this book, but that may be because I haven’t read the second book in the series. I had read the first one a couple of years ago and since there were new characters added and taken out there was a bit of confusion on my part. Once I got into the story though, I had no problem completing it within a couple of days.

I fell in love with all the characters that were mentioned frequently within the pages. I would have a hard time choosing a favorite. Juanita did have my giggling at times though. I really felt for Olivia, Kaitlyn’s daughter.

This book was really well written. I would say though that for this series you wouldn’t have to read the other books for this one to make sense, though I definitely would recommend it. It does give quite a bit of a background story for characters in the previous books, but just enough for the book to make sense.

A story based around trust and second chances this is a boo, and series, that I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves contemporary Christian romance.

Other books in this series:

  1. Welcome to Last Chance (July 2013)
  2. One More Last Chance (April 2014)
  3. Last Chance Hero (September 2015)

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