Monday, February 18, 2019

The Line Between

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LEE, TOSCA

THE LINE BETWEEN

In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it's the end she'd always been told was coming.

When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.

As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she's been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she's feared all her life -- until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there's something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.

Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.

Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom -- and what -- to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness.

My Review:

I have a love/hate relationship with Dystopian Fiction -- it totally freaks me out but I become a compulsive reader anyway. Which leads to a period of strange dreams and I approach certain news stories with real trepidation as I flashback to the all-too-plausible scenarios I've read about. So an author really has to pull me in from the very first page of a dystopian or I'm likely to bolt! Clearly, I didn't bolt when I brought The Line Between home from the library -- I pretty much inhaled the whole thing in one sitting because how could I possibly stop reading?!

I was utterly fascinated by the cult aspect which added an intriguing dimension to the story. It flips back and forth between present day and Wynter's years in the cult and the way the author weaves the two together is sheer brilliance! The tension increases with every chapter as all the pieces start falling into place. Rabid page-turning is inevitable as the plot builds to a hyperventilating rush of edgy wonder. I can't even find the words...Gobsmackingly good!

Please note: mild language throughout

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

Please Note :This giveaway is for an ecopy edition of The Line Between

If you would like a chance to win an ecopy of The Line Between, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday February 23 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Jerusalem's Queen

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HUNT, ANGELA
JERUSALEM'S QUEEN

Her rise to the throne defied expectations and then she proved to be one of Judea's greatest rulers.

Born in the small village of Modein, a place made famous by the arrior Maccabees, Salome Alexandra knows better than to harbor grand dreams for her future. She pales in comparison to her beautiful older sister, and though she learns to read at an early age, girls are not valued for their intellectual ability. However, when her father and sister are killed, John Hycranus, a distant relative, invites Salome and her mother to live with his family in Jerusalem, where her thirst for knowldege is noticed and indulged.

When her guardian betroths her to a pagan prince, she questions HaShem's plan. When Hycanus finally marries her to a boy half her age, she questions her guardian's sanity. Though Salome Alexandra spends much of her life as a pawn ordered about by powerful men, she learns that a woman committed to HaShem can change the world.

My Review:

Angela Hunt has the uncanny ability to bring biblical history to life. Her lyrical style entices me to keep reading, even when the subject matter isn't always that palatable, which is often the case when it comes to fictional biographies. My happily-ever-after loving heart can't always be satisfied the same way it can when I'm reading pure fiction.

So, that was a real challenge for me because Salome Alexandra did not have an easy life! Trials and tribulations aplenty and I was seething over the unfairness of the patriarchal society that dictated every aspect of her life -- without any consideration to her wants and needs or happiness. But that is historically accurate and I appreciate the meticulous detail this author gives to her research. And I really feel that Angela Hunt is called to write this kind of fiction. Her words are inspired and they make me, in my' 21st century entitled bubble' examine what really defines strength and courage and even faith.

Jersualem's Queen is the third book in Hunt's Silent Years series -- the 400 years between the Old Testament and the New Testament. I didn't even realize there was a gap until I read Judah's Wife (the second book.) So kudos to the author and publisher for challenging readers with fictional biographies that make a difference.

Book provided by Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications inc.

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Please note: winner will receive a gently read copy of this book

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

February Giveaway -- Week Three


WON BY JANA LEAH

WON BY JACKIE SMITH

WON BY PAM WESTFALL

WON BY LIBRARY LADY

WON BY DIANA FLOWERS

WON BY PAM K.


You know the drill: winners will be contacted if they left their email address. Otherwise it's up to the winner to contact me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca with your mailing address. From time to time a winner and I do not connect so I have a one month time frame on giveaway wins. If I haven't been able to reach you within 30 days of your win, it will be forfeited. This has happened a few times now so, please, DON'T BE SHY -- CONTACT ME IF YOU DIDN'T LEAVE YOUR EMAIL OR IF I HAVEN'T BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN REACHING YOU. Books will be ordered within a week of receiving your mailing address and I'll email you to confirm your win is on its way. Give it a full month before inquiring about the status of an order to allow for processing and shipping time. Thank you!

LOOKING AHEAD TO NEXT WEEK'S GIVEAWAYS:

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Friday, February 15, 2019

The Marriage Bargain

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DEES, STEPHANIE
THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN

Falling for her convenient groom Family Blessings lead to new beginnings

Jules Sheehan will do anything to keep custody of the two orphaned girls in her care -- including a marriage of convenience with their uncle. Cam Quinn crosses the globe as a trave writer, but he's ready to settle down. Now tough, tender Jules is offering the home he's secretly longed for. Can this marriage in name only become a family of the heart?

My Review:

Why? Why? Why? (thwacking my head on my desk until my forehead sports a goose egg size bump) And it serves me right because this is my first Stephanie Dees book!!!! How did I miss her earlier novels? What was I thinking? Oh....that's right, clearly I wasn't thinking because if I had been I would have read the other three books in this series already. Gah! I hate when I'm late to the reading party! Stephanie Dees is amazing and I'm a lifelong reading fan now.

First -- modern day marriage of convenience story! Sqqquuueeaaallll!!! I know, if someone tried to set me up with a marriage of convenience I would totally have a lot to say about it, including the word 'no' a hundred times over but it's still a favourite trope in my fiction. And to find one with a modern twist -- whoa -- my romance loving bibliophile neuro-pathways have short-circuited! Dees works the details out beautifully and develops the shift from convenient to committed in such a captivating way.

Hero Cam -- be still my heart. Kind, compassionate, doting uncle. A self-made man who hasn't quite made peace with his troubled past. He aches to belong, to discover what being part of a family is like but he doesn't feel worthy. And Jules who just wants to fix everything, make everyone happy and protect those precious babies! It's a match made in heaven even if they don't realize it right from the start. And what an emotional read. My tummy was in knots, my heart ached, I had tears in my eyes...and then the swooning started. Blissful sigh! Sweet perfection in 218 pages.

Special kudos to the Love Inspired lines for embracing multicultural characters. I've noticed a consistent increase in heroes and heroines of colour over the last year or so and that makes my bookish heart sing.

GIVEAWAY:

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Firestorm

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HILTON, LAURA V.
FIRESTORM

When Bridget Behr and her family migrate from a bustling Amish community in Ohio to the remote and isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan, they're met with an ugly surprise: the house they had brought sight unseen is an uninhabitable wreck. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to live in tents until the house and barn are rebuilt. Bridget can't shake the guilt that it was her fault her family moved -- and is too afraid to trust anyone, especially the flirtatious, overly-friendly Amish man who lives next door.

Gabriel Lapp has made Michigan his home out of necessity, but can't wait to move back to Florida with its sunshine and warmer temperatures. But when Bridget's family seeks refuge with Gabe during a fierce thunderstorm, he can't help but feel a tug of responsibility for them -- especially the girl with the dark green eyes.

Just a Bridget is finally settling into friendship, a new life, and maybe even love, a devastating forest fire ravages the county, destroying both land and the Behrs' dreams. Now Bridget and her family must decide: will they leave behind the ashes and start anew in another Amish community? Or will they dare to fight for the future they'd hoped for in Mackinac County?

My Review:

A different kind of Amish story -- and I love that about Laura V. Hilton's books. Struggling to find a way to explain what exactly is different. The setting for starts -- Michigan's Upper Peninsula, an area I've had a secret fascination for ever since I read Colleen Coble's Rock Harbor series. The newly settled Amish community faces unique challenges in the remote northern location which adds interest to the story.

Plus, the author doesn't sugar-coat the Amish faith or lifestyle. Her characters are flawed, the families aren't perfect. There's brokenness and relationship issues and any number of negative behaviors in the face of adversity. But there's also the desire to do better, make amends, confess and repent and try again. And those journeys are what make this story so compelling.

Gabe is a major flirt with a devil-may-care attitude that pretty much guarantees trouble. He's got a chip on his shoulder that shows up in a defiant attitude at times, and makes him too quick to concede defeat. His brashness hides insecurities and this is very much a coming of age story for him.

Bridget has a tendency to withdraw, to throw up walls which make her seem unapproachable -- stuck up even. Their romance sizzles in fits and starts as they both send off mixed messages which adds to the confusion and angst. But when these two are 'on' they are so on. Toe-curling, swoonilicous, stick-my-head-a-snowbank kissing scenes which might just scorch your finger tips as you turn the pages!

A great cast of secondary characters adds so much spice to the mix. I'd be spitting mad one second and then succumbing to side-splitting laughter the next. And Bishop Miah might just be one of my favourite characters ever. A mix of wisdom and humour...with the patience of Job!

Firestorm is a spectacular start to Hilton's newest series -- The Amish of Mackinac County and I can't wait for more.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Amish Safe House

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GIUSTI, DEBBY
AMISH SAFE HOUSE

Hiding in Plain Sight : the second thrilling Amish Witness Protection novel

After Julia Bradford's son witnesses a gang shooting hiding in a witness protection on Abraham King's Amish farm is the only hope the Englischer and her children have. Even as danger closes in, Julie is drawn to the community's peaceful ways -- and the ex-cop turned Amish protector. But when their location is discovered, can Abraham protect her family...and possibly have a future by her side?

My Review:

Phew! There are some crazy good heart-in-your-throat-running-for-your-life scenes in this book! I don't think my pulse has leveled out yet! There's something so edgy about a mom in fierce protector mode. I felt Julia's fear and panic and utter desperation. Such a contrast to Abraham's stoic calm. Some of that comes from his cop background, but a lot of it stems from his faith. I love the gentle way he shares his trust in God with the terrified woman who has stopped believing He cares.

This is the second book in the Amish Witness Protection series but reads perfectly fine as a standalone. The series title sums up the common thread that links these three books. I really enjoyed the balance Giusti achieved between the Amish elements and the overall romantic suspense. It felt authentic and plausible. I'm a huge fan of Amish + suspense though meshing the two can be a delicate balance and sometimes stories fall flat. But this author has definitely succeeded in this new sub-genre.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Delayed Justice

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PUTMAN, CARA
DELAYED JUSTICE

She had given up the desire to be loved. Now she only needed to be heard.

Jaime Nichols went to law school to find the voice she never had as a child, and her determination to protect girls and women in the path of harm drives her in ways both spoken and unspoken. As Jaime, now a criminal defense attorney, prepares to press charges against someone who wronged her long ago, she must face not only her demons but also the unimaginable forces that protect the powerful man who tore her childhood apart.

Military veteran Chandler Bolton is tasked with helping a young victim who must testify in court -- and along with his therapy dog, Aslan, he's up for the job. When he first meets aime, all brains, beauty, and brashness, he can't help but be intrigued. As Chandler works to break through the wall Jaime has built around herself, the two of them discover that they may have more to offer one another than they ever could have guessed -- and that together, they may be able to help this endangered child.

This thrilling installment of the HIdden Justice series explores the healing power of resolution and the weight of words given voice. And as Jaime pursues delayed justice of her own, she unearths eternal truths that will change the course of her life.

My Review:

"God is always there. Even when we can't see Him. When He seems most hidden, He is most present. I've found in those moments He is closer than my breath. I have to choose whether to see Him, but He's there." (p 167)

A powerfully moving story filled with inspiration, compassion and hope. So much more than a thrilling suspense or captivating romance -- though there are elements of both in Delayed Justice. This is the kind of read you feel your way through. The kind that leaves you with an ache in your heart and the desire to lean closer into the Lord. And I so appreciate the faith elements in this story! It brings light to the darkness of some really tough subject matter. And there are so many quotable quotes that I think I must have copied half of the book into my inspirations journal!

"Was God pursuing her through friends who brought Him into routine conversations?" (p 232)

Yes, Jaime, God is pursuing you in the most marvelous way. Christian friends come along side her during the biggest battle of her life -- including her neighbour, Chandler. He's a family counselor at the Vet Center with a therapy dog named Aslan. Seriously -- how can you not love a hero who names his golden retriever Aslan?! I did some serious  Lion, Witch and Wardrobe fan-girling during my reading too -- thanks to Chandler. He's a military vet who has dealt with his own kind of trauma and feels called to help others deal with theirs.

"Father, I need You to show me what to do. Would You restrain me from doing too much? Help me to obey your prompting without overstepping my position and pretending I can do what only You can do." (p 152)

Brought together to help a traumatized little girl, Jaime and Chandler begin a complicated relationship. There are so many layers to their personal stories and their romance. And then there are two suspense plots and the legal angle which builds to this incredible moment of triumph that brought me to tears. She did it! Jaime found her voice and fought her fight and it felt so good!

A stunning addition to Putman's Hidden Justice series! I want more!!!!!!

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Delayed Justice, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday February 16 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck.