Saturday, February 6, 2016

Beyond the Silence

Beyond the Silence Tracie Peterson Kimberley Woodhouse

Book info and Review
About the book: 

Beyond the Silence (Bethany House, January 2016)

The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth.

Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know.

Still, something dark did happen in the family's past. Lillian's seven-year-old charge hasn't spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love---or will it endanger her even more?

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My thoughts:  BEYOND THE SILENCE starts with a bang and doesn't let up all the way through the book.  Colton's wife is brutally murdered and everyone believes Colton did it. His son has not spoken a word since the day his mama died. And Colton is shunned by his own town. Virtually run out when he dares go to the store for supplies. But the real murderer is still free and will stop at nothing to get what he's after.

Somewhat predictable, Lillian is almost too perfect, but Colton was real and my heart hurt for him.

A historical suspense that will hold fans of both Peterson and Woodhouse captivated and enthralled, page after page. A winning team of authors. 4 stars.

About the authors:

Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

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Kimberley Woodhouse is a multipublished author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker/teacher, she's shared her theme of Joy Through Trials with over 150,000 people at more than a thousand venues across the country. She lives, writes, and homeschools with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two awesome teens live in Colorado.

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Lillian Porter takes a chance on a new job and a new future . . . but rumors surrounding her job make Lillian begin to wonder if she made the right choice in Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse's Beyond the Silence. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know . . . but soon the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?

Tracie and Kimberley are celebrating the launch of Beyond the Silence with a Loaded Fire Prize Pack giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on February 11!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • One copy of Beyond the Silence

  • A Kindle Fire 7

  • A $50 Amazon gift card to load your Fire with books

  • Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 2/11. The winner will be announced at the Beyond the Silence Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie, Kimberley, and other readers, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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    RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 11th!

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    Interrupted Lullaby

    Interrupted Lullaby 

    Love Inspired Suspense

    Mass Market Paperback, ebook

    February 9, 2016

    by Dana R. Lynn

    • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Love Inspired 
    • ISBN-13: 978-0373447244


    Maggie Slade's been on the run since witnessing her husband's murder, hiding from a killer who wants evidence he believes she has. A killer who was dressed as a LaMar Pond policeman. And she'd better run fast, because it's not just her life on the line—Maggie now has year-old twin babies. But then she's attacked again, and rescued…by a LaMar Pond cop. Trusting Lieutenant Dan Willis is frightening. Letting him take her back to LaMar Pond to find her husband's killer is terrifying. But to protect her babies, she'll risk anything. Even her life. And as she grows closer to Dan and learns to trust again…she may even risk her heart.

    My thoughts: INTERRUPTED LULLABY is written by talented newcomer, Dana R. Lynn. This is her second book with Love inspired Suspense and she definitely has the formula and story down. Police officers have been hunting for Maggie Slade who went missing after a stint with jury duty. Other jurors were found dead, but Maggie fell off the radar. But the police find her at the same time as the villain so immediately the police and Maggie (and her twins) are in danger. I've said this before and I will say it again, I would never survive as a heroine in one of these romantic suspense stories. The bad guys would make one attempt at my life, succeed and end of story. It does make for edge of the seat reading though! What will they do next? How will the heroine survive? Why is trying to kill her and why? You have to keep reading to find out the answers to these questions and more. This is the first one I can remember where the heroine is running with two infants--and in the first two chapters not just one, but two police officers are injured in the line of duty. Talk about fast-paced!  4.5 stars 

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Lots of Knock-knock Jokes for Kids

    Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids 

    Paperback, ebook

    February 2, 2016

    by Whee Winn (Author)

    • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
    • Paperback: 128 pages
    • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Gld edition
    • ISBN-13: 978-0310750628

    Knock, knock. Who’s there?
    Don’t get so excited, it’s just a joke.
    Knock, knock. Who’s there?
    Anita to borrow a pencil.
    New from Zonderkidz, here’s a collection of knock-knock jokes that is both hilarious and wholesome. Lots of Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids is sure to send every kid you know to his knees in a breath-stealing, side-splitting, uncontrollable fit of giggles. It’s that funny. And with more than 350 jokes, the laughs are sure to never quit.
    This collection provides fun for the whole family and includes bonus Q& A jokes and riddles too!

    My thoughts: LOTS OF KNOCK-KNOCK JOKES FOR KIDS is stock full of the corny jokes that all kids seem so fond of.  

    Knock, knock. 
    Who's there?
    Hebrews who? 
    Hebrews good coffee

    Separated by category, this book will be sure to entertain kids for hours and irritate adults in a matter of minutes.  All my daughters loved it, even my teenager.  4 stars. 

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    Snuggle Time Prayers / Little One, God Loves You

    Snuggle Time Prayers 

    Board book 

    February 2, 2016

    by Glenys Nellist (author)

    Cee Biscoe (Illustrator)
    • Age Range: 2 - 4 years
    • Series: Snuggle Time
    • Board book: 30 pages
    • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition 
    • ISBN-13: 978-0310749325

    Snuggle Time Prayers, written by Glenys Nellist and illustrated by Cee Biscoe, is a perfect bedtime collection of fifteen prayers. This padded cover board book will help children settle down at bedtime and remind them of their blessings as they draw closer to God.

    My thoughts:  SNUGGLE TIME PRAYERS is a sweet collection of bedtime prayers for children. It is a sturdy board book with simply beautiful illustrations!  Cee Biscoe is a wonderful artist, I'm impressed. The prayers are also beautiful.  I really liked this book a lot. Perfect to read while you cuddle your favorite infant, toddler, or preschooler. Also great for church nurseries and daycares.  5 stars. 


    Little One, God Loves You 

    Board book 

    February 2, 2016

    by Amy Warren Hilliker (author)

    Polona Lovsin (Illustrator)
    • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
    • Board book: 14 pages
    • Publisher: Zonderkidz; Brdbk edition 
    • ISBN-13: 978-0310753070

    Little One, God Loves You, written by Amy Warren Hilliker and inspired by the New York Times #1bestseller The Purpose-Driven Life, is a cute and cuddly board book that let’s children know God made them solely for the purpose of loving them.

    My thoughts: LITTLE ONE, GOD LOVES YOU is a sweet little book for infants and toddlers.  Above it says 4 - 8 years but I think that is a considerable stretch. A two or three year old might enjoy it, but and eight year old, not so much.   The pictures are cute, the words large and easy to read. A good book for cuddling your favorite baby or toddler, great for church nurseries and day cares. 4 stars. 

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    A Son's Vow

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    A Son's Vow

    by Shelley Shepard Gray  

    Amish Fiction
    Avon Inspire

    Charmed Amish Life series

    Shelley Shepard Gray's first book in her Charmed Amish Life series is set in the quaint Amish village of Charm, Ohio, and tells the stories of the Kinsinger siblings who are each struggling to find both forgiveness and love in the face of tragedy.

    Three months ago, everything changed for Darla Kurtz and her family. Darla's father was responsible for a terrible fire at Charm's lumber mill which killed five Amish men. And though he, too, lost his life, the town of Charm hasn't looked at her family the same since. Even Lukas Kinsinger---with whom Darla used to have a close friendship.

    Now her brother's anger at the town is spilling over onto Darla, and she has the bruises to prove it. The accident already cost five lives, but if something doesn't change soon, Darla fears it will cost her---and her family---even more.

    Lukas Kinsinger wants to mourn the loss of his father, but he can hardly find the time to breathe. Suddenly the head of his father's lumber mill and responsible for taking care of his three siblings, he's feeling the pressure. He has also never felt more alone---especially with the new tension between he and Darla. But when he learns of her troubles at home, Lukas knows he can't simply stand by and watch. Someone has to help her before another tragedy occurs.

    As Lukas and Darla attempt to repair their families, they discover something deeper than friendship growing between them. But will Lukas and Darla's love be accepted after so much loss? Or will the pain of the past overcome any chance of future happiness?

    My thoughts:  A SON'S VOW is the first book in Ms. Gray's newest Amish series. It has several point of view characters, not just Lukas and Darla. The book was rather hard to read as it deals with loss and physical abuse and the depravity of mankind, although it was dealt with somewhat tactfully.  I admired the way Lukas stood up for Darla -- in a way. In another way, he was a bully of a different sort, not so much physically though, but in a way that I will do what I want and you have nothing to say about it. Since he was interfering in her life, I think she did. I admired that Darla had the strength to fight for herself instead of letting Lukas run all over her. She was a little spitfire at times. 

    Written in Shelly's unique voice I found myself tangled up in these characters lives. I hoped Aaron would turn away from his anger issues and that Lukas would be somewhat less forceful. There is no faith message to speak of in the story, forgiveness is the theme, and I did get confused over Darla's family dynamics -- who is who -- but I think I eventually figured that out. Those who can't get enough bonnet fiction will likely love this. Or fans of Ms. Gray. 3 stars. 

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     Meet the Author

    Shelley Shepard Gray is a two-timeNew York Times bestseller, a two-timeUSA Today bestseller, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Holt Medallion winner. She lives in Southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

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    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Navy SEAL Security

    Navy SEAL Security 

    Men of Valor

    Mass Market Paperback, ebook

    February 9, 2016

    by Liz Johnson

    • Series: Men of Valor
    • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
    • Publisher: Love Inspired 
    • ISBN-13: 978-0373447220


    Wounded Navy SEAL Luke Dunham's only goal is returning to active duty…until he rescues his physical therapist from a lethal attack. Now he'll risk everything—even his recovery—to keep Mandy Berg's attacker at bay. Mandy's been burned before when she trusted the wrong man. And she knows better than to develop feelings for one of her patients. Yet how can she help falling for a man who does not hesitate to put his strength, his skill and his very life in harm's way to keep her safe? Relying on anyone feels dangerous…but turning away Luke's protection could be deadly.  

    Men of Valor: These Navy SEALs were born to excel…

    My thoughts: NAVY SEAL SECURITY is the fourth book in Ms. Johnson's Men of Valor series. There are some appearances of former characters in the series, but NAVY SEAL SECURITY stands alone. I enjoyed getting to know Luke and Mandy -- though don't judge a book by the cover. There is NO way the cover model was a SEAL -- or even in the Navy. I married a military man.  

    I did figure out the whodunit right away. I've read enough romantic suspenses that I'm rarely caught by surprise. That said, I didn't figure out the why. And as the characters chased down possible leads the villain trailed them, keeping Mandy and Luke guessing.  I had to keep reading to find out what the villain had against Mandy.  5 five star romantic suspense.   

    Sunday, January 31, 2016

    Just Let Go

     This movie has been a hit in the theaters and Deseret Book is preparing to have it fly off the shelves! 

    It's message of forgiveness is an important reminder because as we let go of our past, it allows us to move forward in life. Henry Ian Cusick stars as Chris Williams in the true story "Just Let Go". After surviving a drunk driving accident that killed his pregnant wife and two kids, Chris Williams struggles to 'just let go' and forgive the young man who caused it. 

    Available in DVD and blue-ray

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    Movie Information :
    Rated PG-13 for accident images and thematic material
    Movie Run Time - 106 mins

    Movie Trailer:

    On a cold February night in 2007, a devoted father of four and
    a seventeen-year-old drunk driver both received life sentences.
    In one violent, devastating instant, both faced a drastically
    different and uncertain future. But as Chris Williams sat
    in his demolished vehicle, staring at the car that had just
    caused the death of his wife, his unborn baby, his nine-year-old
    daughter, and his eleven-year-old son, he committed to do
    something extraordinary: he would forgive.

    That decision launched Chris on a journey toward healing that
    affected his family and friends, the young man who caused the
    accident, and an entire community a community that would
    face another deadly tragedy just a few days later.

    My thoughts: JUST LET GO is a powerful movie of forgiveness and of starting over. It was very sad, and I cried during one part. It was nice that the dad did have a couple kids left and that he gave his daughter's stuff away to other little girls.  Very touching. It did have some surprises, a lot of heart-rending moments, and a powerful message of forgiveness that everyone needs to see. 

    It's hard to rate a movie that's based on real life.  How do you judge someone's life? But the acting is good, the story well-told, and the actors seemed to play the roles well.  My family rated it somewhere between 3.5 stars and 5 stars so I'm going with 4.5.