Tuesday, May 26, 2015

A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Charlotte Atherton is disappointed when the school she works at closes its doors unexpectedly. Having been given guardianship of Lily, one of the young students, Charlotte is afraid that Lily's grandfather is behind the closing of the school. Charlotte is determined that Lily's grandfather not be able to get his hands on Lily. Charlotte sets out to protect Lily and two other students in her charge by disappearing in the middle of the night.

Stone Hammond is a retriever/bounty hunter. Hunting down Charlotte and Lily has taken some time, but he finally has them in his sights. Expecting a ruthless kidnapper in Charlotte, Stone is not prepared for the way Lily and the other two children care for her and how much Charlotte cares for them. Stone has a reputation to keep as the man who always gets his quarry, and this is his last retrieval before he settles down with land and a home of his own. Despite what Charlotte says about Lily's mom giving custody to Charlotte, Stone refuses to be taken in by her and must find out for himself if her claims are true. What Stone doesn't count on is his heart becoming involved with Charlotte and the children.

I really enjoyed this story. I loved the characters from the beginning. Lily is hysterical with her love of dime store novels and excitement at meeting one(or two) of her heroes. Charlotte is likeable even though she has a lot of issues with trust. And I absolutely love Stone. He starts out a little gruff, but it isn't long before his soft side shows itself. I think that is what makes him loveable, he's tough enough to protect Charlotte and the kids, but yet confident enough to show his soft side to them as well. Of course there is also the element of suspense that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I'm definitely a fan of Karen Witemeyer's writing and always look forward to a new book from her.


Beside Still Waters by Debbie Viguie

Cindy Preston, church secretary at First Shepherd, has gone on vacation to Hawaii by herself. It is a much needed vacation after all of the trouble she's managed to get into at home. But of course trouble seems to follow Cindy. On a suggestion from her cab driver Cindy decides to try a local restaurant. When she stumbles upon a dead body Cindy is once again plunged into murder and mayhem. When Cindy is kidnapped this may turn out to be her last case she is involved in.

Jeremiah Silverman's past life is slowly catching up with him. He has a secret and he is preparing himself to move on in order to keep that secret. Arriving at the airport to pick up Cindy from her vacation Jeremiah becomes extremely worried when she doesn't show up. Knowing that Cindy would have contacted him if something came up he immediately knows something has happened to her. He heads to Hawaii on the next flight to find her. Using his skills from his past Jeremiah is able to track Cindy's movements while on vacation. Hopefully he won't be too late to find and rescue Cindy alive.

This is the 4th book in the series. Yes, I am hooked. I just went and bought book 5. I wish I had read these as they came out and then I would have been able to spread out the cost of purchasing a bit more! It looks like so far there are 11 books in the series. I have some catching up to do, but the pocketbook may need to take a rest after book 5. So, Beside Still Waters...I really enjoyed it. Loved the suspense! I love both Cindy and Jeremiah's characters. I am definitely waiting impatiently to find out what Jeremiah's big secret is. I certainly hope I don't have to wait until the author finishes the last book of the series! Both Jeremiah and Cindy are strong characters. All that Cindy went through in this book would have done a normal person in, but Cindy was determined to get away from her captors. I love it when Jeremiah goes into rescue mode, like I said, I am definitely curious to find out exactly what or who he was in his past. I am also impressed with how the author has been able to keep each book fresh and not just regurgitating the same plot over and over again. That's definitely what keeps me buying the next book each time I finish one. So as I seem to be saying in every review of this series, "If you are a fan of suspense novels then definitely try these, they won't disappoint!"

Check out my reviews of other books in the series:

1. The Lord is my Shepherd
2. I Shall Not Want
3. Lie Down in Green Pastures

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Lie Down In Green Pastures by Debbie Viguie

In this installment of the Psalm 23 Mysteries Cindy is still fairly new to the whole murder thing. Murder seems to find her though. She and Jeremiah have been keeping away from each other. Jeremiah has secrets to hide and he can't risk getting close to someone like Cindy who has a way of ferreting out secrets.

When dead bodies start piling up Cindy is sure that they have something to do with a new developer that has moved into town who is determined to purchase camp Green Pastures.

Little do Cindy and Jeremiah know to what lengths the person that actually wants Green Pastures will go to to get it.

Well after reading this installment it is obvious that Jeremiah has some sort of background in the military. A job so violent that Jeremiah would rather do anything than go to that place in his psyche. It serves him well though when he once again is called upon to play the rescuer.

Cindy? That girl has a knack for being at the wrong place and the wrong time! But she has some serious skills with darts! All of her practice on her picture of her brother pays off in this book! I'm definitely a fan of this series and have already gone and purchased the next book in the series for my Kindle. I think I may go broke by the time I collect all of them! Debbie Viguie knows how to keep the reader turning the pages in these suspense novels. I highly recommend them if you like a good suspense story.

Check out my reviews of the first two books in the series:

The Lord Is My Shepherd
I Shall Not Want


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Doodle Lit by Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

Everyone likes to doodle right? How many times have I come out of church or a conference with my notes embellished with doodles? Doodling helps us to think!

Doodle Lit is filled with classic authors such as Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, William Shakespeare, etc. etc. There is a bit of a synopsis of each author and what they are famous for. There are also quotes from their famous works...with a bit of a Doodle Lit twist!

The fun part though are the activities in the book. A couple that I did were:

In this one I got to draw Mr. Darcy's dog and pick a name I thought he would use. Also I got to color his outfit. I'm a very poor "drawer" but doodling isn't an exact science for sure!

In this one the book gave directions on how to draw sheep and then asks you to fill up the next page with sheep. It was entertaining for a bit while I tried to draw sheep. Each one turned out a bit different.

At first I thought Doodle Lit was geared more towards adults, but then I came across a page that said to get your parent to help you cut out something. So then I modified my idea and came to the conclusion that Doodle Lit can be for any age. I think an adult would know more of the authors than a young person though. The target age says for children 8 and up.

The pages are perforated so that you can tear them out, and each page that requires some form of cutting has a back page that is just a design so that you don't have to worry about ruining another doodle.

You can use colored pencils, crayons, markers, glue and glitter or anything else to help you embellish some of the activities.

If you like to doodle, and if you are a fan of classic literature then check this book out and have fun being creative!

**Thanks to the publisher for my copy for review, all opinions are my own**

 


Friday, May 15, 2015

The Berenstain Bears God Bless Our Country by Mike Berenstain

The Berenstain Bears learn about Independence Day. The Cubs ask lots of questions about the birth of our country and why it is so special. Mama Bear answers all of their questions as she gets ready for the big celebration. Papa Bear wears his army uniform in the parade and the cubs decorate their bikes in red, white and blue so they too can participate in the festivities. Spiritual aspects of the story are how we should be thankful to God for allowing us the freedom to live in this country. As always, the Berenstain Bears never get old and always have a great message. This book comes with stickers that depict the different scenes in the book. And the inside back cover once again asks questions of the readers to help them apply the principle learned in the story. Every time I get a new Berenstain Bear book my grandchildren can't wait to sit down with me to read it.

**Thanks to the publisher through BookLook Bloggers for my copy for review. All opinions are my own**


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Find Momo Coast To Coast by Andrew Knapp

I loved the first Find Momo book and couldn't wait to get my hands on the new one! I was not disappointed. I loved all of the pictures and then the added bonus of searching out Momo in each one made the book even more fun. Reading about Momo and Andrew's trip and seeing all of the pictures gave me just a bit of desire to have an adventure of my own. Finding Momo can be fairly simple in some of the photographs, but in others it is almost impossible to find him! It truly looks as if Momo and his companion had a wonderful adventure out exploring the country. I look forward to seeing where Momo plans to hide next time!

About the Authors:

Andrew Knapp is a freelance interface designer and photographer from northern Ontario who desires to make everyday routines into creative adventures. Along with his commercial photography and design work, he's filmed a TEDx Talk, collaborated on an Instamissions project with MTV and Sony, and co founded the We Live Up Here collaboration exploring life in Sudbury, Ontario.

Momo is an adorable brown-eyed border collie, Andrew's BFF, and genius at hiding. He has over 340,000 Instagram fans.

About the Book:

Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Quirk Books
Author: Andrew Knapp

More Information:

Visit WWW.GOFINDMOMO.COM

**I received my copy of Find Momo from Quirk Books publisher for purposes of review. All opinions are my own**

Monday, May 11, 2015

The Lord is my Shepherd by Debbie Viguie

Cindy Preston is the secretary at First Shepherd. She hates Mondays and especially this Monday as it is the beginning of Holy Week for the church. Cindy decides to get to work early this Monday to get a jump start on the week. What she finds is the sanctuary door unlocked and open. Thinking that the youth group left it open accidentally the night before Cindy goes in to make sure all is cleaned up. When she trips over something in the dark she thinks that something was left after the youth event, but what she discovers is a dead body!

Hearing Cindy's screams from his synagogue next door rabbi Jeremiah Silverman rushes over to help. This is only the beginning of Jeremiah rushing to save Cindy.

A serial killer is on the loose and it looks like he is performing for Cindy. Everywhere a dead body turns up Cindy seems to be in the area or has been in the area recently. The killer is reenacting the events leading up to the crucifixion. Arranging his murdered victims into tableaux settings, the police, Cindy and Jeremiah try to figure out where the killer will strike next, but they always seem to be a step behind. How many more people will die before he is found and is Cindy on his list of victims?

This is the first in the Psalm 23 Mysteries and I have to say I am hooked! I'm looking forward to plunging into the next book. I think Cindy and Jeremiah are the perfect couple to solve crimes, but their religious backgrounds may get in the way of them having a relationship. Cindy is Christian and Jeremiah is Jewish which makes for some interesting dialogue between the two. I loved Cindy at the seder, not being used to alcohol her response after getting a couple of glasses of wine down was quite entertaining. While the murders are grisly I really enjoyed the suspense of this story and am looking forward to seeing what trouble Cindy and Jeremiah get into next.