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Top 10 Tuesday — Books I Loved, But Rarely Talk About

14 Apr

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt is an interesting one — books loved, but not talked about. I am always talking books, but are there some that get neglected because it has been years since I read them, or they fit in a genre that my friends don’t read? I’m not sure the reason, but I am here to rectify the matter! ūüėČ Have you read any on my list? Did you love them too?

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Top 10 Books I Loved

 

Bad Ground by Dale Cramer

Poignant and thought provoking, this is a down-to-earth, sometimes humorous novel filled with suspense, action, redemption, and even romance. Seventeen-year-old Jeremy Prine decides to honor his mother‚Äôs dying wish and seek out his estranged uncle who was badly burned in the accident that killed Jeremy‚Äôs father. He ¬Ļnds the man working as a hard-rock miner in the south, an extremely dangerous occupation. His uncle seems a bitter and lonely man, but Jeremy senses more beneath the surface. Against his uncle‚Äôs wishes, Jeremy takes a job as a miner and soon his young faith is tested by his rough and gritty co-workers, the threat of danger . . . ¬†and the possibility of love.

The Baker’s Wife by Erin Healy

Before Audrey was the baker’s wife, she was the pastor’s wife.

Then a scandalous lie cost her husband a pastoral career. Now the two work side-by-side running a bakery, serving coffee, and baking fresh bread. But the hurt still pulls at Audrey.

Driving early one morning to the bakery, Audrey’s car strikes something ‚ÄĒ or someone ‚ÄĒ at a fog-shrouded intersection. She finds a motor scooter belonging to a local teacher. Blood is everywhere, but there’s no trace of a body.

Both the scooter and the blood belong to detective Jack Mansfield’s wife, and he’s certain that Audrey is behind Julie’s disappearance.

But the case dead-ends and the detective spirals into madness. When he takes her family and some patrons hostage at the bakery, Audrey is left with a soul-damaged ex-con and a cynical teen to solve the mystery. And she’ll never manage that¬†unless she taps into something she would rather leave behind ‚ÄĒ her excruciating ability to feel other’s pain.

A Cast of Stones by Patrick Carr

The Fate of the Kingdom Awaits the Cast of Stones

In the backwater village of Callowford, roustabout Errol Stone is enlisted by a church messenger arriving with urgent missives for the hermit priest in the hills. Eager for coin, Errol agrees to what he thinks will be an easy task, but soon finds himself hunted by deadly assassins. Forced to flee with the priest and a small band of travelers, Errol soon learns he’s joined a quest that could change the fate of his kingdom.

Protected for millennia by the heirs of the first king, the kingdom’s dynasty nears its end and the selection of the new king begins–but in secret and shadow. As danger mounts, Errol must leave behind the stains and griefs of the past, learn to fight, and discover who is hunting him and his companions and how far they will go to stop the reading of the stones.

The Church Ladies by Lisa Samson

Competition for church members in Mount Oak has reached a furious peak. When tragedy strikes one of their hometown sons, the church women are drawn together through compassion. The Church Ladies is a contemporary tale illustrating how women can have a major impact on the church. Through friendships that reach beneath surface level — and trials more severe than simple — they unite with common purpose: to pray, share, and comfort. Slowly, the community of believers learns that the church grows when it is rooted in love. Characters you’ll laugh and cry with, in situations every woman will instantly relate to, light up this page-turner about a miracle that could happen anywhere.

The Devil Walks in Mattingly by Billy Coffee

For the three people tortured by their secret complicity in a young man’s untimely death, redemption is what they most long for . . . and the last thing they expect to receive.

It has been twenty years since Philip McBride’s body was found along the riverbank in the dark woods known as Happy Hollow. His death was ruled a suicide. But three people have carried the truth ever since‚ÄĒPhilip didn’t kill himself that day. He was murdered.

Each of the three have wilted in the shadow of their sins. Jake Barnett is Mattingly’s sheriff, where he spends his days polishing the fragile shell of the man he pretends to be.¬†His wife, Kate, has convinced herself the good she does for¬†the poor will someday wash¬†the blood from her hands. And high in the mountains, Taylor Hathcock lives in seclusion¬†and fear, fueled by madness and hatred.

Yet what cannot be laid to rest is bound to rise¬†again. Philip McBride has haunted Jake’s dreams for weeks, warning that he is coming back for them all. When Taylor finds mysterious footprints leading from the Hollow, he believes his redemption has come. His actions will plunge the quiet town of Mattingly into darkness. These three will be drawn together for a final confrontation between life and death . . . between truth and lies.

Reclaiming Lily by Patti Lacy

Riveting Race against the Clock to Save a Young Woman’s Life

A storm the size of Texas brews when Gloria Powell and Kai Chang meet in a Dallas hotel. They have come to discuss the future of Lily, the daughter Gloria adopted from China and the sister Kai hopes to reclaim. Kai is a doctor who had to give up her little sister during the Cultural Revolution and has since discovered that an inherited genetic defect may be waiting to fatally strike Lily. Gloria’s relationship with her daughter is tattered and strained, and the arrival of Kai, despite the woman’s apparent good intentions, makes Gloria fearful. Gloria longs to restore her relationship with Lily, but in the wake of this potentially devastating diagnosis, is Kai an answer to prayer. . .or will her arrival force Gloria to sacrifice more than she ever imagined?

The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue

At age forty-two, Allison Chamberlain is still making a half-hearted attempt to figure out what she wants to be when she grows up. Although she has been a pew-sitting member of a church for seven years, ‚Äúprophet‚ÄĚ has never been on the short list of possible careers.

Then one Sunday Allison senses a divine nudge to buy a Harley motorcycle and go wherever it takes her. Soon she is wondering if she is called to present the reality of Christ to one of society‚Äôs darkest corners ‚ÄĒ and challenge her own church to look beyond their fears.

River’s Song by Melody Carlson

Following her mother’s funeral, and on the verge of her own midlife crisis, widow Anna Larson returns to the home of her youth to sort out her parents’ belongings, as well as her own turbulent life. For the first time since childhood, Anna embraces her native heritage, despite the disdain of her vicious mother-in-law. By transforming her old family home on the banks of the Siuslaw River into The Inn at Shining Waters, Anna hopes to create a place of healing ‚ÄĒ a place where guests experience peace, grace, and new beginnings. Starting with her own family . . .

The Sweetest Thing by Elizabeth Musser

The Singleton family’s fortunes seem unaffected by the Great Depression, and Perri–along with the other girls at Atlanta’s elite Washington Seminary–lives a carefree life of tea dances with college boys, matinees at the cinema, and debut parties. But when tragedies strike, Perri is confronted with a world far different from the one she has always known.

At the insistence of her parents, Mary “Dobbs” Dillard, the daughter of an itinerant preacher, is sent from inner-city Chicago to live with her aunt and attend Washington Seminary, bringing confrontation and radical ideas. Her arrival intersects at the point of Perri’s ultimate crisis, and the tragedy forges an unlikely friendship.

The Sweetest Thing tells the story of two remarkable young women–opposites in every way–fighting for the same goal: surviving tumultuous change.

Uncharted by Angela Hunt

When a group of college friends reunites for a trip to the Marshall Islands, they find themselves stranded on an uncharted island unlike any they‚Äôve seen in the vicinity. They list their priorities‚ÄĒfind water, food, and a way off the island ‚ÄĒ but the place itself opens their eyes to realities beyond their comprehension. Six friends accept one invitation and take an unexpected journey that changes their lives forever.

 

Book Review: Afloat

1 Jun

Who will you trust when dark waters rise?

685520_w185Eagle‚Äôs Talon is an architectural marvel‚ÄĒshining residential units afloat in a protected cove of the gorgeous Rondeau River. The project is nearly complete, partially occupied, and ready to make investors rich when a sinkhole gives way. Then torrential rains and a flood leave a ragged collection of builders, investors, and residents stranded in one floating building, cut off from the rest of the world.

They’re bitterly divided over what to do next.

Architect Vance Nolan insists they should sit tight and wait for rescue. Developer Tony Dean wants to strike out into the darkness. And single mom Danielle Clement, desperate to protect her young son, Simeon, struggles to hold their motley band together.

Power failure, a pall of unnatural daytime darkness, explosions in the distance, then a murder ratchet tensions to a boiling point. But Danielle‚Äôs young son, Simeon, has spotted something strange underwater‚ÄĒbeautiful, shifting lights in the dark water below.

In this watery world where everyone’s secrets will eventually come to light, salvation may mean more than just getting out alive.

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EHealy-160Erin Healy is the best-selling co-author of Burn and Kiss (with Ted Dekker) and an award-winning editor for numerous best-selling authors. She has received wide acclaim for her novels Never Let You Go, The Baker’s Wife, House of Mercy, and Afloat. She and her family live in Colorado. Erin can be contacted through her website ErinHealy.com or through Facebook at erinhealybooks.

My Impressions:

Afloat is the third book I have read by Erin Healy. With her complex plots, emphasis on setting and well-drawn characters, she never disappoints. Afloat is another winner for this talented author. Not a quick or easy read, it is a book that will make you focus and think. Don’t pick this one up unless you have time to devote to becoming immersed in a riveting read.

Vance is an architect with a dream. After enduring a tragedy while a teenager and years of alcoholism, he is on the cusp of a brilliant future. His groundbreaking and innovative homes built on floating platforms are sure to dazzle homebuyers and investors alike. But he doesn’t foresee a disaster like no other that will impact that dream, his life and the lives that are in his keeping. Danielle loves her son and is determined to provide security at any cost, even at the expense of her own identity. Faced with life threatening circumstances, she has to determine which man in her life ¬†to trust. Vance, Danielle and Danielle’s son Simeon are among the remnant that must decide how to survive the ordeal they face.

Afloat combines the best of disaster scenarios — upheaval of the natural world, fear and betrayal — with a supernatural element that makes the reader examine all the twists and turns of the plot. Just what is at work in Eagle’s Talon and is it something that can be understood or does it have to be taken by faith? The pasts of the two main characters impact their present so much, causing them to doubt, yet strengthening their resolve at the same time. The setting of the book changes from peaceful haven to deadly foe within the space of a few days and keeps the characters off balance. The secondary characters are motivated by greed, fear, anger and self-preservation and impact the survival of them all. As I said, a complex read that makes the reader think.

Afloat is another great book by Erin Healy.

Recommended.

(Thanks to LitFuse and the publisher for my copy of Afloat. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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Erin is celebrating the release of Afloat with an iPad Mini giveaway.

One winner will receive:

  • An iPad Mini¬†
  • iTunes gift card
  • Afloat¬†by Erin Healy¬†

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 15th. Winner will be announced on Erin’s blog on June 17th. Save the date and click HERE to see if YOU won the iPad Mini!

DON’T MISS A MOMENT OF THE FUN; ENTER TODAY. TELL YOUR FRIENDS VIA FACEBOOK OR TWITTER AND INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VISIT ERIN’S BLOG ON THE 17TH!

Book Review: House of Mercy

29 Aug

When a cowgirl makes a fatal mistake that jeopardizes her entire family, making things right will take nothing less than a miracle. When God doesn‚Äôt give her the solution she wants, she goes on a journey to find it for herself‚ÄĒin an estranged grandfather, a mysterious wolf, and a supernatural gift of healing that she can‚Äôt control.

Chapters 1 & 2

 

 

Erin Healy is an award-winning fiction editor who has worked with talented novelists such as James Scott Bell, Melody Carlson, Colleen Coble, Brandilyn Collins, Traci DePree, L. B. Graham, Rene Gutteridge, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Robin Lee Hatcher, Denise Hildreth, Denise Hunter, Randy Ingermanson, Jane Kirkpatrick,Bryan Litfin, Frank Peretti,Lisa Samson, Randy Singer, Robert Whitlow, and many others.

She began working with¬†Ted Dekker¬†in 2002 and edited twelve of his heart-pounding storiesbefore their collaboration on¬†Kiss,¬†the first novel to seat her on ‚Äúthe other side of the desk.‚ÄĚ

Erin is the owner of WordWright Editorial Services, a consulting firm specializing in fiction book development. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and the Academy of Christian Editors. She lives with her family in Colorado.

My Impressions:

Mercy has often been defined as not getting what you deserve. In Erin Healy’s newest book, House of Mercy, the concept of mercy along with the goodness of God is explored in a spell-binding tale that intersects the fallen world and man’s free will with the miraculous love of God.

Beth Borzoi is a young woman on her way to vet school. This gifted healer has already made a name for herself in the Colorado valley she calls home. But a thoughtless mistake endangers not only her future, but the livelihood of her family and those who benefit from the ranch the family runs. Beth spends her time trying to make things right, bargaining with man and God to save her family and her dreams. But sorrow and grief are part of the human experience and no amount of work or scheming can change the consequences of human decisions.

House of Mercy¬†is a tale told from two perspectives — the reality of choice and mistakes and the supernatural sovereignty, grace and love of God. ¬†So many Bible verses came to mind while reading this story, but the one that stuck with me is from the book of Lamentations —¬†Through the LORD‚ÄôS mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.¬†They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23 NKJV). ¬†And though there are hard lessons for the characters to learn, God’s mercy shines through.

Healy brings her characters to life. ¬†They are stubborn, impatient, and often unforgiving — traits I have shared so many times. The story is at once realistic and symbolic, something my mind had trouble with until I just let the story take over. And though there are some questions as to the outcome for Beth and her family, the truth of God’s plan and future for them is assured.¬†¬†

House of Mercy¬†will get you thinking and stay with you long after you finish the last page. This is a wonderful book for discussion of the nature of God and His design and desires in the light of man’s free will.

Highly Recommended.

(I received House of Mercy from The B&B Media Group in return for an honest review. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

The Baker’s Wife Giveaway Package

23 Oct

The Baker’s Wife Giveaway and Facebook Party!

Let the flour fly!¬†Beginning October 24th, Erin Healy is celebrating the release of her latest page turner with an outstanding¬†baking prize package giveaway¬†that includes a brand new KitchenAid Mixer, cook books, and all you need to whip up some fabulous bread or sweets! Then and on November 10th she’ll be wrapping up the release of¬†The Baker’s Wife¬†with an¬†Author Book Chat Party on Facebook! Don’t miss a minute of the¬†fun¬†intrigue!

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • Empire Red 4.5 QT Ultra Power KitchenAid Stand Mixer
  • Black & White¬†Kitschy Apron
  • Black Silicone Oven Mitt
  • Black OXO Rolling Pin
  • Wilton 9X5 loaf pan
  • At My Grandmother’s Knee¬†Cookbook by Faye Porter
  • Second Helpings with Johnnie Gabriel¬†Cookbook
  • The Baker’s Wife¬†by Erin Healy

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 9th.¬†Winner will be announced at¬†The Baker’s Wife¬†Author Book Chat Facebok Party. Erin will be wrapping up the¬†The Baker’s Wife¬†celebration with a book club chat and giving away a bunch of “sweet treats”!¬†So grab your copy of¬†The Baker’s Wife¬†(it’s okay if you don’t have one yet- you might win one!) and join Erin on the evening of November 10th for an author book chat, some “baking” trivia and lots of “sweet” giveaways (books, and Amazon, iTunes & Starbucks gift certificates)!

Don’t miss a moment of the fun.¬†RSVP today¬†and tell your friends. Hope to see you on the 10th!