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I wanted to share some reviews for good books I’ve read recently.

Too Far Down by Mary Connealy

This is the third book in the series. And while I have good intentions of reading the first two, because I received a complimentary copy of the third one, so that I could read & review it, (and also because my TBR stack doesn’t really seem to be getting any smaller… ;O) ) I just went ahead and read this one. I liked it, I really did. But I think I would’ve enjoyed the story more, and understood more of what was going on in the lives of the main characters, if I had taken the time to read the other books first.

If you’re looking for a Christian historical, westernish type of fiction, than give these a try! There is mystery, humor, fun, & faith to be found here. Light hearted, enjoyable reading.

Here is the brief review I posted on goodreads:

Set in the Wild West, this book is an interesting part of a series written by Mary Connealy.
It took me awhile to get into the story, as I jumped in, reading this one first. The ending had lots of action and a satisfying conclusion to the mystery surrounding the Boden family’s ranch and the mysterious things that had been happening to them.

I’d just like to add that the ending was very suspenseful, and kept me guessing. More so than I was expecting. (a good thing! 🙂 )

The Sound of Rain by Sarah Loudin Thomas

I really enjoyed this one! Set in the 1950s, in those days shortly after the Great Depression. The author made the story come alive. I loved the details. The characters were realistic, and I enjoyed getting to know them.

The review I posted:

This is a poignantly sweet story set in the 1950s.
Judd, a young man from the West Virginia hills, experiences terrible loss when he is in a coal mine collapse and loses his younger brother. Determined to follow his brother’s dream he heads for South Carolina.
Life is not at all what he expected there, hot and humid, and a different kind of people. He also meets the very beautiful Larkin, whose dream is to go be a missionary to the people of Appalachia.
There are bits of wisdom found throughout the pages of this story as these two young people try to find their way in life.
I love the settings, and the way I felt transported to the 50s while reading.

and another one:

A Season to Dance by Patricia Beal

I think this is a debut novel. This book intrigued me before I ever read it, because of all that I kept hearing about it. The author found Jesus during her time of writing this novel, and through her experience, she was able to bring all of that into the story. It is a very touching story.

A breathtakingly beautiful novel.
The details are exquisite. I am unfamiliar with the world of ballet, in spite of that, I could feel myself right there in the middle of it all.
(I found the intricacies of ballet to add much to the fullness of the story.)

The story is told by Ana. You experience her heartbreak, her disappointment, her anguish, as she is on the journey of life, a journey of searching for that one thing that will bring fulfillment and a feeling of sufficiency.
So many wrong choices, and yet God is shown to be present every step of the way.
A quote I want to take with me:
“You have to know that behind God’s every no there is a bigger yes. You have to trust in His choices for your life, knowing that He sees the big picture and you don’t.”

This story does have some more mature themes going on. The characters, especially Ana, are very much shown to be on a journey. But I love the way God’s goodness shines through. And hope. And so much more.

And my most recent favorite:

Oath of Honor by Lynette Eason

I am a life-long lover of mysteries. I grew up devouring them. In my elementary days, I’d go to the library and check out as many Bobbsey Twins & Nancy Drew books as I was allowed to get. Until I depleted that store, and then went looking for others.

Saying all this, I am always, always excitedly looking, (still today) for authors of good, suspense novels. Particularly Christian fiction. I think it’s a bit easier to find them today than it would have been, even ten years ago. Lynette Eason’s books have long been favorites of mine, and I devour them as quickly as I can.

So when this book arrived at my home last week, I knew it had to be read!:)

It’s a story about a family of law-enforcement officials. It reminded me just a bit of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley stories (which are also really good). I loved the family thing going through the story. Izzy, and most of her family members, were all in this together. Except for her one sister, who was the black sheep, because she became a surgeon.

Izzy finds herself right in the middle of something. She’s not sure what. Her partner Kevin, who was also a life-long friend, was killed, and she feels like it was her fault. And then…her brother…things seem suspicious. She’s not sure who to turn to, or who she can trust. Then she starts confiding in Ryan, Kevin’s brother, and they work on investigating, together.

You can feel the romance coming. It’s just a little predictable, but still enjoyable.

In spite of that, there are many other elements that kept me turning pages, kept me guessing at ‘whodunit’ until the very end.

I loved it, and can’t wait to read the next one!!

Tell me, what are you currently reading, or what is next on your TBR (To be read–yes, I keep referring to this–not sure what else to call it 🙂 ) stack of books?!

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