Saturday, September 20, 2014

ON THE WINGS OF THE EAGLE by Kathleen Sherwood

Jack, Katie Beth and Charlie grew up together and are all anxious to graduate and begin the next phase in their life. For Jack it's college, for Katie Beth it's nursing school and Charlie isn't sure yet. But one thing is sure, Katie Beth and Jack have discovered that what they fell for each other is more than just friendship. Then came the bombing of Pearl Harbor which would ultimately change the paths of these three friends. They would each play a roll in serving their country at a time when love of country and faith in God was important. Folks sacrificed and some made the ultimate sacrifice. Jack and Katie Beth's love will be tested on many different levels. Can it survive the ravages of war?

On the Wings of the Eagle will take you through the tragedy and triumph of World War II. We see how God's watchful care was present even in devastating circumstances. You'll quickly find yourself immersed into the lives of Jack, Katie Beth and Charlie as they each play a vital roll in their service. I was encouraged, as a reader, by the faith of these folks and how that played out into everyday life, in practical ways, and what the influence of that was on other peoples lives. One thing that really made this story extra special was that the war stories were actually true. They were stories the author gathered from family and friends. Keep that in mind as you're reading and be sure to read the author's note at the end. So settle in and get ready because On the Wings of the Eagle you'll find a story that will linger in your mind long after the last page is turned.

*This complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Perfect Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Tate Publishing (May 22, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 161862105X
ISBN-13: 978-1618621054

Monday, September 1, 2014

SEAGRASS PIER by Colleen Coble

Elin Summerall was able to receive a heart transplant but she's having a hard time dealing with what came with it. The woman she received the heart from was murdered and now Elin is having flashbacks of the murder and even some of the feelings, likes and dislikes of the donor. Cell memory is what they call it, but the police are having a hard time buying it and it's brought her a lot of unwanted attention, especially from the killer. Marc Everton is an off-duty FBI agent who is investigating the murder of his partner. It takes him to Hope Island and to Elin. Marc and Elin have a history together and he agrees to help protect her and her daughter. Messages from the killer let them know he's never far away. Can they figure out the mystery before it's too late?

Seagrass Pier is one that holds your attention all the way through. It's got, action, suspense, mystery and, of course, romance. The characters were great to get to know. I enjoyed meeting Elin and Marc. The secondary characters were great as well, especially Sara and Josh. You'll definitely find a faith thread running through the story but it was very natural and not over powering. I appreciated the author's note at the end where she reminds us how we grow and change but our "identity is in Christ who teaches us how to love others". There was one aspect of the story that didn't really have a conclusion. I won't say what it is, as it might be a spoiler. Perhaps it will be concluded in another Hope Beach story in the future. This was a great addition to the Hope Beach Series and although it's the third book in the series, you could very easily read it as a stand alone. If you're looking for a few hours of adventure, I recommend you dock your boat at Seagrass Pier.

*This complimentary copy provided by Thomas Nelson through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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Book I've Been Reading...

Sherry's bookshelf: read

Almost Like Being in Love
Wanted: Royal Princess Miracle Bride: Royal Hearts of Mondoverde Series, Vol. 3
Her Rancher Bodyguard
Traces of Guilt
The Stronghold
Close to You
Protecting Her Daughter
The Goodbye Bride
The Rancher's First Love
Reclaiming His Past
Keeper of the Stars
Cold Shot
Mermaid Moon
Thin Ice
Buried Secrets
Murder at Black Lake
Christmas With Miss Austen
Falling Like Snowflakes
Married 'til Monday
Second Chance Hero

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