Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Refuge on Crescent Hill by Melanie Dobson

Refuge on Crescent Hill: A Novel, by Melanie Dobson

Moving home after a recent job loss was supposed to reassure Camden Bristow but what she finds is an empty mansion 150 years old. What happened to the house she played in as a child, the bedtime stories that told of secret passageways and runaway slaves, and all those family memories?

When antiques start disappearing and footsteps are heard, Camden wonders what really happened here . . . at Crescent Hill? Who still has access to the house? And for what purpose? As she works to uncover the past and present mysteries harbored in her home, Camden also uncovers secrets about her family that could change the town--and her life--forever.

Click here for information about the inspiration for this novel. I loved seeing all the pictures! 

This was the first book I have read by Melanie Dobson and my first review for Kregel Publishers. I have been pleasantly surprised by both. I always like receiving a book with the posting instructions. (I am honored to blog for many publishers and sometimes it gets confusing of when what is supposed to happen.)

I really enjoyed this book. I honestly had a hard time putting it down because I wanted to know what was going to happen next. There were good twists and turns that kept my interest. I appreciated the Christian undertones to the book and the events. If you're looking for a good Christian thriller, you will not be disappointed in Refuge on Crescent Hill.

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Special Note: Refuge on Crescent Hill will be available on Amazon Kindle FREE for one week starting October 31! 

Kregel Publishers and Ms. Dobson provided me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review of the book on my blog. Thank you!
Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Seraph Seal

The Seraph Seal by Leonard Sweet, Lori Wagner

An epic tale of good and evil based on the four horsemen of the Apocalypse found in Revelation.
Using the four horsemen of the Apocalypse to symbolize the four Gospels, four transcendentals, and four forces of the universe (air, water, earth, and fire), Sweet and Wagner weave a fast-paced, end-times tale of good vs. evil and the promise of a new dawn for humanity.

Set in 2048, when planet Earth is suffering from the damaging effects of years of misuse and abuse, cultural history professor Paul Binder receives a mysterious letter that leads him to examine a lost 2nd-century Diatessaron manuscript. Ancient prophecies, cryptic letters, and strange events set him on a course to uncover the missing clues that could lead humanity into a new age. Layered with forgotten symbolism from the ancient, Jewish, and Christian traditions, the novel is a type of engaged fiction in which the main character's lost journal serves as a guide to the reader in interpreting clues and understanding the novel's conclusion.

I had the hardest time reading this book and couldn't get past the first chapter. Truth be told, I might have been scared off by the introduction. I just did not understand it. If you like the more complicated reads, this might just be the book for you. Before you decide not to buy this book, please read some other reviews.

Thank you Book Sneeze for the complimentary copy of this book. In exchange, I give you an honest review.

Medical Error

A doctor who writes Christian suspense/thrillers? Yes! Dr. Richard Mabry can write more than prescriptions.

Dr. Anna McIntyre's life was going along just fine until someone else started living it. Her patient died because of an identity mix-up, her medical career is in jeopardy because of forged prescriptions, and her credit is in ruins. She thought things couldn t get worse, but that was before she opened the envelope and saw a positive HIV test with her name on it. Her allies are two men who are also competing for her affection. Dr. Nick Valentine is a cynic who carries a load of guilt. Attorney Ross Donovan is a recovering alcoholic. The deeper Anna digs to discover who's behind the identity thefts, the higher the stakes. Finally, when her life is on the line, Anna finds that her determination to clear her name might have been a prescription for trouble.

I really enjoyed reading this book. There were many twists and turns and I had a hard time putting it down. I highly recommend reading Dr. Mabry's books if you enjoy medical thrillers. I look forward to more of his books!

Thank you Abingdon Press, Dr. Mabry and Netgalley for the complimentary advance reader copy (which I received in exchange for an honest review).

Along Wooded Paths

Great new book from Tricia Goyer! Have you read any of her books? I don't typically read Amish fiction but I really enjoyed this book. It was written by someone who is learning what it means to love Jesus, regardless of what "religion" you are. 

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Although proud of living apart from the world, Marianna Sommer's newly relocated Amish family is discovering that life in the remote mountains of Montana requires working together with the Englisch.

As Marianna pours her life into helping those around her-and receiving their help-her heart further considers two directions. She's torn between the Amish man from Indiana whom she has long planned on marrying and the friendly Englischer who models a close walk with God like she’s never seen before.
Who should have young Marianna's heart? What is God asking of her through ongoing family struggles and this romantic and spiritual tension? The answer is found along the wooded paths.

This is a series that follows an Amish family. I am looking forward to the next installment - I want to know what Marianna's been up to!

Thank you B&H Publishing Group, Netgalley and Tricia Goyer for the advance reading copy, which I received free for my nook in exchange for an honest review.