What I’ve been Reading

This month is 28 days over and I’ve read 10 books!  Most of them have been really good, only one was a big disappointment.  Here’s the rundown:

578880: The Wolf of Tebron, Gates of Heaven Series #1 The Wolf of Tebron, Gates of Heaven Series #1
By C.S. Lakin / Living Ink

A young blacksmith must undertake a perilous journey to the four ends of the world to rescue his wife, who is held captive by the Moon. Along the way, he befriends a powerful wolf who encourages, protects, and ultimately sacrifices his life to save his human friend. A stirring allegory of God’s love in classic fairy tale tradition.

  Book one of the Gates of Heaven Series was wonderful story.  I have fallen in love with C.S. Lakin’s writing. Each story has been creative and I found myself captivated by the stories.
383589: Maggie"s Journey, McKenna"s Daughters Series #1 Maggie’s Journey, McKenna’s Daughters Series #1
By Lena Nelson Dooley / Realms

When 18-year-old Margaret Lenora Caine learns that she’s adopted, she feels betrayed by her birth parents and by the wealthy family who raised her. When another secret robs Maggie of what’s left of her identity, she strikes out on her own to find her "real self." Will her long-time love, Charles, be able to help?

  My first Lena Dooley book but not my last. I am finding that there is a place in my life for historical fiction.
19108EB: Stealing Jake - eBook Stealing Jake – eBook
By Pam Hillman / Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

  Stealing Jake was the ACFW book of the month for January. Another historical fiction that I found absolutely wonderful!
Protective Custody by Lynette Eason
It appears this book is only available via Kindle or used. But another fun read by Lynette Eason.
729262: The Scroll The Scroll
By Grant R. Jeffrey & Alton L. Gansky / WaterBrook Press

Dr. David Chambers is a biblical archeologist of some fame and held in high regard by his peers. But what began as an effort to prove authenticity of the biblical narrative has become a burden. Angry at a father who was too busy to attend his mother’s death bed, and years later abandoned by the love of his life, Chambers has grown disenchanted, unbelieving and is ready to toss expertise aside to pursue a new field of study .That changes when his old mentor and one of the few men he respects calls and persuades him to make one more dig–one that would bring great wealth to everyone involved. Using his specialized knowledge in ancient tunnels beneath Jerusalem and the enigmatic message of the Copper Scroll, Chambers under takes what he assumes will be his last research trip in the Holy Land. What he discovers not only changes his life, but the thinking of the world. It also ushers in the End Times.

This was the disappointment of the month.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the other books I’ve read by Alton Gansky, but this one left me less than satisfied.
   
250685: Downfall, Intervention Series #3 Downfall, Intervention Series #3
By Terri Blackstock / Zondervan

Although Emily Covington has kicked the drug addiction through rehab, she knows she has a lot to prove. Her behavior through years on drugs makes it hard for her family to completely trust her. Then the police discover a home made bomb under Emily’s car and she also discovers the wife of one of her friends was murdered that same morning, she knows things are deadly serious. But who wants Emily dead? And why?

  Releasing in late February I had the honor of reading it before hand. Once again, Terri Blackstock gives another exciting book.

Justice for All
by Todd Nettleton.
This book isn’t Christian Fiction, but was written by a friend of mine so I took the opportunity to read it. It’s an interesting storyline with good characters.
702358: The Big Five-Oh! The Big Five-Oh!
By Sandra D. Bricker / Abingdon Press

Olivia Wallace is no fan of birthdays. On her 21st, she was in an accident; on her 45th, the love of her life died; and on her 48th, she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now she’s cancer-free, but what will her 50th bring? Her friend Hallie has a plan to make it Liv’s best birthday ever! 288 pages, softcover from Abingdon.

  This book was sooooo funny! I loved Liv and her quirky life. Along with the laughs were some good reminders about trusting God.
701890: The Lord Is My Shepherd, Psalm 23 Mysteries Series #1 The Lord Is My Shepherd, Psalm 23 Mysteries Series #1
By Debbie Viguie / Abingdon Press

Cindy’s church is getting ready to celebrate Easter, and Jeremiah’s Temple is preparing for Passover when Cindy literally stumbles over the body of an unknown man lying dead in the sanctuary. The church was locked, and a bloody cross necklace on the floor seems to be the only clue. The killer is likely a member of the congregation, but there are hints that similar deaths have happened in the past. Are Cindy and Jeremiah dealing with a serial killer? They have to unravel the clues before Easter Sunday arrives and more people die. Cindy and Jeremiah come from two different worlds, even though they work right next door to each other. Cindy is a strong Christian who lives a normal but somewhat dull life, working as a church secretary. Jeremiah is a Reformed rabbi with a mysterious past full of danger and excitement. But one eventful Easter/Passover week, the two find themselves working together to solve a murder and stop a serial killer from striking again. Solving the mystery should put an end to their alliance, but the church secretary and the rabbi quickly find themselves enmeshed in another mystery. Soon the two form a friendly alliance and friendship, exploring personal history and faith and growing closer with each passing adventure. Despite their differences Cindy and Jeremiah find a lot of common ground.

  I loved the concepts in these book and the characters. It was a clever combination of characters and a unique twist for a serial killer plot.
701901: I Shall Not Want, Psalm 23 Mysteries Series #2 I Shall Not Want, Psalm 23 Mysteries Series #2
By Debbie Viguie / Abingdon Press Fiction

Charity work can be murder!

It’s Thanksgiving and Joseph Tyler, one of the members of Cindy’s church, has organized a new charity that provides homeless people with rescue dogs to love and care for. But one by one, the homeless recipients are being murdered and their dogs stolen. Could an overly competitive millionaire with his prize-winning pooches and a grudge be behind the crimes? Or could it be someone much closer to Joseph who has something sinister to hide? Cindy and Jeremiah must rush to find a killer before he strikes again.

  Not sure it was as good as the first one, but I read it all in a day!  I love the characters and think I may need to buy the third book just to see what happens next.

There are still 3 days left in January, there may be time for me to read at least one more book!

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HollyMag321

I love to read, especially mystery books. Though in the past couple of years I’ve been a part of the ACFW Book Club and have found some wonderful writers. It’s been fun to interact with authors.

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