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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Catching Heat by Janice Cantore

Detective Abby Hart is trying to solve the murder of her parents and trying her best to find proof that will put away Alyssa Rollins, the woman that she believes to be behind their murders, which are called the Triple Seven murders. As Abby Hart continues to work her parent’s case, another case comes up. A cold case involving a teenaged girl in the hometown of Alyssa Rollins. She teams up with PI Luke Murphy and they set about find out what happened to this college student. Did Alyssa know her? Were they friends? While investigating the college student, Abby decides to do a little digging int the Triple Seven fire. As Abby digs, she uncovers secrets that have been hidden for years. Abby stumbles into an explosive situation and her partner fears that she might become obsessive and that might prove deadly. Join Abby Hart and PI Luke Murphy as they attempt to solve these cases. Abby Hart is a very interesting character. I have not read the other two books in this series, but I intend to. This book is action-packed and fast paced. Pick up a copy today. Good Reading!!!
I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale House Publishers for this review.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Flight Of Arrows by Lori Benton

Twenty years ago, the fall of Fort William Henry a redcoat named Reginald Aubrey stole a newborn baby boy a light-skinned Oneida twin and raised him as his own. Those connected to Reginald had fallout from this crime. His adopted daughter Anna, Stone Thrower, the Native American father determined to get his son returned back to him, Two Hawks William's twin brother and the man Anna is in love with, Lydia who wants Reginald to return her live. William discovers the truth about his birth and hides in the ranks of the British army. Redcoats prepare to attack frontier New York and the Continentals aided by Two Hawks and the Oneida warriors rally to defend it. Two families separated by culture and united by live and faith, rhey must find a way to reclaim the son marching toward them in the ranks if their enemies. Will these families be reconciled or be destroyed? Will Anna and Two Hawks finally begin a life together? Will Stone Thrower finally be reunited with his son? Will Reginald return Lydia's love?  Pick up a copy and folow A FLIGHT OF ARROWS. Good reading.

I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.


Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon

Eric Nash had just arrived in Hope Harbor and was in a fender bender with a pickup truck. BJ Stevens was the driver of the pickup truck. An architect who unknown to him is doing construction work on his father's home and the place that has been his home for eighteen years. Eric is an attorney who gas been dismissed from his jib and is in limbo for a job. He tries to plan his next career move in peace but is distracted constantly by noise, chaos and by BJ Stevens. After a romance gone bad, BJ Stevens is not interested in dating. But the electricity that flies when the two are together is hard to ignore. They join together to help the older residents of Hope Harbor,  what sparks will fly? Will they find healing and hope in HOPE HARBOR. Pick up a copy today. Irene Hannon, you've done it again. Romance, compassion and love. It's a page-turner.

I received a complimentary copy from Revell Reads for this review.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Delilah by Angela Hunt

 Beauty is a curse

This is the second book I have read by Angela Hunt, and I am now a fan. This book was exquisite, moving and compassionate. She put Delilah on a new light, a more humane light, that of a woman caught up in a situation she had to find a way out of. She showed a daughter, mother and woman in love. It shows how the thirst for revenge can have a great impact on your life and others around you. Delilah's father had died when his ship sank. 
Delilah's mother had just been married three months to a Philistine businessman who had shone her nothing but compassion and thoughtfulness, unlike his son, who never spoke a kind word. Delilah's stepfather, Adinai, died and her stepbrother, Achish, took over the estate. Delilah's mother couldn't prove Adinai had married her. Achish starting treating Delilah and her mother like slaves. Her mother was of Egyptian descent and her skin was black, Delilah was Egyptian and Crete descent and had skin the color of mud. He sold Delilah's mother as a slave and took her as his concubine. He begins to abuse her. How to escape from this prison. Who would help her? Travel along with Delilah and see where her life goes. While Delilah is going through changes in her life, Samson is also having problems, his marriage is ill-fated and his bride and father-in-law are killed. How do Delilah and Samson's life cross? What surprises are along the way? Pick up a copy today and be enthralled. You will not be able to put it down. Keep up the good work, Angela. Looking forward to your next book.

I received a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing for this review

Friday, July 29, 2016

J by Howard Jacobson

What was so secretive about a word that started with J that people put fingers across their lips when they said a word that started with J? Then Ailinn Solomons arrives in the village by a sea that laps no other shore. Ailinn and Kevern form a refuge from the commonplace brutality that is the legacy of a historic catastrophe shrouded in suspicion, denial, and apology, simply referred to as WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED. To Ailinn’s guardian, Esme Nussbaum, Ailinn and Kevern are fragile shoots of hopefulness. As this unusual pair’s actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme is determined to keep them together—whatever the cost. Although mistrustful by nature, the two become linked as if they were meant for each other. I didn’t understand this book too well and I couldn’t get into it like I wanted to.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging For Books for this review.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Food With Friends by Leela Cyd

Food With Friends was an exciting book, it has such interesting recipes. That Lemon-Strawberry Tart seems like it would be delicious. It has such beautiful picture and such clear and easy to follow recipes It is well written. If you are looking for something to fix for Breakfast and Brunch, it’s in there. Desserts, it’s in there. Pick up a copy today. You’ll enjoy it. I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Checkin' In

A minister passing through his church in the middle of the day, 
Decided to pause by the altar and see who had come to pray. 
Just then the back door opened, a man came down the aisle, 
The minister frowned as he saw the man hadn't shaved in quite awhile.

His shirt was kinda' shabby and his coat was worn and frayed. 
The man knelt, he bowed his head, then rose and walked away. 
In the days that followed, each noon time came this chap, 
Each time he knelt just for a moment, a lunch pail in his lap.

Well, the minister's suspicions grew, with robbery a main fear, 
He decided to stop the man and ask him, "Watcha' doin' here?" 
The old man, he worked down the road; lunch was half an hour. 
Lunchtime was his prayer time, for finding strength and power.

"I stay only moments, see, 'cause the factory's so far away; 
As I kneel here talkin' to the Lord, this is kinda' what I say: 
"I just came again to tell you, Lord, how happy I have been, 
Since we found each other's friendship and you took away my sin. 
I don't know much of how to pray, 
But I think about you every day. 
So Jesus, this is Jim, just checkin' in."

The minister feeling foolish, told Jim, that was fine. 
He told the man he was welcome to come and pray just anytime. 
"Time to go", Jim smiled, said "Thanks." He hurried out the door. 
The minister knelt at the altar, he'd never done it before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love, met with Jesus there. 
As the tears flowed, in his heart, he repeated old Jim's prayer: 
"I just came again to tell you, Lord, how happy I have been, 
Since we found each other's friendship and you took away my sin. 
I don't know much of how to pray, 
But I think about you every day. 
So, Jesus, this is me, just checkin' in."

Past noon one day, the minister noticed that old Jim hadn't come. 
As more days passed without Jim, he began to worry some. 
At the factory, he asked about him, learning he was ill. 
The hospital staff was worried, but he'd given them a thrill.

The week that Jim was with them, brought changes in the ward. 
His smiles, a joy contagious. Changed people, his reward. 
The head nurse couldn't understand why Jim was so glad, 
When no flowers, calls or cards came, not a visitor he had.

The minister stayed by his bed, he voiced the nurse's concern: 
No friends came to show they cared. He had nowhere to turn. 
Looking surprised, old Jim spoke up, and with a winsome smile; 
"The nurse is wrong, she couldn't know, that all the while

Everyday at noon He's here, a dear friend of mine, you see, 
He sits right down, takes my hand, leans over and says to me: 
'I just came again to tell you, Jim, how happy I have been, 
Since we found this friendship, and I took away your sin. 
I always love to hear you pray, 
I think about you every day, 
And so Jim, this is Jesus, just checking' in.'"

Human Sex Trafficking: Exploitation of Women and Children by: Sue Mccrossin

Each year, an estimated 800,000 women and children are trafficked across national borders. According to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, human trafficking is estimated to annually generate 9.5 billion dollars of revenue. Furthermore, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concluded that human trafficking is now tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal industry in the world today.

According to the United Nations Development Fund for Women and the United Nations Interagency Project on Human Trafficking in the Mekong Sub-region, sex trafficking appears to be growing in scope and magnitude, with increasing numbers of countries involved due in large part to globalization and the relative ease with which traffickers are able to transport victims between countries.

Sex trafficking is a widespread problem, implicating nearly every country in the world:

Around 75 percent of all human trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.

About two million women and children are held in sexual servitude around the world, but many experts believe the actual number of trafficked peoples is upwards of 10 times as much. Because of its clandestine nature, it is difficult to determine the magnitude of human trafficking. According to the Dutch National Rapporteur Against Trafficking in Human Beings, only around 5 percent of trafficking cases are ever reported.

An estimated 120,000 women and girls are trafficked into Western Europe each year. There have been reports of sexual trafficking in at least 20 U.S. states, with most cases occurring in New York, California and Florida. Once issues of domestic trafficking are included, all 50 states would be implicated.

An estimated 14,500 to 17,500 women and children are trafficked into the U.S. each year. And at any given time, there are 30,000 – 50,000 sex slaves in the United States.

Sex trafficking fuels the commercial sex industry, which includes both legal and illegal prostitution.

Sex trafficking happens in both public and private locales. In some cases, trafficking victims are highly visible and engage in street-level prostitution, but in most cases, sex trafficking takes place in underground venues, such as private homes or brothels. Often, public and legal locations such as massage parlors, spas and strip clubs will be a front for illegal prostitution and trafficking.

Human trafficking is sometimes called the “new slavery,” because it retains many of the same characteristics of a slave (trafficking victim)/master (trafficker) relationship. In the new slavery, women and girls are purchased cheaply and sold to customers at a high profit margin. Rather than serve one master or in one locale, victims are passed around among a variety of “owners.” And because of the seemingly endless supply of women and girls, slaves are ultimately disposable.

Many countries lack tough anti-trafficking legislation and even when legislation is in place, laws are often not enforced. Relatively few trafficking cases are prosecuted, and of those, very few result in convictions. Fear and shame keep many women and girls from seeking help, and widespread police corruption, exemplified by Thailand and Russia, makes it unsafe for trafficking victims to approach local and national authorities.

Occasionally, women and girls are rescued from traffickers and receive support, care and compassion. More often, though, trafficking victims are treated like criminals by the police. Women and girls arrested in trafficking circles are often processed as illegal immigrants rather than trafficking victims, and are immediately deported to their home countries where, because few economic alternatives exist, they begin the cycle of trafficking and exploitation all over again.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy

Second Street Station-Lawrence H. Levy
This is my first book by Lawrence H. Levy and its a sensation. I love the
Mary Handley character. She's smart, witty, strong willed and determined. I like her spirit, her sense of humor and the fact that she's a woman with brains. She was bold, beautiful and brash. I like the way it begins on the train with the Frenchman, the Bowler Hat and the little blond girl. Follow along as things develop between the little blond girl, the Bowler Hat and with the Frenchman. See the interesting and complicated people they meet along the way. Find out the secrets the hide. Follow Mary Handley as she tries to find a killer, how she almost loses her life as a result. It's ingenious how he crosses fictional characters with historical
Pick up a copy an meet us at Second Street Station. This is a well written book. It has drama, suspense, surprises and love. You will not be able to put it down.  Great novel Lawrence H. Levy, keep up the good work!!!  Good reading!!!

I received a complimentary copy from Blogging For Books for this review.