The Broken Blade by Anna Thayer

I received this book from the author/publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Eamon Goodman is now the Master’s Right Hand. But despite being the second-in-command to the ruler of the River Realm, Eamon becomes the victim of vengeful plots engineered by the other Quarter Hands. Eamon finds himself powerless to stop them and the people he cares for are under threat. Eamon then discovers that the Nightholt – the book he long ago delivered to the Master’s Hands – holds the key to the Master’s power, which will become absolute upon the death of the King. Thus the stage for the final battle is set. Eamon rides out at the head of the Master’s army and must finally decide where his true allegiance lies. His choice will determine the fate of the River Realm…

My Review: 

Before I begin, hats off to the cover designer; just wow!

Despite this book being number 3 in The Knight of Eldaran series, I was able to follow relatively well with the story and the characters were easy to engage with. Though I’m sure that the first 2 books would have helped explain much of the story.

The plot was really well thought-out and I was pleased with the number of twists that were scattered throughout this gripping story. However, I did find the writing to be kind of choppy and the scenes were too short for my liking; but it wasn’t bad enough for me to dislike the book.

Overall, I rate The Broken Blade 4 out of 5 stars and look forward to beginning the story with books 1 and 2 as soon as I get them!

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Miracles From Heaven by Christy Wilson Beam

I received this book from the author for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

In a remarkable true story of faith and blessings, a mother tells of her sickly young daughter, how she survived a dangerous accident, her visit to Heaven and the inexplicable disappearance of the symptoms of her chronic disease.

Annabel Beam spent most of her childhood in and out of hospitals with a rare and incurable digestive disorder that prevented her from ever living a normal, healthy life. One sunny day when she was able to go outside and play with her sisters, she fell three stories headfirst inside an old, hollowed-out tree, a fall that may well have caused death or paralysis. Implausibly, she survived without a scratch. While unconscious inside the tree, with rescue workers struggling to get to her, she visited heaven. After being released from the hospital, she defied science and was inexplicably cured of her chronic ailment.

MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN will change how we look at the world around us and reinforce our belief in God and the afterlife.

My Review: 

I’ve always heard it said that authors/writers find that their personal stories, or fictional stories based on their personal lives, are the ones that are remembered most. Miracles From Heaven is exactly that and leads you into the personal lives of the Beam family as they endure this emotional roller coaster with their daughter Annabel.

As I read Annabel’s story, my heart just broke. Christy, Annabel’s mom/the author, opens the book in a beautiful way and as you progress through their story with her, you understand the power of God’s healing in way that is not often told. Christy is a master of suspense as she hops around the scenes, keeping the book firmly in your hands, and slowly and carefully painting the picture for her readers.

I do have to warn the reader that some of the scenes seemed to blend together a little too well and I did find myself re-reading quite a few scenes just to figure out what was going on.

On a side note, this book is a movie now, and it is so good (starring Jennifer Garner)! If you’ve read the book, or plan to read it, definitely plan on watching the movie too because they did a great job with it!

I highly recommend anyone who read/watched Heaven is For Real, to pick up Miracles From Heaven. This is definitely a book for you! I give it 5 out of 5 stars!

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Adobe Gold by Robert C. Mowry

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of my review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

He’s been dead for fifteen years. That’s what everyone believes. The truth is, that’s when Colonel Tyrone Rafter disappeared down in Mexico while on a top secret mission. After the loss of a leg and seven long years in a decrepit prison, he escapes only to learn his beloved wife, Laura, has married another.

Rafter then manifests his bitterness by foisting terror on any and all who dare cross his path as he roams the Rio Grande area south of the border. Then, one night an old padre brings word that Laura has died. Rafter starts on a quest to clean up his life, get justice for his hardships, and find his son.

He calls on his old friend, Abe Lincoln, newly elected President of the United States. Rafter once saved Lincoln’s life when the two were teenagers. Lincoln now persuades this old spy to take on one more mission—well, two, really. Can this military -hero -turned -outlaw, known to the fearful Mexican populous as El Pata Fantasma (the wooden-legged ghost), now “die” again, to be transformed forevermore into a radically new man: Parson Justine P. Stone?

My Review: 

Robert Mowry is a new-to-me-author but after reading Adobe Gold, I anxiously look forward to reading more of his novels, especially the rest of this series!

Adobe Gold is a really awesome story that illustrates God’s grace in a special way that brings to life His amazing forgiveness and mercy. The characters are well developed and well defined. The story flows beautifully, keeping you reading as the action unfolds. I enjoyed the history tidbits and the link to President Lincoln and the author did really good at keeping you informed of what time in the Civil War his book takes place.

Please bare in mind, however, that this book does take place in the Civil War and therefore there is some gun violence as well as men with drinking problems. Though none is this is overly detailed.

I give Adobe Gold 4 out of 5 stars.

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Battle of the Grandmas by Anthonette Klinkerman

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis:

One little girl, three grandmas! Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Well, three times the presents from Grandma, Granny, and NaNa isn’t as wonderful as most grand-kids would think in this humorous tale. Based on a true story, find out what happens when gift-giving becomes a battle!

My Review:

Battle of the Grandmas is a really cute book that I could have easily identified with when I was younger! Including the part that I have both a “Grandma” and a “Nana” in my life of whom I love bunches!

Battle of the Grandmas has great virtues that include not basing your love on materialistic items. The little girl shows that she doesn’t care about the maximum amount of toys, books, dolls and clothing as much as she loves just spending special one on one time with each of her grandmas.

The writing is really great and reminded me so much of a Dr. Seuss book that I loved it that much more! All in all, Battle of the Grandmas was really great and made me smile and I rate it 5 out of 5 stars!

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The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

The Synopsis: 

Anippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.
When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.
As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

My Review: 

I am a huge fan of Biblical fiction novels so I am always on the lookout for new authors. So, having heard fabulous things about Mesu Andrews, I saw that The Pharaoh’s Daughter was available for review, and I thought I’d give it a shot.

Starting off, Andrews’ writing style is beautiful and I love the way that her book is outlined as well as how it flows. All of the Egyptian history and how the story focuses on the Egyptians’ way of living, as well as the Hebrews, is definitely interesting and there was much to learn. The fact that there is a “hero” on both sides is also neat.

The characters are wonderfully developed and I couldn’t put the book down for the better part of the week, however, there were a few things that I didn’t care for.

Annipe’s wedding night with her husband is a tad bit too detailed for me to comfortably recommend this novel to other Christian readers, as well as is the night before he leaves. I would have enjoyed the book better had the author simply hinted at what they were doing (like we didn’t know….) rather than actually showing the scene. Now, as a disclaimer, neither scene was explicit but still, both scenes being so close together and so equally detailed actually caused me to put the book down and not read on.

Having said this, I can only rate The Pharaoh’s Daughter 2 out of 5 stars and will be extra cautious of this author in the future.

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