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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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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FANtastic Fiesta! Andalucian Nights Trilogy Giveaway From Author Hannah Fielding

Andalucian Nights trilogy

The award-winning epic Andalucían Nights Trilogy sweeps the reader from the wild landscapes of Spain in the 1950s, through a history of dangerous liaisons and revenge dramas, to a modern world of undercover missions and buried secrets. Romantic, exotic and deeply compelling, and featuring a memorable cast of characters, including a passionate young gypsy, a troubled young writer and an estranged family, The Andalucían Nights Trilogy is a romantic treat waiting to be discovered.

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Portrait of Hannah Fielding and photos of where she writes.

About Hannah Fielding

Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

Hannah is a multi-award- winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’, set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain.

You can find Hannah online at:

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Hannah’s Giveaway!

Hannah Fielding is hosting a giveaway on her blog in which she is giving away 6 prizes; a copy of each of the books in the Andalusian Nights in paperback, and 3 gorgeous Spanish fans that correspond to each of the books.

I have read and reviewed Legacy, one of the books in the Andalusian Nights Trilogy, and though I, personally, loved this book, it is much more romantic than I usually promote and therefore encourage caution when looking into this book for yourself. If you want more details, please read my review here.

Interested in the giveaway? Go visit Hannah! 

Angel Beneath My Wheels by Kathryn S. Moore

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

The Synopsis:

Maybe she was his good luck charm. An angel beneath his wheels.

Beneath his playboy façade, young NASCAR driver Luke Brandt yearns for a family. Rachel Tate, an inventive, purity-ring-wearing mechanical engineer, is determined to prove herself in a male dominated industry. When Luke outbids Rachel on the only two muscle cars she could use to test her new vapor-fueled engine, she wants nothing to do with him. But Luke’s gentle ways and down home country charm just might win her over—if his painful past doesn’t push her away.

When she begins to touch his heart, he’s haunted by bitter memories of the only woman he’s ever loved—the mother who abandoned him as a little boy. With an intense trust that God will lead her on life’s journey, Rachel perseveres, her innocence and grace breach his defenses and his walls begin to crumble. As they join forces to bring her remarkable invention to market, their love, their very lives, are threatened by the iron-tight grip that “Big Oil” holds over the whole auto industry and Luke realizes his final happiness must come through faith, in the One who has always loved him… and always will.

Review:

Learning to trust is hard, especially when the last person you trusted left deep scars.

This is the main issue both Rachel and Luke deal with all through the book, and believably so with their pasts. Rachel and Luke’s story is a memorable one, with plenty of highs, but also with the way they are able to overcome the lows.

It is clean of cursing and other language, however there are several detailed, intense kissing scenes, mentions of rape, abuse, and some other heavy topics that some readers may want to steer clear of. Our friend Luke also has the reputation of a womanizer and typically likes to take them to bed (though there are no detailed scenes of this happening, there is an instance in which we clearly know what happened between himself and another character).

Even though all of these issues were dealt with through the story, they were in place to show that no one is perfect and someone is always struggling with something. And especially that, yes, even Christians struggle daily, but when we turn our focus back on God, we are able to overcome those struggles.

Angel Beneath My Wheels is a fantastic book that I really enjoyed and would certainly recommend to others who want some realistic characters and a realistic story in Christian fiction for once. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.

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After a Fashion by Jen Turano

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

The Synopsis:

Miss Harriet Peabody dreams of the day she can open up a shop selling refashioned gowns to independent working women like herself. Unfortunately, when an errand for her millinery shop job goes sadly awry due to a difficult customer, she finds herself out of an income.

Mr. Oliver Addleshaw is on the verge of his biggest business deal yet when he learns his potential partner prefers to deal with men who are settled down and wed. When Oliver witnesses his ex not-quite-fiance cause the hapless Harriet to lose her job, he tries to make it up to her by enlisting her help in making a good impression on his business partner.

Harriet quickly finds her love of fashion can’t make her fashionable. She’ll never truly fit into Oliver’s world, but just as she’s ready to call off the fake relationship, fancy dinners, and elegant balls, a threat from her past forces both Oliver and Harriet to discover that love can come in the most surprising packages.

My Review: 

Once again, Jen Turano has perfected the art of writing a hysterical romance!

Jen has remained one of my favorite authors because she never disappoints her readers. Her characters are amazing and unique, and her story-lines are simple yet full of light, funny scenes.

After a Fashion follows two delightful characters in their everyday life and beautifully brings them together in a sweet and charming way that is sure to make you smile. The characters are realistic in their faith in God, meaning that they have doubts but manage to hang on. The morals of loving your neighbors and giving to the poor are also illustrated beautifully and I was very pleased. Jen cannot write her next book fast enough!

I rate After a Fashion by Jen Turano 5 out of 5 stars!

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