Wednesday, August 16, 2017

"The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection" Book Review


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The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

by Cynthia Hickey, Gina Welborn, Jennifer Atlee, Angela Breidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, Becca Whitham

Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?

MY REVIEW:  Blue ribbons are a coveted prize at county fairs.  I remember competing myself with many exhibits in our Five-County Fair.  I entered a sweetheart cake, many clothing items I had sewn, and I modeled an outfit that I had sewn.  I did win several blue ribbons as well as some white and green ribbons.  Our fair also awarded money for each prize, a delightful gift for one who did not have much if any spending money.   The nine women are eager and excited participants in the fair.  
        I rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend the novella collection written by nine talented authors.
        I received a copy of this book from netgalley and  Barbour Books.   I was not given any monetary compensation for my review.   

About the Authors:
Jennifer AlLee
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in Hollywood, CA, The United States 
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Jennifer AlLee was born in Hollywood, California, and spent the first 10 years of her life living over a mortuary one block away from Hollywood and Vine. An avid reader and writer, she completed her first novel in high school. That manuscript is now safely tucked away, never to see the light of day again.

She has worked in numerous fields, including as a church secretary and as an administrative assistant at a cable company, but wherever she works, writing always becomes part of the job description.

Her first novel was published in 2007. Since then, she's published 11 novels and quite a few novellas with five different publishing houses. While she's thrilled to be living her dream as author, Jennifer considers raising her amazing son to be her biggest creative achievement.

She lives in southern Nevada with her husband, Nic, who is a hunky Englishman and the best cabbie in Las Vegas.
 

Angela Breidenbach

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The United States 
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Angela Breidenbach is the host of Lit Up! on Toginet.com. She's a Montana author of romance through the ages in historical and contemporary fiction. Other works by Angela include Gems of Wisdom: The treasure of experience, compilation books and devotionals from David C. Cook (The Quiet Hour), Guidepost, Group, and articles in magazines, e-zines, greeting cards, and newspapers. She's the Christian Authors Network president. Don't miss the hijinks of Muse, the famous fe-lion, as he sasses Writer on Angie's blog, A-Muse-ings, and on Facebook.
Interact with or learn more about Angela Breidenbach:
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Darlene Franklin

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Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin lives in cowboy country—Oklahoma and loves writing about the American West. Oklahoma also has the benefit of being the home to her son, his wife, and their four beautiful children. Darlene loves music, needlework, reading and reality tv. Talia, a Lynx point Siamese cat, proudly claims Darlene as her person. Darlene is the author of seventeen contracted books and novellas, as well as several hundred short pieces. Two of her books have finaled in ACFW’s Book of the Year (now the Carol award) contest: her novella, Dressed in Scarlet, and her cozy mystery, A String of Murders.

Cynthia Hickey
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in The United States 
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Website at www.cynthiahickey.com
Also www.forgetmenotromances.com

Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey had three cozy mysteries and two novellas published through Barbour Publishing. Her first mystery, Fudge-Laced Felonies, won first place in the inspirational category of the Great Expectations contest in 2007. Her third cozy, Chocolate-Covered Crime, received a four-star review from Romantic Times. All three cozies have been re-released as ebooks through the MacGregor Literary Agency, along with a new cozy series, all of which stay in the top 50 of Amazon’s ebooks for their genre. She had several historical romances release through Harlequin’s Heartsong Presents, and has sold close to a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. You can find her on FB, twitter, and Goodreads, and is a contributor to Cozy Mystery Magazine blog and Suspense Sisters blog. She and her husband run the small press, Forget Me Not Romances, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, two cats, three box turtles, and two Sulcata tortoises. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. 

Carrie Fancett Pagels

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in Newberry, Michigan, The United States 
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Carrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Amber Stockton

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Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood, when she was accused of talking entirely too much and possessing an active imagination. Today, she has honed those skills to become an award-winning author and speaker who also works in the health/wellness industry sharing life-changing products and inspiration with everyone she meets.

She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son, and a vivacious flat-coat retriever mix named Roxie.

Amber has sold over 20 books so far with more on the horizon. Other writing credits include over 100 articles for various publications, five short stories with Romancing the Christian Heart, and nine contributions to the book, 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage.

As a born-again Christian since the age of seven, her faith in Christ has often sustained her through difficult experiences. She seeks to share that with others through her writing.

Niki Turner

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Niki Turner is a novelist, journalist, and blogger. She also blogs at www.nikiturner.net
and is a co-blogger at www.inkwellinspirations.com. Niki is the Colorado Area Coordinator for American president of the ACFW-CO Western Slope chapter. She currently has eight published novellas.

Gina Welborn
Gina Welborn

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Gina Welborn worked in news radio writing copy until she had the epiphany that the news of the day was rather depressing, so she took up writing romances because they always end happily. Gina is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. As a member of RWA and ACFW, she is an active contest judge and coordinator. Her manuscripts have also finaled in the Daphne du Maurier, Duel on the Delta, Dixie, and Maggie contests. Oklahoma-girl Gina now lives in Richmond, Virginia with her youth-pastor husband and their five Okie-Hokie children. Gina is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency. Her debut novella, "Sugarplum Hearts," part of the HIGHLAND CROSSINGS, is a February 2012 Barbour Publishing release. Her second novella, "All Ye Faithful," releases this fall as part of A CASCADES CHRISTMAS. http://ginawelborn.blogspot.com/ 

Becca Whitham

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Becca Whitham (WIT-um) is a multi-published author who has always loved reading and writing stories. After raising two children, she and her husband faced the empty nest years by following their dreams: he joined the army as a chaplain, and she began her journey toward publication. Becca loves to tell stories marrying real historical events with modern-day applications to inspire readers to live Christ-reflecting lives. She’s traveled to almost every state in the U.S. for speaking and singing engagements and has lived in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, Alaska, and South Carolina.

"My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring" Book Review


My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude's Mooring

by Carrie Fancett Pagels



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Moor your heart on Mackinac Island along with resident sweetheart Maude Welling, an heiress trying to prove her worth by working incognito as a maid at the Grand Hotel. Meet Ben Steffans, a journalist posing as a wealthy industrialist who has come to the island to uncover a story about impoverished men pursuing heiresses at the famed hotel. Will a growing love between Maude and Ben be scuttled when truths are revealed in this Gilded Age romance? 

MY REVIEW:  Well, Carrie Fancett Pagels has given me the travel bug....I'd never heard of Mackinac Island and now I'm dying to visit there and see the buildings and scenery.  Maude had every right to love the apparently enchanting island and to do everything within her power to keep her family's inn safely within the family and the Mackinac Island community.   It was my desire initially to become a journalist for a newspaper so I read with intrigue of Ben's position as spy to cover a story with such authenticity.  
        I am looking forward to reading the next book in the My Heart Belongs series.  The book is full of such vivid description that I felt as if I were actually walking along with the characters.  I felt such compassion for Ben and Maude.  Both of them seemed to be in positions where they felt they were at risk of losing so much.  Maude feared losing the inn and her home and Ben feared being discovered at the Grand Hotel.   
       I give this book a rating of 5 stars and highly recommend it to readers.
       I received a copy of this book from netgalley and Barbour Books.  All opinions of this review are mine and mine alone.   

About the Author:
Carrie Fancett Pagels

Carrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"The Rancher's Surprise Triplets" Book Review

The Rancher's Surprise Triplets

Lone Star Cowboy League: Multiple Blessings #1

by Linda Ford

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Three Little Matchmakers 

Rancher Bo Stillwater has no plans of becoming a husband or a father…but he can't turn away from the three babies he finds at the county fair. After leaving the abandoned triplets in the care of the doctor's daughter, Louisa Clark, his duty should be done. So why can't he seem to stay away from the babies and their pretty caregiver? 

Watching the town's most eligible bachelor with the little trio reawakens Louisa's unmet dreams. She's found satisfaction in spinsterhood and caring for others, convinced that motherhood passed her by. Do she and Bo only work so well together for the children's sakes…or could they both find courage to make this sweet temporary arrangement something truly lasting?

My Review:  What a sweet little bit of a romance this novel is for readers.  Three triplets left at the county fair steal the hearts of Bo and Louisa.  Bo finds the little darling boys and can think of no one more suited to care for them than the new doctor's daughter, Louisa.  She is up for the duty but does feel the strain of tending to three young babies on her own.  Bo and his twin brother, Brandon, do often lend a hand.  Bo finds someone else stealing his heart as well and that is the beautiful young selfless woman, Louisa Clark.  What will happen to these abandoned babies?  Will the desperate mother be found?  Will lovee touch Louisa's heart even as it has touched Bo's?  
         This book brings the past to life for readers .  There are no cars to transport the people of the community.  There are no disposable diapers, no washing machines, no sippie cups to bring convenience for the families of young babies.  Louisa definitely faced a daunting task as she cared for the three babies, babies that weren't even her own.  This book is a sweet little romance that will easily bring smiles and joy to readers.   While the plot is a predictable one, it is one to recommend to others.  I would certainly want to buy copies of this one for friends and family.
       I am giving this book a rating of 4 stars. 
       I received an ebook of this selection from netgalley.  All opinions are my own.  

About the Author:
Linda Ford
Linda Ford grew up devouring books and making up stories in her head—often late at night when she couldn't sleep. But she hadn't planned to write. Instead, she dreamed of running an orphanage. In a way, that dream came true. She married, had four homemade children, adopted ten and lived (at times, endured) the dream. 

Writing first took her to non-fiction human-interest articles for newspapers and eventually a non-fiction book about tuberculosis set in the 1930s and 1940s (Touched By The White Plague). But romance had always been her first love and she turned to writing love stories. She is multi-published in the CBA market. 

She lives on a small ranch in Alberta, Canada, where she can see the mountains every day. She and her husband continue to enjoy their children and grandchildren.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Review of "Watching Edie"

Watching Edie

by Camilla Way

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Beautiful, creative, a little wild… Edie was the kind of girl who immediately caused a stir when she walked into your life. And she had dreams back then—but it didn’t take long for her to learn that things don’t always turn out the way you want them to.

Now, at thirty-three, Edie is working as a waitress, pregnant and alone. And when she becomes overwhelmed by the needs of her new baby and sinks into a bleak despair, she thinks that there’s no one to turn to…

But someone’s been watching Edie, waiting for the chance to prove once again what a perfect friend she can be. It’s no coincidence that Heather shows up on Edie’s doorstep, just when Edie needs her the most. So much has passed between them—so much envy, longing, and betrayal. And Edie’s about to learn a new lesson: those who have hurt us deeply—or who we have hurt—never let us go, not entirely…

My Review:  Friendship....forgiveness....humans....pride.....betrayal....selfishness.....envy.....worship...desire to please others.   Edie and Heather hit it off right away when they met.  Heather had never really had any friends.  She couldn't believe that Edie chose her, the beautiful, popular, self-absorbed Edie.  I recall my nephew saying that girls always look for another girl who is not as pretty as them, weighs more, and doesn't attract attention like them.  They choose a girl who will make them look better to others, especially to boys.  They are looking out for number one.   The chosen ones work hard to please this girl, this unexpected friend, but can they?  Can they ever really please this popular, beautiful "friend"?  
      All the way through the story, I wondered what had happened and who had participated in the big event at the quarry?  The story centers on this unforgettable event that took place at the quarry many years ago, while Heather and Edie were in high school.  It was confusing to me that the author chose to have the book constantly speaking in Edie's voice about the "after" and Heather's voice speaking about the "before".  I found myself having to look back to see who was "speaking" through out the book.  I think this may be a big turn off to this book, particularly for any readers who have difficulty in reading.   I found myself invested in the story and while I figured out a part of the reveal of the "event that happened at the quarry", I was surprised by much of the ending.  This will hold readers attention and many readers may not find it confusing to switch voice with every chapter. They may not care as much as I do about knowing important details of the mechanics of books.   
       I am rating this book 4 stars and recommend it to readers who enjoy psychological thrillers.
      I received a copy of this book from netgalley and HarperCollinsUK.  I was encouraged to write a review if I chose to do so.   

About the Author:
Camilla Way

Camilla Way was born in Greenwich, south-east London, and studied Modern English and French Literature at the University of Glamorgan. Her father was the poet and author Peter Way. Formerly Associate Editor of the teenage girls' magazine Bliss, she is currently an editor and writer on the men's style magazine Arena. Having lived in Cardiff, Bristol, Bath and Clerkenwell, she now lives in south-east London.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review for "What the Bishop Saw"

What the Bishop Saw 

(The Amish Bishop Mysteries #1)

by Vannetta Chapman


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Somewhere in the Embers Lies the Truth

A fire blazes out of control in the San Luis Valley of Colorado, leaving an elderly Amish bachelor dead. Bishop Henry Lapp rushes to the scene, and he learns the fire was no accident. Someone intended to kill Vernon Frey. But who would want to kill Vernon? Well, practically everyone—Amish and Englisch alike.

When the police point the finger at a suspect Henry knows is innocent, the bishop must decide whether or not to use his mysterious, God-given gift—one he's tried desperately to ignore all these years—to try and set the record straight. His close friend and neighbor, Emma, encourages Henry to follow God's leading.

Could the clue to solving the case be locked somewhere deep in his memory? Will Henry find the courage to move forward in faith and put the right person behind bars? Is his friendship with Emma becoming something more?

What the Bishop Saw is a story of extraordinary talents, the bonds of love and friendship, and the unfailing grace of God.
 

MY REVIEW:  Fires, blazes, mysteries, lost buildings, lost lives, lost livelihoods, and the main question and major concern:  Who is Doing It????   The small Amish community of San Luis Valley, Colorado, already struggles to maintain the farms and allow families to feel the move was a good one, and now fear may drive some of the families to leave.  Bishop Henry Lapp is anxious to calm the fears of the families he loves.  He is a good leader and the Amish under his leadership have great respect for him, but he is stumped and just wants the perpetrator caught and stopped.  The local police are involved and the Amish often choose to handle matters without allowing the police to interfere, but this time they have little choice if they want the guilty party apprehended.  
       Vannetta Chapman is one of my all-time favorite authors and this book is no disappointment for me.  I feel sure readers will be excited about her new Amish mystery.  Even those who do not typically read this genre will likely find themselves unable to stop reading til they reach the very last page.  Those who enjoy mysteries and thrillers will want to try to figure out who is causing havoc for Bishop Lapp and the Amish community.  Henry has much support and eager helpers, including the widow Emma, a dear friend of many years who shares meals and smiles with him. He is a widower and they are close in age and neither has looked for a new spouse even though the Amish encourage remarriage when a spouse dies.  Check out this exciting mystery and join the many readers who are joining me in recommending this book, the first in The Amish Bishop Mysteries Series
     Books are rated on a scale of 1-5 among reviewers with 1 being poor and 5 being excellent or I would rate this book a 10, but I am confined to give it an excellent rating of 5. Thank you, Vannetta Chapman, for giving me some delightful summer reading.   The lake is fun, but this book made it even more so.
       I received an ebook of this selection from netgalley and the publishers, Harvest House, and while I was encouraged to publish a review, it was not required.  All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author:
Vannetta Chapman

Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of grace. She is the author of many novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series, and Plain and Simple Miracle series. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She currently writes Christian suspense, Amish romance, and Amish mystery. She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com. 

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Monday, July 3, 2017

"Threads of Suspicion" Book Review

Threads of Suspicion Book Review

(Evie Blackwell Cold Case #2)

by Dee Henderson

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Dee Henderson Pens Another Compelling Cold Case Mystery
Evie Blackwell's reputation as a top investigator for the Illinois State Police has landed her an appointment to the governor's new Missing Persons Task Force. This elite investigative team is launched with plenty of public fanfare. The governor has made this initiative a high priority, so they will have to produce results--and quickly.

Evie and her new partner, David Marshal, are assigned to a pair of unrelated cases in suburban Chicago, and while both involve persons now missing for several years, the cases couldn't be more different. While Evie opens old wounds in a close-knit neighborhood to find a missing college student, David searches for a private investigator working for a high-powered client.

With a deep conviction that "justice for all" truly matters, Evie and David are unrelenting in their search for the truth. But Evie must also find answers to the questions that lie just beneath the surface in her personal life.

MY REVIEW:  I love shows like Cold Case, Criminal Minds, and CSI on television and this book is a wonderful one to fill my desire as it combines elements of each of these shows as Evie attempts to solve some unsolved missing person cases.  While she would love to find the missing person alive, it's been a long time and she knows that the best thing she can do for the families is to recover the body and give them resolution. Dee Henderson has truly given readers a sense of the hard work, determination, and compassion of investigators. Add a bit of romance to the mix and you have a great read.   Romantic decisions must be made:  one isn't sure she is ready to commit to love and marriage while one is eager to marry but his partner is not a Christian and he refuses to be unequally yoked.  
         The faith of the characters is woven naturally into the lives and conversations so that it is not contrived as is often the case in many works of Christian fiction.   There were too many details and characters at times for me to follow the story, but this may be due to the fact that I did not read book one in the series.  
         I rate this book 4 stars and highly recommend it to readers and I do recommend reading book one before tackling this one.   
        I received a complementary e-version of this book from netgalley and the publishers.  I was encouraged but not required to write a review and all opinions expressed are my own. 

About the Author:
Dee Henderson

Dee Henderson is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

"The Angel Answer Book" Book review





The Angel Answer Book 

by Robert J. Morgan



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Uncover the mystery of angels and their roles in our lives!


Angels have been present since the beginning of time, yet we’re filled with more intrigue and myth than with facts about these heavenly creatures. In this practical Q&A format, bestselling author and pastor Robert J. Morgan uncovers the mystery of angels—in the teachings of the Bible, in their role in relation to Christ, how they impact Christian beliefs, and in personal accounts of our present-day lives. This is an up close and revealing look at what angels do for us as they carry out their purpose in God’s overall plan for His kingdom. 

MY REVIEW:  Even people who don't profess to be religious or spiritual will acknowledge the presence of angels or will say that someone who has died is now an "angel".  This book is one of the best and most informative books I've read about angels.  Angels were not always in heaven with God. He created them when He began his work of creation and Satan along with his followers did not get removed from heaven by God until sometime in the first three chapters of Genesis.   Satan first appears in the Garden of Eden in chapter 3 of Genesis, so we know that Satan attempted to take over and become God sometime before that point and the creation.

         Robert J. Morgan uses scripture verses and personal stories where possible to examine and explain the existence and purposes of angels.  The book examines both a presence of angels who work toward good, those who delve out punishment and judgement and the fallen angels.   So many of the verses used were given new meaning for me.  I saw them in a new light and understanding.  I highly recommend this book to those who are simply curious as well as the more serious seeker and those who wish to use it for reference.  It would be very helpful to anyone teaching on the subject.  The one addition I would like to see would be artwork or photographs.  
      
        I rate this book 5 stars.   I received an ebook of this work of non-fiction from netgalley and the publishers..  I was not required to give a review but I was encouraged to do so.  It is my pleasure to provide this book review and all opinions expressed are mine.

About the Author:
Robert J. Morgan

Robert J. Morgan is the teaching pastor of The Donelson Fellowship in Nashville, Tennessee, where he has served for 35 years.  He is a best-selling and Gold-Medallion winning writer with more than 35 books in print and more than 4 million copies in circulation in multiple languages.  He is a writer for Dr. David Jeremiah and Turning Points Magazine, and has many articles published in other leading Christian periodicals.  He is also a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Rob has appeared on numerous national television and radio shows.
He and his wife Katrina have three daughters and fourteen grandchildren.  He is also co-owner of Roan Mountain Bed and Breakfast in Roan Mountain, Tennessee (roanmountainbedandbreakfast.com). In 2014, Rob was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from his alma mater, Columbia International University.  Visit his website at http://www.robertjmorgan.com/

Sunday, June 25, 2017

"Delilah" Book Review

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Delilah:  Treacherous Beauty Book Review

Dangerous Beauty #3

by Angela Elwell Hunt


Book Description:
A Complex and Compelling Glimpse at One of the Bible's Baddest Girls 

Life is not easy in Philistia, especially not for a woman and child alone. When beautiful, wounded Delilah finds herself begging for food to survive, she resolves that she will find a way to defeat all the men who have taken advantage of her. She will overcome the roadblocks life has set before her, and she will find riches and victory for herself. 
When she meets a legendary man called Samson, she senses that in him lies the means for her victory. By winning, seducing, and betraying the hero of the Hebrews, she will attain a position of national prominence. After all, she is beautiful, she is charming, and she is smart. No man, not even a supernaturally gifted strongman, can best her in a war of wits.

MY REVIEW:   Delilah is often used as an example of the sort of woman one does not want to model their own life after....the Bible has little to tell us of her background or details about her life before she became involved with Samson, the one whom God had instructed should never have a razor put to his hair.  This story is of course fictional and supposes what led an innocent baby named Delilah to become one of the Bible's baddest of the bad girls.  We know from historical facts that it was not easy being a woman in a man's world in Biblical times.  
       I did of course read the story of Samson and Delilah from the scriptures in the Bible and what I glean from God's Word is that he intended for Samson to do exactly what he did when he destroyed the entire company of Philistines along with the rulers, giving up his own life as he killed more people with his death than he had in his entire lifetime.  God used a weak man, one who loved beautiful women and ultimately lost his eyes and his strength due to one of these women, the beautiful Delilah.  He used a woman we truly know little about for his purposes, but we can imagine what her life was like and it has been very captivating to follow Ms. Hunt's version of the possibilities contained within Delilah's life.  Her secrets have been given wings with the words of this book.  I also must say that the cover of this book is stunning in its beauty.
      I rate this book 4 stars as I did have to keep referring back to the title of each chapter to remind myself whether this was Delilah or Samson's "voice".  This did slow my reading down a bit but did not take away from my desire to keep reading ahead.  While this book is the third in a series, it is a stand-alone as well since each of the books features a different "dangerous beauty" of the Bible.
      I received a copy of this book from netgalley and the publishers and I was not required to write a review, although it was encouraged.  The words here are my own and all opinions expressed belong solely to me.

About the Author:


Angela Hunt

     Christy-Award winner Angela Hunt writes for readers who have learned to expect the unexpected in novels from this versatile author. With nearly five million copies of her books sold worldwide, she is the best-selling author of more than 100 works ranging from picture books (The Tale of Three Trees) to novels.

Now that her two children are grown, Angie and her youth-pastor husband live in Florida with Very Big Dogs (a direct result of watching Sandlot too many times). This affinity for mastiffs has not been without its rewards--one of their dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest canine in America. Their dog received this dubious honor after an all-expenses-paid trip to Manhattan for the dog and the Hunts, complete with VIP air travel and a stretch limo in which they toured New York City. Afterward, the dog gave out paw-tographs at the airport.

When she's not home writing, Angie often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences. And to talk about her dogs, of course. 

Readers may visit her web site at www.angelahuntbooks.com.