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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Misdirect Review!!!!!

Misdirect by Beverly Nault

Book Description:
A mission failure has confined CIA covert operative Eve Parker to desk duty and she's left to pick up the pieces of her broken personal life. But when her daughter's fiance is taken hostage, Eve must return to the Middle East armed with rusty tradecraft, and dubious credibility shrouded in her peers' skepticism. Will she get it together in time to thwart the biggest threat to America since 9/11, or will her old-fashioned ways cause her to fail again? And if a suspected mole, a missing thumb drive, and a camel ride through the desert weren't challenging enough, a Muslim teen with questions about God cause Eve to struggle with her own faith. As the most important assignment of her life draws near, events unfold to demonstrate that, particularly in espionage, things are not always as they seem. Join Eve Parker as she confronts her past, a national threat, and a crisis of faith in this spy thriller layered with intrigue, suspense, and surprise ending from an award-winning author reviewers call "a master storyteller."

My Opinion:
Nice CIA read.  This is a new direction for Beverly, at least it's different from the other books I've read by her.  And that's one of the reason I was so excited to read it!  Right away I felt like I do when watching my favorite CIA shows or movies!  The flow and revelation of pieces in the puzzle are well written and are exactly what's needed for a CIA book.  Cloaked in secrets it can come off as "confusing" at times, but anyone that knows the patterns of a CIA story shouldn't have any problems following along.  There are some details that I feel are incorrect and some things I wish were different.  I also wish there had been more True Faith scenes (though the ones that are in there I devoured!).  But I liked the end, enjoying the fact that I figured some things out, but still had some surprise tidbits!

Songs: "Come As You Are" by Crowder, "Untitled Hymn" by Chris Rice
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11


*I received this book from the author for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about Misdirect. ~ASC

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Promise of Breeze Hill

The Promise of Breeze Hill by Pam Hillman

Book Description:
33107254Natchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O'Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he's sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he'll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella's shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor's help, Isabella fears she'll lose her family's plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor's proposal of marriage.

Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

My Opinion:
Good read.  I really wanted to read this one and was so happy I got the opportunity to.  Pam comes up with some of the best plots, and I've always enjoyed her writing.  The only thing that made this a good read instead of a GREAT read was simply because of some of the jumpiness of scenes and also a little too much kissing for me! LOL!  Now don't get me wrong I don't mind kissing scenes, and when they're done well I enjoy them!  But I just felt there were too many and some were at strange times, in my personal opinion. LOL!  I don't want to give anything away so I'll just say I wish some of the kisses were placed differently in the story or cut out all together.  The characters are great though, and I can't wait to read about Connor's other brothers!  Connor himself is a great character, though a bit on the stubborn side, though any Irish character worth his salt should be! ;)  And I both loved and got frustrated with Isabella.  Strong and capable one moment and a tad timid the next, there were scenes in this book that blew me away and I want to read them again and again!  I LOVE when Isabella was strong!  Then end felt a tad rushed to me, though I enjoyed how Pam brought everything together!  Overall it was a nice read and I'm enjoyed many aspects of Isabella and Connor's journey.
Songs: "He Leadeth Me" performed by The Cluster Pluckers, "Come To Jesus" by Chris Rice 
Songs etc. May be changed and/or added in the future. ~ASC

Jeremiah 29:11


*I requested and received this book from Tyndale for the purpose of reviewing it.  This in no way affected my opinion and the above are my true thoughts and feelings about The Promise of Breeze Hill. ~ASC

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