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Send Down the Rain

Send Down the Rain

On 5/1 Melissa Martin wrote: Allie's second husband is killed tragically when his 18-wheeler crashes into the rocks near their home in Cape San Blas--the tanker was full of fuel and the explosion could be seen on overhead satellites. She'd already lost the beloved waterfront restaurant her parents started and now losing her ... Send Down The Rain by Charles Martin

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4 Stars

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Unbreakable

Unbreakable

On 4/20 Melissa Martin wrote: Eliyana Ember is stranded in a foreign country in the Third Reflection with no passport, the inability to mirrorwalk, and zero clue where the nearest Thresholds back into the Fourth or Second might lie. Her mind is a haze, her memories vague. She knows a wormhole from the Fourth sent her here. She ... Unbreakable by Sara Ella

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3 Stars

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Stronger than the Struggle

Stronger than the Struggle

On 4/14 Melissa Martin wrote: "Why do I still struggle if I'm faithfully following God?"We all face challenges. On any given day, the problems of real life can take our breaths away. Our marriages, finances, relationships, and health are regular struggles, and that's just the beginning. Doesn't the Bible say the war has already ... Stronger Than The Struggle by Havilah Cunnington

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3 Stars

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An Amish Heirloom

An Amish Heirloom

On 3/31 Melissa Martin wrote: A Legacy of Love by Amy ClipstonLocal volunteer fire fighter Leon King agrees to repair his ex-girlfriend Susie Bontrager’s grandparents’ antique rocking chairs for her future home with her fiance and is forced to acknowledge that his feelings for her have not quite gone away. As Susie spends ... An Amish Heirloom ~ Four Stories

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4 Stars

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Hurricane Season

Hurricane Season

On 3/25 Melissa Martin wrote: Betsy and Ty Franklin, owners of Franklin Dairy Farm in southern Alabama, have decided to put life’s disappointments behind them. At least in theory. Ty manages their herd of dairy cows, while Betsy busies herself with the farm’s day-to-day operations and tries to forget the longing for motherhood ... Hurrican Season by Lauren K. Denton

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3 Stars

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The Heart Between Us

The Heart Between Us

On 3/15 Melissa Martin wrote: Megan Jacobs always wished for a different heart. Her entire childhood was spent in and out of hospitals, sitting on the sidelines while her twin sister Crystal played all the sports, got all the guys, and had all the fun. But even a heart transplant three years ago wasn’t enough to propel Megan’s ... The Heart Between Us by Lindsay Harrel

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4 Stars

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Reclaiming Shilo Snow

Reclaiming Shilo Snow

On 3/3 Melissa Martin wrote: Trapped on the ice-planet of Delon, gamer girl Sofi and Ambassador Miguel have discovered that nothing is what it seems, including their friends. On a quest to rescue her brother, Shilo, a boy everyone believes is dead, they must now escape and warn Earth of Delon’s designs on humanity. Except ... Reclaiming Shilo Snow

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3 Stars

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The Man He Never Was

The Man He Never Was

On 2/21 Melissa Martin wrote: "Rubart will leave readers inspired . . ." --Publishers Weekly STARRED review for The Long Journey to Jake PalmerWhat if You Woke up One Morning and the Darkest Parts of Yourself Were Gone?Toren Daniels vanished eight months back, and his wife and kids have moved on--with more than a little relief. ... The Man He Never Was by James L. Rubart

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2 Stars

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NIV, The Woman's Study Bible

NIV, The Woman's Study Bible

On 2/10 Melissa Martin wrote: The Woman’s Study Bible poignantly reveals the Word of God to women, inviting them to receive God’s truth for balance, hope, and transformation. Special features designed to speak to a woman’s heart appear throughout the Bible text, revealing Scripture-based insights about how godly womanhood ... NIV The Woman's Study Bible ~ Full Color

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5 Stars

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Words from the Heart

Words from the Heart

On 2/5 Melissa Martin wrote: Ivy Yoder thought she had found the man she would marry, but she returns to her Amish community of Birch Creek with a broken heart. When a family friend asks for her help in cleaning out an attic, she's grateful for the chance to get her mind off the betrayal.Noah Schlabach is an Amish auctioneer ... Words From The Heart by Kathleen Fuller

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4 Stars

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All Things Bright and Strange

All Things Bright and Strange

On 1/28 Melissa Martin wrote: In the wake of World War I in the small, Southern town of Bellhaven, South Carolina, the town folk believe they’ve found a little slice of heaven in a mysterious chapel in the woods. But they soon realize that evil can come in the most beautiful of forms.The people of Bellhaven have always looked ... All Things Bright And Strange by James Markert

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4 Stars

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The View from Rainshadow Bay

The View from Rainshadow Bay

On 1/13 Melissa Martin wrote: After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Every day is a struggle to make ends meet and she lives in constant fear of losing even more than she already has.When her business partner is murdered, his ... The View From Rainshadow Bay by Colleen Coble

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4 Stars

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NIV Journal the Word Bible for Teens

NIV Journal the Word Bible for Teens

On 1/6 Melissa Martin wrote: Reflect, respond, and grow closer to your heavenly Father. With hundreds of journaling prompts and plenty of space for notes, art, and doodles, the NIV Journal the Word™ Bible for Teen Girls provides a place to capture your thoughts while reading Scripture. Journal your feelings, dreams, and hopes. ... NIV Journal The Word Bible For Teen Girls

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5 Stars

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Steal Away Home

Steal Away Home

On 12/22 Melissa Martin wrote: “This is a powerful story of grief, love, forgiveness, and holy mystery, and I loved it. Billy Coffey is a master storyteller.” —Lauren Denton, USA Today bestselling author of The Hideaway Owen Cross grew up with two loves: one a game, the other a girl. One of his loves ruined him. Now ... Steal Away Home by Billy Coffey

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3 Stars

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The Crooked Path

The Crooked Path

On 11/9 Melissa Martin wrote: As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation.Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the ... The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

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3 Stars

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Christmas at Carnton

Christmas at Carnton

On 9/24 Melissa Martin wrote: A novella to launch a brand new three-book series . . .In the midst of war and the fading dream of the Confederacy, a wounded soldier and a destitute widow discover the true meaning of Christmas, the cost of love . . . and of loving again.Recently widowed, Aletta Prescott struggles to hold life together ... Christmas At Carnton by Tamera Alexander

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4 Stars

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The Space Between Words

The Space Between Words

On 9/12 Melissa Martin wrote: "There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned."When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn't left ... The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix

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2 Stars

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Portrait of Vengeance

Portrait of Vengeance

On 8/27 Melissa Martin wrote: An unsolved case. A tempest of memories. The future’s at stake—and time is running out...Gwen Marcey has done a good job of keeping the pain of her past boxed up. But as she investigates the case of a missing child in Lapwai, Idaho, details keep surfacing that are eerily similar to her childhood ... Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks

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4 Stars

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Sweetbriar Cottage

Sweetbriar Cottage

On 6/13 Melissa Martin wrote: When Noah and Josephine Mitchell discover their divorce was never actually finalized, their lives are turned upside down. Following his divorce, Noah gave up his dream job, settling at a remote horse ranch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northern Georgia, putting much-needed distance between himself ... Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

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3 Stars

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The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

The Evaporation of Sofi Snow

On 5/13 Melissa Martin wrote: Ever since the Delonese ice-planet arrived eleven years ago, Sofi's dreams have been vivid. Alien. In a system where Earth's corporations rule in place of governments and the humanoid race orbiting the moon are allies, her only constant has been her younger brother, Shilo. As an online gamer, Sofi ... The Evaporation Of Sofi Snow by Mary Weber

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3 Stars

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The Hideaway

The Hideaway

On 5/8 Melissa Martin wrote: When her grandmother’s will wrenches Sara back home from New Orleans, she learns more about Margaret Van Buren in the wake of her death than she ever did in life.After her last remaining family member dies, Sara Jenkins goes home to The Hideaway, her grandmother Mags's ramshackle B&B in Sweet ... The Hideaway by Lauren K. Denton

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4 Stars

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The Memory of You

The Memory of You

On 4/20 Melissa Martin wrote: Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their ... The Memory of You by Catherine West

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3 Stars

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If I'm Found

If I'm Found

On 3/31 Melissa Martin wrote: Is Dylan hunting Casey to prosecute her or protect her?Casey Cox is still on the run, fleeing prosecution for a murder she didn’t commit. Dylan Roberts—her most relentless pursuer—is still on her trail, but his secret emails insist that he knows the truth and wants to help her. He’s let her ... If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

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4 Stars

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Unfolding

Unfolding

On 2/1 Melissa Martin wrote: Jonah wishes he could get the girl, but he’s an outcast and she’s the most perfect girl he knows.And their futures seemed destined to fork apart: Jonah’s physical condition is debilitating, and epileptic seizures fill his life with frustration. Whereas Stormi is seemingly carefree, and navigates ... Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

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1 Stars

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Long Way Gone

Long Way Gone

On 11/4 Melissa Martin wrote: “No matter where you go, no matter whether you succeed or fail, stand or fall, no gone is too far gone. You can always come home.”At the age of eighteen, musician and songwriter Cooper O’Connor took everything his father held dear and drove 1,200 miles from home to Nashville, his life riding ... Long Way Gone by Charles Martin

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5 Stars

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Unblemished

Unblemished

On 10/17 Melissa Martin wrote: Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate ... Unblemished by Sara Ella

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3 Stars

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Gilt Hollow

Gilt Hollow

On 10/8 Melissa Martin wrote: Willow Lamott’s best friend is a murderer, and no one in the small town of Gilt Hollow will let her forget it. For four long years, she’s tried to fade into the background—but none of that matters when Ashton Keller comes striding into school, fresh out of juvie and fueled by revenge. The moment ... Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon

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4 Stars

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One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

On 6/12 Melissa Martin wrote: Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren't betrayal enough, he's about to ... One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

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4 Stars

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Remember To Forget, Revised And Expanded Edition

Remember To Forget, Revised And Expanded Edition

On 5/25 Melissa Martin wrote: In Remember to Forget from Watty Award-winning author Ashley Royer, Levi has refused to speak since the tragic death of his girlfriend, Delia, and can't seem to come out of his depression and hindering self-doubt. Desperate to make some positive change in Levi’s life, his mother sends him to live ... remember to forget by Ashley Royer

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5 Stars

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That's Not Hay in My Hair

That's Not Hay in My Hair

On 3/22 Melissa Martin wrote: New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced ... That's Not Hay In My Hair by Juliette Turner

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4 Stars

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A Daring Sacrifice

A Daring Sacrifice

On 3/14 Melissa Martin wrote: In a reverse twist on the Robin Hood story, a young medieval maiden stands up for the rights of the mistreated, stealing from the rich to give to the poor. All the while, she fights against her cruel uncle who has taken over the land that is rightfully hers. Forced to live in the woods and hide with ... A Daring Sacrifice by Jody Hedlund

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3 Stars

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If I Run

If I Run

On 2/18 Melissa Martin wrote: Casey knows the truth.But it won’t set her free.Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.But what is the truth? That’s the ... If I Run by Terri Blackstock

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4 Stars

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Game Over

Game Over

On 2/1 Melissa Martin wrote: Rick emerged victorious from The Realm twice. Is his luck about to run out?After multiple trips in and out of The Realm, Rick is becoming a part of it—a direct connection point has formed in his brain. He’s now slipping back and forth in his dreams and has become linked to The Realm and its creator ... Game Over by Andrew Klavan

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4 Stars

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