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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

On 10/19 Holly Magnuson wrote: The third installment of the Sunset Cove series and I think probably the best one of the series. We met Kate in book one of the series, The Inn at Ocean’s Edge. We learn that she has a serious illness and she needs help from her biological father, who had never acknowledged her. It was evident in ... The Third Book and the Best Book

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5 Stars

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The Hungering Dark

The Hungering Dark

On 8/16 Holly Magnuson wrote: I found the premise of this book intriguing. And I think the author has a great imagination and the potential.It is obvious that he is a good writer, it is also obvious he had more experience writing non-fiction. Although an intriguing premise the writing didn’t draw me in. The writing didn’t create ... Great Premise Weak Writing

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2 Stars

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To Love a Stranger

To Love a Stranger

On 7/30 Holly Magnuson wrote: The thing I liked most about this book was how Bessie came into her own. She found herself married to a stranger that lived over a thousand miles away from her family and everything she knew. She didn’t run home to the familiar but looked deep inside to find the strength to face the difficulties. ... Easy To Love To Love a Strnager

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4 Stars

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Code 13

Code 13

On 4/27 Holly Magnuson wrote: OH HOLY COW! Was this a great introduction to Don Brown! I enjoyed this story immensely! As a fan of the JAG series as well as NCIS it was easy for me to enjoy this story. I could easily see this storyline as an episode of either series. There is the primary storyline but secondary plots that add to ... Love NCIS and JAG Loved Code 13 by Don Brown

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4 Stars

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If I Run

If I Run

On 2/16 Holly Magnuson wrote: I'm not sure there is anyone better than Terri Blackstock. She tells this story from two perspectives, Casey, who has been accused of murdering her best friend, Brent, and Dylan, former soldier suffering from PSTD and Brent's childhood friend. These two perspectives makes this an engaging story that ... The Start of another Great Series

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4 Stars

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365 Devotions for Peace

365 Devotions for Peace

On 12/12 Holly Magnuson wrote: This is a beautifully designed book. I liked the size of the book and it feels good holding it. The color makes it more favorable for women, but the contents are fitting for all. This is a dated devotional, but does not have a February 29th. The devotions are excellent. The author provides a scripture ... Beautiful Inside and Out

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5 Stars

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The Five Times I Met Myself

The Five Times I Met Myself

On 11/17 Holly Magnuson wrote: My favorite book by James Rubart had been his first book, Rooms, until now. "The Five Times I Met Myself" blew my socks off! I loved Brock and his adventure was nothing short of epic. I loved the twists and turns Rubart took me on, but most of all I loved the ending. This book entertained me and reminded ... Best Dream Ever

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4 Stars

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All Is Bright

All Is Bright

On 10/6 Holly Magnuson wrote: Colleen Coble is just one of the best in Christian fiction. I love when she takes us back to characters that she’s created and that we love. This book is one of those, returning us to Hope Beach and Tide Water Inn. This time we get to know the manager of Tide Water Inn, Delilah who early in the story ... All is Bright - Another Great Read by Colleen Coble

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4 Stars

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Falling Like Snowflakes

Falling Like Snowflakes

On 9/8 Holly Magnuson wrote: This was a great love story! I enjoyed both Eden and Beau as well as the supporting characters, especially Miss Trudy. The story was well done with good suspense and relationship issues that will hit home with many readers. Because this is the first of a series there were hints of stories to come, but ... Falling Like Snowflakes

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4 Stars

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A House Divided

A House Divided

On 8/5 Holly Magnuson wrote: When I read “the back cover” I was a little skeptical that I would enjoy the story line. I’m not a big fan of the “little guy” going after big business. However, the author brought out the family dynamics created by the senior Gage’s alcoholism, which I found extremely moving. I enjoyed ... Another Great Book by Robert Whitlow

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4 Stars

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The Last Con

The Last Con

On 7/7 Holly Magnuson wrote: I had very high hopes for this book. Zachary Bartels is a new author for me so I didn’t know what to expect. Although the idea behind the book was intriguing, I was disappointed in the story. I felt that the author spent way too much time explaining the life of a grifter. He went into great detail ... Disappointed...

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2 Stars

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Married 'til Monday

Married 'til Monday

On 6/10 Holly Magnuson wrote: The ending of the story is predictable, however, the journey the author takes the reader through was far from predictable. She delves into issues that many marriages face each day. She deals with how parental relationships often affect our relationships as adults. Abby and Ryan have been divorced for ... Heart Warming Reminder of God's Redemption

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4 Stars

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Prison

Prison

On 5/18 Holly Magnuson wrote: About this Book “SONJA GREY, a narcotics detective, and her nemesis, Max Trent, are handpicked to go undercover to capture a thug—Johnny Stone, aka Rock—who’s dealing drugs at Sonja’s church. Their operation is unwittingly aided by the interference of Sonja’s eccentric aunties. Max is ... More than One Type of Prison – Prison by Toni V. Lee

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3 Stars

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A Heart's Obsession

A Heart's Obsession

On 4/27 Holly Magnuson wrote: I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series or that it was such a short book, but neither of these kept me from enjoying the story. I never read the original story but I can say I thoroughly enjoyed this version. Although, it was the second book in the series I didn’t feel lost. The author ... A Hearts Obsession – Colleen Coble

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4 Stars

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Lethal Beauty

Lethal Beauty

On 3/30 Holly Magnuson wrote: This is the third book in the Mia Quinn series and each one is better than the one before. The author has done an excellent job with these characters and their development. The poignant story in deals with the problem of human trafficking in a well written and engaging manner. Mia, Charlie, and Eli are ... Action Packed Page Turner – Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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Murder Tightly Knit

Murder Tightly Knit

On 12/28 Holly Magnuson wrote: There are so many good things I can say about this book. The characters are wonderful. If you read the first book you met Amber, Hannah, Jesse, and Tate and probably fell in love with all of them. They are all back in this story as they put their heads to gather to solve another murder. In addition to ... Another Great Read by Chapman!

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5 Stars

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The Maxwell Leadership Bible, NIV

The Maxwell Leadership Bible, NIV

On 11/10 Holly Magnuson wrote: At least once a year I try to review a Bible, this year it’s Maxwell’s Leadership Bible. John Maxwell, is known and respected for his books and teaching on topics of leadership. I was looking forward to see how he wove his concepts on leadership with scripture. The Good: NIV Translation – one ... Strong on Leadership Principles Weak on Actual Bible Study

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3 Stars

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The Confession

The Confession

On 8/18 Holly Magnuson wrote: I found this an enjoyable read. The pace was a little slower than what I generally enjoy. But the author does a great job developing the characters and the storyline. He also did some unexpected things in this story that made it even more enjoyable. There were definitely characters to love and despise. The ... Getting Back to His Roots

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4 Stars

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A Deadly Business

A Deadly Business

On 6/29 Holly Magnuson wrote: Once again Lis Wiehl gives a fast-paced action packed thriller. Mia Quinn is attacked by a defendant, handed a high profile case involving juveniles, and a break in at her home while her children are home. When she thinks it can't get much worse Detective Charlie Carlson drops another bomb in her life. ... Fast Paced with Great Characters

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4 Stars

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Spirit Bridge

Spirit Bridge

On 5/12 Holly Magnuson wrote: Okay, this is just a really “out there” series when it comes to the storyline. But I’ve loved every aspect of it! It has been entertaining in so many ways but it’s also been much more than entertainment. Each of the characters brings to life issues that most every person faces, including Christians. ... An epic ending to a great series

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4 Stars

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Critical Condition

Critical Condition

On 4/27 Holly Magnuson wrote: I think I’ve read every one of Dr. Mabry’s books and thoroughly enjoyed them. This one was equally as enjoyable. The characters are interesting and I found relating with many of their struggles. I particularly enjoyed the dynamics between Shannon and her little sister. At times I wasn’t sure how ... Another Excellent Book by the Good Doctor

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4 Stars

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/20 Holly Magnuson wrote: Once again the author starts the action early and keeps it going until the very end. In the opening pages we see Juliet witness the murder of her husband of 15 years. As a typical woman thrown into a situation like this she is shell-shocked, but soon realizes her world was about to spin out of control. One ... Terri Blackstock at her best

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5 Stars

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Butterfly Palace

Butterfly Palace

On 2/10 Holly Magnuson wrote: Once again Colleen Coble captured my imagination with an wonderful story with mystery and romance. I enjoyed the setting of 1900′s Austin Texas and the Butterfly Palace which added an interesting twist to the story. The characters were interesting as well, I especially enjoyed Lily, for because is ... Beautiful Butterflies and a Great Mystery

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4 Stars

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Fatal Tide

Fatal Tide

On 10/7 Holly Magnuson wrote: The Winners First things first I’m happy to announce the winners of this week’s give aways. Carol W. from Texas Kay M from Tennesse   About this Book In East Salem, the elite St. Adrian’s Academy is at the nexus of a satanic apocalypse—and the fatal tide is rising. When Hieronymus ... Review of Fatal Tide and This Weeks Winners

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4 Stars

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The Living Room

The Living Room

On 8/28 Holly Magnuson wrote: I have loved Robert Whitlow’s books since I read The List. However, this one just didn’t “do it” for me. I had a tough time dealing with the main character, Amy Clarke. More than once in the story I wanted to slap her. This book unfortunately didn’t draw me in like most of Whitlow’s books ... The Living Room – Robert Whitlow

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3 Stars

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New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New Living Translation

New Spirit-Filled Life Bible, New Living Translation

On 6/24 Holly Magnuson wrote: This week I’m focusing on a new study Bible from Thomas Nelson, the New Spirit-Filled Life Bible. I love reviewing Bibles and being able to share about them. This Bible is the New Living Translation, which I really like for devotional reading. It is a thought for thought translation that makes it easy to understand and follow. ... What I’m Reading

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5 Stars

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Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

On 5/8 Holly Magnuson wrote: About this Book In Rock Harbor Search and Rescue, a middle grade fiction novel based on Colleen Coble’s bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery.  Emily O’Reilly is obsessed with all things Search and Rescue. She volunteers ... Rock Harbor Search and Rescue – Colleen Coble and Robin Caroll

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4 Stars

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Stress Test

Stress Test

On 4/18 Holly Magnuson wrote: Amazon.com Widgets About this Book THEY MAY NOT HAVE ENOUGH EVIDENCE TO CONVICT HIM, BUT THEY HAVE ENOUGH TO RUIN HIS LIFE. Dr. Matt Newman thought he was leaving his life as a surgeon in private practice for a better one in academic medicine. But the kidnappers who attacked him as he left the hospital ... Stress Test – Richard L. Mabry

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4 Stars

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A Matter of Trust

A Matter of Trust

On 4/4 Holly Magnuson wrote: Amazon.com Widgets About this Book When life is murder, who can you trust? One minute Mia Quinn is in her basement, chatting on the phone with a colleague at the prosecutor’s office. The next minute there’s a gunshot over the line, and Mia listens in horror as her colleague and friend Colleen bleeds to death. ... A Matter of Trust (A Mia Quinn Mystery) Lis Wiehl

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5 Stars

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 4/1 Holly Magnuson wrote: Amazon.com Widgets About this Book Sometimes the truth is crazier than a lie. Cathy Cramer is a former lawyer and investigative blogger who writes commentary on local homicides. When she finds a threatening note warning her that she’s about to experience the same kind of judgment and speculation that she dishes out in her blog, ... Truth Stained Lies – Terri Blackstock

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5 Stars

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My P-R-A-Y-E-R Journal

My P-R-A-Y-E-R Journal

On 2/18 Holly Magnuson wrote: Amazon.com Widgets My Review You may have heard of the ACTS prayer model, Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication. The P-R-A-Y-E-R Journal is very similar in that each letter represents an aspect of our prayer time. As the author states, “The concept for this book is based on the acronym ... My Prayer Journal-A 90-Day Journey to a More Fulfilled Prayer Life by Ralph Spiller

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5 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 1/1 Holly Magnuson wrote: Amazon.com Widgets About this Book Summer, fall, winter, spring—Smitten, Vermont, is the place for love . . . and mystery! There’s a secret in Grandma Rose’s attic—a forgotten set of dog tags belonging to her first love. But David Hutchins was killed in action and never returned to Smitten. How did the dog tags end ... Secretly Smitten – Coble, Hunter, Billerbeck, Hunt

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5 Stars

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 12/9 Holly Magnuson wrote: About this Book As Christmas day nears, Bree and her faithful search-and-rescue dog Samson follow the trail of a troubling mystery into the snowy forests of Rock Harbor. Bree Matthews is preparing for Christmas guests, but her heart is reeling from the recent and tender loss of her unborn child. Her sister-in-law, Lauri, suddenly turns ... Silent Night – Colleen Coble

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4 Stars

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Soul's Gate

Soul's Gate

On 11/11 Holly Magnuson wrote:   Amazon.com Widgets Book Description “Every now and then we get a break from reality. A glimpse into the other world that is more real than the reality we live in 99 percent of our days. The Bible is about a world of demons and angels and great evil and even greater glory.” What if ... Soul’s Gate – James Rubart – Review, Interview and Give Away!

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5 Stars

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Darkness Rising

Darkness Rising

On 10/16 Holly Magnuson wrote: From the Cover Dani Harris thought there wasn’t much left that could surprise her after serving as a forensic psychiatrist in East Salem. And Tommy Gunderson has faced few challenges in his life that he couldn’t overcome by either physical strength or his celebrity status. But as they race to uncover what’s really happening behind ... Darkness Rising – Lis Wiehl

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4 Stars

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The Open Bible (NKJV)

The Open Bible (NKJV)

On 9/4 Holly Magnuson wrote: Amazon.com Widgets The Open Bible was one of the first study Bibles I ever had as a young Christian, so when I saw that Thomas Nelson was releasing an updated version I had to check it out. The review copy of this Bible is the hardcover which makes for a durable Bible that can take ... The Open Bible – Review

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4 Stars

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The Choice

The Choice

On 8/7 Holly Magnuson wrote: Amazon.com Widgets About this book: One Young Woman. Two Very Different Roads. The Choice will Change Everything. Even as a pregnant, unwed teen in 1974, Sandy Lincoln wanted to do the right thing. But when an ancient woman approached her in a convenience store with a mysterious prophecy and a warning, doing the right thing ... Review: The Choice–Robert Whitlow

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5 Stars

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Redemption

Redemption

On 5/7 Holly Magnuson wrote: Amazon.com Widgets Review Summary:  To say Bryan Clay was an angry troubled child would be an understatement. From elementary school he was a fighter and a rebel and not to give too much away, he was a rebel without a cause until his junior year of college. Throughout his story Bryan is honest about his ... Redemption A Rebellious Spirit, A Praying Mother, and the Unlikely Path to Olympic Gold–Bryan Clay

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4 Stars

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 4/8 Holly Magnuson wrote: Eyes of Justice, Triple Threat Series #4 By Lis Wiehl with April Henry / Thomas Nelson Cassidy, Allison, and Nicole fight for justice every day-Cassidy as a crime reporter, Nicole with the FBI, and Allison as a federal prosecutor. Together they’re a Triple Threat to be reckoned with. But never have they faced a case ... Eyes of Justice–Wiehl and Henry

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4 Stars

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/13 Holly Magnuson wrote: Smitten By C. Coble, K. Billerbeck, D. Hunt & D. Hunter / Thomas Nelson When a failed logging company threatens their town’s survival, four friends devise a plan to turn Smitten, Vermont, into the country’s premier honeymoon destination. But little do they know that love is already on the way—for each of them! Enjoy four ... Smitten–Coble, Billerbeck, Hunt, and Hunter

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5 Stars

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Waking Hours

Waking Hours

On 10/12 Holly Magnuson wrote: Waking Hours, East Salem Series #1 By Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson / Thomas Nelson All towns have secrets. Some have demons. Welcome to East Salem, a sleepy town with a history older than America where things are just a bit off; where the supernatural bleeds into the everyday. And where a tragic murder mystery ... Waking Hours by Lis Wiehl with Pete Nelson

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5 Stars

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Your 100 Day Prayer

Your 100 Day Prayer

On 10/12 Holly Magnuson wrote: Your 100-Day Prayer: The Transforming Power of Actively Waiting on God By John I. Snyder / Thomas Nelson One hundred days of structured, intentional prayer to help you transform your spiritual life! Filled with Scripture verses and rich Bible-centered devotions, Snyder’s guide helps you combine ... Your 100-Day Prayer by John I. Snyder

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4 Stars

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Water's Edge

Water's Edge

On 8/23 Holly Magnuson wrote:     From the Back Cover:  Sometimes the smallest towns hold the biggest secrets. Ambitious young attorney Tom Crane is about to become a partner in a big-city law firm. One final matter has to be cleared from his docket–the closing of his deceased father’s law practice in the small town of Bethel. Killed in ... Water’s Edge–Robert Whitlow

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4 Stars

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Nick of Time

Nick of Time

On 5/9 Holly Magnuson wrote: Nick of Time, A Bug Man Series #6 By Tim Downs / Thomas Nelson Tying the knot may be the toughest thing Nick Polchak has ever tried to do. Nick Polchak is comfortable with bugs. Their world is orderly. He knows where he stands and exactly how to interpret the signs they give him. But ... Nick of Time–Tim Downs–GIVE AWAY

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5 Stars

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Heart of Ice

Heart of Ice

On 4/5 Holly Magnuson wrote: About the Book The Triple Threat Club novels follow three fiercely intelligent women—a TV reporter, a Federal prosecutor and an FBI agent—as they investigate crimes as current as today’s headlines. The Triple Threat women have faced intense situations before…but never such a cunningly cold-blooded ... Heart of Ice – Lis Wiehl and April Henry

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4 Stars

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The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible, NKJV

On 1/6 Holly Magnuson wrote: The NKJV Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible – Hardcover By Thomas Nelson Discover the life-enriching biblical application you’re searching for in The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible. With more than 1,000 “Life Lessons” offering insights straight from Max the message of God’s ... The Lucado Life Lessons Study Bible – Review

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4 Stars

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Good Morning, Lord

Good Morning, Lord

On 10/28 Holly Magnuson wrote: From the Back Cover Good Morning, Lord: I Don’t Know Where You’re Going Today But I’m Going with You will jumpstart your day with a God-sized adventure. You’ll discover a journey filled with truth, tears, and laughter – a journey so rich that no matter where He leads, you’re sure to follow. My Review I ... Good Morning, Lord – Sheila Walsh

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5 Stars

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100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

On 9/4 Holly Magnuson wrote: First off, I want to thank Thomas Nelson for the opportunity to review this book – 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs strong>About this Book:God loves to hear from His children and this book will help kids feel comfortable talking to God and singing praise to Him.  Prayers include classic prayers such ... 100 Prayers God Loves to Hear, 100 Praise Songs

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4 Stars

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Wonders Never Cease

Wonders Never Cease

On 5/10 Holly Magnuson wrote: Description: "It's true what they say, you know: If you talk to God, you're religious; but if you hear from God, you're schizophrenic." When a car accident leaves a famous movie star in a coma, nurse Kemp McAvoy thinks he has found his ticket to the life he's always wanted. As a med school ... Wonders Never Cease – Tim Downs

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3 Stars

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The Voice New Testament

The Voice New Testament

On 4/13 Holly Magnuson wrote: The Voice New Testament By Thomas Nelson The Voice is a unique retelling of the Holy Scriptures using the best minds of this emerging generation of Christian leaders. Together they are helping young people fall in love with the Bible all over again. By highlighting the beauty ... The Voice – New Testament

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4 Stars

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Hand of Fate

Hand of Fate

On 4/5 Holly Magnuson wrote: Summary: This is book 2 of the Triple Threat Novel series and even better than the first. The Triple Threat Club have three things in common: the same high school, their involvement to fighting crime, and a passion for chocolate. Allison Pierce is Federal prosecutor, expectant mom, and the only Christian ... Hand of Fate – Lis Wiehl with April Henry

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5 Stars

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The Clouds Roll Away

The Clouds Roll Away

On 3/4 Holly Magnuson wrote: Overview of the Book: Raleigh Harmon's life seems as impossible to solve as the high-profile case she's pursuing. Closing her assignment with the FBI's Seattle office, forensic geologist Raleigh Harmon returns to her hometown of Richmond, Virginia, expecting a warm welcome. Instead she finds herself ... The Clouds Roll Away – Sibella Giorello

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3 Stars

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The Voice of Psalms

The Voice of Psalms

On 2/13 Holly Magnuson wrote: About the book: The Voice of Psalms is a new translation of the Bible designed for today’s church. This paperback version of the Bible attempts to bring unity between culture and theology by staying true to the author’s original message as well as providing a fluid telling of the story that you would ... The Voice of Psalms

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5 Stars

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Face of Betrayal (Trade Paperback)

Face of Betrayal (Trade Paperback)

On 1/31 Holly Magnuson wrote: This book gives you an excellent story, strong characters, brought together extremely tight writing. Lis Wiehl and April Henry introduces us Allison Pierce, Federal Prosecutor, Nicole Hedges, FBI Special Agent, and Cassidy Straw, television reporter, three women who have known each other since they were ... A Triple Threat Novel that gives you triple the entertainment

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5 Stars

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