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You'll Think of Me

You'll Think of Me

On 4/17 Suzie Waltner wrote: When a man with a life plan and a woman whose only goal is daily survival for her and her ten-year-old daughter, will their pasts and prejudices ruin a promising future? In “You’ll Think of Me,” Robin Lee Hatcher weaves a story of letting go and learning to trust in the beauty and grandeur of ... Review: You'll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Beyond Justice

Beyond Justice

On 4/14 Suzie Waltner wrote: Fans of John Grisham’s books or Lis Wiehl’s Mia Quinn series have a new author whose books they’ll devour. As the lawyer with a reputation in her firm of winning the unwinnable cases, Hayden McCarthy is willing to think outside the box when it comes to the law. But when she’s assigned a case ... Review: Beyond Justice by Cara Putnam

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If I'm Found

If I'm Found

On 3/20 Suzie Waltner wrote: Most nights, I fall asleep reading a book. But once in a while, a story comes along that pulls me in so deeply, I forget about rest. I want to know what happens next. If I’m Found by Terri Blackstock was one of those books. I could not put it down and finished it in one night. Readers meet Casey ... If I'm Found by Terri Blackstock

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The Illusionist's Apprentice

The Illusionist's Apprentice

On 3/1 Suzie Waltner wrote: One of my favorite things about Kristy Cambron’s books is they make me look at history and historical figures in a way I never have before. Sure I’ve heard the names John Ringling and Harry Houdini but other than a general knowledge of what they did to make a living, I’ve not thought about them ... The Illusionists Apprentice by Kristy Cambron

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An Uncommon Protector

An Uncommon Protector

On 2/17 Suzie Waltner wrote: Let me start with the most important information. I loved this book!! I’ve only read a couple books written by Shelley Shephard Gray but after reading An Uncommon Protector, I’m a fan. The development of both Thomas Baker and Laurel Tracey in this book were spot on. The author manages to introduce ... An Uncommon Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray

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Because You're Mine

Because You're Mine

On 1/25 Suzie Waltner wrote: While the story was a quick read, I had some mixed emotions about a few things going on. The mystery behind Jesse’s actions wasn’t so much a mystery for me. I had that one figured out almost from the beginning. But Barry, his family home, and his motivations were not as clear until the end of the ... Because You’re Mine by Colleen Coble

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3 Stars

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Unfolding

Unfolding

On 1/14 Suzie Waltner wrote: I’ve read a couple books by Jonathan Friesen in the past, but Unfolding (available everywhere from Blink and Zondervan January 31, 2017) just might be his best yet. In Gullary, Oklahoma, Jonah wishes he were whole. His life is filled with pain from a debilitating physical condition and seizures ... Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

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4 Stars

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Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

Twilight at Blueberry Barrens

On 12/14 Suzie Waltner wrote: Tell me if you can relate. Every once in a while, there’s a book on my TBR pile (and yes, sometimes they’re ones I’m supposed to review) that takes you forever to get to it? But then you finally, finally get some time to read it and you’re like, “Why didn’t I read that sooner?” That’s ... Twilight at Blueberry Barrens by Colleen Coble

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Just a Kiss

Just a Kiss

On 9/6 Suzie Waltner wrote: When I’m in the mood to read a feel-good romance that is guaranteed to make me smile by the end, Denise Hunter is always a good bet. And with the third and final installment of her Summer Harbor series, readers get to experience the youngest Callahan brother’s journey as he returns from war. If ... Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

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When Death Draws Near

When Death Draws Near

On 8/18 Suzie Waltner wrote: I’m not sure whether it was the plethora of romantic suspense novels I’ve read this month or the fact I was in the mood for something more light-hearted (mostly likely a combination of both of those), but I had a little bit of a difficult time getting into the book. First, let me point out that this ... When Death Draws Near by Carrie Stuart Parks

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Kiss the Bride

Kiss the Bride

On 6/2 Suzie Waltner wrote: I’ve missed the fun monthly wedding novellas that Zondervan gave readers the past two years. If you missed them, I have good news. They are re-releasing these short and fun stories in groups of three (plus you can get your hands on a hard copy this way instead of the eBooks). In “Kiss the Bride,” ... hree Novellas in One Place: Kiss the Bride

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The Beautiful Pretender

The Beautiful Pretender

On 5/17 Suzie Waltner wrote: Melanie Dickerson has a gift for crafting engaging and entertaining fairytales for adults. Her second Thornbeck novel, The Beautiful Pretender, is perhaps my favorite of everything she’s written thus far (and I’ve enjoyed every single one of her stories). Perhaps the peasant girl pretending to be ... The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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Dawn at Emberwilde

Dawn at Emberwilde

On 5/8 Suzie Waltner wrote: Probably the thing that had me most aggravated about this book was the lack of interaction between the two main characters. Their conversations were brief, the two barely got to know each other beyond polite, formal interactions (some while in groups of people). Even the mystery of the Emberwilde Forest ... Dawn at Emberwilde by Sarah E Ladd

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3 Stars

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Sister Dear

Sister Dear

On 4/19 Suzie Waltner wrote: As with Laura McNeill’s debut, Center of Gravity, I am sure there will be a slight uproar about her latest book, Sister Dear. While Thomas Nelson, a publisher most known for their Christian Fiction, continues to release books that aren’t quite what readers expect from them, there are sure to be some ... Book Review: Sister Dear by Laura McNeill

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The Goodbye Bride

The Goodbye Bride

On 3/8 Suzie Waltner wrote: Can I just say, I’m hooked on Denise Hunter’s books. She’s been a favorite author of mine for several years now. And I’d have to say others agree considering she’s now got a deal with the Hallmark Channel for one of her books, The Convenient Groom (pick it up if you haven’t read it yet.) In ... The Goodbye Bride by Denise Hunter

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4 Stars

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If I Run

If I Run

On 2/16 Suzie Waltner wrote: I’ve been a fan of Terri Blackstock’s writing for years when I was working in a Christian bookstore while in college and stumbled across her Newport 911 series. And then I devoured her books when they came out. But I did not remember her writing most of her books in first person POV (and yes, I went ... Would You Save Your Life or Someone Else’s?

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Keeper of the Stars

Keeper of the Stars

On 1/26 Suzie Waltner wrote: I’ve enjoy spending time in Robin Lee Hatcher’s fictional Idaho small town. The characters have become familiar and loved. And Hatcher ends her King’s Meadow series with a tale of letting go, of living, of forgiving, that packs a punch. When Penny Cartwright’s younger brother is killed in a ... Another Series Ending on a Harmonious Note

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The Newsmakers

The Newsmakers

On 1/19 Suzie Waltner wrote: I enjoyed reading Lis Wiehl’s Mia Quinn series, so I jumped at the chance to read her newest in a little different setting than the courtroom. And the suspense is ratcheted up from the first chapter in The Newsmakers (written with contributor Sebastian Stewart). Ambitious reporter Erica Sparks is ... Who Controls the News?

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The Wedding Chapel

The Wedding Chapel

On 11/24 Suzie Waltner wrote: This past September, I had the privilege of sitting in a day-long class with authors Rachel Hauck and Susan May Warren in which they talked about a story equation. Hauck actually mentioned her story question for her newest book, The Wedding Chapel: What if a wedding chapel had set empty for sixty years, ... Healing and Hope

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The Brontë Plot

The Brontë Plot

On 11/2 Suzie Waltner wrote: Two years ago, I read a little book called Dear Mr. Knightley and every year since, I’ve looked forward to seeing what Katherine Reay comes up with next. Lizzie & Jane did not disappoint and neither does Reay’s 2015 offering, The Bronte Plot. Lucy Alling has a great job in which she passes her ... Who or What Shapes our Futures?

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The Perfect Arrangement

The Perfect Arrangement

On 9/18 Suzie Waltner wrote: As I write this review, I’m in Dallas, Texas for the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) conference. This is my first one and I’m excited to learn from many of the authors I’ve reviewed here on my blog. For the next three days, I’ll be meeting other authors, listening in on panels, and ... The Perfect Fall Read

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Hiding Places

Hiding Places

On 9/7 Suzie Waltner wrote: At the beginning of August, my parents and I met in Colorado for a vacation. Despite living in southern Wyoming for seven years in the 80s and 90s, we’d never visited Estes Park, Colorado. One of my friends informed me that there was a hotel in Estes Park that inspired a rather famous book and movie. ... Heart of a Family

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Never Said

Never Said

On 8/16 Suzie Waltner wrote: Sixteen year old Sarah has spent her life in the shadows—the shadows in the halls of school, the shadows of her family, and mostly in the shadow of her out going and vibrant twin sister, Annie. With crippling social anxiety, Sarah panics when she has to perform in front of a group, speak with someone ... Never Said by Carol Lynch Williams

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Love Takes the Cake

Love Takes the Cake

On 8/2 Suzie Waltner wrote: Charlotte can set her watch by her Tuesday evening customer. The handsome man’s order for his girlfriend never varies either. Then one Tuesday some friends of his come in—one of them is the Bridezilla she’s got a consultation with for a wedding cake. When the groom to be suggests Will take care ... Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant

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A Heart’s Home

A Heart’s Home

On 7/22 Suzie Waltner wrote: The final installment in the Journey of the Heart serials, A Heart’s Home finds Emmie Croftner with a difficult decision: Marry the man she loves or keep the promise she made to Amelia Campbell. The promise that if anything happened to her, Emmie would marry Jacob and care for him and Amelia’s daughter. ... A Heart’s Home by Colleen Coble

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Center of Gravity

Center of Gravity

On 7/15 Suzie Waltner wrote: Ava Carson’s life revolves around her two boys—eight year old Jack who she has adopted as her own and her baby, Sam—and she likes her life. For the most part. She misses her job as school counselor and tries to make due with what she’s given. Her husband is an important man with an important ... Center of Gravity by Laura McNeill

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A Heart's Promise

A Heart's Promise

On 6/17 Suzie Waltner wrote: Emmie Croftner is settling into life in Wyoming. She’s intent on loving and caring for her friends and trying to survive the wilderness. Her pregnancy still concerns here. Who will want her when they learn the truth about her so-called husband? Certainly not Isaac Liddle. He’s too good for her. When ... A Heart’s Promise by Colleen Coble

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I Hope You Dance

I Hope You Dance

On 6/11 Suzie Waltner wrote: As much a fan as I am of Zondervan’s Year of Weddings Novellas they’ve been compiling for the past year and a half, I’ve most been looking forward to the second half of this year’s offerings. Some of my favorite authors are each taking a turn at one of these. Starting with Robin Lee Hatcher, ... I Hope You Dance by Robin Lee Hatcher

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A Heart’s Betrayal

A Heart’s Betrayal

On 6/5 Suzie Waltner wrote: Book Four in Colleen Coble’s Journey of the Heart Series switches things up a little for the readers. Now that Sarah and Rand have found their HEA (for non-romance readers, that’s Happily Ever After), it’s someone else’s turn. After her husband of three month’s death, Emmie Croftner finds ... A Heart's Betrayal by Colleen Coble

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Married 'til Monday

Married 'til Monday

On 5/21 Suzie Waltner wrote: If you’ve been reading the Chapel Springs series, you are at least a little bit away or Ryan McKinley’s history with his ex-wife. The fourth and final installment in the series not only gives you the complete picture of what happened in Ryan’s marriage, it also introduces you to some new people ... Married 'til Monday by Denise Hunter

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Picture Perfect Love

Picture Perfect Love

On 5/16 Suzie Waltner wrote: The seventh book (wow, we’re more than halfway through this collection already) in the A Year of Weddings Novella series, the title gives away which industry one of these characters. Picture Perfect Love was an introduction of a new-to-me author, Melissa McClone. In the past two years, Jenna Harrison ... Picture Perfect Love by Melissa McClone

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A Heart's Danger

A Heart's Danger

On 5/14 Suzie Waltner wrote: The third installment of the Journey of the Heart series picks up a few months after the second book. Sarah Montgomery struggles to accept that the love of her life, Rand Campbell will soon be married to another woman. Her days are spent caring for her younger brother and teaching the Sioux children ... A Heart's Danger by Colleen Coble

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A Heart's Obsession

A Heart's Obsession

On 5/1 Suzie Waltner wrote: The second installment of Colleen Coble’s Journey of the Heart serial, A Heart’s Obsession finds Sarah Montgomery following the love of her life to Wyoming. But when she gets there, she finds that Rand Campbell is engaged to someone else two months after he left. Because she loves him, Sarah only ... A Heart's Obsession by Colleen Coble

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Never a Bridesmaid

Never a Bridesmaid

On 4/9 Suzie Waltner wrote: Mari Hays’s excitement at the news of her sister’s engagement is quickly extinguished when she learns she will be at the end of a long line of bridesmaids. And what’s even worse is Sienna Jameson, the person Crystal has chosen as her maid of honor, is not a good choice. The woman is self-absorbed ... Never a Bridesmaid by Janice Thompson

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An Uncertain Choice

An Uncertain Choice

On 4/4 Suzie Waltner wrote: Lady Rosemarie has resigned herself to life in the convent when she turns eighteen. Her parents made a vow that pledged her to service to God, and she would honor that vow. She desires to be a good leader to her faithful people and believes she can do that from the isolation of the abbey. When a family ... An Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund

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Remnants: Season of Fire

Remnants: Season of Fire

On 3/25 Suzie Waltner wrote: With the popularity of dystopian young adult novels, it isn’t a surprise that the genre has entered the Christian fiction market. I’ve read and enjoyed the trilogies: Hunger Games, Divergent, and Legend. What do you think it is about these books that draw people in? A young person bringing hope to ... Remnants: Season of Fire by Lisa T. Bergren

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A Thing of Beauty

A Thing of Beauty

On 1/10 Suzie Waltner wrote: A new year means a whole slew of new books. Several of my favorite authors are completing their series this year before they start on the next one, but everyone once in a while it’s nice to pick up a book that has no others attached to it, a book that was written with no follow up in mind. This is ... A Thing of Beauty by Lisa Samson

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Both of Me

Both of Me

On 12/25 Suzie Waltner wrote: As I sit here after finishing this book, my mind won’t quit reliving this story. It’s a book that will most definitely be getting a second read from me, a book I will be telling others about, a book that resonates. Clara is running when she meets Elias Phinn on an airplane. A boy she’s never ... Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

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Love Without End

Love Without End

On 11/30 Suzie Waltner wrote: Kimberly Welch has come to King’s Meadow, Idaho because she has nowhere else to go. Her best friend offers her and her teenage daughter a place to live after their belongings are reposessed. When Kimberly’s daughter, Tara, is given a horse that needs to be broken in, she turns to Chet Leonard–a ... Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Love at Mistletoe Inn

Love at Mistletoe Inn

On 11/8 Suzie Waltner wrote: Every month for the past year, I have looked forward the next release in The Year of Weddings novella series put out by Zondervan. These short, two hour reads were perfect for a night in and I was introduced to several new authors. I was thrilled to hear Zondervan decided to do it again. This year instead ... Love at Mistletoe Inn by Cindy Kirk

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 11/4 Suzie Waltner wrote: Margaretha likes to talk. A lot. She talks when she’s happy, when she’s nervous, when she’s afraid, and when she’s awake. Her brothers tease her about it. She’s convinced she’s driven away some of her suitors with her incessant prattling so when Lord Claybrook express interest despite her ... The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

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Hit

Hit

On 10/7 Suzie Waltner wrote: Sarah has planned her day out. Today is the day she is going to give Mr. Haddings, her school’s grad student Poet-in-Residence, her poem that will declare her true feelings for the man. She has used her poetry journal to declare her feelings for the man and believes he returns some of her sentiment ... Hit by Lorie Ann Grover

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Rebels

Rebels

On 9/16 Suzie Waltner wrote: In the third and final installment of The Safe Lands Trilogy, Rebels, Omar and Mason have learned that liberation means being sent to the lowlands to work prison or the remainder of their days. Levi continues to try to lead and inspire his people while mourning the loss of his brothers. Shaylinn continues ... Rebels (The Safe Lands #3) by Jill Williamson

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The Butterfly and the Violin

The Butterfly and the Violin

On 8/26 Suzie Waltner wrote: Once in a while I come across a book I’m not sure about reading but a few pages into it, I’m captivated. That’s what happened with The Butterfly and the Violin. This book was beautifully written and tops my list of favorites so far in 2014. Sera James is desperate to find the original portrait. ... The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

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Seagrass Pier

Seagrass Pier

On 6/28 Suzie Waltner wrote: Elin Summerall is blessed and cursed. She’s blessed to have been the successful recipient of a heart transplant and cursed because that transplant came with some memories. Memories of how the woman whose heart she now carries with her died at the hands of a killer. When the killer seems to set his ... Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble

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The Bridge Tender

The Bridge Tender

On 6/9 Suzie Waltner wrote: Emily Shaw’s life has not gone as she expected. She did not expect to lose her husband to get sick. She did not expect to become a widow after five years of marriage. Now she doesn’t know what to do. She wants to bury her head and block out the world, but Ryan, her husband, leaves her a gift that ... The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen

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The Heart's Pursuit

The Heart's Pursuit

On 5/6 Suzie Waltner wrote: Silver Matlock has managed to put her parents in financial hardship. At least that’s the way she sees it. When she is abandoned on her wedding day by the man who was to be her groom, she believes he was also responsible for stealing the money out of her father’s safe that was to be used to pay off ... The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Bluebonnet Bride

Bluebonnet Bride

On 4/17 Suzie Waltner wrote: Sometimes I just want something quick to read for an afternoon. I don’t want to start a full-length book and get sucked in for the next two days. This is the reason I love that there are so many novellas out right now (the Year of Weddings series is perfect for this). But “Bluebonnet Bride” by ... Short Read for a Lazy Afternoon

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3 Stars

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Nashville Sweetheart

Nashville Sweetheart

On 4/5 Suzie Waltner wrote: Sometimes when I’m reviewing books I seem to run into a theme. Recently I was reading a couple of mysteries in a row. This month is seems to be books based in Nashville. The books are very different from each other (the last one I reviewed was a historical romance and the one I’m reviewing today ... Nashville Sweetheart

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Distortion

Distortion

On 3/23 Suzie Waltner wrote: I’ve been a fan of Terri Blackstock’s work for years. I started with her Newpointe 911 and Suncoast Chronicles series. In the second book of her Moonlighter’s series, Distortion, our three sisters return for some more PI work, and once again, it’s personal. The action gets started on the very ... Another Good Murder Mystery

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Dancing with Fireflies

Dancing with Fireflies

On 3/1 Suzie Waltner wrote: Denise Hunter is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors so I was thrilled to get ahold of the second book in her Chapel Springs Series which will be available March 11. I think the draw of Hunter’s books for me is her character development. She lets readers see into the minds and hearts of her ... Dancing with Fireflies

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Runaway Saint

Runaway Saint

On 2/14 Suzie Waltner wrote: My favorite books are usually chick lit types or romances but the description of Runaway Saint by Lisa Sampson intrigued me and I decided to request it to review. I am so glad I did. This book delved into relationships and forgiveness and past hurts and secrets. Sara Drexel is an artist. She and her ... My Favorite Read So Far This Year

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A February Bride

A February Bride

On 2/6 Suzie Waltner wrote: As a single gal, February fourteenth just means that there will be a wait at most local restaurants and several of my co-workers will receive flowers from their significant others. But as a girl, I am a sucker for a good love story and the third installment in the “A Year of Weddings” novella series ... Valentine's With a Bang

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A January Bride

A January Bride

On 2/4 Suzie Waltner wrote: I don’t know about you but I’m ready for spring. It’s been a cold and brutal winter so far. On those cold evenings or weekends I will often curl up with a good book. I read and reviewed the first book in “A Year of Weddings” novella series earlier this month and now have the opportunity to ... Curl Up with a Cute Love Story

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A December Bride

A December Bride

On 1/28 Suzie Waltner wrote: Denise Hunter is one of my favorite Christian fiction authors. She does a great job of developing her characters and drawing the reader into the story. In A December Bride in the Year of Wedding Novellas series, she once again delivers. This is a good story to read while you wait for the second book ... Good Chapel Springs Series Bridge

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Outcasts

Outcasts

On 1/27 Suzie Waltner wrote: It is pretty amazing how imaginative some authors are. After reading Captives, book one in The Safe Lands series, I was ready to read the second book, Captives and the pages turned faster in the second book because I was now familiar with the kids from Glenrock. The three brothers, Levi, Mason and Omar ... Safe Lands Series Book Two Does Not Disappoint

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Captives

Captives

On 1/12 Suzie Waltner wrote: Dystopian Young Adult novels are very popular these days. Between the popularity of The Hunger Games and Divergent series and a few others out there, there were bound to be some Christian versions of this popular genre right now. Captives, the first book in The Safe Lands series written by Jill Williamson, ... A Good Christian Alternative for Teens Interested in Dystopian YA Fiction

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Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive

On 11/23 Suzie Waltner wrote: If you’ve followed my blog for long, know me in person or are friends with me on Facebook then you will not be at all surprised to learn that I like to read. I love spend my free time immersed in a good book. My Kindle and bookshelves are full of books I have yet to read because I am always getting ... Sweet Olive (Book Review)

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3 Stars

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Aquifer

Aquifer

On 11/21 Suzie Waltner wrote: Before I review this book I think it needs to be said that with the high quality of YA fiction that is being written right now, it’s going to be tough for Christian YA fiction to catch up. With the popularity of trilogies like The Hunger Games, Divergent and Legend, where every series seems to be better ... So-So YA Dystopian Story

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Dear Mr. Knightley

Dear Mr. Knightley

On 11/5 Suzie Waltner wrote: This particular book had a lot of potential to disappoint me as a reader. I saw the book cover as a sneak peak for Thomas Nelson’s October newsletter and when I saw the title I knew I wanted to read this book. When I read the short description of the book, it had even more potential. And I have to ... Does Not Disapppoint

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Mirror Images

Mirror Images

On 10/3 Suzie Waltner wrote: I’m tired this morning. “Why?” you might ask. Well, you see, yesterday afternoon I started reading this book and I couldn’t put it down. Finally, at 2:00 am, I closed the book because I knew I needed to get some sleep since I had to come in to work today. Mirror Images by Laurel Norlander definitely ... A Mystery that Will Keep You Turning the Pages

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4 Stars

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Blessed Child

Blessed Child

On 9/29 Suzie Waltner wrote: While an older novel by Ted Dekker (co-written with Bill Bright), Blessed Child is a must-read for Dekker fans. He seamlessly weaves the spiritual with real life and keeps you turning the pages with suspense to keep you turning the pages. Relief worker Jason Marker agrees to take a young orphan boy, ... A Child Will Lead Them

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Beloved

Beloved

On 9/24 Suzie Waltner wrote: I was introduced to Robin Lee Hatcher about 20 years ago when I was working in a Christian book store part time while in college. I picked up The Forgiving Hour and have been reading this author’s books ever since. Although, admittedly, I’ve missed some books along the years (but that’s just reason ... Christian Romance at its Best

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Prison

Prison

On 9/1 Suzie Waltner wrote: After reading Prison by Toni V. Lee, I am torn about the review. I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t love it either. There were some thinks I really liked about the book and then there were other things I didn’t enjoy so much. Sonja Grey is an undercover police detective who has just been assigned ... Just So So

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3 Stars

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Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

Harriet Beamer Strikes Gold

On 8/24 Suzie Waltner wrote: When I was growing up, we always lived at least two states away from both sets of my grandparents so I never had the relationship with them that some of my cousins have had. Joyce Magnin's main character, Harriet Beamer, seems like the type of grandmother that every child should have. She's quirky, a ... Quirky but Average Read

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Barefoot Summer

Barefoot Summer

On 7/15 Suzie Waltner wrote: I have always been a fan of Chick Lit. There is something about reading about two people who you know are meant to be together but have their misunderstandings and trials. Eventually, they work through it all to find their happy ending. Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter does not disappoint in this area. Madison ... Summer Romance

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When Mockingbirds Sing

When Mockingbirds Sing

On 7/11 Suzie Waltner wrote: We grow up and we lose that wonder of childhood, the innocence and the ability to believe in magic and the unseen. In "When Mockingbirds Sing" by Billy Coffey, the belief of a child and unbelief of others is explored. Leah Norcross is a shy little girl who stutters. At her birthday party, she sees the ... The Faith of a Child

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A Bride for All Seasons

A Bride for All Seasons

On 6/19 Suzie Waltner wrote: I enjoy these books with four novellas in them. They are pretty quick reads and while you don’t have all of the misunderstandings and miscommunications that are in full novels, there are enough to keep you interested in the story. In A Bride for All Seasons: The Mail Order Bride Collection (with stories ... Fun Historical Romance

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Once Upon a Prince

Once Upon a Prince

On 6/4 Suzie Waltner wrote: When we were little girls, didn’t we all dream of becoming princesses one day? Then we grow up and reality sets in and we make other plans for our lives. Susanne Truitt’s plans to marry her boyfriend of twelve years were shattered when he returns from his fourth tour of duty and proclaims, “I ... Every Girl's Dream

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Victim of Grace

Victim of Grace

On 5/8 Suzie Waltner wrote: I have been reading Robin Jones Gunn’s books for 20+ years. From the Christy Miller and Sierra Jensen Series to the Glenbrooke and Sister Chicks series, Jones Gunn’s books have always been one of my favorite authors. I even gave my niece the first few books in the Christy Miller series a couple of ... Robin Jones Gunn Delivers Again

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5 Stars

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Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue

On 4/29 Suzie Waltner wrote: If you are a reader of Christian Fiction, there is a chance you have read at least one of Colleen Coble’s many books. In Search and Rescue, written with Robin Caroll, she takes younger readers into her popular Rock Harbor series. Fourteen-year-old Emily O’Reilly knows what she wants to do when she ... Share Your Love of Christian Fiction with your Teenage Daughter(s)

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4 Stars

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The Whisper Theory

The Whisper Theory

On 4/4 Suzie Waltner wrote: I chose to review The Whisper Theory written by Amber Albee Swenson because no one else had reviewed it yet. After reading a few chapters of the book, I began to see why. In the preface there is a comment about how it is not the author’s intent to put a heavy burden on teens. That was the first clue. Meghan ... Depends on the Reader

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2 Stars

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The Heiress of Winterwood

The Heiress of Winterwood

On 4/2 Suzie Waltner wrote: I am a fan of all things Jane Austen. I read Pride and Prejudice every year and have read a lot of the books of what happens after. For the past couple of months I have been absorbed in The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. The online, updated adaptation of P&P but those ended last Thursday. I had been looking ... Austen Fans Rejoice

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5 Stars

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The House that Love Built

The House that Love Built

On 4/1 Suzie Waltner wrote: I would say that is the major theme in The House that Love Built written by Beth Wiseman. There is also the theme of family (no matter whether it’s traditional or untraditional, the love family is what makes us who we are). This is the first book I have read written by Wiseman. An Amazon search shows ... Forgiving and letting Go of the Bitterness

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4 Stars

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Truth Stained Lies

Truth Stained Lies

On 3/22 Suzie Waltner wrote: I purposely waited to request another review book when I saw that Terri Blackstock had a book on the list. Several years ago I read a few of her books and enjoyed all of them. Truth Stained Lies was not an exception to this. I was immersed in the story by page 5 and, even though I was pretty sure I knew ... Three Sisters, One Convoluted Murder

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Fire Prophet

Fire Prophet

On 2/2 Suzie Waltner wrote: Every once in a while I like to review some young adult books to see what is out there. I have three nieces and a nephew who are all at the age to read YA books and I am always looking for some good ideas for books that bring a bit of faith into them. When I picked up Fire Prophet by Jerel Law, other ... Action and Adventure with a Spiritual Twist

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5 Stars

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Silent Night

Silent Night

On 1/13 Suzie Waltner wrote: I have been reading Colleen Coble’s books for years. I have always enjoyed her ability to weaving some mystery and romance together and love the fact that she uses characters you meet in one book on her other books. Silent Night is a novella that brings us back into the life of Search and Rescue worker ... Exciting, Fast Read

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5 Stars

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Secretly Smitten

Secretly Smitten

On 1/2 Suzie Waltner wrote: Before I begin this review, let me get something off my chest. There is not such a place as Smitten, Vermont where God-following, good Christian men age 25 and up are in abundance. As a 40-year-old single woman, I have to say that if this place really existed, the women would once again outnumber the ... Pretty Typical Chick-Lit

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4 Stars

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Starring Me

Starring Me

On 12/29 Suzie Waltner wrote: Today the shelves in the young adult section of bookstores are filled with books about vampires, werewolves and witches. It is always refreshing to come across a book based in reality that has a positive message with no gore or foul language. Starring Me written by Krista McGee fits that category. Starring ... Uplifting Young Adult Fiction

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4 Stars

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The Scent of Rain

The Scent of Rain

On 8/25 Suzie Waltner wrote: While I enjoy most romance and chick lit novels, there are two things in most of them that I dislike. Because The Scent of Rain by Kristen Billerbeck has both of these issues in it, I thought I’d just throw them out there. First of all, I realize that the author only has about 300 pages to get her ... Pretty Typical Chick Lit

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Tidewater Inn

Tidewater Inn

On 8/10 Suzie Waltner wrote: Libby Holladay arrives at Hope Beach in search of her friend and business partner who she saw kidnapped. In the midst of the search for Nicole, Libby has to deal with learning a father she never knew left her a beautiful inn on the beach and she has a family that she never knew about. Colleen Coble ... Mystery and Romance, What More Could a Girl Ask For?

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Eyes of Justice

Eyes of Justice

On 4/10 Suzie Waltner wrote: Eyes of Justice (A Triple Threat Novel) by Lis Wiehl and April Henry was the first in the series I have read and, admittedly, definitely not the best one to start with as I really didn’t identify with the characters until about halfway through the book. I’m sure readers who are fans of these novels ... Murder and Mayhem

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4 Stars

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Bittersweet Surrender

Bittersweet Surrender

On 2/28 Suzie Waltner wrote: I admit it, I’m a fan of Chick Lit. Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt fits the definition of Chick Lit. If you can overlook some of the inconsistencies in the story line, then the book is just a fun read for a day when you want something light to get through.   Carly Westfield loves her chocolate ... Good Beach Read

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4 Stars

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First Date

First Date

On 1/14 Suzie Waltner wrote: Teenage girls today are surrounded with poor influences and role models. Addy Davidson is someone that girls can both relate to and admire in Krista McGee's latest book, First Date. Addy Davidson, a regular (and maybe even a little boring) high school student, is focused on her studies and getting into ... A Great Role Model for Today's Teenage Girl

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Sunrise on the Battery

Sunrise on the Battery

On 12/28 Suzie Waltner wrote: As much grief as it gets, I usually enjoy Christian fiction but Sunrise on the Battery written by Beth Webb Hart was a little disappointing for me. The concept of the story could have been done a little better. The book was inspired by the book Radical by David Platt. The Scovilles have made it in the ... Sunrise on the Battery

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2 Stars

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Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks

On 12/6 Suzie Waltner wrote: April Grace Reilly is a spitfire. She is funny, speaks her mind, has strong opinions and loves her family fiercely. If the great name of this book, Cliques, Hicks and Ugly Sticks: Confessions of April Grace, isn’t enough to grab your attention, then this red-headed girl from Arkansas is sure to draw ... I Love this Kid

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5 Stars

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Smitten

Smitten

On 12/2 Suzie Waltner wrote: The mill in the town of Smitten has just closed. Four friends in the small town are determined to turn their town into the next romantic getaway vacation destination. And while they are trying to help their town succeed, each of them find love. Smitten is a collaboration by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, ... There Must Be Something in the Water

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4 Stars

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Max On Life

Max On Life

On 11/25 Suzie Waltner wrote: Max on Life is a great resource for everyone, Christians who have questions or have friends and acquaintances with questions and non-Christians who have doubts, concerns and questions of their own. Using the questions he has received over the course of his ministry, Max Lucado's compilation of these ... Max Lucado on Some of Life's Tough Questions

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5 Stars

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Left at the Altar

Left at the Altar

On 11/7 Suzie Waltner wrote: As a woman who is almost forty and has not been married or in a serious relationship with a man before, Left at the Altar did not seem like a book I could get anything out of. And so, it sat on my bookshelf for months. Determined to get back to writing reviews and clearing off my bookshelf, I finally ... A Woman’s Guide to Healing after Rejection

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Tithing

Tithing

On 1/20 Suzie Waltner wrote: We've all heard stories of someone who was down to their last twenty dollars until payday a week away and instead of buying groceries with the money, they put the twenty in the offering plate. And then, when they arrived home after church or work, they find one hundred dollars worth of groceries were ... Test Me In This: Stories of Tithers

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2 Stars

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A Girl's Guide to Life

A Girl's Guide to Life

On 1/1 Suzie Waltner wrote: I admit it, I hated being a teenage girl. It is not usually a time of my life I enjoy looking back on. I was a shy, overweight, unpopular Jr and Sr High student and I couldn't wait to get out of the small town I lived in and away from all of my classmates who made my life pretty miserable. And, I'm going ... Teenage Girls' Tough Questions and Issues Addressed

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3 Stars

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Outlive Your Life

Outlive Your Life

On 9/10 Suzie Waltner wrote: When you think of someone who has successfully lived a life that will be remembered as making an impact, the names that first come to mind may be names like Billy Graham or Mother Theresa. Often I don’t feel like I can make that kind of an impact. But in his newest book, Outlive Your ... Living the Book of Acts in 2010

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5 Stars

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The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect

On 9/7 Suzie Waltner wrote: The Butterfly Effect is a beautiful little gift book that is part history lesson, a small part science and part motivational story. Mostly known for it’s use in science fiction, The Butterly Effect is when one action creates a string of circumstances because of that specific actions. Andrew’s book starts with the story of one ... Book Review: The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters by Andy Andrews

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3 Stars

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Friendship for Grown-Ups

Friendship for Grown-Ups

On 5/24 Suzie Waltner wrote: When I was in college, I had a friend I could share anything with. She was someone I felt comfortable sharing my humanness with, someone who would keep my confidences and not spread them to others. We had a mutual understanding that the struggles we shared were between us. We were there to support each ... Friendship for Grownups by Lisa Welchel

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Lonestar Homecoming

Lonestar Homecoming

On 4/6 Suzie Waltner wrote: Set in modern day Texas, “Lonestar Homecoming” draws you into the story immediately and keeps you turning pages until the mystery is solved at the end of the book. While the book is the third in a series, it definitely stands on its own (I had not read the other two books and was not ... Book Review: Lonestar Homecoming by Colleen Coble

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4 Stars

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Jane Austen

Jane Austen

On 3/24 Suzie Waltner wrote: As a fan of all things Jane Austen, I was excited to receive this book in the mail. I have read everyone of Austen’s books at least once (most of them I have read three or four times and I read “Pride & Prejudice” at least once a year). Therefore, I was eager to learn a little more about the author. ... Christian Encounters: Jane Austen by Peter Leithart

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3 Stars

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Living Life in the Zone

Living Life in the Zone

On 2/17 Suzie Waltner wrote: Living Life in the Zone A 40-Day Spiritual Game Plan for Men Kyle Rote Jr Dr. Joe Pettigrew  Living Life in the Zone is a 40 day devotional for men. Focusing on many different areas in a man’s life, the book covers all bases including marriage, fatherhood, working relationships and Spiritual relationships. The ... Living Life in The Zone book review

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