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Review: Deception

Title: Deception
Author: Patricia Bradley
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3576-0

“There’s always an explanation … even though you might not be prepared for it,” Madison is told in Patricia Bradley’s novel, Deception.

~ What ~
The fourth book in the Natchez Trace Park Rangers series, this three-hundred-and-ninety-two-page targets those who like romantic suspense that searches for the truth about the past and forgiving others. With no profanity but topics of addiction, murder, and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes acknowledgments, an excerpt of another book by the author, her biography, and advertisements.

In this story, thirty-five-year-old Madison Thorn is an ISB ranger who switched from violent crimes to cybercrimes after killing an FBI agent in self-defense. When she has a case in Natchez, Mississippi, where she spent summers as a child, not only does she become involved in several shootings under mysterious circumstances, but also she must trust another man to help her. As the two work together to solve several crimes, they try to resolve their shortcomings while avoiding their feelings for each other.

~ Why ~
This quick read reinforces how the past’s secrets can be hard to accept yet, with forgiveness, they can be redeeming. I liked the protagonist’s determination to find who is trying to kill those she cares about as she learns to rely on God for answers. Although it is the fourth book in the series and I have not read any of the others, it is a stand-alone read.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a Christian-based story that centers on God being with us always, prayer, and forgiveness may not like this read. Others may not care for the many characters and the roles they play as their lives intersect because it sometimes gets confusing.

~ Wish ~
I wish the eternal plan of salvation were clearly stated. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reference.

~ Want ~
If you want to read a story that promotes forgiving pasts that are full of deception, this one with suspense will keep you engaged.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Revell #PatriciaBradley #Deception #NatchezTraceParkRangersSeries

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Review: The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip

Title: The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip
Author: Sara Brunsvold
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-4027-6

“But he is a God of new life, Miss Kelley. A God of rescue and redemption,” Aidyn is told in Sara Brunsvold’s novel, The Extraordinary Deaths of Mrs. Kip.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page targets those who like fiction that focuses on dealing with one’s end of life here on Earth. With no profanity but topics of alcoholism, dying, and death, it may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s note, biography, and advertisements.

In this story, seventy-nine-year-old Clara is living her last days in a hospice facility, trying ardently to show God’s love one last time before she meets her Maker. When the hospitable yet ornery spitfire is interviewed by a twenty-two-year-old journalist for her supposed obituary, the dying woman has to step up her game one last time to help guide the girl with a youthful, naive ego to understand the power of faith, prayer, and trusting the Lord.

~ Why ~
This is a tear-jerker read that tenderly shows how a person who has given others love deals with dying. The quickly growing relationship between the two women is uplifting and caring while the cub reporter matures observing a spunky but graceful lady passing into eternity. Since I have volunteered with the elderly for years and have dealt with loved ones passing, I appreciate how accurate the process of dying was told.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like a Christian-based story that conveys peace and comfort at the end of life may not like this book. Others may not care for the slow start of the story or that there were some presumably stereotypical characters, yet both were necessary to the flow of the tale.

~ Wish ~
I do not recall the eternal plan of salvation that Jesus died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again the third day was thoroughly explained. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reference.

~ Want ~
If you want to read a story about an elderly woman dealing with mortality and a young woman finding new life, this one that promotes the extraordinary gift of companionship will be cherished.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Revell #SaraBrusvold #TheExtraordinaryDeathsofMrsKip

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Review: In the Shadow of His Wings

Title:  In the Shadow of His Wings
Author: Roslynn Long
Publisher: Bethany House
ISBN: 978-0-7642-3948-9

“Each bird photograph in this book is a kind of ‘Ebenezer’ of my birding expeditions–they are reminders of the love and care of the Lord in even the smallest matters of life,” Roslynn Long writes in the introduction to her devotional, In the Shadow of His Wings: 40 Uplifting Devotions Inspired by Birds.

~ What ~
This square one-hundred-and-sixty-page hardbound targets those who enjoy a devotional devoted to birds and how they correlate to God. With beautiful photographs by the author, it contains Biblical stories and applications that are taken from the Holy Bible. The NIV, ESV, NASB, NKJV, and NLT versions are referenced.

From three to five pages each, the forty devotions have one to two full-color photographs each of all types of birds that include bluebirds, cardinals, ducks, eagles, geese, hawks, herons, hummingbirds, loons, mallards, meadowlarks, owls, sparrows, swans, and more. The devotions relate to various topics such as the Garden of Eden, the attributes and characteristics of God, what Jesus did for us, and how we can be more Christlike. Bible verses are gleaned from books like Genesis, I Samuel, Psalms, Jeremiah, Nahum, Matthew, Luke, John, Galatians, Colossians, Hebrews, James, and I John to name a few.

~ Why ~
Those who like birds and reading short devotions that focus on God will enjoy this book. The photographs are simple yet stunning as they display our Maker’s creativity. The readings blend how birds can remind us of the Lord’s love, care, and encouragement.

One devotional I appreciated was Don’t Look Down about Peter faltering when he walked on the water to Jesus, which is mentioned in Matthew 14. The writer ties the story to a mallard duckling having to jump off a wooden ledge; he looked at his mother instead of down. Only by focusing on Christ can we address our fears and take a leap of faith toward Him as we go through day-to-day trials.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with the Almighty may not be interested in this type of book. Others may not care for the many stories that include the author’s personal experiences, although they do revert to God.

~ Wish ~
Since there are no page numbers listed, it is hard to find a specific bird listed at the back of the book. Adding a ribbon marker would be ideal.

~ Want ~
If you are or know a bird lover who loves looking at photographs and reading about God’s feathered creatures, this would be a thoughtful and uplifting devotional.

Thanks to Baker Publishing and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#BakerPublishing #IntheShadowofHisWings #RoslynnLong #BirdDevotional

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Review: Neostrata Enlighten Serum

LIGHTENING SERUM WITH VITAMIN C & PHA

~ What ~
This 0.5 fluid ounce serum is a daily skin brightening concentrate that contains 15% Vitamin C and PHA. With ingredients that include pure, stabilized L-Ascorbic Acid, Green Tea Extract, and Feverfew, it is mineral oil-free, dermatologist-tested, and hypo-allergenic. It arrives in a glass jar with a dropper; directions, cautions, and ingredients are on the bottle and box. The bottle has stamped Lot # LOT012JA.

~ Why ~
Since I am in my sixties, I have discolored skin spots so this nice clear light yellow liquid can be applied daily to keep them faded. It is easy to use and absorbs into the skin quickly, leaving only a little residue feeling on the dermis.

~ Why Not ~
If you have no sun or aging spots, you may have no need for this product. Some may think a lightener does not work, but they do if used on an ongoing basis. The fragrant-free solution feels oily at first, but it does seep into the skin.

~ Wish ~
It would be nice if a lightener could be made that you use for a week or two and it brightens skin for up to a month, but currently, these products have to be used consistently to get good results. I wish the bottles were transparent so I could see the contents inside to know when it is time to repurchase.

~ Want ~
If you have sun or dark spots and want to lighten them, this one with a high dosage of Vitamin C and PHA is a viable product to use.

Thanks to Neostrata for this complimentary product that I am evaluating by choice.

#Neostrata #SkinEnlighten #GetRidofSunSpots #LightenMySkin

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Review: Boldly Going Somewhere

Title: Boldly Going Somewhere
Authors: Ron & Aimee Cooper
Publisher: Palmetto Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-68515-209-3

“The most important lesson was that there was always something interesting waiting ahead,” Ron Cooper writes in his and his wife’s book about traveling in a recreational vehicle, Boldly Going Somewhere.

~ What ~
This two-hundred-and-seventy-eight-page paperback targets those interested in the experiences of a retired couple living in a motorhome for two years while crisscrossing the United States several times. After a table of contents, the two- to ten-page chapters that include sporadic black and white photographs are written by either the husband or wife. Its ending includes ten Lessons of the Road and the authors’ biography.

This easy-to-read story covers a hundred thousand miles traveled in a twenty-nine-foot RV by a married pair who are determined to take time to see the sights and remote areas of America. With analytical and statistical viewpoints from Ron about the where and when of the trip, Aimee often focused on the how and why that include social interactions, day-to-day emotions, and marital frustrations. It is a collection of some of their adventures staying at over five hundred campgrounds, eating at over a thousand places, riding a bicycle in twenty-six states, and working out at over two hundred YMCAs while zigzagging along freeways, highways, ferries, and backroads.

~Why ~
Having parents who did the same thing of selling their home and traveling around the States for two years, I appreciate how these two learned to search out and find the beauty of our land and the good of our people. I liked their stories of camping, fishing, swimming, biking, and eating local food as well as their tips on toilet paper, trash, and rest stops. Adding the chapter on their best places to eat, stay, take a scenic drive, and see was helpful. Their trip promoted going with the flow and accepting challenges in life.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like to drive for more than four hours a day or deal with setting up or breaking down camp repeatedly may not like this read or consider such a trip. Others may find a bit of repetition when places and experiences were repeated between the two writers or not care for the “and then we went to” dialogue describing their travels. A few may not approve of the minor profanity, but it is not overdone.

~ Wish ~
While I liked the style of both writers, I felt this was their RV experience, so it has more importance to them and not the everyday reader. Including an index by state/city/town or topic may be helpful to those who want to use the book as a guide when traveling. With a few grammar and punctuation errors, it would be ideal if it were professionally edited.

~ Want ~
If you are considering pulling up roots and going on the road in America for a couple of years, this would be a perfect book for a novice RVer who, no doubt, will have your own stories to tell as you roll your rig around the next bend.

Thanks to the authors for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#RonAimeeCooper #BoldlyGoingSomewhere #PalmettoPublishing #2YearsRving #OntheAmericanBackroad

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Review: Among the Innocent

Title: Among the Innocent
Author: Mary Alford
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-4026-9

“You’ll never belong to him or any other man. You’re mine. Do you hear me? You’re mine,” Leah is told repeatedly in Mary Alford’s novel, Among the Innocent.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-four-page romantic suspense targets those interested in a serial killer taunting a woman a decade later in a small Montana town. With no profanity but adult situations, topics of violence, brutality, and murder may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes the author’s biography and advertisements

In this story, Police Officer Leah Miller still has internal demons chasing her from when a sweet-talking man lured her away from the Amish faith and killed her family. With physical, spiritual, and mental scars from the past, her life is upended when another Amish girl is found dead. With the help of a new police chief named Dalton, the two try to stop more murders but are always a step behind the killer, especially when they realize she is the target.

~ Why ~
This is a non-stop thriller with a hint of romance that keeps the reader wondering what happens next to Amish girls who are swayed by an Englisher. The tale of secrets moves along quickly as both protagonists try to overcome their pasts to locate the killer. I liked the blend of the simple way the Amish live with a police force that erroneously closed a murder case years ago.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not like romantic suspense with a touch of Christianity about praying to God may not consider this book, although it is lightly mentioned. Others may not care for the scenes containing violence and death, but they are pivotal to the read. I guessed the ending about halfway through reading.

~ Wish ~
I normally do not read any Amish novels anymore as they are predictable in the romance department, yet this one’s tone was not pivotal to the story and could have been omitted. It would have been thoughtful to include the eternal plan of salvation in this story. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like an Amish story that has a psychopath determined to follow up on a past crime and characters who keep secrets hidden, this would be an engaging read that includes a bit of romance.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Revell #AmongtheInnocent #MaryAlford #AmishSerialKiller

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Review: Elysium Tide

Title: Elysium Tide
Author: James R. Hannibal
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3851-8

“You don’t want to let me in? Fine. I’ll keep at this without you. And I’ll beat you to every clue the way I did today,” Peter emphatically tells Lisa in James R. Hannibal’s novel, Elysium Tide.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-fifty-two-page paperback is targeted toward those who enjoy a suspense involving gangs, car thieves, and murders in Maui. With no profanity, topics of violence, injury, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers.

This lightly Christian-based tale focuses on Londoner Dr. Peter Chesterfield, an atheistic know-it-all neurosurgeon who is forced to attend a conference at a resort in Hawaii about proper etiquette and bedside manners after overstepping his bounds with a hospital colleague. The same night that he arrives, he becomes involved in the death of an athletic woman who he tries ardently to save but fails. Hearing the woman’s last dying word, the persnickety surgeon forces his way into helping Detective Lisa Kealoha not only track down the murderer but also uncover a new gang trying to infiltrate the island.

~ Why ~
I like reading suspense stories filled with mystery, twists, and a touch of romance without being obvious, ridiculous, or sappy, and this one fits the bill nicely. I appreciate learning about the Hawaiian history, cultural superstitions, buckyballs, slippahs, and how a doctor deals with stress while searching for inner peace. The writing is engaging, drawing the reader in with the chapters being short and interesting.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not followers of Christ and do not like stories that include faith in God, praying for redemption, and realizing our Lord is the one in control will not care for this book. Some may not like violent gang references, but they flowed easily within the tale. I was somewhat skeptical that the protagonist always was the first to uncover clues in a case that he had unusual access to solving.

~ Wish ~
As with prior books by the author, I felt it missed the opportunity to give the eternal plan of salvation. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like a suspenseful mystery involving a doctor who helps the police track down the killer and uncover the true meaning of ‘aumakua, this will keep you turning the pages to the end.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Revell #JamesRHannibal #ElysiumTide #MauiMysterySuspense

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Review: Sunburst

Title: Sunburst
Author: Susan May Warren
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3983-6

“Yeah, well, she’d gotten them into this mess. She could get them out,” Noemi Sutton determines in Susan May Warren’s novel, Sunburst.

~ What ~
Book two of three in the Sky King Ranch series, this three-hundred-and-sixty-eight-page paperback targets those who like a Christian contemporary romance about a mission of marrying and finding love. Containing no profanity, topics of kidnapping, physical abuse, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The author’s biography and advertisements are included.

In this fast-paced tale, Navy SEAL Ranger Kingston doesn’t know what to do involving his faltering career so jumps at the first chance to help rescue his brother in Nigeria who is held captive with Noemi Sutton, a past love he cannot forget. Posing as husband and wife to leave the country, the two marry, questioning if it could be something they are both seeking. As terrorists follow them to Alaska, they must learn to rely on God and remember He will always find us and love us unconditionally.

~ Why ~
This story is engaging and entertaining as it deals with two people who want to control and take charge. It has plenty of action mixed with a romance revisited from the past. I appreciated its focus on God always watching and waiting for us to call out to Him. The Nigerian culture and wedding ceremony were interesting.

~ Why Not ~
Some may not like a tale that includes kidnapping in Boko Haram territory. Others may not care for the added character later in the story as it is hard at first to connect the dots. Since I had read the first in the series and loved it, I was a bit disappointed in this one’s disjointed ending and sometimes unrealistic situations, but there is one more book being written.

~ Wish ~
While I greatly appreciated the reference to God always being there for us, I wish the author included a more detailed eternal plan of salvation. I prefer all pronouns of God capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you enjoy a suspenseful read about trying to accomplish a mission while finding what is the most important in life, this will be enjoyed. No doubt, you will want to read its final sequel to find out what else happens to the Sky Ranch family.

Thanks to Revell and the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#Revell #SusanMayWarren #Sunburst #SkyKingRanch

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Review: Planopaws Omega-3 Fish Oil for Cats

SKIN & COAT ADVANCED SUPPORT FOR CATS

~ What ~
Containing 12 liquid ounces, this plastic bottle is a non-toxic supplement for cats that helps improve heart health, supports joints, nourishes the skin and coat, and boosts the immune system. The ingredients are anchovies, herring, mackerel, and sardines; it contains no additives, fillers, or toxins. It comes with a pump and disc top cap in a plastic bag. The bottle is stamped Lot # 13323-4976 and expires 05/2024.

~ Why ~
Although we do not own a cat, I know the benefits of Omega-3 fish oil so plan to give it to our neighbors who have an old cat. The best thing about it is that it is made in the United States at a GMP facility. I appreciate that it is human-grade natural fish oil that is sustainably sourced. I like that it comes as a liquid as you can monitor the amount given to your cat.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are skeptical of non-prescription dietary supplements may avoid this product for their pet. Others may be concerned that their animal may get sick from a new supplement, but it could be added in increased increments to their diet. Some may not like the fishy smell, but it is mild.

~ Wish ~
It would help if some of the writing on the label was easier to read.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for an organic natural supplement of Omega 3 for your furry friend, this is a viable option.

Thanks to Planopaws for this product that I am under no obligation to review.

#Planopaws #CatOmega3Oil #SkinCoatOil4Cats #CatOilSupplement

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Japanese Adult Coloring Book

Title: Japanese Adult Coloring Book
Author: InterWorld Entertainment
Publisher: InterWorld Entertainment
ISBN: 9798547559686

“You get to color a variety of illustrations, including dragons, geishas, Japanese demons, and many more,” the back jacket states in InterWorld Entertainment’s book, Japanese Adult Coloring Book.

~ What ~
This one-hundred-and-twenty-seven-page paperback targets kids to adults, especially those who like to color with colored pencils, gel pens, or markers. With over a hundred and twenty pieces of artwork, the black and white drawings are on the left sides of the opened book, with blank pages on the right sides.

Containing a wide range of themes, the drawings in this book include Japanese culture of anime, samurai, castles, koi, mandalas, cats, birds, and fans as well as the landscape and architecture of Japan. While most of the lines are fine, there are some blackened areas on some of the designs.

~ Why ~
Coloring can relax and soothe a person as it can be mindless, especially if the drawings are already done and only need to be filled in. I appreciate the many different art styles of the designs and that they are varied. Some are detailed in their artwork, while others are more sophomoric, which can be enjoyed by all types of artists. I love that the artwork can be removed from the book and placed in a frame without the colors bleeding to another page.

~ Why Not ~
Those who are not artistic may have no interest in a coloring book on Japan. Others may not like the high-detailed drawings or the evil-looking dragons. Some may not care for the simplistic ones such as the girl with the large eyes.

~ Wish ~
A few of the drawings are fuzzy when inspected closely, which may or may not make them harder to color.

~ Want ~
If you are looking for a coloring book on Japan’s culture that will be appreciated, this is a good selection that will keep you occupied.

Thanks to the author for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

#InterWorldEntertainment #JapaneseAdultColoringBook #ColorJapan #ColoringJapan

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