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Formula of Deception

13306492a4e270116aea7a1724eabbee    Murphy Anderson’s sister was murdered and Murphy is now in the Witness Protection Program because of it. Local authorities in Alaska hire her as an artist and it puts her in danger again. On top of that, a dying man’s confession of dead bodies stirs up the past, including WW2 secrets. What happened in the Quonset hut in the 1940’s? Why is someone so determined to keep it a secret now?

I very much enjoyed the history of the Alaskan Wilderness Ms. Parks incorporated into her story. The WW2 mystery intrigued me, what happened and how it threaded into modern times. The other part of the story, the murder, did not dim the story in any way. The only thing I was not keen on was the ending. It felt…. odd.. to me. It was something I was not expecting and I am still unsure how I feel about it.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

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Top Favorite Books of 2018

Good afternoon, everyone! I hope the first day of 2019 is going well for you. I enjoyed a nice quiet night at home last night and got to sleep in a little this morning. Last day off before work starts up again for me. But without anymore waiting, in no particular order, here are my favorite books of 2018….

 

1. Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise Hunter

Oh my word, the feels in this one! Josephine and Noah find out their divorce was never finalized and both want to take care of it asap. Only, getting stuck together in Noah’s cabin during a snowstorm forces them to face things they have worked hard to bury. This story is gritty, raw, real. It touched me on a personal level.

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2. Beneath Copper Falls by Colleen Coble

Suspenseful, heart-pounding, non-stop action and mystery. Got you hooked yet? A woman standing up for herself, leaving her abusive fiance. Going back to her hometown that is not as sweet as she imagined it was. Secrets hidden everywhere, and there are people willing to kill to keep them buried. My attention was hooked until the final scene.

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3. Perennials by Julie Cantrell

Two sisters reunite for their parents 50th wedding anniversary but also must finally face the past and choices that were made, ones that ultimately changed their lives forever. This story pushed its way into my heart and left its mark. Family issues that felt so real, the determination to not give up but knowing when to step back.

 

4. The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron

This story weaves the past and present so beautifully. We are taken to The French Revolution to World War Two to the present, all within the walls of a French castle. Family secrets, lost loves, this story has it all. Be prepared to be swept away.

https://kymberlibriggs.wordpress.com/2018/12/16/the-lost-castle/

 

5. Bob by Wendy Maas and Rebecca Stead

Did I cry? Yes. Yes, I did. That is my fair warning to you. But you should definitely, definitely read it! This story is a rich heart-tugging, joyful story. Sure, it is categorized as a youth story but please do not let that hold you back. Imaginary friends, family, determination to stay true to ourselves. And my favorite thing about this is, my imaginary friend’s name was Bob. It made the story that much more heartwarming. Seriously, check this book out. I recommend it for everyone!

 

6. A Cry in the Night by Mary Higgins Clark

A widow raising two children, a man who sweeps her off her feet. A new husband, a new home, a new life. Everything seems so perfect. And then things begin going missing, the children claim their mother doing things she does not remember doing. Is she going crazy or is there a more sinister plot behind the madness? This story kept me up at night, kept me coming back any minute I could grab. I HAD to find out what was going to happen next. I read the last 130 pages in one fell swoop because I could not put it down.

 

7. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Have tissues on hand for this one. Dual timeline, present and 1930’s Tennessee, about a family that discovers secrets that could tear them apart. Rill and her siblings are kidnapped from their home and taken to an orphanage run by a woman who basically has a baby black market. Check out Georgia Tann and her childrens home scandal. This story tore into my heart and ripped it. It was heartbreaking and so so sad. Does that mean it is worth reading? Absolutely!! It opened my eyes to a time in American history I knew nothing about and it made me do further research on Ms. Tann’s workings.

 

There you have it, my top list. What books from 2018 were your favorite(s)? I would love to hear about them.

 

Peace,

Kymberli

Book Review, Books and Reading

The House on Saltwater Point

the house on saltwater point    Ellie Blackmore is doing exactly what she loves- house flipping. Her life, however, gets turned upside down when her sister disappears and everything points to a stolen cocaine shipment and an international plot. When the Coast Guard gets involved everyone wants the truth. The truth, however, may not be what everyone wants to hear.

This was a pretty good story, the characters were easy to connect with and the plot flowed nicely. I always like learning new things and this time it was about boats. I love how novels can be filled with information without sounding like a teaching lesson.

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. Also, I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

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Sons of Blackbird Mountain

Sons of Blackbird Mountain    Three brothers, one widow, and the healing power of family.

Aven Norgaard has lost her husband and now has to move from her home in Norway to the rugged hills of Appalachia. Learning her way in a new home among a family she has never met until now, working in a business she previously knew nothing about, is more than a widow should have on her shoulders. However, Aven handles it all with care and grace. The tension among the brothers, though, is thick and it is only a matter of time before it rips them apart.

This story is one of those that you feel like you are living with the family. I felt involved in the happenings. I was cheering for the brothers and Aven, hoping for reconciliation. It is a story I greatly enjoyed and highly recommend.

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

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Honeysuckle Dreams

honeysuckle dreams    Brady Collins has already gone through enough. His ex-wife has passed away, leaving Brady with Sam, his baby son, and a business to juggle. His friend, Hope, helps out when she can. Brady loves his son and cannot imagine his life without him. And then he receives news that is devastating.

Sam’s maternal grandparents are filing for custody and as things stand, they have a better chance of custody than Brady does. The biggest tip the attorney offers- get married. Show the judge he is hard working, he is a family man, he is serious about being a father. Hope is willing to step up to the plate, but can their shared love for Sam be enough?

Welcome back in the world of Denise Hunter. Beautiful descriptions of scenery, the amazing personalities of the characters, the displays of selfless love. It was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more from Ms. Hunter.

 

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any way.*

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If I Live

    Here it is- finally! Two years on this journey and the final book to the “If I Run” series has arrived.

Casey Cox has certainly been through a lot. Framed for the murder of her friend, hiding while on the run, her disguises are no longer working. The real killers are closing in and now Dylan Roberts, Casey’s friend, is in danger. When it all escalates to major heights, Casey watches it all explode around her. Who really is a true friend and who really is the killer?

This book gave a very satisfying ending to the long story. It was action-packed and kept me hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed this complete series, so much that I bought another of Terri Blackstock’s series.

 

*I received this book free from Zondervan and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any financial way.*

Parental Guidance- PG13 for intense scenes and action

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To Wager Her Heart

    The War Between the States has ended but its wounds are still fresh. However, for Sylas Rutledge, the rawest of wounds is his stepfather’s death and the blame put on him for the train accident that cost many their lives. Sy cannot believe his stepfather, one of the best engineers, could be at fault, and he is determined to prove it.

Alexandra Jamison is everything Nashville’s high society looks to. That is, until she refuses the arranged marriage her father has set before her and chooses, instead, to teach at Fisk University, a school for freedmen. Doing so costs Alexandra everything she has ever known. Both Sylas and Alexandra must make their way in their new endeavors, overcoming obstacles and fears. Their friendship is a part they each hold dear, but could there be more than just friendship? And when truth is revealed, will their relationship hold?
As always, Tamera Alexander captures post-civil war Tenessee with rich details and characters that are real. Each person has a life, a goal, fears, hopes. I greatly enjoyed reading about Fisk University, the Jubilee Singers, and trains. Not only does Ms. Alexander write beautiful stories, I love how she adds true events that blend so well you don’t even realize you are getting a history lesson.

 

*I received this book free from Zondervan and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts, and I was not compensated in any monetary way*

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Portrait of Vengeance

portrait of vengeance    Secrets never stayed buried.

Gwen Marcey knows pain, and she knows how to keep it boxed up. However, when a new case demands her attention, details keep surfacing that are too similar to her childhood trauma. Gwen does not believe this is just coincidence. She can no longer ignore her past. She needs to face it and put the dots together before another family is shattered.

The Gwen Marcey series has quickly become a favorite. I love her attention to details. I admire the characters for being human, for having talent and flaws. I hope there will be more in this series. This particular book is #4 in the series (I have accidentally read them out of order, lol)

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts. I was not compensated in any way*

 

My Star Rating-****

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Beneath Copper Falls

Beneath Copper Falls    If you are looking for a suspenseful, heart-pounding, non-stop action mystery have you read this book yet?? If you have not, I highly recommend you give it a try. This story hooked me in with its talons at the very first sentence and kept its hooks in me until the very end. It was one of those stories I just could not look away. Very well done, Ms. Coble!

Dana Newell has suffered far too long at the hands, and words, of her abusive fiance. Finally she has stood up for herself and has returned to Rock Harbor, her home town. With her, however, comes danger and the threat of her own life. A budding serial killer is on the loose and Rock Harbor is hiding secrets that could become fatal. With death around every corner, is there any hope for escape?

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are entirely my own thoughts and I was not compensated in any way*

My Star Rating- *****

Parental Guidance- PG13 for intense scenes

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Sweetbriar Cottage

sweetbriar cottage    Finding out their divorce was never finalized is not what Noah nor Josephine want to hear. They have not been on speaking terms and had hoped to keep it that way. Both want this very annoying mistake taken care of as soon as possible. And it should have this second time around, if not for the snowstorm of the decade that leaves them stranded together in Noah’s house. Stuck inside his house forces them to face each other, and the past they have been trying to walk away from makes its way into the present. Can they open up and finally heal their wounds or are they too deep?

Denise Hunter has written an exceptional story. A raw, gritty, real story. My heart ached for Josephine. I understood her on a very personal level. This story has a place in my heart now. It touches on subjects that are never fun but are heard about all too often these days. I cannot thank Ms. Hunter enough for sharing this story with us.

*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and The Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have shared are entirely my own thoughts. Also, I was not compensated in any monetary way.*

My star rating- *****

Parental Guidance- PG13 due to intense scenes and topic