Category Archives: Book Reviewer

JANUARY 1, 2019

 

 

God bless you!

 

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Blogpost © DJ Mynatt 2019

MONTHLY AUTHOR FEATURE

 

I hope you have missed the monthly author features as much as I have… Since I cannot commit to monthly features, I’m planning to feature one author for a week (or so) each month.
Next month I’ll be featuring Jill Kemerer…
So check back in mid September… I’ll be featuring most of Jill’s books and we’ll be doing a giveaway!

Happy Reading!!!
God bless you!

 

Donna’s BookShelf
Blogpost © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

The Kissing Bridge | Laura V Hilton

 


Today I am reviewing The Kissing Bridge, found in Springs of Love, by Laura V. Hilton.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Kissing Bridge
Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…

Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months.

Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted.

It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.

Reuben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away.

But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I knew Anna had made a bad choice when she came back home too soon!

There’s a lesson here. . . when you have a friend trying to help you, don’t ignore their advice…

Laura V Hilton does a superb job (as usual) with colorful characters and an intriguing story line. I can’t say much else without giving away spoilers, so let me just sum it up.

READ. THIS. STORY.

Just do it.

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

Sold On Love | Rachel J Good

 


Today I am reviewing Sold on Love, found in Springs of Love, by Rachel J. Good.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

Sold on Love
When Lavina Fisher takes over the household while Mamm’s away, things go from bad to worse.

And her younger brother, Stephen, is mostly to blame.

Then an accident forces Lavina to face her fears—and her ex-boyfriend.

Can she swallow her pride and accept Aaron’s help with the latest disaster?

 

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

I wouldn’t have had the patience that Lavina Fisher had… but I have had very similar experiences and I’ve learned that you just have to try to make the best of things.

Thankfully, help is on the way… and Lavina has to decide how to accept it.

This is the first story I’ve read by Rachel J Good, but it definitely won’t be the last! Great story, Rachel!

Happy Reading!!!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

Cowboys and Amish Girls | Thomas Nye

 


Today I am reviewing Cowboys and Amish Girls, found in Springs of Love, by Thomas Nye.

 

Here is a brief synopsis:

Cowboys and Amish Girls
Rodeo cowboy, Truman Gunderson, had never met an Amish girl.

Amish sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity had yet to lay eyes on a real, live cowboy.

That is until Truman’s galloping horse crosses paths with Charity’s runaway buggy.

Truman is not the type to shy away from any challenge, but after he learns something about Faith, Hope, and especially Charity, he realizes that he has met his match.

 

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

When Truman Gunderson spots a runaway horse, he springs into action, chasing it down until he catches it–and lovely, young Charity.

And when he’s given a challenge, well, let’s just say he’s the perfect man for the job!

This is the first story that I have read by Thomas Nye, but I’m definitely looking forward to more! Pick up a copy of Springs of Love today!

Happy Reading!!!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

Paws For Love | Dana Mentink

 


Today I am reviewing Paws For Love… the third book in the Love Unleashed series by Dana Mentink.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Only Thing Sweet About Jellybean Is His Name. . .

Jellybean the terrier is about to unleash some serious mayhem on the unsuspecting town of Albatross.

There’s no quiet on the set when over-the-hill screen star Lawrence Tucker brings his naughty terrier, Jellybean, on location to the beachside town of Albatross, California.

When Jellybean develops a rapport with Tucker’s violin tutor, the painfully shy, socially awkward Misty Agnelli, her arm is twisted into minding the mischievous animal.

Trailing Jellybean leads Misty into the candy store of Bill Woodson, a handsome chocolatier with a painful secret and a three-year-old niece to raise.

Misty must deal with the unstable Tucker, a temperamental Jellybean, her budding feelings for the mysterious Bill, and the high-pressure atmosphere on the set. Though she wants nothing more than to flee, how can she tell her Grandma, Lawrence Tucker’s biggest fan, that she abandoned the star and his dog?

It’s actors, animals, and antics galore when Jellybean gives his own heartwarming performance.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Oh my! Paws For Love was the perfect ending to the Love Unleashed series!

Misty Agnelli is having a very rough day. . . she agreed to tutor an actor who needs to appear as if he is a violinist, Then Jelly Bean, his dog, causes havoc on the set! Even worse, the actor and director insist on Misty being the dog’s companion.

Misty doesn’t want to be there anyway. . . but I won’t spoil anything by telling you more than that. Bill Woodson meets Misty when Jelly Bean runs into his chocolate shop. . . and the action doesn’t stop until the very end!

This is such a colorful story, with delightful characters and a sweet, little stinker of a dog that just won’t quit! Get a copy today and read it for yourself.

And if you enjoy entertaining stories about feisty dogs, read the whole series! It’s great!

 

Dana Mentink

Dana Mentink lives in California, where the weather is golden and the cheese is divine.

Dana is an American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year finalist for romantic suspense and an award winner in the Pacific Northwest Writers Literary Contest. Her suspense novel, Betrayal in the Badlands, earned a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third and fourth grade.

Mostly, she loves to be home with her husband, two daughters, a dog with social anxiety problems, a chubby box turtle, and a feisty parakeet.

Find out more about Dana at http://www.danamentink.com.

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

The Broken | Tattie Maggard

 


Today I am reviewing The Broken, the first book in the Forbidden Amish Love series by Tattie Maggard.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Two broken hearts.

One forbidden romance.

Amish school teacher, Emily Graber, is falling for a man who’s been married before.

The rules of the Swiss Amish community say he’s forbidden to remarry, only someone forgot to tell Emily’s heart.

Book one of the Forbidden Amish Love series. The story continues in book two, The Forbidden.

Watch for the dramatic conclusion in book three, The Secret.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Emily Graber feels all alone after her father dies. Although she has nine brothers and sisters, she wants to stay in her home after his passing. Silas Moreland, her Englisch-turned-Amish neighbor. . . well, I’ll let you read about Emily and Silas.

This is vey different from the usual Amish fiction stories I read. . . yet it is a compelling, compassionate story of love — forbidden love, since Silas’ wife is divorcing him. Will Emily and Silas give in to temptation? You won’t know unless you read the entire series.

It was easy for me to identify with Emily. If I were Amish, and in her place, what would I do? That’s the question I asked myself when reading Emily’s story. I hope I would make the right decision. What would you do?

Enough said. Now I’m off to read book two. . .

Happy Reading!!!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

Their Surprise Daddy | Ruth Logan Herne

 


Today I am reviewing Their Surprise Daddy, the third book in the Grace Haven series by Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Instant Family

Cruz Maldonado has vowed to provide for his beloved cousin’s orphans.

With his estranged mother’s health failing, they might soon be Cruz’s only family. But the kids’ immigration status brings complications.

Mostly “Miss Rory”–their idealistic young teacher–and Cruz’s court-appointed co-guardian. Cruz has the means to give the kids a good home, yet Rory Gallagher wonders whether he has the heart.

That is, until she glimpses the sweet small-town boy inside the polished, handsome Wall Street exterior. Soon they both begin to wonder if this temporary partnership could turn into more–a chance to raise the children as husband and wife.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

The Grace Haven series is one you don’t want to miss out on!

First, there’s An Unexpected Groom, with Kimberly Gallagher and Drew Slade. . . then comes Her Unexpected Family, with Emily Gallagher and Grant McCarthy. . . and finally Their Surprise Daddy, with Rory Gallagher and Cruz Maldonado.

Their Surprise Daddy deals with two orphaned cousins, who need someone to care for them after their guardian takes sick. There are plenty of twists and turns in this story, but in the end will everything work out for everyone involved? You’ll have to read the story to find out — I’m not telling!

This a a great series, with characters you’ll fall in love with! Ruthy has created a small town that’s safe, beautiful, historic, and inviting. . . what more can I say to convince you it’s a great town — and a great series!

This series touched me more than some others, although with Ruthy’s books, it’s difficult — if not impossible — to pick specific favorites, because they’re all so good!

So grab your tissues and start reading. If you haven’t read An Unexpected Groom and Her Unexpected Family, I can honestly say you’ll enjoy them — and I’d suggest getting all three and reading them in order. You’ll be blessed by them!

Enough said. Now go read them. . .

Happy Reading!!!

 

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

Peace In The Valley | Ruth Logan Herne

 


Today I am reviewing Peace In The Valley, the third book in the Double S Ranch series by the incomparable Ruth Logan Herne.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In spite of their differences, Trey Walker Stafford knows he owes his life to cowboy and legendary rancher Sam Stafford–the uncle who rescued him after his parents’ death.

Trey had left the Double S Ranch to pursue music against Sam’s wishes, but returns to central Washington when he learns he’s the best match for a procedure that could save Sam’s life.

Although Trey’s found country music fame and success, he’s also endured the tragic loss of his wife. He croons about love, but struggles with a yawning emptiness he can’t explain.

Overwhelmed by a growing list of challenges, but mistrustful of Stafford men, single mother Lucy Carlton reluctantly accepts Trey’s help to revive her crumbling farm when Sam instructs him to repay the overdue debt to her family.

As the two grow closer, Trey slowly begins to open his heart to this beautiful woman and strives to let go of the grief he’s held for years. Lucy has a complicated history of her own. Can Trey accept her as she is, learn to forgive the past, and find the elusive peace he’s sought for so long?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This is another series by Ruth Logan Herne for my TOP SHELF!

When Trey Stafford learns that his uncle needs him, he returns home, prepared to do the right thing. While he’s there, he meets Lucy Carlton, who needs his help, too.

This is such an intriguing story. . . a member of my family had the same procedure, so it was very familiar to me. The story was great, with colorful characters facing more than one challenge.

Don’t miss out on this wonderful new book from Ruth Logan Herne.

Get your copy today!

 

Happy Reading!!!
God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

 

God’s Crime Scene for Kids | Wallace & Wallace

 

Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!

 

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

 

 


In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic.

He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy.

Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God’s existence.

The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.

In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

This is such a cool idea for kids . . . J. Warner Wallace and his wife, Susie Wallace, have written a great new series for children between the ages of 8 and 12.

In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason and his friends get involved in a mystery discovered in his grandmother’s attic. using the Jr. Detective Academy, they learn how to investigate the mystery… of God’s existence!

Although we have chosen to teach our children using a different method, I’m sure many children will enjoy using this guide.

Don’t miss this wonderful series!

Happy reading!

 

{MORE ABOUT J. WARNER AND SUSIE WALLACE}

J. Warner and Susie Wallace

 

J. Warner and Susie Wallace have been training young people in the church setting for over a decade. J. Warner is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on Dateline, FOX News, Court TV and other crime-related television shows. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity: God’s Crime Scene and Forensic Faith. He has a master’s degree in theology and is the founder of ColdCaseChristianity.com. Susie has a master’s degree in speech pathology and co-writes (and edits) all the kids books in this series. J. Warner and Susie have four children and live in southern California.

Find out more about J. Warner and at http://www.coldcasechristianityforkids.com.

God bless you!

Review © 2017 DJ Mynatt

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