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Everything She Didn’t Say

Everything She Didn't SayEverything She Didn’t Say by Jane Kirkpatrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Classic Jane Kirkpatrick! A well-written tale of a strong woman and the extraordinary life she lived. This one is unique in that it includes actual journal entries of Carrie Adell Strahorn. The story is a roller coaster ride of human emotions, the mountain tops and the valleys, the joys and some very candid disappointments as Carrie and her husband join the pioneers who settled the west. Well worth reading.

 

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Generous Lies

Generous Lies (Hidden Truth Book 3)Generous Lies by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is book three in Robin Patchen’s “Hidden Truth” series. They are all good! One of the things I love about this one is that it tackles the very timely – and scary for parents – issue of teenage drug addiction. Opioid addiction is on the news every night. People are dealing with this all across the country and all across the economic spectrum. Patchen does a very credible job of exploring how it can affect a family.

Aside from that important issue, the story is engaging from the start, picking up from the previous book. Any of these can be stand alone stories, but I recommend reading them in order. Garrison and Sam are introduced in the previous books, but in “Generous Lies” it’s their story. We liked them before, but now we really get to know them. And they don’t disappoint! No spoilers here but I highly recommend reading the whole series.

 

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Twisted Lies

Twisted Lies (Hidden Truth Series #2)Twisted Lies by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Here’s “the rest of the story” on Nate Boyle from book #1, Convenient Lies. (Which is good, because I really, really liked him in that book.) In true Patchen fashion, the story peels back its layers amid intrigue, sometimes gut-wrenching emotion, and danger. A great combination! Marisa Vega – the heroine – will grab your heart as she works to help others while burying herself. (You’ll have to read the book to understand.) I recommend reading Convenient Lies first for more insight into the character of Nate Boyle. Because you’ll want to know what this guy has already been through!

 

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Convenient Lies

Convenient Lies (Hidden truths Book 1)Convenient Lies by Robin Patchen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

If you like international intrigue with a strong romantic element, this is the book for you. It’s got danger, a handsome hero, a perplexing villain, a body count, and a heroine you’ll be cheering on throughout the book.

Reagan McAdams returns to her old home, and her old name. Fleeing Paris with her infant son, she arrives at her grandmother’s house only to learn that the dear woman passed away days ago. Her husband has lied to her, her grandmother has left her, and her high school boyfriend is trying to get too close to her. She knows the danger she’s in, she just doesn’t know how she’s going to get out of it, or if she will.

 

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The Quieting

The Quieting (Bishop's Family, #2)The Quieting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Abigail Stoltzfus is not your typical Amish girl. She’s blunt, one-track minded, overly-organized, and certainly too literal for most. But there’s someone for everyone, even if Abigail doesn’t realize it … yet.

David Stoltzfus needs help. His church is crumbling, his house is in turmoil, and his relationship with Birdy Glick is strewn with difficulties. But the arrival of his mother and two nieces doesn’t exactly help the situation.

Dane Glick wants to connect the dots on his family tree. He never expects to fall in love with the person he hired to help him, or for the answers to cause so much upheaval.

Charming second book in Suzanne Woods Fisher’s series, “The Bishop’s Family.” Be sure are read “The Imposter” first, so you know the background of this story.

 

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The Singing Quilt

The Singing QuiltThe Singing Quilt by Kathi Macias
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jolissa Montoya lives an isolated life with an uncle who is verbally abusive and a stammer than makes talking almost impossible. When her job is cut from full-time to part-time, she wanders into a local church for the first time and meets Eva Pedrosa. Eva, full of the spirit, recognizes God’s hand in bringing them together. She takes Jolissa under her wing and shares with her the story of hymn writer Fanny Crosby with the aid of a quilt made in honor of that famous woman. Their friendship blooms and Eva becomes Jolissa’s adopted grandmother.

There are no unexpected twists or turns in this story. It’s very straightforward if a little too predictable. The gospel message is loud and clear. These types of stories – I think – are well suited to a church book club. Lots of opportunities for discussion with the topics it illustrates.

Three stars only for its predictability and its too-easy answers to all the problems at the end. Not a bad book, but not gripping either. A good read for when you don’t want to think too hard about a story.

 

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The Red Door Inn

The Red Door Inn (Prince Edward Island Dreams, #1)The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I couldn’t put it down. The story was a roller coaster of emotions. Three hurting people brought together by their individual losses to build a dream.

Marie Carrington is hurting and lost when Jack Sloane meets her at the ferry landing. He understands that feeling. What he doesn’t expect is that she’s the answer to his problems. But his nephew, Seth Sloane, is not happy to add her to the team that is remodeling their bed and breakfast on Prince Edward Island. While the young people clash under his roof, Jack does his best to create The Red Door Inn in memory of his deceased wife. He’s in over his head. It’ll take Seth and Marie working together along with a couple of the local people to make it happen. Will they be able to work through their emotional and spiritual wounds to get it done?

There’s nothing like a well-told story to pull you in and let you enter its world. Well done, Ms. Johnson!

 

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